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, 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.
                      Homecoming Sunday, 10:00 a.m.
                      Stewardship Kick-Off Sunday
                      Commissioning of our 2020 Confirmation Class, 10:00 a.m.
                      Sunday School, 10:00 a.m.
                      Youth Choir Rehearsal, 11:15 a.m.
                      Confirmation Class Walk, 11:30 a.m.
                      Adult Fellowship Oktoberfest, 5:00 p.m.
Monday -       Columbus Day, Office Closed
                      Daycare Committee, 5:15 p.m.
                      EDA, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday -       Gentle Yoga Class Begins, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
                      Fall Bible Study, 7:00 p.m.
                      A.A., 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday - HVN Support Group, 1:00 p.m.
                      Pinochle Group, 1:00 p.m.
                      Service of Healing & Peace, 7:00 p.m.
                      Chancel Handbell Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m.
                      N.A., 7:00 p.m.
Thursday -     Church & Ministry, 12:30 p.m.
                      Lower Valley Nurses Flu Clinic, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
                      Senior Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m.
                      Shoreline Soup Kitchen Meal, 5:00 p.m.
                      A.A., 7:00 p.m.
Friday -          Transitions Academy, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday -      Women’s A.A., 8:30 a.m.
                      Girl Scout Leader First Aid Training, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday -         Laity Sunday Worship,  8:30 & 10:00 a.m.
                       Sunday School, Leaves for Camp Hazen, 9:30  a.m.
                       Youth Choir Rehearsal, 11:15 a.m.  
                       Girl Scout Leader First Aid Training, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m.

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

Birthdays This Week
Aubrey Graham (Today); Theresa Dee, Evan Filacchione, Joe Lucarelli, Annabell Chapman, Haden Downey (14); Michael Sicord (15); Stephen Klinck, Dale Winchell, Jay Zetterholm (16); Rebecca (DeMichael) Mozzochi, Jack Joseph Cody, Eric Riebold,Richard Sypher (17); Elana Crosby, Bobbie Hemmann, David Labonte, Jim McCollum (18); Joe Corriveau (19).

Are You Interested in Becoming a Member of our Church?
Please contact Kris in the Church Office if you are interested in becoming a member of the church.  We hope to schedule a date in November for an Orientation Meeting on a Wednesday evening, with new members being recognized the following Sunday.  Please let Kris know by October 15th at 860-526-5045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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:
Carol Zuppe
Family of Mary Walsh
Mark Griswold
Sopneski Family

Continued Prayers
Rev. Bill West                Rev. Chris Horvath         
Bill                                Carolyn Wehr                         
Matthew V                     Marion Beemer
Andrew T                       Noah Krebs                                        
Ben                               Dottie Davis                   
Jerry Clark, Jr.                Bobbie & Ed                   
Tom                               Lyn & Harry                    
Eunice Howard               David Recchia                
Trudy Harding                 Suzette Bavolack
Bill Taylor                       Shelley C
Steve Thomas                Pat Downey
Marion Stiehl                  Our troops in the Middle East
Hutch                             Natalie  (safe pregnancy)
Danny                            Mary Karam
Sari & Molly                    Alison, Chris  & Paul Karam
Bobbie McKee                Janet & Jeff
Alison                             Craig
Jim Rankin                      Victims of Hurricanes
Bill Everett                       Marcia
Aunt Pat                          Mary Kelly
Stella  & Irene                  Pam’s Uncle Rich
Gay Sherman                   Brad (spinal cond.)
Bethany                           Dwight’s family
Bobby                              Victoria
Those experiencing grief in the loss of a loved one

Prayer Request from the Middlesex Association for the Week of October 13
The First Church of Christ, Middletown, asks prayers that both the Church and its pastor, the Rev. Julia Burkey, will be faithful and effective in ministry while she is on Sabbatical.

Fall Faith Discussion Group Meets Tuesday Evenings
The fall Bible Study group is based on Ann Voskamp's best-selling book One Thousand Gifts.    We gather in the Upper Room on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:15 p.m.   This 5-session video study will challenge us to begin to live transformed lives out of a joyful heart.  All are welcome to the Tuesday evening group free of charge.

GL Scrip News
Fall is here and many fun events will be falling into place. Let our GL Scrip program assist you in getting ready for school, hikes in the woods, apple picking, Thanksgiving, and of course Christmas. See you at our table during coffee hour after both services.  Jane and Elizabeth

Ye Olde English Christmas Faire Needs:
•    Thread & Needle
Do you love to knit or sew?  Your help is needed to stock the booth with your creativity.  We are in need of volunteers to sign up to fill up the booth.   Show your commitment by signing up in Fellowship Hall after the service. Thank you!
•    Nature’s Garden
Do you love all things Natural?  Help is needed to fill the beautiful Nature’s Garden Booth this year.   Please sign up to show your commitment.  Sheets are in Fellowship Hall.  Thank you!
•    Sign-Up Sheets
There are sign-up sheets on the bulletin board across from the kitchen, or you can see Andrea Chiappa, Jane Hamblett or Kelley Frazier for further information.

Christmas Faire Needs: Ye Olde Country Delights
2019 Christmas Faire Requests!
In search of the following to make into gift baskets:
•    Vintage handkerchiefs
•    Any new toiletries
•    Gently used or new jewelry
•    Clean canning jars and 4 & 8 oz. jelly jars
•    Fine china teacups with saucers, teapots, coffee mugs
•    Christmas presents that you can’t use
•    Small toys/games, craft kits
•    New baby items
•    Elegant & fancy cake/pie plates
•    Candlesticks
•    New movies
Contact Elizabeth 203-430-1426 for more details or bring items to Sybil’s office

Needs for Lantern Light Chocolates
Ann’s List
Thank you—All of Ann’s items have been donated.  Your generosity is very much appreciated.
Sally’s List
All of Sally’s items have been donated.  Your generosity is very much appreciated.
Claudia’s List
1 box Ritz Crackers (not store brand)
1 pkg. of Peanut-Shaped Nutter Butter Cookies
Please bring to church office or give to Claudia by October 27th

Youth Choir
Students in 2nd through 8th grades are invited to join our Youth Choir.  Youth Choir meets every Sunday after Sunday School classes are over around the organ. Rehearsals last about 15 minutes and the youth will sing in church once per month.  See Annetta Sekula for further information.

Sunday School Nursery News
The BoCE is looking for parents or congregational members to volunteer in the nursery. We have a very simple curriculum to include coloring, music and big story books plus prayer shells before snack (in which DRCC purchases) or you can bring in your own ideas, crafts, instruments, etc. Please let Sybil (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) know if you can help in this capacity, whether it be one Sunday a month or two. We have a very flexible schedule and if something comes up on your Sunday, we will find someone to fill-in for you.

Looking For Empty K-Cups
The Green Team and the Sunday School are gearing up to make our ornaments for the Festival of Trees held in December at the Deep River Historical Society. This year we will be using recycled k-cups for our craft. So if you use a Keurig, save us your k-cups. After use, remove the lid and grounds then rinse. There will be a container in hallway near Sybil’s office for the empty pods. Thank you! (Look on-line for numerous uses of coffee grounds).

Jim Macgregor Day at Camp Hazen
Sunday, October 20 from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
  Jim Macgregor Day at Camp Hazen
Sunday, October 20 from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
We are heading back to another fun adventure at Camp Hazen. Kindergarten through 12 Grade will be having Sunday School at Camp Hazen on October 20. A bus will pick us up in the back parking lot at 9:30 am and bring us to Camp. After we have lunch, parents are to pick their children in Chester at 1:00 pm. Advance sign-up through Sybil is required so we can make sure we have room on the bus and Camp Hazen needs a head count for food and programs.

Women’s Retreat Meeting Today
There will be a meeting today for all women interested in next year’s Women’s Retreat immediately following the Homecoming picture.  Gather  in the Pop Euston Room.

Confirmation Class
Confirmation Class will meet following worship today at 11:30 in the Upper Room.

Service of Peace & Healing ~ This Wednesday, Oct. 16
Our monthly service of Peace and Healing will be held this Wednesday, October 16, from 7 to 7:30.   Take a few moments out of your autumn schedule to pray for peace in our hearts and in the world, and to surround those in need of healing with light and love.   

Adult Fellowship Invites You to a German Harvest Dinner TODAY
Join in an afternoon of good food, good fun and fellowship on TODAY at 5:00 p.m.  Dinner will be followed by games and fun.  Only $5.00 per plate. 

Gentle Yoga Classes – New Session Begins October 15th
Gentle Yoga for Body, Breath, and Mind holds classes here in Upper Fellowship Hall on Tuesday mornings October 15th through December 17th, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  (No class on November 26th or December 3rd). 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.

Community News:
•    See Peter Calamari’s films of Deep River & Chester, 1930s – 1950s on Sunday, October 20, at 3:00 p.m. at the Deep River Town Hall Auditorium.  This free event is hosted by Deep River & Chester Historical Societies., made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.  Refreshments!
•    Water Lantern Celebration Coming to Deep River!  The Nest Coffee House and A Little Compassion, Inc. (ALC) are holding a Water Lantern Celebration at Plattwood Park in Deep River, from 3:30-6:30pm on Saturday, November 2, 2019. The event will feature individually decorated water lanterns, local musicians and a cookout.  Ticket prices
, in advance, are $25 per person ages 13+; $15 per person ages 2-12; and $75 for a family pack of four tickets. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.thenestcoffeehouse.org  using PayPal/credit card or in person at The Nest Coffee House with cash/check.
•    6th Annual Soup For You Luncheon!  Sunday, November 3th at the Carriage House at the Deep River Historical Society (245 Main Street) from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Taste soups donated by local restaurants. All you can eat.  $12.00 per person, $10.00 Seniors and Children under 12.  Proceeds will benefit the Deep River Food Pantry.  The event is sponsored by the Deep River Community Health Committee.

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.