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

This Sunday -- July 1, 2018 -- Communion

This Sunday: Summer Sunday Worship begins -- 9:30am


From Reverend Pat Kriss

Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed.

It means the damage no longer controls our lives. ---Ashkay Dubey

This Sunday is all about healing. The healing that a woman bleeding for years experiences just from touching the hem of Jesus’ cloak. The healing that brings back from the brink of death a little pre-teen girl whose prominent father, Jairus, is willing to humble himself to plead for his daughter’s life.

But these are not just neat little defined stories… ones with “once upon a time” in the beginning, and “they lived happily ever” after at the end. If you’ve lived long enough to have taken more than two dozen laps around the sun, you know that healing isn’t simple. It’s complicated. Healing changes both the recipient of the healing and the one who heals. So often healing heals the one who is doing the healing just as profoundly as the one who asked for help. And the truth is, healing isn’t the same thing as curing. There are many things that can’t be cured, but CAN be healed.

I came across a wonderful real-life example of that truth this week. John Lee Cronin is a young man who just graduated from high school in 2016, having studied retailing and customer service. I should also mention that John has Down Syndrome. Down Syndrome is one of those things for which there is no cure. When graduation neared and people were asking what he wanted to do next with this life, John told his Dad exactly what he wanted: he wanted to go into business partnership with his Dad Mark X. Cronin. But the question was, WHAT business? It didn’t exist as yet. After rejecting the idea of a food truck, (because neither of them can cook), John suggested one of his passions: really crazy looking socks.

John had loved them for years, and used to drive around with his father looking for really wild patterns. Then he mentioned to his father that he had a couple of designs that he had created with his artistic talent. From there they found a supplier to give them start-up stock and they also decided to give 5% of their profits to Special Olympics. John started producing John’s Crazy Socks, and within days of going online, the orders were pouring in. (You can check out John’s Crazy socks by going to ) 

Before long their Long Island business was booming so much that they added dozens of mentally challenged people to process all those orders. And in the true spirit of the way healing not only serves the healer but the one who is healed, John’s Crazy Socks were the ones that George Bush chose to wear to the funeral for his wife Barbara… they glowed from underneath his slacks, adorned with the books that were a favorite literacy project of hers. Love heals grief. Love is the basis for healing. John Lee Cronin isn’t cured, but he surely is healed – and a healer. His goal: to spread happiness through socks. And if Jesus hadn’t preferred sandals, I’m sure he’d be sporting a pair of John’s Crazy Socks.

A Special note: This Sunday is fixing to be hot. But this Sunday we also begin services at 9:30 AM. I also promise to keep our message short and “cool.” Please feel free to dress casually and comfortably. Our fans will be pumping and everyone knows that, at First Church, “We’re cool with God.” – Pastor Pat Kriss

A CHANGE OF PLANS: I had mentioned that I would start our “Faith And Foam” meetings this Monday at Three Brothers Diner. I have to have surgery next week and now plan to start the meetings the following Monday, July 9, with people arriving between 5:30 and 6:30. More informatin to follow.


From Jim Moriarty, Director of Music

This will be my last E-tidings for several weeks as I am scheduled for hip replacement surgery in early July and don’t know when I will return to playing the church organ. I have a wonderful sub for the first two weeks in July and am hoping to find others depending on how I feel and what I am allowed to do.

Traditionally we have serendipity Sundays in July which means singing the first and last verse of favorite, well-known hymns before the service begins.  This Sunday we will sing several Patriotic songs after the service and hopefully have a quartet for the offertory anthem. The remaining four Sundays will include the singing of favorite hymns. PLEASE, inform Pastor Pat, MaryAnn or myself of a favorite hymn you would like to sing. Do this right away and for a Sunday when you know you will be in attendance.

Peace and Joy through music,

Jim Moriarty


New!  First Church Knitters Group.  We plan on meeting to knit and crochet at 5:30 pm in the Parlor on alternate Mondays.  Everyone is welcome. Seasoned knitters and crocheters as well as people who want to learn to knit or crochet. Fellowship and friends meet to Heidi at 204 798 0476 or 203 826 6827 to RSVP/find out next meeting date.


Youth Group:  Our newly formed Youth Group has decided to meet every other Tuesday at   6 pm on the 3rd floor.   See Pastor Pat or Jay Duhamel 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. Hours:  Friday and Saturday, 9:30 am – 2 pm.


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


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E-Tidings Date: 
Friday, June 29, 2018


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.