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

This Sunday -- September 2, 2018

This Sunday: 9:30 am Worship & Communion

Next Sunday:  September 9th, Homecoming Sunday

Return to 10 am Worship


From Reverend Pat Kriss

No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance

and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”  – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The messages are all around us, suddenly. While it’s been hot enough to fry an egg on the pavement this week, nevertheless we note that sunset is no longer as late as 9 PM. The deep shadow of twilight is actually setting in around 7 PM. And the gathering darkness.

Even the hummingbirds are preparing for their journey south by “tanking up” at the nectar feeders. My dog, piglet that she is, has begun to pester us for more food. In our own minds we suddenly note how nice the flannel shirts and corduroys are starting to look to us, now that they are showing in stores and the neverending flow of catalogs. Time to turn the page on the calendar.

Suddenly, it’s Labor Day – a day that ironically is set up to give us respite from our labors. This Sunday’s Scripture, also ironically, focuses in its own way on “getting back to work as Christians” - on the importance, between faith and the good works we are supposed to perform as Christians, and how we actually live the kind of day-to-day faith we keep talking about.

We all probably know that many people who have rejected “religion” have done so because of the hypocricy that they have encountered among people who call themselves Christians. That hypocricy spans the gamut, from clergy who horrifically abuse, to the Christian who talks a good game of compassion, and all the while judging and rejecting others because of race, gender, religious denomination, political leanings and country of origin. Therein lies the awful sin. We cannot just pay lip service to Jesus.

Jesus himself tried to explain to the pharisees that observing the dietary laws of purity – what goes in one’s mouth – is nowhere near as important as what comes out of one’s mouth. He asks us, what will it be? Unkind words, slander, lies, hate and rejection, or the words of someone who follows Christ, who tempers his/her thoughts with statements and actions that uplift, that reaffirm, and above all, that forgive the person to whom they are directed. This isn’t “political correctness.” It’s the kind of “spiritual courage” that Christ prepares us to spread like grace wherever we go.

So I invite you this Labor Day to rest from your work and join us at First Church. Please note: Communion Sunday has been moved to this Sunday, September 2. And Sunday, September 9 is our special Homecoming Sunday, with special music, visiting instrumentalists, and special message.

God bless you all and see you soon. --- Pastor Pat Kriss

A Special Note from Pastor: The very LAST TWO TICKETS are available for the Swallow Boat and Essex Steam Train ride on Sunday, September 30, departing from Essex at 3:30. There are nine of us going, but we would love to sell the last two tickets. Food and drink are available on the boat, along with the spectacular view of the massing of the swallows, swifts and martins at sunset. CALL NOW!


 A REMINDER: Labor Day is the last Sunday service of this year that starts at 9:30.  WE WILL RETURN TO 10’CLOCK SERVICES ON HOMECOMING SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9.


From Jim Moriarty, Music Director

It has been a long process recovering from my hip placement surgery last July 6. I was fortunate to have a couple of friends fill in for me during this period of time, but I wasn’t able to keep up with my usual schedule of rehearsing with soloists for which reason just the piano was used. I have accepted the fact that full recovery may take as long as a year.

I am looking forward to the choir returning for the 9th of September Homecoming Service. “Sing, Alleluia!” I also have a longtime friend Susan Goff visiting for the first time and playing the oboe/English horn at that service. Jane Mead is scheduled to solo this Sunday – Communion Sunday. The adult choir’s first rehearsal will be September 7th at the church, beginning at 5:30. Please come and join us if you have an interest.

Mark your calendars as Jazz Sundays are varied. September 16th is the first Jazz Sunday service but, in October and November the second Sunday of each month is Jazz Sunday – October14th and November 11th.

Joy through music,

Jim Moriarty


Church School will start on September 9th

New Schedule for this year – Church school will not meet on the first Sunday of the month.  Children will stay in church for communion Sunday.  Kids are welcome to participate in communion.  The first Sunday I will be doing a ‘what is communion’ lesson with the kids so that they know the meaning and how to take communion

Coloring papers and word search puzzles will be at the back of the church for your use.

Big kids class will be for kids 4th grade and up.  Cindy will have the class the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.  Julie will have the class on the 3rd Sunday.

Younger kids will be for any child up to 3rd grade – Riley will be with this class.

URGENT – we are in need of a volunteer (or two) who would be willing to assist a teacher should one of the two assigned teachers for the week not be able to be there.  We will no longer be able to have church school if only one teacher is available.  Please let me Cindy know if you would be willing to help out.   


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/next 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.

Join the Choir!  Singers are always welcome to join the choir - see Jim Moriarty after worship.
“Faith and Foam” resumes on September 10th at Three Brothers Diner in Danbury starting at 6pm (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 commitments, 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.

Our Fellowship Luncheon will be on Tuesday, September 11th at 12:30pm in Annie Hall.  Please bring a dish to share and welcome in new church year!

Bible Study Returns! - Our next session will be on Tuesday, September 18th at 6 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 meets every Tuesday at 4:30 pm beginning on September 18th. 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. 
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.

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E-Tidings Date: 
Thursday, August 30, 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.