Sunday, February 16,2020
From Reverend Pat Kriss
If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love. - Maya Angelou
Just about everyone knows what day Valentine’s Day is -- on February 14. It literally is the time of the year, the first few weeks of February, where even nature starts to wake up and feel amorous. If you look carefully, you will note that male and female birds begin to draw closer to one another, with one bird even feeding the other. Out there in the trees, an invisible dance is starting to take place, deep within each tree. All of those nutrients that a tree stored in the fall in its roots is now making its way up, deep inside the trunk, preparing for the first warm days ahead.
And then the human ritual of Valentine’s Day is starting to take place. Cards. Candy. Even a romantic evening out. A few “I love yous” tossed about here and there. And then, it’s back to business on February 15.
But I want to tell you when the REAL Valentine’s Day takes place.
The REAL Valentines Day happens not on the 14th, but days later when you pick up her socks off the floor without making a federal case out of it, and she quietly puts the cap back on a toothpaste tube squeezed in the middle.
The REAL Valentines Day happens months from now, when you’re trying to cool down your temper after you’ve both had a serious “disagreement.” Instead of sarcasm, you choose to remember and respect this person you love.
The REAL Valentines Day happens, not in ten days, but in 10,000 days, when he has less hair, you have more pounds, and no one will mistake you for Millennials. That may be the time when the doctor gives her the diagnosis no one wants to hear as you sit beside her. And all you hear in your head is, “I can’t lose her -- I love her.”
The REAL Valentines Day happens some 40 years from now, when the mists of memory loss mean that he doesn’t know whose hand he’s holding, or remember your name. But when you look at him, you still see the person you love.
And it is then you know that nothing, not even death, can break you apart. That’s when you realize that love - real love - is the Springtime warmth running deep inside that never leaves two hearts that have nourished one another. May you find and know such love in your life. - Pastor Pat Kriss
Mardi Gras Sunday
Get Ready For a Rockin’ Sunday Mardi Gras! Mark your calendars right now for Sunday, February 23, when well-known Danburian, Alan Raph, and Members of the Danbury Brass Band will kick off our Sunday meeting with a True New Orleans style Celebration before Lent begins. We guarantee you’re going to sway your way out of church that Sunday! Come have fun with us, and absolutely sinful coffee hour goodies.
From Jim Moriarty, Music Director
“Jazz comes from our way of life, and because it’s our national art form, it helps us to understand who we are.” – Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis is well-known trumpeter who won nine GRAMMY Awards. He is the managing and artistic director at Lincoln Center. And speaking of Jazz, this Sunday, Jazz Sunday, will be a little different as Doug Hartline will be incorporating a brass instrument to his ensemble!
With Ash Wednesday only a couple of weeks away, we here at the First Congregational Church of Danbury are preparing for a celebration of Mardi Gras at our service on February 23rd. Supporting our confessions and Joyful celebrations before Ash Wednesday will be a five piece Dixieland band – two trumpets, trombone, bass trombone and piano. Well-known Danburian, Alan Raph, will be leading “Members of the Danbury Brass Band” as we sing our hymns in the style of New Orleans 20’s and 30’s traditional music! This will also be a real treat for the children who have never heard music like this! We invite our local community to share in this festive service beginning at 10am. And of course plenty of sweet foods after the service!
*In helping with this celebration, Pat Moriarty would like to have our church school children learn a song to sing at our Mardi Gras service. Please have them in attendance to rehearse this Sunday. Thank you.
Another joy for our community is that of the startup of the Danbury Children’s Community Chorus this past Tuesday. This chorus is open to all children in grades one through eighth. This non-religious chorus meets Tuesday afternoons from 4:15 to 5:30. For further information contact Pat Moriarty at 203-744-6177 or 203-947-9824. So join now before registration ends. - Jim Moriarty
Bible Study will meet on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. in the parlor off Annie Hall, every other Monday with one exception. Here's the schedule:
February 24, 3:30 p.m.
March 9, 3:30 p.m.
March 23, 3:30 p.m.
April 6 at 6 p.m.
April 27 3:30 p.m.
May 11, 3:30 p.m.
June 1, 3:30 p.m.
Even if you did not come before, please come and join us (call the church office before the next session so you can be sent the bible passage for that week). Open to all!
Deer Hill Thrift Shop
Great merchandise, low prices, very friendly staff.
Open Fridays 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. & Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Please consider volunteering even for a few hours – contact Pat Moriarty, Terry Hansen or the church office.
The Children’s Community Chorus
The Children’s Community Chorus meets every Tuesday afternoon from 4:15 to 5:30. It is open for any child from 1st grade through 8th. It is well-known that it is a non-religious chorus who will sing songs of all genres – Pop, Broadway, standards etc. For more information please contact Director, Pat Moriarty, at 203-947-9824 or 203-744-6177.