Pastor Dan’s Musings

Letter from Pastor Dan

December 17, 2014 Dear Members and Friends of the First Congregational Church in Bristol, It is with Greatest of Love for you that I write to you at this time. My family; Anita, Molly, Claire and Gabe have shared a wonderful spiritual journey with you for 12 years. You are dear to us all. You read on

Great Job Being the Church (That Left the Building)

Thanks to all of you who participated yesterday in our 2nd annual The Church Has Left the Building Sunday! We had a GREAT turn-out for this beautiful day. Together we dispersed to the Herreshoff Museum, Hope Street (Window Washers!) the Veteran’s Home, the East Bay Bike Path, area nursing homes, local laundry-mats and the Coggeshall read on

The Question

Today’s Still Speaking devotional is trenchant. At FCC we are working hard to build upon our growing young people ministry. How can we all embody the ideas in Donna’s message?  Click here to see the full message or read it below. Blessings aye, Pastor Dan The QuestionColossians 3:12 “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe read on

UCC Publishes PD’s Devotional

Happy Wednesday! Today the UCC published a piece I wrote for their daily Still Speaking Devotionals. You can sign up on the home page of our website to receive further devotionals, and I encourage you to do so! I always start off my morning by reading the daily devotional from our delicious denomination. (Too much?) read on

Colorado and Elsewhere- What Can We Do?

What Can We Do? Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4 It is hard to “fear no evil” today. The horrific story coming from Colorado today is deeply saddening. Once again we are read on

If You Don’t Know Where You’ve Been…..

Historical Sketches of the First Congregational Church, Bristol, RI by J. P. Lane, 1872 The more I read about the history of First Congregational Church, the more I am impressed with how deeply we have made our “mark” in Bristol and New England. See all the names in this book: Bosworth, Byfield, Walley, etc. They were read on


Quinn Caldwell posted this today on the daily Stillspeaking Devotional. (Thanks, Quinn!) If you have not subscribed, please take a moment to do so on the UCC website. Quinn “pulls no punches.” Now, FCC is NOT in decline, just the opposite. But, we should keep the edge sharp. Here ya go: Excerpt from 2 Corinthians read on


Moses followed God’s orders. He took Joshua and stood him before Eleazar the priest in front of the entire community. He laid his hands on him and  blessed (ordained) him, following the procedures God had given Moses. -Numbers 27:22-23 Blessing. It is such a beautiful word. I never use it casually, but I do use read on


εὐχαριστοῦντες τῷ πατρὶ τῷ ἱκανώσαντι ὑμᾶς εἰς τὴν μερίδα τοῦ κλήρου τῶν ἁγίων ἐν τῷ φωτί (from the Greek) We are giving thanks to the Father (God), who has qualified you to share in the heritage of the saints in the kingdom of light.   -Colossians 1:12 Below are some photos of my heritage and ours. read on

A Map for the Cap and a Special Thank You

Cartoonist, and FCC member, Steve Brosnihan has made a donation of 50 of his “Rhode Island…can be puzzling” State Maps to the Capital Campaign. The signed and numbered maps are available for a minimum $10 donation to the campaign (more generous donations are encouraged). The “Rhode Island…can be puzzling” State Map is a 20 x read on