In Person Worship, Church School
and Nursery Care
"I Believe Even When..."
Sunday, September 19th
8:30 & 10:30am Worship
Join us as we enter into our second week of our fall worship series, "I Believe Even When..." In the times in which we live it might be easy to turn around and believe that we are all alone, that God isn't active in the world, that things are just this side of hopeless. Yet throughout the scriptures we are reminded that God does not leave us and are invited to believe even when it isn't easy. We hope you will join us throughout this season as we think about the things that help us to believe and have faith in our loving God, even when...
We are back to two services with a brief (30 minute) worship in our Outdoor Chapel at 8:30am (weather permitting) and a 10:30am worship inside our Meetinghouse. We are grateful to our volunteers who will join with us in worship as greeters, ushers, Media Booth worker, and Scripture readers, as well as to Toni Sullivan and Karen Garren who will be with us to share a beautiful bell duet at our 10:30am worship.
Note: Nursery Care will be available at both worship services, and Church School will meet at 10:30am - with an aim to be outside for much of their time together.
You can sign up for our worship services, nursery care, and church school at the links below. Please bring a comfortable mask with you or plan to receive one from our greeter.
Sunday, September 26th, In-Person Worship: 8:30am in the Outdoor Chapel
We will join together in the Outdoor Chapel for a 30 minute in person worship. You will find the sign up link below. We ask that people intending to join us for In Person Worship sign up and include how many people and the names of those who will be attending worship with you. You can register for our In Person Worship using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4ca8af28a4f94-830am5
Sunday, September 26th, In-Person Worship: 10:30am in the MeetinghouseWe will join together in the Meetinghouse for our in person worship. We are looking to keep this service to no more than 45 minutes. You will find the sign up link below. We ask that people intending to join us for In Person Worship sign up and include how many people and the names of those who will be attending worship with you. You can register for our In Person Worship using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4ca8af28a4f94-1030am4
In accordance with new Department of Public Health and CDC guidance, we ask everyone to wear a mask for worship and require masks of ALL who will sing during worship and those who are unvaccinated.
September 26th Nursery Sign Up, In-Person Worship at 8:30am or 10:30am:
September 26th In Person 10:30am Church School Sign Up:
Children will begin in their Church School classrooms with their teachers on Sunday morning as they begin this new program year focusing on God's Story told in the Bible. Children can be signed up for our In Person Church School using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4ca8af28a4f94-inperson20
Updated Worship Recording Information:
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 Thanks and Reminders
Yankee Fair, Oct 16, 2021
Yankee Fair for 2021! Our theme is simple, “We’re Back”! May the Lord support us in this important endeavor in the life of our church.
The Yankee Fair means so much to us as a body of Christ. The fellowship we experience on this special day brings us together in many positive ways, and the community always looks forward to this event as no other. I have heard from many that they joined the church because of the fair – they cherish special and lasting memories and joyous thoughts of this special event in our church life.
It Doesn’t Happen without YOU! As you might expect, the fair requires a lot of organization to make it happen, and the wheels are in motion. We have many volunteers signed up already, but we can always use more – many hands make light work. Your volunteerism is part of what makes this event a success and an integral part of our mission of community outreach. I urge you to volunteer with a sense of joy, knowing that this fellowship event fuels the soul of each of us as we do for others, and sharing this fellowship brings us together in the sunshine of Christ.
Covid: We would be remiss not to mention this important and continuing topic. This year, we will require masks indoors consistent with current guidance for our church members and visitors. We have decided not to host the White Steeple and Crafts this year, due to required proximity etc. Also, you will find that other booths may be moved outside and under tents. We intend to offer all other booths with flexibility as necessary. The grill will be in operation pending clearance from the Health Department of Brookfield. We will work diligently to stay in synch with official government guidance and make further accommodations if and as necessary.
Please find time to participate in this joyous event as you are willing and able. We rise above the current situation to do what CCB has always done, be an important and vibrant part of the community of Christian fellowship, and to serve our community with an uplifting and hopeful social Fair Day event.
Blessings and joy to all,
Your Fair Chair,
Barn Donation Days
Donation days start at 9:00 am, and run through 12 PM – donation dates are: September 11, 18, and 25th
Note that donation days are also dumpster days. This means that certain items which are not saleable due to condition, health restrictions, or which have a history of not moving out on fair day, may be placed in our dumpster for a goodwill donation. Below you will find a list of some of these items, and we ask for your understanding if some of your items are on the list below.
ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED AS DONATIONS AT THE BARN FOR YANKEE FAIR
Propane Tanks Treadmills Outdated Exercise Equipment
Sofa Beds Tires Mattresses/Box Springs
Bed sheets Bed Pillows Custom Draperies
Cloth Couches (unless pristine) Knives Towels, Sheets, Linens
Non-working electronics Encyclopedias Metal desks and metal filing cabinets
Tube TVs (Accept flat screens only) Large entertainment centers/TV hutches
Outdated sports equipment (old skis, skates, etc.)
Outdated children’s items (car seats, cribs, etc. – all must meet current regulations)
Broken furniture (cloth in poor condition, missing pieces, chairs without seats)
Medical equipment (walkers, wheelchairs, or other items of a similar nature)
Large Appliances Building Materials Gas Grills
Your Pastors are Here for You!
Pastoral Care Appointments
Labyrinth & Children's Garden:
CCB Office Hours
Our Church Office is generally open from 9am-3:00pm, Monday-Thursday.
We are an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ.
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.