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

Today -          Worship, 10:00 a.m. Live Stream & in-person
Monday -       Trustees, 6:30 p.m. (Zoom)
                      EDA Meeting, 6:00 p.m. (Zoom)
Tuesday -       Lenten Bible Study, 7:00 p.m. (Zoom)
                      A.A. Meeting , 7:30 p.m. (Zoom)
Wednesday - Staff Meeting, 7:00 p.m.  (Zoom)
                      N.A. Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (Zoom)
Thursday -     Soup Kitchen, (curb site pick-up only), 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
                      A.A. Meetings, 7:00 p.m. (Zoom)
Saturday -     Women’s A.A. Meeting, 8:30 a.m. (Zoom)
Sunday -        Worship, 10:00 a.m. Live Stream and in-person for 25
(Please note that reservations are required for the In-person worship--contact the church office by noon on Friday at 860-526-5045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)    

Happy Birthday!
Laurie Eriksson, Liz Groth, Alyssa Nelson, Craig Szymanski (11); Jim Beaudoin, Mark Giuliano, Greta Russell, Erin Szymanski (12); Ashley Daricek, Brittany Howell (13); Megan Mallon, Anne Brenneman, Alexandra Sukosky, Alexandra Brennan (14); Jon Corriveau, Laura (Degree) Opila, Brendon Johnson, Daniel Moore, Maria Lucarelli (15); Jacob Butkus, Kaylee Moen, Taryn Frazier, Emily Roise, Sheryl Wescott (16);, Lindsay (Mesite) Devona, Nathaniel Newton, Cathleen Smith, Robert Groth, Jr. (17).

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:
Kathy (upcoming procedures)
Baby Lucas (born prematurely)
Jane’s son Andre & wife (baby due soon)
Meredith (stressful job)
Amanda (loss of job)
Sandi Lunn
Lisa’s brother Jim (ICU)
Dottie (broken hip)
Bob Tirrell
Residents in nursing homes
Person from Deep River who was life starred on Fri

Continued Prayers:
ALL Health Care & Essential Workers, Scientists  
Everyone affected by COVID-19
Our school children & teachers (in school & remote)
Our troops, our Veterans &  Our National Guard                           
Bobby                                      Brendan (heart issues)
KR, KL, & JH                           John Roberts                               
Dave Warner                            Mary Roberts                                                 
Suzette Bavolack                     Judy Roberts (recovery)
Vickie & Travis                         Peggy Reilly & family
Camilla, Ted & Family              Lorraine  (leukemia)                
Claire Rider                             Richard (Rippy) (Heart)
Ron Benak                              Linda & Bill Masterson         
“S”                                          Kathy Welch                             
Andrea (eye)                           Linda Hostetler                 
Ed Bushnell (Apple Rehab)      Patrick Gallagher
Bob (Fern’s friend)                   Heather (strength and hope)  
Dwight Palmer, Jr.                    Ryan
Dwight’s nephew (COVID)        Shawn Wilson (recovery)
Matthew Vallandingham            Mark  
Lori & her daughter (Lori’s brother & 2 kids)
Jim Russell (Judy Arnold Marshall’s son)
All those families experiencing the recent loss of a loved one  (Nastri, Thody, Eichengreen, Fremut, Paradis, Grohs, Tarte, Morrow, Tiezzi, Malcarne, Disque)
Peter & Christina Moore (end of life concerns)
Shane, Rose & Alanis (safe driving to CA)
Jeanie’s brother in law, Larry Anderson & family (hospice)
Mark Reid & daughter Courtney    Keith (Jeanie’s friend)             
Peggy (needs caregivers to go home from hospital)
Long Term Requests:
Darcy (brain surgery) and Ken
Rev. Bill West             Debra & Louis
Mark Bruscoe             Ruth Woodcock                       
Carolyn Wehr             Ben T                        
Marion Beemer          Jon  
Jerry Clark, Jr.            Dottie Davis
Noah Krebs                Mary Karam
Ann & David               Rob Rankin
Lyn & Harry                Sybil
Steve Thomas             Ed Judd
Trudy Harding             Ed Hemmann
Danny H                    Kathy & Ron
Rev. Allen Humes       Pat Downey
Charlie & Mary           Joe & Nancy Peluso
Louisa Rudnycky        Carly
Lori Wilson                 Fran Pitts
Will Visel & Conner (safety/deployment)      
Alison, Chris, & Paul Karam                                              
Mark & Lorianne Griswold   
Scott Misner (awaiting heart transplant)
Zachary (health concerns & continued testing)
Kaaren’s grandson Charlie (health issues)

Middlesex Association Prayer for April 11th         
The Rev. Alan Froggatt of the United Churches of Chester asks us to pray that as we return to in person worship, that we resist the temptation to go back to what was the tried and true methods of worship, but that we embrace the new and lively surprising future into which the spirit of God is leading us.

Thank you to the very generous donor of Stock this last week.  If you wish to dedicate it to a specific fund or project please contact Kris in the church office to let us know your intentions for this special gift.

Spring is upon us and on April 18 at 11:15 a.m. we will be holding outside Sunday School classes for 3 year olds through 8th grade.
* Join your teacher * See your friends * Be part of your class *
Each student should bring their own blanket, towel or sit-upon. Classes have been carefully planned with social distancing in mind. Hand sanitizer will be available for each class. Remember to wear your mask and use the bathroom before you leave the house for the church is off limits at this time (thank you for understanding).
 Upcoming Sunday School Schedule
Sunday, April 18 - Outside Sunday School @ 11:15 a.m. - Earth Day
Sunday, May 2 - Outside Sunday School @ 11:15 a.m. - Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Sunday, May 16 - Outside Sunday School @ 11:15 a.m. - Birthday Bash
Sunday, June 6 - Outside Sunday School @ 11:15 a.m. - Summer Time Fun
Virtual Sunday School
In addition, virtual Sunday School lessons will be available through the month of May. Parents can log in each week to access DRCC’s virtual curriculum. Sybil uploads new materials weekly so parents and students can download the lessons and watch the video. The following link never changes so bookmark it in your web browser for easy access! Click here to access our Virtual Sunday School lessons. All are welcome to be part of our Sunday School, near or afar. Contact Sybil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Board of Christian Service Annual Mother’s Day Plant, Craft, & Bake Sale
The Board of Christian Service is sponsoring the Annual Mother’s Day Plant, Craft, and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 8th from 9am to 12pm. The sale will be held outside on Marvin Field and all Covid 19 protocols will be maintained. We will have lots of fresh air, social distancing, and of course, masks are required. This is a cash sale but known checks will be accepted.
We are asking for the following donations:  1) Vegetable Plants;  2) Indoor Plants that can be divided;  3) Outdoor Plants, such as day lilies, hostas, iris, gladiolas, grasses, or any perennials;  4)  Baked Goods;  5) Crafts: There will be a small selection of Mother’s Day/Spring crafts for sale. If interested in crafting, please let us know.  
There is a sign-up sheet online:
or you can contact Cathy Smith (860) 227-6648 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or BJ Hopkins (860) 853-0059 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to let them know what you would like to donate.
It will be fun to see each other and to help make this May Mother’s Day sale a step in returning to a safe normal for all of us!

The Board of Christian Service is encouraging everyone, who can, to give blood.  
There is a dire need.  Here is the latest information on local January Red Cross Blood Drives:
April Blood Drives
04/12/2021 | 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM - Water's Edge Resort & Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd, Westbrook
04/16/2021 | 12:45 PM - 06:00 PM - First Church of Christ, 366 Main Street, Old Saybrook
04/19/2021 | 08:30 AM - 05:30 PM - Andrews Memorial Town Hall, 54 East Main Street, Clinton
04/26/2021 | 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM - First Church of Christ – Clinton, 55 Church Road, Clinton
04/27/2021 | 08:30 AM - 06:00 PM - North Madison Volunteer Fire, 864 Opening Hill Road, Madison
04/28/2021 | 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM - Deep River Ambulance Association, 284 West Elm Street, Deep River
04/28/2021 | 11:15 AM - 03:45 PM - Valley-Shore YMCA, 201 Spencer Plains Road, Westbrook
04/29/2021 | 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM - St. Mary's Church, 54 Grove Street, Clinton

Gift card fundraising is a great way for to DRCC raise money!
Buy gift cards from over 750 top brands (local and national stores) to use for your daily purchases or as gifts. It's the easiest way to create opportunities for DRCC and the people that matter most to you. No extra money spent. No extra time wasted shopping. You buy a gift card & get the full value / The brand gives back, nothing extra comes out of your pocket / DRCC earns money. Call Elizabeth Root (203-430-1426) or email Sybil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information or to place an order; just ask and we can deliver the cards in the local area. Adams Gift Cards are also available in $25, $50 or $100 increments and DRCC earns 5%. Buy now, shop later!

Attention All Knitters
We have received a request for prayer shawls and knitted prayer square (the small squares with a cross knitted into it) for Middlesex Health Hospice.  Contact Donna Sheldon for more information.  Patterns are available in the church office.  Please continue creating these special gifts and when completed, please sanitize in your dryer and place them in a plastic bag to leave in the church office.  Donna will see that they reach their destination.

Wanted:  Clean Glass Syrup Jars and 4 & 8 ounce Jelly Jars
For:  Elizabeth Root as she is already preparing for the 2021 Christmas Faire!!  Please save these items and they can be dropped off in the church office or at Sybil Higgins office door.


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.