March 14, 2019
Newsletter of Barrington Congregational Church United Church of Christ
Office open Mon - Fri, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm & 1:30 - 4:30 pm, unless otherwise noted

Thurs, Mar 14
10 am Endowment Team meeting, Room 6
3 - 4 pm Community Office Hours, The Coffee Depot in Warren
4 - 5 pm 'Come to the Water' book/Bible discussion, The Coffee Depot

Fri, Mar 15
Dale on call for pastoral emergencies
4 pm Youth leave for Confirmation Retreat at Craigville

Sat, Mar 16
9:30 - 11 am East Bay Kids Clothes and Toy Swap, Fellowship Hall
6 pm Youth return from Confirmation Retreat

Sun, Mar 17 Jesus and Women
10 am Worship Service, Church School
11:20 am Sing and Celebrate Choir rehearsal, Room 6
11:20 am Speaker from 'The Womxn Project', Library
Noon - 2 pm Opportunity to take action on The Womxn Project, Fellowship Hall

Mon, Mar 18
11 am Bereavement Group, Library
6 - 8 pm Feasting at Fireside, Parsonage
7 - 8 pm Wondrous Encounters (Mindful Monday), Meditation Room

Tues, Mar 19
11 am Staff meeting, Dale's office
11:30 am Book Group, The Coffee Depot
7 pm Deacons meeting, Library

Wed, Mar 20
2 pm Communion Service at Atria Senior Living
7 - 8:15 pm Soul Talk, Lenten study with Dale, Library
7:30 - 9 pm Choir rehearsal, Vestry

Thurs, Mar 21
10 - 11:30 am RICUCC Ministers' Association meeting, Library
1 - 2:30 pm Women's Faith Group, Library
3 - 4 pm Community Office Hours, The Coffee Depot in Warren
4 - 5 pm 'Come to the Water' book/Bible discussion, The Coffee Depot
7 pm Public Forum 'Pokanoket Nation: History and Traditions', Fellowship Hall

Fri, Mar 22
Brendan on call for pastoral emergencies

Sat, Mar 23
8 am - 1 pm Mission and Service Day for Youth

Sun, Mar 24 A Service of Healing
10 am Worship Service, Church School
11:20 am Sing and Celebrate Choir rehearsal, Room 6
11:20 am Speaker Series # 2: Addressing Child Abuse, Library

Mon, Mar 25
7 - 8 pm Wondrous Encounters (Mindful Monday), Meditation Room (Room 8)

Tues, Mar 26
11 am Staff meeting, Office

Wed, Mar 27
Noon Deadline for eBridge
7 - 8:15 pm Soul Talk Lenten study with Dale, Library
7:30 - 9 pm Choir rehearsal, Vestry

Thurs, Mar 28
3 - 4 pm Community Office Hours, The Coffee Depot in Warren
4 - 5 pm 'Come to the Water' book/Bible discussion, The Coffee Depot

Fri, Mar 29
Dale on call for pastoral emergencies

Sun, Mar 31 Mission Sunday (Mission in the World)
One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
9 am - 12:15 pm OWL Session, Library
10 am Worship Service, Church School
11:20 am Sing and Celebrate Choir rehearsal, Room 6
11:20 am Speaker Series #3: Water Protection, Vestry
5 - 7 pm Youth Group meeting, Room 9

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This weekend at BCCUCC
East Bay Kids Clothing and Toy Swap
Held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, the next one is Saturday, March 16th from 9:30 - 11:30 am in Fellowship Hall. Trade in your clean clothes, shoes and gently used toys, and get new (to you) clothes, shoes and toys! Size newborn to 12 years old. (No carseats please) Give what you can, take what you need! $3-$5 donation at the door, but no-one turned away. Open to the community.
Interested in volunteering? Contact

The organizers are looking for musicians for their events - learn more
Sing and Celebrate Choir rehearsals
Our children’s choir rehearsals are held after church at 11:20 am in Room 6 on Sundays, March 17, 24, 31, Apr 7 & 28 as they prepare to sing in church on May 5th. Rehearsals last about 20 minutes, and boys & girls in Grades 1-5, and older children are all welcome to come sing. If there are kindergartners interested, please speak with Kate as she’s willing to let them try it out! For more information or questions, contact Kate Colby at 246-1743 or .
Lenten Speaker Series begins this Sunday
The Mission and Justice Team invites you to the first in this year's Lenten Speaker Series. On Sunday, March 17th in the library after worship, Jordan Hevenor, co-founder of The Womxn Project, and our own Caroline Jackson Morgan, volunteer lobbyist with The Womxn Project, will join us to Demystify the State House. They will provide an update on the status of reproductive health care in Rhode Island and present ways to have all our voices heard on this important issue. All are welcome. Learn more at The Womxn Project . New!! The discussion will transition to an opportunity to take action on this issue from Noon - 2 pm in Fellowship Hall.
'Sugar Eat' Fundraiser for Outdoor Ministry at Irons Homestead
Sunday, March 17th from 2 – 4 pm at Irons Homestead, 688 Snake Hill Road, Glocester RI. Delicious hot maple syrup is poured over snow to create an instant candy. Served with dill pickles, plain doughnuts, deviled eggs and a variety of drinks. $5 adults; $3 children under 12. All are welcome.
From the River's Edge
Come to the Water

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister - Mar. 15, 2019 This letter was written for the RI Conference and Brendan is also sharing it here to let us know of a current initiative of the RI conference's Justice & Witness ministry.

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If you missed reading any earlier 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 
Lenten Opportunities
Wondrous Encounters
On Monday evenings during Lent (through Apr 8) from 7-8 pm in the Meditation Room (Rm 8), Brendan invites you to participate in a special Lenten meditation series centering on the reflections of the contemplative Christian writer, and founder of the center for action and contemplation, Richard Rohr. This series is offered during Lent as a space for us to explore together how we “encounter” and experience the divine in our daily lives. All are welcome to come for the full six weeks of the meditation series or on a drop-in basis! Questions? Contact Brendan at or 246-0111 x 104.
Community Office Hours during Lent to include 'Come to the water' book/Bible study
From 4-5 pm on Thursday afternoons during Lent (thru Thursday, April 18th) Brendan will lead a Lenten book/Bible study ‘Come to the Water’ exploring the theme of God in creation and how our faith moves us to act as stewards and sustainers of the natural world that makes life possible. We will be reading the “Read Across RI” book, “ What The Eyes Don’t See,” by Mona Hanna-Attisha. Brendan is incorporating this book study into the second hour of the community office hours that he hosts every Thursday at The Coffee Depot, 501 Main St, Warren, from 3-5 pm. He will host weekly discussions on sections of the book and provide eco-themed scripture passages to expand the discussion. All who wish to participate in this book/Bible study can purchase the book on Amazon. If you have any questions about the study please contact Brendan at or 246-0111 x 10.
Lenten Speaker Series continues on March 24th and 31st.
The other after church Lenten Speakers will be.....
On Sunday, March 24th: Marlene Davis from Newport Hospital will speak about their education program that addresses infant abuse.  11:20 am in the Library.
On Sunday, March 31st: John Gonzalez is a member of the Board of Rhode Island Interfaith Power and Light. As a Water Protector who spent three months on the front lines of the Standing Rock occupation, he continues his activism as an organizer with the Land and Water Sovereignty Project here in Rhode Island.  11:20 am in the Vestry.
Less Plastic for Lent
The Mission and Justice Team is offering a different type of Lenten discipline this year. You are invited to download a Less Plastic for Lent calendar, or pick one up from the table at the back of Fellowship Hall. It is full of suggestions on how to use less plastic each day. To learn more about the origins of this idea, go to .
Happening aaasoon....
Feasting at Fireside
Members and friends of the church are invited to dinners for six hosted by Elizabeth and Dale Azevedo at the parsonage. The next one is scheduled for Monday, March 18th . Singles, couples and families are welcome. If you’d like to attend, please sign up at .
Deadline for signing up is Friday, March 15th at Noon.
The Pokanoket Nation: History and Traditions
Barrington Interfaith Partners is sponsoring a public forum in our Fellowship Hall on Thursday, March 21st at 7 pm. All are welcome. Sagamore Po Wauipi Nemagaug, also known as William Guy and a Barrington resident, will lead the program which will include an aboriginal drumming circle, singers and a tribal storyteller. The Sagamore and other members of the tribe will explain the nation’s history and traditions. The Pokanoket nation pre-dates the Wampanoag and, at one time, their land spanned parts of what are now Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In 2017, the tribe set course to reclaim their ancestral land on Mt. Hope Bay in Bristol from Brown University. The Pokanoket Tribe was the largest aboriginal nation in northeastern North America when the first colonizers arrived. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. 
The program is free and will be appropriate for middle schoolers through senior citizens. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. For more information, contact Helen Schall at or 245-4724.

Barrington Interfaith Partners is a group of laypeople from several communities and houses of worship, who work to build relationships among people of different faiths and beliefs as it examines topics related to faith and justice, and works to bring about a just society.  
Conversations about BCCUCC's Endowment Funds
Did you know our church has permanent funds that earn monies annually to help run our church? Would you like to know the status and significance of these long-term investment funds? Would you like to have input on the strategy for growth of these funds? This legacy has been left to us by people like you who cared about the future of our church. Would you like to leave a legacy too? Join the Endowment Team for
Leaving a Legacy: Conversations about BCCUCC’s Endowment Funds
on Sunday, April 7th or Sunday, April 14th beginning at 11:30 am in the Library. There will be a brief update on the status and significance of our Endowment funds, but mostly we want you in the conversation. Feedback and ideas will help us develop plans for the future. There are 2 meetings scheduled and childcare will be provided. Come to either one. Whichever fits your schedule. We look forward to seeing you there and hearing what you have to say
Information about all of the groups that meet regularly at BCCUCC can be found below under "Regular Happenings"
Regular happenings (listed alphabetically)
Bereavement Group
The group will next meet in the library on Monday, March 18th at 11 am. The group is open to anyone who has lost a loved one at any time, and is open to the community. For more info, contact the f acilitator, Betsy Brenner at  or 245-8031.  
Book Group
Book Gro up next meets Tuesday, March 19th at 11:30 am at the Coffee Depot, 501 Main St, Warren, to discuss A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America’s Secret Desert by Karen Piper. “For designing and detonating missiles, China Lake was perfect - a desert wasteland within driving distance of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. But for Piper's family, life at the military base was full of secrets and challenges, as she reveals in this fascinating memoir.”   
For more information about the group, please contact Helen Schall at or 245-4724. All are welcome!   
Community Office Hours
They happen Thursdays from 3 - 5 pm at The Coffee Depot, 501 Main Street, Warren (unless otherwise noted). On Thursdays during Lent (March 7th - April 18th) the second hour from 4 - 5 pm will be a book/Bible Study with Brendan. See 'Come to the water' above for all the details. Community Office Hours are for anyone in the church or community who would like to stop by and visit with Brendan in this more informal setting. All are welcome.
Knitting for Others Group
The group next meets on Tuesday, April 2nd from 7-9 pm at the home of Barbara Wuth, 3 Fireside Drive, Barrington. The group meets monthly, makes a variety of different items to be given away (prayer shawls, preemie hats, etc), and can provide patterns and help. All knitters/crocheters are welcome, especially new faces!  Please RSVP to Barbara to let her know if you'll be attending at . To learn more about the group, c ontact Mary Lou Slicker at 245-0085 or
NAMI RI Family Support Group
NAMI RI ( National Alliance on Mental Illness ) holds a monthly support group at our church for family members of people with mental illness. Open to anyone in the community the next meeting is Thursday, April 4th from 6 – 7:30 pm in Room 6. For more info contact or call (401) 331-3060.
Women's Faith Group
The group next meets on Thursday, March 21st from 1 - 2:30 pm in the library. The group welcomes women of all ages from BCCUCC as well as from other churches and faith traditions. They are discussing The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri and copies are available for purchase from the church office at the discounted price of $12.  For more information contact Jane Tonn at 289-2349 or jt ,
Save the dates!
Partnership with East Bay Citizens for Peace
Save the date! Our Mission and Justice Team are joining with the East Bay Citizens for Peace to bring you a talk by journalist Ed Fitzpatrick on First Amendment Rights on Thursday, April 11th at 7 pm in Fellowship Hall. Details to follow.

EBCP is a grassroots organization committed to peaceful solutions to conflict, and social and economic justice through open, respectful dialogue. For more information contact 401-247-9738, or
Loaves and Fishes RI Fundraiser
Loaves and Fishes RI (LFRI) is embarking on its 11th year serving food, clothing, and basic necessities to those who are homeless and in need of nourishment and basic necessities. The truck makes no less than 19 visits a month to multiple sites statewide. We are grateful to our entire community who keep this vital mission alive and growing. LFRI will be holding an Auction Fundraiser on Thursday, May 16th at the RI Country Club, so mark your calendar to spend an evening with dedicated, warm-hearted folks sharing a unified mission, while raising funds for LFRI.  Details Learn more about the organization at .  
Ways you can help!
Support the Service/Mission Trip to H.O.M.E.
A container has been placed in Fellowship Hall for the collection of items needed by H.O.M.E., where our youth are going on their MIssion/Service trip April 14-17. A "Wish List" has been given to us by the folks at H.O.M.E. - view the Wish List. Copies are also available from the table at the back of Fellowship Hall. Your gifts will be greatly appreciated. Our youth and chaperones will take the items with them when they go to H.O.M.E. from April 14-17.   Deadline for donating items is Friday, April 12th .
Help researchers at Harvard learn about faith and politics
We recently received an email from two graduate students in the Harvard Department of Government, asking for our help with a research project. They're interested in hearing about the attitudes of faithful church-goers in America toward political issues like abortion and gay marriage, and they've contacted many different churches asking the congregation and clergy to complete a survey. Dale invites the congregation to participate if they would like to do so.
Help us stay visible on Facebook by 'Liking' our posts
Hopefully you’ve already ‘Liked’ our church’s Facebook page and see our posts in your newsfeed – if not, you can find us at . The way Facebook works, for our page to keep showing up in your newsfeed and for it also to be seen by the wider community, you also need to ‘Like’ individual posts from the church that you see. So please help us keep getting our message out about who we are and what’s happening at BCCUCC by hitting that ‘Like’ button for the posts that you see and like. 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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In the event of bad weather....
In the event of bad weather....
We will always do our best to notify you of cancellations, especially if we ever need to cancel Sunday worship. Be sure to check your email, Facebook, and the TV and radio stations. There's also a link to the RI Broadcasters list of cancellations on our church website under What's Happening>Snow and Event Cancellations, or click here
However, in the event that we lose power and/or internet connection we will be unable to post these notifications. Also please note that if there is bad weather during office hours, the office may need to close without notice.
From the church office
Do you need a nametag?
Wearing a nametag helps everyone get to know each other, and is also welcoming to newcomers. Please wear your nametag for worship and coffee hour on Sundays. If you need a nametag you can sign up for one in the vestry hallway or at the Welcome Table in Fellowship Hall or email the church office. Newly made nametags are placed in the specially labeled basket on the sideboard in the vestry hallway for you to pick up on a Sunday morning.
Church Calendar is available anytime on-line.
The church calendar is kept up to date and you can find it at  If you have any meetings or activities planned, please send them to so that they can be added to the calendar. Also please notify the office or any errors or changes. Thank you.  
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