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

Sunday, November 18, 1918

This Sunday:  10 am Worship - Thanksgiving Sunday

This Monday:  7pm Interfaith Thanksgiving Service – Danbury Methodist Church


From Reverend Pat Kriss

The thing about November is the dying of the daylight. It seems as if we watch our days draw shorter with every sunset. And nobody asked us how we feel about that. The November sky compounds it with its leaden gray shade, so that anyone with a hidden burden to deal with feels the weight of it even more. Even our “porch squirrel” has added his touch to this weird atmosphere by eating straight through the one remaining pumpkin, creating a giant Cyclops eye that’s more reminiscent of The Nightmare Before Christmas than it is an upcoming Thanksgiving week.


There’s one thing that can dispel the gloom of shorter days and unresolved problems and anxieties, and that’s HOME. The glow of home is more than that in a fireplace- if we have one. It’s more than a warm chair. It’s being in a place where we are welcome, where our presence is familiar, where we become “family” even though we don’t share one speck of DNA with the friends we gather with. Quite truthfully, the holidays CAN be quite challenging when we share them with our “blood relations,” since they know us all too well and know how to press our buttons. It’s a great idea to include some friends in your holidays for, after all, it’s said that “Friends are God’s apology for giving us our relatives.” In fact, if you are looking for a way to brighten your Thanksgiving, why not consider inviting someone who would otherwise spend the day alone? Think about that person you know who has no family, or a family who is far away. Think about making a new friend who will thank God for you this year.

So as you plan and prepare your Thanksgiving, think about adding a place setting or two. God will grace your table with gratitude. And come this Sunday when Jim Moriarty’s special Thanksgiving music puts us all in the joyful mood to be “Grateful Even In The Darkness.”    --Pastor Pat Kriss


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26: REMEMBRANCE AND HEALING SUNDAY – It’s the day we remember those who will be absent from our holiday gatherings, by bringing in a photo of our loved one to hang on our two Christmas trees, so that they remain a part of our lives throughout the year. Bring as many pictures as you wish.


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2: A SALUTE TO OUR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO BRING US FROM THE DARKNESS TOWARD THE LIGHT – Our 10 AM service will salute and thank the law enforcement officers, fire fighters and EMTs who care for us at the worst times in our lives.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 2, 1 PM – CHILDREN’S CHORUS HOLIIDAY CONCERT- guaranteed to brighten your spirit.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9: SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT: 10 AM service: REAL THEOLOGY SUNDAY ON OUR FAITH IN THE FACE OF SERIOUS ILLNESS. Guest speaker, Mayor Mark Boughton. Second hour panel of our members who have faced and conquered the darkness.


From Jim Moriarty, Music Director

I want to thank Doug Hartline for his musical contributions during our Jazz Sundays.  His band with their enlightening musical interpretations many people have called their favorite service. This is another reason to set aside December 8 when Doug Hartline brings several other musicians with him to present a unique concert of Holiday music.

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 with vibraphone, guitar, bass, drums, and vocals to make for a very pleasant musical experience. There will be a requested donation of $20.

Dec. 15 – The Annual performance of the Messiah presented by the DMC will feature 80 voices and over 20 instrumentalists. 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.

I would like to mention that a member of the Jazz band, after Sunday’s service gave me back his check asking me to donate his check to our shelter! These are the kind of people that we need in this world. Thank you George!

Peace and Joy through Music, Jim Moriarty


ARC’s Peaceable Home Charity Breakfast will be on Friday, Dec 7th at 7:30 am at the Amber Room Colonnade.  First Church will once again host a table.  If you would like to attend, please sign up in Annie Hall or call MaryAnn in the church office.  Thank you.


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 Tuesday, Nov. 27th 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.  Holiday Hours beginning Nov. 30th – Fridays 9:30-2:30;

Saturdays 10 – 3.


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.


White Gifts - Food Pantry Collection for Interfaith Aids Ministry - Sunday, December 9, 2018

Wanted items are: Coffee (cans), tea, hot chocolate, holiday cookies, Christmas candy, candy canes, canned veggies, soups, canned meals, grocery store gift cards.

Also small toys (do not wrap) - ex. Crayons, coloring books, card games, hot wheel type cars, small dolls, stuffed animals.


Doug Hartline and Friends Benefit Christmas Celebration Concert in our Sanctuary, Saturday, December 8th at 4 pm.  Admission is free and a good will offering will be taken to benefit the church.  The concert will include unique renditions of Christmas carols, hymns and popular songs.


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: 
Friday, November 16, 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.