Today -           Worship Services, 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.
                       Season of Gratitude Begins
                       Sunday School/Camp Hazen Field Trip, 10:00 a.m.
                       Walgreen’s Flu Shot Clinic, 11:30 p.m.
Monday -         EDA, 6:00 p.m.
                       Christmas Faire Craft Night, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday -        Gentle Yoga, 10:30 a.m.
                       Green Team, 6:45 p.m.
                       God’s Story, Our Story Video & Discussion, 7:00 p.m.
                       Christmas Faire Committee Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
                       A.A., 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday –  HVN Support Group, 1:00 p.m.
                       Pinochle Group, 1:00 p.m.
                       Service of Healing & Peace, 7:00 p.m.
                       Chancel Handbell Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m.
                       N.A., 7:00 p.m.
Thursday -      Walgreen’s Flu Shot Clinic, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
                       Shoreline Soup Kitchen Meal, 5:00 p.m.
                       Senior Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m.
                       A.A., 7:00 p.m.
Friday -           Transitions Academy, 9:00 a.m.
Saturday -       Women’s A.A., 8:30 a.m.
Sunday -         Worship Services, 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.
                       Laity Sunday, Steve Gephard preaching
                       Confirmation Class, 11:30 a.m.

Deacons in Charge for October
Rick Morrow is the Deacon on Call.  The Sanctuary Rep is Dan Cotton and John Bairos is taking care of Greeters, Lay Readers, and Flowers.

Greeters, Lay Readers, Flowers, & 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.)

Middlesex Clergy Prayer Request for the Week of October 15th
The Second Congregational Church of Middle Haddam asks that our churches pray for those struggling in the aftermath of the recent hurricanes and earthquake and for their own church as they face a steeple repair project.

Birthdays This Week
Michael Sicord (Today); Stephen Klinck, Dale Winchell, Jay Zetterholm (16); Rebecca (DeMichael) Mozzochi, Eric Riebold, Richard Sypher (17); Elana Crosby, Bobbie Hemmann, David Labonte, Jim McCollum (18); Joe Corriveau (19); Nathan Hougrand, Maya Moen, Nathaniel Johnson (20); Lisa Bibbiani, Chip Medlin, Rick Nolin, Dave Warner, Elizabeth Tulledge, Oscar Jamieson (21).

God's Story, Our Story
Come and join us as we gather together in the Upper Room to talk about "God's Story and Our Story" on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. We will watch a series of stimulating videos by Rob Bell, which challenge us to think about how our faith impacts our life and our world.    Each video is less than 15 minutes long, but they give lots of meat for thought and discussion.   Rev. Haut will be there to share his thoughts and ask questions, too!  
Service for Peace and Healing
Our next Service of Prayers for Healing and Peace will be held this Wednesday, Oct 18 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.  This quiet time will be a “blessing time” at which prayers will be offered for those with requests for physical or emotional healing.  Or you may come with prayers for others who may need healing as well.  

Laity Sunday Next Week
Next Sunday we will observe Laity Sunday.   Members of our congregation we will lead our worship service, and a special sermon will be given by Steve Gephard.   Come and support all the wonderful leaders of our congregation.

Cemetery Walking Tour October 28th
The annual Walking Tour of Fountain Hill Cemetery will take place Saturday, October 28th beginning at 10 a.m.   The tour will be led by Rev. Tim Haut and will include a look at the history of the town and an appreciation of the natural beauty of the cemetery.  Meet at the Wooster Memorial Chapel.  Rain date is November 4th.

Reformation 500 on October 29
October 29 will be a special, joyous Sunday at the Deep River Congregational Church.   We will observe the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation at both services.    At our 10 a.m. service, our children will parade around the church in their Halloween costumes.   You are invited to decorate a pumpkin to help dress up the sanctuary for our Joyful Pumpkin Day.   Following the service we will repeat our Great Pumpkin Launch, when one of our congregation will fling a pumpkin from the roof into the middle of Church Street.

We still want YOU to be a part of our NEW Pictorial Directory!  
Lifetouch has reserved Sunday, May 20, 2018 for us to do our photo update.  Anyone who missed the directory the first time, or was unhappy with their photo, or was waiting for their kids to get home from college, and especially, new members, can schedule a session.  We need a minimum of 15 families to sign up to hold another session.  You can put your name on a waiting list online at  There is NO COST to our church and all participants will receive a FREE 8"X10" photo and directory.  Contact Amy Winchell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 860-526-2501 with any questions.   

Flu Shot Clinics Here at Church
Protect yourself against the flu by getting a flu shot! Amanda Higgins will be providing flu shots today after the 8:30 and 10:00 services and on Thursday, October 19th during the Soup Kitchen. Please bring your insurance card. The trivalent flu shot will be available, but if you are looking to get a quadrivalent or high-dose, please call Amanda at 860-525-8052.

Ye Olde Christmas Faire Craft Nights – Come One Come All
Craft nights will now take place every Monday at 7:00 p.m. through November 20th.  Enjoy evenings of Fellowship, as well as exploring and celebrating your creativity to make items to sell at our Ye Olde English Christmas Faire, coming up on the first weekend in December.

Operation Christmas
Starting October 1st the Teens Issues class is collaborating with the Board of Christian Service in something called Operation Christmas Child. This mission delivers boxes around the world during Christmas time to kids who don’t have anything.
•    How to start your box? Get a shoe box or see Chelsea Chiappa if you need one
•    Choose an age range 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Choose a boy or a girl.
•    What do I fill it with? One “wow” item such as a stuffed animal, dress up jewelry, or a baseball. Then you can fill the rest up with smaller toys, books, crayons, non-liquid hygiene items, and anything else you can fit! DO NOT INCLUDE, any used items, candy, liquids, anything breakable, vitamins, or war related toys, such as toy guns or military figures.
•    You may also write a note to your child and include a picture if you would like to.
•    You can then track your box and see where in the world your box was delivered to. For shipping and tracking it costs $9.
If you’d rather have us make a shoe box for you we can! You can make a donation of any kind or give $19 to make a whole shoe box. This will include the shoe box items and shipping and tracking.
Thank you!

  Sunday School News

Our 7th/8th Grade class will be hosting a Veteran’s Celebration on November 12. All Veterans and their families are invited to a breakfast buffet at 9:00 am. So come early, before the 10:00 service, or stay after the 8:30 service and enjoy some delicious food cooked up by the Sunday School students! Veterans will also be honored at both services.
You may invite friends or relatives in the community that are Veterans too!
Please R.S.V.P. if you would like to attend by contacting Sybil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Kris in the Church office at 860.526.5045. We look forward to seeing you there!


Sunday School Halloween Celebration/UNICEF Sunday/Bring a Friend
We will be celebrating Halloween this year by having a UNICEF sermon and celebration on Sunday, October 29. Children of the Sunday School can wear appropriate costumes to Church and meet their teachers in the Fellowship Hall by 9:40 am. During the parade through the Sanctuary, we’ll listen to a UNICEF sermon and then go down to the Lower Fellowship Hall for a celebration sponsored by the 7th/8th Grade. Each child will receive a UNICEF box for collection on Halloween night. AND THE BEST PART…BE SURE TO BRING A FRIEND!!

The 7th/8th Grade class will be in the Narthex on October 29 for their annual exchange of a Coin for a Coin. Give them a metal coin (quarters, dimes, nickels, pennies) and you get a Chocolate Coin. This is a fun way for us to add to our UNICEF collection in which the children of our Sunday School take part of during their routine of Trick or Treating!

Joyful Pumpkin Festival
Bring in your decorated pumpkins and be part of Rev. Tim’s annual Joyful Pumpkin Festival! A church wide event for all ages! Pumpkins should be placed in front of the sanctuary for all to see.

Great Pumpkin Launch
After the 10:00 service stay for The Great Pumpkin Launch! We will see who has volunteered to throw a pumpkin from the roof of the Sanctuary to the ground below!

Start collecting food for the 8th Annual Sunday School Food Challenge on Sunday, November 5 lead by the 5th/6th grade! On the first Sunday of every month, our congregation collects non-perishable items to donate to the local food pantry. Our challenge to the children and youth of the church in November is to bring in more items than the congregation so will can fill two vehicles! I BET WE CAN DO IT - IF EACH OF US DOES OUR PART AND BRINGS IN ONE OR TWO ITEMS!!
Present needs include:  Soup (NO tomato), pasta sauce, cereal, apple sauce, canned fruit, tuna, peanut butter & jelly, packaged rice mixes, cake mixes, frostings, and items suitable for children’s lunches.  Thank you so much helping keep the shelves stocked.

GL Scrip
Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner.  Be thinking of gift cards for loved ones and friends.  Perhaps someone would like a gas card, cards from Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts,  a card to a favorite restaurant or clothing store, or to a home improvement center.  Of course there are numerous other possibilities.  Do you help someone on your family who is a member of a traveling sports team?  Think about getting cards for hotel/motel stays while you are away.
To see what is available see Jane or Elizabeth in the Fellowship Hour after church services.

Trustee News
•    There is a used refrigerator in Lower Fellowship if anyone needs one or knows of someone who can use it.  
•    We also have three large round tables from Ivoryton Congregational Church in Fellowship Hall.   Unfortunately, they are not folding and are not practical for us to use. They are also available to anyone who would like to have them.  
•    If anybody is interested in any of the Pews from Ivoryton Congregational Church Please let Jim know.  They are FREE !

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 News:
•The Deep River Historical Society invites you to an evening reception to meet the author and artists behind “Deep River Stories” on Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:00 pm. at the Carriage House, 245 Main Street Deep River. Come and join us for a fun evening of stories as we launch our newest publication. Books will be available for $10.00.  All proceeds will benefit the Deep River Historical Society as we work to maintain this gem of a historic building and create new interactive exhibits. Any questions please call Rhonda Forristall at 860-526-5086.
•4th Annual Soup For You! Sunday, October 29th at the Deep River Ambulance Barn from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Sample soups donated by local restaurants.  $12.00 per person; $10.00 for Seniors; under 10 free. All proceeds benefit the Deep River Food Pantry.


                        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, 5:00 p.m. every Thursday