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 6

May 2019


THE PASTOR’S PAGE

Dear Church Member:

ORDAINED PASTORS IN  the Congregational Church hold membership in a local church, such as Brookfield, Spencer or Sturbridge etc., and in the Association, such as Worcester Central, Pilgrim South etc. Pastors hold membership in both, vote, participate, hold office in both.  And both the local church and the association are places for pastors to serve and receive support assistance, new information and new experiences.

Something similar works for all church members:  you get support, inspiration, opportunities to serve in your own home church.  Many also receive inspiration and personal belief-support beyond their own home church,  People go to concerts, programs, services, Bible Studies, Prayer Occasions other than at home.  AND THAT IS FINE; in fact, it is most healthy because we often benefit a great deal when we step outside the familiar and away from what we regularly do.  The fresh, the different, the-not-what-I-usually-do in my faith practice may draw me to God in ways I had not thought of.  Of course; other places other people, other experiences will do that.

Summer is a fine time to try something new.  Make a visit.  Broaden the experience.  Bring back what you learned.

Sincerely,
Pastor John

MODERATOR’S MOMENT

If I had not shared with you before I’d like to take a moment to share a Church School highlight for May.  The Church has a terrific curriculum we share.  The May 12th lesson included a video which brought a smile to everyone’s face.  Have you ever considered baptism by water gun or balloon?  The lesson did move on to ideas of sharing our faith with others in more practical ways, but not before considering the idea of water balloon.

Unfortunately, in these days of attacks on places of worship the Council moved to a more serious subject where we discussed ways we can improve your safety and security.  The Council is considering procedures to improve security.  One of the ideas includes locking doors after the service has begun and leaving only the front door unlocked.  There will be lots more discussion before we take an action.  Be assured your wellbeing is our primary concern.

Speaking of your wellbeing we had a medical emergency in May which prompts me to remind everyone to please share your emergency contact information.  This document is kept in the back of the church just for emergencies.  Also be reminded should there be an emergency during the service please follow the direction of the pastor or deacons.  In the case of a medical emergency you will be asked to move to Fellowship Hall, unless you are needed.  In case of fire to the flagpole in front of the church.

In closing be reminded that numbers of volunteer opportunities exist.  We can always use assistants in Church School.  VBS is coming.  Choir rehearses at 9AM Sundays, your voice is always welcomed.  Apple Country Fair is around the corner.  Whether it’s a few minutes, hours or more your time is valuable in the work of the church.

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.



NEW MEMBERS OPPORTUNITY: 

Sunday, June 16 and Sunday June 23 for about a half-hour after service, adults interested in learning about church membership are invited to meet in one of the upstairs classrooms to explore.  If this might be for you, please speak to Pastor John about it.  If you decide to join, application must be made ahead to the Board of Deacons; but the class-meeting is for all, information about church membership.  Just come.




EVENTS THIS MONTH – June 2019 

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26

27

28

29

30
10 AM
Adult Bible
Study
6:30 PM TOPS
6:30 PM Scouts

31

Cub Scouts 6:00 PM

 

 

1

2
10 AM Service
6:30-8 PM
Fusion Youth Group

3
6:15 PM Deacons
7:00 PM Boards

4
10:30 AM
Centering Prayer

5
7 PM AA

6
10 AM
Adult Bible
Study
6:30 PM Scouts
6:30 PM TOPS

7
Cub Scouts 6:00 PM

8

9
10 AM Service
6:30 PM
Fusion Youth Group

10
7:00 PM
Council

 

11
10:30 AM
Centering Prayer

 

12
7 PM AA

13
10 AM
Adult Bible
Study
6:30 PM Scouts
6:30 PM TOPS

14
Cub Scouts 6:00 PM

15

16
10 AM Service

17

18
10:30 AM
Centering Prayer
 

19
7 PM AA

20
10 AM
Adult Bible
Study
6:30 PM TOPS
6:30 PM Scouts

21
Cub Scouts 6:00 PM

22

23
10 AM Service
6:30 PM
Fusion Youth Group

24

25
10:30 AM
Centering Prayer

 

 

26
7 PM AA

27 10 AM
Adult Bible
Study
6:30 PM TOPS
6:30 PM Scouts

28
Cub Scouts 6:00 PM

Spirit Lifters

29;

Spirit Lifters

30

10 AM Service
6:30 PM
Fusion Youth Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



WHAT DOES THE CHRISTIAN LIFE BOARD DO?

According to our church by-laws, this board:

“Promotes family life and guides the educational ministry of the church: determines and implements policy; coordinates the programs and the work of various educational groups (e.g., church school, youth ministry, adult studies, camps and conferences, and seasonal religious ceremonies, etc.); recruits teachers and leaders and offers them training and support; provides, promotes, maintains and supervises a library of educational resources including the use of audio-visual materials. The position of Superintendent of Sunday School reports to and is a part of the Christian Life Board. (Amendment No. 1)
If you have any questions concerning The Christian Life Board or any other Board, please feel free to ask or better yet, sit in on one of the Board Meetings

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.

AN IMPORTANT REMINDER

LET’S BE RESPONSIBLE

BE SURE BEFORE YOU LEAVE

  • LIGHTS OUT
  • DOORS LOCKED
  • WATER NOT RUNNING IN ALL SINKS OR LAVS          

The wisdom of a prior Pastor:  Taken from a Newsletter article of 2001

Ministry for The Future
“Recently, Barbara Wheeler President of Auburn Theological Seminary, reported on a study of seminary students.  Among the discoveries it was found that 50 years ago almost all seminarians were white males, recent college graduates.  Today, women are the major presence in seminaries as are ethnic and minority groups.  Today’s average age of students is 35 with 60% over the age of 30.
The path by which students enter seminary used to be via childhood church, Sunday School and youth programs.  Today, the average person considering seminary does so after age 25 and may not enroll for another 10 years.  Though 80% of those in seminaries say they are preparing for ‘religious’ professions, only 60% plan to be ordained to serve in a church.  Theological study and ministry do not rank high among chosen professions of college students.  Schools and congregations need to make major long term investments in encouraging young men and women to enter seminary.
Religion is pervasive in North America, but more and more it  is individualized, privatized and diffuse.  David J Wood notes that young people will never discern a  calling to religious professions in the “morally thin air of our culture.”  The ‘call’ to this vocation does not come forth from a vacuum – it requires the vocal chords of congregational life and culture.  Many young pastors observe their peers in other professional contexts receiving recognition and validation for their new and innovative contributions while they themselves feel marginalized by their own congregations.
How does this speak to us and what can we do to address this matter, as it will surely affect our church, as well, in the future?  Here are my thoughts:

                                                                                                                                John

From Helping Hands
Well, you have done it again.  You all came thru with your generosity for the “Lent Giving”.  About 1/3 of the merchandise went to Abby House, along with a check for $105.00; and the rest went to Dismas Family Farm, along with a check for $95.  Also – there must be at least 100 lbs. of food items for the Brookfield Food Pantry.  We are strong followers of our “Mission” statement.  Thanks to Sue for helping me box and label all of the items.  And…again…THANK YOU ALL
SJ





YOUTH GROUP UPDATE






Upcoming Events:

  • June 9th            Sunday 6:30 PM Fusion Meeting
  • June 16th          Sunday NO Meeting (Fathers Day)
  • June 23th          Sunday 6:30 PM Fusion Meeting
  • June 30th          Sunday 6:30 PM Fusion 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

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…