December 4, 2022
2nd Sunday of Advent
8:30 & 10:30am Worship (and 10:30am Live Stream)
The great Hebrew prophet Isaiah saw a path forward for his despairing people of the Babylonian exile – and he called them to respond to God’s saving Way with joy.
This Advent, in the midst of the struggles of our age, where do you find your joy? How do you take your next best step forward with hope? Where do you see the hard world around you beginning to blossom in spite of the darkness and cold of winter?
Rev. Bryn Smallwood-Garcia preaches on selected verses from Isaiah 35, and the Chancel Choir sings “Springs in the Desert” at 10:30.
Our 10:30am service is LIVE STREAMED and RECORDED. You can live stream our 10:30am service for December 4th, from the following link: https://youtu.be/XdP3U75oy-8
Recordings of our worship services can be found on our YouTube page "uccbvideo".
Church School & Nursery Care at 8:30 & 10:30am: If you have questions about Church School, please be in touch with our Church School Coordinator, Barbara Crandell at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Nursery is open for both Sunday services as well.
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.
Sharing to Build, Building to Share…
See the New Vision for Fellowship Hall!
If you missed your chance to attend an informational gathering back in October, we invite you to look over our exciting new plans now. Just click on the link below to see our color brochure, and if you have questions, they may be answered in our "Frequently Asked Questions." We invite you to think creatively about how to stretch your giving (with the "Creative Strategies for Giving" brochure below) so that we can meet our $750,000 goal and begin to move forward with construction in 2023! Giving cards are available at church, so that we can know your giving goal over this 3-year campaign, or you can email your estimate of giving to our Office Administrator at email@example.com, or use the new giving link on this website. We will celebrate the official start of our giving on First Gifts Sunday, December 18th.
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!
REVISED Covid Policy
As a response to the rise in Covid cases among our church members, the Church Safety Committee recommends we advise the congregation of the recent outbreak and encourage the wearing of masks again in church, especially among members with underlying health vulnerabilities. We will also go back to the policy of requiring masks when in the church office and for indoor singing by groups of more than 10, as well as limiting the number of sung responses and hymns in indoor worship.
Also, to clarify CCB policy regarding quarantining and masking after having Covid, Church Safety Committee reminds the congregation that our Covid policy is to follow CDC guidelines, which are posted in full on the CDC website. A simpler way to remember the rule 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.
We strongly encourage you to take a home Covid test if you are showing any sign of illness. Most vaccinated folks who are getting sick are reporting only mild cold symptoms at first. No one wants us to have to cancel worship or programs entirely again, so we thank you for understanding the need for this change. Thank you!
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!"
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?