July 21, 2022
The bi-weekly newsletter of Barrington Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.
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Summer Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:30 am - 1 pm. Friday Closed
Sun, July 24
9:30 am Worship Service (in-person and online)
Watch at www.facebook.com/bccucc or on our website at this link or on our YouTube channel
After Worship - Coffee Hour hosted by the Green Team, Fellowship Hall

Tues, July 26
10:30 am Book Group, Library
11 am Staff meeting, Dale's office
6 pm Softball Game vs. St James, Bicknell Field

Wed, July 27
7 - 8 am Walking Group, Meet at Shaw's parking lot by Bike Path
10 am Prayer Care, Sanctuary

Thurs, July 28
7 - 8:30 pm 'Royalties for Spirituals' meeting, Fellowship Hall

Sun, July 31
9:30 am Worship Service (in-person and online)
Watch at www.facebook.com/bccucc or on our website at this link or on our YouTube channel

Mon, Aug 1
11 am - Noon Bereavement Group, Library

Tues, Aug 2
11 am Staff meeting, Dale's office
Noon - Summer Deadline for eBridge

Wed, Aug 3
Office Closed
7 - 8 am Walking Group, Meet at Shaw's parking lot by Bike Path
9 am - Noon Staff Calendar Planning meeting, Library

Thurs, Aug 4
6 pm Softball Game vs St. Luke's, Bicknell Field

Sun, Aug 7
9:30 am Worship Service (in-person and online)
Watch at www.facebook.com/bccucc or on our website at this link or on our YouTube channel
5:30 pm Church Potluck, Fellowship Hall & Terrace

For the complete church calendar visit http://bccucc.view-events.com
Send calendar information to office@bccucc.org
In the next few days!
BCCUCC Softball
BCCUCC’s next softball games are Thursday, July 21 against St. John’s, Tuesday, July 26 against St. James, and Thursday, August 4 against St. Luke’s.  All games begin at 6 pm at Bicknell Field located at the end of Walnut Road off Lincoln. Spectators are encouraged to come cheer on the team! 
Any interested men aged 30+ or women aged 16+ who would enjoy playing for BCCUCC are asked to contact Steve Peck at steve@peckmarketing.net or (401) 454-9725. New players are always most welcome. Games are played Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays. 
Barrington Farmers Market rescheduled to Thurs, July 21
Due to bad weather, the Barrington Farmers Market was rescheduled from last week to Thursday, July 21 from 4 - 7 pm at St. John's Church, 191 County Road, Barrington.
There's live music, food, vendors of various types, and this month there will be a number of additional farms represented. (The June market was too early in the season for most of them to have produce available).
The last of the monthly markets will take place on Thursday, August 11 - same time and place.
Sponsored by the Barrington Business and Community Association.
A Celebration of the Life of Joachim Weissfeld
A Celebration of the life of Joachim Weissfeld will be held on Friday, July 22 at 3 pm at The Hope Club, 6 Benevolent St, Providence RI 02906. An invitation was sent to the church office from his family, inviting the congregation to attend and share memories and conversation. Joe was a long-time church member who passed away on November 4, 2021 at age 94. 
RSVP to (703) 395-5341 or kawmcgrady@gmail.com
(Business Casual Attire – Valet Parking Available). 
Coffee Hour on July 24
The Green Team will be hosting a coffee hour in Fellowship Hall following worship on Sunday, July 24. All are invited to Fellowship Hall after the service ends to enjoy refreshments and fellowship.
If other teams, groups or individuals would like to host a coffee hour some Sunday, please contact the church office at office@bccucc.org or (401) 246-0111. Thank you.
Calendar Information please
The clergy and staff are already busy planning the upcoming church year and we need your input. If you are on a team or part of a group, we'd like to hear from you with any activities you have planned, as well as regular scheduled meetings - so they can be added to the 2022-2023 church calendar. Perhaps you're a member of the congregation and there's something new you'd like to see happen at BCCUCC? If so, we'd also like to hear from you. Please send all information and ideas to Christine at office@bccucc.org or (401) 246-0111. The staff will be getting together on Wednesday, August 3 for their annual calendar planning meeting, so please submit any information you have by Monday, July 25 or as soon as possible thereafter. Thanks!
Food, Fun and Fellowship!
We're having another Church Potluck - and all are invited!
On Sunday, August 7 at 5:30 pm, please plan to join us for another potluck in Fellowship Hall and the Terrace. Once again, there’s no need to sign up just bring yourself and whatever dish you’d like to share. Drinks and ice will be provided. There will be fun activities and popsicles for kids of all ages. Bring warm or cold food ready to eat – there are outlets for plugging in crockpots for anything that needs to be served warm. The first potluck was very successful so we look forward to another evening of great fellowship and good food!  We do hope that you can join us. Everyone of all ages is welcome!  
RI Association Summer Picnic - save the date and RSVP!
The RI Association UCC (formerly the RI Conference) is holding its first ever Summer Picnic on Sunday, August 21 from 3 – 5 pm at Goddard Park Picnic Pavilion, 1095 Ives Rd, Warwick. 
Folks of all ages from the RI Association churches, including you and your family, are invited!  Bring food that you’d like to eat, and the Association will provide the beverages and dessert (a Palagis ice cream truck is coming, their treat!). Come, laugh, and gather. Let’s reconnect in-person and celebrate our Rhode Island Association UCC churches! There will be a brief “program” acknowledging some of the transitions of our clergy and churches over the past few years. We’ll honor new ordinands, retirees, and transplants! And there’ll be lots of fun and games. 
RSVP at tiny.cc/riuccpicnic/ Picnic tables will be available. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair.  All are welcome! Flier
Summer at BCCUCC
Summer Worship at 9:30 am
During the summer through September 4, our worship service is at the earlier time of 9:30 am. We hope that you will join us for worship when you are in town. The service continues to be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person.
The 'Summer of Elijah' continues!
Racquel and Dale are sharing a 12 part sermon series that began June 12 and runs the entire summer. This sermon series covers the life of Elijah, his miracles, his ministry, his trouble, and his faith. They will be exploring what meaning this prophet’s story has for our lives today. Join us each week as we walk the road of an ancient prophet’s faith journey!
If you miss a Sunday, recordings of the worship service are at our usual links - www.facebook.com/bccucc or on our website at this link or on our YouTube channel
Summer Musicians Wanted
Calling all musicians - vocal and/or instrumental! Summer is upon us and the BCCUCC choir is on a much-needed break. We would love for you to share your musical gifts with us on a Sunday morning this summer. If you are willing to help us out a SignUp Genius has been created where you can sign up. Please sign up for one or more Sundays with us. Once signed up, please contact our Music Director, Marina Zabinski to work out the specifics at marinazabinski@gmail.com or call/text her at (401) 447-2908. For more information or questions, please contact Marina. Thank you in advance for sharing your musical gifts with the congregation.
Summer Nursery Nook
Throughout the summer, the Nursery Nook, located directly below the sanctuary, is available to parents with wiggly children to retreat to and still hear the service on the loud speaker down there. 
Nursery Care has not been scheduled over the summer, but if you would like nursery care for your children aged 3 and younger, please contact our Faith Formation Director, Andrea Bullard andrea@bccucc.org or 246-0111 x 107, or contact one of the ministers. 
Regular nursery care in the Education building across the driveway will resume on Open Doors Sunday, September, 11. 
Wellness Wednesdays!!
Rev. Racquel invites you to join her for Wellness Wednesdays this Summer!

Walking group – Wednesday mornings from 7 - 8am. Please meet at the Shaw’s parking lot near the bike path (by the noticeboard). We’ll take a walk – at your own pace – from Shaw’s to Middle Highway and back. Some may choose a shorter path. Bring kids, dogs on leash, a friend. Water and sunscreen recommended. Time to breathe deep, soak in nature, and SEE each other!! We’ll meet every Wednesday through summer through August 31.

Prayer Care – Wednesday mornings in the Sanctuary at 10am all are invited to join Rev. Racquel for a brief prayer circle as we pray for the church congregation and clergy, the community, family and friends. Prayer is a part of Spiritual wellness and we could all use some prayer. Note: No Prayer Care on August 3.

Book Group
The Book Group next meets on Tuesday, July 26 at 10:30 am in the church library. They will discuss The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven by Nathaniel Ian Miller. Book summary For more information about the group contact Helen Schall at helenschall@hotmail.com or 401 245-4724. All are welcome to participate.
Bereavement Group to meet in August
The group has scheduled a meeting over the summer for Monday, August 1 from 11 am - Noon in the Library. Open to anyone (not just church members) who has lost a loved one at any time. New members are welcome. For more information about the group, contact one of the facilitators - Betsy Brenner (betsybrenner3@gmail.com 245-8031), or Aubrey Atwater (aubreyfolk@aol.com 392-1909).
Some groups are taking a break over the summer......
The following groups and activities are taking a break over the summer:
Youth Group
Knitting for Others Group
Women of Faith Reading Group
Peaceful Pause and Prayer

Enjoy the Summer and see you in September

Worth repeating
The Pastors' Blog
The latest blog was written by Racquel and titled Grounding. If you missed it earlier, you can read it here.
Peaceful Pause & Prayer on hiatus but past meditations available
'Peaceful Pause and Prayer' is taking a break over the summer. However, past online meditations can still be viewed anytime on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bccucc or on the livestream page of our website at https://bccucc.org/live-stream-2/.
Update from the Search Committee
The Search Committee for the Associate Pastor position is hard at work this summer. In June they completed the BCCUCC Church Profile, and the position was posted. They’ve received some exciting candidate profiles and have begun interviewing. As stated previously, they cannot discuss the merits or even the identity of any of the candidates due to the confidential nature of the search process. They are looking forward to the next step in the journey and expect to be able to recommend a candidate for this vital position early this fall. Thank you for your patience and support while they work to discern the best candidate on behalf of the congregation. 
Sunday mornings at BCCUCC
Relaxed COVID protocols
Masking is optional in both the church and education buildings, although masking is still required to enter the church office. We no longer require you to sign in when coming to worship on Sundays. We continue to run large HEPA air filters in the sanctuary. More about our current protocols We also have HEPA air filters in most spaces in our Education building.
Services livestreamed to Facebook, website and YouTube
All are invited to join us for our multi-platform Summer worship service at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday thru September 4.
Masks are now optional in worship. We do ask that if you're feeling unwell or have symptoms, that you please stay home and watch online.
For those unable to join us in person, the services are livestreamed so they can be watched online - either live or later - in three different places:
Occasionally, Facebook doesn't allow us to stream to their platform, and on those occasions it won't be possible to watch the service on either Facebook or our website. However, you should still be able to find the service on YouTube at the link above.
From the church office
Summer office hours
The church office is on Summer hours thru Labor Day: Monday - Thursday, OPEN 9:30 am - 1 pm; CLOSED Friday.
Note: The office will be closed on Wednesday, August 3 as the staff will be having their Calendar Planning Meeting.
Summer Deadlines for Announcements and eBridge
The summer deadline for receiving information for inclusion in the eBridge and the Sunday Announcements (which will be published every other week over the summer) is Noon on the Tuesday prior to publication. 
Deadline for next eBridge and Announcements is Tues, Aug 2. Send information to Christine at office@bccucc.org.
Clergy and Staff away
Andrea Bullard will be out of the office from July 23 - 30.
Rev. Dale Azevedo will be out of the office from July 27 - August 1.
Do you need a Name Tag?
If you would like a nametag please contact the church office at office@bccucc.org or call (401) 246-0111 and let us know what name you’d like on the nametag and your preference for a clip, pin or string holder. Nametags are stored on the rack in the vestry hallway, or you can keep it in your car or purse where you can easily find it on a Sunday morning. 
Online donations to the church through our website
Our church website (www.bccucc.org) is capable of accepting online donations. Watch a brief video (30 secs) on how to do this, or read the following instructions: There’s a red ‘DONATE’ button on the right side of the black menu bar near the top of each page of the website. Clicking on it will take you to the ‘Giving to BCCUCC’ page. In the middle is a link to Tithe.ly through which you can make a donation to the church either using a credit card or directly from your bank. (No need to set up an account). You are also able to designate where you would like your donation to go (pledge, gift, memorial gift, Deacons’ Fund, etc).
Questions? Contact Pat Stoddard, Financial Secretary at pat@bccucc.org or (401) 246-0111 x 102. Visit the 'Giving to BCCUCC' page. 
Conference Happenings
Keep up to date with our Conference - SNEUCC
The Southern New England Conference, UCC (SNEUCC), publishes several newsletters - one of which comes out weekly and is titled '5 Things to Know and Share'. Read the latest edition at this link and sign up to subscribe and get it sent to your inbox.
Click on this link to see the archive of all of the different SNEUCC newsletters - and subscribe to any that are of interest to you.
Community News
Job opportunity at The Bay Team
The Bay Team - Barrington's Prevention Coalition - has an opening for a Municipal Coordinator. The part-time position is to provide leadership to the municipal prevention coalition. Job description.
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to: dalves@barrington.ri.gov by 8/12/22
Contact us
Dale dale@bccucc.org (401) 246-0111 x 103 Senior Minister
Racquel racquel@bccucc.org (401) 246-0111 x 104 Associate Minister (acting)
Christine office@bccucc.org (401) 246-0111 x 101 (or just stay on the line) Office Administrator
Pat pat@bccucc.org (401) 246-0111 x 102 Financial Secretary
Andrea andrea@bccucc.org (401) 246-0111 x 107 Faith Formation Director

Summer Office Hours: (June 20 - Sep 5, 2022):
Open Monday - Thursday, 9:30 am - 1 pm. Closed Friday
Church Office Hours: (from Sep 6, 2022)
Open Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.
Closed on Federal and State holidays.

Building Security: The Education building will remain locked at all times, even when the office is open. Please ring the bell for entry and we'll be happy to let you in - or use the code on the keypad if you have it.