Brookfield Congregational Church

8 Common Street
P.O. Box 457
Brookfield Massachusetts, 01506-0457
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Phone: (508) 867-6262
Sunday Service starts at 10:00 AM
Communion First Sunday of the Month



Brookfield Congregational Church Announcements


NEW CHURCH OFFICE HOURS

Tuesday..............................9:00 AM -- 2:00 PM
Wednesday.......................9:00 AM -- 2:00 PM
Friday..................................9:00 AM -- 2:00 PM

The Church building is open to in person services, 10 AM Sundays.  On line services recording are available, soon after.   For use of the Church hall contact the Church Office.  We are providing pastoral support.  This support that can be reached either by calling the church at (508)867-6262, or via email or the Church’s Facebook page. Pastor John may by reached at home (508) 222-2535 or Cell phone (774) 414-4452 ANYTIME.  We will look to return calls as best we can. 

 




Brief stirrers for October
October 2   Luke 17:1   Have I caused God to frown today?   
October 9  Luke 17:1  The two very best words :  plain but not simple; 
October 16 Jeremiah 29 Moving forward through a bad time   
October  23  2 Timothy 4:  Why pop slogans are fun AND do not wear well   
October  30  Luke 19:1  An EVERYDAY religion 
 
Scripture readings  for  October
October 2  Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4  Luke 17:1-6 
October  9  Jeremiah 29:4-7, 10-13  Luke 17:11-19   
October 16  Genesis 32:22-32  Luke 18:1-8
October 23 2 Timothy 4:1-8  Luke 18:9-14 
October 30   Isaiah 1:10-18  Luke  19:1-10







If anyone is interested in becoming a member of our church please speak with Pastor John.







  IT'S OFFICIAL

          Council has approved this year's Tag Sale to include a Silent Auction.  Therefore, we are in need of your help. Any of our crafters - we would be so grateful if you might put your skills to a new project that you would be willing to donate to our Silent Auction.  Any new item is most welcome for this particular table.  Perhaps there is a gift certificate to something special that you might like to donate.  Whatever ideas come to you, if you have thoughts or questions you would like to share, just take a minute and speak with Jane Snyder, Cathy Farr or Patti Coltey.  We need your participation to make this year's tag sale a success.  Meanwhile don't forget all those items in your homes that are no longer being used. If they are in good condition we are ready for all items for the tag sale to be dropped off at the church, cataloged and tucked away until the day of the sale.




September 27

Council on Aging, 10:00 AM

September 27

Centering Prayer, 10:00 AM

September 28

AA, 7:00 PM

September 29

Bible Study, 10:00 AM

September 29

TOPS, 6:30 PM



DEACONS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER

Bill Simpson

Juliette Buchanan

DATE

READERS

CHILDREN’S SERMON

GREETER(S)

10/02

Child Reader

Communion Sunday

Cathy & Lee Farr

10/09

Jane Snyder

Darlene Dean

Terry Elliot & Ray

10/16

Julie Buchanan

Jim Joyce

Paul Shailer

10/23

Michelle Bonneau

Cheri Carty

Cathy & Lee Farr

10/30

Cathy Farr

Paul Shailer

Ellizabeth & Art


 





Sign Up to Serve for Coffee Fellowship
Team up with a partner(s)


Coffee Hour…a time for fellowship after our Sunday Service!
If you would like to volunteer to put on a pot of coffee and provide some simple “goodies” (keep it simple), sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in place in Fellowship Hall! You can always “TEAM-UP” with someone!!!If you have never done Coffee Hour before, there are plenty of people that will happily lend a hand!

 

GATHER WITH FRIENDS FOR COFFEE AND FELLOWSHIP!  



 





Centering Prayer Welcomes your Participation

    

Once again, Centering Prayer is being offered on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. in the library. It will resume on Sept. 13, 2022.  If you would like to participate in our 20 minute silent prayer time praying for those in need, we would joyously welcome you.  If you have any questions, please speak with Jane Snyder



 





Come join us:

 Adult Bible Study will resume on Thursday Mornings at 10:00 am. In Fellowship Hall. Let us study God’s Word Together

 





CHOIR MEMBERS WANTED!!

We would like to welcome anyone who would be interested in joining the choir.  Please speak to Reagan or Lindsey Paras. Let’s make a joyful noise and sing praises unto our Lord! Or if you play an instrument and would like to join us in our Praise and Worship, please feel free to speak to us.



 



BROOKFIELD ECUMENICAL FOOD PANTRY

The B.E.F.P.  is an all volunteer organization.  It was created by the churches in Brookfield to help those who find themselves in need of supplementary food and/or household supplies.  The B.E.F.P.  is  open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM.

There are no requirements, such as income, other than that you are a Brookfield or East Brookfield resident.  You are also allowed to come monthly.Many, many people donate goods and/or money to the B.E.F.P.   Also, other groups and businesses donate to the pantry -  groups such as;  school students, scouts, state police, banks and other organizations.  Money allows us to purchase non-food household items such as soap, paper goods, cleaning supplies and other items not covered by S.N.A.P. (food stamps). 

Once a month, devoted volunteers travel to the Worcester County Food Bank in Shrewsbury. There, we are able to obtain a lot of food to help replensih our shelves at very little or no cost.

For more information, please call Louise Woodard at 508-867-3891.   When you come please bring your own bags and on the first visit, some proof of residency.

Thank you,  Paul Shailer, Board Member, 508-867-9298


 


 

20/20 Challenge

 

A challenge to return the Church to a new normal.

 

The Council agreed to introduce a fundraising program called the 20/20 Challenge.  In the year that has passed with COVID the Church’s operating income was just over $100,000.  With many activities canceled the Church made it work.  In years before COVID the Church averaged just over $120,000.  The best year totaled nearly $125,000.  If the Church is to return to a fuller service of offerings, we need to challenge ourselves to make up the difference.  Hence the idea of the 20/20 Challenge.  Would or could 20 who have not traditionally given, give $20 a week for the remainder of the year.  While we know many are being challenged in this time, if others can assist, we can look to Easter and beyond to strive to fulfill God’s plan for the Church.

 

You can go on line to donate By Clicking Here, or mail you offering to the office or drop your offering in the plate after the service beginning on Easter.  Many hands make light work.

 


We are underway and need your help.
Tag Sale/Silent Auction 2022
First, your Tag Sale Team wants to thank everyone who has contributed to our tag sale and/or Silent Auction by donating items for our upcoming event on October 8th.  If you are wondering how we are doing gathering items just take a look in the back classroom and you will get a sense of what we have been up to.  Remember, the items in the classroom are donations that have come in after we filled the trailer out behind the church and all the nooks and crannies within the church.  
Now it is time to start gathering our supplies and our staff.  If you are able, we would love to have you on our team the day of the Apple Country Fair.  We need folks to watch over the various tables or sections where many items will be displayed.  If you are able to help, please speak with Jane Snyder, Patti Coltey, or Cathy Farr.
We are also in need of tents.  We probably need about 5 more to our tally to be sure we have enough.
One more important area is the day before the sale.  We need able bodies to help bring all the boxes and furniture downstairs and from the trailer as well, to ready everything to take outside to the tables.  There is a sign up sheet on the activity board in Fellowship Hall.  We would love to see your name there.
Meanwhile, there is still time to bring your treasures in for the sale.  We will be accepting items through September 30th which is the deadline.
     Thank you again for all your support and contributions and the wonderful help to come as the tag sale nears.
Your Tag Sale Team





New Mission for 2022


Tunnel to Towers Foundation Please see the Missions Board in the Fellowship Hall to sign up. One time donation of $11 or as often as you like to help First Responders in need of help. See Jane Snyder for more info. Thanks.



 




Just a reminder that we are still in need of Teachers and Teacher's Assistants along with Assistants for Nursery. Please Pray on this and let Jane know when you are called to commit.

 





Sunday School Teachers and Children’s Message Givers Please join us for a brief meeting about ½ hr. following church services on June 26th, 2022, 11:30 a.m. in one of the classrooms upstairs.  Called by Pastor John.  If that date does not work for you, please let John know.  Thank you!


 


 

If anyone is interested in helping to provide a meal for Dismas Farm, please see Tammy Taquino for more information.

Also, if you are interested in crocheting, knitting, or quilting for the Prayer Shawl Ministry please speak with Patti Coltey for detailed opportunities.


 


FLOWERS FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP   



We invite you to contribute flowers for our Sunday worship! Flowers may be from a florist, something in season or from home gardens!
The sign-up calendar is back in place in Fellowship Hall! If you have any questions, contact Cathy Farr (508-450-6052).
If you would like to give flowers in memory or in honor of someone and would like that information to be printed in the bulletin, please let the church office know by the Wednesday before the service date.
Thank you!

 


 Join in the fun!!!!!!!!!!

For more information contact Jim Joyce at 867-6262 Or Email him at fusion.yg.bcc@gmail.com

 

 



BE A CHURCH VOLUNTEER
We are preparing a list of persons interested in being READERS, GREETERS, BEARERS and giving CHILDRENS’ MESSAGES for Sunday mornings.  If you would like to participate, please let Pat in the office know or Pastor John.
Training for being a Reader (of Scripture) and for Children’s Messages is available; please speak with Pastor John.
A new list will be available the first of January 2022.

 


REMINDER

When an emergency is called during a church service – everything STOPS – 911 is called and everyone EXITs quickly and quietly to a designated area.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 


OUR CHURCH COVENANT

We, the members of the Brookfield Congregational Church following the example of Jesus, who loved and served all, promise we will:
~Do unto others as we would have them do unto us;
~Faithfully support the Church with our time and treasures;
~Seek to do the will of God to promote the life of our church community and the community at large.
~Listen to, speak with, and interact with each person in the church with respect, honesty and love.
~Interact with open minds and hearts, considering perspectives that may be different from our own and,
~Showing the charity of Christ, we will love and serve the people of the church and community in the name of our Lord

 


Be the “change” you want to see in the world


One of the many things I’ve thought about while sitting at home is that as we have been unable to gather in our beloved church, Gertrude, our hungry goose has not been fed either.   

     I quote an article I found and believe it still holds true today, props do work.  Whether it be a plastic goose, a shopping cart or a plastic bank shaped as a Church.  The children, and some of us adults, loved feeding Gertrude during coffee hour.  Kudos to the person who started with this prop.

     From article of 2012 in the South New England Conference United Church of Christ


     “Paul Shailer, a deacon at the Brookfield Congregational Church, believes the goose -- which is put out at coffee hour -- is very visible and stands out.  "Gertrude the Goose" (as she has been named by the Sunday School children) has become the church's ambassador for mission donations.

      "Kids love to put money in its bill and watch it swallow the change," explained GwenYaskoski, a trustee and treasurer at the church.  "The prop really gets the children involved and they have become very curious as to not only where the money goes after it's eaten by the goose, but who is being helped by the donations." 

      Whether it's a faux fowl or a real shopping cart, unique props can be helpful to mission and fundraising programs”

     We have a post of our focused Missions for each month.  If your heart is being called to support any of these focused Missions, please submit your donation to the church at P O Box 457, Brookfield, MA  01506.  In the memo line, please note:  feed Gertrude - Focused Mission (and the month). 

     Our Lenten giving mission, which was to benefit Dismas as well as Abbey’s house, was impacted by the outbreak of Covid19 and as we will be unable to plan a Suicide Awareness and Prevention vigil in May, as hoped, I would request that we allocate any funds raised during May to donate to Dismas and Abbey’s Feel free to visit their websites for ways you can help…at: http://www.dismasisfamily.org/donate/”  and https://abbyshouse.org/donate/

I’ll sign off with the following….perhaps til we can be together and you can feed Gertrude directly, a fun little prop to make with the kids...a “feed” bag with scraps of material to stick your loose change into...

                                                                                    In His light and love,

                                                                                    Tammy, aka “T”, Mission Chair

 



PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY DONATIONS

Patti Coltey would like to call anyone who can knit or crochet to join this important mission.  There is nothing like being wrapped in a shawl made with love – care – blessing when you need some comfort!


knit crochet

 



Child Care

Child care is provided under the supervision of Ellie Blodgett during each Sunday service.  All children from newborn to Sunday school age are welcome. Please speak to the deacon in charge if you need assistance.

 






Recently we were graced with an outstanding mural in our nursery of Noah's Ark.  This artistry was completed by Jordan Nugent, a college student who currently attends Nichols College.  Jordan's work is so well done and super entertaining. Viewing the ark has brought smiles of delight not only to the children in the nursery but any adult who walks past the nursery.  If you would like to see more of Jordan's work you may look for her at facebook.com/nugentcreations

 


Church Cookbooks from Helping Hands are available.
Our Church Cookbooks make a great gift!
Available in the Fellowship Hall. Only $5.00
each. Just think of those Christmas cookies

 


Senior Moments






 


CHURCH SCRAPBOOK

Calling All People

We are looking for pictures for the Church Scrapbook.  We only have ten pages for the 2019 book.  If you have snapshots of any of our church activities such as:  Fusion Youth Group (let’s get our teens in this book), Boy Scouts, spaghetti suppers, pie baking  for Apple Country Fair, tag sale pictures, nursery and Sunday School pictures please contact Jane Snyder.  We do have pictures of VBS.
Thank you, Patti Coltey

 


YEAR-TO-DATE INCOME FOR:  AUGUST 2022

ANNUAL BUDGET                                                                   $149,745.00
PROJECTED MONTHLY AVERAGE                                              $12,478.00
RECEIVED INCOME FOR MONTH OF AUGUST                            $7,556.00
            Offering                                    $7,481.00
            Other Sources                                  75.00
PROJECTED INCOME YEAR-TO-DATE                                        $99,830.00
RECEIVED INCOME YEAR-TO-DATE                                             78,172.00


 



KITCHEN RECYCLING

Just a reminder to abide by our recycling rules when using the church kitchen: rinse out any recyclables before putting them in the receptacles, crush/flatten items when possible, etc. Guidelines are posted in the kitchen for your reference.