Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost - October 11, 2020
From Reverend Pat Kriss
“Even those fallen leaves dance, on the musical wind cadence.” ― Anoushka Tyagi
As I sit here writing this week’s musings, I wish I could say that it’s really quiet around here. But Spirit our dog and Nessie our cat are hard at work doing their “jobs.” We sit here on the edge of our oak forest, surrounded by autumn leaves drifting down from the trees. To Nessie these drifting leaves are stalk-able prey, and being a cat she sits at the open screen door to the porch, chattering away at them. And Spirit feels she absolutely must protect us from the sky fall, so she woofs every few moments as the leaves skitter across the deck. After all, that’s her job.
Here’s the thing. Autumn is my favorite season. Now I know that some people find it a depressing reminder of endings. But I find just the opposite. The raucous-colored leaves that suddenly release from their lofty twigs don’t plummet to the earth. They instead take one last waltzing journey, pausing in their dance as they pass our windows. Then they settle onto the forest floor. In this I see not an ending but a beautiful completion, and a hint at the resurrection of next spring. And as we humans age, if we can find the moments of joy in everyday living, we will fill our later decades with a tango with the winds of life.
The focus of this Sunday’s service is that joy we seek, or should be seeking. We share Paul’s letter to the Philippians that centers around the joy he found in the faith and good works of the people there who accepted their role as disciples of Jesus. One would never know when reading this letter that Paul wrote it in prison – not exactly a place one would expect to find joy. Why not join us either in person or on Facebook Live to celebrate an enduring joy that appears in our lives like sparks of light even in the darkest times? See you there. --- Pastor Pat Kriss
We welcome everyone, regardless of faith background, sexual orientation, economic status or any other category. Here's how to join us on Sunday:/span>
- Join Us In Person: Sunday' service begins at 10 a.m. in our sanctuary at 164 Deer Hill Avenue in Danbury. When you join us, please observe these social distancing guidelines.
- Watch Us Online: Our services are livestreamed to Facebook. You may also view the replay on www.Facebook.com/DanburyChurch/videos.
Church School Is Open
Art projects, cards for members who are sick, and plenty of good Bible Stories await! Miss Cindy and Miss Marcia are taking every precaution to make church school a safe and fun experience for your children. Your children will be asked to follow these guidelines, which are designed to protect everybody's health and safety:
Masks are required. We will provide a mask if you don’t have one or if you forget it .
Use hand sanitizer before class begins. We provide that too.
Class meets in Annie Orr Hall, which assures your children will have plenty of room to maintain social distance.
Do not share art supplies. Each student will receive their own bag of brand new art supplies. The scissors, which will be sanitized after class, will be reused.
No outside food, please.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Cindy on Sunday.
Connect With Each Other
- Wednesday, 12 p.m. (Online)
Mid-Week Devotional and Chat: Pastor Pat will share an inspirational reading and a brief reflection on our Zoom channel. Afterwards, we'll open the mics and invite everyone to catch up with each other and socialize. Click here to join us at noon on Zoom.
- Sunday, 5 p.m. (Online)
Coffee and Cocktails at 5: BYOB (or C) and chat with each other like we did in the pre-pandemic days. The only difference is we'll gather on Zoom. We'll keep the channel open while you gab. Click here to join Coffee and Cocktails at 5 p.m. on Zoom.
The Thrift Store is Open
The Deer Hill Thrift Store is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. We offer great merchandise, low prices, and a very friendly staff. Please consider volunteering: Contact Pat Moriarty or Terry Hansen.
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First Congregational Church of Danbury
164 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810