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

This Sunday -- May 6, 2018 -- Anniversary Sunday

 Communion In the Sanctuary


From Reverend Pat Kriss

On this Sunday, our Anniversary Sunday, we direct our attention to the ways that this wonderful congregation has not only survived since 1696, but thrived despite challenges that might have discouraged less- committed Christians. Throughout our long history, we have risen above crises such as the burning to the ground of our fourth meetinghouse. How did we do this? By rising from the ashes in 1907, and believing Christ’s promise to be by our side in all things, not only as our savior, but as our friend.

This Sunday the Gospel reflects this partnership with God. In John 15 Jesus tells us:

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another."

We are chosen. And we choose.

The most important sacred objects in this church do include the Emerson Pulpit,and the Comfort

Starr Baptismal bowl. But most important are all the long term members who have chosen to walk their life journey with this church and with us all. It is an inspiration to all others more recently drawn to First Church who sense in all of our members a sacred community that does bear fruit, and shares that harvest with the greater Danbury community. Blessings to all! –Pastor Pat Kriss


From Jim Moriarty, Director of Music

This Sunday is our 323rd Anniversary Sunday!  There certainly are not any churches in our area that have been here as long and have as many traditions. Today, Danbury has several churches of different cultures, each with their own type of music – very different in many ways. Although traditions are becoming rarer these days, music is one way to identify these differences.                                                                                           

So what are the traditions when it comes to music here at First Church? There is the Prelude – opening organ solo to set the tone, and the Postlude a closing organ selection of celebration. We still sing three hymns – a 4th is added on Communion Sunday. The Gloria Patri and Doxology are sung every Sunday as responses. There is also an anthem during the offertory.

In terms of church music, the anthems, hymns and responses are usually a blend of the old with the new. Preludes are often from composers of the Baroque Period and played on the organ, or sometimes a contemporary selection played on the piano. The Postludes are selections of different genres and played on the organ, often variations of well-known hymns. The hymn melodies can often date back to the 16th century although the words have in many instances been updated or revised using “inclusive language” – non gender. We continue to sing two response: Gloria Patri and the Doxology - the later with “inclusive” words.

With that said, I wish a Happy Anniversary to the First Congregational Church of Danbury!  

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Jim Moriarty


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.

Giant Bag Sale - May 18 & 19 in the Gym  – 9:30 am - 2 pm  – $5/Bag

Needed for Bag Sale: Brown Paper shopping bags with handles – please leave in the church office.

Bible Study - Our next session will be on Monday, April May 14th 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: or call the church office.

Save the date: Spring Concert – May 20th at 3 pm.


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


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Help is needed for Coffee Hour - 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)


The Letter Carriers will be collecting non-perishable food items (canned soups, juices, past, cereal, rice) on Saturday, May 12 to help families in need in our community.  You can help by placing your food donations at your mailbox on May 12 before your carrier arrives.  The food will be delivered to area food banks.


The Scholarship Committee invites all members of First Church entering into college, technical school or community college after high school to apply for a Scholarship grant.  These funds are made available through the generous contributions of former and present members of our church.  All who are interested in receiving a scholarship grant must fill out an application form obtained from the church office (or can be emailed to you).  Students are eligible for a grant for a 2-year period.  Grants are awarded on an as needed basis.  The deadline is May 31st.    A high school transcript may be presented with the application.  Completed applications may be faxed to the church at 203-744-4683.

Our May Fellowship Luncheon will be on Tuesday, May 8th at 12:30 pm in Annie Hall.  Please bring a dish to share!  All Welcome!!



E-Tidings Date: 
Thursday, May 3, 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.