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

Sunday, November 25, 1918

10 am Worship - Remembrance Sunday


From Reverend Pat Kriss

This coming Sunday, we will be holding our annual Remembrance and Healing service, when everyone is invited to bring a picture of someone they love who is missing in their lives this year, and to hang it on our bare Christmas trees. That way these beloved people become the basis of our tree decoration, and very much a part of the next week’s service when we fill the trees with ornaments. And at the midpoint of our service, I will be offering a hands-on healing and blessing to all who desire it.

In the meantime, however, I realize that you may also have among your friends and family people who are grieving their loss, just as the holiday festivities get underway. The question arises in your mind, “how do I support a grieving person best at this time of the year?” Some quick tips:

  • Don’t feel inadequate because you cannot “fix it” for the grieving person. You can, however, help.
  • Realize that the best gift you can give is to simply be present for the bereaved person.
  • Don’t be afraid to mention the name of the person who died. In fact if your grieving person is coming to your house for the holidays, with his/her permission, include that person’s memory in your conversations. It can be very helpful if the good times with that person are worked into the holiday discussions of friends and family. It keeps them a part of everyone’s lives.
  • Realize that it’s perfectly OK “not to be OK” during this time. Invite but do not coerce the grieving person to attend your holiday dinner. Let them decide what they can handle.
  • Realize that friends who are caring for a person in hospice care are already grieving. Treat them tenderly and with the greatest of care. They need you the most at the end of this journey.
  • If it’s been a while that this person has been grieving, even if it’s been years, don’t criticize them in your mind for “not getting over it.” Grief is a highly personal experience, and healing doesn’t occur in a straight line. It often comes alive again when the one left behind encounters a certain smell or a special location that reminds them of the missing loved one.

In every sense of the word, you are the best gift for the person who mourns. You are the gift of God’s love and presence, even if a single word isn’t spoken. In a dark world, you are the Christmas Star. May the best side dish on your Thanksgiving table be big, heaping spoonfuls of love. – 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

Nov. 25 will be our Remembrance and Healing Service. The choir plans to sing a very moving new anthem arranged by Joseph Martin.

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 at the First Congregational Church on Deer Hill Ave. 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 any donation will be requested.

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.


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.  (Closed Friday, Nov. 23;  Open Sat. Nov. 24 – 50% off boutique)


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. Suggested donation $20 at the door.  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: 
Wednesday, November 21, 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.