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.)
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, email@example.com
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!