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

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Keeping the Law by Breaking All the Rules

... to include those who were at the most critical point in their lives.

"I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing Light of your own Being."  Hafiz, 14th Century Persian Sufi PoetReverend Pat Kriss
 
(Posted Februry 7, 2020)
 

In these challenging days, it seems we often can divide the world into those who want to be told exactly what to believe in a religious sense, and those who need to be reassured that God is still speaking, and redefining what it means to “follow the rules.” In other words, “what does it mean to lead a holy life?”

Church Services on Sunday

Service begins at 10 a.m. All are welcome to worship with us. 

Anyone who has viewed Christian art over the centuries remembers how “the holy among us” are often captured in paintings, with at least a pretty halo around their heads, and at most, a glow that surrounds their beings. In the real-life world, those of us who recall the extraordinary people in our lives, who touched us with their loving presence in our lives, can attest: While often humble, they left a glow of light in our lives, without so much as a halo here or there. What DOES make the difference so often is that their understanding of God’s laws made room for being compassionate, for being real. In other words, being “holy” is what lies well beyond the theology textbooks.
 
This Sunday we will look at some extraordinary times when the best of living God’s law meant bending God’s law to include those who were at the most critical point in their lives. When “being right” was exceeded by “being Christlike.” Join us for what it means to be a modern day Jesus follower, that New Covenant that he mentioned as he fed others at the Last Supper.

The Real Valentine's Day

I want to tell you when the REAL Valentine’s Day takes place.

(Posted February 13, 2020)Reverend Pat Kriss

"If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love." - Maya Angelou

Just about everyone knows what day Valentine’s Day is -- on February 14. It literally is the time of the year, the first few weeks of February, where even nature starts to wake up and feel amorous. If you look carefully, you will note that male and female birds begin to draw closer to one another, with one bird even feeding the other. Out there in the trees, an invisible dance is starting to take place, deep within each tree. All of those nutrients that a tree stored in the fall in its roots is now making its way up, deep inside the trunk, preparing for the first warm days ahead.

Church Services on Sunday

Service begins at 10 a.m. All are welcome to worship with us. 

And then the human ritual of Valentine’s Day is starting to take place. Cards. Candy. Even a romantic evening out. A few “I love yous” tossed about here and there. And then, it’s back to business on February 15.

But I want to tell you when the REAL Valentine’s Day takes place. The REAL Valentines Day happens not on the 14th, but days later when you pick up her socks off the floor without making a federal case out of it, and she quietly puts the cap back on a toothpaste tube squeezed in the middle.

The REAL Valentines Day happens months from now, when you’re trying to cool down your temper after you’ve both had a serious “disagreement.” Instead of sarcasm, you choose to remember and respect this person you love.

The REAL Valentines Day happens, not in ten days, but in 10,000 days, when he has less hair,  you have more pounds, and no one will mistake you for Millennials. That may be the time when the doctor gives her the diagnosis no one wants to hear as you sit beside her. And all you hear in your head is, “I can’t lose her -- I love her.”

The REAL Valentines Day happens some 40 years from now, when the mists of memory loss mean that he doesn’t know whose hand he’s holding, or remember your name. But when you look at him, you still see the person you love.

And it is then you know that nothing, not even death, can break you apart. That’s when you realize that love - real love - is the Springtime warmth running deep inside that never leaves two hearts that have nourished one another. May you find and know such love in your life.

Mardi Gras Sunday

God Loves Fun!

(Posted February 20, 2020)

Get Ready For a Rockin’ Sunday Mardi Gras!

Mark your calendars right now for Sunday, February 23, when well-known Danburian, Alan Raph, and Members of the Danbury Brass Band, will kick off our Sunday meeting with a True New Orleans style Celebration before Lent begins.

We guarantee you’re going to sway your way out of church that Sunday! Come have fun with us, and enjoy absolutely sinful coffee hour goodies, gubmo gifts, and a DJ spinning Zydeco music.

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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    9:30 a.m.–11 a.m.

 

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