October 5, 2017
Weekly newsletter of Barrington Congregational Church United Church of Christ
Calendar
Church Office Hours are Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm and 1:30 - 4:30 pm.

Thurs, Oct 5
 6 – 7:30 pm     NAMI Family Support Group, Room 6
 7 pm   Embracing an Adult Faith, Library
                                               
Sat, Oct 7     
10:30 am – 1 pm     Barrington Healthcare Forum, Fellowship Hall

Sun, Oct 8   Stewardship Sunday (Tithing Your Treasure)
10 am    Worship Service for All Ages, Nursery Care only
11:15 am Finance Team meeting, Room 6

Mon, Oct 9    Indigenous Peoples Day – Office Closed
7 pm  Buildings and Ground meeting, Vestry

Tues, Oct 10
11 am  Staff meeting, Dale’s Office
1 – 2:30 pm  Memory Impairment Support Group, Library
6 pm  Church Council Dinner and Meeting with Guest Leader, Block’s home

Wed, Oct 11
7:30 - 9 pm  Choir rehearsal, Vestry

Thurs, Oct 12
3 pm  Lay Visitation Meeting, Library
3 - 5 pm  Brendan’s Community Office Hours, The Coffee Depot
7 pm  Embracing an Adult Faith, Library
 
Fri, Oct 13
6:30 pm  Grades 7 & 8 attend service at Temple Habonim
                                               
Sat, Oct 14
4 – 8 pm  RICUCC Ecumenical Youth Music Festival (Gds 7-12), Irons Homestead

Sun, Oct 15   Consecration Sunday
10 am   Worship Service with Guest Leader preaching, Church School
11:20 am  Sing and Celebrate Choir Rehearsal, Room 6
After Worship  Celebration Brunch, Fellowship Hall


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It's not too late to share your hopes and dreams for BCCUCC with our consultant

From the River's Edge blog by Dale Azevedo

Ecumenical Youth Music Festival

Gala Jazz Brunch to celebrate our 300th Anniversary

JYG Sleepover

Trunk or Treat - and an invitation to come to church in costume!

Community Dinner - fundraiser for Mission Trip

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Church Renewal Update
If you didn't to meet with our consultant, it's not too late to be heard.....
We had a great opportunity last weekend to meet and share with our first church consultant, Dr. William McKinney. Bill met with over 90 members and friends of our church and community to talk about where we are as well as our hopes and dreams for the church and town. Bill wants to remind you that if you did not get a chance to share your thoughts with him he can be emailed at billmckinneymass@gmail.com .
Additionally, the Renewal Team ( Larry Ashley , Tom Colby , Erik Ela, Marion Fodor , Helen Schall , Heather Williamson , and Dale Azevedo ) would appreciate any feedback you may have regarding your time with Bill. Feel free to email (click on their link), call, or catch any of them at coffee hour.
Over the next month we will hear back from Bill with his assessment of where we are as a church, along with his recommendations for the future. We will keep you abreast as we move forward. 
For more information on the Renewal process, check out the church's website: http://www.bccucc.org/church-life/renewal/
Thursday - Saturday
NAMI Family Support Group
NAMI RI ( National Alliance on Mental Illness ) holds a monthly support group for family members of people with mental illness. Open to anyone in the community the next meeting is Thursday, October 5th from 6 – 7:30 pm in Room 6. For more info Contact Cindy Elder at 331-3060 or cindy.elder@namirhodeisland.org  
'Embracing an Adult Faith' - adult education series
A reminder to those who signed up to participate in this adult education series, that it begins at 7 pm in the library tonight, Thursday, October 5th. Each class runs an hour and a half, and sessions continue for 5 weeks, ending November 2nd.
Come to Barrington Health Alliance’s Community Healthcare Forum!
Our Mission and Justice Team will be hosting Barrington Health Alliance’s first “Community Healthcare Forum” this Saturday, October 7th from 10:30 am - 1 pm in Fellowship Hall. The Forum will feature a lecture and discussion on “Healthcare Economics 101” with Dr. Michael Fine. The lecture will be followed by a panel about “Multi-Disciplinary Community Health Teams,” and a discussion about how a community develops a Neighborhood Health Station. Are you a healthcare professional/worker? Do you care about the quality of healthcare for you and your loved ones? Do you view caring for the sick as a duty of Christian discipleship? Come and join the Forum. Your presence will make a difference in this important discussion.   See flier
This Sunday
Stewardship Sunday (Tithing Your Treasure)
Our Stewardship program continues this Sunday, October 8th and it culminates wi th a church-wide brunch on Sunday, October 15th after worship, hosted by the Stewardship team. RSVP cards for the brunch will be handed out again during worship this Sunday. We hope you can join us. Next week the team will be contacting those who didn't RSVP to the brunch, so please remember to include your name on the RSVP card!
Blessing of the new walkway
This Sunday's worship service will conclude outside as the congregation will be invited to leave the Sanctuary after the Benediction and gather by the new Riverwalk Access Ramp for a brief celebration and prayer of dedication.
Next Week
Office and staff updates
The church office will be closed on Monday, October 9th for Indigenous Peoples Day. Financial Secretary, Pat Stoddard, is out of the office from October 5 – 11.  
Memory Impairment Support Group
The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 1 - 2:30 pm in the library. Their next meeting is Tuesday, October 10th.  The group is open to patients and caregivers, and participants need not be members of this church. For more information contact Jim McCartney at 245-3288 or jrmcc@fullchannel.net   
Community Office Hours with Brendan - back to the regular time!
Brendan will be at The Coffee Depot , 501 Main Street, Warren, from 3 - 5 pm on Thursday, October 12th for anyone from the church or community who would like to stop by for a visit in this more informal setting.
Ecumenical Youth Music Festival
The event for youth in Grades 7-12 is hosted by RICUCC on Saturday, October 14th from 3:30–8 pm at Irons Homestead, 688 Snake Hill Road, Glocester, RI. There will be rotation workshops: labyrinth, stone throwing, environmental guest speaker; a pizza dinner; worship; outside concert and fire pit. Learn more and RSVP at http://www.ricucc.org/eventdetail/9213912  
New Consecration Sunday - Guest Leader and Brunch
On Sunday, October 15th our stewardship program culminates with a church-wide brunch after worship to which all are invited. Hopefully everyone had the opportunity to RSVP on 10/1 or 10/8, or when called by a member of the Stewardship Team. Our Guest Leader for the program is the Rev. Corey Sanderson, who some may remember from 15 years ago when he lived here. Corey will preach at the service during which we will consecrate our stewardship giving. We do hope you can be there.
Sing and Celebrate Choir Rehearsals
Rehearsals continue on Sunday, October 15th after church school in Room 6 for any b oys and girls in Grades 1 and older who like to sing. The choir is learning a fun and easy song to be sung in worship after a few rehearsals. The rehearsal will be short so that those who are attending the brunch won't miss anything! Questions? Contact Kate Colby kcolby@fullchannel.net
3 Centuries and Beyond 1717 - 2017
300th Anniversary Display - display items needed
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On Sunday, October 22nd from 11 am – 1 pm in Fellowship Hall, the Historical Group would like to put on a display of art/ photos/ paintings/ sculptures/ plates/ etc that depict Barrington Congregational Church. If you have any you’d like to be included, please bring them that morning and drop them off in Fellowship Hall before the service. There will be tables there for you to put the items on.  Please have your name and phone number on them.  Items from the archives will also be on display including photos, bibles and ledgers. If you have items but are unable to be in church that day, contact Tom Wegner at 383-0999 or tom.wegner@liladelman.com to arrange to drop them off ahead of time. At the end of the event, please pick up your item, or make arrangements with Tom to do so later.  
Gala Jazz Brunch to celebrate our church's 300th Anniversary
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.
Reservations open Oct 10th and end 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 various coffee hours. 
Checks should be made payable to ‘BCCUCC’ and mark the memo line ‘Gala Brunch’


(Please note that this is different from the Consecration Sunday Brunch being held in Fellowship Hall on Oct 15 that the congregation is invited to attend at no charge.) 
Coming Soon
Bereavement Group
The Bereavement Group will meet again on Monday, October 16th at 11 a.m in the library. The group is open to anyone who has lost a loved one at any time. For more info contact the facilitator Betsy Brenner at jsbeeb@aol.com or 245-8031.  
Movie Night and Fundraiser
On Sunday, October 22nd from 6-8 pm in Fellowship Hall our friends at Powered by Plants RI will be offering a screening of the groundbreaking documentary, “What the Health?” as a fundraiser for our church’s service-learning trip to the Navajo Nation. Come learn about eating healthy and support our church’s food security-related service project with the Navajo Nation. There is a suggested donation of $5-10 for this fundraising event. More info
Help Needed with Loaves and Fishes Truck Run
On Thursday, October 26th volunteers from BCCUCC will be taking the Loaves and Fishes RI truck to Emmanuel House and Crossroads in Providence to serve the men and women there seeking nourishment, for body, mind and soul. Volunteers are needed to help with prep (from 4:30 pm) as well as to go out on the truck a little later. Donations of food and clothing items are also needed. Click on this link to take you to the SignUpGenius where you can read more about what is needed and to sign up to help or donate. 
If you can't sign up online and want to help, or just have questions, please contact Liz White at 401-245-0285 or lizzyw2@aol.com, or Jay or Phyllis Buckley at 401-245-1098 or pbuckley6@cox.net.  
Please drop off your donations in the kitchen under the sign “ Donations for Loaves and Fishes” by Wednesday, October 25th. Thank you.
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 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.  Questions? Contact Brendan (401-318-2447) brendan@bccucc.org
2nd Annual Trunk or Treat - and come to church in costume!
On Sunday morning October 29th, we will trick or treat each other’s car trunks in the church parking lot in the spaces along the tree line during coffee hour.  All are invited to wear a costume to church on this Sunday!  You are also invited to decorate the trunk of your car for Halloween and fill it with candy for 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. 
For planning purposes, if you would like to attend ‘Conversations’ please RSVP to the church office by Sunday, October 22nd at 246-0111 or office@bccucc.org – also let us know if you need child care.

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
Community Dinner
Mark your calendars! 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 will be available at the door. We will also be selling them at coffee hour starting Sunday Oct. 22nd .  
Book Group
The group will not meet in October, but will meet Tuesday, November 7th at 7 pm in the church library. They will 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). For more info contact Helen Schall helenschall@hotmail.com 245-4724. All are welcome!

Miscellaneous
Altar Flower Donor needed
Would you like to pay for one vase of altar flowers on October 15th? (Cost is $30). Each week the flowers are paid for by donors and a dedication of their choice is included in the bulletin. Flowers can be given in memory, celebration or thanksgiving of a person or event. If interested please contact Liz Rosenholm at lizozzier@cox.net  
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 from Sept - Jan. 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.
UCC Disaster Relief - an ongoing need
Several weeks ago we filled buckets with cleaning supplies and sent them off for disaster relief in Texas following Hurricane Harvey. We also sent a check to ‘UCC Disasters Ministry – Emergency USA Fund’ with additional money that came in later. But we know, especially with the devastation in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Irma and Maria, that there will be much to be done for a long time to come. Find out what the UCC is doing and will continue to do with your help. Go to http://www.ucc.org/disaster_hurricane_2017_relief  You can click on GIVE to donate either electronically or by check. Thank you. 
RI Conference UCC
Installation of Rev. Cleo Graham
Beneficent Congregational Church invites you to attend the installation of the Rev. Cleo Graham as Associate Minister of their church on Sunday, October 8th at 3 pm in the Meeting House at 3 Weybosset St, Providence RI. Reception and refreshments follow the service. RSVP by email to beneficentchurchucc@gmail.com
Workday at Irons Homestead, Glocester RI
Join with friends on Sunday, October 15th from 1 - 5 pm as we put away summer and prepare for the winter use of our facilities. There's a job for everyone, some inside, some outside. Put on your work clothes and grab some friends. Questions? contact the Homestead office 401-710-9478; ironshomestead@ricucc.org. More info
Super Saturday
October 21st, 8 am - 3:45 pm in Framingham, MA. A full day of worship, workshops, continental breakfast, lunch, marketplace and closing worship. Keynote Speaker is the Rev. Noel Andersen, UCC & CWS Grassroots Coordinator for Immigrants' Rights. More info and registration
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
Dale posted this blog on Friday of last week on both his personal Facebook page as well as the church's Facebook page and website. With his permission it also appeared in this week's Barrington Times. The article has been 'shared' many times and has been read by a great many people!
I don't want to write this...

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister - Sept. 29, 2017 Let's get one thing clear right off the bat...I don't want to write this blog post. I have fought writing this blog all week and tried to write on three other topics, but none of them felt right.

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