The Brookfield
Branch

Brookfield Congregational Church
On the Common
P.O.Box457
Brookfield, Massachusetts 01506

www.bcc1857.org
(508)867-6262
ccucc1857@gmail.com


VOLUME 21, ISSUE 4

April 2019


THE PASTOR’S PAGE

Dear Church Member:

My reading of the Gospel is that Church is NOT an intrusion on the ministry and message of the Lord Jesus; Church is a natural extension of Jesus. In fact, Church was there, from the beginning. The first action Jesus took after his Baptism was to invite others to join him in what he was doing, i.e. he formed a community. They were called disciples, a word which could mean students, servers. Discipleship is the mark of this Community, with Jesus WHO we are and WHAT we do.

If there was any doubt, after so many ups and downs among those “first” disciples, the Lord cemented the idea with a word from the Cross: “Mother, behold your son; son, behold your mother,” and “from that moment that disciple took (Mary) to his own home.” That too was the re-establishment of “Church,” Who and What – men and women, make a home, care about and care for each other, as well as any others who might come within that circle.

Deacon Paul Shailer said it perfectly for me as Lent began this year: the Lord himself made it clear from the Cross – anyone, everyone (even those we might think otherwise) may, like the penitent thief, knock on the door of heaven, but it appears not even Jesus himself gets in alone. Bringing another with you is required.

Sincerely,
Pastor John


LECTIO DIVINA

If you wish to participate in 20 to 30 minutes of silent prayer time, a small group of us will be meeting at church on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 AM.  Please speak with Cathy Farr, Jan Wilson or Jane Snyder if you are interested.



MODERATOR’S MOMENT

Have you checked out the website lately?

At the March Council meeting, Lee Farr reported 153 users with 187 hits to the website over the last month.  Lee added the latest copy of the Church’s newsletter, the Branch.  The website is becoming more and more useful with the weekly sermon and now the Branch, which includes the Church calendar.  Thanks to Lee for keeping the Church current.

The Council touched upon the recent Installation of leaders and committee members.  We were hopeful that in introducing those who have volunteered to serve, others would reach out to determine whether there is a role for them.  Whether it is a one-time opportunity or a formal role on a committee, the Church continues to need your support.  The Mission Board will be posting a calendar with their monthly focus areas.  If there is an area of interest, reach out to Tammy Taquino to determine how you can assist.  Vacation Bible School is fast approaching.  We need painters of scenery and there are at least 2-3 roles for leaders and assistants.  Touch base with Donna Brown to get involved.

There are always opportunities. 

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, April 17, at 5:45 PM. We need volunteers to sign up to prepare “breakfast for dinner.”
There is a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall. Please see Tammy Taquino if you have any questions.

A note of feedback about the elevator failure...

After 10 years of service, the power supply in the elevator failed.  Equally frustrating, the emergency phone was out of service, most likely caused by work on the office phone by Verizon.  The scheduled maintenance for the elevator was due last month.  The bi-yearly maintenance was completed and the power supply replaced.  In reviewing the incident, it was determined that the emergency phone, which rings directly to the dispatch center, should be tested monthly rather than past practice.  This also enabled the Fire Department to update their training should another incident occur.

Yours Faithfully,

Clarence (Punk) Snyder

Moderator

SPENCER ABBEY COMPLINE SERVICE 

Once a month, you will find a sign-up sheet on the activities board in Fellowship Hall regarding the Spencer Abbey's Compline Service which is held nightly at 7:40 PM.  Currently, Jane Snyder and Gwen Yaskoski have been attending the first Friday of each month.  If you are interested in attending with us, please speak with Jane Snyder.




EVENTS THIS MONTH – APRIL 2019 

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1
6:15 PM Boards
7 PM Deacons

2
10:30 AM
Lectio Divina

 

3

7 PM AA

4
10 AM
Adult Bible
Study

 

6:30 PM TOPS-
NEW DAY
6:30 PM Scouts

5

 

 

 

6
7-9 AM
Men’s Group

7
10 AM Service
6:30-8 PM
Fusion Youth Group

8

 

7 PM Council

9
10:30 AM
Lectio Divina

 

10

 

7 PM AA

11
10 AM
Adult Bible
Study

6:30 PM Scouts

12

 

13
7-9 AM
Men’s Group

 

14
10 AM Service
PALM SUNDAY:
Procession with
Palms & Reading
of the Passion
according to Luke

6:30-8 PM
Fusion Youth Group

15

PRAYER WALK:
9-11 AM &
6:30 – 8 PM

 

 

16
10:30 AM
Lectio Divina
PRAYER WALK:
9-11 AM &
6:30 – 8 PM

 

17

PRAYER WALK:
9 – 11 AM
7 PM AA
7 PM REHEARSAL
FOR THURSDAY
READERS

18
10 AM
Adult Bible
Study

 

7 PM
LAST SUPPER &
TENEBRAE
SERVICE

19

 

12 PM & 7 PM
GOOD FRIDAY
SERVICES

20
7-9 AM
Men’s Group

21

EASTER SUNDAY
6:30 AM
Sunrise Service
@ Foster Hill
(Followed by
breakfast @ WBCC)
10 AM Service
@ BCC w/ Communion
&Special Music
(followed by
Brunch in
Fellowship Hall)

22

23
10:30 AM
Lectio Divina

 

 

24

 

 

7 PM AA

25
10 AM
Adult Bible
Study

 

 

6:30 PM TOPS
6:30 PM Scouts

26

27
7-9 AM
Men’s Group

28
10 AM Service

29

30
10:30 AM
Lectio Divina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
Submitted by Jan Wilson

When you pray, if you do, what do you find yourself praying for? Prayers can be private and personal. Some like to share their prayers like we do on Sunday mornings at service. We often hear those asking for the Lord and others to pray for the health and healing of a loved one. There is nothing wrong with that. It shows support and the caring and compassion we all have for each other. Love is the greatest gift the good Lord gave us. Don’t waste it, not for a moment. But what about those prayers we ask in secret to Our Father. Do you ask God for wealth, or material things? Or do you find yourself asking for favors like, can you help me Lord to pass this test, or take away my physical pain, help me to get that job I want so badly? Let’s be honest here. We all have done it. I have! As the years go by, I have found that the greatest wealth of all is knowing that God loves me and is always there for me. It was at this point I began to ask myself, what am I as a child of God giving back to my Father for giving me the greatest love of all. That of His son, Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior. Imagine taking a child of yours, your only child and sacrificing Him for the sake of others. Could you do that, would you do that? I doubt anyone of us could answer that in the affirmative. Yet, He did most certainly did that.

As we soon will enter the Easter season, ask yourself this: What can I do to thank God for all He gave us? He gave us His all. Most certainly we can give something of ourselves. We can start by committing to going to church each and every Sunday and to reading scripture and learning more about the life of Jesus and God’s holy word. It really is an incredible story. The more one reads, the more one understands and the more we all can learn of the greatest love story of all time.

Don’t let other activities such as sports and other events keep you away from church on Sundays. This world is in such a mess. I truly believe it is because families have for the most part forgotten God in their lives. They have made Him less important and in doing so have passed this on to their children. If we do not “bring up a child in the way he should go,” who will? It’s time. It is Jesus’ time. Take that time before it is too late. For you never know what tomorrow may bring.

WHAT DOES THE BOARD OF MISSION & OUTREACH DO?

According to our church by-laws, this board:

  • gives guidance and oversight to the church’s mission in the community and the world;
  • provides for the means of mission education, interpretation, and implementation;
  • provides for financial support for mission through special offerings and fund-raising projects;
  • allocates un-designated mission funds;
  • promotes understanding and action related to contemporary social, economic and political issues in the pursuit of justice and peace;
  • encourages community ministries;
  • fosters denominational, ecumenical and interfaith relationships;
  • and appoints representatives of the church to other local agency or community groups

Interested in learning more or becoming involved in Mission & Outreach? Talk to Tammy Taquino.

IMPORTANT HEALTH CODE REMINDERS WHEN USING THE CHURCH KITCHEN

When using the Church kitchen, please take the following safety precautions:

  • Food handlers must wash their hands
  • Please be sure there is hand soap at the handwashing sink, and the hand sink is kept clean at all times
  • Cut leafy greens, such as lettuce, spinach, cabbage, kale, arugulas, and chard are now considered Temperature Control for Safety foods, and must be refrigerated
  • Cut tomatoes, melons, raw seed sprouts, and garlic-in-oil mixtures are also considered Temperature Control for Safety foods, and require refrigeration once cut or mixed together.
  • Cloths in-use for wiping food spills must be kept dry and used for no other purpose
  • Cloths in-use for wiping counters and equipment surfaces shall be stored in a labeled sanitizer bucket/solution in between use and used for no other purpose
  • Cloths in-use for wiping surfaces in contact with raw animal foods must be kept separate from all other wiping cloths and used for no other purpose. A separate bucket is needed.

YOUTH GROUP UPDATE

Upcoming Events:

  • April 7th           Sunday 6:30 PM Fusion Meeting
  • April 24th         Sunday 6:30 PM Fusion Meeting
  • April 21st          Easter Sunday NO Meeting
  • April 28th         Sunday 6:30 PM Fusion Meeting
  • May 5th            Sunday 6:30 PM Fusion Meeting
  • May 12th          Sunday 6:30 PM Fusion Meeting
  • May 19th          Sunday 6:30 PM Fusion Meeting
  • May 26th          Sunday 6:30 PM Fusion Meeting

FROM THE MAILBOX

Dear Church Family,
I want to thank you for all your support. This year has been very difficult to receive full health insurance coverage. I will start new insurance as of April 1st. I appreciate all the prayers.
Love,
Debbie Gordon

The Fusion Youth Group band, Holy Intentions, has finished the tracks for their first song! The youth group recorded at Abraham’s Closet Recording Studio located at Greenville Baptist Church. They recorded a cover of ‘On My Own’ by Ashes Remain. The mechanical license has recently been obtained. With the license, the youth will have CD’s made to use as a fundraiser. Keep your ears open for the CD release!
The Armor of God Ephesians 6:10-17
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

2019 VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE

 

READERS

CHILDREN’S SERMON

GREETERS

4/7/19

Addie Oxman

Communion Sunday

Jo-Ann Gorham

4/14/19

Elizabeth Jay

Brian Oxman

Michelle Bonneau

4/21/19

Paul Shailer

Cheri Carty

Paul Shailer

4/28/19

Matt Lopatka

Tammy Taquino

Robin & Wayne Dennehy

5/5/19

Child Reader

Communion Sunday

Donna & Doug Brown

5/12/19

Alan Hoffsommer

Paul Shailer

Julie & Matt Lopatka

5/19/19

Brian Oxman

Darlene Dean

Kate & Bill Simpson

5/26/19

Jane Snyder

Punk Snyder

Ken Grimes

6/2/19

Child Reader

Communion Sunday

Jan & Charlie Byrer

6/9/19

Tammy Taquino

Matt Lopatka

Cheri Carty

6/16/19

Beverly Treadwell

Peggy Sullivan

Jan & Bob Wilson

6/23/19

Matt Lopatka

Brian Oxman

Peggy Sullivan

6/30/19

Alan Hoffsommer

Cheri Carty

Cathy & Lee Farr

7/7/19

Child Reader

Communion Sunday

Faye Mahoney

7/14/19

Cheri Carty

Tammy Taquino

Helen Earle

7/21/19

Robin Dennehy

Punk Snyder

Robin & Wayne Dennehy

7/28/19

Jan Wilson

Darlene Dean

Kate & Bill Simpson

8/4/19

Child Reader

Communion Sunday

Sarah & Brian Oxman

8/11/19

Jo-Ann Gorham

Paul Shailer

Jan & Charlie Byrer

8/18/19

Wayne Dennehy

Matt Lopatka

Cathy & Lee Farr

8/25/19

Jane Snyder

Julie Lopatka

Julie & Matt Lopatka

9/1/19

Child Reader

Communion Sunday

Carolyn Boucher

9/8/19

Art Jay

Brian Oxman

Carol & Andy Vanderbrug

9/15/19

Donna Brown

Cheri Carty

Gae Warman-Gold

9/22/19

Matt Lopatka

Tammy Taquino

Jo-Ann Gorham & Lucas Gorham

9/29/19

Bill Simpson

Punk Snyder

Michelle Bonneau

10/6/19

Child Reader

Communion Sunday

Cathy & Lee Farr

10/13/19

Cathy Farr

Darlene Dean

Kate & Bill Simpson

10/20/19

Alan Hoffsommer

Paul Shailer

Faye Mahoney

10/27/19

Carolyn Boucher

Matt Lopatka

Donna & Doug Brown

11/3/19

Child Reader

Communion Sunday

Julie & Matt Lopatka

11/10/19

Darlene Dean

Punk Snyder

Terry Elliott

11/17/19

Brian Oxman

Brian Oxman

Paul Shailer

11/24/19

David Bowne

Cheri Carty

Robin & Wayne Dennehy

12/1/19

Child Reader

Communion Sunday

Elizabeth & Art Jay

12/8/19

Beverly Treadwell

Tammy Taquino

Cheri Carty

12/15/19

Bill Simpson

Julie Lopatka

Peggy Sullivan

12/22/19

Cheri Carty

Children’s Pageant

Jan & Bob Wilson

12/29/19

Arthur Rousseau

Darlene Dean

Ken Grimes

STORAGE SPACE NEEDED

Patti and her tag sale team desperately need storage space for some tag sale items which are already coming in. Storage areas in the church have already been filled. The items will be clean and boxed so they will store easily. If you can help, please call Patti at (774) 479-2763 or the Church Office at (508) 867-6262.