Virtual Worship

 

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 External link opens in new tab or windowuccb.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

We will hope to meet outside in our Outdoor Chapel (weather dependent) for our 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:External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4CA8AF28A4F94-930am23

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:

Our Nursery is open during our In-Person Worship on Sunday mornings.  Following state guidelines means that there can be up to four children in the Nursery, and there will be special considerations in place to be sure that we keep our children and Miss Debbie safe and healthy to the best of our ability.  If you plan to join us for In-Person Worship and need Nursery care for your child(ren), we invite you to sign your child(ren) up in advance using the following link. External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4CA8AF28A4F94-ccbnursery8.

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: External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://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 External link opens in new tab or windowuccb.org for more information and our YouTube account for updated services.


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Pastors Fund Thanks & Information

Our 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

We thank you all so much for your continued support of our Church and its programs and ministries.  We can't thank you enough for your dedication!  We wanted to remind you of a few things as we head into the summer season.
  1. 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.
  2. If you pledge online, please remember to check and update any pledge information through our PushPay app or your bank.
  3. 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 (External link opens in new tab or windowoffice@uccb.org), if you have any questions about your pledges. 

Your Pastors are Here for You!

Pastoral Care Appointments

Both Pastor Bryn and Pastor Jen are also available for individual pastoral care appointments as well either via phone or Zoom.  In fact, their cell phones and the Church Zoom have gotten a lot of mileage this way since our time of quarantine began!  If you have something that you would like to address or speak with one of the pastors about, please feel free to reach out individually to Pastor Bryn (External link opens in new tab or windowbryn@uccb.org or 510-847-4235 cell #) or Pastor Jen (External link opens in new tab or windowjennifer@uccb.org or 203-510-4760 cell #) to set up a time to talk and pray together. Note: Your pastors are trying to take their days off, with "electronic sabbaths," on Wednesday (Bryn) and Friday (Jennifer), so you may not receive an immediate response if you send an email on one of those days.

 

Worship Opportunities

Friday Morning Meditation

Join Pastor Bryn on Friday from 7-7:30am on Zoom to spend some time in centering prayer and meditation.  This 30 minute virtual opportunity is a great way to start your day with some scripture, meditation and reflection.  Please email Pastor Bryn at External link opens in new tab or windowbryn@uccb.org if you would like to join, and the link will be sent to you via email.

Labyrinth & Children's Garden:

One of our confirmands recently cleaned over at our Labyrinth - making sure the path is clearly outlined and instructions for use of the labyrinth are posted at the beginning.  We encourage people to stop over to the church and use the labyrinth during this nice weather (while maintaining physical distancing practices).  (Note: Our Labyrinth and the story of how it came to be were recently published in a book of New England Labyrinths, so we are excited to share that with people in our area and beyond.)  Work will also begin soon on our Children's Garden, a garden that will be planted in raised beds around our Labyrinth, where kids will be able to remember loved ones and go to play and pray at our church.
Keep an eye on your email, the Congregational Church of Brookfield Facebook Page, or our website on Sunday morning for the links to join us (and please feel free to share the links with family and friends). Afterward, if you are willing to share a photo of you or your family worshipping with us online that may be used on our CCB Facebook page or website, please send it to External link opens in new tab or windowuccbsocialmedia@gmail.com.   If you have missed any of our online worship services you can find them linked below, and you can subscribe to our YouTube channel External link opens in new tab or windowuccbvideo, where our worship services are archived.

 

CCB Summer Office Hours begin the week of June 14th


Summer Office Hours begin next week, the week of June 14th, and run through the end of August.  During that time, the Church Office will be open Tuesday-Thursday 9am-12pm and closed on Mondays & Fridays.  If you plan to stop by the Church Office we ask that you wear a mask.  If you need to contact someone through the Church Office after office hours you can leave a message on our main line (203-775-1259) or through a staff extension (by following the prompts).  All voicemail messages are delivered through staff emails as well. 


Know that "No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!"

 

 

 At Home Electronic Worship Options

 

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