Brookfield Congregational Church

Brookfield Massachusetts, 01506-0457

The Moderator's Moment

As I am preparing for Children’s Moment for Memorial Sunday, I came upon this verse…


In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." John 3:3 (NIV)


Reflecting on last night’s Council meeting, if you have never attended a Church Council meeting it is like being born again…not in the sense of one’s self, but of the larger community.  As we return from the COVID time there are many decisions that need to be made.


As we talked through decisions that need to be made surrounding Apple Country Fair new ideas blossomed and old traditions were recommended to be modified.  While the baking of 200 pies will not change, supporting this project is key.  We will need volunteers on October 6-7 to peel and slice, assemble and bake and on the 9th, sell 200 pies.


A new idea of Theme Baskets for sale was suggested and the idea of modifying the Tag Sale will be reworked now that the sanctuary can’t be used for that purpose.  Use the email if you can volunteer your time for these activities.


The plan is to continue both in-person and on-line routines.  At the same time, we look to add back modified (air) “hugs” and a “Brew-Through” Coffee time.  Music is back and the Council looks to build upon what we can do…including understanding who would like to be part of the choir.


All this is important as we look to September and returning to what we expect as “normal”.  While we will bootstrap together a Church School program, we need additional volunteers to lead a class.  Instruction and curriculum are available, if you are looking to be reborn as a Sunday school teacher.   Again email your intentions or give me a call.


The council did have good news in the receipt of $9,750 of additional COVID relief funding.  While this is good news, as well as the $8000 received last year, as we look to next year the Church needs to come up with roughly $10,000 to expect to actually return to what we have expected as “normal”.  The ideas of Apple Country Fair can make a dent, but more needs to be done.  The idea of the 20/20 Campaign was an idea to attract 20 new participants in Church tithing at $20 a week we would be able to support and grow the work of the Church.  As we approach Summer receipts of the Church go down.  Unfortunately, this is a time when receipts need to grow.  Please consider what you can do.  Invite others to join us.  Those on line consider how you can help, there is a link on the webpage for on line giving, or mail a check to the office.


The message of rebirth is clear in John in Jesus’ words…it is time to consider what the rebirth of the Church in these times looks like.  You are encouraged to be part of it.  Like The Very Hungry Caterpillar are we talking a very beautiful butterfly?  Only God knows.

Yours Faithfully,

Clarence (Punk) Snyder