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

Sunday, January 20, 2019

This Sunday: Jazz Sunday

Next Sunday:  Annual Budget Meeting / Proposal to City of Danbury


From Reverend Pat Kriss

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction

that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me

seemed insufficient for that day.”                ― Abraham Lincoln

In an era of uncertainty, it would seem that most of us would feel the urge to pray a lot more often. But prayer can, for many of us, come haltingly, if at all. We somehow feel inadequate when we start to call on God. However, there are prayers we all know that can start us into the mode of opening up to God, to the presence of Jesus in our hearts. What is it that you think God expects of us when we pray?

I’m using this time before Lent starts (on March 6) to bring up prayer, and to help us understand the power of some of the ones we all know and love. This Sunday, we will be living in the spirit of The Lord’s Prayer – which is called the Greatest Prayer, and also The Prayer of Jesus. What we, in the context of our present culture, don’t understand is that this is the prayer of a revolutionary thinker, of someone whose words turned his own world upside down and who rewrites what we understand that God is expecting of us today. Join us this Sunday for some Jazz and exploration into the heart of The Lord’s Prayer. --- 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

Jazz Sundays return to First church this Sunday. Doug Hartline along with his lovely wife, Ginny, and his band, will be leading the worship service this Sunday. Jazz Sunday’s will continue to be held on the third Sunday of February and March.

Joy and Peace through music,

Jim Moriarty


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 Heidi at 204 798 0476 or 203 826 6827 to RSVP/next date.


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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.

E-Tidings Date: 
Friday, January 18, 2019


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    9:30 a.m.–11 a.m.