Sept 26, 2019
Newsletter of Barrington Congregational Church United Church of Christ
Office Hours: Mon - Fri, 9:30 - 12:30 and 1:30 - 4:30 (unless otherwise noted)

Fri, Sep 27
Brendan on call for pastoral emergencies

9 - 9:45 am Confirmation Orientation (Youth and Parents), Library
10 am Worship Service, Church School
11:30 am Mission Trip 2020 Informational Meeting, Library

Mon, Sep 30
7 - 8:30 pm Vision 2020 meeting, Room 6
7 - 8 pm Mindful Monday, Meditation Room (Rm 8)

Tues, Oct 1
11 am Staff meeting, Dale's office
7 pm Knitting for Others Group, Audrey Rogers' home

Wed, Oct 2
4 pm Barrington Interfaith Partners (BIP) meeting, Library
4 - 5 pm Autism and Asperger's Support Group for Young Adults, Room 6
7 - 8:15 pm 'Exploring the Bible-1', Library
7:30 - 9 pm Choir rehearsal, Vestry

Thurs, Oct 3
1:30 - 3 pm Women's Faith Group, Library
3 - 5 pm Community Office Hours, The Coffee Depot in Warren
6 - 7:30 pm NAMI RI Family Support Group, Room 6

Fri, Oct 4
Dale on call for pastoral emergencies
Office Open 9:30 am - 12:30 pm only
6 - 9 pm Deacons Dinner and Retreat, Pat Stoddard's home

Sun, Oct 6 Deacons Sunday
Neighbors in Need offering and World Communion Sunday
10 am Worship Service with Communion, Church School
11:30 am - 1:30 pm Confirmation class, Room 9

Mon, Oct 7
Office Open 9:30 am - 12:30 pm only
11 am Bereavement Group, Library
7 - 8 pm Mindful Monday, Meditation Room (Room 8)

Tues, Oct 8
11 am Staff meeting, Dale's office
7 pm Church Council meeting, Room 6

Wed, Oct 9
Noon - Deadline for eBridge
7 - 8:15 pm 'Exploring the Bible-1', Library
7:30 - 9 pm Choir rehearsal, Vestry

Thurs, Oct 10
3 - 5 pm Community Office Hours, The Coffee Depot in Warren

Fri, Oct 11
Brendan on call for pastoral emergencies

8:30 am CEYM meeting, Library
10 am All Ages Worship, Nursery Care available

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Please note.....
'Exploring the Bible 1' - an adult Bible study for you!
Dale has extended the deadline for signing up to this Sunday, Sept 29th - as he has to order materials. RSVP to him at
What is the Bible? is the first of a series of small-group studies that make up Exploring the Bible: the Dickenson Series . This initial study will explore some of the best-known Bible passages and discover many of the different ways that they can be interpreted. You will learn how the Bible as we know it was put together, who decided what parts were in and what were out, and where to go with your questions about this wonderful, baffling, beautiful, unsettling book we call the Bible. Rev. Dale Azevedo will be offering this class in the church library on six Wednesday evenings (7:00-8:15 pm) October 2, 9, 16, 30, November 6 & 20 . The cost for materials is $15. If the fee is a concern, speak with Dale. There is something in the class for Bible neophytes as well as those with lifelong experiences with the book. Come, learn, and share your thoughts!
Learn more about the series.
A heartbreaking ending
It is with great sadness that Lory McCoy informed the congregation on Sunday 9/22 that the Juarez family left rather precipitously to go back to Texas. They told her the night of 9/15 and left by bus the following day. The oldest daughter has been extremely unhappy at school. The social, cultural, and educational differences were so great for her that the mother felt they could not be overcome.
Lory wishes to thank everybody for their time and generosity. This has been quite an experience with a heartbreaking ending. She would like to celebrate the outpouring of kindness, help, and support from our community. It is something for which all of us should be proud. The family certainly benefited from their time here and we have all benefited as well. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Lory has returned the donated funds.
Update: The family made it safely to Texas and the girls have started school there.
Nametags - we're going to try something a little different
Beginning in October, the children’s nametags will be stored along with the adults in the nametag rack in the vestry hallway. This way young and old alike can pick up their nametag as they come into worship and wear them through coffee hour. It will help us all – including the ministers - get to know one another more easily. When you leave on a Sunday, your nametag can be left in one of various collection baskets (at the back of Fellowship Hall, by the kitchen door, and in the vestry hallway) so that it can be returned to the nametag rack ready for you to find and wear the next time. Need a nametag? Sign up for one in the vestry hallway or at the Welcome Table in Fellowship Hall, or email the office a t - be sure to indicate if you want a clip, pin or string style of holder . Newly made nametags are placed in the specially labeled basket on the sideboard in the vestry hallway for you to pick up.  
East Bay WOMEN'S Clothing Swap was Sept 14th (sorry)
There was a change in date for the East Bay Women's Clothing Swap and it took place two weeks earlier than the office had been told - on Sept 14th. We apologize for any inconvenience and will try and make sure that the organizers and the church office are all on the same page when the next one is scheduled!
Sunday, September 29th
Confirmation Orientation Meeting for Youth and Parents
The Confirmation program is open to youth in Grades 9 and up and is facilitated by Rev. Brendan Curran. There will be an Orientation to Confirmation Classes for parents and their interested 9th graders this Sunday, Sept 29th from 9 - 9:45 am in the library. Please RSVP to Brendan at 246-0111 x 104 or if you plan to attend.
Learn more about the program on page 12 of the 2019-2020 CEYM booklet, including the dates of all of the classes and events.
Have you registered your child(ren) and youth yet?
ALL children and youth from infants thru Grade 12 are required to have an up to date registration form on file each year, in order to participate in church programs. There will be a table in the foyer of Fellowship Hall again this Sunday where a parent or guardian who registered their child(ren) last year can update the info and initial the form for this year, and parents/guardians of children new to the program can fill out a registration form.   
Save time and download a 2019-2020 registration form to fill out ahead of time.
2020 Mission Trip Informational Meeting is this Sunday, Sept 29th
We are excited to announce that next year’s mission trip is an inter generational trip (ages 16 and up) to Puerto Rico. Although it has been two years since hurricane Maria devastated this American island there is still tremendous destruction and wreckage.  Rev. Dale Azevedo will be leading this trip leaving the week after Barrington schools get out (June 21-27, 2020). 
Currently the majority of work being done is repairing roofs. These are flat roofs and single story only, so all skill levels are able to participate. Additionally, the weather is generally gorgeous in Puerto Rico in June (low 70s) but we will still get up early and work through the early afternoon before breaking for the day. Hopefully, there will be lots of time to get to know one another better and learn about this Caribbean jewel. This is a wonderful way to serve God and our neighbors!
If you are interested in this trip please contact Dale at .
We will be holding an organizational meeting this Sunday, September 29th following worship ( 11:30 am in the Library ). Space on the trip is limited to 15 participants determined on a first come first serve basis (with a handful of spots reserved initially for youth). For more information on the UCC’s work in Puerto Rico go to .
Do we have your picture for the Church Photo Directory?
The Membership Team is working on creating a new church directory with family photos. We would love EVERYONE to be included, and we're trying to make the process easy and hassle free. Each family may have 1 photo included. You can either email a photo in jpeg format to by October 1st OR stop by our “photo booth” for an informal family picture during coffee hour for the last time this Sunday, Sept 29th.
If you are emailing your photo, please no copyrighted ones – some portrait photographers do not give permission for reprinting. 
Last opportunity to make new Peace Flags
This Sunday, September 29th, is the last time that our Mission and Justice Team will have all of the materials for you to make new peace flags at coffee hour . Thanks to those who have already made them. The completed flags will be hung in our sanctuary and educational building. This year, the theme is 'Climate Action for Peace' and M&J encourages you to include climate concerns in the making of your peace flags. Learn more at this link
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Can you help?
Neighbors in Need offering
The 'Neighbors in Need' offering will be collected on Sunday, October 6th.  This special mission offering of the United Church of Christ supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One third of the funds collected support the American Indian Ministry. Two thirds are used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice Initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. Grants are also awarded to local churches to do justice work in their communities. In 2019 a special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant and refugee neighbors and communities. Through this offering we share our love for Neighbor, Children and Creation. Learn more at (where you can also make online donations). Checks should be made payable to “BCCUCC” with “NIN” in the memo line. Donations may be put in the Sunday offering plate or mailed to the church office. Thank you. 
2nd Barrington Day of Caring - A Community Wide Day of Volunteering
Monday, October 14th (Indigenous People's Day) 11 am - 4 pm. Volunteers will gather at the Town Hall from 11 am to register, then leave at Noon to go to various sites where they can put their talents to work by improving the lives of their neighbors and the local community. Activities will include home improvement, decluttering, yard work, and cleanup of the beach. All ages and skill levels welcome. Over 130 people volunteered last year at six residential homes, did a number of projects at the Farm School, and at various other sites.
Volunteers can register online or download a form, or pick up a form at Barrington Town Hall or the Bayside YMCA. 

Barrington Day of Caring is the initiative of the Barrington Community Support Coalition (BCSC) that comprises of representatives of houses of worship, volunteer agencies, Barrington Business Association, town and school departments, EMS, Fire and Police. 
Loaves and Fishes Ministry
The next time BCCUCC takes out the Loaves and Fishes RI (LFRI) Truck will be Wednesday, October 23rd. Check the on-line sign up for information about the run, what's needed, and to sign up to help with donations of food, clothing, or help with prep, going out on the truck etc. This important outreach ministry serves the homeless of Rhode Island, and various churches around the state take the truck out to different RI locations. Learn more at
Calling All Singers - voices needed for Christmas Cantata!
Do you like to sing? Can you make a short-term commitment to join the choir as they prepare for the Family Christmas Spectacular worship service on Sunday, December 15th? The choir is already working on a new Christmas Cantata to sing that day and invites all singers who would like to join them for this special event. The Cantata, titled “Hope” is a gospel style piece that brings a special energy and meaning to the Christmas season - you can listen to the piece at this link . Contact Pat Stoddard ( or 829-0654) or Marina Zabinski ( ) if interested. The choir has regular rehearsal on Wednesdays from 7:30-9 pm; Cantata rehearsal is 30-45 minutes long and will be either at the beginning or end of rehearsal, depending on when the extra singers are available. 
Altar Flower Donors needed for Oct 20 & 27
Celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or remember loved ones with altar flowers in the sanctuary. We have openings for donors to pay for one vase ($30 each) on Sundays, October 20th and 27th. Please be in touch with Chancel Team member Jen Melker at (617) 877-1278 or if interested. Thanks. 
Special happenings in October...... and beyond
All Ages Worship Service
The next new and improved, multi-generational, All Ages Worship Service will be on Sunday, October 13th at 10 am . The Sunday's theme will be 'Jesus and Children' and once again there will be special opportunities for children to participate in the service. We encourage everyone to attend as we worship God together in this family friendly way. Nursery care will be available for the littlest ones.
An Afternoon of Godly Play
On Sunday, October 20th from 1 – 4 pm Barrington Congregational Church, UCC will be offering a Godly Play Introduction and Refresher.  “What is it like to see and hear God's stories as if they were told just for you? What is like to wonder about those stories? What are other ways you can respond to the story that are just for you? What is it like to sit in a circle together and get to know each other? What is our own spiritual life like? What is a child's spiritual life like?” Come and see how this way of being with God, children and ourselves takes place. We will experience Godly Play, play with Godly Play, and discuss its philosophy. Whether just curious or wanting more, we hope you will join us. All are welcome. More details soon. If you're interested in attending or have questions, please contact Andrea Bullard, our CE coordinator, at or 246-0111 x107.
Learn more about Godly Play at

You can read more about all of our Church School and Youth programs by reading the 2019 - 2020 Guide to Christian Education and Youth Ministries at BCCUCC . Printed copies are also available outside Andrea's office.
Trunk or Treat
We're doing a Trunk or Treat again this year - after worship on Sunday, October 27th in the parking lot. It may be a month away but it's never too early to start planning your costume or how you can decorate your car trunk! More information to follow.
Senior Luncheon - save the date!
This year's Senior Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, November 6th at Noon in Fellowship Hall. Mark your calendars so you won't miss it! All seniors are welcome. Details about signing up to follow.
Christmas Eve Service Times
It may be still be 90 days until Christmas but as you start thinking about making plans, please know that there will be two services on Christmas Eve (Tues, Dec 24th) at the same times as last year - a 6 pm Family Service with Pageant, and a 10 pm Service of Lessons and Carols with the choir.
Regular Weekly and Monthly happenings
(listed alphabetically)
Autism and Asperger's Support Group for Young Adults
A support group for young adults (ages 18-30) with Asperger's or Autism meets at our church on the 1st Wednesday of the month. Their next meeting will be Wednesday, October 2nd from 4 - 5 pm in Room 6. Anyone from the community interested in joining should contact Nicco Palmisano at (401) 280-0462. All are welcome.
Bereavement Group
The group will meet Monday, October 7th at 11 am in the library. The group is open to anyone (not just church members) who has lost a loved one at any time. For more information, contact the facilitator Betsy Brenner at or 245-8031.
Book Group
Book Group next meets Tuesday, October 29th at 7 pm in the church library. They will be discussing The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton: "Hamilton has anchored her writing life to her family's Wisconsin apple orchard, and in her warm, funny, and incisive seventh novel, she creates a veritable cosmos out of a Wisconsin family farm, from its fields to its apple trees, lambs, woods, marsh, and ramshackle houses and barns." (Booklist).  All are welcome! 
For more information about the group, please contact Helen Schall at or 245-4724. All are welcome!   
Community Office Hours
Community Office Hours are held on Thursday afternoons from
3–5 pm at The Coffee Depot, 501 Main Street, Warren. Anyone from the church or community is welcome to stop by and chat with Brendan in this more informal setting.
East Bay Kids Clothing and Toy Swap
Held on the 3rd Saturday of the month, the next one is on Saturday, October 19th from 9:30 - 11:30 am in Fellowship Hall. Trade in clean clothes, shoes, and gently used toys, and get new (to you) items! Size newborn to age 12. Give what you can, take what you need. $3 - 5 donation at the door, but no-one turned away. Open to the community.
Knitting Group
Knitting for Others Group will meet Tuesday, October 1st from 7 – 9 pm at the home of Audrey Rogers, 12 Zephyr Lane, Barrington. Please RSVP to Audrey at 246-1727 or so she knows how many to expect. The group meets monthly - on the 1st Tuesday - makes a variety of different items to be given away (prayer shawls, preemie hats etc) and can provide patterns and help. All knitters and crocheters are welcome, especially new faces! For more information about the group, contact Nancy Arena at 246-0212 or  
Mindful Mondays
Mindful Mondays with Brendan happen every Monday (except on holidays or otherwise noted) from 7 - 8 pm in the Meditation Room. The hour consists of a 20 - 25 minute guided meditation, a contemplative reading or poem, followed by tea and discussion. The sessions are designed to be inclusive for people of all faiths and are open to the public. All are welcome.
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 Thurs, Oct 3rd from 6 – 7:30 pm in Room 6. For more info contact NAMI RI at or call (401) 331-3060 .
Women's Faith Group
The Women’s Faith Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 1:30 – 3 pm in the church library, beginning Thursday, October 3rd . The group welcomes women of all ages from BCCUCC as well as other churches and faith traditions. For more information contact Jane Tonn at 289-2349 or .  
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From the River's Edge
Get Up High!

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister - September 15, 2019 In the very midst of their destruction, the prophet Isaiah empowers the people of God. The people in exile feel abandoned by God because they have been severed from the land.

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Southern New England Conferences
of the United Church of Christ
3rd Joint Annual Meeting - registration is open
Before we officially come together to form a new conference on January 1, 2020, the CT, MA and RI conferences will gather for the last time as separate entities in their 3rd Joint Annual Meeting. It will be held Fri - Sat, Nov 1 - 2, 2019 at the DCU Center, Worcester MA. Registration is now open. Information on hotels, the children's program, parking and more is available on the Annual Meeting Page.
Community Notices
FREE Chamber Orchestra Concert this Sunday in Barrington
The Chamber Orchestra of Barrington at St. John's will be kicking off its third season with a concert this Sunday, September 29th at 3:00 pm at St John's Episcopal Church, 191 County Road, Barrington.
On the program is the famous Adagio for Strings and Organ attributed to Albinoni, Le Roi S'amuse by Delibes, as well as Symphony in C by Bizet. Please remember to come early as seating fills up fast!   Admission is free. 
Sermons available on line
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