From the River’s Edge – The Pastors’ Blog

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Welcome to “From the River’s Edge,” the official blog for the ministers on staff here at BCCUCC. Reverends Dale and Brendan will periodically share their thoughts on our church, faith, community, and larger world issues. At this point, we don’t have a “Comments” section up and running, but we may start that up at some point. In the meantime, they are both willing to talk and share in person with you about any of the points they raise. Feel free to email either of them at or Although you not agree with everything they share, we hope you will find these messages thought provoking and faith enriching.


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 […]