The Congregational Church of Brookfield

An Open and Affirming Congregation
of the United Church of Christ

160 Whisconier Road Brookfield, Connecticut 06804
Tel: (203) 775-1259 Fax: (203) 775-3466 Email:

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Read the Open and Affirming Statement of CCBWelcome!  No matter who you are, or
where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.

 Sunday, July 20, 2014

“What Was I Thinking?”

Rev. Jennifer Whipple preaching on Psalm 139:1-10, 23-24 & Philippians 2:1-4.  

Members of the SYF Mission Team will also be commissioned during the 10:30 am worship service.

Sunday Worship in the Meetinghouse

8:30 a.m. - Outdoor Family worship with weekly communion
Nursery care and one-room Church School for pre-K through grade

10:30 a.m. - Family worship with choirs (communion on 1st Sundays)
Nursery care and age-graded Church School for pre-K through grade 8.

Summer Campfires are back!! Please join us on July 9, 16, 23, 30 from 6:30 to 8pm.

We will supply marshmallows for roasting (bring a stick if you have one!) and lemonade. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner if you would like. Friends of all ages will enjoy a devotional and then it's time for music and joke telling. Bring an instrument, your favorite campfire songs or your sense of humor. Bring all three if you've got em!

We want to hear from you! 

Only two Listening Sessions remain!


The last Planning Task Force Listening Sessions are scheduled for  Tuesday, July 8, at 10:00-11:00 am at Jeanine Hanewicz’s home (49 Merwin Brook Road) and Thursday, July 10, at 6:00-7:00 pm, also at Jeanine’s. 


So far almost 60 people have participated in these hour-long sessions – contributing ideas about how our church is living our vision statement: Make Jesus Your Mentor -  Pray, Share, Welcome.  Individuals and small groups have shared their opinions about how we are doing now and what we changes we might make in the future.  The Planning Task Force is thrilled with the variety of ideas and suggestions which have come out of these sessions and want to encourage everyone to come and share your thoughts. 

We invite you to sign up for one of the Listening Sessions NEXT WEEK by checking one of the boxes below and putting the paper form in the offering plate, emailing, or calling the church office.  We hope you can join us – snacks provided! 


 10:00-11:00am Tuesday, July 8th at 49 Merwin Brook Rd. 
(the home of PTF member Jeanine Hanewicz. Childcare  

will be provided on site at the Hanewicz home.) 

 6:00-7:00pm Thursday, July 10th at 49 Merwin Brook Rd. 
(the home of PTF member Jeanine Hanewicz) 


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We are committed to keeping Listening Sessions to just 1 hour.  (Childcare is provided Tuesday morning. Please let us know if you need childcare Thursday night.) 

We will use our time over the summer to study and compile your initial brainstorming input into a more specific congregational survey in late summer and fall, in preparation for making an initial advisory report to Church Council in October. 


CCB Planning Task Force members: Les Slater (chair), Nancy Vodra (moderator),  
Dave Goral (vice moderator), Jeanine Hanewicz, Sian Hunter, Larry Ruschmeyer,  
Dan Smolnik, Rev. Bryn Smallwood-Garcia and Rev. Jennifer Whipple (pastors) 

We want to hear from you, and to make that easier, you may email your thoughts to our group at  Thank you! 



Yankee Fair Chairs want you for a Mission, should you choose to accept it.

If you have any ideas for this year’s fair, if you are a Booth Chair, if you would like to be a Booth Chair, if you would like to volunteer, or if you have any questions about the fair.

We are holding a meeting immediately after the 10:30 service of worship on July 13, 2014 in Fellowship Hall.

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Community Access

Our Worship Service is broadcast on Charter Cable TV channel 21 Tuesdays from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Fridays from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

"Even Shepherds Get the Blues" (6/29/14) "In the Wilderness" (6/22/14) "Bankers, Lawyers, &
Other Saints"
"Things My Mother


"If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments" by Thomas Tallis
"If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee" "As the Deer" (Nystrom/arr. Wagner) "Lord of the Dance"

The above clips and many more from Outreach Video are available free online. Search "uccbvideo" at or click on the images.


Visit our photo page here to see photos from life at the church.


CCB in the News

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We have some great Adult Education Opportunities. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the church office at

Worship at CCB

We invite you to attend every week, and to invite your friends to join you.

  • Would you enjoy the guidance of fellow seekers to help you support your children's growth into strong and compassionate moral thinkers?
  • Are you looking for a place where you can bring your deepest joys and sorrows and find real companionship in celebration and suffering?
  • Do you long for a place where you and your family can learn to love one another and care for the world in a compassionate faith community?

We hope our little white-steepled meetinghouse will become a weekly refuge for your soul -- where you can join us to share gratitude and wonder for your life, and learn to use ancient spiritual resources to wrestle with your questions about the greatest mysteries of the universe.

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey,
YOU (and your questions) ARE WELCOME HERE.



We offer Communion every week at 8:30am
& on 1st Sundays each month at 10:30am.

Programs for Children & Youth

Nursery is open for both Sunday services. During the summer, we have one-room Church School at 8:30 and 10:30am services for grades K-6.  At 10:30 during the school year, there are age-graded classes for Pre-K through grade 8. Young people usually leave for their classes during a hymn early in the service, but all children are welcome to stay in adult worship if they prefer.

Want to revive your soul? Try some Spiritual Renewal

Thursday Morning Prayers & Bible Study
9:00 to 10:30am in the Church Library

Begin your day with a time of quiet contemplation in a simple ministry of prayer, as we lift up the names of those who are sick or grieving, who are in discernment, or have thanksgiving or celebration to share. We will have a brief Bible study of our weekly lectionary scripture texts, led by Senior Pastor Bryn Smallwood-Garcia. Join us every Thursday, or drop in as you have a need for prayer or a morning free for study.

If you would like more information, speak to one of our pastors at 203-775-1259 or e-mail the church at

Clergy and Staff

The Rev. Bryn Smallwood-Garcia, Senior Pastor

The Rev. Jennifer L. Whipple, Associate Pastor

Toni Sullivan, Director of Music

The Rev. M. S. Desmond, Pastor Emeritus

Heather Berner, Church School Coordinator

Sue Ronan, Coordinator of Membership Care and Involvement

Jeannine McCullough, Church Office

Debbie Marquardt, Nursery Care Provider