Today -            Summer Worship Service, 8:30 a.m.
                        Father’s Day
                        Sacrament of Baptism
Monday -         Christmas Faire Craft Night, 7:00 p.m.
                        Girl Scouts Leader Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
                        EDA, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday -         Gentle Yoga Class, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
                         A.A., 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday –    HVN Support Group, 1:00 p.m.
                         Pinochle Group, 1:00 p.m.
                         Service of Peace & Healing, 7:00 p.m.
                         N.A., 7:00 p.m.
Thursday -        Church & Ministry, 12:30 p.m.
                         Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
                         Deep River Horseshoe League, 5:00 p.m.
                         A.A., 7:00 p.m.
Saturday -        Women’s A.A., 8:30 a.m.
Sunday -          Summer Worship Service, 8:30 a.m.
                        Set-Up for Faith Adventures, 10:00 a.m.

Deacons in Charge for June
David Blifford is the Deacon on Call.  The Sanctuary Rep is Susan Miron and Jane Syme is taking care of Greeters, Lay Readers, and Flowers.

Summer Schedule
Our Summer Schedule begins today and continues through Labor Day.  There will be just one service each Sunday, at 8:30 a.m. to take advantage of the cooler early morning temperatures.  Please dress casually!  If you are away for vacation, please remember that the work of the church goes on throughout the year and your offerings and financial support are much appreciated!
Volunteers are needed throughout the summer months for Greeters, Flowers, Lay Readers, and Family Fellowship.  

Today’s Baptisms
We rejoice today in the Baptism of Jaxson Peter Nichols, who was born February 2, 2018 in Middletown, CT.  He is the son of Lauren and Geoffrey Nichols of Deep River.  Jaxson’s godparents are Lauren Evans of Quincy, MA and James Nichols of Milford, CT. Jaxson’s grandparents are Peter & Janet Downie  and Eileen and Geoffrey Nichols.  Great-grandparents are Barbara Downie, Barbara and Douglas Cassie, and Josephine Bartolotta. Jaxson’s christening gown dates from the 1800’s and was worn by his mother, Lauren and aunt, Kaitlyn, his cousins and his sister Harper as well as his great great grandfather.  

We also rejoice in the Baptism of Matthew David Bartolotta, Jr., and Robert Patrick Bartolotta, who were born March 12, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia.  They are the sons of Jennifer Rankin and Matthew Bartolotta of Blackshear, Georgia.  Their godmother is Alyssa Rankin of Deep River.  Their grandparents are LaVerne and Richard Roberts, Salvatore and Eileen Bartolotta, Robert and
Elizabeth Rankin, and the late Patricia Rankin.  Great-grandmothers are Helen Rankin and Wanda Shumbo.

Birthdays This Week
Debra Flinn, David Howard, Sarah (Shaw) Tulledge, Stephanie Shay, Mikaela Yantosh, Allison Bellido, Natalie Bellido (Today); Cade Ensinger, Kira Filacchione, Danielle Machold, James Lalikos, Karyn Schultz, Brandon Woodcock (18); Jack Daley, Linda Hostetler, Chick Avery, Tyler Goodwin (20); James Rankin, Jay Rankin, gina Sopneski (21); Heather Riebold, Jeffrey Grant, Jacob Ziobron, Jeremy Ziobron (22); Donnie Dione, Dakota Dione, Lynn Gates, Edith Fisher, Addison Brooks (23).

Service for Peace and Healing
Our monthly Service for Peace and Healing will be this Wednesday, June 20, at 7 p.m. here in the sanctuary.   On the evening before the Summer Solstice, come and join us as we gather to rest in the presence of the Light of the World.  Join as we pray for those in need of healing of the body, mind, or spirit, and for peace to embrace all of us as we begin this summer season.


High School and College Graduates
In case you missed being included in today’s bulletin, please let us know what your future plans are, so that information can be included in the September Messenger.  We would also like to include any information about our college graduates, so please pass that along as well.  (860-526-5045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  Thank you.


Prayer Chain
While Fran is on her extended vacation to Italy, Kris Lindner will be taking care of the Online Prayer Chain  If you have anyone that you wish to add, please contact her at the church office:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 860-526-5045.  On the weekends, you may reach her at home:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 860-575-8303.

Please join the PRAYER WARRIORS…use the list to hold up these individuals, whether you know them or not….and please contact Kris Lindner (860 526 5045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you know someone in need of prayers from the faithful.
New Requests:
Rev. Bill West
Fran, Grace, Scott

Continued Prayers:
Carolyn Wehr            
Noah Krebs
Tom Beebe
Jerry & Family

Middlesex Clergy Prayer Request for the Week of June 17th         
On this Father's Day in our churches there are fathers who are rejoicing; fathers who are grieving; fathers who are grateful; and fathers who are just plain exhausted.  Please pray for all fathers and father figures and let us thank them as loving gifts of God.

Weekly Bible Prayer Group Will Resume in September
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ. We are planning to expand our weekly Bible Prayer Group in September. Perhaps you are looking for a deeper relationship with Jesus. Our group is based on The Bible, including readings, prayer and discussion.  All are invited to see what we have experienced since Lent.  Details will be announced in late summer.

Yoga Classes
Gentle Yoga for Body, Breath, and Mind, led by Liz Archambault began on Tuesday, May 29th.  The classes are held from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through August 7th.  (No class on June 26th)  The fee is $10.00 per class, drop in.  Bring a yoga mat and blanket with you.  For more information, call Liz at 860-526-3250.

Join us June 25 - June 28 for DRCC's Faith Adventure Program; Monday - Thursday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Program will include Bible discovery, imagination stations, ship rec games, tropical treats, sea crafts, cast-a-way sing and learn, plus more! It will be a boat load of fun! Closing program will be Thursday, June 28 @ 6:30 pm.
•    For children 4 years old thru entering 6th grade
•    No cost to attend
•    All are welcome in the community
•    Bring a friend or twoREGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Visit us at under Learning, Summer Program; on-line registration available. Contact Sybil at 860-227-9141 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions!

Church Street Child Care - Summer Program
DRCC's daycare center has openings for families who are in need of child care. Exciting educational programs along with crafts, reading, songs and more are all part of a fun day. Full and part-time care available. Contact Stacy Bowe, Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 860-526-2176. All are welcome, so pass the word on to your neighbors and friends.

Women’s Retreat – 7 Spaces Left
The women of the church will be returning to Camp Wightman in Stonington, CT on September 21-23 for a time of retreat.  Please send a check for $140.75 to the Church Office made payable to DRCC with “Women’s Retreat” on the memo line.

The Messenger
The summer Messenger for June, July, August, was mailed last week. The calendar for June was included and I will be distributing the July and August calendars in the bulletin announcements at the beginning of each month. As Fran will still be away, Tim and I will be publishing the September Messenger during the month of August. Please send any information that you would like to include to the church office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). There will be reminders as the deadline approaches. Thank you. Kris

New Hymnals Needed
We need 10 new Red Hymnals to replace worn copies and 5 additional Black Hymnals, “The Faith We Sing.”   Members and friends are invited to sponsor the cost of these new Hymnals.   Each sponsored book will receive a donation plate in the front with the donor’s name. The donation for a new Red Hymnal is $25.00 and The Faith We Sing hymn books are $11.00 each. Please contact Kris in the Church Office, should you wish to purchase one. Six Red Hymnals and 1 Black Hymnal have already been spoken for.

August Flea Market - 52 Spaces Have Already Been Reserved
It’s time to reserve your space for our Annual Flea Market, scheduled for Saturday, August 18th, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Spaces are about 20’ by 20’ and the fee is $30.00.  Registration forms are available in the church office.  Contact Kris Lindner, for further information.  (860-526-5045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Seeking Donations for August Rummage Sale
Our Annual Rummage sale Saturday, August 18th (8 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.), with a Preview sale on Friday, August 17th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  We are seeking donations for the event.  Please note that we cannot accept the following:  large furniture, TVs and large appliances, car seats, cribs, books, clothing, shoes, VHS tapes or items that are in disrepair.  Contact Cathy Smith for more information (860-767-1354 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Kris, in the church office, (860-526-5045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Deep River Food Pantry Needs – Sunday, July 1st     
We continue to collect non-perishable items for our Deep River Food Pantry on Communion Sunday, the first Sunday of each month. Present needs include:  Peanut butter & jelly, pasta sauces, canned tuna or chicken, breakfast cereals, and oatmeal.  Adams often has 10 for $10 sales on some of these items.  Please help   keep the shelves well-stocked!  Thank you so much.

Warmer and gentler weather comes with spring and summer.  It also beckons us New Englanders to be outside.  Longer and sunnier days may lure us to do any number of outdoor activities, ranging from enjoying the beach, hiking in the woods, riding bikes, gardening, grilling a wonderful meal, and oh yes, even doing projects around the house.  Many of you will take vacations to the beaches, resorts, or to visit family members afar. REMEMBER!  GL Scrip Cards can help you to meet a number of these needs.
Last month the GL Scrip program made $75.00.  This is noteworthy because it is the sum of rebates valuing three to sixteen percent.  Shop in your favorite places and make money for the church. See Elizabeth and Jane in Fellowship Hall following the Sunday Services.

Mission Team Invitation to an Evening of Basketball!
Please join our mission team on Friday, July  13th at the CT Sun Basketball game at Mohegan Sun at 7p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through Chelsea Chiappa or Ashley Campbell. Bring friends, neighbors, family, and anyone else you know for a fun night of basketball!

Enjoy the Convenience of Electronic Giving
Deep River Congregational Church wants to remind you that we offer electronic giving as a way to automate your regular weekly offering. Electronic giving offers convenience for individual congregation members and provides much-needed donation consistency for our congregation.
•    Direct Debit Giving is used to automatically transfer funds from your checking or savings account to the church’s bank account.
•    Credit & Debit Card Giving lets you make offerings automatically on a pre-determined schedule using a credit or debit card.
•    Online Giving lets you go to  at any time to set up an automatic donation plan, change your donation plan, make a one-time donation or view your online donation history.
As you contemplate future contributions, please consider electronic giving. Authorization forms and additional information are available from the church office.

A Special Way to Support Our Church
Trustees continue to encourage church members and friends to consider including DRCC in a trust or to remember us in their will. Those interested should contact Treasurer Dayle Larson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or a Trustee.

 Community Announcements
•    Life After Loss is a new bereavement support group for younger men and women who have lost their spouses or significant others.  It is sponsored by Middlesex Hospital and will be held on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 6:45 at Middlesex Hospital Outpatient Center, 534 Saybrook Road, Middletown.  There is no cost, but registration is required.  Please contact Doreen Gagnon, oncology social worker (860-358-2053 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Sherry Russenberger, bereavement coordinator (860-358-6091 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Next meeting is Tuesday, June 19th.


                        Support Groups at Our Church               

Monday at 6:00 p.m. – EDA
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. – AA
            Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. – HVN
            Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. – NA
            Thursday at 7:00 p.m. – AA
            Saturday at 8:30 a.m. – Women’s AA

Shoreline Soup Kitchen-Thursday, 5:00 p.m.