Worship with us Sunday, June 20th
at 9:30am in our Outdoor Chapel
“Just One Rock”
Little David the shepherd boy killed a giant enemy warrior with a single stone from his slingshot, but how much do we really remember of that famous story from the Hebrew Scriptures? It’s one of our “Bible’s Greatest Hits” and yet how often do we find ourselves up against Goliath-sized problems and forget to rely upon the power of prayer to get us through? Are we tempted to first look to “this world” solutions and armor ourselves up with human-made defenses, instead of turning to God for help? What does this story have to teach us to get past the challenges of this past Covid year and move us into the future together, relying more fully on the resources of our faith?
Rev Bryn Smallwood-Garcia preaches on selected verses from First Samuel, chapter 17.
We hope you will join us for this opportunity to bind our spirits in worship with each other. Links will be shared via email, posted on our website at uccb.org and shared on our church Facebook page.
After this Sunday's recorded Virtual Worship we will be posting recordings of our In Person Worship to our YouTube page at "uccbvideo".
In Person Worship, Sunday, June 13th: 9:30am in the Outdoor Chapel
Note: If the weather is not conducive to outdoor worship, we will move inside our Meetinghouse.
Nursery Sign Up for In-Person Worship at 9:30am:
In Person Church School Sign Up:
Children can join Miss Wendy and Mrs. Crandell for our One Room Schoolhouse on Sunday morning as they begin a summer series using the PRAY Curriculum. This curriculum uses everyday objects to share Bible stories and to grow in faith. Children will also have the opportunity to earn badges throughout the summer as they work their way through the curriculum. Children can be signed up for our In Person Church School using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4CA8AF28A4F94-inperson6.
Updated Worship Recording Information:
We will be recording our in person worship and sharing it to our YouTube page at "uccbvideo" - with hopes that it will be posted there by Sunday afternoon. Please keep an eye out on our website at uccb.org for more information and our YouTube account for updated services.
Pastors Fund Thanks & InformationOur pastors wish to thank you so much for your generous support of the Pastors Fund during these difficult and ever-changing times. With your help bills have been paid to cover housing costs, medical bills, and emergency repairs as well as to cover other everyday costs like food, gas, and clothing for members & friends of our church and wider community. The Pastors Fund is supported through the honorarium from the funerals/memorials that our pastors officiate, as well as through the generous gifts of members and friends of our community. The Thrift Shop has supported the Pastors Fund with gifts from sale profits, and the Pastors Fund is also one of the options for holiday support through our Virtual Giving Tree this year.
If you are feeling moved to make a direct gift to the Pastors Fund, gift cards for groceries and gas are always welcome, as are donations made payable to Pastors Fund.
Stewardship Information: Envelopes & Pledges
- If you use envelopes for your pledges and have not yet picked them up from the Church Office, they are available for pick up outside the main Courtyard Office door. There is a blue bin with the envelopes inside. Please feel free to stop by and pick up your envelopes at your convenience.
- If you pledge online, please remember to check and update any pledge information through our PushPay app or your bank.
- Know that our Stewardship Counters will be counting every few weeks, so please be patient as your donations are input into our system. Please feel free to send an email to our Office Administrator, Jeannine McCullough (email@example.com), if you have any questions about your pledges.
Your Pastors are Here for You!
Pastoral Care Appointments
Friday Morning Meditation
Labyrinth & Children's Garden:
CCB Summer Office Hours begin the week of June 14th
Know that "No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!"
At Home Electronic Worship Options
- Would you enjoy the guidance of fellow seekers to help you support your children's growth into strong and compassionate moral thinkers?
- Are you looking for a place where you can bring your deepest joys and sorrows and find real companionship in celebration and suffering?
- Do you long for a place where you and your family can learn to love one another and care for the world in a compassionate faith community?
Watch this space for more information about our programs and ministries in the future.
As always, we also care about your spiritual health, so know that although your pastors are working mostly through remote connections, we want to respond to your needs and concerns promptly. Be aware, however, that may not always be possible. Our church phone system delivers your phone messages (to 203-775-1259) to our email, or you can email us directly at Bryn@uccb.org or Jennifer@uccb.org.
Let us continue to reach out to care for one another, and pray for one another and our world, as we face this global pandemic together, remembering the Apostle Paul's powerful affirmation of faith in these verses from chapter 8 of his Letter to the Romans:
31What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.