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

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The Lesson of Adam and Eve

If only you realized you are Enough.

Rev. Pat Kriss(Posted June 3, 2021)

Among the things I love about Church School is how kids interpret the Bible stories we tell them. Like when they drew pictures of and Adam and Eve leaving Paradise in the Garden of Eden. When their drawings were pinned up on the board, everybody wondered about one of a stretch limousine with two people in the back and a white-haired guy behind the wheel. “Oh,” the young artist explained. “That’s God and he’s driving Adam and Eve out of the Garden.”

Church Services on Sunday

In-Person Service begins at 10 a.m. Please observe these social distancing guidelines when you worship with us. 

Watch us on Facebook: We livestream our services to Facebook. You may view them live or on demand at www.Facebook.com/DanburyChurch/videos.

The Futility of Hiding from God

The Adam and Eve story is actually as old as time itself. We humans are living in the best of God’s creation, wanting for nothing, unclothed but comfortable in our own skin. And then, of course, we mess up, ignoring the warning signs God has given us, in a bid for a little power. In an instant, we become self-aware, not of the gift that we were made by God, but of our nakedness. In the next moments, we try to hide our guilty selves from God … as if THAT were even possible. It was in the Garden of Eden, however that we began to perfect the art of blaming others for our own shortcomings, whether the target is the woman, or the snake. (The guy is never blamed, of course.)

The truth is, God never sought to inflict a “guilt trip” on humanity. God knows that guilt is an unproductive emotion, whereas confessing our shortcomings to ourselves can positively change how we conduct our lives. But it is far easier to ignore the truth of our broken places. When the going gets tough, as it has for virtually everyone over the past year, the last person we tend to forgive is US. When we fail to “solve the problem,” to handle stress the way we think we ought to, depression and anxiety can follow. But God never intended this. Before the forbidden fruit was consumed, God had a message for humans: “You are Enough just as you are.”

What It Means to Be 'Enough'

How far we’ve strayed from The Garden! A click on the Internet or TV affirms this. IF only you weren’t so fat. If only your face didn’t need tons of makeup to look more perfect. IF only you were braver and didn’t feel scared. If only you were younger, or richer, or married, or whiter, or anything other than the real you. Funny how the message never is, “if only you realized you are Enough.” Even Jesus finds himself criticized by others for being who he really is in this week’s Gospel.

This Sunday join us as we explore what it means to be “enough” in the eyes of God and, hopefully, to find the forgiveness we need to bring us inner peace.

Volunteers Bring the Joy of Jesus to People

What you voluntarily do impacts the lives of many, or even just one.

Rev. Pat Kriss(Posted June 10, 2021)

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.”
- Erma Bombeck, author and humorist

The wonderful thing about a Sunday when we honor everybody who in some capacity volunteers for our church is that it’s an opportunity to thank the people who have faith in what First Church is doing. For me as Pastor, if you care enough to volunteer – whether that involves cookies or hitting High C’s – it means you believe in the worthiness of our efforts to bring the joy of Jesus to people.

Church Services on Sunday

In-Person Service begins at 10 a.m. Please observe these social distancing guidelines when you worship with us. 

Watch us on Facebook: We livestream our services to Facebook. You may view them live or on demand at www.Facebook.com/DanburyChurch/videos.

Volunteers Impact People

It doesn’t matter what it is that you do. One way or another what you voluntarily do impacts the lives of many, or even just one.

I know it may seem strange to think when you, as a Thrift Shop volunteer, sort clothes or run the register, that you could be saving someone. But you literally make the world better for someone you’ve not met.

I know it may not seem like much to show up early for services and, as a deacon, set up communion or fill the candles or set the communion table, but it is you who put the polish and sparkle into Sunday rituals.

I know it may be hard to schedule rehearsals for kids to learn how to sing and act in the Community Chorus. But we’ve all noticed how some of the most timid children have blossomed into performers, all the while enjoying themselves, and making parents proud.

I know that signing up for coffee hour and bringing your best cookies may not feel earth-shaking. But you never know how lonely one of your fellow church members may be when you serve them. Just that one smile and discussion with you might well dispel his or her sense of alone-ness, to help give someone a sense of belonging that lasts well beyond Sunday.

I know you think no one knows or cares as you sit at night knitting or crocheting a prayer shawl that will be given to people going through hard times. But you see, you have never seen as I have the joy and surprise on their faces when we wrap it around them.

I know that it’s hard to make time for choir rehearsal, with your busy schedule. And yet you will never fully appreciate how your voice ignites a flame of joy in so many people sitting in the pews or tuning in to our livestream or YouTube replay.

I know that you may think that what you teach our littlest kids about Jesus and God in Church School is just a drop in the bucket, but years from now that one thing you told them about loving people will be the thing that gets them through the tough moments of young adulthood.

I know that committing yourself to being a Council member requires time and meetings. But above all else you KNOW how important it is to keep First Church not only alive, but healthy.

The Truth About Volunteering

You see, all these seemingly small acts of volunteering really are facets of one much larger truth: That we can manifest our love for the Christ we see in the faces of all the people we touch in many, many different ways. On behalf of all the people you have touched, THANK YOU.

Tent Revival on Fathers Day

Join the freedom of no masks, and worship outside!

(Posted June 16, 2021)

When: Sunday, June 20, 2021, at 10 a.m.

We’ve been waiting to gather like this for 18 months! This Sunday, we’re having a good old fashioned Tent Revival Service for Father’s Day on the inner lawn at First Church!

Revive Your Spirits and Let the Kids Have Fun

  • It’s Jazz Sunday, so we’ll have some bright and joyful music.
  • No masks are required.
  • Join us for ICE CREAM "SUNDAE" after the service. (If you can help scoop ice cream, please let Pastor Pat know.)
  • Riley Duhamel has lined up some great games for our kids to play on the grounds.
  • The sermon will be short and the jazz will be hot.

Please join us and enjoy this special service that celebrates Father’s Day and the beginning of Summer at First Church.

For our online congregation: We plan to broadcast from the lawn, but we encourage everyone to join us in-person, if you are able.

See you on Sunday!

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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