@ Brookside . . . Week of September 16th


ATTN: Special Congregational Meeting—Sunday, Oct 7th

Following our Communion Service on Sunday, October 7th, Brookside Church will kick off our Fall 2018 Stewardship Drive with a special congregational meeting. Pastor Lois and Amy will have activities for the children.

During this short meeting, we will have a presentation that will highlight the things we most value about our congregation and what resources are needed for us to be at our very best together. Based on a new stewardship strategy that emphasizes transparency and broader participation, this meeting will be led by our Interim Minister, Rev. Michael Howard, and our Moderator, Paul Breda.

It will not only be very informative but exciting and energizing, challenging us to imagine all the things our congregation can become together.

Mark your calendars and spread the word: Sunday, October 7th, following our Communion Sunday service.


RAMP UPDATE

Good News: RAMP is welcoming a 3rd refugee family to Morris County on Sept 27th.  Anyone who has time to: help coordinate furnishings for their apartment, has a truck to assist in moving furniture, or has gently used fall and winter clothing can notify Mark Brumbaugh at brumbaswanson@gmail.com and he will get them in touch with the appropriate support team people.


ANTI-RACISM COMMITTEE OPEN HOUSE-SEPTEMBER 30TH

Building community across the racial divide. An Open House at the Fountain Baptist Church (116 Glenside Ave, Summit) on Sunday, Sept 30 from 1:30-4:00 offers a chance to see what the interfaith community around Summit has been offering intelligent, caring people who want to fight racism in our midst for years.  To participate, please see the RSVP details on the poster in Scialla Hall.  Mark Brumbaugh plans to go and has room in his car.


COMMUNITY SOUP KITCHEN’S HUNGER WALK

Sunday, Oct. 14th

1:00 p.m. Registration

1:30 p.m. Start

2:30 p.m. Music & Refreshments

Bring your family, friends (and even your dog!) to the Hunger Walk  

It's a fun filled day that has a huge impact on your community. Your participation will help our homeless and working poor neighbors, 365 days a year. Each student who participates receives 4 hours of community service! 

Walk starts at the Community Soup Kitchen/Redeemer Church, 36 South Street, Morristown

Go to cskmorristown.org to register or donate today!

Any questions, please feel free to contact Sue Browse at thebrowses@msn.com

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you would like for an announcement to appear in @ Brookside and/or the Sunday bulletin, please forward your announcement (as you would like it to appear) to the church office office@brooksidechurch.org no later than 10 am Tuesday morning.



PRAYER JOYS AND CONCERNS

For the Ferrara family, upon the passing of Brian’s father.
For Sam Fairchild’s cousin.
For Maria Henze's mother.
For Jack Miller's parents.
For Karen Burns Rutigliano’s daughter, Meghan.
For Edie Marucci’s brother, Christian.

Prayer Joys and Concerns will be listed weekly. Please forward your requests during the week to: office@brooksidechurch.org  Requests received by Tuesday of each week will arrive in time for the following Sunday’s bulletin and @ Brookside. 

FIND US ON FACEBOOK AT facebook.com/brooksidechurch

@ Brookside . . . Week of September 9th


CE UPDATE: INTRODUCING “CHILDREN’S CHURCH”

BEGINNING THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th

This Sunday, September 16, during our 9:30am worship hour, our children will be invited to join us for Children's Church. This will be led by our Interim Christian Education Director, Rev. Dr. Lois Wilson. Children of all ages will begin in our regular service and journey to Children's Church together in the Gathering Room on the ground floor of our newly remodeled Anderson Wing. A nursery is also available for infants and their caregivers.

Our innovative Children's Church program is both ancient and new. It is rooted in the belief that children are an essential part of the life of the church. We believe children are capable of learning about and knowing God through participation in worship and life in community. We will be building a joyful worshiping community during our Children's Church time. With Pastor Lois, our children will be worshiping together with music, singing, prayer, movement, and hands-on activities. Parents, guardians, and members are always welcome to join in the fun and see what it's all about! 

Christian Education matters. Pastor Lois has worked with children, youth and families for three decades. She spent 25 years in Philadelphia, where she raised five children, now young adults ages 21 to 31. (They are her favorite people.) Lois has been a home birth midwife, social worker, special education teacher, seminary professor, activist and UCC pastor. Pastor Lois holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development, Masters Degrees in Theology, Divinity and Special Education, and a Doctorate in Art and Theology. She believes that children and youth are deeply spiritual beings, and that nurturing their spiritual development is a serious and sacred challenge.

Pastor Lois also believes in including the parents and guardians of children every step of the way, and here at Brookside she sees a community that is willing to jump in and do just that! She believes with her whole heart that God is Love...no exceptions!


INTRODUCING BROOK SINGERS

As a part of our exciting new church year, we will be starting an intentional children's/youth choir that will not only learn a few songs, but will also train our younger congregants in worship leadership - specifically, how to sing in a choir as part of a music ministry. 

Under Amy’s mentorship, Ari Carillo, the Children's Choir Director, will lead this group called The Brook Singers. Amy has over 25 years of experience teaching children how to sing in an educational choral setting. Currently in her 15th year as the music teacher at Gill St. Bernard's, her real love is teaching children to be lifelong music lovers in a choir setting. Ari is a junior at Westminster Choir College, one of the top choir colleges in America, studying choral church music. Together with your children and youth, Amy and Ari are going to work to enhance the worship experience of the entire Brookside Community Church as the singers musical skills improve.  

Below you will find answers to your questions about schedules, both Regular Rehearsal Sundays (which aren't every week!) and the Sundays where The Brook Singers will lead in the 9:30 am Worship Service.  

WHO?
Any K-12th Grader who wants to participate in a choir regularly*

*Please check the schedule below and add the rehearsal and worship service participation to your family calendar. The choir’s success depends on consistent participation and teamwork.  

WHAT?
The Brook Singers, a choir made up of K-12th Graders  

WHEN are Regular Rehearsals? 
Sunday mornings after Children’s Church -11:15 am  on the following Sundays ONLY:

  • September 16 & 30

  • October  21 & 28

  • November 4 & 11,

  • December 2 & 9  

WHEN are The Brook Singers participating in worship? 
November 4, November 18, December 2, December 16 (Call time for the choir is 8:45. Please be on time!) 

WHERE?
Our Regular Rehearsals will be in the music room in the Anderson Wing.  

HOW?
If your child or youth is interested in participating in this new choir, Amy & Ari have welcome bags - along with a copy of the detailed schedule, the lyrics of the songs we will be singing and where to find a rehearsal video for every song through Christmas - for each choir member! Just tell your young person to talk to Ari or Amy on Sunday to get the welcome bag full of goodies!  

We believe that all people are creative and musical and should have the opportunity to develop these gifts as they learn about music, specifically as they learn how to be a choir member leading in worship. Brookside Community Church seeks to inspire a love of music in children as they learn choral and musical skills to enhance our worship services throughout the year. If you have any questions, please call Amy Southerland at 862-686-2573. 


ATTN: Special Congregational Meeting—Sunday, Oct 7th

Following our Communion Service on Sunday, October 7th, Brookside Church will kick off our Fall 2018 Stewardship Drive with a special congregational meeting.

During this short meeting we will have a presentation that will highlight the things we most value about our congregation and what resources are needed for us to be at our very best together. Based on a new stewardship strategy that emphasizes transparency and broader participation, this meeting will be led by our Interim Minister, Rev. Michael Howard, and our Moderator, Paul Breda.

It will not only be very informative but exciting and energizing, challenging us to imagine all the things our congregation can become together.

Mark your calendars and spread the word: Sunday, October 7th, following our Communion Sunday service.


PRAYER JOYS AND CONCERNS

For Joyce Hutton, upon the passing of her husband Larry.
For Maria Henze's mother.
For Jack Miller's parents.
For Michele James’ mother Pat, who is recovering from surgery.
For Karen Burns Rutigliano’s daughter, Meghan.
For Edie Marucci’s brother, Christian.

Prayer Joys and Concerns will be listed weekly. Please forward your requests during the week to: office@brooksidechurch.org  Requests received by Tuesday of each week will arrive in time for the following Sunday’s bulletin and @ Brookside. 

FIND US ON FACEBOOK AT facebook.com/brooksidechurch

@ Brookside . . . Week of September 2nd


KICKOFF SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 9

"Kickoff Sunday" will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 9:30 – 11:30 am. We will have food, fellowship, and fun for the whole family!  


NEXT SOUP KITCHEN VISIT: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

We are in need of lunch servers (from 11am - 1pm) and three “Black Shirt” cooks.  See the sign up in Scialla Hall or contact Maria Henze at mickeymousefan009@gmail.com or cellphone: 201-407-1246.


MISSIONS UPDATE

Brookside Community Church has a commitment to sharing abundance through a rich set of missions programs.  This is a description of the current programs we are sustaining and hope to expand.  Anyone interested in joining the missions group is more than welcome by contacting Chris Terhune at 973-476-1602.

Soup Kitchen

The Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center is celebrating 34 years of caring for the working poor, elderly, disabled, and homeless.  Breakfast and lunch is served to as many as 300 men, women, and children 365 days a year. The Soup Kitchen also assists guests with employment  counseling, housing, and health care services.  In 2017, over 70,000 breakfast and lunch meals were served,  over 475,000 pounds of food were distributed and over 3,000 referrals for additional services to adults and children in need were provided.

“Share the Bounty”

Share the Bounty is the single largest fundraiser for the Community Soup Kitchen (which receives no government funding). Your support continues to feed and empower the increasing number of guests in need of a meal and help.

Edna Mahan Giving Tree

Each year, Brookside Community Church provides children’s gift donations for the annual Mother/Child visitation program for the holidays at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women. Tags with children’s gender and age are displayed on the wooden Christmas tree at holiday time.

Interfaith Food Pantry

Contributions are made to the Morris County Interfaith Food Pantry with a food drive and monetary donations to not only distribute food but expand access to food for working families and expand “healthy choices”  to food through free “farmers' market" produce.

Dover Child Care Center

Each year, BCC provides support to contribute to the Dover Child Care Center. This helps with their goal of providing quality and affordable full-time education in preparation for school.

RAMP (Refugee Assistance Morris Partners)

RAMP is an organization that provides assistance to vetted Middle Eastern and the refugee families in their transition to productive lives of dignity, safety and hope in the Morris County area.

Lancaster Seminary

Brookside Community Church has a long tradition of partnering with Lancaster Seminary, one of six seminaries across the nation affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Lancaster Seminary is an inclusive community of learning and spiritual formation dedicated to the integration of intellectual, spiritual, social, and vocational learning.  Their commitment is to bringing faith and intellect to bear in educating leaders for faith communities.

Hoffman Homes

BCC is proud to provide financial support to Hoffman Homes. Hoffman Homes provides a place of healing and a culture of care for youth aged 6-17 with serious mental health and behavioral issues.


PRAYER JOYS AND CONCERNS

For Maria Henze's mother.
For Jack Miller's parents.
For Michele James’ mother Pat, who is recovering from surgery.
For Karen Burns Rutigliano’s daughter, Meghan.
For Edie Marucci’s brother, Christian.

Prayer Joys and Concerns will be listed weekly. Please forward your requests during the week to: office@brooksidechurch.org  Requests received by Tuesday of each week will arrive in time for the following Sunday’s bulletin and @ Brookside. 

FIND US ON FACEBOOK AT facebook.com/brooksidechurch

@ Brookside . . . Week of August 26th


SAVE THE DATE . . .

"Kickoff Sunday" will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 9:30 – 11:30 am. We will have food, fellowship, and fun for the whole family!  


NEXT SOUP KITCHEN VISIT: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

We are in need of lunch servers (from 11am - 1pm) and three “Black Shirt” cooks.  See the sign up in Scialla Hall or contact Maria Henze at mickeymousefan009@gmail.com or cellphone: 201-407-1246.


PRAYER JOYS AND CONCERNS

For Maria Henze's mother.
For Jack Miller's parents.
For Michele James’ mother Pat, who is recovering from surgery.
For Karen Burns Rutigliano’s daughter, Meghan.
For Edie Marucci’s brother, Christian.

Prayer Joys and Concerns will be listed weekly. Please forward your requests during the week to: office@brooksidechurch.org  Requests received by Tuesday of each week will arrive in time for the following Sunday’s bulletin and @ Brookside. 

FIND US ON FACEBOOK AT facebook.com/brooksidechurch

@ Brookside . . . Week of August 19th


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SUMMER SERMON SERIES: BECOMING AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY

Join us this summer for a long awaited and exciting Summer Sermon Series: "Becoming an Inclusive Community."

The series will begin with an introduction that allows us to be radically honest. We will talk about what can be scary about inclusivity and what can make the Bible such a dangerous book. The aim is to reimagine our church as a faith community that is working to be part of God's dream for the world, a radically inclusive Beloved Community.

The series will then lead into a five part rereading of some important biblical verses. We will rethink our approach to scripture and discover the truth, that the Bible actually **doesn't say anything** about homosexuality.

We understand that there may be a number of members of our church who have not participating in any real structured engagement on the issue of LGBTQ inclusivity. Our leadership is committed to making this a safe and inclusive space for everyone. There will be chances each Sunday for people to anonymously ask questions and provide feedback. Our Interim Minister, Rev. Michael Howard, invites anyone to engage in conversation with him to express discomfort or concern throughout the time of this series or after.

Won't you join us this summer:
9:30am on Sunday mornings @ Brookside Community Church.


SAVE THE DATE . . .

"Kickoff Sunday" will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 9:30 – 11:30 am. We will have food, fun and fellowship for the whole family!  More details to follow.


NEXT SOUP KITCHEN VISIT: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

We are in need of lunch servers (from 11am - 1pm) and three “Black Shirt” cooks.  See the sign up in Scialla Hall or contact Maria Henze at mickeymousefan009@gmail.com or cellphone: 201-407-1246.


PRAYER JOYS AND CONCERNS

For Emma Schaberg.
For Jack Miller's parents.
For Michele James’ mother Pat, who is recovering from surgery.
For Karen Burns Rutigliano’s daughter, Meghan.
For Megan Saliterman.
For Edie Marucci’s brother, Christian.

Prayer Joys and Concerns will be listed weekly. Please forward your requests during the week to: office@brooksidechurch.org  Requests received by Tuesday of each week will arrive in time for the following Sunday’s bulletin and @ Brookside. 

FIND US ON FACEBOOK AT facebook.com/brooksidechurch

@ Brookside . . . Week of August 12th


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SUMMER SERMON SERIES: BECOMING AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY

Join us this summer for a long awaited and exciting Summer Sermon Series: "Becoming an Inclusive Community."

The series will begin with an introduction that allows us to be radically honest. We will talk about what can be scary about inclusivity and what can make the Bible such a dangerous book. The aim is to reimagine our church as a faith community that is working to be part of God's dream for the world, a radically inclusive Beloved Community.

The series will then lead into a five part rereading of some important biblical verses. We will rethink our approach to scripture and discover the truth, that the Bible actually **doesn't say anything** about homosexuality.

We understand that there may be a number of members of our church who have not participating in any real structured engagement on the issue of LGBTQ inclusivity. Our leadership is committed to making this a safe and inclusive space for everyone. There will be chances each Sunday for people to anonymously ask questions and provide feedback. Our Interim Minister, Rev. Michael Howard, invites anyone to engage in conversation with him to express discomfort or concern throughout the time of this series or after.

Won't you join us this summer:
9:30am on Sunday mornings @ Brookside Community Church.


SETTLED SEARCH COMMITTEE UPDATE  

The Brookside Settled Search Committee continues to evaluate candidate profiles as they are received. As of this week 30 have arrived and, following committee discussion, candidates of interest are contacted to begin to assess qualifications, interest and availability. Profiles are still being submitted and the committee will continue the review process as needed. 

We are pleased to welcome Michele James as our newest member. Michele is replacing Karen Burns Rutigliano who has moved to Pittsburgh, and will help provide perspective on family needs after her time as Director of Christian Education. Welcome, Michele!


SAVE THE DATE . . .

"Kickoff Sunday" will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 9:30 – 11:30 am. We will have food, fun and fellowship for the whole family!  More details to follow.


NEXT SOUP KITCHEN VISIT: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

We are in need of lunch servers (from 11am - 1pm) and three “Black Shirt” cooks.  See the sign up in Scialla Hall or contact Maria Henze at mickeymousefan009@gmail.com or cellphone: 201-407-1246.


PRAYER JOYS AND CONCERNS

For Emma Schaberg.
For Jack Miller's parents.
For Michele James’ mother Pat, who is recovering from surgery.
For Karen Burns Rutigliano’s daughter, Meghan.
For Megan Saliterman.
For Edie Marucci’s brother, Christian.

Prayer Joys and Concerns will be listed weekly. Please forward your requests during the week to: office@brooksidechurch.org  Requests received by Tuesday of each week will arrive in time for the following Sunday’s bulletin and @ Brookside. 

FIND US ON FACEBOOK AT facebook.com/brooksidechurch

@ Brookside . . . Week of August 5th


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SUMMER SERMON SERIES: BECOMING AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY

Join us this summer for a long awaited and exciting Summer Sermon Series: "Becoming an Inclusive Community."

The series will begin with an introduction that allows us to be radically honest. We will talk about what can be scary about inclusivity and what can make the Bible such a dangerous book. The aim is to reimagine our church as a faith community that is working to be part of God's dream for the world, a radically inclusive Beloved Community.

The series will then lead into a five part rereading of some important biblical verses. We will rethink our approach to scripture and discover the truth, that the Bible actually **doesn't say anything** about homosexuality.

We understand that there may be a number of members of our church who have not participating in any real structured engagement on the issue of LGBTQ inclusivity. Our leadership is committed to making this a safe and inclusive space for everyone. There will be chances each Sunday for people to anonymously ask questions and provide feedback. Our Interim Minister, Rev. Michael Howard, invites anyone to engage in conversation with him to express discomfort or concern throughout the time of this series or after.

Won't you join us this summer:
9:30am on Sunday mornings @ Brookside Community Church.


SAVE THE DATE . . .

"Kickoff Sunday" will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 9:30 – 11:30 am. We will have food, fun and fellowship for the whole family!  More details to follow.


PRAYER JOYS AND CONCERNS

For Emma Schaberg.
For Jack Miller's parents.
For Michele James’ mother Pat, who is recovering from surgery.
For Karen Burns Rutigliano’s daughter, Meghan.
For Megan Saliterman.
For Edie Marucci’s brother, Christian.

Prayer Joys and Concerns will be listed weekly. Please forward your requests during the week to: office@brooksidechurch.org  Requests received by Tuesday of each week will arrive in time for the following Sunday’s bulletin and @ Brookside. 

FIND US ON FACEBOOK AT facebook.com/brooksidechurch

@ Brookside . . . Week of July 29th


Becoming an Inclusive Community.png

SUMMER SERMON SERIES: BECOMING AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY

Join us this summer for a long awaited and exciting Summer Sermon Series: "Becoming an Inclusive Community."

The series will begin with an introduction that allows us to be radically honest. We will talk about what can be scary about inclusivity and what can make the Bible such a dangerous book. The aim is to reimagine our church as a faith community that is working to be part of God's dream for the world, a radically inclusive Beloved Community.

The series will then lead into a five part rereading of some important biblical verses. We will rethink our approach to scripture and discover the truth, that the Bible actually **doesn't say anything** about homosexuality.

We understand that there may be a number of members of our church who have not participating in any real structured engagement on the issue of LGBTQ inclusivity. Our leadership is committed to making this a safe and inclusive space for everyone. There will be chances each Sunday for people to anonymously ask questions and provide feedback. Our Interim Minister, Rev. Michael Howard, invites anyone to engage in conversation with him to express discomfort or concern throughout the time of this series or after.

Won't you join us this summer:
9:30am on Sunday mornings @ Brookside Community Church.


SAVE THE DATE . . .

"Kickoff Sunday" will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 9:30 – 11:30 am. We will have food, fun and fellowship for the whole family!  More details to follow.


PRAYER JOYS AND CONCERNS

For Emma Schaberg.
For Jack Miller's parents.
For Michele James’ mother Pat, who is recovering from surgery.
For Karen Burns Rutigliano’s daughter, Meghan.
For Megan Saliterman.
For Edie Marucci’s brother, Christian.

Prayer Joys and Concerns will be listed weekly. Please forward your requests during the week to: office@brooksidechurch.org  Requests received by Tuesday of each week will arrive in time for the following Sunday’s bulletin and @ Brookside. 

FIND US ON FACEBOOK AT facebook.com/brooksidechurch