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 - Tofu Tacos

March 29 - Cabbage and Carrott Crunch

April 5 - Lentil Spice



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 Open for Curb Side Pick-up Only, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
                     NO A.A. Meetings until further notice   (Meetings on Zoom)
Saturday -     NO Women’s A.A. Meetings until further notice     (Meetings on Zoom)
Sunday -       Worship at 10:00 a.m.  Tune into Live Stream on the Website!


Deacons in Charge for May
David Blifford  is the Deacon on Call.  The Sanctuary Rep is Dan Cotton and Dwight Palmer is taking care of Greeters, Lay Readers, and Flowers. 

Birthdays This Week

Lynn Butkus, Ava Cunninham, Steve David, McKinley Ann Proulx, James Nastri (Today); Melissa McNeely, Tammy Rae Putnam, Jessica Richardson, Robin Stickel (25); Cindy Layton, Carly Urban, Stephanie Wyzykowski (26); Noah Bavolack, Haley Grote, Emily Robbins (27); Katie Russell, Maura Carver, Bonnie Zwernemann, Abigail Farrell, Hannah Simpson (28); Spencer Morgan Blake, Sally Wax, Betty Welles (29); Corey (Alexa) Braun, Mark Bavolack, Christopher Chiappa, Rose-Merry Unan (30).



Curb-Side Pick-Up for Shoreline Soup Kitchen Has Begun
The Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantry is open at the Deep River Congregational Church site for Soup Kitchen Curbside Pick-Up Only onThursdays from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  All food will be pre-packaged and the containers will be placed in the back seat of your car or in your trunk.  Special requests cannot be accomodated.  No recipients will be allowed inside the church for any reason. All precautions concerning appropriate social distancing should be observed by all guests and volunteers at all times.

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:

Caitlyn Hardy Cody & baby (all is well, but nearing delivery date)

Alison & baby due in May

Pam Garner (Hand surgery-5/27)

Barbara Bruch (heart surgery)

Family of Kara Weber

Don Grohs

Dave Warner

Family of Edie Pelletier



Continued Prayers

ALL Health Care Workers (Rose)

Everyone affected by COVID-19

Those experiencing grief in the loss of a loved one

Victims of Natural Disasters  

Our troops in the Middle East

Our National Guard (especially Will Visel)                        

Suzette Bavolack              Teri                                Becca                  

Steve Thomas                   Pat Downey                   John Yik             Holly & Bob

Mark Brusco                     Craig                             Rob Rankin         Joax

Nicole Peterson                 Roger Cole                    Chloe                   Bruce

Carol Sheridan                   Pam’s Uncle Rich          John Bach           JR

Danny                               John Roberts                 Hannah                Abby

Janet                                 Mary Roberts                 Peg                     Raelyn

Alison                               Kyle’s family                   Joe                     Al

KR, KL, & JH                     Gayle                             Matt                   Dan Peters

Victoria                              Matt S                           Jesse P               John

Bobby                                Bill                                Billy                     Kathy

Cathy                                 Kathy Judd                   Nick Cordero         Danielle

Gwen Johnston                   Bob                              Patty (Terry Layden’s sister)  

Anthony Saglimbeni            Konrad Family               Bonnie & Danielle Hunter  

Jack Livernoche                  Axel & Jade                   Dr. P. Huded       Tracy

Robin’s friend, Martin           Carl                              Ruth Woodcock   Debra


Long Term Requests:

Bill                          Rev. Bill West

Matthew V               Trudy Harding

Andrew T                 Carolyn Wehr

Ben T                      Marion Beemer

Jerry Clark, Jr.         Dottie Davis

Noah Krebs             Mary Karam

Tom Lindner            Cathy Fremut                

Linda & Adam         Mark Griswold

David Johnson         Darcy & Ken

Lyn & Harry             Bill Taylor

Carol Zuppe             Jim Rankin

Chip Seidle

Donna’s sister Carol

Rev. Allen Humes  

Alison, Chris, & Paul Karam

Scott Misner (awaiting heart transplant)



Prayer Beads
There are Prayer Beads available.  These are made lovingly by Marthaellen Bjornberg-Prevost from semiprecious and glass beads.  They are beautiful!!!  They are available in the church office or contact Tim or Phyllis.  The cost is $15.  Cash or checks  ( made out to Marthaellen). 

High School and College Graduates
We usually recognize high school graduates that have an affiliation with our church during the Annual Children’s Sunday program in June.  Please contact Kris in the church office and let us know what high school your student is attending and what your graduate’s future plans are, so that information can be included in the Online Newsletter.  
We would also like to include information about our college graduates (name of college and major), so please pass that along as well. (860-526-5045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  Thank you.

Special Graduation News!

Bill Krick, Gateway College in New Haven, Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor



August Flea Market
Invitations have been emailed for our Annual Flea Market, which we hope will be held on Saturday, August 15th, 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  It will depend on our State, Local, and our Church mandates due to the current pandemic.   Spaces are @ 20 x 20 foot and are available for $30, and you can reserve yours by contacting Kris, in the church office.  (860-526-5045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  Registration forms and a map of the spaces are available in the church office and can be found on our web site,  Checks will be held, until a decision is made and if the event is cancelled, your checks will be returned.  

Looking for something new to do? Join us at and participate in computer generated quizzes to earn free rice. Study up on geography, foreign language, math facts, vocabulary, literature and chemistry. With each right answer, 10 grains of rice will be donated through the World Food Programme to help end hunger! is a non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme. Freerice has two goals: 1) Provide education to everyone at no cost; 2) Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people. Sign up today @ and join our group; Deep River Congregational Church, CT; enter group Code: QAP5R8DG. Those under 18 need to sign up with their parents. FUN FACT: Since 2011, DRCC has earned 2,709,220 grains of rice, enough to feed 1,355 people.

Activity Bags Available for Children
Carter Smith has goodie bags that he put together for kids. The bags have different themes:  Hot Wheels, Army Men, a Beany Baby one, as well as some movie ones, which include microwave popcorn.  Each bag also has coloring pages that go with the theme and some colored pencils.  It is just to help with the boredom that many kids are feeling.   They can deliver to the tri town area.  Please contact the Peter, Cathy, & Carter Smith at 860-767-1354 if you are interested.

Masks Are Available in the Church Office
Thank you to Pam Garner and her volunteers, there are many masks available in the Church Office if you need one.

Greetings Everyone from Sally Marston!!

Each week as I watch Tim conduct our church service I miss not being able to make announcements to the congregation!  So here are some announcements from yours truly:

  • We weren’t able to conduct our Red Cross Blood Drive.  If you are able to give blood there are some Blood Drives coming up if you would like to donate.  See for more information.
    • Wednesday, May 27th – VFW of Old Saybrook, 315 Essex Road, Old Saybrook
    • Thursday, May 28th – American Legion Hall, Neptune Avenue, Moodus
  • The sun is shining and it is finally starting to get warmer!  Get those gardens ready – word has it that there may be some of Tim’s tomato plants making an appearance soon.  Maybe even some of those Kellogg’s Breakfast Tomatoes that we had a sermon about back in February!!
  • As for me – I’ve been working from  home everyday which has its ups and downs.  The upside is that I have cut out my daily 2-hour commute.  The downside is that I don’t get as much walking in as I used to walking to and from the office.  Now my office is 10 feet from the bedroom!!
  • Sending virtual hugs to everyone!!  Stay Safe!

Local Mission Trip Coming Your Way!

Unfortunately, given the current situation with COVID-19 we have decided to postpone our summer mission trip to next year. However, we have good news! We are moving our mission trip to our own community! We are going to help with outdoor projects in and around the community. If you need help or know of someone who does, please contact Chelsea Chiappa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You can also let her know if you are interested in joining on the mission team! We will be serving during the week of July 20th. Once we have the number of projects we will be doing, we will create a set schedule and let people know when we will be coming to complete their project. 


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   (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.