Sunday, December 10, 2023

2nd Sunday of Advent

"Awaiting ...the Advent of Peace"

8:30am and 10:30am Worship in the Meetinghouse

Christmas Pageant at 10:30am

(with 10:30am Live Stream)

In 2nd Peter, we are reminded that God's time is not our time, which can be super frustrating, especially as we near this Peace Sunday in Advent and see our world and sometimes our lives at anything but  peace.  While we are not promised all the answers, God does promise us time to try to sort things out - to strive to live our best lives in faithfulness - to find a sense of "Shalom", of wholeness and peace.  During Advent we are invited to turn in God's direction and to hear God speaking words of correction, encouragement, and peace to us.  Let's see what ones we might hear together, as we join in worship.

Rev. Jennifer Whipple preaches at the 8:30am Communion Worship Service, and our children and youth will lead us in worship at the 10:30 service, as we come together for our Instant Christmas Pageant with our Children's Choirs sharing their talents.  We will also be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Miss Debbie's ministry among us as our Nursery Care Provider during our 10:30am Pageant Worship Service

Church School & Nursery Care are available at 10:30am: If you have questions about Church School, please be in touch with our Church School Coordinator, Barbara Crandell at External link opens in new tab or  The Nursery is open for both Sunday services as well.

Our 10:30am service is LIVE STREAMED and RECORDED.  You can live stream our 10:30am service for December 10th from the following link: External link opens in new tab or window

Recordings of our worship services can be found on our YouTube page "External link opens in new tab or windowuccbvideo".

Important Advent Season Dates & Times

Advent Season begins this year on December 3rd, and we hope to have a faith-filled and blessed season full of opportunities to grow in faith, hope, love, joy and peace. Please mark your calendars for the following:

Sunday, December 3rd – Awaiting…the Advent of HOPE

    • Advent Worship at 8:30 & 10:30am • Christmas Tree Lighting & Live Nativity beginning at 4:30pm

Sunday, December 10th – Awaiting…the Dawn of PEACE

    • Advent Worship at 8:30am
    • Advent Worship with External link opens in new tab or windowInstant Christmas Pageant at 10:30am
    • Celebration of Miss Debbie’s 25th Anniversary as our Nursery Care Provider

Sunday, December 17th – Awaiting…the Coming of JOY

    •  Advent Lessons & Carols Worship at 8:30am
    • Advent Lessons & Carols Worship at 10:30am with Chancel & Bell Choirs
    • Secret Pen Pal Reveal Party at 11:30am

Sunday, December 24th – Awaiting…the Gift of LOVE

    • SINGLE 10:30am 4th Sunday of Advent Worship with special music

Christmas Eve – December 24th

    • 5:00pm – Family Worship with Children’s Message, Youth Choirs & candle lighting
    • 9:00pm – Family Worship with Christmas Message, special music & candle lighting

Sunday, December 31st

      • SINGLE 10:30am Worship with Baptism

    10:30am Sunday Weekly Worship Recordings:

    If you are not able to watch the service live from the beginning, or if you need to join the service late, there will be an opportunity to view the entire recording in a few hours, after YouTube processes it and uploads it to our church YouTube channel. For instant notifications of Live Streams, you can also subscribe to that channel, uccbvideo, by clicking on the red "Subscribe" button on the YouTube page or click on the link above.

    Our 10:30am service is inside our air conditioned Meetinghouse and is LIVE STREAMED and RECORDED.  You can view the recorded live stream our 10:30am service for December 3rd from the following link: External link opens in new tab or window

    Sharing to Build, Building to Share…

    See the New Vision for Fellowship Hall!

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    Campaign Update

    It has been amazing to see the response from the congregation with our Fellowship Hall campaign results.

    Whether it was completing a giving commitment card, making an initial monetary gift or giving an entire pledge up front.

    Thank you all for participating, believing in our vision for this important project and showing your support!

    Each gift is a blessing; It truly shows the need and want for a fully accessible, updated Fellowship Hall, as it has been talked about for years.

    (Click here to read more)

    Because we are CCB, we have fun whenever we gather! Even as we worship each week in our historic Meetinghouse, fellowship is at the very heart of our church life and we believe Fellowship Hall should be accessible to all.  We invite you to contribute as generously as you can and help us extend God's extravagant welcome to everyone, "no matter who we are or where we are on life's journey."  Whether we walk or roll, we seek to follow Jesus together!

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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.

    Your Pastors are Here for You!

    Pastoral Care Appointments

    Pastor Bryn and Pastor Jen are 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 them about, please feel free to reach out,  ( External link opens in new tab or or External link opens in new tab or ) to set up a time to talk and pray together.

    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   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.


    Church Office Hours

    Monday through Thursday - 9:00am - 2:00pm

    CLOSED on Fridays.

      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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