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 7

July 2019


THE PASTOR’S PAGE

Dear Church Member:

TWO MARKS (familiar customs) of the Lord Jesus’ presence and work among us:  one, he was personally available to individuals and groups of people all the time, day and evening.  Directly available, himself.  If you have tried to contact a doctor recently, almost never can you be in touch directly or personally; there are all manner of “in between people” you must talk with, even then reaching the doctor is rare.  Now, I think I understand partly why:  Doctors and others like them face impossible demands.  Still, a different “mark” .  With Jesus, his availability, touchability was a distinction maybe then as much as now.

The other familiar “mark” of the Lord:  “He went as his custom was on the sabbath to the synagogue: and Luke says, “He often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed,” early morning, late in the day he did that.  The one thing may have had more than a little to do with the usefulness and frequency of the other.  In other words, the Lord did take time to restore, resupply, recover himself and his work.   The more he was “used” the more he had to give because at least twice as often he “withdrew”, “prayed”, was resupplied at church worship.

I do not insist on any moral lessons from this, but the practice is telling.  If HE needed that twice as often, perhaps we could try 1 ¼ times?!!

Sincerely,
Pastor John

MODERATOR’S MOMENT

The Lord speaks to us in mysterious ways sometimes…In preparing for Children’s Moment for Sunday June 16th I read John 16:12-15    “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.  He will not speak on his own; he wnly what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

The Church has been struggling of late with the reliability of the elevator.  As you may have read some months ago the power supply failed and with that the reliability of the elevator has not been the same.  On June 9th the elevator failed again.  Testing and inspection of parts found debris in one of the valves that lowers the car.  Worcester Elevator technicians repaired the valve and completely tested the operation.  For now, it is working satisfactorily.

We have asked that Worcester Elevator search out a new valve to have on hand should there be an issue.  We ask everyone’s patience.  As the verse says “He will tell you what is yet to come”.  What I will say is the elevator is a Godsend, and we have grown to appreciate it.  We just want Him to know Worcester Elevator visits are expensive.

At the Council meeting we also spent time talking emergency procedures.  Should there be an emergency during the Sunday service please follow the instructions of the Deacons.  Dependent on the seriousness of the situation you may be asked to move to Fellowship Hall.  If asked, please move there by the best route.  Along with this same topic, does the Church have your emergency contact information?  If not let the office know, so we can add the information to the contact list we hold in the sanctuary.  We will be making a plea to have this information, to be responsive to your needs in the event of an emergency.  We would also ask if you have specific medical instructions, that you carry these instructions with you to support the First Responders if needed.

There was also an open discussion on community use of the building where numbers of views were shared.  As the Trustees are responsible for building use and no clear agreement, the topic was referred to the Trustees for further research and a recommendation to Council as outlined in the Bylaws of the Church.  The Trustees have made the hall available to community groups, to the extent possible as you can witness by looking at the calendar in Fellowship Hall.   At the same time, as I learn more, the party requesting use of the hall recently may have gone beyond the intended use of the hall as a meeting space.  While the Church cannot discriminate, the Church can establish rules for the building use acceptable to the membership.

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 – June 2019 

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1

2
10:30 AM
Centering Prayer

3
7 PM AA

4
Independence Day

5

6

7
10 AM Service

8
6:15 PM Deacons
7:00 PM Boards

9
10:30 AM
Centering Prayer

10
7 PM AA

11
6:30 PM TOPS

12

13

14
10 AM Service
6:30 PM
Fusion Youth Group

15
7:00 PM
Council

16
10:30 AM
Centering Prayer

17
7 PM AA

18
6:30 PM TOPS

19
6:30 PM
Fusion Youth Group

20

21
10 AM Service

22
VBS

23
VBS

24
VBS
7 PM AA

25
VBS
6:30 PM TOPS

26
VBS
6:30 PM
Fusion Youth Group

27

28
10 AM Service

29

30
10:30 AM
Centering Prayer

31
7 PM AA

 

 

 



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

To the Brookfield Congregational Church
A New Deacon

Have you ever felt something was missing in your life?  I have gone to our church services regularly and there are times I have missed many services.  In fact, I have attended the Brookfield Congregational Church off and on for 30 plus years, but recently I have felt a change in myself.  I feel someone has been nudging me saying there is work for me to do.  I have asked myself what can I do?  What can I offer and suddenly it dawned on me I wanted to be a Deacon.  This decision has been great for me.  I want to be a part of the church, working for God, and know what is happening within the church and not just attend a service.  Over time, many of the people who attend our church, as well as the Pastors, have changed.   I feel closer to our church family as a whole lately which makes me happy.  As for our current leader, Pastor John, I thank God for his gifts.    So, now I am learning and growing.

I have joined the Deacon’s Board and am loving it.  I so enjoy helping on Sundays collecting the offerings of those present and when we join together to partake in Communion, I am humbled to serve my fellow friends and neighbors.  I have now attended a Council meeting and am watching and listening to learn the intricacies of how the Board governs.

I even chose to test my abilities a bit more by offering to help with Sunday School.  I work with Jane Snyder and the younger children and the children simply amaze me.  They listen, trying hard to retain what is being taught.  The best part are the answers the children give.  They are so honest and adorable.
I wanted to write about this time in my life to hopefully capture someone’s attention.  Someone who might be sitting on the sidelines thinking he or she doesn’t count or can’t help.  Oh, but you can.  Look at me!  If you enjoy people and want to feel more a part of the church come and speak to me.  I’d love to share a moment of your time.
Sincerely,
Helen Earle


FROM THE MAILBOX

To BCC,
WE hope this donation will help with some project that you have.  We would like to sincerely thank you for allowing us to use the church for our T.O.P.s meetings. We appreciate you supporting us on our weight loss journey and also towards a healthier lifestyle.
  Mind, body & spirit.
                  Thank You

Sincerely, Brookfield TOPS Group

To My Fellow Brothers and Sisters in Christ;



I am writing to you with a heavy heart and a deep concern that has been brought to our attention.  It is that our church attendance has been very low and declining.
As a congregation we need to be strong, worship together, be there for one another, lift each other up when we are down, celebrate with each other our joys, show our love to others and spread the “Good News” of our Savior Jesus Christ!
We, as a CHURCH represent our Lord.  As in 1 Corinthians 12:27 says:
            “All of you are Christ’s body, and each one is a part of it.”
As we read that scripture, you will know and understand that each and every one of you are an important part of this church.   Your presence is needed and wanted each and every week.  The church is a very important part of our faith journey.  It needs all of you to complete the parts of the body.
As Christians, we need to show our dedication to our God and show others how important it is that “we” as Christians have a very strong belief in our Lord.  Now more than ever, our faith is being tested and questioned in our country.  We must unite.
Let us gather together to learn God’s word and will. So that as Christians we stand strong and live by example in this crazy sinful world. Let us not get caught up in “man’s rules and ways” and hold steadfast in our faith.  He gave his Son for us. We should give him our Sunday mornings and our love, plus more.  Let us worship him and give thanks together.  Remember the promises he has made to us and of the everlasting life to come.
Let us dedicate and discipline ourselves to coming to church each week.  Not just when our children are performing, or have a duty, or we have an assignment that week. Be there each week.  Make it a priority.  God should never take a back seat to other things going on.  We need to start making some noise as Christians and don’t allow others to bully us into giving up our church time.  Employers, schools, scouts, outings, parties and sports all have seemed to be more important than time with God.  Really?  Is that how we truly feel?  I think not.  We have all given in to the pressures of society.
What are we teaching our children and others by not holding God first in our life?  Children learn by example.  If God isn’t a priority in your life, how is He ever going to become a priority in theirs?  I will ask you to read the following scriptures:  Hebrews 10: 19-25.  Let us come near to God.  And 2nd Peter 1: 3-21, The Christian Calling.  It will enlighten and remind us of our needs to live our life as devoted Christians.
Understand the Power of God and know he hears our prayers.  He welcomes our worship and it please him as we rejoice.  Let us do this as “ONE BODY” in CHRIST, united, faithful, hopeful and strong.
GOD IS CALLING YOU AND SO ARE WE!!
May God Bless you all.
Sent with lots of love,
Darlene Dean



VBS NEWS

ATTENTION   ATTENTION  --  WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN FIND!!

 TIME IS NOW OF THE ESSENCE AND WE ARE SHORT ON PEOPLE TO HELP WITH OUR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL.  THE PROGRAM RUNS FROM JULY 22ND TO JULY 26TH.  THE TIME IS 9AM TO 12 NOON.

WE ARE IN NEED OF ASSISTANTS TO HELP THE LEADERS FOR GRADE 1/2GRADE 5/6 AND THE 7TH GRADE UP CLASS.*

WE ALSO DESPERATELY NEED AN ART TEACHER AND ASSISTANT FOR THE 7TH AND UP CLASS.  THIS CLASS USUALLY CONSISTS OF 6 TO 8 STUDENTS.  THEY HAVE ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF EACH DAY TO WORK ON ONE PROJECT THAT IS BEGUN ON THAT MONDAY AND FINISHING ON FRIDAY.  SO FAR THAT CLASS HAS CREATED A SPECIAL QUILT THAT HANGS IN OUR FELLOWSHIP HALL, A WATER FOUNTAIN THEY TOOK HOME AND LAST YEAR THEY CREATED THEIR OWN LAMPS BY CHOOSING THEIR OWN MATERIAL FOR THE LAMP SHADE AND CREATING A MATCHING THEME INSIDE THE CENTER OF THE LAMP BASE.  THIS YEAR OUR SETTING IS IN AFRICA.  MAYBE THAT WILL BRING A SPECIAL ART PROJECT TO MIND.  WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.
IT IS ALSO NECESSARY TO HAVE A NURSE ON DUTY.   IF YOU ARE CPR TRAINED AND CAN SPARE 3 HOURS A DAY TO BE AVAILABLE FOR ANY LITTLE SCRAPES OR BUMPS, YOUR HELP WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED.*

NOTE:  ALL ADULTS WHO ARE NOT CORIED WITH US AT THE PRESENT TIME OR WHOSE CORY CHECK IS TWO YEARS OLD WILL NEED TO BE CORIED AGAIN THROUGH THE CHURCH BEFORE THE ACTUAL WEEK OF VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL.



YOUTH GROUP UPDATE






Upcoming Events:

  • July 7th           NO Fusion Meeting
  • July 14th          Sunday NO Meeting (Fathers Day)
  • July 19th          Sunday 6:30 PM Fusion Meeting
  • July 26th          Sunday 6:30 PM Fusion Meeting
  • Aug 2nd           Sunday 6:30 PM Fusion Meeting
  • Aug 11th          Sunday NO Meeting (Fathers Day)
  • Aug 18th          Sunday 6:30 PM Fusion Meeting
  • Aug 23rd          Sunday 6:30 PM Fusion Meeting
  • Sept 1st            Sunday No Meeting


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 our next assigned dinner date.   Please join us and volunteer your time.

2019 VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE

 

READERS

CHILDREN’S SERMON

GREETERS

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

VBS UPDATE!

If ANYONE can help and pass a CORI please do so!  Contact Donna Brown or Darlene Dean for more details on where we can use the help, we still need volunteers to make this program succeed.
There will also be sign-up sheets for donations and food supplies on the board in Fellowship Hall.  Thank you for your support.
Every year VBS has a mission that the funds raised from the children will go to.  This year is “Our KID TO KID” mission based in Africa.  We will be helping children get a fresh start to life.  There will be more information to follow on this mission if you would like to join us on this quest.
We look forward to this fun and wonderful outreach and hope you join us for a ROARING good time!

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

When your brownies are done baking, cool them for 2-3 minutes. Then use a plastic knife to cut them. When you’re ready to take them out of the pan, they will come right out – nice and square.

After baking your brownies, cookies, or other baked goods, put them in an airtight container or cover them with saran wrap. Then put 1-2 slices of bread on them. They will stay fresh for days…