Sunday, September 30, 2018
This Sunday: All God’s Creatures Sunday
Next Sunday: Worldwide Communion Sunday & Children’s Communion Sunday
From Reverend Pat Kriss
This weekend is one that makes us ALL reflect upon nature and the creatures on this fragile planet alongside whom we live. Around us the birds either begin their southward migration, or are busily loading up on food. The hummingbirds, minutes away from leaving, drink long and deep from the nectar feeders. They have an internal guidance system that tells them they must prepare for a trip that will take them 2,000 miles to Central America. With a more local blueprint for the upcoming winter, Squirrels gather acorns and, well, squirrel them away for later. In the backyard purple asters replace the daisies and clover, hardy plants that will withstand that first frost that will form in not too many days.
This Sunday after church some of us will take a journey down the Connecticut River to watch the swallow migration, viewing all manner of wildlife on the way. But even those of us who couldn’t be on that trip are on a journey of our own, watching the world turn the page to a new season. What’s important is for all us to realize that God has indeed written all of us creatures into the Book of Life, where we remain part of the same blueprint, dependent on one another to keep the world turning, and none of us truly expendable to that plan. We need to learn from Francis of Assisi, who prayed regularly about God’s creatures and often in the presence of the animals. And so I share the following anonymous prayer with you all, in the hope that you, too, will perhaps sit in the presence of nature, and bring blessings down upon us all in this Autumn moment --- Pastor Pat Kriss
God created us and placed us on the earth
to be stewards of all living things,
therefore let us proclaim the glory of our Creator, saying:
O God, how wonderful are the works of your hands.
Blessed are you, O Lord of the Universe; you create the animals
and give us the ability to train them to help us in our work. R
Blessed are you, O Lord of the Universe;
you give us food from animals to replenish our energies. R
Blessed are you, O Lord of the Universe; for the sake of our comfort
you give us domestic animals as companions. R
Blessed are you, O Lord of the Universe; you care for us
even as you care for the birds of the air. R
Blessed are you, O Lord of the Universe;
you offered your Son to us as the Passover lamb
and in him willed that we should be called your children. AMEN
Church School – We need one or two people that are willing to assist in the event a scheduled teacher can’t be there. No work or prep required.Church School will not be run with only one teacher this year.
Food Collection Sunday – October 14th – We will be collecting food for Interfaith Aids Ministry. Items needed are canned coffee, soup, tuna, meals in a can, cereal, peanut butter and wrapped candy for Halloween baskets. Items may be brought to the Sanctuary on Oct. 14 or dropped off at the church office during the week. Thank you!!
First Church Knitters Group. We plan on meeting to knit and crochet at 5:30 pm in the Parlor on alternate Thursdays. Everyone is welcome. Seasoned knitters and crocheters as well as people who want to learn to knit or crochet. Fellowship and friends meet to relax...call 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” Monday, October 8th 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.
Bible Study - Our next session will be on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd 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. Open to All Children – Elementary & Middle School Age – no charge, non-religious, limited enrollment. To sign up or for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org 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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