Brookfield Congregational Church

8 Common Street
P.O. Box 457
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


Be sure to check out the Moderator's Moment, it's new!

Be sure to check out the Pastor's Page, it's new!



NEW CHURCH OFFICE HOURS

The Church building will be closed to all meetings and services until further notice.  In the meantime we will be providing pastoral 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.  Planning is underway to offer services Sunday’s at 10 AM via Facebook.  Look to the Church’s Facebook page for the coming Sunday’s.  It may not be pretty but it will be that ray of hope we can all use.






Your pledges allow the Council to recommend the budget for the following year.  Without this it is hard to plan what the church can do.
If you have sent yours in…thank you!
If you have not sent yours yet…thank you in advance!











Offering envelopes for 2021 are on the round table in the office. Please contact the office to arrange a pick up time.










Brookfield Congregational Church

On The Common Brookfield, Massachusetts 01506


           

WARRANT



Brookfield Congregational Church, Incorporated, of Brookfield, Commonwealth of
Massachusetts, County of Worcester, S.S.

To Leonard Farr Clerk of the Brookfield Congregational Church, Incorporated, of
Brookfield, in the County of Worcester.

Greetings:  In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are hereby required to notify and warn members of said Church, qualified to vote, to join Brookfield Congregational Church Zoom meeting to be held virtually, See access information below, in said Brookfield on Sunday, the thirty-first of January next, 12:00 PM Noon, then and there to act on the following articles:

Article I -       To elect a Moderator to preside at Annual and other meetings of the Church.

Article II -      To hear and act upon the reports of the several Officers, Committees, and Boards
of the Church for the past year.

Article III -    To choose all necessary Officers, Committees and Boards for the coming year.

Article IV -    To see what sums of money, if necessary, the Church will vote to raise and
appropriate for the year 2021.

Article V -     To see in what manner, if necessary, the Church will vote to raise money to meet
its expenses for the year 2021.

Article VI -    To act upon any other business that may legally come before the Church.

And you are hereby directed to serve this Warrant by posting up an attested copy on the outside bulletin board of said meeting house of said Church seven days at least before the time of holding said meeting.  Hereof fail not and made due return of this Warrant to some one of us at the time and place of said meeting.  Given under our hands this Fourth day of November A.D. 2020.

                                                                                          Church Council

 

A true copy, Attest posted January 15, 2021 at 3:00 PM.

 

Leonard Farr, Clerk

Brookfield Congregational Church Zoom meeting



You are invited to the Brookfield Congregational Church Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: BCC Annual Meeting

Time: Jan 31, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time

 

Join Zoom Meeting via the internet

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86027696249?pwd=YUtJKzB4Z083VTRCWG1OU2syd1BoUT09

 

Meeting ID: 860 2769 6249

Passcode: 151474

 

Or

 

One tap mobile

+13126266799,,86027696249#,,,,*151474# US (Chicago)

+19292056099,,86027696249#,,,,*151474# US (New York)

 

Or by Dial in phone, by your location

 

        Call 1 929 205 6099

        Meeting ID: 860 2769 6249

Passcode: 151474

 

Or to find a local number,

 

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/ku4aXtsV2

 

 




Brookfield Congregational Church

Moderator’s Moment

Response to COVID-19

 

COVID-19 impact on Brookfield…

 

If you have not seen the data here is today’s reality…the positivity rate for Brookfield has more than doubled in the last week from just over 5% of those tested to now over 11%.  4 New cases reported just on December 26th.

 

We need to follow the guidance, yes the vaccine is coming, but we can’t stop wearing our masks, washing frequently, and standing out distance.

 

For now, the sanctuary is closed to in person gatherings.  The next several weeks will be critical…we need to protect our families, neighbors and the Town.

 

Thank you,

Stay safe,

Clarence (Punk) Snyder





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.



Meeting times for the upcoming weeks


Jan 5 Friday 6 pm to 8 pm at East Brookfield Baptist


Jan 8 Friday 6 pm to 8 pm At East Brookfield Baptist -HILARIOUS MOVIE NIGHT!


Jan 17 Sunday 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Brookfield Congregational Church - GAME NIGHT - POETRY FOR NEANDERTHALS 


Jan 22 Friday 6 pm to 8 pm at East Brookfield Baptist - NERF GUN NIGHT II


Jan 31 Sunday 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Brookfield Congregational 


Love People – Love God - Connect – Grow - Reach









Twelve Days of Christmas

Yesterday I was poking around the Web and came across this. I thought it interesting enough, and given the season, that I wanted to share it with others.






Thursday Prayer Group

Bible Study will be in person Thursday outside at the church!



Thursday Night Prayer Group will be taking a hiatus as we are back meeting on Sundays in person!



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


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!



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.



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

The Church building will be closed to all meetings and services until further notice





Deacons for the Month of January

Cathy Farr

Paul Shailer

Volunteers

 

READERS

CHILDREN’S SERMON

GREETERS

01/03

Jake Oxman

Communion Sunday

TBA

01/10

Darlene Dean

Punk Snyder

Paul Shailer

01/17

Julie Lopatka

Peggy Sullivan

Helen Earle

01/24

Bill Simpson

Brian Oxman

Elizabeth & Art Jay

01/31

Alan Hoffsommer

Cheri Carty

Michelle Bonneau






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.

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.



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



SEEKING A CHURCH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT


SEEKING A CHURCH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT
DO YOU LOVE TO WORK WITH CHILDREN?
ARE YOU ORGANIZED?
ARE YOU ABLE TO VOLUNTEER?
ARE YOU INTERESTED? CLICK HERE!

 




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.



YEAR-TO-DATE INCOME FOR:  DECEMBER 2020



ANNUAL BUDGET                                                                  $150,708.00
PROJECTED MONTHLY AVERAGE                                        $12,559.00
RECEIVED INCOME FOR MONTH OF DECEMBER               $11,700.00
            Offering                                  $11,530.00
            Other Sources                              170.00
PROJECTED INCOME YEAR-TO-DATE                                $150,708.00
RECEIVED INCOME YEAR-TO-DATE                                    $116,608.00





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.