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.
This Sunday is Earth Day! To celebrate & observe this day WBUCC will be doing the following:
– We’ll be printing fewer paper copies of the bulletin. Instead it will be emailed out & posted to facebook and our website (see link below). You can look at a digital copy on your mobile device during service. It will also be projected on the wall. The few printed copies will be printed on recycled paper.
-Sunday school kids (K-5) will be planting seeds. Be prepared to get messy!
-Youth Group kids (6-12) will be watching & discussing some Earth Day inspired TED talk videos
God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. – Genesis 1:31
Welcome to Holy Week! There are many activities and opportunities for worship during this special week.
March 29th: Maundy Thursday: Meal at 6:30, followed immediately by brief Maundy Thursday service.
March 30th: “EGG”stravagant Event 6:30-9:00pm Friday, Easter and Egg 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 see Sarah Williams with questions.
April 1st: Easter Sunday: 8:45 Easter Welcome Service, 9:30 continental breakfast, 10 a.m Easter Celebration and Kids’ Easter Pageant, “You Can’t Have Easter Without”.
EASTER PLANTS! A certain number of Easter plants have been pre-ordered to decorate our sanctuary. Parishioners are welcome to donate money for these Easter plants in honor, in memory, or in appreciation of a loved one, and the list of donors and those honored/memorialized/appreciated will be placed in bulletins for Easter services. The donation amount is voluntary, but the usual contribution is around $5 per 4″ potted plant. We will have iris, crocus, hyacinths & daffodils. The deadline to have your loved one memorialized in the bulletin is March 30th. (You can email your requests to Sarah Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org) You are welcome to take your plants with you after the 10am service on Easter Sunday, and since they are perennials, you can plant them at home if you’d like! Plants that are designated for someone will have a label on them. Plants available for sale on Easter Sunday will not be labeled. Please indicate if you’d like a iris, crocus, hyacinth or daffodil. I will do my best to fill your order. (Since I pre-ordered a predetermined amount of each plant, you may end up with a different plant than you’d like.) Any additional plants will also be available for sale after the 10am service on Easter. Please write make checks to WBUCC with “Easter flowers”on the memo line. Thanks!
Christmas Eve Services: 10am Sunday 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
December 9th: Annual Cookie Sale & Vendor Fair, 9am-1pm Let us be your holiday baker! 100s of cookies sold for $8 a pound, featuring cut-outs and other Christmas favorites including some gluten free items. Also… vendors!
December 10th: 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 17th: Christmas Pageant & 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: 10am Sunday 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
Cornball Capers, a rollicking night of music and comedy will be presented on Friday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 4th at the West Bloomfield Congregational Church, at the corner of County Road 37 and Routes 5 and 20. WBUCC had put on this Hee-Haw inspired show every few years since the early 1970s, but we’ve taken a break since 2009….and this year we’re comin’ out of retirement!! 2017’s show promises great country music, entertaining performances, and plenty of laughs. The 7 p.m. performance each night costs just $8 per person (maximum of $25 per household-immediate parents and children). With only 200 tickets available each night, you’ll want to get your tickets early!
Tickets can be purchased:
• From cast members
• By mailing a check to the church (PO Box 5, W. Bloomfield NY 14585) made out to WBUCC with Cornball Capers in the memo line. Your tickets will be held at the door, or they can be mailed to you if time allows.
• By calling the church (585-624-1313)
• Or by using the “Online Giving” button found on this website. Simply click on the Get Involved tab above then click Online Giving. You’ll be prompted to by through PayPal. Your tickets will be held at the door, or they can be mailed to you if time allows.
West Bloomfield Congregational Church is selling these cool shirts – as a fundraiser, and to wear out and about to remind the world that “You Are Loved”. Click here to order one for yourself or as a gift! Free shipping if you pick up from the church. (Order should arrive by June 15th.)
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!
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, email@example.com to enter your soup or chili.