Today -            Second Sunday in Advent
                       Carol Sings, 8:20 & 9:45 a.m.
                       Worship Services, 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.
                       Youth Choir, 11:15 a.m.
                       Youth Groups Christmas Luncheon (Gr. 4-12), 11:30 a.m.
                       Las Posadas, 1:00 p.m.
                       Christmas Pageant Rehearsal, 5:00 p.m
Monday -        CSCC Daycare Committee, 5:30 p.m.
                       EDA, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday -        Dance Rehearsal, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.  (Melissa Symonds)
                       Historical Committee, 6:30 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 -      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.
Sunday -         Third Sunday in Advent
                       Carol Sings, 8:20 & 9:45 a.m.
                       Worship Services, 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.
                       Youth Choir, 11:15 a.m.
                       Confirmation Class, 11:30 a.m.
                       Deacons’ Meeting, 11:45 a.m.
                       Cookie Baking for Riverview Lodge, 12:00 p.m.
                       Christmas Pageant Rehearsal, 5:00 p.m.

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

Birthdays This Week
Kacey Mulligan, Anna Benson (Today); Jim Dee, Nancy (Grohs) Eaman, Cameron Lyons, Craig Milton, Roger Tryon, Rita Thorpe (11); Bess Ensinger, James Farrell (12); Julia Anderson, Nate Wilkos (13); Erika Lynn Anderson, Chloe Lyons, Jane Syme, Linda Tower (14); Kathy David, Katie Lynn, Nicholas Schultz, Allyson Titcomb, Hank Grabowski, Madelyn Riebold (15); Pam Garner, Miles Adinolfi (16).

Greeters, Lay Readers, Flowers, and Hosts for Family Fellowship Are Needed for the New Year!
Please add your name to the lists on the bulletin board across from the kitchen, sign-up on the church web site, www.deeprivercc.org  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.)   Hosts are needed for 8:30 Fellowship Hour on Dec.  24th and for 10:00 on Dec. 17th and 31st.

 

Advent is Here
As we begin the season of Advent today in worship, come early throughout the season to join in singing your favorite Christmas carols.   Gather at 8:20 or 9:45 to sing carols before each of our Advent services.

Earthly Prayers
Also in the Narthex each Sunday during Advent is a collection of prayers, one for each day of Advent, written by Tim Haut.   They will also be available on our Church Web Site, www.deeprivercc.org.   Please take a moment each day to share a brief Advent devotion and prayer as you open your heart for the birth of Christ.

Christmas Poinsettias- Orders Due on Wednesday!
There are extra order forms in the Narthex and church office, if you would like to order a poinsettia to decorate our Sanctuary on Christmas Eve.  Orders must be submitted by December 13th.  

‘Las Posadas’ Parade Today!
Again this year we will hold our annual Las Posadas Christmas Procession down Main Street today, beginning at 1:00 p.m. It will be led by Mary and Joseph and their donkey in the style of the 400-year-old Mexican tradition.
Individuals and families of all ages are invited to gather at the Deep River Library and parade several blocks to the church, singing carols.  At the church children will participate in the festive breaking of a piñata.

Christmas Pageant - FIRST REHEARSAL TODAY AT 5:00 P.M.
Calling all Angels, Wisemen & Shepherds! We need you for the Christmas Pageant held on Christmas Eve at 5:30 p.m. All youth of DRCC are invited to participate and should attend the rehearsals today and Sunday,December 17, both at 5:00 pm. Contact Candi Turner or Sybil for more information.

Advent Service for Healing and Peace – This Wednesday, December 13th
Come and share a time of peaceful songs and prayers to bless this holy season, especially if you are carrying the burden of illness, pain, or sadness.  Our next Service for Healing and Peace will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13th  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.

Service of Christmas Music, Sunday, December 24th!
On Sunday, December 24th at our 10:00 a.m. service, our Youth & Senior Choirs and Chancel Hand Bell Choir will present a Service of Music for Christmas.  The church will be decorated with poinsettias, and a special coffee hour will be served by our Deacons after worship.  At our 8:30 a.m. service Rev. Timothy Haut will give a sermon for the 4th Sunday in Advent.

Christmas Eve in Deep River
The 76th annual presentation of our Christmas Pageant, “Thy Light Is Come” (presented by the youth and children of the church) will take place on Christmas Eve at 5:30 p.m.   Our Candlelight Communion Service begins at 11:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

The Giving Tree
The Board of Christian Service is working with Deep River Social Services again this year to help spread some goodwill and cheer to local residents this Christmas.  Our Giving Tree will be in Fellowship Hall after both services through 12/17.  See any member of the Board of Christian Service for more information.

Church World Service Blanket Program – Last Day to Purchase Blankets
The Board of Christian Service is selling Blankets this year following both services today. These blankets can be used as a shelter from the cold, as a warm coat, or to carry possessions or even a small child.
 For a $10 donation to Church World Service, you can provide a blanket for someone in need during a crisis.  In return, you will receive a beautiful card telling the recipient that you made a donation is his/her name, or in memory of a loved one.
 Please stop by our table in Fellowship Hall this season to give the gift of warmth or shelter.   We thank you for your support.

PRAYER PARTNERS:  Please pray for the following:
Peter                  Joan                    Margaret Hotchkiss
Lana                  Greg                     Family of Paul Freudenstein
Michael              Paulsen Family   Jan’s Family
Shelley              Tom                     John & Gail
Christopher        Diane                  Jeff
Shane                Bill & Ann           Roger

Middlesex Clergy Prayer Request for the Week of December 10th    
The Congregational Church of Killingworth asks for prayers as their pastor, the Rev. Martha Bays retires, as they celebrate 9 wonderful years of ministry together, and as they look forward to the next chapters in the Churches' life and Martha's life.

More Great News from the Stewardship Committee
Special thanks to all who have returned their pledge cards.  We are so pleased with the positive response.  We are very close to our goal of $230,000 to meet our 2018 budget needs.  So far, we have received $214,034 from 152 pledge units.  It’s not too late!  If you have not already pledged, you can still fill out a pledge card which you will find in the pew racks, Narthex, or in the church office.  We deeply appreciate your support.

 

The Nuts are Here!
Please see Sally Marston or Claudia Hardy during Fellowship hour after the 8:30 and 10 a.m. services to purchase your holiday nuts. Thank you for supporting the Bell Choir.

GL Scrip
Christmas is 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.


Tuesday Prayer Group
The Weekly Prayer Group will be suspended until January.  They will resume again on Tuesday, January 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Upper Room.  See Fran Phinney for more information.

 

                        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.