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

E-Tidings Weekly Newsletter

Second Sunday After Epiphany | January 10, 2021

From Pastor Pat Kriss

It’s been an upsetting and confusing couple of days for most of us Americans. If there’s one thing we have learned from what took place Wednesday afternoon in Washington DC, it is that there is a virus more insidious than Covid-19, and it is the virus of hatred.

Hatred is contagious. It can infect the person that it targets, and turn them into people who are as bad as the ones who hated them first. The human brain at its worst is that “monkey brain” that operates without a thought to consequences, as a knee jerk reaction to fear. Far too much time has been spent pitting "The Left" against "The Right" -- a waste of our time.

But there is a grace, too, that God offers us if we are willing to accept it, and that is the grace of transforming this moment into a better one. As an antidote to the virus, I offer you the following, and ask you: Which will you choose?

In the Hands of Man

He who creates a poison, also has the cure.
He who creates a virus, also has the antidote.
He who creates chaos, also has the ability to create peace.
He who sparks hate, also has the ability to transform it to love.
He who creates misery, also has the ability to destroy it with kindness.
He who creates sadness, also has the ability to convert it to happiness.
He who creates darkness, can also be awakened to produce illumination.
He who spreads fear, can also be shaken to spread comfort.
Any problems created by the left hand of man,
Can also be solved with the right,
For he who manifests anything,
Also has the ability to Destroy it.”

-- Suzy Kassem, writer and poet

May your Epiphany days ahead be filled with transformation, and peace. -- Pastor Pat Kriss


Lionel Villavecenzio

We extend our condolences to Pastor Juana Villavecenzio on the passing of her beloved husband Lionel, after a long and valiant struggle with illness. I will officiate a graveside service next Wednesday, January 13.

A celebration of Lionel’s life will take place at a later date.


Deer Hill Thrift Shop Re-Open Delayed

The Thrift Shop will remain closed for the next two weeks as a result of the expected rise in COVID infections. We plan to reopen on January 16.

We wish you a safe and healthy new year, and we look forward to seeing you in the Thrift Shop again!

Receive a coupon worth $5 from the Deer Hill Thrift Shop when you join their email list. Email from the Thrift Store will alert you to special events or sale prices on certain items in their inventory. You'll be surprised at what you can buy for $5! Sign up for the email list here.


How to Donate to Our Community

Your congregation relies on you for financial support. Click here to donate with your credit card, debit card, or Pay Pal account. You may also mail a check to: 
First Congregational Church of Danbury
164 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810

E-Tidings Date: 
Thursday, January 7, 2021

January 3, 2021 | Epiphany Sundahy

COVID Quarantine: Jan. 3 Worship Services at King Street Church

Register in advance for King Street’s online service.Merry Christmas.

Due to a potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus and the resulting quarantine, we were unable to pre-record any music and prayers in our sanctuary this week. For this reason, we will join the King Street Church’s online worship service on Sunday, January 3, 2021. You must register in advance in order to join King Street’s online service. 

Pre-registration instructions have been emailed to each of our members. If you did not recieve the instructions, send an email to FirstChurch@DanburyChurch.org.

Service Begins at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday services at the King Street Church begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. The “virtual doors” open at 9 a.m.

Epiphany Puppet Gospel Rescheduled

Cathy Pings will present an Epiphany Puppet Gospel lesson on Sunday January 10. The puppet, who is a wizard, will tell the story of the Epiphany to children of all ages.


Deer Hill Thrift Shop Closed for Christmas and New Year's Day

Our Thrift Shop will be closed for Christmas and New Year's Day. It will reopen on January 9 with special pricing on Christmas and holiday items. Get some great deals for Christmas 2021!

Receive a coupon worth $5 from the Deer Hill Thrift Shop when you join their email list. Email from the Thrift Store will alert you to special events or sale prices on certain items in their inventory. You'll be surprised at what you can buy for $5! Sign up for the email list here.


How to Donate to Our Community

Your congregation relies on you for financial support. Click here to donate with your credit card, debit card, or Pay Pal account. You may also mail a check to: 
First Congregational Church of Danbury
164 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810

E-Tidings Date: 
Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Information

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

Phone: (203) 744-6177
Email: office@danburychurch.org​

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:
Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sunday Worship:
Sunday   10:00 a.m.–11 a.m.

 

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