The Green Team will be providing a recipe to encourage us all to observe Meatless Monday during Lent.  The recipe will be included in the online newsletter each Thursday and copies will be available in the Narthex on Sunday mornings. You can also click here for the weekly recipe.

March 1 - Peanut Noodles

March 8 - Meatless Lasagna

March 15 - Falafel Pita

March 22 - Stay Tuned

March 29 - Stay Tuned

April 5 - Stay Tuned



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!
Monday -       No EDA Meetings until further notice
Tuesday -      No Bible Study until further notice
                     NO A.A. Meetings until further notice
Wednesday - NO N.A. Meetings until further notice
Thursday -    Soup Kitchen will be available on Thursday, April 2nd at 5:00 p.m.  
                     It will be curb side pick-up only.
                     NO A.A. Meetings until further notice
Saturday -     NO Women’s A.A. Meetings until further notice
Sunday -       Worship at 10:00 a.m.  Tune into Live Stream on the Website!


Deacons in Charge for April
Marilyn Guffey is the Deacon on Call.  The Sanctuary Rep is Karen Vradenburgh and Greer Richardson is taking care of Greeters, Lay Readers, and Flowers. 

Good News:  
You can now view the church services from home, as the live stream capability was recently installed in the Sanctuary.  The service can be accessed directly from our web site  On the Homepage, you will see a menu list to the left of the picture of our church.  The second link, underneath “Sunday Announcements” is “Live Stream New!.“  You will be able to click on that link at 10:00 to view the service, live. Another way to access is to use the direct link:   

Kudos to Rick Morrow who was instrumental in researching and bringing the live stream to our church.  Also, a big thank you to Luther Moen, who was able to make the connection available to us through our web site.  Technology is amazing! 

Good News for those who missed the March 15th honoring Tim for his 40 years as our Pastor.  You can now view the service on the website:
There is a new button underneath the “Live Stream New!”, which says “Service Videos New!”  The direct link is  
Note:  The encoder shut off at 11:15 and it took us a few minutes to restart, so there is a few minutes lost between part 1 and part 2. Normally this will not happen as our services typically do not go that long.

Birthdays This Week
Gail Bates, Nicholas Bauer, Robin Blundon, David Miller, Lisa Senay (29); Kristine Dannecker, Cameron Duplessis, Chloe Zanardi-Neal, Joie Edwards, Tony Cataldo (30);  Jim Harding, Amanda Higgins, Greer Richardson, Mathew Seymour (31); Jessica Machado, Caden Sorota, Justin Waz (1); Alena Crosby, Cristi Downey (2); Jarrett Duhaime, Josef Lenz (3); Sarah Budney, Sharon Pearson Netsch (4).

All church meetings and gatherings are cancelled, until further notice.  Our Annual Meeting, scheduled for Sunday, March 22, has been postponed.  I will let you know when the reports come back from the printer, so you can have something to read during this time of social distancing!
The 50’s dinner and dance and the Board of Christian Service “Fun” Raiser at Ashleigh’s Garden have been postponed, as well.  
The 12-step meetings and Soup  Kitchen will not meet here until further notice.

Soup Kitchen will be available on Thursday, April 2nd at 5:00 p.m.  It will be curb side pick-up only.   Meals on Wheels is still in operation.                             

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:
Family of Kathy Fremut (Ted’s wife)
Family of Bob Blair
Kathy Judd, home from the hospital
Newborn Axel & his mom, Jade

Continued Prayers:
Those experiencing grief in the loss of a loved one
Victims of Natural Disasters   
Our troops in the Middle East                                
Alison, Chris  & Paul Karam
Suzette Bavolack                Teri
Steve Thomas                     Pat Downey
Mark Brusco (Hospice)        Craig
Eshe (Hospice)                   Nicole Peterson
Carol Sheridan                    Pam’s Uncle Rich            
Danny                                John Roberts
Janet                                  Mary Roberts
Alison                                 Kyle’s family
KR, KL, & JH                       Gayle
Victoria                               Matt S                               
Bobby                                 Bill
Cathy                                  Doug (Lisa’s brother)
Billy                                    Kathy
Jesse P                              John
Matt                                    Dan Peters
Irene                                   Bonnie & Danielle Hunter
Joe                                     Al
Gwen Johnston                    Bob
Sandi Lunn                          Linda Jean
Anthony Saglimbeni             Konrad Family
Hannah                               Abby
John Bach                          JR
Donna’s sister Carol            Jack Livernoche
Robin’s friend, Martin           Carl
Lyla’s sister (Hospice)         Miranda

Long Term Requests:
Bill                            Eunice Howard
Matthew V                 Trudy Harding
Andrew T                   Carolyn Wehr
Ben T                        Marion Beemer
Jerry Clark, Jr.            Dottie David
Noah Krebs                Mary Karam
Tom L                        Cathy Fremut                  
Linda & Adam            Mark Griswold
Ed & Bobbie               David Johnson
Lyn & Harry                Bill Taylor
Darcy & Ken              Rev. Bill West

Prayer Request from the Middlesex Association for the Week of March 29th        
The First Church of Christ in Saybrook asks prayers for all those in our pews who struggle with mental illness.

Volunteers Needed to Make Washable Face Masks
Pam Garner and Cathy Smith are asking people who sew to volunteer to make washable face masks.  Pam has the directions and fabric, so please contact her at 860-304-9104 and make arrangements to get them.  These masks are for distribution first, to church members who need them and and then to nurses.  Thank  you Pam and Cathy.

Tuesday Discussion Group     Postponed until further notice.

We’re on the ‘HOMESTRETCH”! We only need $3967 more in order to meet our goal!
PLEASE help us get to the finish line!
The Stewardship Committee

News for Lent

Lent:  A Season of Preparation
      The 40-day season of Lent coincides with the coming of Spring each year, helping us to prepare for Easter and the promise of resurrection.   Traditionally, it is a time of reflection and change--a time to open our hearts to the renewing joy and love of Christ.   
      The large wooden Cross facing Church Street during Lent is a visible sign of our congregation’s journey toward Easter.  It was made by Art Christianson.   The fabric hanging in the front of the sanctuary presents a colorful abstract image of the cross.  The pieces of the quilt were made and assembled by many women of our church.
 During our worship on Sundays during Lent we will follow the theme “Becoming People of Hope.”   This theme will also be reflected in our annual Lenten Puzzle.  Each Sunday a new set of clues will help fill in an answer sheet.   Clues can be solved with the help of your Bible.   Return the completed answer sheet by Palm Sunday, April 5,   Winners will be announced in our Easter Sunday bulletin. 
The clues for Week 5 were attached to the Thursday newsletter, or you may pick up a copy in the church office.  When completed, you can mail the Master Sheet only (just the verse—not the clue sheets) to the church office (P.O. Box 246, Deep River, 06417), or drop it off in the church office.  You can also scan it, if you have the capability and email it to the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   If you have access to a fax, machine, you can submit it that way, too.  Our fax number is 860-526-9357.

Attention all Needle Artists  (that includes Quilters)
Per Annetta, please continue your knitting, crocheting, quilting of prayer shawls and lap robes, but do not bring them into church until this health crisis has passed.  Thank you so much.

As everyone knows, we are in the midst of an extraordinarily difficult time.  Elizabeth and I would like to offer some options for ordering cards.  In regards to GL Scrip cards, we will still submit the order on the last Sunday of the month.  To order GL Scrip or Adams cards, we decided that we would do the following:
Let us know what GLScrip or Adams cards you want, what denomination, quantity, and amount.   You may submit the order to Jane Syme' s email address:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  An example would be:

Retailer           Amount on the card     Quantity        Total
ShopRite          $100                                 5           $500

However, you will need to mail amount due to Elizabeth Root at 54 Bridge Street, Deep River, CT 06417.  She has offered to deliver the cards by putting them in your mailbox.  This is meant to be helpful to you.   Let us know if you have any questions.  Meanwhile, take good care of yourself and your families.  
To summarize, send order to Jane's email address;  Mail amount due to Elizabeth.

Chancel Handbell Choir and Senior and Youth Choir Rehearsals are cancelled until further notice.


Annual Reports can be picked up at the Church Office.

Board of Christian Service "Fun" Raiser and Blood Drive- Postponed


Support Groups at Our Church in Lower Fellowship Hall

All meetings below are cancelled until further notice

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 will begin serving on Thursday, April 2nd.  Curb Side Pick-up Only!