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 9

September 2019



MODERATOR’S MOMENT

The August Council Meeting had a reoccurring theme to the question, “What is He calling us to do?”.
I will share this month’s highlights, but before doing so there was a disagreement on how a particular relationship should be addressed.  The outcome is worth sharing.  Though there was disagreement by one person; the consensus, including the person in disagreement, of the group was to support the calling of another.
The Brookfield Congregational Church is very diverse in many ways, yet in the end we support one another.
It was agreed, by vote of the council, to have a trial with Facebook posts.  Yes, there are risks.  At the same time, is this a tool we should consider?  We have on average ~135 hits to the website a month.  Is Facebook a tool to draw more to the Church?
Is there someone interested in coordinating a new church “picture” directory.  It has been some time since our last photo directory.   There are numbers of options.  While there is no cost to the church, there would be costs dependent on what path is chosen.  If you have an interest to coordinate figuring out what is desired, please let me know.
This a reminder that the Apple Country Fair Pie baking signups are posted in Fellowship.  Without a good group signing up for the various shifts we may need to forego this tradition.  Please see what you can do.  Training for the various jobs is free.
Another reminder, to provide the office your emergency contact information, if you have not done this already.  This is meant to support the Deacons should there be a need on a Sunday morning or during a Church event.
Financials through 7 months we’re a “little off” but considering the summer months the Church is doing ok.   Every little bit helps.

Yours Faithfully,

Clarence (Punk) Snyder
Ph 508-637-1377
E crsnyder3@hotmail.com

Moderator


Centering Prayer & short bible study with Pastor Condon

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.



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 – September 2019 

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1
10 AM Service




2

3
10:30 AM
Centering Prayer

4
7 PM AA

5
6:30 PM TOPS

6

7

8
10 AM Service




9
6:15 PM Deacons
7:00 PM Boards

10
10:30 AM
Centering Prayer

11
7 PM AA

12
6:30 PM TOPS

13

14

15
9:00 - 9:45
Sunday School
Registration
10 AM Service
Potluck Lunch
to follow

16
7:00 PM Council

17
10:30 AM
Centering Prayer

18
7 PM AA

19
6:30 PM TOPS

20

21

22
10 AM Service




23

24
10:30 AM
Centering Prayer

25
7 PM AA

26
6:30 PM TOPS

27

28

29
10 AM Service




30



 



Apple Country Fair Alert

Its time to start marking our calendars and thinking ahead.  We are calling out for all hands on deck!  It’s Apple Country Fair Planning Time.

As you know, we are in deep need for volunteers to make pies, help with our tag sale, the church luncheon, Christian Life tables , early breakfast and other activities that are involved; set up, clean up, etc….  It takes a lot of help and dedication to make this community event happen.

Signup sheets will be going up early this year.  If we do not have the people we need to make this tradition happen, we will have to cut these events out of our budget, let down our community, and loose out on the fun experiences and people involved in this long lasting tradition of Brookfield.

People come from all over to buy our pies.  We get calls and orders even before the fair happens.  The anticipation and expectation of these pies is really amazing.  We should be proud that we have created this excitement around our church and community, it’s pretty special.

We are an aging congregation and we also have a lot of people who have health issues, so we are struggling, that is our reality.  We do need younger adults to help us keep these things going.

I, myself, for the last 18 years have saved some of my vacation time to participate in VBS and help with the Apple Country Fair.  I am not looking for a gold star or any congrats.  I love doing these things for our church and community.  I love the fellowship and fun we all have together doing this.  I enjoy  working with all of you and being able to accomplish something so wonderful.  I know every year VBS will be in July and Apple Country Fair is in October and I plan accordingly.

Please consider joining us and helping however you can for a few hours.  We need you.  I appreciate all of your help past, present and future.  I look forward to working with you all.  Please touch base with me, Jane, Cheri, Patti, or Sylvia if you can help in any way.

 THANK YOU!
God Bless You All,   Darlene Dean

Apple Country Fair
October 12, 2019


FROM THE MAILBOX







IT’S GO TIME

Patti and her Tag Team are ready to except donations for the “Helping Hands Tag Sale”.  There will be two long tables in Fellowship Hall to put items on. We have been getting donations right along. But now its GO TIME. Tell everyone you know about our tag sale. We really need donations.
Any questions call:

       

Patti    774-479-2763
Cathy 508-450-6052
Office 508-867-6262
Thank you for your support.
Patti Coltey



YOUTH GROUP UPDATE






Upcoming Events:

Calendar

September 20th

6:30 PM Fusion Meeting

September 29th

Fusion Meeting

October 6th

6:30 PM Fusion Meeting

October 9th

TBA

October 12th

Fusion booth @ Apple Country Fair



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.

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. Please see Tammy Taquino for any questions. 
Join us Wednesday, September 18 at 5:45 PM
The menu this month is:   Pork Chops or Pork Tenderloin,  Applesauce, Garden Salad, Green Beans,
Rolls, and Dessert.


2019 VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE

 

READERS

CHILDREN’S SERMON

GREETERS

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

Cathy Farr

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

Ladies of the church

Your Christian Life Team is thinking about holding an 8-week study using the book,
“Knowing God By Name, God in Girlfriends Faith Adventure.”
If we were to offer this study would you be interested?
We would begin Sept 8th. And be done by the end of October.
What day of the week would you prefer?     Second choice?
Does daytime or evening work best for you?
Please pass this information on to Jane Snyder and if there is enough interest we will move forward.



Bible Trivia Challenge

Q. WHAT KIND OF MAN WAS BOAZ BEFORE HE MARRIED?
                     A. RUTHLESS

Q. WHAT DO THEY CALL PASTORS IN GERMANY?
                       A. GERMAN SHEPHERDS

Q. WHO WAS THE GREATEST FINANCIER IN THE BIBLE?
                       A.  NOAH. HE WAS FLOATING HIS STOCK WHILE EVERYONE ELSE WAS IN LIQUIDATION.

Q. WHO WAS THE GREATEST FEMALE FINANCIER IN THE BIBLE?
                        A.  PHAROAH’S DAUGHTER.  SHE WENT DOWN TO THE BANK OF THE NILE ANDDREW OUT                                       A LITTLE PROPHET.

Q. WHAT KIND OF MOTOR VEHICLES ARE IN THE BIBLE?
                        A.  JEHOVAH DROVE ADAM AND EVE OUT OF THE GARDEN IN A FURY.  DAVID’S TRIUMPH WAS HEARD THROUGHOUT THE LAND.  , PROBABLY A HONDA, BECAUSE APOSTLES WERE ALL IN ONE ACCORD.

Q.WHO WAS THE GREATEST COMEDIAN IN THE BIBLE?
                       A.  SAMSON. HE BROUGHT THE HOUSE DOWN.

Q. WHAT EXCUSE DID ADAM GIVE TO HIS CHILDREN AS TO WHY HE NO LONGER LIVED IN EDEN?
                        A. YOUR MTHER ATE US OUT OF HOUSE AND HOME.

Q. WHICH SERVENT OF GOD WAS THE MOST FLAGRANT LAWBREAKER IN THE BIBLE?
                        A.  MOSES.THE BROKE ALL 10 COMMANDMENTS AT ONCE.

Q. WHICH AREA OF PALESTINE WAS ESPECIALLY WEALTHY?
                       A.  THE AREA AROUND JORDAN.  THE BANKS WERE ALWAYS OVERFLOWING.

Q. WHO IS THE GREATEST BABYSITTER MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE?
                       A.  DAVID. HE ROCKED GOLIATH TO A VERY DEEP SLEEP.

Q. WHICH BIBLE CHARACTER HAD NO PARENTS?
                       A.  JOSHUA, SON OF NUN.

 

 

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.

Patti’s Corner/Helpful Hints

Husking Corn

Husking corn has never been easier thanks to this timesaving technique.
Microwave the corn on the cob in the husk.  Leave the husks on the corn.  You can trim the silks a little.  Place the corn on a microwve safe plate and cook according to the following guildline:  1-2 ears = 3 to 4 minutes,  3-4 ears = 5-6 minutes.  Note that time may vary depending upon microwave wattage.
Allow the corn to cool after cooking for about 5 minutes.  The corn will be very hot, use a hand towel to hold the corn.  Cut about one inch off the end of the corn that has the stub.  Don’t cut the end with the silk showing.  Grab the end of the corn with the silk and pull away.  Sometimes it takes a few tries to get things moving.  If you are having difficulty, peel back the husk at the top a little or try holding the end with the silk in one hand and using the other hand to rock the corn a bit.

Sunburn Relief

Try one of these remedies:
To cool down affected area, rub with apple cider vinegar.
Pat with a wet tea bag.
Apply a paste of baking soda and water.