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

Sunday, November 11, 1918

This Sunday:  10 am Worship  -  Jazz Sunday – Stewardship Sunday

Thanksgiving Food Collection for Interfaith Aids Ministry

Besides Thanksgiving items, most needed are: different kinds of pasta, sauce, canned soups, vegetables and meals in cans; also condiments.


From Reverend Pat Kriss

This weekend is one destined to be full of contrasts. Outside the window it’s the end of the dazzling colors of fall and the emergence of the bare bones gray of the winter woods. It’s the end on Sunday of the lead-up to our Stewardship Campaign, and the beginning of the pre-Thanksgiving holiday season with its sense of coming abundance. And in the Gospel of Mark that we’ve been following, it’s the end of Jesus’ public ministry. What lesson does he choose to teach as his last one? He takes the disciples to the Temple Treasury. Jesus lets them watch as the elite scribes donate large amounts of money, making sure that everyone sees them do it. And then he points out how a widow quietly comes forth and contributes two coins. They are everything she has. The scribes are powerful. She is one of “the least of these” that Jesus talked about last week, and who we, as children of God are obligated to help.

But the underlying message is this. To follow Jesus we are not merely obligated to be generous when we feel like it, and when people are watching. We are meant to offer our whole selves in service to God. The theme of sacrifice is all the more fitting this Jazz Sunday that falls on Veterans’ Day, when we all have an opportunity to thank those men and women who willingly placed their entire beings in service to the higher cause of protecting and defending freedom. So please join us this Sunday of endings and beginnings, so that we may with a full, willing heart thank God for all that has blessed us. --- Pastor Pat Kriss


From Jim Moriarty, Music Director

I want to thank the sanctuary choir for the music during Sunday’s service. If you are interested in joining the choir, please leave your name and a contact number with the office, or see me after a Sunday service. 

This fall several concerts are scheduled in our beautiful sanctuary. I am listing all of them so you can mark your calendars well in advance to help with your Holiday plans.  I also want to mention that November’s Jazz Sunday is scheduled for November 11 – the second Sunday of the month and the final Sunday of our stewardship Sunday.

Nov. 18 – Our Annual Thanksgiving morning service.  In the afternoon The Master Chorale directed by Tina Heidrich will present their Annual Holiday Concert beginning at 3pm. Our sanctuary is usually filled for this concert. For ticket information: 203-743-0473.

Dec. 2 – The Children’s Community Chorus, direct by Patricia Moriarty will present their Winter Concert at 1pm. This year, the chorus in full costumes, will be singing and moving to several selections from the Nutcracker. Other selections will round out what has become a very special popular children’s concert free to the public.

Dec. 8 – YOU must include in your Holiday plans this Holiday Jazz Concert which begins at 4pm. Doug Hartline and friends will present the most unique Holiday concert of its type in our surrounding areas. You might call it light jazz, or contemporary arrangements of seasonal music performed by vibraphone, guitar, bass, drums, and vocals to make for a very pleasant musical experience.

Dec. 15 – The Annual performance of the Messiah presented by the DMC will feature 80 voices and over 20 instruments. The performance beginning at 3pm   will be held in our wonderful sanctuary. In the past this performance has filled our sanctuary - both balcony and downstairs. And it is free, although a donation will be requested.

And of course for Advent and Christmas Eve, there will always be special music, special arrangements of favorite carols and new selections sung by our soloists and chancel choir.

Yes, these dates may sound a little distant, but our Stewardship Drive, Thanksgiving and Advent are about to happen! So lock in these dates.

Peace and Joy through Music,

Jim Moriarty


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.


“Faith and Foam” Monday, Nov. 19 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 Monday, Nov. 12th 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: or call the church office.  Concert - Dec 2 at 1 pm.


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Deer Hill Thrift Shop

Great merchandise, low prices, very friendly staff.

Hours:  Friday 9:30 am – 2 pm; Sat. 10 am – 2pm.  Please consider volunteering for the holiday season – contact Pat Moriarty or Terry Hansen.


The Dorothy Day Overflow Shelter opens November 12th 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.


Our November Fellowship Luncheon will be on Tuesday, November 13th at 12:30pm in Annie Hall.  All our welcome to join in this time of good food and fellowship.  Please bring a dish to share!


The 2018 Holidays are rapidly approaching and it will be time, once again in First Church tradition, to decorate our beautiful church with POINSETTIAS & WREATHS.  If you would like to place an order, please complete the form below.  Mail the form, with your check payable to First Church, to FCC, 164 Deer Hill Ave, Danbury, CT 06810, drop the form and check at the church office or offering plate on Sunday, or email MaryAnn at

___Wreath(s) $17.00 each =      ________

___Poinsettia(s) $15.00 each =   _______

Total Enclosed  =         $________

Additional forms may be emailed to you – contact MaryAnn (

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E-Tidings Date: 
Thursday, November 8, 2018


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    10 a.m.–11 a.m.