The Congregational Church of Brookfield
at the Crossroads of Routes 25 and 133 

Yankee Fair and Barn Sale
October 18, 2014 

This year’s Yankee Fair and Barn Sale theme is Mission Possible!

Our church has such a rich history of mission work, and continues to support wonderful projects both locally and globally. We will take the opportunity on Fair Day to showcase many these CCB missions in an extravagant display in Brooks Hall throughout the day of the Yankee Fair and Barn Sale.

The most important part of the Yankee Fair and Barn Sale is the people! We have so many who volunteer their time to work in the booths and the Barn, and many more who are behind the scenes ensuring that everything is operating smoothly for the huge crowds that show up on Fair Day.  

The Yankee Fair and Barn Sale will offer all of the traditional booths everyone loves, including Quilts, the Garden Shop, General Store, Crafts, and SERRV on the upper floor; and Silent Auction, the Coffee Shop, the Bake Shop, Cheese Booth, Used Books and the Fudge booth downstairs. Autumn Harvest will fill the Courtyard area with flowers and pumpkins. Of course, the White Steeple Inn will offer delicious lunch selections and homemade pies. The Grill will be serving up wonderful breakfast sandwiches and lunch choices. Second Hand Rose, Jewelry, Collectibles, and Used Toys will be over in the Parsonage and the Cottage.  As always, the Barn will be full of treasures, and there will be Games aplenty for the children. 

This year, the special live musical attraction will be our very own Still River Ramblers

Admission and parking for the Yankee Fair and Barn Sale are free. Proceeds support church programs, charities, and of course our continuing mission work.

Here are a few helpful dates and other important items to keep in mind as we get closer to Fair Day: 

·         The last day for Barn donations will be on Saturday, October 11th.  We will need many hands to help sort and arrange the barn for the fair. If you would like to volunteer please call, Lyn or Mark Lyon at 203-775-6190.

·         Baked good donations for the Bake Shop, Coffee Shop, and the White Steeple Inn - please deliver to Fellowship Hall on Friday, October 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., or no later than by 9:00 a.m. on Fair Day. Please be sure to include a list of ingredients with all your donated food items.

·         The Silent Auction can always use donations. If you are able to provide a service or a basket to offer in the silent auction, please contact Keith or Richard.

·         Volunteers are still needed in many booths and to help put the church "back to normal" for Sunday morning services. If you are able, please complete a volunteer form, or contact Walt Fisher or one of the Fair Chairs.

Thank you everyone for sharing your time and talents in making this year’s Yankee Fair and Barn Sale a huge success.

Faithfully,
Mark and Lyn Lyon, and Wendy Elsen
2014 Yankee Fair and Barn Sale Chairs


Get Your 2014 Yankee Fair T-shirt!
Mission Possible!   

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Shirts are white with red lettering and come in adult sizes S, M, L, XL and XXL. The cost is $8.00 per shirt. Cash (or check payable to CCB) gladly accepted. If paying by check, please write “T-shirt” in the memo line. 

*Order forms can be placed in the “T-shirt Orders” basket in Brooks Hall, or mailed to the Church Office. 

Name _______________________________________ Telephone Number ______________________

Quantity ______ Size(s) ______________________________ Amount Due ($) ___________________

Orders with payment are due in the Church Office, or to Sue Ronan, by Friday, October 10th. If you have any questions, please contact the Church Office 203-775-1259 

T-shirts will be ready for pick up at the Church Office beginning on Tuesday, October 15th during regular office hours.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR YANKEE FAIR 2014!


At last year's 2013

CCB celebrated Brookfield's Birthday!

For Photos of the event, click here or here.

Last year, as The Congregational Church of Brookfield held its annual Yankee Fair and Barn Sale on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, we remembered our town's 225th Birthday. 

Did you know our church, founded in 1757, is actually OLDER than Brookfield?  Our founding pastor, The Rev. Thomas Brooks, sent two of his grown sons off to fight for their new country in the Revolutionary War!

Every year, admission and parking for the Yankee Fair are free. Proceeds support church programs and charities such as (in the 2013 town anniversary year) the food pantries of Brookfield and the 3 towns that ceded land in order to form Brookfield -- Danbury, Newtown, and New Milford. 

Each year, the Fair also supports our Refugee Resettlement Ministry for families who are brought to safety by our U.S. State Department after escaping from war-torn lands, and it provides "church mission grant" money for our young people to go on mission trips -- such as the two Brookfield High students who went to Oaxaca, Mexico, during Spring Break 2013 to work with the indigenous poor who have to live in the city dump. 

Less than one-quarter of our proceeds go to the upkeep of church property -- which in 2013 included repair and repainting of our white Meetinghouse and steeple -- a treasured landmark in Brookfield since the mid-19th Century.  Thank you for your support of our Yankee Fair and joining us in our church mission to "Pray, Share, and Welcome" in the way of Jesus.

This year our Church Council, on the recommendation of our Church-in-Society Committee, is dividing the 50% of our Yankee Fair Funds that go to outreach projects in our community and beyond, among four recipients:

· Refugee Resettlement Ministry—our own ministry program helping to resettle refugees from around the world.

· The Association of Religious Communities (ARC)—serving the Greater Danbury Area with issues of homelessness and housing, food insecurity, domestic violence, building relationships between communities of faith, strengthening the community, and more.

· Silver Lake Conference Center—our CT Conference Outdoor Ministries Center that has served a number of our church family members as they have participated in summer camp weeks, served on Camp Staff, participated in Men’s Retreats and service projects, the Annual Women’s Retreat, and Confirmation Retreats. 

· Simply Smiles—a CT based nonprofit whose mission it is to bring smiles to children whose lives might otherwise seem incredibly bleak.  Members of our church have served with Simply Smiles in Oaxaca, Mexico and the surrounding communities and on the Lakota Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.

This multi-level recommendation will help us serve our church ministries, our local communities, youth and adults throughout the state who attend meaningful events at Silver Lake, and beyond into the United States and the world.  What better way is there to share our Fair Funds in this year when our Yankee Fair theme is “Mission Possible,” focusing on the many ways God calls us to use our gifts in service locally and out in the world?

The Congregational Church of Brookfield is at the crossroads of Routes 25 and 133 in Brookfield Center. For more information, call 203-775-1259.