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,
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.
Join the Choir! Singers are always welcome to join the choir - see Jim Moriarty after worship
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.
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.
___Wreath(s) $17.00 each = ________
___Poinsettia(s) $15.00 each = _______
Total Enclosed = $________
Additional forms may be emailed to you – contact MaryAnn (email@example.com)
In Memory of or Honoring.... (circle one)
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”