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

Possibility Planning

When so little is a clear certainty, we plan for possibilities.

(Posted July 22, 2020)Reverend Pat Kriss

"Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” - Henry James

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve just come in from watering and feeding my Possibility Garden. I’m calling it that because, planted in its soil are beans, corn, green and yellow zucchini cucumbers and tomatoes. They were planted May 15, the last day for frost. And now with careful tending they have the possibility of yielding vegetables before a first frost in October! It won’t be the first time I’ve had the first tomato in October.

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These days, when so little is a clear certainty, we also “plant in the church” for possibilities. I spent part of this past week back in my Study at Church, and our staff -- especially Mary Ann Holley and Tim Koch -- have spent many hours over the last weeks preparing for the possibility of opening the church for services in September. That’s a possibility, not a certainty, and will become closer to a reality if the Covid-19 numbers in Connecticut continue to go down. Meanwhile, Pat Moriarty, Terry Hansen and all of the volunteers for the Thrift Shop have been absolutely transforming the space downstairs into a workable, safe place for our customers to want to return to. They are the unsung heroes of this Church, doing physical labor quietly, so unobtrusively we often fail to say THANK YOU.

Meanwhile we are obtaining the things we need to start our return service; rope to mark off the pews for safe and comfortable seating; plans for deep cleaning before and after services;  hand sanitizer and masks, temperature scanners and signs for everyone entering. On top of all of this, when we return to the Sanctuary, First Church will continue to broadcast its Sunday Service live for anyone whose health or uncertainty make them remain at home for the time being. That has required a lot of reconfiguration to set up a camera and broadcast its signal.  All of this activity has come from the planning work done by staff, volunteers and Church Council. It’s at this time that we are so grateful to have even more of our congregation sending in their donations via mail or electronically, because none of this “possibility planning” is inexpensive. We thank you so much, and hope you will continue to be  our “possibility partners.”

Real Theology Sunday: 

So, this Sunday we have our Real Theology Sunday Service with guest presenter and psychotherapist Anne Lord Wennerstrand, to help us deal with our feelings of living in the era of the “possible” rather than the “sure thing.”

Pastor's Vacation

After this Sunday I’ve decided is a perfect time to sneak away for some rest, starting July 26 and returning in mid-August. Here's the line up for services:

On August 2, Communion Sunday, our congregation is invited to join Rev. Paul Bryant Smith’s congregation and their broadcast from King Street Church.

On August 9, you’ll be in for a treat when our Music Director, Jim Moriarty, is our guest Preacher. He will let us in on the mysteries of how he, and our Chancel Choir and soloists, provide us with such spectacular music.

Meanwhile, I will be looking for the first cucumber of Summer, and tucking you all into my midnight prayers. And that’s not just a possibility. It’s the real thing.

Blessings. - Pastor Pat Kriss


First Congregational Church
164 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810
Est. 1696

Phone: (203) 744-6177

Office Hours:
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday Closed

Thrift Shop Hours:
Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sunday Worship:
Sunday   10:00 a.m.–11 a.m.


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