Sunday, March 19th
4th Sunday in Lent
8:30am and 10:30am Worship
(with 10:30am Live Stream)
Sharing the Story: “What's Your Focus?”
Upon her return from sabbatical Pastor Jennifer preaches on John 9:1-25, a reflection on the story of the man born blind. We can learn a good deal from this story about the idea that what we focus on affects our attitudes, abilities, and opportunities – perhaps the most important of which is the ability and opportunity to really see God at work in our lives and the world.
Church School & Nursery Care are available at 8:30 & 10:30am: If you have questions about Church School, please be in touch with our Church School Coordinator, Barbara Crandell at email@example.com. The Nursery is open for both Sunday services as well.
Our 10:30am service is LIVE STREAMED and RECORDED. You can live stream our 10:30am service for March 19th from the following link: https://youtube.com/live/-viQM5GbTPA?feature=share
Recordings of our worship services can be found on our YouTube page "uccbvideo".
Sharing the Story:
Click on the PDF to the right to download, read, or print the 2023 Lenten Devotional
Our Masking Policy – March 5, 2023
As a response to the rise in Covid and other winter illnesses, we joined the CDC in encouraging the wearing of masks again this fall in congregate settings like our Sunday worship, especially among those with compromised immunity. We also have been covenanting together to wear masks when in the church office and when singing indoors in groups of more than 10.
On February 14, the Church Council voted to change this policy – effective Sunday, March 5, 2023 – to allow everyone to sing unmasked, as they choose. However, especially out of consideration for those who are elderly or struggling with compromised immunity, we encourage the wearing of masks whenever possible, to keep our whole community safe.
Please do not attend worship if you are showing any sign of illness and take a home Covid test if you feel sick. Most vaccinated folks with Covid are reporting only mild cold symptoms at first. No one wants us to have to cancel worship again, so we thank you for understanding.
Our church Covid quarantine policy is to follow CDC guidelines. A simple way to remember that is 5+5. Covid positive individuals should quarantine for at least 5 days, followed by 5 days of masking around others at home and in public.
Some Special Notes:
- We require masks for group singing indoors.
- Movable chairs for greater social distancing are available in the Balcony and in Brooks Hall.
- While we want to be able to see everyone, we ask that anyone who is feeling ill or experiencing any Covid symptoms stays home from worship and worships with us via live stream or recording. Also, if you fear you may have been exposed to someone with Covid in the past week, or are awaiting test results, please take advantage of our live streaming.
Please be in touch with our Church Office at 203-775-1259 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Service of Remembrance and Celebration of Life for
James Lawrence “Larry” Vodra
Worship Recordings:You can view our 10:30am service for March 12th from the following link: https://youtube.com/live/sdMQblseduc?feature=share
Sharing to Build, Building to Share…
See the New Vision for Fellowship Hall!
Because we are CCB, we have fun whenever we gather! Even as we worship each week in our historic Meetinghouse, fellowship is at the very heart of our church life and we believe Fellowship Hall should be accessible to all. We invite you to contribute as generously as you can and help us extend God's extravagant welcome to everyone, "no matter who we are or where we are on life's journey." Whether we walk or roll, we seek to follow Jesus together!
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.
Your Pastors are Here for You!
Pastoral Care Appointments
Labyrinth & Children's Garden:
Church Office Hours
Monday through Thursday - 9:00am - 2:00pm
The church door will remain locked for safety reasons, but our Ring doorbell system helps us to know who is coming to the door.
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!"
To be added to our church "blast" email list and receive the most current updates, just contact our church office administrator, email@example.com.
At Home Electronic Worship Options
Watch on Spectrum Channel 192
The previous week's service is on Sunday Mornings at 10:30 am, and Tuesday at 5:00 pm.
Listen to Podcasts of previous sermons
Congregational Church of Brookfield
Listen to the Congregational Church of Brookfield's PODCAST.
Don't have time or an internet video connection?
Subscribe to our podcast and listen on the go to past sermons.
Click on: https://soundcloud.com/user-98392082
We are 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. We have two services with a brief (30 minute) worship is in the outdoor Chapel through Labor Day Sunday at 8:30am and a 10:30am worship (no more than 45 minutes) also in our Meetinghouse. Note: Nursery Care will be available at both worship services, and Church School will meet at 10:30am. You can sign up for our worship services, nursery care, and church school at the links above.
The above clip and many more from The Media Team are available online. Search "uccbvideo" at YouTube.com or click on the image.
We hope our little white-steepled meetinghouse will become a weekly refuge for your soul -- where you can join us to share gratitude and wonder for your life, and learn to use ancient spiritual resources to wrestle with your questions about the greatest mysteries of the universe.
We invite you to attend every week, and to invite your friends to join you.
YOUR QUESTIONS ARE WELCOME HERE!
Welcome! No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
- 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?