Today -           Easter Sunday  
                      Sunrise Service, Mt. St. John Academy, 6:00 a.m.
                      Easter Worship, 8:30 a.m.
                      Easter Fellowship, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
                      Traditional Easter Worship, 10:00 a.m.
Monday -        Red Cross Blood Drive, 12:00 – 6:30 p.m.
                      Christian Service, 7:00 p.m.
                      Deacons, 7:00 p.m.
                      Girl Scout Leaders, 7:00 p.m.
                      EDA, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday -       Gentle Yoga Class, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
                      A.A., 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday - HVN Support Group, 1:00 p.m.
                      Pinochle Group, 1:00 p.m.
                      Service of Peace & Healing, 7:00 p.m.
                       N.A., 7:00 p.m.
Thursday -      Middlesex Clergy, 12:00 p.m.
                       Horseshoe Season Begins, 5:00 p.m.
                       Shoreline Soup Kitchen Meal, 5:00 p.m.
                       Senior Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m.
                       A.A., 7:00 p.m.
Friday -           Transitions Academy, 9:00 a.m.
Saturday -       Women’s A.A., 8:30 a.m.
                        Funeral/Reception for Roberta Collura, 10:30 a.m.
Sunday -          Earth Day Celebrations  
                        Worship Services, 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.
                        Sunday School, 10:00 a.m.
                        Youth Choir, 11:15 a.m.
                        Confirmation Class, 11:30 a.m.

Deacons in Charge for April
Donna Sheldon is the Deacon on Call.  The Sanctuary Rep is Rick Morrow and Stu Palmer is taking care of Greeters, Lay Readers, and Flowers.

Birthdays This Week
Brent Bates, Jessica McNealy (22); Shelby Eriksson, Richard Lee, Seth Lee, George Martin, Christina Tiezzi, Ben Turner, Geoffrey Vincelette, Ben Zemmel (23); Ed Bushnell, Jessica Markland, Molly Martin, James Schmidt, Mark Staib, Cooper McCormick (24); Heidi Gahran, Shane Lindner, Janne Field Spallone Conrad, Renee Alonzo, David Marston (25); Mia Moore (26); Shelby Argersinger, Gisela Johnston, Robert Rankin, Jr., Kyle Eline, Carol Dugan, Emma Russell, Phoebe Petrovic (27).

What Can I Do?   BE A PRAYER PARTNER!
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.

New Requests:
Family of Roberta Collura
Lynn Butkus & Family
Mary Karam
Jerry Clark, Jr.  
People of France
Carol Hull

Continued Prayers:
Rev. Bill West                Rev. Chris Horvath         
Bill                                Carolyn Wehr                         
Matthew V                     Marion Beemer
Jim Rankin                     Noah Krebs                                        
Ruth S                           Dottie Davis                   
Lana                              Bobbie & Ed                   
Kathy K                         Lyn & Harry                    
Darlene (Hospice)           John & Mary Roberts     
Jolie                              John B
Richard Schenk              Bill Taylor
Steve Thomas                                                                   
All families grieving the loss of a loved one      
Those struggling with any type of addiction                                                                                                                                                                            

Middlesex Association Prayer Request for April 21st
Pray for the churches of the Middlesex Association that the marvelous Easter news that Christ has risen will cling to every heart and mind as the days pass.

Tuesday Night Discussion Group
Our Bible Study group continues to meet on Tuesdays from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to join in the discussion theme, “Defiant Joy”, based on Candace Payne’s six-week video series.

Annual Christian Service Blood Drive – Monday, April 22nd  
The Board of Christian Services is hosting its annual American Red Cross Blood Drive here at the church on Monday, April 22nd from 12:45 PM to 6:00 PM.  We are hoping to get at least 50 people to sign up and donate blood.  Blood donation sign up will be during Coffee Hour after both services beginning Sunday.  You may also sign up online by visiting the Red Cross website: http://www.RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  
We are also looking for people to help check in blood donors as well as donations of food such as cookies, small sandwiches.  Sign-up sheets will be posted on the Board of Christian Services bulletin board.  Any questions please see Dorothy DeMichael.
Please consider donating as just one donation has the ability to save up to three lives!  If you cannot donate, please help us reach our goal of 50 donors by encouraging others you know to donate.

Service for Peace and Healing
This Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. we will gather again in the sanctuary for our monthly Service for Peace and Healing.  As Spring awakens our world proclaiming the good news of resurrection, come and light a candle and join in praying for health and strength for those we love.    And let the joy of Easter fill us as we seek God's peace in our hearts and in the world.

One Great Hour of Sharing
Today is the last day to make your One Great Hour of Sharing offering for 2019.  This annual appeal is there to make a difference among those devastated by disaster, war, poverty, famine, and disease.   Please return your contribution by Easter Sunday in the OGHS envelope in the pew racks, or note “OGHS” in the corner of your check made out to our church.

LET'S BE BETTER STEWARDS OF GOD'S CREATION - CELEBRATE EARTH DAY
Join us on April 28 for DRCC’s Earth Day Celebration!
~ Ride your bike or car pool to Church
~ Wear natural fiber clothing
~ Sing a song together about the elimination of Styrofoam at DRCC
~ Hear Rev. Tim’s sermon regarding our earth
~ Display of earth friendly products & informational signs
~ Blessing of the Mugs - Bring your favorite mug to church to be blessed
~ Sunday School hosted Fellowship Hour with earth themed treats
~ Demonstration by Amanda Higgins on earth-friendly essential oils; take home a sample at the DIY natural cleaner station
~ Earth Day Parade in our back parking lot after the 10:00 service. Walk, stroll, roller skate, ride your bike, or pedal your scooter!! We encourage everyone to come join the fun as we also need spectators to dress up and bring noise makers to cheer on the parade participants! Grand Marshal, Art Robbins, will be awarding certificates in the following categories: Most Vintage, Most Patriotic, Most Original, Most Colorful, Most Earthy & BEST IN SHOW, plus new this year “Best Dressed” for Earth Day. All parade winners will receive a special treat, plus a certificate!! We hope you will celebrate earth-friendly transportation methods with us!


CINCO DE MAYO - MAY 5
Join the Cinco de Mayo celebration on Sunday, May 5! The Sunday School will be stepping out of their classrooms and into the fresh air to play a variety of outdoor games. We will also serve some delicious festive food! Mark your calendars and be sure to join us for a fun filled morning hosted by the Board of Christian Education!

Adult Fellowship May 5th Auction to Benefit the Youth Mission Trip
Now accepting donations of VERY gently used and NEW items to include in the making of gift baskets, for the May 5th Auction to benefit the Youth Mission Trip.  Don't know what to donate or have questions?  Call Celeste at 203-671-4174.  Donations can be dropped off at the office with Kris.  Also looking for "larger than basket" donations that can be auctioned.  These items can be brought to the fellowship hall on the morning of the auction.  Spring, Summer, Mother's Day, Father's Day....SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE OF ALL AGES!  There will be MANY different themed baskets and items to bid on, so keep the date open!  FUN TIME FOR ALL!!  All proceeds will go to our youth.  Thank you in advance for your support of the DRCC Youth Group, working to spread Christ's love.

Mothers’ Day Plant and Bake Sale
The Board of Christian Services in conjunction with the Youth and Family Mission trip will be holding a Mother’s Day Plant and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 11th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  If you are getting ready to start your seedlings for Spring planting please consider starting a few extra seeds to share at the plant sale!  Any questions please see Sally Marston.

GL Scrip News
April Showers bring May flowers.  It is also a very busy time of year for all of us.  There will be graduations, confirmations, baby/bridal showers, and weddings.  Also, don't forget our mothers and  fathers.  Consider ordering GL Scrip cards as gifts or for your own personal shopping needs.  Earn money for the general fund of our beloved church as you shop.  Our next order will be submitted on April 28th.  Elizabeth and Jane hope to see you at their table during Fellowship time.

Gentle Yoga Classes
Gentle Yoga for Body, Breath, and Mind are held here in Upper Fellowship Hall on Tuesday mornings through May 14th, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  (No Class on April 16th) The fee is $10.00 per class, drop-in and bring a yoga mat & blanket to class. The instructor is Liz Archambault, RYT 500 and you may contact her for further information at 860-526-3250.

Notice is hereby given to all men for the 30th Annual Men's Hike!  The dates are August 2-4, 2019.  This year we are headed to the Highland Center Lodge, Pinkham Notch, NH.  This is the showplace of our host, the Appalachian Mountain Club.  The cost will be $220 which includes all meals and lodging.  Please see Bill Krick in church or call him at 860-305-0836 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WOMEN’S RETREAT at CAMP WIGHTMAN GRISWOLD, CT
Friday, September 20, 2019 through Sunday, September 22, 2019
Do you need a time of retreat, quite, reflection, reading, fellowship, quiet walks, or campfire songs?   Please plan to join ladies from the church family and the community as we join in Christian fellowship.  The cost is $145.00 for weekend and for Saturday only per meal $ 36.00 for lunch and supper ($11.00 additional for Saturday morning breakfast). Reservations are first come, first served.  A deposit, to save this (our preferred time) weekend is requested by March 22,  2019. Please make checks payable to DRCC with Women’s retreat in the memo line.


Deep River Food Pantry Needs
Even though we collect at the beginning of each month, there are some very basic needs at our local food pantry.  It has come to our attention that there is very little Pasta Sauce, Cereal, and Jelly.  If you can help out before our next collection on May 5th, non-perishable foods can be dropped off directly at the Deep River Food Pantry, which is located in the Tri-Town Youth Services Building at 56 High Street in Deep River.  It is open on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and on Thursdays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Thank you so much.

SOME OF YOU WERE NOT ABLE TO GET A COPY OF  Dr. Michael Good’s book  The Search for Major Plagge—The Nazi Who Saved Jews  at the Palm Sunday breakfast on April 14th.    
GOOD NEWS.   You can order a copy by contacting the Deep River Congregational Church at (860) 526-5045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   The cost is $20.00.  Please tell us how Dr. Good should sign the book.   The deadline for orders is May 1st.  Mail to:  Deep River Congregational Church,  P.O. 246, Deep River, CT 06417

Community News:
•    Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Refugee Resettlement at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 129 Main Street in Ivoryton, on Saturday, April 27th, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  The Good Will Offering collected will be sent to Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services in New Haven.
•    The CT B. I. T Players (Bible in Theater) Vacation Bible School at St. John’s Church in Essex.  July 15-26, 2019.  This an educational music theater, and Bible program for young people of all denominations in grades 2-8.   Casting call dates are June 2nd and June 9th.  Call or email to schedule an appointment (860-767-8095 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  $25.00 for the 2 week session.

 

Support Groups at Our Church in Lower Fellowship Hall

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
            Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. – Women’s AA

       Shoreline Soup Kitchen serves a meal here at 5:00 p.m. every Thursday