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

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What Does 'Home' Mean?

What does Jesus has waiting for those who live their lives in loving discipleship?

(Posted May 5, 2020)Reverend Pat Kriss

“The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.” -- Anonymous

“Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.” -- William Makepeace Thackeray
 

I’m going to give you all some homework in advance of this Sunday. I’d like you to sit back and think, back to the days when you were a child. If I say to you, “think of what ‘home’ meant to you when you were young,” what comes to mind?

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When you were heading home late in the day or when you were older and were allowed to stay out after dark, what was it that you were looking forward to when you got there? What were the sounds, the scents, the remarks, the flavorings of what home meant? Who did you expect to encounter there when you went home? We’ll touch upon these experiences Sunday.

This weekend the resurrected Jesus is, in essence, preparing his disciples for his departure -- a group of men and women who, for all their eagerness, still don’t quite understand what he’s asking of them. Jesus is clearly telling them that he goes to prepare a home, a place for them in the presence of God the Creator, and yet Thomas says he doesn’t know the way there. Phillip seems to demand proof of God, even after Jesus performed miracles and rose from the dead.

Clearly they haven’t completely comprehended what Jesus has waiting for those who have lived their lives in loving discipleship. He’s going to have to remind them what the best of home looked like when they were young. And this week, this Mother’s Day Sunday, we’ll also recall where the heart of home really is, and how it has shaped us. See you on Sunday! -- Pastor Pat Kriss

Mental Health Month: A Special Service to Focus our Attention

A special service that focuses our attention on mental health and healing our worries.

(Posted May 24, 2020)Reverend Pat Kriss

May Is Mental Health Month

This Sunday, all of our churches in the United Church of Christ have been given a wonderful, pre-recorded Service to share with you all instead of our usual live Zoom service. Why? For one thing this has been a period of extraordinary stress and for many, anxiety. All of the UCC Conference ministers have come together to produce and participate in this special service (which includes the Lord’s Supper) that focuses our attention on healing our worries. An important effort, especially as we resume some activities of life before the virus arrived, and we feel so tentative about it.

The second reason we’ve been given this service to watch together is that this entire month is named Mental Health Month. While the Sunday Service will primarily address living in a time of anxiety, it’s also time to become aware of that unspoken-about invisible illness: a mental health issue. Whether it’s anxiety, a bipolar disorder, a form of schizophrenia or one of the many, many ways that clinical depression manifests itself, we need to be aware, sensitive to our fellow Pilgrims on this journey.

So, on Sunday at 10 a.m., we’ll come together on Facebook on our page, for a WATCH PARTY. We’ll be together just as we usually are online Sunday, except it will NOT be on Zoom, but over at our own page of Facebook. We will watch together. You will be able to share your thoughts and prayer requests as we watch, via the chat function. I will be there live, as will Digital Angel Greg Pings. The whole service will be recorded so you can also watch it later if you wish.

How to Get to the Watch Party: You will need to have a Facebook account to do this, but most everyone I know has one already. It’s not all that complicated, and lets you share your ideas as you watch. Please look at the instruction sheet that accompanies this page. See you Sunday, and have a peaceful Memorial Day weekend. We will resume normal online services the week after on Pentecost. - Pastor Pat Kriss

How to Join Our Facebook Watch Party

1. Go to www.Facebook.com at 10 a.m.

2. Click the notifications icon in the top navigation bar. It’s shaped like a bell, and it may show a red dot with a number. (The number tells you how many notifications you have.)

3. Click on “First Congregational Church of Danbury posted an update ‘Sunday Service for Mental Health Month.’”

 

 

4. You may also “react” to various parts of the video by clicking any of the “reaction” icons, and you may enter your comments on the lower right. Rev. Pat will monitor the comments and reply as needed.

How to Join Our May 24 Watch Party

Join us to view a pre-recorded service that focuses on healing our worries.

(Posted May 21,2020)

A pre-recorded service featuring UCC Conference ministers focuses our attention on healing our worries, and recognizes Mental Health Month. We will host a Facebook watch party for this service on Sunday, May 24, at 10 a.m. This watch party is being hosted in lieu of our regular Sunday service; we will not use Zoom on May 24.

How to View the Watch Party

1. Go to www.Facebook.com at 10 a.m. on May 24.

2. Click the notifications icon in the top navigation bar. It’s shaped like a bell, and it may show a red dot with a number. (The number tells you how many notifications you have.)

3. Click on “First Congregational Church of Danbury posted an update ‘Sunday Service for Mental Health Month.’”

 

 

4. You may also “react” to various parts of the video by clicking any of the “reaction” icons, and you may enter your comments on the lower right. Rev. Pat will monitor the comments and reply as needed.

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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