In Person Worship, Church School and Nursery Care
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New Members Sunday
Sunday, October 24th - 8:30 & 10:30am Worship



We read a number of healing stories in the Bible.  One such story is the healing of Blind Batimaeus who asks Jesus for mercy, angering the folks around him both because of his boldness and loudness - not very polite according to social norms, and has his sight restored.  It would be a cool enough story if it ended there.  Come to find out this is a story about call too.  So as we join together and accept new members into covenant, we will think a little about what this story says to us about the call to extravagant welcome and grace, about accessibility and blessing, about how God calls us to use our gifts in following Jesus. 


We will have two services with a brief (30 minute) worship in our Outdoor Chapel at 8:30am (weather permitting - in the meetinghouse if it rains) and a 10:30am worship inside our Meetinghouse.  We are grateful to our volunteers who will join with us in worship as greeters, ushers, Media Booth worker, Scripture readers and more.  We will have the wonderful opportunity to be serenaded by the sounds of nature in our Outdoor Worship and be fed by the sounds of our Chancel Choir at our Worship in the Meetinghouse.  We will welcome New Members into covenant at both of our worship services as well.


Note: Nursery Care will be available at both worship services, and Church School will meet at 10:30am.


You can sign up for our worship services, nursery care, and church school at the links below. 

Sunday, October 31st, In-Person Worship: 8:30am in the Meetinghouse

We will join together in the Meetinghouse for a 30 minute in person worship.  You will find the sign up link below.  We ask that people intending to join us for In Person Worship sign up and include how many people and the names of those who will be attending worship with you.  You can register for our In Person Worship using the following link: External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4ca8af28a4f94-830am15

Sunday, October 31st, In-Person Worship: 10:30am in the Meetinghouse

We will join together in the Meetinghouse for our in person worship.  We are looking to keep this service to no more than 45 minutes.  You will find the sign up link below.  We ask that people intending to join us for In Person Worship sign up and include how many people and the names of those who will be attending worship with you.  You can register for our In Person Worship using the following link: External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4ca8af28a4f94-1030am15
 In accordance with Department of Public Health and CDC guidance, we require masks of ALL who will sing during worship and those who are unvaccinated. 


Sunday, October 31st,Nursery Sign Up, In-Person Worship at 8:30am or 10:30am:

Our Nursery is open during our In-Person Worship on Sunday mornings.  There will be special considerations in place to be sure that we keep our children and Miss Debbie safe and healthy to the best of our ability.  If you plan to join us for In-Person Worship and need Nursery care for your child(ren), we invite you to sign your child(ren) up in advance using the following links:

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Sunday, October 31st,  In Person 10:30am Church School Sign Up:

Children will begin in their classrooms with our Church School teachers on Sunday morning as they continue this new program year focusing on God's Story told in the Bible.  Children can be signed up for our In Person Church School using the following link: External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4ca8af28a4f94-inperson25

Updated Worship Recording Information:

We are recording our in person worship and sharing it to our External link opens in new tab or windowYouTube page at "uccbvideo" - with hopes that it will be posted there by Sunday afternoon.  Please keep an eye out on our website at External link opens in new tab or windowuccb.org for more information and our YouTube account for updated services.  Here is the direct link for October 24, 2021, recorded Worship: External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://youtu.be/vw5CPWS0WCc

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Updated CCB Face Mask/Covid Policy

  • As the town has lifted the official mask mandate for indoor gathering, we will also do so with a few exceptions based on CDC and best safe practice guidelines.
  • Those who are unvaccinated will still be required to wear masks.  (This means that our children/youth and those who work with them will still be masking.)
  • Those with compromised immunity or who would feel more comfortable masked in a larger group are invited to wear masks.
  • Masks will be required when entering the Church Office.
  • If there will be any singing everyone is required to mask while singing - which means that people will need a mask in the Worship space.
  • If your group chooses to have people unmasked we ask that people do their best to remain 3-6ft apart from one another following social distancing guidelines.  We will be spacing people in our pews in the Meetinghouse again and reminding people that Brooks Hall and the Balcony are set with chairs and an eye on social distancing.
  • We still request that there are no large trays of shared food.  If people choose to serve food we ask that it is served in individual portions (preferably wrapped/packaged separately).
  • There will continue to be sanitation stations throughout the church with hand sanitizer and cleaning products.  We invite groups to wipe down any tables/chairs or common surfaces that are used.
  • We will continue to keep track of attendance at worship, in person meetings and gatherings, so (heaven forbid) if there is another resurgence of Covid that contact tracing measures can be taken.


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Pastors Fund Thanks & Information

Our pastors wish to thank you so much for your generous support of the Pastors Fund during these difficult and ever-changing times.  With your help bills have been paid to cover housing costs, medical bills, and emergency repairs as well as to cover other everyday costs like food, gas, and clothing for members & friends of our church and wider community.  The Pastors Fund is supported through the honorarium from the funerals/memorials that our pastors officiate, as well as through the generous gifts of members and friends of our community.  The Thrift Shop has supported the Pastors Fund with gifts from sale profits, and the Pastors Fund is also one of the options for holiday support through our Virtual Giving Tree this year. 
If you are feeling moved to make a direct gift to the Pastors Fund, gift cards for groceries and gas are always welcome, as are donations made payable to Pastors Fund.


Great Pumpkin Challenge Pumpkin Carving Event

Join us for our Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge sponsored by our Christian Education Committee.  This all ages event will take place on Saturday, October 30th at 2pm in our back parking lot (weather cooperating - and in Fellowship Hall if not).  As usual our pumpkins will be delivered to Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown along with our donations ($5/carver) to help support the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.  But don't worry, there will be goodies to take home - provided by our awesome Fellowship Committee.
Please see more information on our signupgenius and do sign up if you plan to join us, so we make sure to have enough pumpkins and goodies!
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We hope to see you there!
Pastor Jen, Barbara Crandell, and our CE & Fellowship folks


Stewardship Thanks and Reminders

We give God thanks for all of you - the faithful members and friends of our CCB church family - who continue to support the programs, ministries and mission of our church during these strange times.  Many thanks to those who have set their pledge giving on automatic payment schedules, who have made gifts of stock, who have sent checks into the church office, or who have stopped by to say "hello" and drop off an offering.  Many thanks to those who are attending worship and leaving your gifts in the "little white church" on the way in or out on Sunday mornings.  Without your gifts of time, talent, and treasure our church does not function and would be unable to provide the community of faith-filled care and support that we have or to reach beyond the walls offering hope to our wider community and the world. 

Do remember that there are a number of ways you can make gifts to the ministries of our church.  You can give through our PushPay app or set up automatic payment through your bank.  You can offer gifts of stock.  You can write out an old-fashioned check (made payable to CCB) or put cash in your giving envelope.  Whatever way you choose to give, know that it is GREATLY appreciated.  (Note: Be sure to note your pledge number and/or name on your gift so it appears on your end-of-year giving statement.)

We also thank you for your generosity throughout this year in sharing your gifts with our Pastors Fund, through which we have helped members of our church and community with paying rent, medical and  electric bills, purchasing groceries and gas, and more.  If you choose to make a gift to this fund, please make your gift payable to "Pastors Fund". 

Thank you for your commitment, dedication, love, and deep faith shared with CCB through your gifts of time, talent, and treasure.






Your Pastors are Here for You!

Pastoral Care Appointments

Pastor Jen is available for individual pastoral care appointments either in-person or via phone or Zoom.  If you have something that you would like to address or speak with her about, please feel free to reach out,  (External link opens in new tab or windowjennifer@uccb.org or 203-510-4760 cell #) to set up a time to talk and pray together. Note: Pastor Bryn will be on sabbatical through November 21st.  We invite your prayers for her time spent with family and in rest, renewal, and learning during this time.

 

Worship Opportunities

Labyrinth & Children's Garden:

One of our confirmands recently cleaned over at our Labyrinth - making sure the path is clearly outlined and instructions for use of the labyrinth are posted at the beginning.  We encourage people to stop over to the church and use the labyrinth during this nice weather (while maintaining physical distancing practices).  (Note: Our Labyrinth and the story of how it came to be were recently published in a book of New England Labyrinths, so we are excited to share that with people in our area and beyond.)  Work will also begin soon on our Children's Garden, a garden that will be planted in raised beds around our Labyrinth, where kids will be able to remember loved ones and go to play and pray at our church.


Keep an eye on your email, the Congregational Church of Brookfield Facebook Page, or our website on Sunday morning for the links to join us (and please feel free to share the links with family and friends). Afterward, if you are willing to share a photo of you or your family worshipping with us online that may be used on our CCB Facebook page or website, please send it to External link opens in new tab or windowuccbsocialmedia@gmail.com.   If you have missed any of our online worship services you can find them linked below, and you can subscribe to our YouTube channel External link opens in new tab or windowuccbvideo, where our worship services are archived.



CCB  Office Hours

Our Church Office is generally open from 9am-3:00pm, Monday-Thursday.

If you are visiting the office, we ask that you wear a mask to keep everyone’s health and safety a priority.   

The church door will remain locked for safety reasons, but our Ring doorbell system helps us to know who is coming to the door. 
If you want to ensure someone will be available to assist you, you can always call ahead to the Church Office at 203-775-1259.


We are an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ.

Know that "No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!"

 

 

 At Home Electronic Worship Options

 

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Congregational Church of Brookfield

Listen to the Congregational Church of Brookfield's External link opens in new tab or windowPODCAST.

Don't have time or an internet video connection?

Subscribe to our podcast and listen on the go to past sermons.

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