This Sunday, February 3, 2019 -- Communion
From Reverend Pat Kriss
"Love all God's creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God's light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.” --- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 19th century
In these days when the world (at least the human part of it) seems pretty unlovable most of the time, we come upon the Apostle Paul who tells us that there is one thing that is more important than anything. More important than charity, more important even than faith. That one thing is LOVE.
This Sunday we will be hearing from Paul when he tells us that “love is patient, love is kind.”
-- Pastor Pat Kriss
From Jim Moriarty, Music Director
“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” – Kahlil Gibran
After Sunday’s general meeting, I was asked several questions about the music program. The music totals are paid through music endowments and donations, and therefore excluded from the regular budget. The total that I quoted at the meeting included all substitute organists, all paid soloists, all accompanists, Doug Hartline and his group (Jazz Sunday’s), piano and organ tunings, music and myself. And speaking of the organ which needs to be tuned at least twice a year, I am requesting contributions for this year’s tunings. Calling all angels who love the sound of the church organ! Thank you in advance.
This Sunday will be an all acoustic musical Sunday. Our own Nancy Wildman will be the soloist. We will be playing several of the hymns together – Nancy on guitar and me on the piano. Nancy is a favorite among our congregation. Nancy also sings at many senior complexes every month, as well as special gatherings. She has been leading the poolside services for years. I have always enjoyed working with Nancy whether playing the piano or organ.
Joy and Peace through music,
Interfaith Aids Pantry - Have a Heart Collection - Feb 10th
Toilet paper, tissues, soap, shampoo, deodorant, tooth paste & feminine products
(Cans of coffee are always needed)
We are in need of a church school teacher for the younger kids starting in Sept. A church member volunteer would be great. You do not have to have kids to teach church school
If you know of a person who is not a church member please let Cindy Tyrseck know. Riley will be going to college so we need to have someone for the younger kids.
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.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: Thus far we have many Prayer Shawls, 10 baptismal prayer shawls, 310 Pocket Prayer Shawls! They are at our Thrift Shop, in the Pastor's office and in the Church Office. They have been very well received when, in certain events all we can do is pray! One can take as many as they think they'll need of the Pocket Prayer Shawls-after all they fit perfectly in an envelope for mailing!
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Deer Hill Thrift Shop
Great merchandise, low prices, very friendly staff.
Please consider volunteering for the holiday season – contact Pat Moriarty or Terry Hansen.
Fridays: 9:30 am – 2 pm; Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm.
The Dorothy Day Overflow Shelter has opened in our gym. We welcome our homeless guests and the volunteers who staff the shelter every night throughout the winter season. Donations of cup-of-soup, hot chocolate and coffee are always welcome.
“Faith and Foam” Monday, February 11, 2019 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 Resumes: Our next sessions will be on Monday, February 4th and 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!
Our February Fellowship Luncheon will be on Tuesday, Feb. 12th at 12:30 pm in Annie Hall. Please bring a dish to share – All Welcome!