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Church Chats with Pastor Dale

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister                     Oct. 15, 2020

I want to connect with you!

For some of you, it has been ages since I have seen you or spoken with you. Even the simple handshake or hug with an exchange of a few sentences after worship or as we walked out of a church meeting felt like enough to stay connected, knowing that if anything serious was going on you could easily whisper something to me and let me know you were […]

What’s In a Translation?

by Rev. Dr. Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term)                   Oct 1, 2020

A week ago, our Confirmands received their Bibles. It was a chilly Saturday along the banks of the Barrington River behind the education building here at the church. The sun was shining, and Fall was definitely in the air. It was part of our Confirmation Celebration (postponed from May) which will be officially celebrated this month during our virtual worship service on October 18th. As is the case with so many […]

Changing Priorities During the Pandemic

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister       

               Sept. 17, 2020

I don’t think any of us expected the pandemic to be going on as long as it has. Initially I thought we would have a few weeks out of church and then back in the pews. Then I thought, “Certainly by summer things will return to normal.” Then, “Well, the fall is the time.” Today I heard that the director of Operation Warp Speed, the White House’s plan to get vaccinations out to the general public as soon […]

Building Community with our Youth – We Need You!

by Rev. Dr. Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term)                   Sept 3, 2020

“And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.” (Acts 3: 7)

This passage from the book of Acts is part of the story of how Peter and John healed a lame man who was asking alms at a gate into the temple. As Peter and John pass by this man, Peter notes that he has no silver or gold, […]

Guest Blog – Follow up: How can we remain connected?

by Nancy Arena, Deacon, Guest Blogger          –         Aug 20, 2020

How do BCCUCC members and friends maintain a sense of community and connectedness during a worldwide pandemic? What creative ideas do you have to build connections and are you called to be the champion for your idea?

In his recent blog Dale initiated a discussion on the importance of community and connection at BCCUCC. He recognized that, in spite of the many efforts to remain connected virtually, many of us miss seeing each other in person and interacting in a basic […]

How can we remain connected?

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –         Aug 6, 2020

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Cor 12:27)

It struck me the week after I returned from vacation. Here I was returning to work, to my church family, and I wasn’t going to get to see any of you. What kind of homecoming is that?

That was the first time it really hit me that I miss you all. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve missed seeing you all, laughing, teaching, sharing, hugging, […]

Laughter

by Rev. Dr. Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term)                   July 23, 2020

It’s the middle of July. The heat and humidity of summer are definitely upon us. So, in these “dog days” of summer, what does one blog about? How about laughter? We could probably all use a good laugh, and experts tell us that laughter is really good for us. Checking out the medical benefits of laughter this week, I came across some specifics from the medical experts at the Mayo Clinic. […]

Is the Bible still Relevant?

by Rev. Dr. Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term)                   July 9, 2020

“The Lord your God is indeed God in heaven above and on earth below.” Rahab (Joshua 2:11)

Every now and then, the question arises as to whether the Bible, particularly the Old Testament or the Hebrew Bible, has anything to say to us today. Even among those who look to Jesus for guidance and love the stories of his healings and ministry, may question the relevance of studying the stories of the Ancestors. After […]

Worshiping Together…

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –         June 25, 2020

The latest gathering of the BCCUCC Moving Forward Team wrapped up at 2:11 on Thursday afternoon (June 25, 2020). This was the fifth consecutive week we have met (beginning May 26) to discuss how and when we could begin resuming in-person ministries and worship at BCCUCC. This was another productive meeting. What was most helpful about this session is that we had recently received the results from our church-wide survey. The data was fascinating and provides us with an invaluable tool as […]

Open My Eyes

by Rev. Dr. Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term)                   June 10, 2020

“Open my eyes, so that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” Psalm 119:18

Over the past few weeks, voices advocating for racial justice have grown and expanded to include individuals from all walks of life and from every racial and ethnic group. We have stood shoulder to shoulder, white and black and brown skinned individuals, bearing witness to the inequality and the pain in our society, and calling for change. And […]

Behind the scenes and moving forward…

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –         May 27, 2020

What an adventure it has been these past three months. I’m guessing that you, like me, never saw virtual worship being a thing at BCCUCC. It was never something I really gave much thought until it was thrust upon us. But overall, I think it is working out alright thanks to tremendous work from our staff and members as well as the flexibility from so much of our congregation.

There are two questions I’ve been asked recently:

Who is behind the virtual worship […]

Dancing with God

by Dr. Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term)          –          May 13, 2020

Well, we’ve certainly been dealing with a lot of new things lately. Many of us are getting more accustomed to virtual meetings on Zoom than we would probably like. I found myself laughing out loud the other day at a friend’s post on Facebook of a clip from an old Laurel and Hardy film – some of you may have seen this too. Laurel and Hardy are leaving a friend’s house […]

We’re still moving forward…

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          April 29, 2020

Despite the pandemic, we are still moving forward. There isBCCUCC Barrington Congregational Church a lot happening with our church. As many of you know, after the first few weeks of “stay at home” (where things were virtually at a standstill), we have been slowly getting ourselves back to some semblance of “normal” in church. Worship seems to be hitting its stride, Happy Hour and Coffee Hour have moved online, most of our teams, boards and groups have started meeting regularly (virtually […]

For everything there is a season…

by Dr. Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term)          –          April 2, 2020

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…a time to embrace, and time to refrain from embracing…. (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4, 5 NRSV)

We would probably all agree that we are indeed in a very unfamiliar, and often frightening, season right now. We are being asked to do what […]

Build Each Other Up!

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          March 19, 2020

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, as indeed you are doing.” (1 Thes. 5:11)

How are you doing? I ask this because in my house we are going through a range of emotions; from anxiety, to fear, to boredom, to happiness, to frustration, to joy, to anger, to all sorts of feelings we can’t always put words to. So I ask you, how are you? And in asking, I pray that you are doing well enough. May God bless you […]