BARNFEST returns to the Big Red Barn this year on August 25th, with headliners Slipton Fell and featuring dbdb and many more performers! Only $10! (pre-sale, $12 at the door). Pack your cooler, bring your lawn chair and be prepared to have a great time! We’ll also have food available for purchase as well. Starts at 4pm. 6525 Rts 5 & 20.
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
•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! There are well mowed paths through the property and a pond! (No swimming.)
•Can I use the pool? NOPE. Sorry. The pool will be off limits during Barnfest. There is a swing set that kids are welcome to play on under your supervision, and we’ll have some lawn games set up.
•Where do I park? Barnfest parking is in the mowed grass lot directly across The Outdoor Store. Senior and handicapped parking in the driveway and around the back of the barn. If you’re staying till the end you might want a flashlight to find your car.
Tickets available here!
WBUCC will be collecting diapers for our “Make A Mother’s Day” Diaper Drive in honor of mother’s day. We’ll accept disposable and cloth diapers, pull-ups, as well as wipes. We take all sizes in new or opened packages. We’re especially looking for newborn and sizes 4 & 5. (Some people may have leftover diapers their children have outgrown–we take those too as long as they are in new condition.) ROC City Bottoms is a nonprofit community group in Rochester, NY. They work with local organizations (such as Cameron Ministries) & other community agencies to provide diapers for little bottoms in need.
Diapers are not a luxury, and many moms face the choice of buying diapers or buying food. Let’s honor our mothers in need with the gift of diapers.
There will be collection bins at church starting Sunday April 15th through Mother’s Day, and you can drop off donations whenever the church is open. If you can’t get to church but want to donate, or want to be sure the church is open, please contact me (330-2471 texting is best). You can find out more about ROC City Bottoms and the diaper need in Rochester at their website http://www.roccitybottoms.org/
Next Sunday we begin our Holy Week observances with Palm Sunday. The rest of Holy Week will be different than in recent years, with a sit down soup-and-bread meal with readings and communion for Maundy Thursday (reservations required so we know how many to set for), and Easter Breakfast followed by a 10 a.m. celebration featuring an Easter pageant and plenty of uplifting music on Easter Sunday.
Maundy Thursday Dinner and Communion April 13, 6:30-7:30 pm (call 624-1313 to leave a reservation)
Easter Sunday Celebration April 16
9:00-10:00 a.m. Breakfast
10:00-11:00 a.m. Worship, featuring a new Easter “Pageantette” and music from the Adult Choir, dbdb, and more!
We will also be hosting an Easter Eggstravaganza SATURDAY APRIL 15th 6:30-9:00pm at WBUCC Easter themed crafts, snacks, activities, and some lessons culminating in a FLASH LIGHT EGG HUNT! All ages. (Kids under the age of 7 will need a parent to stay with them.) Please bring your own flashlight. $5 per child. RSVP to the church at 624-1313. Please contact Sarah Williams with questions, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.