A Letter from Blue Grass:  The Joyful Feast
August, 2019
Rev. Timothy Haut
Deep River Congregational Church

Today -          Worship at 10:00 a.m.  Tune into Live Stream on the Website!
                     Sacrament of Confirmation, 11:30 a.m. in the Courtyard
Monday -       Transitions Academy, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                      Deacons' Meeting, 7:00 p.m.  Pop Euston Room
                      EDA Meeting, 6:00 p.m. (May meet Outside)
Tuesday -      Transitions Academy, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                     A.A. Meeting , 7:30 p.m. (May meet Outside)
Wednesday - N.A. Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (May meet Outside)
Thursday -    Transitions Academy, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                     Soup Kitchen Open for Curb Side Pick-up Only, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
                     A.A. Meetings, 7:00 p.m. (May meet Outside or on Zoom)
Friday -         Transitions Academy, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday -     Women’s A.A. Meeting, 8:30 a.m. (May meet Outside or on Zoom)
                     Blessing of the Pets, 10:00 a.m.Sanctuary Steps
Sunday -       Worship at 10:00 a.m.  Tune into Live Stream on the Website!

Birthdays this Week
Bil Groth, Gerald Kruszewski, Mia Olson, Cathy Shanley (Today); Krystle Robertson, Charlie Rayner, Megan Dugan (28); Kelsey Lindner, Reagan Brenneman, Natalie Nelson, Heidi (Schmidt) Chronister (29); Jillian Cayer, Cole Ensinger, Kevin Penkala (30); Brian Medlin, Eric Nelson, Alison Karam, Dean Roberts, Elliott Paradis, Sarah Marino (1); Jon Hardy, Scott Taylor (2); Abraham Chamie, Nicollette Eicholtz, Daniel Hooghkirk (3).

Sunday School News
On Sunday, October 4 we invite all Sunday School families and teachers to meet in DRCC's front courtyard at 11:30 am. Since we can't be together in class, we would like our Sunday School families together in a rock garden. Our goal is to have a painted rock from every child and their parents in the Sunday School. You can either paint a rock at home and bring with you on October 4, or we will have rocks available that day along with family paint stations. Please put the name of the artist on the back of each rock. A painting of something you like to do or something you are thankful for would be a great starting point when thinking of ideas. We will be spraying them with a sealer so they can stay outside. You can even use puff paints for some texture. Teachers we would love to have a rock from you too! Also on October 4 we will be offering other family activity stations which will be announced next week!

Stewardship News
We are very pleased with the response to the Stewardship Campaign, so far.  We have already received almost 50 pledge cards.  If you are already giving online, please fill out the pledge card and send it in, so the Stewardship Committee has the correct information.  Thank you all so much.

Lay Readers & Flowers Needed
Please contact Kris in the Church Office if you are interested in being a Lay Reader or donating flowers for the Live-Stream services. 

Board of Christian Service News
The Board of Christian Services has reached out to our local communities to see what is needed.  The biggest need right now is blood donations.  If you are able to donate blood please consider giving blood during this time.  Here is a list of upcoming blood drives in our area:
 Wednesday, September 30
•    Westbrook – 433 Boston Post Road.  9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
 Friday, October 2
•    Essex – Essex Town Hall, 29 West Avenue.  1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
•    Westbrook – Water’s Edge Resort and Spa, 1525 Boston Post Road.  9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
 Monday, October 12
•    Clinton – First Church of Christ – Clinton, 55 Church Road.  1:00 to 6:00 PM


There are masks, prayer beads and WKOPDIWTB  bracelets available in the Church Office.

Copies of Tim's book, A Deep River Year: People, Passages, and Promises are also availble in the office.  Thye are $19.95 each and Tim will be happy to autograph them for you!

Please use these lists to hold up these individuals, whether you know them or not….and please contact Kris Lindner (860-526-5045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you know someone in need of prayers from the faithful.  I would also appreciate it if you would keep me informed of any changes in the prayer list (any deletions, additions, change in status, etc.

New Requests:
Our nation
Sara (high risk pregnancy)
Victims of Fires in CA and western US
Firefighters & rescue workers
Hurricane & Tornado victims in the south
Art Christianson (hip replacement recovery)
Andrew & his mom, Alicia
Family of Jack Coulter
Dick Adams (hospital)
Avery & Brett (as they begin their new life together in South Carolina)
Jake’s friend Mike (Pat passed away)

Continued Prayers:
ALL Health Care & Essential Workers  
Everyone affected by COVID-19
Safety for ALL who are back in school
Those experiencing grief in the loss of a loved one
Victims of Natural Disasters   
Our troops around the world   
Our National Guard                           
Dr. P. Huded                          Gary Tryon (hospital)
Rob Rankin                           Bobby
Jim Rankin                            Celia
Nicole Peterson                     Barbara Bruch                       
Peg                                      Scott & Amy                                              
KR, KL, & JH                        John Roberts                               
Dave Warner                         Mary Roberts                                                 
Suzette Bavolack                   Kaycee                                                                                                     
Anthony Saglimbeni               Vickie & Travis                                                                                                    
Robin’s friend, Martin             Ryan (still needs prayers)
Sue Knirsch                          Matthew Vallandingham
Jack & Luella                        Monique
Linda & Bill Masterson           Louisa Rudnycky
Meredith                                Alyssa (brain surgery)
Davis (hospital)                      Richard (tests)
Wilbur (Hospice care)            Ken (Hospice care)
Sally LaFaille                         Lorraine
Tom Bogart ( Dick’s brother-doing better)
Savanah Grace (brain surgery)
Kelsey (Recovery from hand surgery)
Doug LaFaille (Recovery from heart surgery)
Family of Loch Syme


Long Term Requests:
Rev. Bill West           Debra           
Mark Bruscoe           Ruth Woodcock                       
Carolyn Wehr           Ben T                        
Marion Beemer         Jon  
Jerry Clark, Jr.          Dottie Davis
Noah Krebs              Mary Karam
Tom Lindner             Cathy Fremut                  
Adam                      Ann & David
Darcy & Ken            S (cancer)       
Lyn & Harry              Sybil
Steve Thomas          Kathy Judd
John Bach               Ed Hemmann
Carol  Zuppe            Danny H
Rev. Allen Humes    Pat Downey
Trudy Harding          Kathy & Ron            
Alison, Chris, & Paul Karam                                              
Mark & Lorianne Griswold   
David Johnson (aggressive chemo)
Scott Misner (awaiting heart transplant)

Free Piano!
Please contact Bill & Jane West if you are interested in getting a free Wurlitzer spinet piano.
Their phone is 860-526-3461 and their email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Support Groups at Our Church in Lower Fellowship Hall

All meetings below are able to meet outside, but may not come into the church for any reason.

Mondays at 6:00 p.m. - EDA
Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. - AA
Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. - HVN

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. - NA
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. - AA   (Zoom Meetings)

Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. - Women’s AA (Zoom Meetings)

       Shoreline Soup Kitchen is now offering Curb-Side Pick-up Every Thursday, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.