Today -            First Sunday in Lent - Worship Services, 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.
                       Sunday School, 10:00 a.m.
                       Youth Communion Class/Seder Supper, 10:00 a.m.
                        Faith Adventure Staff Sign-Up, 11:15 a.m.
                        Funeral/Reception for Ruth Miller, 12:00 p.m.
Monday -         Presidents’ Day-Office Closed
                       Trustees, 6:30 p.m.
                       EDA, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday -        Gentle Yoga Class, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
                       A.A., 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday –  Lenten Discussion Group, 10:00 a.m.
                       Staff Meeting, 12:00 p.m.
                       HVN Support Group, 1:00 p.m.
                       Pinochle Group, 1:00 p.m.
                       Service of Healing & Peace, 7:00 p.m.
                       Chancel Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m.
                       N.A., 7:00 p.m.
Thursday -      Middlesex Clergy, 12:00 p.m.
                       Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
                       Senior Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m.
                       A.A., 7:00 p.m.
Friday -           Transitions Academy, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday -       Women’s A.A., 8:30 a.m.
                       Midnight Run, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday -         Second Sunday in Lent - Worship Services, 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.
                       Youth Communion Class, 9:00 a.m.
                        Sunday School, 10:00 a.m.
                        Confirmation Class, 11:30 a.m.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:  PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE FIELD ACROSS FROM THE CHURCH UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  GROUND IS SATURATED.  THANKS!

Deacons in Charge for February
Susan Miron is the Deacon on Call.  The Sanctuary Rep is Keith Jones and Jane West is taking care of Greeters, Lay Readers, and Flowers.

Birthdays This Week
Brian Simpson (Today); Colton Bailey, Robyn Lane, Chase Rozelle, Nancy Warner, Judy Roberts, Isaac Tucker (19); Erica Anderson, Katie Roberts (20); Katie Munsell, Kay Petrovic, Travis Olson (21); Chelsea Chiappa (22); Cooper Robbins, Emily Bjornberg (23); Joan Cole, Jack White, Mia Cost, Ellie Jane Cost (24).

PRAYER PARTNERS:  Please pray for the following:
New Requests:            Continued Prayers:
Allen Humes                Nicki                Bill         Carolyn Wehr       Paul
Bob Santaniello            Carmen            Lana      Celeste    
Gail Howard                 Jack & Ruth     Arlene     Steve                                     
                                   Bill & Ann        Tim         Jason
        
Middlesex Clergy Prayer Request for the Week of February 18th    
The Congregational Church of East Hampton asks for prayers as they search for a new Director of Music.

Lent 2018

Lent in Deep River
Lent is a time for personal renewal as well as community fellowship.  On Sunday mornings, Rev. Haut will offer a series of sermons on this year’s Lenten theme:  “God Is Hiding in Plain Sight.”

Lenten Devotions
There will be a Lenten discussion group based on Rob Bell’s short film series, “Nooma,” that explores our contemporary world as it relates to the teachings of Jesus.  We will meet in the Upper Room each Wednesday at 10 a.m. beginning this Wednesday, February 21st.    

Photo-a-Day Challenge
You are invited to take part in the Photo-a-Day Challenge for Lent.  Each of the 40 days of Lent is assigned a word to reflect on the journey of Jesus in our lives.  The list is in the Narthex.   Each day begin by thinking about that word and taking a picture of something that captures its mood or meaning for you.   Send it in so that we can post it on our web site or in the narthex on Sunday morning!

Lenten Puzzle
And, as always, you are invited to work the annual 2018 Lenten Puzzle.    A sheet of clues will be available each week in the Narthex, that will lead you to Bible verses that contain letters to be written in the puzzle answer sheet.   Fill out the answers throughout Lent and turn the puzzle in on Palm Sunday (March 25).   Prizes will be given on Easter Sunday.

Lenten Suppers
This year there will be two Midweek Family Pot Luck Suppers.  They will be held on Wednesday evenings Feb. 28 and March 14 from 6 to 7 p.m.  Everyone is invited to bring a main dish or salad for the buffet table, along with your own plates and silverware.

Service For Peace And Healing
This Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary, we will gather for our monthly Service for Peace and Healing.   Come and light a candle, rest in the silence of our old church, and join in prayer for individual healing and the healing of the world.

7th/8th Grade Mission Work-Items Due Today!
If you have questions or wish to donate money to help defray the cost of processing & shipping, please see Sybil. We thank you in advance for your support!

Faith Adventures
Looking for staff of teens through adults to plan, decorate, guide, teach and oversee crafts and snacks for our Faith Adventures program this summer. Stop by the Pop Euston Room for a quick minute TODAY to sign up. If you have ideas for this program, you can email them Sybil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or stop by her office on Sunday. We look forward to your input and support of this program.

Midnight Run
This Saturday, February 24th will be the Midnight Run to NYC to bring food and clothes to people who are homeless.   There are no more spots left for the trip, but we can always use extra help at 3:00 on Saturday afternoon to make sandwiches and load cars with clothes.
No more clothing is being accepted at this time, but we could use more backpacks, sleeping bags, toiletries, women’s hygiene items and new underwear.

Please Support Our First Mission Team Fundraiser
Looking to get a head start on Easter basket shopping and support a great cause at the same time?! Look for Chelsea Chiappa and the 2018 mission trip team in coffee hour on Sunday after both services. They are selling Gertrude Hawk Chocolates to help them go on this year’s trip to North Carolina. They will be rebuilding homes that were destroyed during Hurricane Matthew back in 2016 while in NC. All items that are ordered will be here by Easter. Thank you for all your support!

Women’s Retreat
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.

Youth Communion Classes - 4th Grader and Older
Communion Classes for those in the 4th grade and older, will start February 18. Please plan accordingly to make sure your child will be present every Sunday during the six weeks of Lent. Each class will have a different theme to include an actual Seder Supper. We will also discuss Christian Symbols, Baptism, The Last Supper and will meet with the Deacons regarding their roles and how they prepare Communion. On Palm Sunday, this class will make the bread that will be served at the Maundy Thursday Service, March 29, where they will partake in Communion for the first time. These are all very important lessons to learn as your child prepares to take the Sacrament of Communion. Contact Sybil for more information; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Caring Card Ministry
The CARING CARD MINISTRY sends out cards to members and friends who are hospitalized, in a care facility, perhaps lonely, elderly or have a chronic illness, suffering a loss, even a note of joy or appreciation.   We can use your input if you know of someone who might appreciate a note from the church.  Notes are not signed by the writer; they are signed "from the church family".    Call me (526-5215) or the church office (526-50450.  There are seven of us serving in this ministry.   Donation of blank cards or money toward postage is appreciated. .  We receive no funds from the church budget, but have a Caring Card Ministry Fund which could use replenishing.   Over 625 notes were sent in 2017.      Evelyn Grohs, Coordinator

GL Scrips Important Reminder
There are many opportunities to buy GL Scrip cards, so think about getting those cards for special celebrations that might be coming up in your family or with your friends.   In an effort to reduce shipping costs, we will be submitting orders to GL Scrip on the last Sunday of the month.  You can fill out orders on any one of the Sundays, but the cards will be ordered   on  THE LAST SUNDAY of the month only.  
Adams Cards will be available every Sunday.  We thank all of you for your support.

Community News:
•    Did you know that Cozy Corner Bakery in Killingworth, on Route 81 near the circle, gives their day-old items to the Shoreline Soup Kitchen Organization each day they are open?  Every Thursday, when DRCC hosts the Soup Kitchen, 3-5 large trash bags full of breads, pastries, and cookies plus several white boxes of cupcakes, cakes, pies, etc. are picked up at Cozy Corner and brought in to be distributed to the guests of the Soup Kitchen.  The baked goods are extremely high quality and delicious!  
The Cozy Corner always gives with a smile and they have never asked for advertisement for their generosity.  Once, when thanked for his continuous generosity, the baker/owner, Walter Stefanovics,  replied, " I know what it is to be hungry."  Walter is from Vienna, Austria, and is old enough to remember the war years.  If you are craving THE BEST chocolate eclair in Connecticut or want to order a scrumptious cake, then go visit Walter's family-run Cozy Corner Bakery in Killingworth.  It's divine, . . . and divine calories don't count!
•    Dr. Elena Zamalodchikova, organist at the Westbrook Congregational Church, 1166 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook,  is offering a musical treat at  the church on Saturday, March 3  at 3:00 p.m.: a concert titled, "Hammers, Pipes and Flying Quills," a concert featuring music on piano, organ and harpsichord.  Advance tickets are $20/$10 at MKTix.com/fccw.  At the door $25/$15.  For further information, 860-399-9367
•    Therapy Dog 1 Class is being offered at Aaron Manor, beginning Wednesday, March 7th at 6:30 or 7:45 p.m.   This entry-level course begins to prepare you & your dog to become involved in Pet-Assisted Therapy. Prerequisites: Dogs min. 9 months old and MUST have nice temperament. No aggressive dogs allowed. Kids 12 years or older welcome-must be accompanied by adult. The fee for the six week class is $170 plus tax.  For more information, contact Sally Sizer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
•    Middlesex Hospice is in the process of setting up a training program for new volunteers.  At Middlesex Hospice and Palliative Care, volunteers are an integral part of our interdisciplinary team, reaching out to patients and families as they cope with the challenges of terminal illness. Volunteers are eligible to begin after completing 12 hours of classes and a 12-hour mentorship on our inpatient hospice unit. Training is held on Saturday April 7, 2018  8:30 am-2:00 pm and April 21, 2018 8:30 am-2:00 pm. Both sessions are mandatory. We are specifically looking for individuals who would like to work in homecare and nursing homes visiting patients. For more information and to begin our application process, please contact Jackie Orlowski, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at (860) 358-6955 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at your earliest convenience.
•    The Deep River Historical Society is proud to announce the publication of a second book called Billy Winters, One Man’s Journey to Freedom, written by Rhonda Forristall, Curator of the Society.  The Society is hosting an author event on Sunday March 11th at 4:00 p.m. in the Carriage House. While the story of Billy Winters is known by many, Rhonda’s research has turned up a few surprises. Hope you will join us for an entertaining afternoon.

 

 

                        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.