April 13, 2017
Weekly newsletter of Barrington Congregational Church United Church of Christ
Thurs, Apr 13   Maundy Thursday
7 pm   Tenebrae Service with Communion, Sanctuary
7:45 pm   Choir rehearsal after service

Fri, Apr 14   Good Friday  
Church Office Closed
Noon   Good Friday Walk (begins and ends at church)

Sun, Apr 15   Easter Sunday
6 am   Ecumenical Sunrise Service with Communion, Osamequin Point
9:15 am   Worship Service for All Ages, Nursery Care Only
After 9:15 am service   Easter Egg Hunt and Coffee Hour
11 am   Worship Service for All Ages, Nursery Care Only

Mon, Apr 17   
Office Closed
Noon   Mission Trippers leave for h.o.m.e. in Orland, Maine

Tues, Apr 18
11 am   Staff meeting, Dale’s office

Wed, Apr 19
7:30 pm   Choir Rehearsal, Vestry

Thurs, Apr 20
1:30 – 3 pm   Women’s Faith Group, Library
6:30 – 8 pm   Historical Group, Tom Wegner’s home

Sat, Apr 22
9 am – 1 pm   Church Clean Up Day
EveningMission Trippers return

Sun, Apr 23   Laity Sunday
10 am   Worship Service for All Ages, Nursery Care only
After Worship   Sing and Celebrate Choir rehearsal, Room 6
11 am – 1 pm   Korean Church meets in the Library

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Thursday - Saturday
Maundy Thursday
There will be a Service of Tenebrae on Maundy Thursday, April 13th at 7 pm in the sanctuary.  The deacons and ministers lead this worship service in which the story of Jesus’ passion and suffering is read, with candles extinguished one by one.  The service also includes communion.  All are invited to deepen their experience of the resurrection by living through the passion and death of Christ in this contemplative service.  
Good Friday Walk
You are invited to join the ministers (Dale and Brendan) on Good Friday, April 14th for a prayerful walk through town during which we will pause at certain points to reflect on the seven final statements uttered by Christ from the cross.  On the walk we will take time to honor Christ’s passion together and meditate on the presence of the cross as well as the living Christ in our own community and in our lives.  The walk will begin at the church at Noon and will be 3.2 miles long – ending up back at the church.  We hope you can join us for this sacred time.
No Public Office Hours for Brendan for two weeks
Brendan will not be having public office hours at The Coffee Depot either this Friday, April 14th (Good Friday) or next Friday, April 21st (he'll be away on the Mission Trip). They resume on Friday, April 28th from 3-5 pm at The Coffee Depot in Warren.

Help needed hiding Easter Eggs!
In order for the children to find some eggs following the 9:15 Easter service on Sunday, there needs to be an egg hiding session earlier on Easter morning at 8:30 a.m.  Please contact Andrea Bullard if you would like to help with this fun activity andrea@bccucc.org 
Easter Sunday
Easter Sunday
On Easter Sunday, April 16th, there will be three different opportunities to worship as we celebrate Christ’s resurrection.  All are welcome:

6 am  Ecumenical Sunrise Communion Service at Osamequin Point, located 1.1 miles north of the church on the Wampanoag Trail (Rte 114).  Map

9:15 am and 11 am   Worship Service for All Ages in the Sanctuary.  

After the 9:15 am service only, there will be Coffee Hou r and an Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunt 
There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for children in the lower elementary grades and younger following the 9:15 am service only.  Children are asked to please bring a basket.  

Mission Trip Fundraiser results
The Mission Trippers would like to thank all those who have supported the ‘envelope’ fundraiser!  Thanks to your generosity we have exceeded our fundraising goal of S4,000 and have raised $4,400!  This will cover the cost of the mission trip and will make it possible for us to offer a gift to the H.O.M.E. Cooperative.  All those going on the Mission Trip express their gratitude to the congregation and give thanks to God! Donations will be collected through Easter Sunday so if you would like to make a donation it’s not too late – additional donations received will be added to the gift to H.O.M.E.
Chancel Fund thanks
Thank you to everyone who made a donation to the Chancel Fund this Easter.  Your generosity made possible the purchase of the plants that are decorating the sanctuary this Easter Sunday, as well as the 27 plants that have already been delivered by the deacons to the homebound, ill, or recently bereaved.  The Fund is also used to help pay for other things that enhance the worship experience, or are needed in the sanctuary – these have included the brass handrails for the altar steps, a contribution toward the cost of the new carpet, and improvements to the sound system. 

Do you like to give the altar flowers on a specific date each year? 
The Chancel team would like to establish a list of those wishing to donate Altar Flowers on or close to a specific date every year.  The arrangements can be in memory of loved ones, in honor of those persons dear to you, or in celebration of an event (birthday, anniversary etc).   If you have a specific date each year you’d like to donate the altar flowers, please contact Audrey Rogers at 246-1727 or adrogers8@cox.net to let her know.

Not able to make it to church?
If you missed worship some Sunday, or want to hear a sermon again, you can listen to the sermons online at this link

This Week
Mission Trip is this week!
The Mission Trippers leave on Monday, April 17th and head to Orland, Maine for six  days to work with the H.O.M.E. Cooperative, building homes for low income families. The group of 13 includes 9 youth (Matthew Bowman, Amanda Colby, Walter Joachim DelPoio, Bobby and Doug Dubel, Zane Maio, Olivia Noyes, Evan and Colin Stabach) and 4 chaperones (Greg Dubel, Susan and Francis Seader, and Rev. Brendan Curran).  They return on Saturday evening.  Please keep them in your prayers.  
'The Settlers' film
The Settlers, a film about the Israeli settlers in Palestine, will be shown on Monday, April 17th at 6:30 PM, at Weaver Library, 41 Grove Ave., East Providence.  “ The Settlers, a Shimon Dotan documentary, is a compelling, must see, tour de force outline of the Israeli Settlement issue fueling the last fifty years of Middle East Conflicts”, according to Michael Berkowitz in The Huffington Post.  Discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments will be served.  This event is free and open to the public. For more Information, contact eastbaycitizens4peace@hotmail.com or 401-247-3004.  Co-sponsoring the event are the East Bay Citizens for Peace, the Weaver Library, the Mission and Justice Ministry of the Barrington Congregational Church UCC, and the American Friends Service Committee – South East New England. 
Women's Faith Group
Meets on Thursday, April 20th from 1:30 – 3 pm in the church library, to continue with, A Man called Ove by Frederick Backman.  Copies of the book are available for purchase from the church office ($13).  All women are welcome, including from other faiths and churches.  For more info contact Carol Louttit 245-2299 or chl2299@aol.com or Jane Tonn 289-2349 or jtonn2@cox.net.  
Church Clean Up Day
On Saturday, April 22nd from 9 am – 1 pm volunteers from the church together with members of Boy Scout Troop 6 will come together to clean up the church grounds and tackle other projects needing attention.  Volunteers from the church of all abilities (skilled and unskilled) and ages are welcome, even if you can only be there for a short time.  Sign up is appreciated - contact Paul Dennis at 245-6296 or wrbtwks@aol.com to volunteer. Please bring work gloves and gardening tools if you have them.

Coming Soon 
Yale Whiffenpoofs in Concert at BCCUCC - tickets on sale now
On Sunday, May 7th at 7 pm, as part of the '3 Centuries and Beyond' Concert series, the world famous Yale a cappella group The Whffenpoofs, will be giving a concert in the sanctuary of BCCUCC. Tickets are available online at www.Whiffenpoofs.com/Tickets or at the door.  We expect this to be a popular concert so you might want to purchase your ticket online while they last! 
A portion of the ticket sales is benefiting our church’s 300th Anniversary celebrations and preservation efforts.   
Sing and Celebrate Children's Choir
Rehearsals will be held after church in Room 6 on Sundays, April 23rd, 30th, & May 7th in preparation for singing in church again on Mother’s Day, May 14th.  All children (boys and girls) Grade 1 & up are welcome to join the choir and come sing.  Contact Kate Colby kcolby@fullchannel.net or 246-1743 or Marina Zabinski marina@bccucc.org or 726-5118 or for more info. 
Bereavement Group
The Bereavement Group meets again on Monday, April 24th from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm in the church library.  Anyone who has lost a loved one at any time is welcome, and participants need not be from this church.  For more information, contact the facilitator Betsy Brenner 
Memory Impairment Support Group
The group next meets on Tuesday, April 25th from 1 - 2:30 pm in the church library.  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
Knitting for Others Group
Knitting for Others Group meets Tuesday, May 2nd  from 7 – 9 pm at the home of Barbara Wuth, 3 Fireside Drive, Barrington.  They continue to work on prayer shawls and other projects and can provide patterns and help for newcomers. All knitters/crocheters are welcome, especially new faces!  Please let Barbara know if you are coming (245-7291 or bwuth54@gmail.com).  This will probably be the last session until the fall so we hope many can make it.  For more information about the group contact Mary Lou Slicker (245-0085 rislick@fullchannel.net).  
Interfaith Poverty Conference
Organized by the RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty. Thursday, May 11th from 8 am - 12:30 pm at RI College, Providence.  Keynote Speaker is Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Jr, and there will also be workshop choices available.  More details at www.tinyurl.com/RIPoverty2017  where you can also purchase tickets.   There is a reduced rate ($10 discount) for groups of 3 or more so anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Helen Schall at helenschall@hotmail.com or 245-4724.
Junior Youth Group Sleepover and Service Project
The Junior Youth Group’s annual church sleepover and shoreline clean-up with Save the Bay is happening Friday, May 12th - Saturday, May 13th.  JYG members are invited to gather at the church at 6 pm on Friday 12th for pizza, games, movies and sleepover.  There will be a pancake breakfast the morning of Saturday 13th.  We will join Save the Bay for a shoreline clean-up later that morning, leaving from the church in car-pools at 9 am.  Parents are encouraged to join in for the clean-up!  We will be at the clean-up site from 10 am-12 pm.  The event concludes at the church at 12:45 pm.  Junior Youth Group (JYG) is open to any youth in Grades 6–8.  Questions or to sign up to go - contact Rev. Brendan Curran at 246-0111 x104 or Brendan@bccucc.org 
Book Group
Book Group will meet Tuesday, May 16th at 7 pm in the church library.  They will discuss Mothering Sunday: a Romance by Graham Swift.  “Set in 1924, in an England still reeling from the loss of young men to the Great War, this elegiac tale offers a haunting portrait of lives in a world in transition.” (Publishers Weekly).  For more information about the group, contact Helen Schall at helenschall@hotmail.com or 245-4724.  All are welcome.  
'3 Centuries and Beyond' Birthday Picnic
On Sunday, May 21st there will be a special birthday picnic at Noon to celebrate our church's 300th anniversary.  There'll be hot dogs, hamburgers, cake, ice cream, music and more!  All are invited.  The congregation is being asked to make salads to accompany the picnic – sign up sheets are on the table at the back of Fellowship Hall.  Plan to come and be part of this fun celebration.  
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Confessions of a Cardiologist
How does your diet impact your health?  Which foods cause inflammation or increase the risk of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases?  Ask the doctor!  Dr. Robert Ostfeld, a preventative cardiologist from NYC will be the guest speaker on  Thurs, Apr 20th in Providence.   Details
Foster Care Info Session
A child needs you!   Boys Town of New England are holding a Foster Care Info Session on Tuesday, April 25th at 7 pm in Warren.   Details

Mental Health Recovery Day
All are invited to rally at the RI State House on Wednesday, May 3rd in support of a Recovery-Oriented Mental Health System in Rhode Island.   Details

Please Support the Barrington High School After Prom
Volunteers and donations are needed for this year's BHS 'After Prom' held after the Fri, May 12th Senior Prom   Details  

News from the RI Conference UCC
Irons Homestead 
Irons Homestead is the Camp and Retreat Center of the RI Conference of the UCC.  Covering 70 acres, it is located in the northwest corner of Rhode Island in Glocester.   Rev. Jennifer Geary - a member of BCCUCC - is the Irons Homestead Manager. Learn more about Irons at this link.  
News from the Homestead - the quarterly newsletter - has information about a number of upcoming opportunities.   Read it here

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