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

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Have A Heart Toiletry Collection 

Have A Heart Toiletry Collection for Interfaith Aids Pantry will be this Sunday, February 9, 2020.  Items needed are: soap, toothpaste, shampoo, feminine products, toilet paper, tissues, deodorant.  Thank you.

From Reverend Pat Kriss

"I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing Light of your own Being."  - Hafiz, 14th Century Persian Sufi Poet

In these challenging days, it seems we often can divide the world into those who want to be told exactly what to believe in a religious sense, and those who need to be reassured that God is still speaking, and redefining what it means to “follow the rules.” In other words, “what does it mean to lead a holy life?”

Anyone who has viewed Christian art over the centuries remembers how “the holy among us” are often captured in paintings, with at least a pretty halo around their heads, and at most, a glow that surrounds their beings. In the real-life world, those of us who recall the extraordinary people in our lives, who touched us with their loving presence in our lives, can attest: while often humble, they left a glow of light in our lives, without so much as a halo here or there. What DOES make the difference so often is that their understanding of God’s laws made room for being compassionate, for being real. In other words, being “holy” is what lies well beyond the theology textbooks.

This Sunday we will look at some extraordinary times when the best of living God’s law meant bending God’s law to include those who were at the most critical point in their lives. When “being right” was exceeded by “being Christlike.” Join us for what it means to be a modern day Jesus follower, that New Covenant that he mentioned as he fed others at the Last Supper. - Pastor Pat Kriss

Mardis Gras Sunday

Get ready for a rockin’ Mardi Gras Sunday! 

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 enjoy absolutely sinful coffee hour goodies.

From Jim Moriarty, Music Director

“A great song should lift your heart, warm the soul and make you feel good...” – Colbie Caillet

With Ash Wednesday only a few weeks away, we here at the First Congregational Church of Danbury are preparing for a celebration of Mardi Gras at our service on February 23.  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 lead “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 10 a.m. 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 and next. Thank you.

Another joy for our community is that of the startup of the Danbury Children’s Community Chorus. This chorus is open to all children in grades 1st through 8th. 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.  Jim Moriarty

Bible Study

Bible Study will meet on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. in the parlor off Annie Hall, every other Monday with one exception. (See schedule.)

February 10

February 24 

March 9

March 23

April 6 at 6 p.m.

April 27 normal 3:30;

May 11

June 1

All are welcome to join us, even if you have not come before. Call the church office before the next session and we will send you the bible passage for that week.

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.

February Fellowship Luncheon

Our February Fellowship Luncheon is on Tuesday, February 11 at 12:30 p.m. in the Parlor.  Please bring a dish to share and enjoy!

Danbury Children’s Community Chorus

Danbury 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 that sings songs of all genres – Pop, Broadway, standards etc. For more information please contact Director, Pat Moriarty, at 203-947-9824 or 203-744-6177.

E-Tidings Date: 
Friday, February 7, 2020


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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