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

E-Tidings Weekly Newsletter

This Sunday -- September 17, 2017 -- Jazz Sunday

Outreach Meeting – 11 am

Youth Meeting – Noon

Audrey Moore Memorial Service – 1 pm

From Pastor Pat Kriss

There’s a contemporary Gospel song by Monica Cole Pollard that touches so well on the things we’re feeling today in a chaotic, seemingly apocalyptic world. It addresses our searching for God in the midst of the chaos, our wondering when all those prayers will be answered. And our response must be – Hallelujah anyway. The song goes like this:

So much is going on,

What's takin’ God so long.

Your back is up against the wall…

You got to trust him,

Be patient,

He's working behind the scenes.

 

Praise him till your blessings come down

Praise him till your situation turns around

You gotta lift up your voice and say: hallelujah anyway! Hallelujah anyway.

Praise him till your blessings come down

Praise him till your situation turns around

You gotta to lift up your voice and say: hallelujah anyway! Hallelujah anyway….

Waiting for God to get back to us when everything is falling apart is consummately difficult for us 21st century pilgrims. We are people who expect everything instantaneously, from our media to our frozen vegetables. But so often we are dealing with a slow cooker God who doesn’t provide microwave answers. We want to know NOW that God is in the corner of our storm-tossed boat, not weeks from now. But believing and listening for the divine answer requires the faith of a hallelujah while the flood waters slowly recede. This Jazz Sunday we will be visiting the qualities of mercy, forgiveness and- yes- practicing patience, even though God is the one we’re waiting for. 

Come join us for joy and praise! --- Pastor Pat Kriss

 

From Jim Moriarty, Director of Music

It was so nice to have the return of our choir at Sunday’s service. They are very special, talented musicians and add so much to our service.

This Sunday we welcome back Doug Hartline and his ensemble for our first Jazz Sunday of the new church year.

Jim Moriarty

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Deer Hill Thrift Shop:    9:30am - 2pm - Fridays and Saturdays.

Great merchandise, low prices, very friendly staff.

Volunteers urgently needed, especially on Saturdays.  Please call the church office if you can help.

 

This Friday -- The Hillside Food Outreach program needs some help.  We hope a group from First Church will sign up for some fun fellowship and a rewarding experience as we pack donated food items which will be distributed to those in need. If you can join us, please call Pat Mitchell 203-794-9447 or Lynda DeLuryea 203-364-9984.  Future dates are: 9/15, 10/13, 11/10 and 12/8.  Thank you!!

 

Join the Choir!  Singers are always welcome to join the choir - see Jim Moriarty after worship

 

Bible Study - Our next session will be on Tuesday, September 26 at 6 PM in the parlor off Annie Hall with food available, too. Even if you did not come before, please come and join us (call the church office before the next session so you can be sent the bible passage for that week).

 

Save the Date:  Saturday, September 23      11am - 2pm “Vintage Saturday”

                                    Benefit Car Wash • Vintage Dress Sale

VOLUNTEERS needed to help -- Please contact Pastor Pat or call the church office 203-744-6177

 

Children’s Community Chorus begins on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm.

Open to All Children – Elementary & Middle School Age – no charge, non-religious,

limited enrollment. To sign up or for more info: email:pamort@hotmail.com or call the church

office.

 

To submit article ideas for the website or Facebook, contact Greg Pings: greg_pings@hotmail.com.

E-Tidings Date: 
Friday, September 15, 2017

This Sunday -- September 3, 2017

This Sunday:  9:30 am Worship

Next Sunday – September 10 “Homecoming Sunday” – return to 10 am Worship

 

From Pastor Pat Kriss

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

It seems that this year we have been awash in times that challenge us to reach out, to desire to rescue others from forces that seem beyond their control. This past week has been no exception. I’ve spent the last few days as a witness, viewing the posts of my colleague and friend who lives in Houston as the waters have risen toward her house where she and her family have sought to shelter in place. Wednesday morning the flood was seven inches away from washing through the first floor of her home.

Two weeks ago in Charlottesville on a Friday night, I was again a witness, this time to a gathering of my clergy colleagues through an online live feed of their worship service in the church in the center of the University of Virginia campus. I watched helplessly as the church was engulfed in a torch-bearing river of rage, and the peaceful gathering was trapped in the church by the demonstrators spewing hatred. There was no way out, and the people were terrified. And yet the clergy mustered their courage the next day to march, sing and kneel in the street where they prayed for peace, despite being pelted by spit, cans and curses by the assault rifle-wearing militants who stood in front of them.

Where does this leave us witnesses? Are we helpless in the tides of our times? Of course not. Jesus has called us to be witnesses, whether it is doing what we can as individuals to stem the floodwaters of hatred every day of our lives, or whether it’s building the “dikes of courage” that the survivors of Hurricane Harvey so desperately need right now. And build we must.

There are several things we can do right now as a United Church of Christ congregation to make a difference in Texas. What is needed most is not donations of material things like clothing, but contributions so that the people on the ground can get the support to the people. You can do this several ways:

  • Make a contribution by using the UCC’s secure online disaster website that is targeted for relief for Hurricane Harvey. You may use the following link---  https://transactions.ucc.org/CampaignForm/UCChrist/Hurricane+Harvey+relief
  • Make a contribution when you are at church for services this Sunday or the next, making sure that you write Hurricane Harvey on the bottom of the check, or use the envelope in the pew for cash support and mark it accordingly.
  • Band together with other church members - Collect items to assemble Church World Service cleanup buckets. Engage local businesses, friends, family and coworkers. Don’t forget that UCC Disaster Ministries has matching grants to assist us if we choose this way. We will get them to the collection point in Connecticut. For information on this option, use this link ----  http://www.ucc.org/disaster_2017_matching_grants_for_cws_kits_home_page

Finally, but certainly not last in its importance, PRAY. We know that prayer does more than make us feel like we are doing something. Prayer makes a difference in holding back fear. Prayer is our statement that chaos will not prevail, but love and compassion will. Please join me to rescue hope in this season of challenges. -Pastor Pat Kriss

 
From Jim Moriarty, Director of Music

I want to thank Nancy Wildman for providing the music for our Poolside service. She will also be our soloist this Sunday. The choir returns on September 10. Please inform the office if you would like to join the choir.

The purpose of the conference that I recently attended was to introduce to the attendees the best of the new 2017 published anthems and cantatas. There were sooo many anthems of interest!  Picking those that I hope will be perfect for our church and for the sermon topic can be challenging. In addition, those who were in attendance sight read approximately 250 anthems in two and half days – 13 one and a half hour sessions - and made most of them sound great! But, there are many things to take into consideration when ordering one for our choir.

An anthem may be a loud exciting anthem that needs a full choir of 20 plus members. Some are composed for a cappella - no accompanying instruments – that require a perfect blend, and exact knowledge of the notes by the choir. There are some that have very nice piano accompaniments, but don’t support the singers, making it challenging.  Other anthems take many rehearsals to perfect.

Of course, I try to blend the anthem with the main topic of the sermon.  Often the sermon response is more effective, leaving a general theme for the anthem. With that having been said, I am excited to report that several new anthems for the fall and advent have been ordered.

New books of Preludes, Postludes and solos have also been purchased. I have also selected new songs for our church school children to sing.

Peace and Joy through music,

Jim   

 

Deer Hill Thrift Shop:    9:30am - 2pm - Fridays and Saturdays. 

Great merchandise, low prices, very friendly staff.

Volunteers urgently needed, especially on Saturdays.  Please call the church office if you can help

 

The Hillside Food Outreach program needs some help.  We hope a group from First Church will sign up for some fun fellowship and a rewarding experience as we pack donated food items which will be distributed to those in need. If you can join us, please call Pat Mitchell 203-794-9447 or Lynda DeLuryea 203-364-9984.  Future dates are: 9/15, 10/13, 11/10 and 12/8.  Thank you!!

Join the Choir!  Singers are always welcome to join the choir - see Jim Moriarty after worship
 
Bible Study - Our first session of the Fall will be on Tuesday, September 12 at 6 PM in the parlor off Annie Hall with food available, too. Even if you did not come before, please come and join us (call the church office before the next session so you can be sent the bible passage for that week).
 

Our first Fellowship Luncheon of the Fall will be on Tuesday, September 12th at 12:30 pm in the Parlor.  Please bring a dish to share and enjoy time with friends!

 

Save the Date:  Saturday, September 23      11am - 3pm “Vintage Saturday”  –

Benefit Car Wash • Vintage Dress Sale  • Antique Cars upper lot

 
To submit article ideas for the website or Facebook, contact Greg Pings: greg_pings@hotmail.com.
E-Tidings Date: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Information

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

Phone: (203) 744-6177
Email: fcdanbury@att.net

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    10 a.m.–11 a.m.

 

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