First Congregational Church
164 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone:(203) 744-6177

E-Tidings Weekly Newsletter

Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 24, 2020

Seventh Sunday of Easter

From Reverend Pat Kriss

SPECIAL PRERECORDED SUNDAY SERVICE! This Sunday, all of our churches in the United Church of Christ have been given a wonderful, pre-recorded Service to share with you all instead of our usual live Zoom service. Why? For one thing this has been a period of extraordinary stress and for many, anxiety. All of the UCC Conference ministers have come together to produce and participate in this special service (which includes the Lord’s Supper) that focuses our attention on healing our worries. An important effort, especially as we resume some activities of life before the virus arrived, and we feel so tentative about it.

The second reason we’ve been given this service to watch together is that this entire month is named Mental Health Month. While the Sunday Service will primarily address living in a time of anxiety, it’s also time to become aware of that unspoken-about invisible illness: a mental health issue. Whether it’s anxiety, a bipolar disorder, a form of schizophrenia or one of the many, many ways that clinical depression manifests itself, we need to be aware, sensitive to our fellow Pilgrims on this journey.

So, on Sunday at 10 a.m., we’ll come together on Facebook on our page, for a WATCH PARTY. We’ll be together just as we usually are online Sunday, except it will NOT be on Zoom, but over at our own page of Facebook. We will watch together. You will be able to share your thoughts and prayer requests as we watch, via the chat function. I will be there live, as will Digital Angel Greg Pings. The whole service will be recorded so you can also watch it later if you wish.

How to Get to the Watch Party: You will need to have a Facebook account to do this, but most everyone I know has one already. It’s not all that complicated, and lets you share your ideas as you watch. Please look at the instruction sheet that accompanies this page. See you Sunday, and have a peaceful Memorial Day weekend. We will resume normal online services the week after on Pentecost. - Pastor Pat Kriss

How to Join Our Facebook Watch Party

1. Go to at 10 a.m.

2. Click the notifications icon in the top navigation bar. It’s shaped like a bell, and it may show a red dot with a number. (The number tells you how many notifications you have.)

3. Click on “First Congregational Church of Danbury posted an update ‘Sunday Service for Mental Health Month.’”



4. You may also “react” to various parts of the video by clicking any of the “reaction” icons, and you may enter your comments on the lower right. Rev. Pat will monitor the comments and reply as needed.

E-Tidings Date: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Fifth Sunday of Easter May 10, 2020

Fifth Sunday of Easter

From Reverend Pat Kriss

“The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.” -- Anonymous

“Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.” -- William Makepeace Thackeray

I’m going to give you all some homework in advance of this Sunday. I’d like you to sit back and think, back to the days when you were a child. If I say to you, “think of what ‘home’ meant to you when you were young,” what comes to mind? When you were heading home late in the day or when you were older and were allowed to stay out after dark, what was it that you were looking forward to when you got there? What were the sounds, the scents, the remarks, the flavorings of what home meant? Who did you expect to encounter there when you went home? We’ll touch upon these experiences Sunday.

This weekend the resurrected Jesus is, in essence, preparing his disciples for his departure -- a group of men and women who, for all their eagerness, still don’t quite understand what he’s asking of them. Jesus is clearly telling them that he goes to prepare a home, a place for them in the presence of God the Creator, and yet Thomas says he doesn’t know the way there. Phillip seems to demand proof of God, even after Jesus performed miracles and rose from the dead.

Clearly they haven’t completely comprehended what Jesus has waiting for those who have lived their lives in loving discipleship. He’s going to have to remind them what the best of home looked like when they were young. And this week, this Mother’s Day Sunday, we’ll also recall where the heart of home really is, and how it has shaped us. See you on Sunday! -- Pastor Pat Kriss

E-Tidings Date: 
Tuesday, May 5, 2020


First Congregational Church
164 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810
Est. 1696

Phone: (203) 744-6177

Office Hours:
Monday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thrift Shop Hours:
Friday 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sunday Worship:
Sunday    9:30 a.m.–11 a.m.