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

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

Today -        Worship Services, 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.
                    Sunday School, 10:00 a.m.
                    Youth Choir, 11:15 a.m.
                    Sunday School Teacher Forum, 11:30 a.m.
Monday -      Deacons, 7:00 p.m.
                     EDA, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday -      Bible Study, “Prayer, Does It Make Any Difference?” 7:00 p.m.
                     CSCC Spaghetti Dinner, 6:30 p.m.
                     A.A., 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday - Pinochle Group, 1:00 p.m.
                     Chancel Handbell Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m.
                     N.A., 7:00 p.m.
Thursday -     Shoreline Soup Kitchen, 5:00 p.m.
                      Senior Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m.
                      A.A., 7:00 p.m.
Friday -          Transitions Academy
Saturday -      Women’s A.A., 8:30 a.m.
Sunday -       Bring a Friend to Church
                     Sacrament of Holy Communion, 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.
                      Rev. Jane Vieira preaching
                      Sunday School, 10:00 a.m.
                      Youth Choir, 11:15 a.m.
                      Sunday School Chili Cook-Off, 11:15 a.m.

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

Volunteers Needed for Worship Services  
Lay Readers, Greeters, Flowers, and Hosts Family Fellowship are needed for upcoming services.  (For Family Fellowship, there is no need to provide food!)
Please sign-up on the volunteer sheets on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall or contact Kris in the church office if you can help!  (860-526-5045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  Thank you.

LOOKING FOR USHERS for the 10:00 a.m. service. If you are a relatively new member or  have been a long-time member and would like to contribute, in a small way, to helping our church function, please consider volunteering for a Sunday morning by joining our ‘two-usher’ team.
AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR BELL TOWER RINGERS: A group is forming to regularly ring our tower bell before and after each of our services. There are certain guidelines that must be followed and our ‘Bell-Ringers’ should be capable of ringing the bell for up to 5 minutes in each session. It’s an invigorating, challenging and satisfying contribution to our church function. If you believe you are up to either or both of these challenges please contact Kris in the office (860-526-5045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or call/text Stu Palmer at 860.301.2011. Thank you.
Birthdays This Week
John Ely, Barbara Fountain, Spencer Hagen, Bev Medlin, Sara (Tirrell) Preston (Today); Jayna Ziobron, John Bengston, Kathleen Bengston, Tyler Hunter, Andrew Turner, Michael Noti, Marinia Capezzone (29); Jacob Cayer, Neil Nastri, Bonnie Brenneman, Matt Rowland (30); Joan Anderson, Alyssa Lucarelli, Briana Lucarelli, Betty Munsell, Joyce Malcolm(31); Bevan Crighton, Rocco Devona (1).

Envelopes for 2020 are available now, to begin using in January.

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 Ruth Machold
Sandy Lunn
John Machold
Anne Bartlett
Rev. Bill West
Bob Groth
Jayne Mather

Continued Prayers:
Those experiencing grief in the loss of a loved one
Victims of Natural Disasters       
Bill                                   Carolyn Wehr                         
Matthew V                        Marion Beemer
Andrew T                          Noah Krebs                                        
Ben                                  Dottie Davis                   
Jerry Clark, Jr.                  Carol Sheridan
Tom L                              Lyn & Harry    
Linda & Adam                  Mary Karam
Eunice Howard                Alison, Chris  & Paul Karam
Trudy Harding                  Suzette Bavolack
Bill Taylor                        Ed & Bobbie Hemmann
Steve Thomas                  Pat Downey
Mark Brusco (Hospice)     Our troops in the Middle East                            
Danny                             Teri
Sari                                 Bobbie McKee                
Janet                               David Johnson
Alison                             Craig
Mark Griswold                 KR, KL, & JH
Pam’s Uncle Rich            John Roberts
Victoria                           Bobby
Kyle’s Family                  Gayle
Matt S                             Bill
Cathy                              The Wescotts
Billy                                 Kathy
Jesse P                           John
Matt                                 Mary Roberts
Darcy & Ken                     Dorothy DeMichael
Cathy Fremut                   Bonnie & Danielle Hunter
Eshe (Hospice)                 Nicole Peterson
Joe                                  Sally LaFaille
Keith Jones                      Doug (Lisa’s brother)

Prayer Request from the Middlesex Association for the Week of Jan. 26th
First Church, Congregational, in East Haddam appreciates prayers for their "Loving Spoonfuls" soup kitchen which brings light, warmth, and food to their neighbors through the cold winter days.

Tuesday Night  Discussion Group
 A new 6-week series began on Tuesday evening, Jan. 14, centering on the video “Prayer:  Does It Make Any Difference” featuring award-winning writer Philip Yancey.    The group meets in the Upper Room (across from the Church Office) at 7:00 p.m.  All are welcome.

Reminder to Board/Committee Chairs and/or Secretaries for 2019
Our Annual Meeting will take place in March, so reports are needed for the 2019 Annual Report.  I’ve already received 3 reports!  (Thank you Evie!!)  I will need to get the report to the printer early, so that everyone will have a chance to read it in preparation for the Annual Meeting.  Please send them to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP!  Thanks so much, Kris


Church Street Child Care News

Church Street Child Care Spaghetti Dinner
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Serving @ 6:30 p.m.
Adults  $12.00          Children   $7.00
* Salad, spaghetti, meatballs, bread & dessert included
* Take a chance raffle following the dinner ~ 5 tickets for $1.00

Tim’s 40th Anniversary in March
There will be a meeting in the Pop Euston Room this morning, following the church service, to continue planning for this momentous occasion on the weekend of March 14 and 15.  Jeff & Linda Hostetler are chairing this event, so please contact them for further information.

Consider Joining our Chancel Handbell Choir-Please Consider Joining Us
Help Us Celebrate our 50th Anniversary in May!!
Our rehearsals are every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  We encourage you to join us – any level of musical ability is welcome.  We play a variety of music that ranges from easy to moderate level of difficulty.  We try to play in church about once a month and, of course, at Christmas and Easter
We play because we love making music.  It is our pleasure to fill our Sanctuary with the beautiful sound of bells.  Contact Claudia Hardy at 860-227-3858.

A Special Message from Tim
It has been our joy for many years for the men of the Deep River Congregational Church to host an annual Women's Valentine's Day Breakfast, which is coming up soon!  I would like to hold this event on the Sunday closest to Valentine's Day, this year on Feb. 16.   
Could we have a brief organizational gathering this Sunday after church in the Upper Room, say 11:15 or so?   We need to see who will be willing to help out shopping, cooking, serving, singing, etc.   If you can join us for just a few minutes on Sunday after worship, I would be most grateful!
Let's make this another wonderful, joyful morning in the life of our congregation.
Yours,  Tim Haut

Sunday School News

Warm up for the “Big Game” on Sunday, February 2, by joining us on the culinary gridiron in a battle of gastronomic proportions. Twelve teams with be facing off in Fellowship Hall following the 10:00 service in our 7th Annual Chili Cook Off hosted by the Sunday School. Come taste and vote for your favorite chili. Your vote will help decide our “Chili Champion” for 2020. There will be both meat and vegetarian entries. Chili will be available for purchase. Take a pint home to enjoy during the game. What better way to start off the Super Bowl festivities than enjoying this delicious competition! Proceeds go to the Souper Bowl collection which benefits the Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries. Contact Art Robbins or Sybil (reply to this email to sign up)!

Scout Sunday will be held on February 9. All current Scouts are welcome to attend worship in uniform. If you are an Eagle Scout or earned the highest rank for Girl Scouts (Gold Award, 1st Class, Eaglet), contact the church office with award earned and year so you can be recognized in the bulletin. Note: We do have the list from last year, please call to confirm or to add if need be.

Looking for some Girl and Boys Scouts or a Scout troop who would like to speak at the upcoming Scout Sunday on February 9. The message would only be a few minutes about your experiences in Scouting. Please contact Sybil for more details.

YOUTH CHOIR - Practice this Sunday after Worship
Our Sunday School children, 2nd - 8th grade, are encouraged to take part in our Church music program. Youth Choir meets directly after church on Sunday in the Sanctuary for practice. Stop in any time and check this program out. For more information contact Annetta Sekula, Church organist.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support our Sunday School program at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll still get the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to our SS program! SIGN-UP IS SIMPLE!  Go to www.smile.amazon.com. If you have an Amazon account, sign-in. If you don’t, create an account and sign-up - it only takes a minute. Once signed in, choose your charity! Type in First Congregational Church Deep River and start shopping! Contact Sybil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. wi th any questions

Silver Lake
Summer brochures are here in the Narthex and on the table outside the church office.  The schedule can also be found online at www.silverlakect.org.  If you sign up for a session by January 31, 2020, you can save $50.00.  Just enter the code EARLY@) at checkout.

Youth & Family News

Homeless Sleep-Out & Awareness Night
Saturday, January 25th  will be the Homeless Sleep-Out and Awareness night starting at 6:00 p.m. We will have a ziti and meatball supper, guest speakers, and an educational program. Those in 9th grade or older are welcome to bring a cardboard box to sleep in and spend the night outside. Anyone in 7th grade or older is welcome to join us for the evening program from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  On Sunday morning, those who stayed outside will be speaking in church. Let Chelsea Chiappa know if you are interested in attending.  
Midnight Run to NYC – February 22nd  
We are now collecting items to bring with us on the Midnight Run to NYC on February 22nd. We will once again be collecting ADULT winter clothes ONLY, toiletries, sleeping bags, and backpacks. We will begin food prep and loading vehicles that day at 3:00 p.m. Anyone in the congregation is welcome to join in helping make sandwiches, chili, and coffee to hand out. The run itself will be open to anyone in 8th grade and older. We will only be taking 30 people with us and need at least 10 adults to drive and co-pilot. The other 20 spots will be open on a first come first serve basis to the youth and after we reach 20 we will have a wait list. We will leave for NYC at 7:00 p.m. that night and be back around 3:00 or 4:00 a.m.  Let Chelsea Chiappa know if you are interested in going or helping out in anyway. Donations can be dropped off to Chelsea's office on Sundays or during office hours (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) Monday - Friday. Our collection will end on Friday, February 14th.

HAPPY NEW YEAR from GL Scrip!!
Consider a New Year's Resolution that involves checking out the opportunities with GL Scrip and how you can do your own shopping and help the church at the same time. There are a variety of vendors including but limited to Home remodeling supplies, Garden supplies, restaurants, clothing, flowers groceries, gas stations, and more.  When you purchase cards ,our church gets a rebate in the amount of 3 to 16%, depending on the company.  
If it is easier for you, you can submit your order online by doing the following:
Go to www.ShopWithScrip.com, Click on Create Account. select two security challenge questions, and finally enter our church's enrollment code:  F85C9F8E39178
We hope to see you at our table during Fellowship Hour.  It's time to try something new, don't you think?    Jane and Elizabeth.

Already Thinking Ahead for 2020 Christmas Faire—Country Delights Shoppe!!
If you received any Christmas gifts that you do not want, Country Delights will be happy to recycle them into gift baskets for this year’s Faire.  Please leave at Sybil’s door.  New, unused items such as:
•    Cosmetics, Toiletries, Spa items
•    Jewelry
•    CDs
•    Clean tins for candy  (no writing or advertising on the cans)
•    All sizes of clean canning jars

Donations Can Now Be Made on your Smartphone!
•    To give through the app, search your phone’s app store for “GivePlus Church” or contact Dayle in the church office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
•    Download the FREE app on your Apple or Android phone
•    Make one-time or recurring donations using your debit/credit card or checking/savings account
•    Log in or donate as a guest
•    Securely and conveniently manage donations using TouchID/Fingerprint, PIN or password.


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.