Come on out on Saturday Feb. 27th at 6:30 for delicious chili and soup dinner and entertainment by our talented youth band. Dinner served with salad, rolls and dessert. (Your FREE WILL offering is greatly appreciated.) Do you have a winning recipe? Enter your soup or chili for $5. PRIZES for creation voted best by attendees. Contact Sarah Williams, swilliams2442@gmail.com to enter your soup or chili.chili cook off

Christmas Services at West Bloomfield UCC

church4Thursday December 24 CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
7pm Family Service & 11pm Quiet Communion
Our early service is boisterous and celebratory. Our late service is quiet and reflective, concluding with candlelight singing and the ringing of the church bell at midnight. Everyone is welcome.

For over 200 years, West Bloomfield Congregational Church UCC has been a courageous, open, pioneer Church and a sanctuary for independent thinkers.

Our mission is to be a welcoming beacon for all who seek a deeper, richer, more meaningful life in Christ through a down-to-earth spiritual journey that is comfortable yet challenging. Our uplifting worship, soul-fired music, friendly authentic fellowship and robust Christian Ed youth and adult programs inspire us to sustain faith and growth, reach out into the community and conduct good works near and far.

blue christmasBlue Christmas Gathering

The Christmas season is a time of communal joy and celebration. This is as it should be, but not at the expense of those among us who are grieving, despondent, and/or depressed. It can be an isolating and lonely time for our brothers and sisters who are hurting.

West Bloomfield Congregational Church UCC will observe a Blue Christmas Gathering Sunday, December 13th at 6 pm. Developed and led by Corey S. Keyes, Cora Miller Cornelius, Julie Hall-Jugle, and Carolyn Troy, it will be a quietly reverent and tenderly comforting service created for those who are hurting emotionally. A simple soup and bread meal will be offered after the service for any who choose to stay.

Please pass this information along to any you know who might wish to attend.

WBCC Presents BLOOMFIELD HOME COMPANION Old Time LIVE Radio Show

BHC 2015 posterWest Bloomfield Congregational Church presents BLOOMFIELD HOME COMPANION Old Time LIVE Radio Show on Friday November 6th and Saturday November 7th, at 7pm both nights. Our show is fashioned after Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, featuring a real live sound effects lab courtesy of the Antique Wireless Museum, fun old-time and newer “radio” plays, goofy costumes, jokes and laughs, and music from our house band and several special performers (including Steve Gretz and Leslie Lee) $7 for one show/ $10 for both nights. It’s an entirely different show each night. Refreshments at intermission. Handicap accessible. WBCC is located at 9035 Rts 5 &20 in W.Bloomfield. Please call 624-1313 or contact us at wbccuccoffice@rochester.com with any questions.

4th Annual BARNFEST to benefit WBCC

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Join us for the 4th annual BARNFEST music event to benefit West Bloomfield UCC. This year Sticky Lips BBQ will be available!Saturday September 12th. Music starts at 4:30. We have Blue Jimmy, West Bloomfield UCC’s house band dbdb, and Dirt Child lined up to perform. Sticky Lips served 4-7:30. Additional refreshments and drinks will be available for purchase, and you are welcome to pack a picnic as well. Bring a lawn chair and your dancing shoes! Situated on 50 beautiful pastural acres (that you are welcome to explore) in charming Bloomfield, this is a family fun event!

6525 Routes 5 & 20 in Bloomfield, across the street from the Outdoor Store. Parking is in a grass lot with a short walk to the barn. There is a drop off available for those that need assistance.

There are ticketing options to suit your needs: A COMBO ticket which includes entrance to the music event and Sticky Lips BBQ for $20 pre-sale. A BARNFEST only ticket for entrance to the music event only for $10 pre-sale and a BBQ only ticket if you’d just like to get dinner to go for $13 pre-sale. (You can also purchase tickets at the event. Prices will go up the day of the event.)

BARNFEST TICKET OPTIONS
COMBO Barnfest & BBQ $20.00 USD
Barnfest (only- no BBQ) $10.00 USD
BBQ (only- no Barnfest) $13.00 USD

Kepler and Christ

Biblical Inerrancy is relatively new and particularly bad theology. Kepler, Copernicus, and Galileo all began their work with the support, training, or even sponsorship of the church. As we reach out further and further into the Universe, it is time for us to get back to a faith that welcomes mystery and strives to find truth, rather than hide from it behind silly assertions and faithless Bibliolatry. Sermon preached by Corey on July 26th, 2015.

Kepler and Christ – 7/26/15

Statement from Rev. Corey Keyes on the shootings at Emanuel AME Church, Charleston

I truly believe and hope and pray that with progressively more enlightening, co-mingling, and blending of successive generations, we are experiencing the death throes of racism in this country. But this particular monster is very dangerous as it thrashes, gnashes and breathes fire to the last. People are dying. Others are pretending this is not happening — claiming crimes here and there are isolated events in which the race of the victim is incidental, or that a particular crime is simply the product of a lone, sick mind. Until science convinces us to eliminate the myth of race, I’d dearly love it if, at least among my circle of acquaintance and influence, we recognize that the monster of racism is still nurtured, stoked, and encouraged by many in our nation.
We cry out and pray for our sisters and brothers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the parents, spouses, siblings, children, and friends of the victims, the people of Charleston and South Carolina, and our country.
The prejudiced and the hate-filled are well aware of the power of faith communities committed to social justice. You can discount us, deride us, slander us, threaten us, bomb us, shoot us up… but we’re growing stronger every day, and we’re coming for you. And when we catch you, we are going to love and teach you right out of your ignorant, misdirected rage.