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

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Veterans Day: A Day of Honor for Those Who Richly Deserve It

I found his name, touched the inscription on the wall of this young man I never met.

(Posted November 7, 2019)From Reverend Pat Kriss

When wounds are healed by love, The scars are beautiful.

At one time in the distant past, most of us had them … solid steel bracelets, curved like a “C” and bearing the name on its surface of someone that, for most of us, was a total stranger. For us, wearing one was a personal statement about the high cost of a country’s choice to wage war. 

I found mine a while ago in a box I designate for important keepsakes. I’ve had it since 1969. It’s a Prisoner of War/ Missing in Action bracelet, and on mine is the name of Captain Joseph Shaw Ross, U.S. Air Force. (Photo below, left.) I never knew him, but he’s occupied a place in my heart for all these decades, as I wonder from time to time where his remains lie hidden, how his family back in Kentucky is faring so many years after the Vietnam War ended in 1974. For a generation of mostly young male soldiers in an unpopular war, coming home was not a welcoming celebration, but a time when politics demonized people who had answered the call to serve their country.

Church Services on Sunday

Service begins at 10 a.m. All are welcome to worship with us. 

Joseph Shaw Ross did not come home. I visited the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in DC, some 20 years after I was given the bracelet. I found his name, touched the inscription on the wall of this young man I never met. And I realized that his remains are resident in my heart. 

 Captain Joseph Shaw Ross USAFBut here’s the important part. Every day we are surrounded by people WHO ARE here, among us. Men and women who understood that their love of country meant, for them, enlisting in the armed services. They are veterans, this Band of Brothers and Sisters, late from other wars, other actions. They’re not looking for adulation for what they achieved and endured for our sake. But in every way on this one day of the year that we honor them, they richly deserve it. Some wear hidden scars of mind and body. Some left behind a limb or their comfort in loud noisy crowds. Some returned intact. But regardless of the circumstances, We the People owe them our respect and support. This Sunday at First Church we honor all veterans and their families who also served by waiting. If you know a vet, why not invite him or her to join us?

Virtual Wall of Faces

Finally, I received a gift this week I never expected. On a website I stumbled upon it - the Virtual Wall of Faces of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. I came face-to-face with Joseph Shaw Ross. I pray, as he piloted his jet through enemy fire, his soul just kept ascending into the arms of God. His picture is here on this page. May we lift a prayer of thanksgiving for the lives of all who served, and may we thank the ones we can still hug. Blessings to you all. - Pastor Pat Kriss

 

A Christmas Jazz Concert

A Fundraiser for the First Congregational Church of Danbury

(Posted November 11, 2019)

A fund raiser for the First Congregational Church by Doug Hartline and Friends.

Date: December 7, 2019

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Place: First Congregational Church Music Hall, 164 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury

Admission: $10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Members of the Band

Doug Hartlilne: acoustic/electric guitar

Ginny Hartline: vocals

Nick Bariluk: keyboards

George Skidd: bass

Alan Pugielli: drums/percussion

Jon Saxon: saxophone

Joan Wallace: vocals

Amy Jonsson: vocals/violin

World Communion Sunday

The whole world is coming together to symbolically celebrate the bravery of Jesus’ sacrifice.

(Posted October 4, 2019)Reverend Pat Kriss

There's a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine drunk.- M. F. K. Fisher, 20TH century American Writer

Now here’s a question I’m going to guess that no one has asked you in the last week: What do you think is happening when you take the bread and grape juice on Communion Sunday? How does it affect you?  And how did the whole tradition of what we call The Lord’s Supper get started?

Church Services on Sunday

Service begins at 10 a.m. All are welcome to worship with us. 

On this, our World Communion Sunday, how does it make you feel to know that people around the world are experiencing the same thing, sending up similar prayers for peace and reconciliation? Our congregation increasingly reflects the diversity of what the greater Danbury area has come to represent. In honor of our shared communion and of our rich cultures, this Sunday Sanjay Patel will play his harmonium and bring the spice of Indian music to our service along with our Chancel Choir. Sanjay’s music was so well-received some five years ago when he first shared his musical talents. Come join us to share news of how the whole world is coming together to symbolically celebrate the bravery of Jesus’ sacrifice, and how people are restoring his kind of love and compassion around the world. - Pastor Pat Kriss
 

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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