A Letter from Blue Grass: The Joyful Feast
A Letter from Blue Grass: The Joyful Feast
Rev. Timothy Haut
Deep River Congregational Church
Sunday Bulletin Announcements
Week of September 25 - October 2, 2022
Meetings This Week – September 25 – October 2, 2022
Today - Worship Services, 8:30 & 10:00 a.m. (10:00 a.m. – live-stream)
Sacrament of Baptism, Eloise Elizabeth Gregan
Sunday School, Walk to Deep River Historical Society, 10:00 a.m.
Teen Issues, 10:00 a.m.
Monday - Transitions Academy, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Deacons Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Women’s AA, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Exercise Class with Dale Litalien, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Girl Scout Troop Meeting, 6:00 -7:30 p.m.
Wednesday - Transitions Academy, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Christmas Faire Craft Night, 7:00 p.m.
Girl Scout Troop Meeting, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday - Soup Kitchen, Curb-side Pick-up, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m.
A.A., 7:00 p.m.
Friday - Transitions Academy, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Saturday - Deep River Farmers Market, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind Puppy Training, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Sunday - Worship Services, 8:30 & 10:00 a.m. (10:00 a.m. – live-stream)
World Communion Sunday
Sunday School, 10:00 a.m.
Teen Issues, 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School Chowder Challenge, following both services
We rejoice today in the Baptism of Eloise Elizabeth Gregan, born July 13, 2022, at Middletown, CT. She is the daughter of Sara Ranson and Edmund Robert Gregan III. Her godparents are Oliver Gregan and Jillian Grant.
Birthdays This Week
David Seluke, Monique Corriveau, Gretchen Grant, Brett Griffith, Brian Moore (Today); James Budney, James Preston III (26); Bil Groth, Gerald Kruszewski, Mia Olson, Cathy Shanley (27); Krystle Robertson, Megan Dugan (28); Kelsey Lindner, Reagan Brenneman, Natalie Nelson, Heidi Chronister (29); Jillian Cayer, Cole Ensinger, Kevin Penkala (30); Brian Medlin, Eric Nelson, Alison Karam, Dean Roberts, Elliott Paradis, Sarah Marino (1).
Happy Anniversary to Jay & Kelly Tonks (25); Tom & Sharon Calatayud (29).
There are volunteer sign-up sheets in Fellowship Hall. If you would like to be a Lay Reader, donate flowers for worship or host Family Fellowship following 8:30 or 10:00 worship. From Sept. – Dec., please add your name.
Senior Choir Rehearsals take place on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in the choir loft in the Sanctuary. We are welcoming new choir members, so please come and join us. See Annetta Sekula if you have any questions!
Our nursery will also be open every week. Our teachers will be ready to greet your little one. We have a simple curriculum for this class including large picture story books and prayer shells. You are welcome to bring one or two toys along with marked bottles and pacifiers, if needed.
SUNDAY SCHOOL REGISTRATION
Be sure to stop at the registration table in the Fellowship Hall. The Board of Christian Education requires a new registration form each year so we can keep up-to-date on allergies and other pertinent information. Spread the good word about our Sunday School program! It is open to all in the community, so bring your friends and neighbors! Join the fun and participate in all the activities that we offer! Registration forms can be found on-line at www.deeprivercc.org or at the Board of Christian Education table during the month of September.
Sunday, October 2 - Chowder Challenge
TEAMS NOW FORMING - Come one, come all to the 7th Annual Sunday School “Surf or Turf Chowder Challenge”!
Help Us Prepare for the Christmas Faire!
Our Christmas Faire is held the first weekend in December and help is needed to create items to sell. All are invited to a Craft Night, in Upper Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m. For further information, see Andrea Chiappa, Kelley Frazier, or Jane Hamblett, co-chairs of the Faire Committee.
Phyllis Carlton (Hospice Care)
Family of Bill West
ALL Health Care & Essential Workers, First Responders
Everyone affected by COVID-19
Our troops, Veterans & National Guard
Residents in nursing homes
Joel (healing) Abbie
Bobbie McKee Bonnie Hunter
Jerry Clare (recovery)
Frank (heart) Melanie
Rita (amputation) Kevin
Alicia (lung cancer) Elizabeth C
Sue (breast cancer) Doug LaFaille
Nicole (cancer has returned) Theresa Dee
James Maund (cancer) Mason (cancer)
Hazel (Jane Vieira’s mom) Kaaren Palmer
Janice Lootsma (recovery) Scott & Amy
Robin (cancer) Owen (birth defect)
John (recovery) Jess, Chris & Family
All those families grieving the recent loss of a loved one.
All those around the world affected by natural disasters & political unrest
Long Term Requests:
Carolyn Wehr Claire Rider
Ed Bushnell Kathy Harper
Mark Bruscoe Ruth Woodcock
Dottie Davis Marion Beemer
Jon Mary Karam
Jerry Clark, Jr. Noah Krebs
Rev. Allen Humes Sybil
Kathy & Ron Carrie
Dale Ben T
Pat Downey Conner
Lori Wilson Zachary
Zachary Mark & Lorianne
Keith & Joan Ed Hemmann
Lyn & Harry Kelsey Lindner
People of Ukraine
Please review the lists above. If you have requested prayers for someone and their status has changed, please contact me in the office. Perhaps prayers have been answered and the name can be removed, or a new need for prayer has come up. I like to keep the lists updated, but I need your help. Thank you so much, Kris
Bible Study To Begin
Our weekly Bible Study will resume for the Fall season on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 7 to 8 p.m. It will be held via Zoom, so that everyone can participate from home via computer or smart phone.
Teen Issues continues to meet each week from 10a.m.-11a.m. Teen Issues is open to everyone in grades 9th-12th. Join us for fun activities, service projects, and meaningful talks about life, and building one another up in faith. All are welcome and we hope you can join us on Sundays!
Some events to look forward to this year are: A trip to Scott’s Apple Orchard, Walking to our church’s cemetery , Ropes course trip , Coming up with projects to help serve our community , Midnight Run to NYC, Homeless Sleep out , and Preparing for next year’s mission trip!
Youth Group Activities
Join us on Sunday, October 23 at 11:30 am and help us kick start Women’s Fellowship. In addition to the activities noted below, a light lunch will be served. Britney, a friend of Chelsea, from Beeloved Creations (a local small business) will be working with our group as we design and create our own tumblers. You must sign up by October 16, so we have enough supplies. Start your Christmas “gift making” early or just treat yourself! The cost is $20 and is optional to attendees.
In addition, Women’s Fellowship will be collecting items for Menstrual Pack kits for Church World Service, which will be distributed to women and girls who don’t have access to these products. When we collect enough items, we will get together to assemble the kits.
Please bring in one or more of the following:
2 oz. bottle hand sanitizer
4-gallon bathroom trash bags
Travel pack of wet ones
Tampons (unscented, regular & super absorbency)
Sanitary napkins (unscented, long super ultra thin)
Bath-size soap in package (3 oz. or larger) [No Ivory or Jergens]
Pack of flushable wipes (unscented; 42 count)
Travel sink-size laundry detergent (.25-.45 oz)
CWS is specific in the items they include with their kits. Please purchase only items as noted.
ADAMS GIFT CARDS
COLLEGE CARE PACKAGES
When sending your loved one a college care package, remember to tuck in a gift card! It is always so exciting to get a package or letter from home when you are away at college and by adding a gift card you are sending a special message of caring. If you are uncertain of their nearby stores, we have Visa cards so students can purchase items they need even text books at the campus store. You can also purchase gift cards as presents for birthdays, anniversaries, or other upcoming celebrations. What a great way to support the church as a percentage of the face value of each card goes directly to DRCC!
Blessing of Animals Oct. 8th
Our Annual Blessing of Animals will be held on the front steps of the church on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Bring your dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, lizards, or other animal companions for individual blessings. Photos are welcome, too!
Flu Clinic Here on Wednesday, October 12th
The Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley have scheduled a Flu Clinic here on Wednesday, October 12th, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. You will need to bring your insurance card (they accept Medicare, Anthem, Aetna, and United Healthcare only). Otherwise you can private pay for $45.
They only offer the quadrivalent flu shot, NOT the senior dose.
Sunday, October 16th – Two Special Celebrations Taking Place!
Sunday, October 16th has been designated as Homecoming Sunday, when we honor those who have been members of our congregation for 25 years or more! Our “longest time member,” Helen Rankin, joined 77 years ago and there are 19 people who joined the church 50 or more years ago! There are 7 new names added this year! We now have a total of 179 long time members.
We will also Welcome New Members on Sunday, October 16th!
Are you interested in becoming an official member of Deep River Congregational Church? We would love to welcome you into our church family. There will be an Orientation Meeting for anyone interested in membership in the Upper Room on Wednesday evening, October 12th in the Upper Room. New members will be welcomed on Sunday, October 16th. Please contact Kris in the church office if you will be attending the orientation on Oct 12th, so she can prepare enough information packages.
Tuesday Morning Exercise Group
We have openings for more church members to join our Tuesday morning exercise group, which meets in Upper Fellowship Hall from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Dale Litalien is the instructor and she incorporates pilates, aerobics, kick box, yoga and more, to keep our classes interesting. Please contact Dale at 860-391-2007 to learn more.
SCHOOL KIT MISSION PROJECT - Due to all the current store sales on school supplies, the 7th/8th will be collecting items for our annual School Kit Mission project, for Church World Service, during the fall. While shopping for back to school items, please keep us in mind and pick up one or more of the following items, which can be placed in the Donation Station across from Sybil’s office. SEE ELIZABETH IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL AND ORDER A STAPLES, WALMART OR TARGET GIFT CARD BEFORE YOU GO SHOPPING!
- 30 cm (12”) Ruler (needs to include metric)
- Pencil Sharpener (hand-held)
- Blunt Tip Scissors
- Crayons ~ box of 24
- 2-1/2” Pink Eraser
- Spiral Notebooks 8.5 x 11; 70 sheets only
CWS is very specific in the items they include with the kits. Please purchase only items as noted above, otherwise we cannot use them. Keep an eye on the weekly flyers, for Target, Walmart & Staples have great sales on these items!
Ye Olde Country Delights
In search of …..
· Baskets all sizes - clean & excellent condition
· Any new toiletries
· Jewelry - gently used or new
· Canning jars - 4 & 8 oz.
· Cache pots for planters
· Oriental items
· New baby items - boy/girl (not clothing)
· New hats, scarfs, mittens/gloves
· New books, games, puzzles
· New dish/hand towels
· New teapots/cookie jars
· Unique coffee mugs/French coffee press
· Skeleton keys - large (3-5”) plastic/metal
· Collectables - i.e. Snowbabies, Nutcrackers, Byers Choice Carolers, Anna Lee Dolls, Willow Tree Figurines
Since we make gift baskets out of all of these items for the Christmas Faire, they must be in excellent condition and clean for resale. Also, do you have Christmas presents that you can’t use? Country Delights can make them into gift baskets! Would like small toys/games, craft kits, candlesticks, and more! Contact Elizabeth 203-430-1426 for more details or bring in items to Sybil’s office.
F.I.S.H IS BACK!!!
F.I.S.H (Friends In Service Here) is a group of men and women volunteerdrivers who will provide FREE transportation to medical appointments to residents of Chester, Deep River and Essex. Destinations covered by this service are Middletown to the north, New London to the east and Guilford, to the west and all locations within this triangle. This service is meant for those who have no other means of transportation!
For more information or to book a ride call 860-388-2693! To book a ride you must call by noon the day before your appointment—Friday for Monday appointment! Please be Covid-19 vaccinated and wear a mask during your ride—drivers are vaccinated and will be masked also!
John Heiser, F.I.S.H Dispatcher
Deep River Farmers’ Market
Support Groups at Our Church
Mondays at 7:00 p.m. - Women's AA
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. – AA
Please note that the Shoreline Soup Kitchen is serving meal again.
Curb-side pick-up from 5:00 -6:00 p.m. every Thursday.