This Sunday -- March 4, 2018
This Sunday: Third Sunday in Lent - Communion
From Rev. Pat Kriss
As I sit here this cloudy morning, we are all in anticipation of “The Great Nor’easter” that our local weather forecasters have been warning about these last few days, over and over again. All of us Connecticut Yankees know to take these prognostications with a grain of salt, but to check the provisions anyway. What I think I like most about these dire forecasts is, just for a day or two, we shift our focus away from our computer screens or from Netflix and Hulu, to the miracles taking place right outside our doors.
It’s March 1, and like the old saying, “March comes in like a lion,” full of growling winds and the need to shelter from the lion’s snow and rain-drenched teeth, inside, safe. It seems as if nature has a way of insisting that we pay attention to its miracles, especially with the changing of the seasons.
That’s what this Sunday’s service and music are all about. Forget for a moment about the strife around us. Flip the Bible from the passages about suffering and death, and observe the presence of God, right outside our windows. I know I see the changes. In the last two weeks alone, male and female birds have started pair up together for the first time all winter. They have even been feeding one another, prepping their hearts to respond with compassion and caring to one another as a training exercise for the little chicks soon to come.
So this Sunday we will take a pause from strife, and hear from Jesus who looks at us anxious followers wondering who will feed us and, using nature and the birds of the air, points us to the way his Father absolutely promises to provide what all living creatures need in this life. There is no need for panic. These mornings when we step outside, we hear a different, sweeter voice from the birds of the air, who sing a song of approaching Spring, a song that heals us. Poet and writer Terry Tempest Williams shares her fantasy vision with us from her book, When Women Were Birds:
Once upon a time,
When women were birds,
There was the simple understanding
That to sing at dawn
And to sing at dusk
Was to heal the world through joy.
The birds still remember what we have forgotten,
That the world is meant to be celebrated.
Come celebrate with us this Sunday March 4. --- Pastor Pat Kriss
From Jim Moriarty, Director of Music
Music is the mediator between the spiritual and sensual life. Ludwig von Beethoven
The Community Children’s Chorus is growing in numbers! This chorus is for elementary age children who love to sing. It is open to all children regardless of race or religion. The musical selections are from all genres – pop, musical, traditional. These children not only learn how to play the training handbells, but they also have an opportunity to sing or play a solo at the concert! It is non-religious group which is simply sponsored by The First Congregational Church of Danbury. So if your child likes to sing have them come to a rehearsal at 4:30, Tuesday. Contact info: 203-744-6177.
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.
Bible Study - Our next session will be on Monday, March 12th at 5:30 PM in the parlor off Annie Hall with food available, too. 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!
Children’s Community Chorus has begun and meets every Tuesday at 4:30 pm. Open to All Children – Elementary & Middle School Age – no charge, non-religious, limited enrollment. To sign up or for more info: email:firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office.
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: email@example.com.
Easter Collection for Interfaith Aids Ministry on March 25th. We’re collecting candy, small toys for Easter baskets, canned coffee, canned veggies, soup, tuna, beans and meals in cans such as spaghetti O’s, boxed cookies, cereal, peanut butter. Items may be brought to church on Sundays or left in the office during the week. Thank you.
Our March Fellowship Luncheon will be on Tuesday, March 13th at 12:30 pm in Annie Hall with a St. Patrick’s theme with corned beef and cabbage. Please bring a dish to share and welcome in Spring. All welcome – bring a friend!
Help is needed for Coffee Hour on March 11 and 25. Everything is provided, however, if you would like to bring your own treats, we’re happy to reimburse you for what you spend. Please contact the church office if you can help. Thank you. (203-744-6177)
It’s time to think about ordering Easter Flowers to be placed in our beautiful Sanctuary on Easter Sunday as a memorial for, or honoring a loved one. Please complete the form below and return it to the church office with your check made out to the First Congregational Church (mail to 164 Deer Hill Ave, Danbury, CT 06810 or leave in the offering plate) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Price: $10.00 per plant Deadline is March 25, 2018
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IN MEMORY OF or HONORING: (CIRCLE ONE)
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