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

Sunday, November 24, 2019

This Sunday:  Thanksgiving Sunday

Children’s Christmas Rehearsal 10:15 am (after Children’s Sermon)

From Reverend Pat Kriss

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ---- William Arthur Ward, 20th century writer

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every day we were filled with gratitude for what we have, instead of fretting about what’s missing? What would happen if we no longer wasted time doing the impossible- trying to “live into the future”- worrying about what’s going to happen tomorrow, and instead paused to live in this very moment, face-to-face with people who care about us?

That dream of mine I just described would have a special result: it would turn every day into Thanksgiving. That’s what I wish for all of you. It’s often been said that the greatest wish we can make for one another is not that we have everything: it’s that we have enough. Enough material things to sustain us. Enough love and friendship to let us know we matter. Enough food and shelter to keep us and those we care about safe under these November skies. Enough discernment of the presence of God in our everyday life that we know just how blessed we are. Enough presence of mind that you realize that YOU are a blessing to those whom God has placed by your side in this life.

ThanksgivingAs we enter this Thanksgiving week and as our Sunday service focuses on those blessings, my wish for all of you is that you have enough. And that your heart warms in gratitude for what, you see, has been yours all along. - Pastor Pat Kriss

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO ATTEND the Association of Religious Communities’ benefit Jazz Concert this coming Monday evening at 7 p.m. at Our Church. This is a different twist to ARC’s yearly Interfaith Thanksgiving service, and combines the joy of Jazz with the sentiments of the season. Come join us to kick off the Holiday season by being “groovy!”






From Jim Moriarty, Music Director

“Come, ye thankful people come, raise the song of harvest home... come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.”

These are words from the opening hymn this Sunday. Come join us for our Annual Thanksgiving Service beginning at 10 a.m.

Set aside the evening of December 7, for the Doug Hartline and Friends Holiday Concert. It will be held in our wonderful sanctuary, begins at 7:30 p.m. and cost $10. This is the Fourth Annual Concert which we sponsor and is for the whole family. Child care will be provided.

This is the last week to submit your list of ‘favorite hymns’. I will work with Pastor to use them during the January services.

Wow! Congratulations and many thanks to all those who donated to the organ fund. The goal has been reached! Any additional donations will be put in the organ line item and saved for our spring tuning.

Thanksgiving Jazz Concert -ARC DanburyPat thanks all those parents who have been bringing their children to church for the Pageant rehearsals.

ARC Inaugural Thanksgiving Jazz Concert here on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 pm.  Performers are Jonny Chapman, Dave Savitsky and members of the New Milford High School Jazz Band.  Tickets $5 at the door.  For more information go to:

The Danbury Music Centre’s Annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah is the evening of December 21, at 3pm. Our sanctuary is usually filled for this event, so plan on arriving early. A donation will be requested.

Another Holiday Concert being held in our sanctuary is on November 24. The Master Chorale, directed by Tina Heidrich, along with several instrumentalist, will present a lively concert of seasonal songs. Early arrival is again suggested. There is a charge of $25 at the door. (see flyer below)

Peace and Joy through music, Jim Moriarty



Deer Hill Thrift Shop

Great merchandise, low prices, very friendly staff.
Please consider volunteering even for a few hours – contact Pat Moriarty or Terry Hansen

Closed on Thanksgiving Weekend.  

Extended Holiday Hours begin December 6th:

Fridays 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 pm; Saturdays 10 am - 3 pm.

Bible Study Will Resume in January

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! 

Faith and Foam

Will resume in January at Three Brothers Diner in Danbury, starting at 6 p.m. (242 White Street). If you haven’t heard of these kinds of meet-ups, they have become very popular for churches to run in communities all over the country. The intention behind the meet-ups is this: For many people because of work or other commitment going to a house of worship on the weekend just doesn’t fit with the way their lives unfold. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a spiritual life, or, for that matter, that they don’t have questions or opinions they’d like to share about faith and religion. It’s the informal kind of discussion that lends itself to a brew or a drink among friends after work.


Donations should be brought to church on those Sundays, or you may leave them in the church office during the week.

Items most needed:

Holiday Collection - Food and Toys

Canned Coffee (l lb. size) Small Toys Coloring Books
Crayons Balls Stuffed Animals
Kid’s Size Socks and Mittens. Cookies Hot Chocolate
Cereal Candy Canes Boxed Snacks



The 2019 Holidays are rapidly approaching and it will be time, once again in First Church tradition, to decorate our beautiful church with POINSETTIAS & WREATHS.  If you would like to place an order, please complete the form below.  Mail the form, with your check payable to First Church, to FCC, 164 Deer Hill Ave, Danbury, CT 06810, drop the form and check at the church office or offering plate on Sunday, or email MaryAnn at

___Wreath(s) $17.00 each =      ________


___Poinsettia(s) $15.00 each =   ________

                                                            Total Enclosed  =                   $________

Additional forms may be emailed to you – contact MaryAnn (


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E-Tidings Date: 
Friday, November 22, 2019


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    9:30 a.m.–11 a.m.