October 26, 2017
Newsletter of Barrington Congregational Church United Church of Christ
Some changes to the eBridge
  • Groups that meet regularly at the church are listed in the Calendar section of the eBridge only, with a link to a document that has more information about all the groups, including who to contact for more information. Any additional information needed about a group's next meeting is included in the main body of the eBridge.
  • Christine will be out of the office from Oct 30 - Nov 10, so this eBridge will cover three weeks of church happenings. The next eBridge will be published on November 15th.
Church Office Hours are Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm and 1:30 - 4:30 pm unless otherwise noted.

Thurs, Oct 26
3 - 5 pm  Brendan’s Community Office Hours, The Coffee Depot
4:30 – 7:30 pm  Loaves and Fishes RI Truck – prep and run to Providence
7 pm  Embracing an Adult Faith, Library

Sat, Oct 28
6 pm Junior Youth Group Halloween Overnight, Fellowship Hall and Library
7 pm  Talk by Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent, David Wood, Sanctuary of BCCUCC

Sun, Oct 29    Deacons' Sunday
10 am   Worship Service, Church School
After Church School Sing and Celebrate Choir rehearsal, Room 6
11:10 am Trunk or Treat in Parking Lot
11:30 am – 1 pm  Conversations about our Church, Library
Noon – 2 pm Confirmation Class, Room 9

Oct 30 - Nov 9 Office open 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, except on Tuesdays when it will be open 9:30 am - 3 pm. Office closed Fri, Nov 10. (Veteran's Weekend)

Mon, Oct 30
11 am Bereavement Group , Library

Tue, Oct 31
11 am Staff Meeting, Dale's office

Wed, Nov 1
9:30 am Endowment Team meeting, Room 6
7 pm Deacons Meeting, Library

Thurs, Nov 2
1:30 - 3 pm Women's Faith Group , Library
3 - 5 pm Brendan's Community Office Hours, The Coffee Depot
6 - 7 pm NAMI Family Support Group, Room 6
7 pm Embracing an Adult Faith, Library

Fri, Nov 3
6;30 pm Deacons' Retreat, Ashley's home

Sat, Nov 4
8 am - 2 pm RICUCC Autumnal Meeting, Central Congregational Church
8:30 am - 2 pm Mission and Service Day for Confirmands and SYG
Bedtime Turn your clocks back 1 hour

Sun, Nov 5 Martyrs and All Saints Sunday
8:30 am CEYM meeting, Library
10 am Children's Communion in the Library, then Church School
10 am Worship Service with Communion
After Church School Sing and Celebrate Choir rehearsal, Room 6
11:15 am - 1:15 pm Confirmation Class, Room 9
5 - 7 pm Community Vegetarian Dinner (Mission Trip Fundraiser), Fellowship Hall

Tues, Nov 7
11 am Staff Meeting, Dale's office
7 pm Book Group , Library
7 - 9 pm Knitting for Other's Group , Liz Rosenholm's house

Wed, Nov 8
7:30 - 9 pm Choir rehearsal, Vestry

Thurs, Nov 9
3 pm Lay Visitation meeting, Library
3 - 5 pm Brendan's Community Office Hours, The Coffee Depot in Warren
6:30 - 8 pm Historical Group Meeting, Tom Wegner's home
7 pm Barrington Interfaith Partners Speaker event, Sts Matthew and Mark church

Fri, Nov 10
Office Closed

Sun, Nov 12 Church's 300th Anniversary and New Member Sunday
10 am Special Worship Service for All Ages, Nursery Care only
After Worship Sing and Celebrate Choir rehearsal, Room 6
Noon - 3 pm Gala Jazz Brunch, Barrington Yacht Club

Return to regular Church Office Hours of Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm and 1:30 - 4:30 pm

Mon, Nov 13
11 am Bereavement Group, Library
7 pm Buildings and Grounds meeting, Room 6

Tues, Nov 14
11 am Staff meeting, Dale's office
1 - 2:30 pm Memory Impairment Support Group, Library
7 pm Church Council meeting, Room 6

Wed, Nov 15
Noon Deadline for eBridge
7:30 - 9 pm Choir rehearsal, Vestry

Thurs, Nov 16
1:30 - 3 pm Women's Faith Group, Library
3 - 5 pm Brendan's Community Office Hours, The Coffee Depot in Warren

Sun, Nov 19 Thanksgiving Sunday
10 am Worship Service with Sing and Celebrate Choir, Advent Arts during Church School time
10 am - 5 pm OWL Class, Library

For the complete church calendar visit http://bccucc.view-events.com

Send calendar information to office@bccucc.org
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From the church office
Staff away.....shorter office hours......next eBridge
Office Administrator, Christine Wallis, will be out of the office from October 30th – November 10th. During her absence, the church office will be open for shorter hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 am–12:30 pm except on Tuesday when it will be open from 9:30 am–3 pm. The church office will be closed on Friday, November 10th (Veterans' Weekend).
The next eBridge will be published Thursday, November 16th - deadline is noon on Wednesday, November 15th , but earlier submission is appreciated.
  The Announcements will continue to be published weekly, with a Wednesday noon deadline.
Saturday, October 28th
Moral Injury - Now What? A talk by David Wood
On Saturday October 28th at 7 pm in the Sanctuary of our church, Pulitzer prize winning journalist and war correspondent, David Wood will speak on the topic of his latest book “ What Have We Done? The Moral Injury of our Longest Wars ”. The program is free and open to the public and is sponsored by our Mission & Justice Ministry Team, East Bay Citizens for Peace, and the RI Anti-War Committee. David Wood, a veteran war reporter, won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting on wounded warriors. A birthright Quaker and raised as a pacifist, Wood has spent more than 30 years covering conflicts around the world, most recently in extended deployments embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. His new book, What Have We Done? explores moral injury, the signature wound of America’s 21st century wars. It was awarded the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction.  All are welcome. Flier
JYG Sleepover
The Junior Youth Group will be having their annual sleepover Saturday night October 28th in the Library and Fellowship Hall beginning at 6 pm. They will also be decorating the hall for the Trunk-or-Treat Halloween event on Sunday morning. There will be pizza, a movie, games, and a breakfast on Sunday morning. Youth are invited to bring Halloween costumes to wear to church on Sunday morning.  All youth in grades 6 - 8 are welcome. Questions? Contact Brendan (401-318-2447) brendan@bccucc.org
Sunday, October 29
2nd Annual Trunk or Treat - and come to church in costume!
On Sunday morning October 29th, during coffee hour we will trick or treat each other’s car trunks in the church parking lot in the spaces along the tree line.  All are invited to wear a costume to church!  You are also invited to decorate the trunk of your car for Halloween and fill it with candy for the trunk-or-treaters! Last year we had a lot of fun with this event! 
Don’t know what Trunk or Treat is? Google ‘Trunk or Treat Ideas’ for information and some great decorating ideas.

Want to learn more about our church - and maybe become a member?
Rev. Dale Azevedo invites you to join him for ‘Conversations about our Church’ from 11:30 am – 1 pm in the library on Sunday, October 29th (after Trunk or Treat). Child care will be provided for young children and older children have the option to sit in if they wish. Whether you are new to our church community or have been coming for some time, you are very welcome to attend. The session will give you an opportunity to learn more about who we are and what we believe, and will give you the information needed to decide if you would like to join our church at this time. Our next New Member Sunday will be November 12th. 
Confirmation class
The first confirmation class of the year will be on Sunday, October 29th in Room 9 from 12-2 pm following Trunk-or-Treat. Open to all in 9th grade or above, contact Rev. Brendan Curran if you haven’t yet signed up or have questions (401-318-2447) brendan@bccucc.org
Sing and Celebrate Choir rehearsals
On Sunday, October 29th the rehearsal will be a short one in Room 6 and will take place after Trunk or Treat (see above). Boys and girls in Grades 1 and older who like to sing are invited to join the choir. They are learning a fun and easy song to be sung in worship on November 19th, and then another song to be sung before Christmas. Rehearsals will continue on Sunday mornings and take place after worship/church school in Room 6. Questions? Contact Kate Colby kcolby@fullchannel.net
3 Centuries and Beyond 1717 - 2017
300th Anniversary Clothing and Totes for sale
We are offering another chance for people to order clothing or totes with the 300 th Anniversary logo on them. Orders with payment will be taken at coffee hour or you can stop by the church office to place your order.  Order deadline is Sunday, October 29th . This time we are also offering a long sleeve t-shirt. Order forms with all the details will be in Fellowship Hall on Sunday or at this link.
Cards for sale
As part of the 300 th Anniversary, Marion Fodor of the Historical Group will be selling cards - in greeting card (3 for $5) and note card (5 for $5) sizes - at coffee hour.   The cards are blank inside and have a color picture of the church on the front that is of a watercolor painting by long time church member Mary Kutcher.  

Deadline for Gala Jazz Brunch is Oct 29th. Have you reserved a seat?
Gala Jazz Brunch
to celebrate our church’s 300 th anniversary
Sunday November 12 th
12 pm – 3 pm
Barrington Yacht Club
25 Barton Ave, Barrington RI 02806

Jazz Music provided by The Greg Silva Trio

The congregation is invited to join with current and former BCCUCC ministers
for an ‘all you can eat’ buffet to celebrate the finale of our
‘3 Centuries & Beyond 1717 – 2017’ celebration

Cost:   Adults - $25.00    Children (12 & under)  $15.00
Seating is limited and no reservation is final until payment is received.
Reservation deadline is Oct 29th......or sooner if all seats are sold!

Reserve your seat by stopping by the church office, or call 401-246-0111 then mail in your check. Reservations will also be taken during coffee hour on Oct 29th. . 
Checks should be made payable to ‘BCCUCC’ and mark the memo line ‘Gala Brunch’

Did You Know.....
We began these little historical tid-bits in September 2016 with Harvest Sunday (see photo), imitating the custom of sharing our surplus garden produce, as was done 300 years ago.  We went on with information about the original building where it all started and progressed to the present location - how it got here is still conjecture. We do know that all salvageable materials were used in the rebuilding.
We then went on to firsts, such as hymn singing by the congregation and Sunday School for the young people. Some ministers were mentioned as well. Details of the new weather vane or wind vane will come in the future, as this is our Swan Song.
Please try to attend the Gala Jazz Brunch to be held on November 12th and meet some former ministers of this great house of God. May it always remain so. Amen.  
Sunday, November 5th
Remembering those who died this past year
We invite you to submit names of loved ones who died since last All Saints Sunday (10/30/16) to the church office (246-0111 or office@bccucc.org ) by Monday, October 30th Their names will be read aloud with the tolling of a bell in the worship service on Sunday, November 5th . You will also be given an opportunity during Announcements time at the November 5th worship service to write any names on a card which the ushers will collect and give to the minister to be read aloud later during the service.
Children's Communion
On Sunday, November 5th , the children will start worship in the library for a separate Children’s Communion, followed by church school in their classroom. Parents are asked to please drop their children off in the library at 10 a.m.  
Sunday, November 12th
Celebrating our church's 300th Anniversary
We hope you can join us for a very special worship service on Sunday, November 12th at 10 a.m. as we celebrate our church's 300th Anniversary. For 300 years (that's over 15,600 Sundays!) the people of Barrington Congregational Church have faithfully gathered each week to worship God together. Now that's a cause for celebration!
The worship service will be for all ages, we expect to have some new members joining, and a number of former ministers at the church will be with us. So come join us as we celebrate our history and look forward to our future - you won't want to miss it!

The celebrations will continue with a Gala Jazz Brunch at the Yacht Club a Noon. See earlier article for details including how to make a reservation.
Church Groups
Information about all of the church groups that meet regularly - including who to contact - is available at this link . Meeting dates are in the calendar above. All groups invite and welcome your participation.
Women's Faith Group
Women’s Faith Group is reading Waking Up White by Debby Irving….”a brutally honest, unflinching exploration of race and personal identity told with heart by a truly gifted storyteller”.  Copies of the book are available from the church office at the discounted price of $16. Meetings are scheduled for Thursday, November 2nd & 16th from 1:30 – 3 pm in the church library.  What is the Women's Faith Group?
Book Group
The group will meet Tuesday, November 7th at 7 pm in the church library to discuss My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul. “Titles about reading and books abound, but this memoir stands in a class by itself. Bibliophiles will treasure it, but the addictive storytelling and high-quality writing will vastly increase its audience”. (Library Journal).  What is the Book Group?
Knitting for Others Group
The group will meet Tuesday, November 7th from 7 - 9 pm at the home of Liz Rosenholm, 15 Freemont Ave, Barrington. RSVP to Liz at lizozzier@cox.net or 245-9098. What is Knitting for Others?
Upcoming Events
Community Vegetarian Dinner
There will be a community dinner to support the church’s mission trip on Sunday, November 5th from 5 - 7 pm in Fellowship Hall. This will be a vegetarian meal. The vegetarian soups and entrées are being donated by our friends at Powered by Plants RI. Dinner will be buffet style. Come enjoy a healthy vegetarian meal and support our church’s mission trip program. A meal costs $6.00 for children under 12, and $10.00 for youth and adults. Tickets are on sale at coffee hour each Sunday and also at the door. Advance purchase is appreciated. Flier with more info
Speaker on Slavery in Rhode Island
On Thursday, November 9th, Barrington Interfaith Partners is sponsoring a presentation, Forgotten History: Slavery in Rhode Island, by Joanne Pope Melish, Professor Emerita at the University of Kentucky. The program begins at 7 pm at Sts Matthew & Mark Episcopal Church, 5 Chapel Rd, Barrington. Joanne has written many essays on race and slavery in the early republic, and is the author of Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and Race in New England 1780 - 1860. She is a nationally-recognized authority on gradual emancipation in New England. All are invited to attend. 
Questions? Contact Helen Schall at 245-4724 or helenschall@hotmail.com
TAPIN Thanksgiving Food Collection
Once again we are joining with other churches in town to help provide the food that is given away to those in need in the TAPIN Thanksgiving Food bags. Our congregation is asked to provide Instant Mashed Potatoes, Brownie Mix, and Stuffing Mix. TAPIN helps about 450 families in the East Bay area each Thanksgiving so lots is needed! Food donations may be placed in the bins in the narthex (on your way into church) or in the bin at the back of Fellowship Hall. Thank you.  Deadline for donations is Sunday, November 5th.  
Help needed to create a meditation room
As a part of his ministry plan this year, Rev. Brendan Curran will be leading mediation classes at the church and we need your help to transform Room 8 into a meditation space. A list of what’s needed is at this link on the church website.  Learn more about mindfulness and meditation by reading Brendan's latest 'From the River's Edge' blog post Be Still and Know .
Purchase gifts from SERRV
SERRV catalogs will be available from Sunday, November 5th , and orders will be taken until the first week of December. SERRV is a nonprofit organization with a mission to eradicate poverty wherever it resides by providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide. SERRV sponsors small scale, on-the-ground programs to bring practical training and business support to their artisan partners - particularly women - to extend their earning potential into the future. Helen Schall will have the catalogs available at the piano in Fellowship Hall during coffee hour. Can't wait? Look at the many items available at www.serrv.org and e-mail your order to helenschall@hotmail.com including item number and description. Remember, ordering through the church will save you shipping charges and provide financial support for the 2018 Service Trip.
Please consider joining the Lay Visitation Team
What do we do? We reach out to members of the church who need a call, a card, or a visit. We meet once a month. So if you are looking for an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus--this is for you! Our next meeting is Thursday, November 9th at 3 pm in the library. Contact Dale at 401-246-0111 or dale@bccucc.org with your interest.
Drivers needed
We sometimes get requests from church members who want to attend either a worship service or some other church event, but they are no longer able to drive themselves. We would like to compile a list of volunteers we can call upon when we receive such a request. If interested in volunteering, please contact the church office at 246-0111 or office@bccucc.org. Thank you.
Ushers needed
Additional volunteers are needed to be ushers for the Sunday morning service. Volunteers will receive training and are only scheduled to serve once every 4 weeks thru January. If interested, contact Bethia Rosner at 383-5538.
Ongoing Collections
We're still collecting diapers in sizes 4 & 5 for the little boys of the two refugee families supported by Sts Matthew and Mark Episcopal Church. There's a collection bin in the back of Fellowship Hall.

There are bins in the narthex on the way up to the sanctuary for the collection of canned and dried goods for TAPIN. Check their website for a list of current needs.

Thank you for the Bibles: Riverside Congregational Church, UCC is very appreciative of the Bibles that we've been able to give them so far. They have an outreach ministry to those in need - holding a breakfast every week followed by a Bible Study - and give away many Bibles. We will continue to collect Bibles for this ministry - t here's a collection box on the table at the back of Fellowship Hall. Thank you.
Brendan's Community Office Hours
Brendan will be at The Coffee Depot , 501 Main Street, Warren, from 3 - 5 pm on Thursday afternoons for anyone from the church or community who would like to stop by for a visit in this more informal setting. All are invited.
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Don't forget to turn your clocks back 1 hour when you go to bed on Saturday, November 4th and enjoy an extra hour of sleep!
Christmas Eve service times - so you can plan ahead!
On Sunday, December 24th there will be a regular 10 a.m. worship service for the 4th Sunday of Advent. Christmas Eve services will be held in the sanctuary at 5 pm and 10 pm . The 5 pm service will include a Christmas Pageant, and the 10 pm service will be Lessons and Carols.  

Shop thru AmazonSmile and raise money for the church!
When you shop online at Amazon, if you log in through AmazonSmile, every eligible purchase you make on Amazon will raise 0.5% of the purchase price for our church. To learn more visit  http://smile.amazon.com and choose ‘Barrington Congregational Church’ as your charitable organization.   Each quarter we receive a donation from Amazon, and all you have to do is start your Amazon shopping at AmazonSmile. Thanks to all who already do this.
RI Conference UCC
Autumnal Meeting of the RICUCC
Saturday, November 4th , 8 am – 2 pm (Breakfast and Lunch included) at Central Congregational Church, UCC, Providence. Registration fee $15. The meeting is open to all interested persons as well as our delegates. Registration is required. More information and registration at www.ricucc.org .  
'From the River's Edge' - The Pastors' Blog
Be Still and Know

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister - Oct 17, 2017 "Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." -Luke 17:21 So what's all this talk about, "mindfulness?" I feel like we hear it everywhere. It ...

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If you missed reading any posts you can find them all on the church website at this link. There are also links to the most recent ones from the homepage of our church website www.bccucc.org 
Please note....
2017-2018 Calendar is available for viewing
The church calendar is kept up to date and you can find it at http://bccucc.view-events.com  If you have any meetings or activities planned, please send them to office@bccucc.org so that they can be added to the calendar. Also please notify the office or any errors or changes. Thank you.  
Sermons available on line
If you miss church on Sunday or want to hear the sermon again, you can do so at the following link  Sermon Archive.

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