Brookfield Congregational Church

Brookfield Massachusetts, 01506-0457

Moderator Moment 
June 2023

Church Council met on May 8th with 10 in attendance. Here are some of the highlights.

The Council is pleased to see the numbers of new faces on Sunday morning, especially the growing numbers of young people participating in Church School. With the Surgeon General’s recent announcement focused on Loneliness as an epidemic the Church is doing its part to connect with one another in the sanctuary, Church School, and during coffee hour. The Council appreciates those signing up to support coffee hour fellowship and our time together. If you consider the work of the Spirit Lifters and the use of the Church for community activities the Church is completing our mission to serve the community and beyond and to reduce the impact of loneliness for all ages.

Newsletter, a reminder the Church will not renew the bulk mailing permit used for the distribution of the newsletter. Beginning in June the Church will have a new routine. With those with email, it is more cost effective to use email distribution. If you have an email address and would like your copy to come electronically, email the office, Where families have multiple emails, we can send multiple copies. Those who do not have email, mailing will be by first class mail. Hard copies will always be available at the Church.

Ordination Support, On May 18th Brian Oxman defended his ordination dissertation. The Congregation will be invited to attend a Conference Ecclesiastical Council meeting at the Church where the Conference votes on Brian’s ordination later in the year. If all continues on the current path the Church looks to celebrate Brian’s ordination, most likely in the Fall.

Town Birthday September 17th, The Town committee has asked the Church if the Church would be interested in providing a float in the parade. The mock up made of the original meeting house has been uncovered, as a center piece. We have the banner from the Church’s recent anniversary celebration. If there is a person who would like to coordinate the Church’s addition to the parade, please let me know. This would be a great opportunity for youth participation to ride in the parade.

Sanctuary Reminder, only water is allowed in the sanctuary. The sanctuary is a sacred place. Additionally with the significant investment in seat cushions and carpeting the Council asks that no food or drink be brought in.

Yours Faithfully,

Clarence (Punk) Snyder