DIFFERENT AND EVEN BETTER THIS YEAR! More mowed and smooth parking. Handicap parking close to bands. Better steps between barn and food tent. Some Ska is an exciting new band to this neck of the woods. Jonathan Stills is an exciting young artist with his street cred from American Idol. Plus all of our fabulous returnees!
Join us for a day of music at the 3rd Annual BARNFEST held at 6525 Rts 5 & 20 Bloomfield. SIX fantastic musical acts! Blue Jimmy, dbdb, Some Ska Band, Jesse Sprinkle, Jonathan Stills and the West Bloomfield UCC Youth Band. Saturday September 6th starting at 5pm. Rain or shine. Ticket are $10 ($6 for students, preschoolers are Free) Pack a picnic basket. Bring your lawn chairs. Refreshments will be available for purchase as well. Event to benefit WBCC’s general fund. Tickets available at Toomey’s Express or by calling 624-1313 , or emailing email@example.com
What a morning! Service was held outdoors for Pentecost Sunday, followed up by the official launch of dbdb’s “Awakening“, with the brand-new album performed in its entirety. The late spring weather was perfect and the atmosphere was made all the more festive with chicken barbeque and a bouncy house for the young’uns. Enjoy some photos of the day. Then head over to the WBCC Facebook group page for even more fun pics.
(Update: Awakening is now available on CD Baby, iTunes and Spotify! All proceeds go toward the hiring of our Youth Pastor.)
On Sunday, June 8th, dbdb releases it’s third CD (and first in seven years!), Awakening. This latest work features a loosely unified theme and an unusual cast of characters: A paranoid executive digs a pit in his backyard. A religious fundamentalist realizes his friends are running away from him. A bruised and weary woman finds her voice and her freedom in the pouring rain. A mortified hothead tries to turn the clock back 24 hours.
Members of the band and the few fans in-the-know are calling Awakening dbdb’s best effort yet. The release is dbdb’s first to be available for download on iTunes and Amazon. In another first, the CD includes a link to a companion manifesto, complete with lyrics, photos, and background on the writing of each song.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! West Bloomfield Congregational Church will be celebrating the release of their house band’s 3rd album “Awakening” on Sunday June 8th from 10 a.m. ’til 2 pm.
10am will begin with our Pentecost service
11am Chicken BBQ begins/ Bounce House for kids/ yard games, etc.
12pm dbdb (our popular house band) plans to perform the CD live in its entirety on the church’s front yard (so bring your own lawn chairs).
dbdb T-shirts will be $15, CDs will be $10. Or you can buy a CD/T-shirt-combo for $20.
dbdb believes all good music is spiritual, and take it upon themselves to crack open minds, expand outlooks, and rock whatever joint they ride into. Two CD releases include The Places I Have Been (2004, soldout) and Untraditional: What Would Jesus Dig? (2007) Their third album Awakening will be released Sunday June 8, 2014.
dbdb can be found rocking West Bloomfield UCC every third Sunday of the month, and playing occasional festivals and gatherings around New York state. They are guitar based, with a focus on tight harmonies and strong percussion. West Bloomfield Congregational Church is located at 9035 Rts 5 & 20.
West Bloomfield Congregational Church is pleased to announce WBCC-U!
WBCC-U, for University, is a thematic wrapper to help us package and promote our intellectual, emotional and artistic content—creative worship, exciting missions, performing arts, literary & visual arts, Bible studies, book clubs, seminars, forums, life coaching, holistic healing, meditation, comparative religions, speakers, contests, hobbyist lessons, events, movies, online worship, blogs, articles, Rugged Christians, etc. This is basically a theme about curiosity, exploring, and adventure. It is what people do who want to grow. And it builds on a number of our most prominent and cherished talents/skills and our historic tradition as sanctuary (and launch pad) for independent thinkers. This rich educational approach truly invites members and friends to create and lead small groups and fresh missions based on their experience and interests.
Currently we are offering a Meditation Workshop with Julie Jugle on Wednesday nights at 6:30 till May 14th. This is a 6-week series, but you do not need to attend all the sessions.
A two session Writer’s Workshop with Paul Hudson is scheduled for Thursday May 15th and Wednesday May 21st, 6:30pm. Suggested donation for each session is $5.
WBCC Sermon 4/6/13
Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14
Few things open up the Bible better than good, old-fashioned brain grease. I highly recommend serious study of the history of Biblical times, as well as training in the two primary languages of the Bible: Hebrew and Greek. It’ll get you thinking in wonderful new ways.
Here’s a quick example: The Greek word for worship is proskuneo, which is a fun term with which to play. Proskuneo, like many Greek words, is a compound word. It is made up of pros, meaning motion towards, and kuohn, which means dog. So worship = motion-towards-dog, where we are the dog approaching our beloved leader, and we have:
John 4:21-22: Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will motion-towards-dog the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You motion-towards-dog what you do not know; we motion-towards-dog what we know…
John 4:24: God is spirit, and those who motion-towards-dog God must motion-towards-dog God in spirit and truth. Continue reading