Sometimes it is easy to forget that the Lord is with us. There are dark times, but none dark enough to extinguish the Light of the World. The Lord is with you and me. It is no accident that we Christians choose to fill the shortest and darkest days of the year with the light and love of gathered fellowship. Christmas elevates our thoughts and spirits. It reminds us, falling as it does immediately after the Winter Solstice, that, though things may seem impossibly dark, a greater light is coming into the world and growing brighter by the day.
Don’t hunker down. Don’t isolate. Come and experience light and love and joy and peace face to face and hand in hand. Share moments. Find meaning. Celebrate life.
Christmas at West Bloomfield UCC:
December 11th: Blue Christmas service 6pm, 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. This
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.
December 18th: Christmas Pageant, “No Room at the Holyday Inn” & Hallelujah Chorus during 10am service. An engaging, modern adaption of the story of Christ’s birth followed by a stirring rendition of Handel’s masterpiece.
December 24th: 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.
Merry Christmas and Blessings for the Coming Year. Please remember those who are grieving amidst all the joy of the season. If that’s you, know that we are here for you.
BARNFEST 2016 is September 10th at the old Bloomfield Big Red Barn
(6525 Rts 5 & 20 in Bloomfield). This year we’re featuring YB3 (WBCC’s newest youth band), dbdb, Dirt Child and the Ayers Brothers Band. Venue opens at 4 pm. Music starts at 4:30. Hot dogs, drinks, chips and dessert are available for sale, but feel free to bring your own refreshments. Bring a lawn chair! Tickets are only $12 at the door!
And I’m honored to say that this year Barnfest will benefit a wonderful local family who are experiencing some tough times in terms of their health and employment…so we’re going to have an auction as well to help them out even more!
Our auction items so far:
6 days at Island Links Resort in Hilton Head SC
6 days in Fort Meyers FL
The use of Old Bloomfield Big Red Barn for wedding or party
½ hour private sight seeing tour aboard 1946 Piper PA 12 airplane
Thanksgiving centerpiece from Hopper Hills Florist
Kona acoustic guitar
Tall Trainer gift certificate
Photo session with Megan Trippi
LulaRoe clothing gift certificate
2 tickets to Wicked in Rochester
Framed Boathouse photograph
2010 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Banana Republic Avery Sunglasses for women
hand crafted mosaic from Strapp Studio Mosaics
Gift certificate to Finger Lakes Tree and Landscape
Sweaters and socks from Lazy Acres Alpacas
Nutramix gift basket
Woodhouse Day Spa gift basket
Cirque Dreams Holidaze tickets
gift certificate to Pine Crest Kennels
…and more added every day!!
Some frequently asked questions about Barnfest: Can I bring a cooler? YES! We’ll have hot dogs, drinks, chips and dessert are available for sale, but feel free to pack a cooler with your own beverages and food. Is this event family friendly? YES! Bring the kids! Can I walk the 50 acre property? By all means please do! Can I use the pool? NOPE. Sorry. The pool will be off limits during Barnfest. There is a swing set kids are welcome to play on under your supervision, and we’ll have some lawn games set up. Who do I write checks to for tickets or auction items? You can write checks to WBCC and write “Barnfest” in the memo line. We’ll also be able to use your credit card through paypal to pay for things. Cash works too!
This Sunday (April 17th) is Teach Your Children Well Sunday. In addition to worship focused on and with our kids, both dbdb and our new youth band will perform (and anyone who hung around the sanctuary after church last Sunday during their practice will tell you how stunningly good that new youth band is), we will watch a rip-snorter of a short video lesson from the middle school curriculum (really funny, extremely thought-provoking), offer tours and vision of our evolving youth facilities and programs, and CELEBRATE! Be a part of it!
Our Holy Week traditions provide us a time of reflection, growth and ultimately joy! There is a definite depth and richness to life centered on worship, gratitude and concern for others. Please join us:
Maundy Thursday Service, 7:00pm March 24th
EASTER Sunday services
8:30 am Early service- simple celebration of peace and joy
9:30 am Continental Breakfast
9:45 am Children’s Easter Egg hunt
10:00am Full Church Easter Celebration
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, firstname.lastname@example.org to enter your soup or chili.
Thursday 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 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.