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


November 2: Solidarity Shabbat

(Posted November 1, 2018)

On Friday, November 2, we and everyone who cares about religious freedom and our brothers and sisters throughout the Danbury area are invited to attend a special 7 p.m. Shabbat Service at the United Jewish Center, on Deer Hill. It’s a service of solidarity not only with the congregation of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, but with ALL people who refuse to be broken by hatred. I hope you will join me at this service with so many of different faiths in Danbury. -- Rev. Pat Kriss

From Rev. Pat Kriss: A Moral Response to Hatred

How can Christians work toward resolution to our fractured world?

(Posted November 1, 2018)

Sunday, Nov. 4, is our All Saints Service, along with Communion Sunday. We will be honoring those who have departed our presence during the last year. We’ll remember their goodness and how they were an important part of our community. 

I also think that it’s important that I let my message to you address the issue that weighs heavily on most of us, and that is the hateful way things seem to be going in our country. This is NOT going to be a political discussion, but one about social anxiety and a moral response to hatred. I am using author Ben Sasse’s book, THEM- Why we hate each other and how to heal as a source for examining the ways WE as caring Christians, can work toward some resolution to the fractured world we see about us. 

Worship with Us

Services begin at 10 a.m. EST All are welcome.

AND…. please remember to set your clocks back this weekend, or you’ll be early for Sunday services! - Rev. Pat Kriss

Gratitude, Sacrifice and Blessings

With a full, willing heart, thank God for all that has blessed us.

(Posted November 9, 2018)

This weekend is one destined to be full of contrasts. Outside the window it’s the end of the dazzling colors of fall and the emergence of the bare bones gray of the winter woods. It’s the end on Sunday of the lead-up to our Stewardship Campaign, and the beginning of the pre-Thanksgiving holiday season with its sense of coming abundance. And in the Gospel of Mark that we’ve been following, it’s the end of Jesus’ public ministry. What lesson does he choose to teach as his last one? He takes the disciples to the Temple Treasury. Jesus lets them watch as the elite scribes donate large amounts of money, making sure that everyone sees them do it. And then he points out how a widow quietly comes forth and contributes two coins. They are everything she has. The scribes are powerful. She is one of “the least of these” that Jesus talked about last week, and who we, as children of God are obligated to help. 

Worship with Us

Services begin at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

But the underlying message is this. To follow Jesus we are not merely obligated to be generous when we feel like it, and when people are watching. We are meant to offer our whole selves in service to God. The theme of sacrifice is all the more fitting this Jazz Sunday that falls on Veterans Day, when we all have an opportunity to thank those men and women who willingly placed their entire beings in service to the higher cause of protecting and defending freedom. So please join us this Sunday of endings and beginnings, so that we may with a full, willing heart thank God for all that has blessed us. -- Pastor Pat Kriss


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    10 a.m.–11 a.m.