2020 Stewardship Campaign
Our Stewardship Theme for 2020 is Deep River Congregational Church-A Bridge Over Uncharted Waters. Everyone has been impacted by these unusual times of pandemic--where we wonder if things will ever go back to "normal." We decided on the term "uncharted waters" and how we can view our church as a bridge which can help us cross these troubled waters with hope and confidence. We are so fortunate to be able to "attend church" with the live-stream services that are offered each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. on our website. We are also blessed with a loving Pastor who has shared a message of hope and love on Facebook everyday since the pandemic started.
Sunday, September 13th was the Kick-Off for this year's campaign. You can hear the message if you tune into that Sunday service. A mailing was sent out on Monday, September 14th with a beautiful letter from Rev. Haut, a pledge card, a time and talent card, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. We ask that you please search your heart, and while supporting our church financially may be a challenging sacrifice, we hope you will help us cross over this bridge. Perhaps you can offer your time or talent, along with a monetary pledge. We so appreciate all who have kept our church as a beacon of hope, during good and bad times, in the past.
We are so grateful to all who have been listening to our live-stream services from all over the country and world. We are so blessed to have you worship with us. Please read the special letter from Rev. Haut and If you fill so inclined, we would welcome your pledge to support our church and its ministry.
Your Stewardship Committee: Susan Hollister & Jane Syme, co-chairs, Don Frazier, Tom and Kris Lindner
Church Meetings Cancelled for Now
Most church meetings and gatherings are cancelled, until further notice. There is another Outdoor Worship Service on the calendar for Sunday September 20th at 3:00 p.m. on Marvin Field, weather permitting! An exploratory committee has been formed to look into the re-opening of church on a gradual basis based on CDC Guidelines and our own Insurance Board Guidelines.
Some Church Boards and Committees are beginning to meet in person. The following guidelines must be observed per our Board of Trustees:
Now that a new church year is starting, many of the Boards, Committees , and other church groups may be planning personal meetings with their groups here at church. Due to the COVID-19 and in keeping with the rules of the CDC, the Board of Trustees have come up with ground rules for use of the church building for church related meetings.
- If you are planning a “live” meeting, it must be cleared with the Trustees first. You may call the church office and Kris will pass on the information to the Trustees.
- All groups that are now coming in the church should meet in the Pop Euston room and use the bathroom in that room.
- Everyone should wear masks and social distance.
- Tables Chairs and the bathroom need to sanitized before leaving.
- They should enter and exit from the same door and are not to wander anywhere else in the building.
It is important for the Trustees to have knowledge of who is in the building and when, in case someone does contract the virus and the need for contact tracing arises.
The 12-step programs are now welcome to meet outside, until further notice. No one may enter the building for any reason, but the support groups can hold meetings in the parking lot or courtyard. Rest rooms are off limits, as they are solely dedicated to our Church Street Child Care at this time.
Giving to the Church During this Epidemic
One of the great things about our church family is that we pull together during the tough times to keep DRCC (and each other) strong. One way you can help us get through the current pandemic is to fulfill your pledge with online or telephone donations to help the church pay its bills.
1. Call 800-675-7430 (this connects you to Vanco payment solutions)
2. Press 1 for Client Services (you will speak to a real person in the U.S.)!
3. Tell them you want to make a donation to First Congregational Church of Deep River and give them our zip code or I.D. number
• I.D. # is UCC-80490
• Zip code is 06417
• You may give from your checking or savings account or use a credit card.
1. Go to our church website: www.deeprivercc.org
2. Click on the green Give Now button (top, right corner)
3. Create your online profile and log in
4. Fill out the online donation form (you may give from your checking or saving account or use a credit card) and you're done!
You may also donate the “Old-Fashioned Way” and either mail your donation by snail mail, to DRCC, P.O. Box 246, Deep River, CT. 06417 or drop it off at the Church Office.
Your DRCC Trustees
World Communion Sunday
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 4, 2020
You are invited to worship with us at our live-stream service on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at the Deep River Congregational Church. Go to our church website: http://www.deeprivercc.org. Look for the "Live Stream (New!)” in the menu bar on the left side of the Home Page. You can also view the archived Sunday services for March – July 2020, by clicking on the “Service Videos (New!)” icon. New: To view services from August 2, 2020 and onward, click on the “Playlist” button in the upper right hand corner.
This Sunday please join us at 10 a.m. for our live-streamed worship service from the Deep River Congregational Church. The first Sunday in October is celebrated as World Communion Sunday, when we join with Christians around the globe at the Sacrament of the Lord's Table. Please prepare by having your own symbolic Communion elements of bread and cup to share during that time in the service. Tim's sermon for Communion Sunday is entitled "Small Wonder" The Scripture readings for this Sunday, the 18th Sunday after Pentecost, include Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 (the Ten Commandments), Psalm 19, and Philippians 3:4b-14 . Our Lay Reader this week will be Carol Zuppe.
October 4 is also the traditional feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of creation and animals. In his honor one of our hymns will be "All Creatures of Our God and King" (#62, v. 1,2,4,7), written by St. Francis himself in 1225 in a poem entitled "Canticle of the Sun" (based on Psalm 148). It is one of the oldest hymns in common use among Christian churches. Other hymns for this Sunday are "Be Present at Our Table, Lord" (#621) and "Let Us Now Depart in Thy Peace" (#668).
Also note that Tim offers a brief daily meditation every afternoon on Facebook, which you can find on our church Facebook page: First Congregational Church of Deep River, CT.