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

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We Are Thankful

Meet some of the people who have made our Christmas season special.

(Posted December 13, 2018)

A special thank you to so many in this hectic season: 

Jim MoriartyWe owe the highest thanks to Jim Moriarty, the choir and soloists who have enriched our times together this month in the Sanctuary. You have stood by us during not only our special services, but during the moving funeral for Al Jennings. And it goes without saying that we owe so much to all those generous volunteers who set up and served a beautiful reception after the funeral service. 


Mayor Mark BoughtonThank you to Mayor Mark Boughton for his moving personal testimony about faith in the face of serious illness.

 


Pat MoriartyWe thank and congratulate Pat Moriarty and her great Children’s Chorus for the concert of music and performance from the Nutcracker. 

 


Doug HartlineFinally, but far from least, we are grateful to Doug Hartline and Company for the incredible Christmas Jazz Concert that lit up our Sanctuary this past week. To all who worked so hard to make their work a gift to the Church, thank you. — Pastor Pat

Mayor Mark Boughton Shares the Pulpit: Cancer, Fear and Faith

Real Theology Sunday is a time when we talk about and reveal things that we normally don't share with others.

(Posted December 7, 2018)

"Now that I look back, it seems to me that in all that deep darkness a miracle was preparing. So I am right to remember it as a blessed time, and myself as waiting in confidence, even if I had no idea what I was waiting for." -- Marilynne Robinson, author Gilead, 21st century
 

We've all walked through dark places in our lives. For some of us, it meant facing a potentially fatal diagnosis or dangerous surgery. What does our faith do for us when that happens? This Sunday we will have another Real Theology Sunday -- a time when we talk about and reveal things that we normally don't share with others.

This Sunday I will be sharing the pulpit with Mayor Mark Boughton (photo, right), who just a short time ago, faced the diagnosis of a brain tumor that would require sensitive brain surgery. He will discuss his own faith in the face of fear. Mayor Boughton will be joined in our Coffee Hour by Greg Pings, who will also share his recent journey through learning about oral cancer and enduring the treatment for this disease.  Please do come and support these brave people with your presence. 

 

Worship with Us

Services begin at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

Remembering Kenneth H. Ballard, Jr.

A note of Deep Sadness: we just learned this morning of the death of Ken and Betty Ballard's son, Kenneth H. Ballard, Jr. who has fought a valiant and long battle with cancer, and for whom we as a congregation have been praying for months. May God comfort Ken, Betty and Ken Jr.'s family in this time of emptiness, with the knowledge that he now resides, free from pain, in the presence of God. Funeral arrangements are yet to be confirmed. - Pastor Pat Kriss
 

What Would Jesus Want for Christmas?

We rejoice that our long waiting in the dark for the birth of the Baby who will be the Light of the world, is almost over.

(Posted December 13, 2018)Rev. Pat Kriss

"When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy."-- Rumi, 13th century

I know a lot of people find the whole shopping experience for Christmas presents to be a major drag. But I have to say that there’s something about the experience of thinking of people and determining what gift of cheer would delight them that makes ME happy. I guess if I were always buying out of obligation instead of willingness, I’d be grumpy, too. But when you choose the joy of giving, it changes everything.

Worship with Us

Services begin at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

This Sunday is what is known to older Christianity as Gaudete Sunday. It’s the “pink candle” on the Advent wreath Sunday that is when we rejoice that our long waiting in the dark for the birth of the Baby who will be the Light of the world, is almost over. Gaudete translates, literally, into Rejoice.

This Sunday at First Church is one we also greet with a bit of silliness. It’s Ugly Sweater Sunday (or ugly tie or ugly suit Sunday, too. Do your best to have the worst taste you can in clothing.) It’s our way of saying that we’ve done our best with the solemnity of the season, and now it’s time to relax. Oddly enough, the Gospel for this Sunday has John the Baptist being anything but giddy with the people who have followed him into the desert. John has a way of telling it like he feels it, and he lays down some serious corrective measures to these early followers who he calls “a brood of vipers.” Then again, I guess I would be grumpy too if all I ate was bugs and honey. 

We won’t be grumpy this Sunday, however. I’m going to ask you all to think about what Jesus would like for Christmas, whether you think of Jesus as the Babe in the manger, or whether it’s the resurrected Jesus for whom you’re going to select a gift. Give that some thought, and bring it with you wrapped in the ugliest sweater you can think of. Until then, PEACE. --- Pastor Pat Kriss
 

Information

First Congregational Church
164 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810
Est. 1696

Phone: (203) 744-6177
Email: fcdanbury@att.net

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.

 

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