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Our Stewardship Theme for 2021 is Deep River Congregational Church-A Bridge Over Uncharted Waters.  Everyone has been impacted by these unusual times of pandemic--where we wonder if things will ever go back to "normal."  We decided on the term "uncharted waters" and how we can view our church as a bridge which can help us cross these troubled waters with hope and confidence.  We are so fortunate to be able to "attend church" with the live-stream services that are offered each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. on our website.  We are also blessed with a loving Pastor who has shared a message of  hope and love on Facebook everyday since the pandemic started. 

Sunday, September 13th was the Kick-Off for this year's campaign.  You can hear the message if you tune into that Sunday service.  A mailing was sent out on Monday, September 14th with a beautiful letter from Rev. Haut, a pledge card, a time and talent card, and a self-addressed stamped envelope.  We ask that you please search your heart, and while supporting our church financially may be a challenging sacrifice, we hope you will help us cross over this bridge.  Perhaps you can offer your time or talent, along with a monetary pledge.  We so appreciate all who have kept our church as a beacon of hope, during good and bad times, in the past.

We are so grateful to all who have been listening to our live-stream services from all over the country and world.  We are so blessed to have you worship with us.  Please read the special letter from Rev. Haut and If you fill so inclined, we would welcome your pledge to support our church and its ministry. 

Faithfully yours,

Your Stewardship Committee:  Susan Hollister & Jane Syme, co-chairs, Don Frazier, Tom and Kris Lindner

 Re-opening Sanctuary beginning OCTOBER 18,2020

Safety and health of the congregation are the guiding principles for developing the reopening strategy.
The following agreed points were developed using the below references.
Insurance Board Guidelines – Phase 2
CDC guidelines for Events and Gatherings Moderate Risk
CT House of Worship Guidelines

* There will be only one service each week. Allows for expiration of the virus between services with no
additional sanitizing required.
* No weddings at this time.
* No funerals at this time.
* A maximum of 25 people at the service. Not including Minister, Organist ,Lay reader,
Ushers and A/V personal.
* Six (6) foot social distancing at all times between non family groups.
* Masks are required at all times. Including covering the nose.
*Attendance by advance reservation only. Reservation will be the first come first serve basis.
Reservations may be made by calling the church office or by email
(with acknowledgement from the office).
A checklist will be made for the Ushers to confirm the reservation at the door for contact tracing.
*All Bibles and hymnals will be removed.
* Certain pews will be blocked off to help establish social distancing.
* No choir at this time.
* No singing by congregation at any time.
* There will be no admittance once the service starts because of pre -service requirements.
* Temperatures will be taken. A temperature above 100. 4 will be cause for rejection.
* DO not attend if you are sick or not feeling well
* Upon completion of the service each row will be dismissed one at a time starting with the rear of the church and moving forward to limit interaction.
* No restrooms will be available.
* Sanitizing of the hands upon entrance is required. Sanitizer will be provided.
* Guidelines and requirements shall be posted on the DRCC website and in plain view within the sanctuary.
* Communion will be self-served with purchased pre-packaged communion.
* There will be a collection plate placed in the rear of the church on the way to the exit.
*No coffee hour.
* Arrive 15 minutes before service starts.
*Two volunteer (minimum) Ushers will be required for each service to perform temperature checks,
check reservation list , check for masks , and make sure social distancing is compliant. 


Please contact the church office for further information:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 860-526-5045

Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.



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: 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

This Sunday
Reformation Sunday
Homecoming/NewMember Sunday
October 25, 2020

You are invited to worship with us at our live-stream service on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at the Deep River Congregational Church.  Go to our church website:  http://www.deeprivercc.org.   Look for the "Live Stream (New!)” in the menu bar on the left side of the Home Page.  You can also view the archived Sunday services for March – July 2020, by clicking on the “Service Videos (New!)” icon.  New:  To view services from August 2, 2020 and onward, click on the “Playlist” button in the upper right hand corner.

This Sunday, Oct. 25, will be celebrated as "Homecoming Sunday" at DRCC.   This is a Sunday to celebrate the heritage of our congregation, remembering its history and rejoicing in the members  who continue to keep this church's spirit alive in 2020. We will welcome new members into our church as well as celebrating those who have been members for 25 years or more.   Ten of our members now join that group, which totals 172.   Tim's sermon, "Indulging a Hope," will  include a recently-discovered letter from a young man who was one of the earliest members of our church.  The letter, written in 1836, was found in Jackson, Michigan, and described a religious experience that changed and shaped his life.

This Sunday is also celebrated every year as Reformation Sunday, remembering the day on which Martin Luther in 1517 posted his 95 Theses on the door of the parish church in Wittenberg, Germany to begin the Protestant movement.   His great hymn, based on Psalm 46, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," (#110), will open our service.   Other Scripture readings for this Sunday will be Deuteronomy 34:1-12 (the death of Moses), and Matthew 22:34-40.   Kris Lindner will be our Lay Reader.   Our closing hymn will be "The Church's One Foundation" (#545, v.1,2,4,5).  Ushers are Tom Lindner, Stu Palmer, and Marilyn Guffey.

If you would like to be included on the list of 25 of those worshipping in person, please notify Kris in the church office (860-526-5045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23rd.  You must receive a confirmation from the office to be assured that you name is on the list for in-person worship.

Those who may be interested in becoming a new or associate member should contact Kris Lindner in our church office no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23rd to indicate their desire to be a member (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 860-526-5045).
Next Saturday, October 31, at 11 a.m. we will have our annual "Pumpkin Launch," when one of our members will heave a pumpkin from the roof of the church's front portico onto Church St.  Come and watch the fun!