Greetings, favored one. The Lord is with you.

img_9971-copySometimes 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.

Peace,  Corey

Teach Your Children Well

wbcc corey & lucasThis 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!

Easter Services

easter-sunday1120-1024x576Our 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

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

Annual Service on the Lawn, Party & Concert

Come on out to West BWBCC chicken BBQ poster 2015 header for fbloomfield Congregational Church for our annual Service on the Lawn on Sunday June 14th at 10am with music from dbdb. Sticky Lips BBQ available from 11:30am -3pm. Eat in or Take out. Music from Dirt Child live on the lawn at noon! BBQ is $13 pre-sale/ $14 day of. Dinner tickets available at Cheap Charlies, Toomey’s Express & Shivers in Bloomfield, Dapper Dans in Honeoye Falls and As We Grow in Canandaigua till 6/11. Also available at Honeoye Falls Market Place on May 30th from 10-2. Bake sale! Bouncy House! Face painting! Rubber Duck Raffle! Lawn games!

Jesse Sprinkle Joins WBUCC Team

jesse-sprinkleWest Bloomfield UCC has a new partner-in-faith!

National recording artist, international missionary, alternative/hip-hop producer, husband and father Jesse Sprinkle is WBUCC’s new Senior Youth Director. His focus will be turning faith into meaningful action among 14-19 year olds of the church and surrounding communities. He is well equipped for the task.

Jesse is a founder of the Paradise Uganda project, which uses music and face-to-face contact to reach, assist and inspire street children in the city of Kampala, Uganda. He has also been active in the Ugandan Water Project and in independent missions to Belize.

Born in Seattle, Washington, Jesse joined the Christian alternative music scene at the tender age of 13. Forming the pioneering band Poor Old Lu with his brother Aaron and other gifted musicians, the group found national success, and released eight albums between 1990 and 2002. He then played with bands like Demon Hunter, Morella’s Forest and Dead Poetic, and lent his considerable drumming talents to popular Christian touring bands like Kutless and Starflyer 59.

Jesse now owns and operates Bluebrick Recording Studios in Avon, NY. He is a man of frank honesty, deep faith and profound passion. We will officially welcome him on Sunday, September 14th during our 10 a.m. worship.

3rd Annual Big Red BARNFEST!

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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 wbccoffice@rochester.rr.com