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

This Sunday -- December 3, 2017

This Sunday – ‘Hanging of the Greens’ & Communion

First Sunday of Advent


From Rev. Pat Kriss

“Thank you, Dear Creator, for Life. Thank you for Dreams. Thank you for Ideas and Thoughts

and Feelings. Most of all, thank you for choosing me to grow - just for today - and to know

the Wonder of Your World and its many Possibilities.”

                              Janie Jasin, The Littlest Christmas Tree: A Tale Of Growing And Becoming


The Christmas Season – that time of preparation known as Advent, where we get to haul out the old boxes of decorations, and set up the tree. Why is this moment one of the most enjoyable of our year?

I think I know why.

It’s the same reason that people all around Danbury become excited and happy when we turn on the candles in the windows of First Church. And they tell us so. It’s not only beautiful when they round the corner of Deer Hill and West. It’s also reassuring, it’s familiar. It’s a touchstone for all those moments before when we can count on Christmas coming back into our lives. In a world where so little seems reassuring, where so few things make us feel safe and loved, coming back to church for Christmas lets us know that we are still welcome, that God still makes a place for us in this world.

Christmas is preparation.  It’s rifling through the ornament boxes, remembering who gave them to us, and perhaps, sending up a prayer for those who aren’t here this year to help us set up. Christmas and its decorations is an outward-facing act of love on our part. We decorate, not just for ourselves, and not only to honor God for the gift of Jesus, but we hang the lights and the greens as an act of love of neighbor, to delight so many pairs of eyes that belong to people we may never meet. Love of Neighbor.  Now that’s a theme to hold onto this Advent season. What ways are we expressing our love of neighbor as we round the bend toward Christmas? The Christmas story itself is studded with small moments when neighbors helped to save a tiny family and a new life.

Please be with us this Sunday, December 3 when we welcome this season of anticipation, of beautiful things, and of caring people who make us joyful to be together. You might even invite someone new to come with you! -----   Pastor Pat Kriss


From Jim Moriarty, Director of Music

Pat Moriarty will begin rehearsing our Sunday school children for the playing of the handbells during an Advent service. Please plan on having them in attendance the next several weeks. Thank you.

December 9th is the Jazz Holiday concert at the First Congregational Church Music Hall beginning at 4pm. Then following church the next day, December 10th, is the Children’s Community Chorus concert beginning at 1pm in the sanctuary.

Peace through music,

Jim Moriarty


Pat Moriarty and her Children’s Community Chorus will be performing their Winter Concert on Sunday, December 10th, 1 pm in the Sanctuary.  Come and enjoy this joyous event.  All Welcome.  No Charge.  Reception follows.


Youth Group:  Our newly formed Youth Group has decided to meet every other Tuesday at   6 pm on the 3rd floor.   See Pastor Pat for more info.

Deer Hill Thrift Shop:     Great merchandise, low prices, very friendly staff.
Volunteers urgently needed, especially on Saturdays.  Please call the church office if you can help.
Extended Holiday Hours begin on December 1st – Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 am - 3 pm.
Come and see our amazing shop decorated for the holidays and full of great items and clothing for the holidays at bargain prices!

Join the Choir!  Singers are always welcome to join the choir - see Jim Moriarty after worship

To submit article ideas for the website or Facebook, contact Greg Pings:

White Gifts - Food Pantry Collection for Interfaith Aids Ministry - Sunday, December 10, 2017

Wanted items are: Coffee** (cans), tea, hot chocolate, holiday cookies, Christmas candy, candy canes, canned veggies, soups, canned meals, grocery store gift cards.

Also small toys (do not wrap) - ex. Crayons, coloring books, card games, hot wheel type cars, small dolls, stuffed animals.                              ** number 1 requested item.


Doug Hartline and Friends Benefit Christmas Celebration Concert in our Sanctuary, Saturday, December 9th at 4 pm.  Admission is free and a good will offering will be taken to benefit the church.  The concert will include unique renditions of Christmas carols, hymns and popular songs.

Fellowship Luncheon – December 12th  12:30pm in Annie Hall – All Welcome.  Bring a dish to share and welcome in the holidays!

ARC’s Peaceable Home Charity Breakfast will be on Friday, Dec 8th at 7:30 am at the Amber Room Colonnade.  First Church will once again host a table.  If you would like to attend, please sign up in Annie Hall or call MaryAnn in the church office.  Thank you.

POINSETTIAS & WREATHS.  If you would like to place an order, please complete the form below.  Mail the form, with your check payable to First Church, to FCC, 164 Deer Hill Ave, Danbury, CT 06810, drop the form and check at the church office or offering plate on Sunday, or email MaryAnn at

___Wreath(s) $17.00 each =      ________

___Poinsettia(s) $15.00 each =   _______

               Total Enclosed  =        $________


Additional forms may be emailed to you – contact MaryAnn (

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Taken after Service, December 24? ____     


Ridgebury Congregational Church     Christmas Dinner
Tuesday, December 5th at 6:30 pm       Chuck’s Steakhouse
Please RSVP by Sunday, December 3, 2017.

Cost: $34.00 per person      CASH BAR
Entrée selection to be made the night of the dinner.  
(Includes appetizers, entree, salad bar, baked potato and dessert with coffee or tea.)

In lieu of gifts, please bring an unwrapped pair of warm socks and/or mittens or gloves for any age to be gifted to a local homeless shelter.

Please make checks out to:   Ridgebury Congregational Church  

Note in memo “Christmas Dinner”

E-Tidings Date: 
Thursday, November 30, 2017


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.