2021 Stewardship Campaign
As you know, our Stewardship Theme for 2021 is “Deep River Congregational Church-A Bridge Over Uncharted Waters.” Sunday, September 13th was the Kick-Off for this year's campaign. You may listen to the special messages from our Stewardship committee by tuning in to the beginning of the services on September 13th, October 4th, and November 1st. 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. If you did not receive the mailing or misplaced yours, it can be downloaded here: the special letter from Rev. Haut and the pledge cards to support our church and its ministry.
We are now nearing the end of our campaign and hope to have it wrapped up by Thanksgiving Sunday, November 22nd. If you haven’t done so already, please search your heart and help us cross over this bridge with your financial contribution, as well as your gift of time and talent. Also if you give online or have automatic deductions from your bank, we still need you to fill out a pledge card, so the Stewardship Committee has knowledge of your continued support for 2021.
To those who are watching our live-stream services from afar, we would welcome you pledge to support our church and its ministry.
Your Stewardship Committee: Susan Hollister & Jane Syme, co-chairs, Don Frazier, Tom and Kris Lindner
In-Person Worship Suspended Until Further Notice
We are very sorry, but our Trustees have decided to close the Church for all in person services until further notice They will assess the situation on a week to week basis to decide when to resume, but it probably will not happen until early 2021.
Thank you for your understanding and patience and please continue to worship with us via live-stream at 10:00 on Sunday mornings.
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
First Sunday of Advent
November 29, 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 from August 2, 2020 and onward, click on the “Playlist” button in the upper right hand corner.
This Sunday we begin a new season, Advent, as we prepare for the coming of Christ in this strange pandemic time. The church is decorated, the big Christmas tree is up, and the Advent wreath will be lit each week. The First Sunday in Advent bears the theme of "Hope." Tim's sermon is called "Keep Awake!" based on the somewhat ominous parable of Jesus in Mark 13:24-37. Other readings for Sunday include 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 and Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19. Hymns for Sunday include "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus" (#196), "Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates" (#213) (v. 1-3), and the great Advent hymn "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" (#211) (v. 1,6-7). David Seluke will be our Reader and will light the first candle on our Advent Wreath.
Those who watch our live-streamed Advent service at 10 a.m. are invited to have a candle to light in their home as we light the candle on the church's wreath. You may even wish to make your own home Advent wreath, with four candles representing the four Sundays of this season.
OUTDOOR ADVENT WREATH WILL BE LIT THIS SUNDAY
We will also be lighting a beautiful new outdoor Advent Wreath at noon on Sunday. You are invited to come and be present in person as the wreath is lit and we sing "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" together, and share a prayer for Advent. Also everyone present will receive the first Advent gift representing "Hope." The wreath is located in the courtyard of the church near the Creche, and it was created by Chris Chiappa. It will be a sign to our community that we are all preparing for Christ's presence in our world and in our lives!