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

Today -          Worship at 10:00 a.m. Live Stream & In-person (25 only)
Monday -       Transitions Academy, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                      Christian Service, (Zoom), 7:00 p.m.
                      EDA Meeting, 6:00 p.m. (May meet Outside or Zoom)
Tuesday -      Transitions Academy, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                      A.A. Meeting , 7:30 p.m. (May meet Outside)
Wednesday - Pinochole Group, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
                     N.A. Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (May meet Outside)
Thursday -    Transitions Academy, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                     Soup Kitchen Open for Curb Side Pick-up Only, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
                     A.A. Meetings, 7:00 p.m. (May meet Outside or on Zoom)
Friday -         Transitions Academy, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday -     Women’s A.A. Meeting, 8:30 a.m. (May meet Outside or on Zoom)
                     Annual Tour of Fountain Hill Cemetery by Rev. Haut, 10:00 a.m.
Sunday -       Worship at 10:00 a.m. Live Stream & In-person (25 only)

Birthdays this Week
Elana Crosby, David Labonte, Jim McCollum (Today); Joe Corriveau (19); Nathan Hougrand, Maya Moen, Nathaniel Johnson (20); Lisa Bibbiani, Chip Medlin, Rick Nolin, Dave Warner, Elizabeth Tulledge, Oscar Jamieson (21); Joyce Grassl, Tori Mudge, Jane Vieira (22); Rachel Daly, Mary Rayner (90 years young!!) (23); Judy Skinner (24).

On Saturday, October 24, at 10 a.m.  Tim will lead the annual Walking Tour of Fountain Hill Cemetery.  He will point out the final resting places of some of the interesting people who have called Deep River home over the past centuries.   They include preachers and politicians, ship's captains and Civil War veterans, artists and major league baseball players, and wonderful men and women who have left their mark on this community.  Gather in front of the Chapel at the Cemetery, and please wear a mask and observe social distancing as we walk.

We will celebrate Homecoming Sunday at the Deep River Congregational Church on October 25, but it will be different from our usual annual celebration.   Because of the Covid-19 restrictions, we cannot invite all of our members of 25 years or more to attend the service, but we will announce the new 25-year group during our Sunday Service.    We will also receive New Members virtually, welcoming them wherever they may be.   This may include some of those who live outside of the Valley-Shore area, who  faithfully participate in our weekly services via live-streaming.   Those who may be interested can contact Kris Lindner in our church office to indicate their desire to be a member (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 860-526-5045).

Stewardship News
We are very pleased with the response to the Stewardship Campaign, so far.  As of today, we have already received 109 pledge cards and have received just over $157,572 in pledges for 2021.   If you are already giving online, please fill out the pledge card and send it in, so the Stewardship Committee has the correct information.  If you did not receive a Stewardship letter and pledge card, please contact Kris in the church office and she will be glad to send them on.  Thank you all so much for your loving generosity during these difficult times.

Deep River Soup Kitchen Needs More Volunteers
Shirley Rutan needs a few volunteers to help with our Thursday night meal site.  She needs a couple people to be in charge of teams.  While we continue to deliver meals remotely, teams are only responsible for the salad and dessert.  All other food is provided by SSKP.  Teams only cook 4 times a year.  Contact Shirley at 860-767-8295 M-F, before 3 pm and at 860-227-7724 any other time.

Board of Christian Service News

Church World Services Blanket Drive in October
Each October we accept donations to Church World Services (CWS)for blankets that will be provided to those in need.  These blankets are shipped all over the world.  This year we will be providing a link to the CWS website where you can donate directly.  Our goal this year is 75 blankets.

Cemetery Clean-up Day - October 25
The Teen Issues class has graciously offered to help clean-up the cemetery on Essex St. of which we are very grateful.  We are in need of 2 or 3 trucks to remove the brush and bring to the dump.  We also will be planting 200 daffodil bulbs and could use some help with those.  Meet at the cemetery at 1:00 p.m.

There are masks, prayer beads and WKOPDIWTB  bracelets available in the Church Office.

Copies of Tim's book, A Deep River Year: People, Passages, and Promises are also availble in the office.  Thye are $19.95 each and Tim will be happy to autograph them for you!

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:
Our nation
Sara (high risk pregnancy)
Victims of Fires in CA and western US
Firefighters & rescue workers
Hurricane & Tornado victims
Brendan Morrison (heart procedure)
Family of Kathy Judd
Tom Bogart (not doing well)
Rob Rankin
Lori & her daughter (Lori’s brother & 2 kids)
Family of Judith McKinnon

Continued Prayers:
ALL Health Care & Essential Workers  
Everyone affected by COVID-19
Safety for ALL who are back in school
Those experiencing grief in the loss of a loved one
Victims of Natural Disasters   
Our troops around the world   
Our National Guard                           
Dr. P. Huded                           Gary Tryon (at home now)
Rob Rankin                            Bobby
Jim Rankin                            Celia
Nicole Peterson                     Barbara Bruch                       
Peg                                      Scott & Amy                                              
KR, KL, & JH                         John Roberts                               
Dave Warner                          Mary Roberts                                                 
Suzette Bavolack                   Kaycee                                                                                                     
Anthony Saglimbeni               Vickie & Travis                                                                                                    
Robin’s friend, Martin             Ryan (still needs prayers)
Sue Knirsch                          Matthew Vallandingham
Jack & Luella                        Monique
Linda & Bill Masterson           Louisa Rudnycky
Meredith                               Alyssa (brain surgery)
Davis (hospital)                     Richard (tests)
Wilbur (Hospice care)            Ken (Hospice care)
Sally LaFaille                        Lorraine
Andrew & his mom, Alicia      Dick Adams (hospital)
Family of Nan Anderson        Louis Phinney
Frieda (Heart issues)             Carrie (serious infection)
Bev Coulter (Chestelm)          Mary Rayner (Home)
Savanah Grace (brain surgery)
Eric (motorcycle accident & mom Claire)
Susan Miron (Recovery from shoulder surgery)

Long Term Requests:
Rev. Bill West          Debra           
Mark Bruscoe          Ruth Woodcock                       
Carolyn Wehr           Ben T                        
Marion Beemer        Jon  
Jerry Clark, Jr.         Dottie Davis
Noah Krebs             Mary Karam
Tom Lindner            Cathy Fremut                  
Adam                     Ann & David
Darcy & Ken           S (cancer)       
Lyn & Harry            Sybil
Steve Thomas         Ed Judd
John Bach              Ed Hemmann
Carol  Zuppe           Danny H
Rev. Allen Humes    Pat Downey
Trudy Harding         Kathy & Ron
Bob Groth, Jr.             
Alison, Chris, & Paul Karam                                              
Mark & Lorianne Griswold   
David Johnson (aggressive chemo)
Scott Misner (awaiting heart transplant)



Support Groups at Our Church in Lower Fellowship Hall

All meetings below are able to meet outside, but may not come into the church for any reason.

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.