Brookfield Congregational Church

8 Common Street
Brookfield Massachusetts, 01506-0457
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

Starting this week, Megan is transitioning to Sunday and evening hours. We hope that these hours will allow for more “face time” with our congregation. The new office hours will be Sunday mornings, 8 AM to 12 PM and three evenings during the week, 6 – 8 PM. This week, Megan will be here Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening.




CENTERING PRAYER/LECTIO DIVINA GROUP

All are welcome as we share in this spiritually enriching program in which we explore centering prayer and sacred reading. Centering Prayer/Lectio Divina is grounded in the teaching of Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount: "...But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you" (Matthew 6:6). We gather on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM in the upstairs church classroom.




TIME TO UPDATE YOUR DIRECTORY INFORMATION! 

We are updating our Church Membership Directory in early November. If you have a new address, phone number, or email, please contact Megan in the church office so she can update your information in the directory.



Men’s Group – “Friendship and Temptation” 

Starting January 8th, we will have a Men’s Group that meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. All men are welcome!  We will be following an 8-week DVD series created by Kenny Luck with a work book and discussions. The first half of the series will focus on Friendship and the second half will focus on Temptation. Feel free to contact Bill Simpson at 508-867-6897 with any questions.



PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY DONATIONS

The prayer shawl ministry is running out of yarn. Your generous donations of yarn keep this ministry going. There is a donation box in fellowship hall where you can leave your donated yarn. Thank you, Patti Coltey


CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

Christmas Poinsettias are available for ordering. The cost for each remains the same at $10 each. All order must be complete by Sunday, December 9th. Order placement will be on the 10th. Poinsettias will be on display for service on the 23rd and for pickup any time after the Christmas Eve service. Please leave your payment with Megan in the office.



BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE

‘Tis the Christmas season and many folks are busy preparing for the holidays and the festivities that surround this time of year. Meanwhile there are others who are struggling because a loved one has been lost recently or in past years during this bustling time. Brookfield Congregational Church offers yearly a time of remembrance for families who have suffered such a loss. Please come and join us for our Blue Christmas Service on Thursday, December 13, at 7:00 p.m.



ADVENT TREE

Advent will be here soon and that means our Winter Wishes Program will be in full gear shortly.  The name of the program has been altered a bit but, once again it is our hope to fill the requests of the residents of Brookhaven in West Brookfield as well as the wishes of those who reside at the Lincoln Hill Manor in Spencer.  Look for some scenery changes in the Sanctuary on November 24th in preparation of this event.  The requests for each individual will be found in the Sanctuary on December 2nd attached to an ornament for you to place on your own tree.  Once the request has been filled, please bring the items to the church unwrapped or in tissue paper in a holiday bag if you so desire.  Gifts are due by Sunday, December 23rd, as all items will be delivered on Dec. 24th.  Thank you all so much for your participation in this program bringing smiles to others during the Christmas season.



MONTHLY DINNER AT DISMAS FAMILY FARM

The mission of Dismas is to reconcile former prisoners to society, and society to former prisoners, through the development of a supportive community. Once a month, members from Brookfield Congregational Church prepare and serve a dinner for program members. Our next assigned night is Wednesday, December 19, at 5:45 PM. We need volunteers to sign up to prepare a turkey dinner.

There is a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall. Please see Tammy Taquino if you have any questions.



CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

All are invited to Brookfield Congregational Church’s Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols on Monday, December 24, at 7:00 PM. Please join us for this traditional candlelight service as we celebrate the birth of Jesus into the world, and the joy that this gift brings to all humanity.




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In the Spirit of Christmas, the Youth Programs of Brookfield Congregational Church, East Brookfield Baptist Church and Sturbridge Federated Church warmly invite you to our first
Youth of Faith Christmas Program.

Brookfield Congregational Church
8 Common St, Brookfield, MA
Friday, December 21, 2018
7:00 PM

Refreshments will be provided after the program


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.



FLOWERS FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP   

We invite you to contribute flowers for Sunday worship.  The flowers may be from a florist or in season, home gardens.  Please see the Flower Chart in Fellowship Hall to sign up for a Sunday of your choice.  Sundays already designated will be marked on the chart.  If you wish to give flowers in memory or in honor of someone, please leave information for the worship bulletin with the office on TUESDAY BEFORE THE SUNDAY  that you give flowers. Questions?  Speak with Robin Dennehy.


COMING EVENTS

This Week


Monday

12/10/2018

Boy Scouts

6:00 PM

Council Meeting

7:00 PM

Tuesday

12/11/2018

Webelos Scouts

6:30 PM

T.O.P.S

6:30 PM

Wednesday

12/12/2018

Lectio Divina Group

10:00 AM

AA Meeting

7:00 PM

Thursday

12/13/2018

Bible Study

10:00 AM

Blue Christmas Service

7:00 PM

Friday

12/14/2018

Cub Scouts

6:00 PM

Saturday

12/15/2018

Men's Bible Study

7:00 AM





Deacons for the Month of November

Paul Shailer

Wayne Dennehy

Volunteers


 

READERS

CHILDREN’S SERMON

GREETERS

12/02

Addison Oxman

Communion Sunday

Elizabeth & Art Jay

12/09

Alan Hoffsommer

NEED VOLUNTEER

NEED VOLUNTEER

12/16

Bill Simpson

Brian Oxman

Peggy Sullivan

12/23

Cheri Carty

Children's Pageant

Jan & Bob Wilson

12/30

Arthur Rousseau

Peggy Sullivan

Ken Grimes

ADVENT WREATH LIGHTING SCHEDULE


Sunday, December 2

Jamason D'Ambra and family

Sunday, December 9

Gavin Perron and family

Sunday, December 16

Jake, Mason and Addie Oxman and family

Sunday, December 23

Owen and Noah Aubin and family






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



GOD AND FAMILY PROGRAM

Our Christian Life Team is looking for children in 4th and 5th grade who attend our church or have no church and would like to earn a religious medal through the God and Family Program. This is a program that was offered through the Cub Scouts but is now open to all children of various ages. We are currently focused on the 4th and 5th graders. Children who do not attend our church but have a church of their own, other than another Congregational church, would seek their medal through that church, such as the Catholic Church or a Synagogue. The program would meet once every other week for approximately and hour to an hour and a half for a total of six weeks working with Pastor Hughes beginning sometime this fall. In order to abide by our safe church policy, a second CORIed adult must be present. We are looking for an available parent to help with the sessions. If you are interested in having your child participate in this program and/or could help with the class, please call our church office at 508-867-6262.




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.

Susan Raymond , the Outreach Coordinator for the W.B. Senior Center has notfied us that the Brookfield COA and the W.B. Senior Center have collaborated by adding 10 hrs/month of her services for Brookfield residents. Anyone over the age of 55 who would like information about SNAP benefits (food stamps), answers to questions regarding fuel assistance or needs assistance with resources, please call the W.B. Senior Center at 508-867-1407 and ask for Sue Raymond.



The Council on Aging will meet at the Brookfield Congregational Church on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, except July and August, from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.




Food Pantry reminder:

BCC is one of many churches that provides support to the Brookfield Ecumenical Food Pantry.  Approximately 50 families in the community are receiving services through the food pantry.  If you are willing and able to help support this program, there are donation baskets in the back of the Sanctuary near the stairs to the Narthex.

Thank you for your continued support.  Non-perishable food donations are accepted.  The Pantry can also really use paper goods and toiletry items, as these are items they are unable to get from the food bank.

Blessings to you all!


CHURCH SCRAPBOOK

Patti Colty is looking for used and unwanted greeting cards for the church scrapbook. If you have any, please give them to her any Sunday morning. Thank you!


PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY DONATIONS

The prayer shawl ministry is running out of yarn. Your generous donations of yarn keep this ministry going. There is a donation box in fellowship hall where you can leave your donated yarn.
Thank you, Patti Coltey

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Open to ALL Youth Grades 6th to 12th
Youth Leader: Jim Joyce Jr.         Asst Youth Leader: Tammy Taquino
Fusion.yg.bcc@gmail.com      (508) 867-6262
Sundays from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at Brookfield Congregational Church.


Need Community Hours for School?

Here are some ways to get community service hours for school.

  1. Would you like to help cheer someone up? Spirit Lifters is looking for helpers to make gift baskets and assist with delivery. 

Needed - Musicians and singers

Fusion Sunday Nitro Youth Group will be gathering at Brookfield Congregational to learn some modern Praise & Worship music. Please bring an instrument and/or your voice. Our goal is to create a band with several lead singers and a choir. Do not be nervous, no one is expected to be perfect! Dates and times to be announced.

Parents are welcome to join us.

Calendar

December 16th

Sunday 6:30 PM Fusion Meeting

December 21st

Friday 6:30 PM Christmas Event

Jenuary 6th

Sunday 6:30 PM Fusion Meeting

Calender Notes

Love People – Love God - Connect – Grow - Reach




SEEKING A CHURCH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT


SEEKING A CHURCH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT
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ARE YOU ABLE TO VOLUNTEER?
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Just a reminder that we are still in need of Teachers and Teacher's Assistants. Please Pray on this and let Jane know when you are called to commit.



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.


Secret Pal Program

We are re-introducing the Secret Pal Program. A great way to lift someone's spirits while lifting your own. And a great way to get to know your fellow faith community.