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

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Children’s Christmas Pageant

“The First Christmas (a musical)”

7 p.m. Christmas Eve – Traditional Worship of Lessons & Carols

From Reverend Pat Kriss

This Sunday marks a truly joyous occasion for all of us at First Church as the centerpiece of our service will be the very first Children’s musical Christmas pageant that we’ve held in the Sanctuary for more than eight years. Whether you have kids, have grown-up kids, or are a kid at heart, you will enjoy this special presentation.

There’s an important message for us in an old saying:

“Children are a third of our population and all of our future.”

Certainly there is no more important level to help a child build a successful future than the foundation we lay for them. Having a moral core in childhood, exploring their spirituality, building self-confidence, and being made to feel a part of a community that cares for and includes them is at the very cornerstone of that foundation. We owe a major debt of gratitude to Pat Moriarty, the creator of our Children’s Chorus and the professional who has helped mold our kids into a joyous Christmas musical that you all will enjoy this Sunday. And we owe an equal debt to Cindy Tyrseck and her helpers and volunteers who shape young minds with Christian education.

And, right around the corner, IS CHRISTMAS EVE! On Tuesday night, December 24, we will gather with Music Director par excellence Jim Moriarty, our Chancel Choir, soloists and guest musicians to hold our Lessons and Carols Christmas Eve Service at 7 p.m. This is one annual event you will want to be present for, and bring your friends as well! Remember: There is ample parking across the street.

Finally I want to share a blessing with all of you, for I am certain that wonderful things are about to happen to our 323 year-old congregation. It’s a blessing for right now and for the future:

Creator God, You who send us the Prince of Peace

in the shape of a tiny baby,

show us the way to carry His message forth

as we leave the Manger and return to

a tired and anxious world.

Teach us, mold us, make us Christ Bearers.

May this Congregation always, with the help of

very special angels

be at your service to reach out to those

who live in darkness and need the light

of a Christmas Candle every day of the year. AMEN. - Pastor Pat Kriss

From Jim Moriarty, Music Director

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing Glory to the New Born King!”

With this Sunday being our church school children’s pageant – first in a long time, and our Christmas Eve Service in a few days, I’d like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Jim Moriarty

Deer Hill Thrift Shop

Great merchandise, low prices, very friendly staff.

Please consider volunteering even for a few hours – contact Pat Moriarty or Terry Hansen.   

Extended Holiday Hours: Friday 9:30  a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Closed December 27 & 28 – reopen Jan. 3

E-Tidings Date: 
Thursday, December 19, 2019


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:
Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sunday Worship:
Sunday   10:00 a.m.–11 a.m.


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