Volume 8, No. 35 | August 28, 2018

Loaves and Fishes
Our monthly Loaves and Fishes offering is this coming Sunday, September 2nd. Please bring non-perishable (and non-expired) food items to worship that day, or leave them in the special collection boxes in the back hallway during the week if you won’t be in worship. All donated items are put to good use by New Horizons via their soup kitchen, food pantry and shelter. 

Volunteer: We welcome help with loading food and/or driving to New Horizons for the Religious Response to Hunger Food Caravan that will be leaving the Brookside's parking lot on Thursday, September 20th at 10 am.
News from Church School Coordinator
September is here, and many things are happening here at Brookside for the children in our congregation!

Don't forget to complete the 2018-19 Registration form for Faith Formation Programs, Rotation Workshops and Nursery.

September 9th will be a busy Sunday for our whole church family! It is Re-covenanting Sunday when we consider what it means to be a part of Brookside Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. Pastor Eric will also be blessing the backpacks that children carry to school. Children will come up to the front of the sanctuary with their backpacks during Children’s Time to receive a blessing. There is also an all-church picnic following worship.

September 16 th
During workshop time, our children will be painting bowls for the New Horizon’s Empty Bowl Sunday (to be held on October 14). This is an activity that the children really enjoy and it is one of the ways that the children participate in the mission of this church. The people from “You’re Fired” lead this activity.

The summer Secret Pals program will reveal partner identities after worship (9/16) at a fun lunch in the Manning House.  

September 23 rd
 First Unit of Workshops starts with, “Paul Changes”. During the next six weeks, the children will learn how Paul changed and became a person who shared God’s love with all people.
Look at last week’s model, Mallory Beauchemin, looking so adorable in a beautiful dress from the shop. 
Brookside Thrift Shop
Don’t miss the Thrift Shop’s End of Summer Bag Sale: $10 bag of men’s, women’s, or children’s clothing and shoes and/or $5 for a bag of books. We have something for everyone! Our furniture and house hold goods room is full of wonderful items. Our children’s room has clothes, shoes, and a large selection of children’s toys.  Perfect for back to school!
Please like us on our Facebook page and share the news with your families and friends. 
No Green Bananas
This group of Brookside's men (some retired) meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 9 am at Blake’s Restaurant (Maple & Webster Streets) to enjoy good breakfast and great discussions.

Join us on September 4 & 18 for good food and company!
Think you have everything you need for back to school?
If you are checking off your long list, don’t forget God’s blessing. 

Brookside Congregational Church is again offereing “Blessing of the Backpacks” during Re-Covenanting Sunday on Sept. 9 during the 10 a.m. worship service.

Children will come up to the front of the sanctuary with their backpacks to receive a blessing during Children’s Time. Sunday School and childcare are also available for infants and toddlers during the worship service. 
Re-Covenanting Sunday Picnic  
On Re-Covenanting Sunday, there will be a picnic for the whole Church family after worship on Sunday, September 9th. Hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, veggie dogs, beverages, and desserts as they will be provided. We ask that people bring a salad, side dish or appetizer to share. Food can be brought to the Manning House Kitchen before worship (or to the Fellowship Hall Kitchen in the event of rain). 
Secret Pals Luncheon
On Sunday, September 16 th , Secret Pals and the children who had a secret pal will gather after worship for their “reveal” luncheon, where the children get to find out who their pal has been. This will be held in Manning House Dining room. Everyone (children and adults) should bring their own lunch. Our policy changed 3 years ago out of respect for food preferences along with dietary and allergy concerns. Chips, beverages and dessert are provided.
Caravan Driver and Volunteers
Are you available on Thursday, September 20 th ? We are looking for some volunteers to join the Multi-Religious food drive to help transport food donations to New Horizons. Please contact Jean Dickson or Brookside’s office if you are interested.
Confirmation Parent Meeting & Retreat
If you have an 8th grader or older that is interested in getting confirmed, please attend the Confirmation Parent Meeting September 23rd after worship at 11:30 am.

Registration is still open for the upcoming Horton Confirmation Retreat on September 28th-30th. All ages are welcome to gather for music, worship, discussion, good food, games and a low ropes course challenge as you explore what it means to be part of the United Church of Christ (UCC). Details and on-line registration: http://www.hortoncenter.org/summer-camp/registration/.
Share and Celebrate News
Do you have any interesting news snippets, fliers, photos, videos or stories you want to share with others about Brookside, email us at news@brooksidecc.org today. With our new electronic format, you can keep the news snippets around 50 words or less.
Faithful Stewards of Brookside

A special thanks to Heath Auger, Anderson Brock, Callum Brock, Lisa Brock, and Fran Hakenson for helping to set-up and coordinate Brookside's Summer Story Hour in June and July to create a wonderful experience for our members and the Manchester community!

Way to go. . .Bob Merill, Bill Hoysradt, and Heath Auger for removing tree stumps from our grounds in August.

Appreciation goes to Bill Hoysradt, Bob Merrill, and Sarah Merill for using their time and talent driving a tractor to move the curbing pieces on the east end of the parking lot for winter plowing. They also moved the Elm Street wall caps from the side of the sidewalk to an area next to the old thrift shop. The project went better than expected, but took a little more time at the end of July.  

Super worker, Lydia Taylor also helped to organize the Craft Supply Room this August.

Thank you for sharing your time and talents teaching a Multi-age Workshop this Summer: Tom Cleary, Bob Boisvert, Karen Soule, Brian Brady, Suzanne Pyszka, and Jim Peace. Special thanks to Jean Dickson for teaching two workshops!

Thanks goes to our fabulous Summer Shepherds: Sarah Duffley, Becky Boisvert, Jen Trecartin, Mike Boule, Lisa Brock, and Health Auger.

With the help of our Remarkable Nursery Volunteers, we stayed open all summer: Jay Trecartin, Laura Tourigny, Claire Tourigny, Cindee Tanuma, Isabelle Strandson, Christina Dotson, Naomi Taylor, Christina Alarez, Kyra Whitehead, Zora Brady and Patty and Mitchell Cayer. 
Calling all Volunteer Worship Leaders!
We need your help so Sunday service runs heavenly. Please review the schedule and let CF@brooksidecc.org know your availability for September - December.
Open Flower Date
We have an open flower date on Sunday, September 30, 2018. Contact Donna Moody (695-4128) if you would like to beautify our sanctuary for Sunday worship in honor or memory of a loved one.
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