Brookfield Congregational Church

Brookfield Massachusetts, 01506-0457

Moderator Moment 

The Church Council met on April 11 with 10 attending. Lots of good news with the success of the Praise Night, all the new equipment, the numbers of young people participating in Church School, the success of the Spirit Lifters latest Easter flower delivery, and the sense the Church is rebounding from COVID impacts. Though the Council is mindful of the recent variant, we encourage the use of masks if you feel more comfortable.

The Council is encouraged by the numbers, especially some new faces, attending both Sunday service and those continuing to participate on line. This probably is a good time to remind everyone that BCC is its own 501 C 3 charitable organization, governed by the membership. While many churches are governed by a higher-level organization, BCC is not. BCC is a member of the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ; this is more a partnership. BCC has a history, from its beginning, of an independent streak where we are led by the mission statement “to provide vision of hope….to the community and beyond”.

This is a good time to remind that there are 2 “at large” positions open on the Council. If you have an interest to learn more about the interworking of the Church or at some point, be interested in a larger role, an “at large” position will offer an opportunity to learn more. As a reminder you are always welcomed to attend the Council Meeting. While the Council tends to focus on planning and budgets, there is always time to consider our Mission and what we might do differently. The typical “at large” commitment averages just over an hour a month, the second Monday of the month at 7PM. This can be in-person or via ZOOM.

The Church had a breakthrough of sorts this month on our Facebook page. One of the postings related to the Praise Night at last count reached 1039 with 845 engagements, meaning they actually took time to view the posting. If you are a Facebook user you are encouraged to share what’s happening at BCC. Not only are we seeing increases in Facebook activity the Church’s website is seeing greater use, as well. You are reminded that if you find it easier to support the Church or its missions monetarily the Church has an on-line capability on the website and often the link is posted on Facebook.

Next Council meeting is May 9th @ 7PM in Fellowship Hall or by Zoom. All are welcome. In the meantime, if you have a question or thought related to the Council or the Church’s various committees please ask, use the email link on the website, or stop me at Coffee Hour.

This is your Church.

Yours Faithfully,

Clarence (Punk) Snyder