In-Person Worship Resumes Sunday, February 21st
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 will begin 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.
Giving to the Church During this Epidemic
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.
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.
1. Go to our church website: www.deeprivercc.org
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
Third Sunday in Lent
March 7, 2021
You are invited to gather in person or on-line (via live-streaming) this Sunday, March 7, at 10:00 a.m. at the Deep River Congregational Church. The Third Sunday in Lent will also be the monthly celebration of Holy Communion. Tim Haut's sermon is entitled "The Foolish Mystery," based on St. Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. Other Scripture readings include Exodus 20:1-17 (the Ten Commandments) and the beautiful Psalm 19. Karen Vradenburgh will be our Reader this week. Hymns for Sunday are "Lift High the Cross" (#159) and "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" (#298).
For those worshipping via live-stream, you are invited to prepare for Communion by having the symbolic sacramental elements ready so that you can partake at home during the service. The traditional elements are bread and juice or wine, but other substitutes are appropriate as well.