The Board of Christian Service is sponsoring the Annual Mother’s Day Plant, Craft, and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 8th from 9am to 12pm. The sale will be held outside on Marvin Field and all Covid 19 protocols will be maintained. We will have lots of fresh air, social distancing, and of course, masks are required. This is a cash sale but known checks will be accepted.

We are asking for the following donations: 1) Vegetable Plants; 2) Indoor Plants that can be divided; 3) Outdoor Plants, such as day lilies, hostas, iris, gladiolas, grasses, or any perennials; 4) Baked Goods; 5) Crafts: There will be a small selection of Mother’s Day/Spring crafts for sale. If interested in crafting, please let us know.

There is a sign-up sheet online:

or you can contact Cathy Smith (860) 227-6648 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or BJ Hopkins (860) 853-0059 or bhopkinsThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to let them know what you would like to donate.

It will be fun to see each other and to help make this May Mother’s Day sale a step in returning to a safe normal for all of us!




Here is the 2020 DRCC Annual Report.


Re-Opening Sanctuary Phase 2

The Trustees and Council have agreed to re-open our Sanctuary for Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Worship Services following Phase 2 Guidelines.  We began on Sunday, February 21st.  The safety and health of the congregation are the guiding principles for developing the plan to re-open for worship.
Our Insurance Board, CDC guidelines and CT House of Worship Guidelines were the references used.  
There will be a maximum of 25 people at the weekly service.  (not including Minister, Organist, Lay Reader, Usher/Greeters, and the Live-Stream operators.  You must call or email the church office by noon on Fridays if you wish to attend and Kris will get back to you to confirm.  That checklist of 25 names will be given to the Usher/Greeters for Sunday to confirm the reservation at the door for the purpose of contact tracing.
The following guidelines must be observed when you attend a worship service:

Masks are required at all times.
Temperatures will be taken.  If you have a temperature above 100.4, you may not attend the service.  
If you are sick or not feeling well, please stay at home.
Sanitizing of the hands upon entrance is required.  (Sanitizer will be provided.  
Six foot social distancing must be observed at all times between non-family groups.
Certain pews will be blocked off to help establish social distancing.
There can be no singing by the congregation at any time.
There will be no restrooms available.

One of the great things about our church family is that we pull together during the tough times to keep DRCC (and each other) strong. One way you can help us get through the current pandemic is to fulfill your pledge with online or telephone donations to help the church pay its bills.
Both are easy ways to help our church. And if you need help with this at any point, contact our church treasurer, Dayle Larson, at 860-575-9721 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

Telephone Donation:
1.    Call 800-675-7430 (this connects you to Vanco payment solutions)
2.    Press 1 for Client Services (you will speak to a real person in the U.S.)!
3.    Tell them you want to make a donation to First Congregational Church of Deep River and give them our zip code or I.D. number
•    I.D. # is UCC-80490
•    Zip code is 06417
•    You may give from your checking or savings account or use a credit card.

Online Donation:
1.    Go to our church website:
2.    Click on the green Give Now button (top, right corner)
3.    Create your online profile and log in
4.    Fill out the online donation form (you may give from your checking or saving account or use a credit card) and you're done!

You may also donate the “Old-Fashioned Way” and either mail your donation by snail mail, to DRCC, P.O. Box 246, Deep River, CT. 06417 or drop it off at the Church Office.

Your DRCC Trustees

This Sunday
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Mother's Day
May 9, 2021

This Sunday is Mother's Day, and it will be "love" that we celebrate during our 10 a.m. worship service at the Deep River Congregational Church.  Our service will include a special prayer for mothers.   It's the 6th Sunday in the Easter season, and the beautiful Scripture readings resound with love and joy.   They are Psalm 98, 1 John 5:1-6, and  John 15:9-17 (which are some of Jesus' last words to the friends he loved).  Our Reader this week is Chelsea Chiappa Ehmke. And Tim's sermon is entitled "Created for Joy."   And our joyous hymns this Sunday are "Fairest Lord Jesus" (#189) and "Now Thank We All Our God" (#102).    Our Ushers will be Chelsea Chiappa Ehmke, Andrea Chiappa, Marilyn Guffey, and Dwight Palmer.  Please join us in person or on line.

Please remember that for now we are still limited to 25 people to provide for social distancing.     If you would like to attend, please reserve a place by calling or emailing the church office by noon on Friday (860-526-5045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  You may view the service via live-stream on our church web page,