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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 […]

Spiritual Gifts

by Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term)          –          March 5, 2020

“Then God said, ‘I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt;…So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.’ But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ God said, ‘I will be with you….’” (Ex. 3:7, 10-12a; NRSV)

Most of us recognize our talents, especially if those […]

Make Your Lenten Season More Meaningful

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          February 20, 2020

Dear Friends

As I have walked these last few weeks of February, I’m finding my eyes looking forward to March and my thoughts beginning to look past the cold of winter toward the promise of sunshine and the coming spring: growing warmth, budding flowers, new life springing all around us. It is no mistake the celebration of Easter comes at the very height of this spectacular season. Easter is, after all, the celebration of new life. Yet, before we can run out […]

Introductions and Upcoming Confirmation Opportunities

by Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term)          –          February 6, 2020

I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of you after worship this past week, however briefly that may have been. I’m looking forward to getting to know more of you and having longer conversations as the weeks progress. As some of you already know, I am a member of the Rhode Island Association of the United Church of Christ and was approved for ordination pending call by our Association in June of […]

When will we learn more about our pastoral changes?

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          January 9, 2020

When will we learn more about our pastoral changes?

I’m glad you asked! If you read below you will learn all you can right now.

As all of you hopefully know, Brendan has accepted a call to Forest Grove United Church of Christ in Forest Grove, OR. His last day in worship with us will be January 26th. He will then be taking some well needed weeks of vacation in order to get married, pack up the house, move across the country, […]

Waiting for the revolution

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Associate Minister          –          December 16, 2019

Can you feel it?  I can.  The whole Earth seems to be rumbling, preparing to cast off all that which degrades, destroys, and oppresses life.  The human heart rumbles and convulses with her against all that is insulting the heart’s longing for grace.  We know we need change.  We know it’s time for change.  We know it’s time for revolution and for the birth of something new and greater. The waiting and the preparation feel uncomfortable at […]