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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 […]

We Are Preparing a Sacred Place

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          November 25, 2019

This Advent season, we are having a little fun and doing a little good…
and we need your help!

In case you don’t know, Advent is a season in the Christian year consisting of up to four weeks covering the four Sundays leading to Christmas. Advent derives its name from the Latin adventus, which means “coming.” The season proclaims the comings of the Christ–whose birth we prepare to celebrate once again, who comes continually in Word and Spirit, and whose return in […]

If we want to be the change then we cannot be neutral

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Associate Minister          –          November 14, 2019

And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.” – John 2:15

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and love and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others.” – Matthew 23:23

I observe a societal trend taking root.  […]

Be the Change…

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          October 31, 2019

You’ve been hearing it for a while now:

Be the change..

This, of course, is a truncated version of Mahatma Gandhi’s famous quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” By saying this, Gandhi was challenging us to not wait around for the world to change, but rather to be the change agent that transforms the world. After all, every significant change begins with one person.

Although you were introduced to this quote through our stewardship campaign, it will soon […]

Living Water! Be the Change!

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          October 15, 2019

I have exciting news! I recently received a “Make a Difference Grant” from the Genesis Fund of the United Church of Christ to support a program I developed to be offered this year for our church as well as the broader community. For your information, “The Genesis Fund, established in 1996 from funds raised through the Make a Difference Campaign, provides seed money for faith-based projects that are innovative or experimental, and/or represent a […]

Why do you worship?

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          October 1, 2019

What a fascinating question that is.

Why do you worship?

There are many different facets to that question and, likely, countless different answers. What I am asking today is, why does anyone worship? What is the point of us coming together each week to worship?

Adoration

Let’s start off with the name: worship. Think about that word for a moment. What does it mean to worship? AND, can what we do on Sunday morning actually be considered worship? Do we, in fact, worship? […]