Today -            Earth Day Celebration, Sunday School & Green Team
                       Worship Services, 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.
                       Sacrament of  Baptism, Archer Todd Layton, 10:00 a.m.
                       Sunday School, 10:00 a.m.
                       Earth Day Parade, 11:30 a.m.
Monday -        Transitions Academy Parent Meeting, 5:00 p.m.
                       Board of Christian Service, 7:00 p.m.
                       Board of Deacons, 7:00 p.m.
                       Girls Scouts/Leader Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
                       EDA, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday -        A.A., 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday – Discussion Group, 10:00 a.m.
                      HVN Support Group, 1:00 p.m.
                      Pinochle Group, 1:00 p.m.
                      Stephen Ministers, 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, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday -       Women’s A.A., 8:30 a.m.
Sunday -         Worship Services, 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.
                       Sunday School, 10:00 a.m.


Deacons in Charge for April
Donna Sheldon is the Deacon on Call.  The Sanctuary Rep is Rick Morrow and Ann Bartlett is taking care of Greeters, Lay Readers, and Flowers.

Today’s Baptism
We rejoice today in the baptism of Archer Todd Layton, who was born on October 23, 2017, in Middletown, CT.  He is the son of Cody & Sarah Layton of Deep River.  Archer’s godparents are Todd Turcotte, Jr. and Rachael Turcotte.  His grandparents are Doris Coleman & Phil Neaton, Todd Turcotte, Sr., & Janet Turcotte, Patricia Smith & Dwight Stocker, and Gary Layton.  Janet Coleman and Alice Turcotte are Archer’s great-grandparents.

Greeters, Flowers, and Hosts for Family Fellowship Are Needed
Please add your name to the lists on the bulletin board across from the kitchen, sign-up on the church web site,  or contact Kris in the Church Office (860-526-5045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Birthdays This Week
Brent Bates, Jessica McNealy (Today); Shelby Eriksson, Richard Lee, Seth Lee, George Martin, Tina Tiezzi, Benjamin Turner, Geoffrey Vincelette, Benjamin Zemmel (23); Ed Bushnell, Jessica Markland, Molly Martin, James Schmidt, Mark Staib, Cooper McCormick (24); Heidi Gahran, Shane Lindner, Janne Field Spallone Conrad, Renee (Thorpe) Alonzo, David Marston (25); Mia Moore (26); Shelby Argersinger, Gisela Johnston, Robert Rankin, Jr., Kyle Eline, Carol Dugan, Emma Russell, Phoebe Petrovic (27); Hope Blundon, Chloe Mauro, Karen Moore, Hope Gingrave (28).

Let's celebrate DRCC’s Earth Day! Take part in the noted Green Team ideas as they sponsor this joyous day!
~ Sing a song together about the effects of Styrofoam
~ Earth Day informational signs in Fellowship Hall
~ Make a pinecone bird feeder with the 7th/8th Grade Sunday School class
~ Give-a-ways!
~ Hear a sermon about the earth
~ Earth Day Parade - Join the fun and cheer on our participants or watch out the Fellowship Hall windows! Last year we had some uniquely decorated modes of transportation!!!

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.) or Fran Phinney  (1-860-817-1494 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.

PRAYER PARTNERS:  Please pray for the following:  

Continued Prayers:
Darlene Bach
Grace Taylor
Carolyn Wehr
Noah Krebs
Clair (traveling)
Shane “wanderinginthejourney”

New Requests:    
Ruth Lawrence
Mary Rosalie
Debbie & her mother Carol
Debbie & her father Stephen
Dianne & her mother Marilyn
Amee & her grandmother Marilyn
Mary Karam

Middlesex Clergy Prayer Request for the Week of April 22nd      
The First Church of Christ in Saybrook asks prayers for the healing of Mother Earth as we honor Earth Day today.

 April and May bring flowers, home grown  vegetables, special events, and wonderful warmer weather.  This means that you can get your shopping/gift cards for gardening/lawn care needs or for beautifying your home (indoors and out).  Someone might be getting married so there will be bridal showers and weddings.  And there are always graduations, confirmations, and birthdays.  Of course you can get cards for your own  personal needs.  Think how wonderful and easy it is to do: ONE STOP SHOPPING.  See Jane or Elizabeth in Fellowship Hall after church.    

Sunday School News

We Need You - Just 7 Sunday School Classes to Go!!
Children’s Sunday is fast approaching and attendance to Sunday School is very important. Classes have started practicing for Children’s Sunday and the teachers are counting on your child’s participation. Please make every effort to be present each week.

Sunday, June 3 ~ Rehearsal for Children's Sunday
Children will need to be in their classrooms no later than 9:45 am on June 3, which will give us extra time to rehearse for Children's Sunday. You can pick up your child in their classroom after the Church Service.

Sunday, June 10 ~ Children’s Sunday
Children will need to be in Fellowship Hall no later than 9:40 am on June 10. They should find their teachers who will accompany them into the Sanctuary for Children’s Sunday Service. All children will be sitting with their class and teachers throughout the service. The Nursery will not be open on Children's Sunday, so families can enjoy the service together.

SUNDAY, MAY 6 – Faith Adventures Meeting
Seeking all those interested in being part of the planning team for Faith Adventures this summer. We need adults, young adults, guides, those who can make decorations and others to help with crafts and snacks. There is something for everyone! Join us Sunday, May 6 at 9 am in the Lower Fellowship Hall for an informative meeting.

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 two

REGISTRATION 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!


Arlene and John Macmillan will be signing people up for May 20 photos.  Please see them in Fellowship Hall after either worship service or contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 526-3390.
Did you miss your chance to be included in our new church pictorial directory last Fall?  
Are you a new member?  Were you unhappy with your photo?  Has your family changed?
Here is your chance to be included!  We want you to be a part of it!
•    We are partnering with Lifetouch for professional photography that will connect our families.  There is no cost to you or our church!
•    Each family will receive a FREE 8x10 photograph and directory for participating!  Photography sessions will take place at the church.
•    Sign up online for your free, one hour photography session    (You will need to create an account)           OR
•    You may sign up after church on April 15th and 22nd.
   PHOTOGRAPHY DATE:  Sunday, May 20th from 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 PM
 PLEASE NOTE: We need a minimum of 15 families signed up for this photo event to take place.  If enough families sign up, we may be able to schedule another session.
•    For questions or help signing up, please contact Amy Winchell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 860-526-2501.

Branches of Love
Easter is a season in which we proclaim the enduring power of love.  Christ's resurrection proclaims that not even death can overcome love.   So help celebrate that promise by adding a heart to our "Branches of Love" at the front of the sanctuary.   Blank "hearts" are available in the Narthex.   Take one and write down on it some act of love you've done or witnessed this week, then hang your heart on one of the branches.  Let's fill the tree with hearts to remind us of the countless ways that God's love can become real in our world!  It will remain in front of the church through Mother's Day, May 13.

Flea Market Answer to Prayer!
Thank you to Matthew Peno and Wayne Lootsma for volunteering to help with the lining of the field for the Flea Market!

Please Consider Volunteering for these Openings on Boards & Committees
The Daycare Committee has two vacancies that need to be filled immediately.  
The Board of Trustees has one vacancy.  
The Nominating Committee has two vacancies.  
For more information contact Cathy Smith at 860-227-6648 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Men’s Hike
This is the official notice for the 2018 DRCC Hike and Retreat.  The dates are August 3-5, 2018. This year we are going to a new place; The Harriman Outdoor Center, in upstate New York. The fee is $130.00 per man, which includes lodging and all meals.   (Correction from last week’s notice.) The signup sheet will be posted from today and be removed May 31.  THE RESERVATION IS ONLY FOR 30 MEN.  If you are not signed up and paid up by May 31, you can try next year.  Contact Bill Krick for further information  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (860) 305-0836).

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.

Deep River Food Pantry Needs – Next Collection Day, May 6th    
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, pasta sauces, tuna, & any kind of snacks for school lunches.  Adams often has 10 for $10 sales on some of these items.  Please help   keep the shelves well-stocked!  Thank you so much.

Community News:
•    Deep River Parks & Recreation Trip - ‘Jesus’ @ Sights & Sound Theater, Lancaster County, PA Monday & Tuesday, October 22-23, 2018 2 Days/1 Night Cost: $315.00 pp double/$289.00 pp Triple/$389.00 per Single.  For more information, contact Carol Jones at 860-526-6036 or the town website and follow the link to Parks & Recreation.

                        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.