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

E-Tidings Weekly Newsletter

Sunday, October 20, 2019

This Sunday: 10 a.m. Morning Worship

From Reverend Pat Kriss

"Was memory always as much of a burden as it could sometimes be a blessing?" - Mary Balogh, 21st century

This weekend we are given a very short gospel in parable form about a very tiny woman in the eyes of the powerful in Jesus’ time. She was tiny, not necessarily in stature, but in order of importance in the Roman world. The woman was a widow, with no “man to speak and take care of her.” Even the word, widow, translates in Hebrew to mean, “one without a voice.” She came enlisting the aid of a self-important judge because she had been wronged, and no one seemed to care, including the judge. It would have been easy, even typical, if she had just given up, lost faith in fairness, but she did not. You might even say, “nevertheless, she persisted.” As a result, Jesus points out, he finally gave in and helped her, because she wore him out with her petition for help. He tells us how we “need to pray always and not to lose heart.” Losing heart is the worst thing we can do for ourselves when we bring our woes to God.

The problem many of us deal with in the area of “losing heart” is the fact that so often we are our own worst critics, that in OUR hearts, we remember how imperfect, even sinful we’ve been in the past. We can’t seem to let go of our pasts so that we can move forward with life. Too often our biggest, most unforgiving critics are not other people -- it’s ourselves. Moving forward then starts with self-forgiveness and a pledge not to look back, but to plan to move forward, and realize that we are worthy of justice. This Sunday we will be looking at ways to leave the past behind and to learn to love the persons we are trying to become. See you at 10 on Sunday. --- Pastor Pat

A Reminder that Pumpkin Carving after Church is coming up on Sunday, October 27! This is definitely a family project, to help our little ones carve the little pumpkins we’ll have on hand, so plan on joining us down in the gym after church where our professional pumpkin carver will demonstrate how she does it and gets her ideas. Mark your calendars!


From Jim Moriarty, Music Director

I want to thank all the parents who were able to bring their children to church for their pageant rehearsal with Pat Moriarty. Please check their schedule for future rehearsal dates. This Sunday Cheryl Hill will lead the congregation in song.

The next Jazz Sunday is October 27th.

“Calling All Angels” ... It is that time again when the organ needs tuning. If you can contribute to this fund it would be greatly appreciated! Be sure to earmark your check "organ tuning".

Peace and Joy through music, Jim Moriarty


Our condolences to Jim and Davy Howson and their family on the passing of Rev. Dr. Mary Lou Howson on October 13, 2019.  Rev. Howson began as Associate Minister here in 1987 and was Pastor of First Church from 1991 - 2002.


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 Deer Hill Thrift Shop

Great merchandise, low prices, very friendly staff.

Please consider volunteering – contact Pat Moriarty or Terry Hansen.

Fridays: 9:30 am – 2 pm; Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm.

 


Bible Study

Next Session begins Monday, October 21 at 3 p.m. 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). Open to all!


Faith and Foam

October 29 at Three Brothers Dinerin Danbury, starting at 6p.m. (242 White Street). If you haven’t heard of these kinds of meet-ups, they have become very popular for churches to run in communities all over the country. The intention behind the meet-ups is this: For many people because of work or other commitments, going to a house of worship on the weekend just doesn’t fit with the way their lives unfold. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a spiritual life, or, for that matter, that they don’t have questions or opinions they’d like to share about faith and religion. It’s the informal kind of discussion that lends itself to a brew or a drink among friends after work.


THANKSGIVING COLLECTION: November 10th.

Items most needed are canned coffee (l lb. size) canned vegetables, stuffing mix, instant potatoes, cranberry jelly, gravy, juice, cookies, hot chocolate, tea and Grocery gift cards.

HOLIDAY COLLECTION: December 8th.

Small toys, coloring books, crayons, balls, stuffed animals, kid’s size socks and mittens. Any food for holiday meals and canned coffee (1 lb. size).

For kids: cereal, candy canes, cookies, boxed snacks.

Items should be brought to church on those Sundays or may be left in the church office during the week.

E-Tidings Date: 
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Sunday, October 13, 2019

This Sunday 

10 a.m. Morning Worship 

Baptism 

From Reverend Pat Kriss 

"Healing is impossible in loneliness; it is the opposite of loneliness. Conviviality is healing. To be healed we must come with all the other creatures to the feast of Creation." --- Wendell Berry, 21st century Poet and Writer

The funny thing about anxiety -- if there is anything funny about it -- is that, when we are in its grip, we are convinced that we are utterly, totally alone, the only person that we know who is going through it. In this lonely state we are reluctant to tell anyone for fear that people will think we’re strange or weak. Of course, this self-imposed separation only isolates us even more from the very thing we need most -- other caring people.

These are anxious times we live in, anyway, and in these past few weeks I have seen way more than a small number members in a pastoral care capacity for different manifestations of the same thing: anxiety. There are several things they share in common. They are genuinely wonderful people, highly responsible people who feel beholden to their family, friends and church. When anxiety makes them unable to be, in their own eyes, as productive as they feel they need to be for others, what results is a sense of guilt, of letting people down. They don’t want to tell the people they love that they’re hurting. And that isolation helps feed anxiety even more. These are our friends who tend to try to live in the future in an effort to divert the next disaster they think that’s coming, a “what if” imaginary thing that actually only lives inside them. No one can actually live in the future, or undo the past, so undue, advance worry accomplishes nothing.

So what’s the answer?

Wendell Berry had part of the answer in the quote above. We need to come together, in honesty and trust, to understand that we are not alone but bonded with “the other creatures in the feast of Creation.” I am currently arranging for Clinical Social Worker Anne Wennerstrand, who came to visit with us a few years ago about depression, to return in the next couple of weeks and spend time with us. She will help teach us techniques for dealing with and relieving anxiety. Another answer can be found by opening your Bible -- and look at the many times that God or God’s messengers tell us to “fear not.” The Angel Gabriel said it to Mary when he surprised her in her room. The choir of angels singing over Bethlehem sang to the frightened shepherds that what was coming was not disaster, but great joy in the form of a tiny baby. Most of all that tiny baby grew up and one day told us this:

“….Be not anxious for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment? 26 Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you of much more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto [a]the measure of his life? 28 And why are you anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these…Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself.” (Luke 6:25-29;34)

See you Sunday for a wonderful Baptism and discussion of healing. - Pastor Pat Kriss

A Reminder: Sunday October 27 after services we invite you to carve and decorate pumpkins in advance of Halloween. Be sure to plan on making this a family event. Our little ones will want to bring their enthusiasm, and they'll need your help in carving to make it a great day! We will be furnishing the pumpkins and tools.

From Jim Moriarty, Music Director

I want to thank all the parents who were able to bring their children to church for their pageant rehearsal with Pat Moriarty. This Sunday she will have another full hour rehearsal. There are only a few full service rehearsals, so please make every effort to have them present again this Sunday.

CORRECTION: The next Jazz Sunday is October 27th. It was listed incorrectly in last week’s E-Tidings.

This Sunday the Meeting House Quartet will lead the congregation in song, and next Sunday, there will be a soloist from our choir.

We also wish our soprano, Jean Harman a speedy recovery after her surgery.

“Calling All Angels” ... It is that time again when the organ needs tuning. If you can contribute to this fund it would be greatly appreciated! Be sure to earmark your check "organ tuning".

Peace and Joy through music, Jim Moriarty

First Church Knitters Group

We plan on meeting to knit and crochet at 5:30 p.m. in the Parlor. Everyone is welcome. Seasoned knitters and crocheters as well as people who want to learn to knit or crochet. Fellowship and friends meet to relax. Call Heidi at 203-798-0476 or 203-826-6827 for more info.


Submit Article Ideas

Contact Greg Pings if you have an idea for an article or photo for our website or Facebook page. Send your idea in an email to: Greg_pings@hotmail.com


 Deer Hill Thrift Shop

Great merchandise, low prices, very friendly staff.

Please consider volunteering – contact Pat Moriarty or Terry Hansen.

Fridays: 9:30 am – 2 pm; Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm.

 


Bible Study

Next Session begins Monday, October 21 at 3 p.m. 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). Open to all!


Faith and Foam

October 15 at Three Brothers Diner in Danbury, starting at 6 p.m. (242 White Street). If you haven’t heard of these kinds of meet-ups, they have become very popular for churches to run in communities all over the country. The intention behind the meet-ups is this: For many people because of work or other commitments, going to a house of worship on the weekend just doesn’t fit with the way their lives unfold. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a spiritual life, or, for that matter, that they don’t have questions or opinions they’d like to share about faith and religion. It’s the informal kind of discussion that lends itself to a brew or a drink among friends after work.

E-Tidings Date: 
Friday, October 11, 2019

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    9:30 a.m.–11 a.m.

 

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