@ Brookside . . . Week of September 8


Rev. Nicolette Siragusa

Rev. Nicolette Siragusa

THIS WEEKEND!

The Settled Search Committee is pleased to present the schedule for Candidate Weekend, this Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15.   We have several events planned to allow various groups to spend time with Pastor Nicolette Siragusa over the weekend.  We look forward to seeing you at one if not several of the planned events including Sunday, September 15 when Pastor Nicolette will lead worship, and the Brookside Community Church member vote will be taken.  

I.   Friday, 9.13.19

Potluck dinner for Council and Deacons 

II.   Saturday, 9.14.19

11:00 – 11:30:  Staff introduction to Nicolette in Scialla Hall

11:30 – 1:00:   Brunch for the staff and choir in Scialla Hall

1:30 – 3:30:   Open House with light refreshments in Scialla Hall

4:00 – 5:00:   Ice cream social for children, youth and their families
in Scialla Hall

5:30 – 8:00:   Search Committee dinner

III.   Sunday, 9.15.19

Worship service led by Pastor Nicolette

Q & A with Pastor Nicolette

Member vote with children and youth having a pizza party with Pastor Nicolette

We encourage you to stop by and meet Pastor Nicolette this weekend and see why the Search Committee is very excited to present her and her family to you.  As always, should you have any questions, please reach out to any member of the Search Committee.  Thank you!

Jack Miller

Gina Bruno

Edna Ierley-Byrne

Michele James

David Sampson

Susannah Truitt

Sue Vlcko


ASK NICOLETTE . . .

WEEK FOUR:
IMAGINING A SHARED FUTURE

What caught your attention about Brookside Community Church? 

For the past three years, my spouse and I have lived half a week apart because of their job in Manhattan. Thus, when I knew I was leaving my last church, we started looking for places nearer the city, and as New Jersey was where we grew up, it made sense to look here. Driving down 287, passing our old exit, we were filled with a sense of coming home, while also in an area that has grown and changed much since we moved away almost twenty years ago. 

Looking up your church’s website, the fact that one of your cover photos is of a child sitting in the aisle made me smile. I love a church that honors children and families worshipping together and is flexible enough to allow that to happen in whatever way works best for the littlest among us. Second, I was struck by your vision statement and the ways that you are living out your missions. You are an active, vibrant, exciting community with much to offer. 

Since that time, I have gotten to know you better through your church profile, annual reports, worship bulletins, and the search committee, and have found even more to admire and appreciate. I believe we are well-matched for one another and I look forward to growing together.  

Can you give a sense of what you see your first year at Brookside to be like? 

I believe that in order to be an effective faith leader for this community, I must first understand you, who you are, and where you come from. Thus, my first year will be devoted to getting to know you better. I’ll spend some time reading your history, learning about what your ministry teams are doing, connecting with the broader community, and setting up a series of one-on-one meetings with friends and members of the congregation (first with leadership, and then branching out to everyone).

While that is happening, you’ll get to know me as well. You’ll start to understand how I read, interpret, and interact with scripture through the ways I preach and lead worship, and also through the additional opportunities for spiritual connection that I offer (such as Advent services and interactive meditation stations). In writings like this (in newsletters or through an ongoing ‘Ask Nicolette’ section in the weekly e-blast), you’ll get to know how I think about a whole host of topics.  

What are your most important professional goals for the next 10 years - and beyond?

One of my key professional goals is to love what I do. Ministry provides me with an amazing opportunity to do many different things that bring me joy - read, write, connect, dream, create, problem-solve, counsel, teach, etc. However, ministry can also be very draining. My goal is to make sure I find enough joy in the good to sustain me through the hard parts. In particular, it is important to me to be able to joyfully worship with you, and not simply lead worship for you. 

Another, less personal, goal is to help discover a sustainable model for ministry in our current time. Brookside has already revamped and revitalized many of your ministries, which is great. You are on a leading edge in many ways, moving beyond the nostalgia of what was in order to be fully present to imagine what can be. I’d like to partner with you to continue to create a modern model of ministry that moves beyond the 1950s assumptions about housewives who volunteered, and pastor spouses who served as unpaid employees, into a time of reclaiming what it means to be a community who gathers together to seek, learn, and grow in Christ. 

So many Christians are afraid that the church is dying, yet when we remember Easter Sunday, we know that death is not the end, it is the moment of transformation. God isn’t done with us yet. However, it may be that the church in 50 years is unrecognizable until we break bread and it is clear we are still the body of Christ (see Luke 24:13-35 for this story). Thus, I hope to try new things, and learn from them. To be less afraid of failure and more open to Holy Spirit led adventure. To learn, to grow, and to teach others so they can learn from us. 


BCC ADULT CHOIR

If you are looking to join a fun group of people that get together every week and you like to sing (even in the shower!), the Adult Choir here at Brookside is for you. There are no commitments outside of Sunday mornings where we usually rehearse for the 9:30 am service starting at 8:30 am. Most Sundays we rehearse after the worship service for the upcoming weeks as well. If you would like more information, please talk to Amy Southerland or any choir member.


BIBLE TEXTS FOR THE WEEK

Here are the lectionary texts for the upcoming Sunday, September 15 for your reflection.

      1 Timothy 1:12-17 

Luke 15:1-10                                                                   


INTEGRATED SPIRITUALITY
PRACTICES FOR THE MIND, BODY, & SPIRIT

WEDNESDAYS @ 6:30PM IN SCIALLA HALL

Come and join us on Wednesday evenings as we explore spiritual practices that can help center us and enrich our Christian faith. As people who strive for justice and seek to live a faith that is active, these spiritual practices can help us be more balanced in the health and well-being of our body, mind, and spirit.

9.18 Chakra Balancing Meditation
The chakras are the main energy vortexes that serve as the headquarters of each of the elements in your energetic body. They have profound effects on your physical, emotional and energetic states. In this workshop we will explore these centers and work to balance them with a seated meditation incorporating visualization to bringing more ease, wisdom and grace to each moment of your life.

9.25 Achieving a Clear & Quiet Mind

10.2 Intuitive Touch Art

10.9 Kriya Yoga to Reconnect to Yourself

10.16 Mala Bracelet Making + Meditation

10.23 Convers(ate): A Conversation Examining Spirituality


SOUP KITCHEN HELPERS NEEDED
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Our next soup kitchen visit will be held on Saturday, September 21, and we are in need of servers and black shirts (certified kitchen staff). If you can spare a few hours to help those in need, we'd appreciate your help.  Sign up via Sign Up Genius (below) to volunteer as a server (11:15am-1:00pm) or Black Shirt (9:30am-1:00pm). You may also text Judy Schryver at 973-727-1480.


BCC MEMBERS & FRIENDS FACEBOOK GROUP

Are you on Facebook? If so, we invite you to join our new Facebook Group! Unlike the official page, the group will only be for members and friends, and allow us to post and communicate within our church community.  You can find the group by searching for "BCC Members & Friends."  Then, just request to join! Once you're in, you can invite others to join the group who you think should be a part of it.  Or, you can find/contact Danielle Abushanab danielle@abushanab.com or https://www.facebook.com/groups/2111196432303225/?ref=share and ask her to help get you added to the group!


RAMP GENERAL MEETING:
THE REFUGEE CRISIS, WHAT’S NEXT?

Tuesday, September 24 @ 7:30pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
29 Hillview Avenue, Morris Plains
A panel discussion will focus on the current status and future outlook of refugees entering New Jersey and how RAMP and its members can help. Open to the public. For more information visit www.rampnj.org.


PRAYER JOYS AND CONCERNS

For Amalia Duarte’s father.
For Sam Fairchild.
For Debbie Replogle.
For restoration of the flooded Brookside Library. 
For Pat & John Tillisch, Wen-Ling's parents-in-love.
For Nancy Wilson's friend, Jeff.
For Linda Howe’s brother, Douglas.

Prayer Joys and Concerns will be listed weekly. Requests received by Tuesday of each week will be included in the following Sunday’s bulletin and @ Brookside and will remain there for a month unless otherwise requested. Please forward your requests during the week to: office@brooksidechurch.org  


FIND US ON FACEBOOK AT facebook.com/brooksidechurch

@ Brookside . . . Week of September 1


Rev. Nicolette Siragusa

Rev. Nicolette Siragusa

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

The Settled Search Committee is pleased to present the schedule for Candidate Weekend, Friday, September 13 through September 15.   We have several events planned to allow various groups to spend time with Pastor Nicolette Siragusa over the weekend.  We look forward to seeing you at one if not several of the planned events including Sunday, September 15 when Pastor Nicolette will lead worship, and the Brookside Community Church member vote will be taken.  

I.   Friday, 9.13.19

Potluck dinner for Council and Deacons 

II.   Saturday, 9.14.19

11:00 – 11:30:  Staff introduction to Nicolette in Scialla Hall

11:30 – 1:00:   Brunch for the staff and choir in Scialla Hall

1:30 – 3:30:   Open House with light refreshments in Scialla Hall

4:00 – 5:00:   Ice cream social for children, youth and their families
in Scialla Hall

5:30 – 8:00:   Search Committee dinner

III.   Sunday, 9.15.19

Worship service lead by Pastor Nicolette

Q & A with Pastor Nicolette

Member vote with children and youth having a pizza party with Pastor Nicolette

In the meantime, we encourage you to take advantage of the “Ask Nicolette” column (details below) to get to know Pastor Nicolette and come to see why the Search Committee is very excited to present her and her family to you.  As always, should you have any questions, please reach out to any member of the Search Committee.  Thank you!

Jack Miller

Gina Bruno

Edna Ierley-Byrne

Michele James

David Sampson

Susannah Truitt

Sue Vlcko


ASK NICOLETTE . . .

WEEK THREE:
INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OUR WALLS

What is your approach to increased participation and church growth? What is important to get to the desired outcomes? 

A church is a living organism, and just like all living things, we are always either growing or decaying with just brief moments of staying the same. Growing churches grow in three primary ways: in spirit, in commitment, in numbers. 

A lot of times we want to jump right to growing in numbers - higher attendance, more money. To do this, many people’s first instinct is to get new members, and the second is to reengaged lapsed members. These are both good and worthy goals, but NOT because we want our church to grow. Engaging new people is important because we value our relationship with God in Christ through the church, because we believe there is something special about the gospel, and want to share that Good News with others. Re-engaging lapsed members is important because we value our relationship with each other, and we care for one another, even when circumstances have allowed us to drift apart. So yes – we seek new people, and reach out to the disengaged, but for reasons other than church growth.

When we want to grow in numbers, we first look at ourselves and our commitments. For example, the easiest way for a church to grow in attendance is for those people who come once a month to come more often. Say on an average Sunday morning, 70 people come to church. Of those 70, 40 are there every Sunday, twenty attend twice per month, and ten attend once per month. If everyone committed to showing up every Sunday, attendance would go from 70 to 120 per week without adding a single new member.

Sounds simple - and yet again, growing churches grow in spirit, in commitment, and in numbers - in that order. Our first goal must be to foster spiritual growth by offering a variety of ways to deepen our connectedness to the divine. As we strengthen our relationship with God - through worship, study, prayer, meditation, song, service, etc. - we examine our lives and re-prioritize. What is truly important? When do I feel most authentic? Where do I find meaning? Why am I here?  

We then naturally grow in commitment to those parts of our lives that are meaningful, devoting a larger share of our resources (our time, our talent, our treasure) to them. When a church becomes a place where people are spiritually engaged and deeply committed, where relationships are rooted in agape love, where service is grounded in justice-seeking faith, that church becomes attractive to others who are seeking meaning and connectedness and we can more effectively spread the gospel. 

How do you plan to engage the community in mission and ministry? Are there specific mission programs you could introduce? What are your thoughts about participation in the community in which Brookside is in? 

First and foremost, I need to get to know the Brookside community. Anya (my dog) and I look forward to daily trips to the Post Office and looking at all of the different offerings posted on the bulletin boards there. I’m curious about what events (like the race which passes by the church) are already occurring and how we are currently participating, then will think about how we can build on what we are already doing well. I was excited to see the binder of events offered by the library, and am already thinking about what I might offer as a resident of the town. It’ll be important for me to get to know what civic organizations exist, what faith communities are nearby, and what relationships we already have and which I can help develop and foster. 

I’m excited that Brookside is missions minded, however without knowing you, your passions, and your connections, I hesitate to put forth a missions agenda. I will say that I believe in pairing compassion and service with justice. For example, when I served in Michigan, food insecurity was an issue that led us to collect and bless food as part of our monthly communion service, as well as to start a Blessings in a Backpack food program for students. In those ways, we took care of the immediate need. I also testified in support of SNAP benefits and the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the church wrote letters as part of the Bread for the World campaign, because we long for a day when such emergency food assistance is no longer necessary. 

I follow Jesus who I understand to be deeply political (from the Greek polis meaning city, and politēs meaning citizen) in that he was engaged with his community and its leaders. I believe in the separation of church and state because I believe the church needs to be the conscience of the state, an independent voice that speaks God’s truth, unashamed and unafraid to advocate for the poor, the immigrant, the child, the oppressed, the marginalized, and all of God’s children. As Christians, I believe our faith calls us to be engaged citizens, however in this deeply divided time, I think it is important to note that this calling is true regardless of political party affiliation. The church is called to be political without being partisan. 


QUESTIONS FOR PASTORAL CANDIDATE REV. NICOLETTE SIRAGUSA

We will welcome our pastoral candidate, The Rev. Nicolette Siragusa, to a time of fellowship and to lead worship on September 14-15. In preparation for that time together, she'd like to give you the opportunity to ask questions that will help you get to know her better. Questions can be about her, her ministry, her understanding of theology - you are welcome to ask whatever questions you have, though because of limited space she may not be able to answer them all through @Brookside. Please submit your questions to Nancy at office@brooksidechurch.org, and she will pass on the questions to Nicolette. Look for more questions and answers in “Ask Nicolette” next week.  


KICK-OFF SUNDAY
SEPTEMBER 8
ALL ARE WELCOME

Kick-Off Sunday will be a fun, welcoming event for all ages. Our worship service will begin at 9:30 am, along with our first Sunday School of the school year. All children are welcome to attend. During the worship service, we will together bless students, teachers, and staff of schools, colleges or universities among us as they begin a new year!  All who wish to participate are welcome to bring their backpacks, books, tools of learning or teaching to worship for a time of prayers and blessings.  After the service, the community will have a cook-out with plenty of food, fun, and of course, ice cream! If you don't stay for the food, please stay for the fun activities planned for both children and adults.


BCC ADULT CHOIR

If you are looking for join a fun group of people that get together every week and you like to sing (even in the shower!), the Adult Choir here at Brookside is for you. There are no commitments outside of Sunday mornings where we usually rehearse for the 9:30 am service starting at 8:30 am. Most Sundays we rehearse after the worship service for the upcoming weeks as well. If you would like more information, please talk to Amy Southerland or any choir member this week at Kick-Off Sunday!


BIBLE TEXTS FOR THE WEEK

Here are the lectionary texts for the upcoming Sunday, September 8 for your reflection.

Psalm 139

Philemon 1-25

Luke 14:25-33


WIND OF THE SPIRIT DINNER/DANCE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Wind of the Spirit is holding their 19th Annual “Wind of the Spirit Dinner/Dance” on September 7, 7:30 PM at St. Margaret's Church, 6 Sussex Avenue in Morristown. Wind of the Spirit is an organization that advocates for the rights of immigrants - attending the event is one way to show support. Contact Paul Breda to get tickets.


SENIOR LUNCH BUNCH
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Please mark your calendar for the Senior Luncheon on Friday, September 13 from 12:00 pm - 2:00pm in Scialla Hall. Please RSVP (by September 10) to Linda Fairchild at linchild7@gmail.com or Annemarie Voogt at voogt55@planet.nl Come for fellowship, fun, and a delicious lunch!   Hope to see you there!


INTEGRATED SPIRITUALITY
PRACTICES FOR THE MIND, BODY, & SPIRIT

WEDNESDAYS @ 6:30PM IN SCIALLA HALL

Come and join us on Wednesday evenings as we explore spiritual practices that can help center us and enrich our Christian faith. As people who strive for justice and seek to live a faith that is active, these spiritual practices can help us be more balanced in the health and well-being of our body, mind, and spirit.

9.18 Chakra Balancing Meditation

9.25 Achieving a Clear & Quiet Mind

10.2 Intuitive Touch Art

10.9 Kriya Yoga to Reconnect to Yourself

10.16 Mala Bracelet Making + Meditation

10.23 Convers(ate): A Conversation Examining Spirituality


SOUP KITCHEN HELPERS NEEDED
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Our next soup kitchen visit will be held on Saturday, September 21, and we are in need of servers and black shirts (certified kitchen staff). If you can spare a few hours to help those in need, we'd appreciate your help.  Sign up via Sign Up Genius (below) to volunteer as a server (11:15am-1:00pm) or Black Shirt (9:30am-1:00pm). You may also text Judy Schryver at 973-727-1480.


BCC MEMBERS & FRIENDS FACEBOOK GROUP

Are you on Facebook? If so, we invite you to join our new Facebook Group! Unlike the official page, the group will only be for members and friends, and allow us to post and communicate within our church community.  You can find the group by searching for "BCC Members & Friends."  Then, just request to join! Once you're in, you can invite others to join the group who you think should be a part of it.  Or, you can find/contact Danielle Abushanab (danielle@abushanab.com) and ask her to help get you added to the group!


RAMP GENERAL MEETING:
THE REFUGEE CRISIS, WHAT’S NEXT?

Tuesday, September 24 @ 7:30pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
29 Hillview Avenue, Morris Plains
A panel discussion will focus on the current status and future outlook of refugees entering New Jersey and how RAMP and its members can help. Open to the public. For more information visit www.rampnj.org.


PRAYER JOYS AND CONCERNS

For Sam Fairchild.
For Debbie Replogle.
For restoration of the flooded Brookside Library. 
For Pat & John Tillisch, Wen-Ling's parents-in-love.
For Nancy Wilson's friend, Jeff.
For Linda Howe’s brother, Douglas.

Prayer Joys and Concerns will be listed weekly. Requests received by Tuesday of each week will be included in the following Sunday’s bulletin and @ Brookside and will remain there for a month unless otherwise requested. Please forward your requests during the week to: office@brooksidechurch.org  


FIND US ON FACEBOOK AT facebook.com/brooksidechurch

@ Brookside . . . Week of August 25


Rev. Nicolette Siragusa

Rev. Nicolette Siragusa

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

The Settled Search Committee is pleased to present the schedule for Candidate Weekend, Friday, September 13 through September 15.   We have several events planned to allow various groups to spend time with Pastor Nicolette Siragusa over the weekend.  We look forward to seeing you at one if not several of the planned events including Sunday, September 15 when Pastor Nicolette will lead worship, and the Brookside Community Church member vote will be taken.  

I.   Friday, 9.13.19

Potluck dinner for Council and Deacons 

II.   Saturday, 9.14.19

11:00 – 11:30:  Staff introduction to Nicolette in Scialla Hall

11:30 – 1:00:   Brunch for the staff and choir in Scialla Hall

1:30 – 3:30:   Open House with light refreshments in Scialla Hall

4:00 – 5:00:   Ice cream social for children, youth and their families
in Scialla Hall

5:30 – 8:00:   Search Committee dinner

III.   Sunday, 9.15.19

Worship service lead by Pastor Nicolette

Q & A with Pastor Nicolette

Member vote with children and youth having a pizza party with Pastor Nicolette

In the meantime, we encourage you to take advantage of the “Ask Nicolette” column (details below) to get to know Pastor Nicolette and come to see why the Search Committee is very excited to present her and her family to you.  As always, should you have any questions, please reach out to any member of the Search Committee.  Thank you!

Jack Miller

Gina Bruno

Edna Ierley-Byrne

Michele James

David Sampson

Susannah Truitt

Sue Vlcko


ASK NICOLETTE . . .

WEEK TWO:
GETTING TO KNOW ME

What is your favorite movie and why?
Amongst the items in my office, you’ll notice Darth Vader and Boba Fett  mugs as well as a light saber. The Star Wars franchise has long been a favorite of mine. In particular, I love the reminder that redemption is always possible in Return of the Jedi. More recently, Rogue One has become a favorite with the idea that faithful resistance to oppressive empires (another biblical theme to be certain) takes many forms, but all involve the willingness to put oneself at risk for the sake of others and for a cause larger than oneself. The fact that Rogue One ends by leading into the opening of A New Hope - Episode 4, left me in awe at the genius of deftly tying together stories in films released nearly forty years apart. Each film is a mix of humor and depth, political commentary and action, in an imagined ancient past with amazing futuristic technology in a galaxy far away. I’m not a superfan by any means - I don’t read the comics or the books, and I can’t name every character and their home planet - but I do have strong opinions about the Disneyfication of the franchise and the moments of ‘ah, this scene is designed to sell toys.’ 

What is the type of music you like to listen to?
I’ve always been someone who listens to different music at different times, and often will let my car companion choose the music because I am so flexible. However, my personal CD collection (because I still have such a thing, though I have not added to it in 15 years) ranges from Mozart to Metallica. I find myself drawn to ‘Adult Alternative’ radio stations, and my Pandora stations include Seattle Grunge, Ok Go, Justin Timberlake, and Billie Holiday. I love dancing and prefer to do so to 80s and 90s songs.

What do you enjoy to do in your free time?
I enjoy games (board games, video games, card games) and solving puzzles and mysteries (my sister, Reg and I do a lot of Escape Rooms and murder mystery puzzles). I enjoy being in nature and hiking, and look forward to apple picking just about every autumn. Cooking and hosting friends and family; going out and eating good food with people I care about. I also like coloring, reading, and watching TV (a favorite genre is comedic buddy cop series like Bones, Psych, and most recently Father Brown and Lucifer, two shows that also tie into my love for shows that include theological explorations like The Good Place and Buffy the Vampire Slayer).  

How do you like to “recharge”?
A wise friend once said that there are the things we do to recharge our batteries, and the things we do to mask the fact that they are drained. When I imagine feeling most rested and ready to take on the next challenge, it is after sitting outside on a warm day with a book in my lap. I start by reading the book, but then as my mind and imagination wander, I put the book down and simply listen to the spirit and rest, getting up refreshed and renewed. Additional activities include walking my dog, hiking in the woods, reading a book, having a cup of tea, building a fire - as an introvert, my recharging activities tend to be quiet and alone or with one other person. 


QUESTIONS FOR PASTORAL CANDIDATE REV. NICOLETTE SIRAGUSA

We will welcome our pastoral candidate, The Rev. Nicolette Siragusa, to a time of fellowship and to lead worship on September 14-15. In preparation for that time together, she'd like to give you the opportunity to ask questions that will help you get to know her better. Questions can be about her, her ministry, her understanding of theology - you are welcome to ask whatever questions you have, though because of limited space she may not be able to answer them all through @Brookside. Please submit your questions to Nancy at office@brooksidechurch.org, and she will pass on the questions to Nicolette. Look for more questions and answers in “Ask Nicolette” next week.  


A LOVEFEAST OF THANKSGIVING 
THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

As the summertime reaches a wrap, let us come together for a Lovefeast of thanksgiving for a blessed summer. A simple meal will be shared as we sit down together and worship. If you would like to help and/or bring your favorite Labor Day weekend food to share, please let Nancy Vigilante know in the office. No RSVP is required but would be welcome so we can better plan. 


WIND OF THE SPIRIT DINNER/DANCE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Paul Breda has four tickets for the 19th Annual “Wind of the Spirit Dinner/Dance” on September 7, 7:30 PM at St. Margaret's Church, 6 Sussex Avenue in Morristown. Wind of the Spirit is an organization that advocates for the rights of immigrants - attending the event is one way to show support.  See Paul Breda for details.


KICK-OFF SUNDAY
SEPTEMBER 8

Kick-Off Sunday will be a fun, welcoming event for all ages. Our worship service will begin at 9:30 am, along with our first Sunday School of the school year. All children are welcome to attend. During the worship service, we will together bless students, teachers, and staff of schools, colleges or universities among us as they begin a new year!  All who wish to participate are welcome to bring their backpacks, books, tools of learning or teaching to worship for a time of prayers and blessings.  After the service, the community will have a cook-out with plenty of food, fun, and of course, ice cream! If you don't stay for the food, please stay for the fun activities planned for both children and adults.


SENIOR LUNCH BUNCH
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Please mark your calendar for the Senior Luncheon on Friday, September 13 from 12:00 pm - 2:00pm in Scialla Hall. Please RSVP (by September 10) to Linda Fairchild at linchild7@gmail.com or Annemarie Voogt at voogt55@planet.nl Come for fellowship, fun, and a delicious lunch!   Hope to see you there!


SOUP KITCHEN HELPERS NEEDED
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Our next soup kitchen visit will be held on Saturday, September 21, and we are in need of servers and black shirts (certified kitchen staff). If you can spare a few hours to help those in need, we'd appreciate your help.  Sign up via Sign Up Genius (below) to volunteer as a server (11:15am-1:00pm) or Black Shirt (9:30am-1:00pm). You may also text Judy Schryver at 973-727-1480.


BCC MEMBERS & FRIENDS FACEBOOK GROUP

Are you on Facebook? If so, we invite you to join our new Facebook Group! Unlike the official page, the group will only be for members and friends, and allow us to post and communicate within our church community.  You can find the group by searching for "BCC Members & Friends."  Then, just request to join! Once you're in, you can invite others to join the group who you think should be a part of it.  Or, you can find/contact Danielle Abushanab (danielle@abushanab.com) and ask her to help get you added to the group!


PRAYER JOYS AND CONCERNS

For Sam Fairchild.
For Debbie Replogle.
For restoration of the flooded Brookside Library. 
For Pat & John Tillisch, Wen-Ling's parents-in-love.
For Nancy Wilson's friend, Jeff.
For Linda Howe’s brother, Douglas.

Prayer Joys and Concerns will be listed weekly. Requests received by Tuesday of each week will be included in the following Sunday’s bulletin and @ Brookside and will remain there for a month unless otherwise requested. Please forward your requests during the week to: office@brooksidechurch.org  


FIND US ON FACEBOOK AT facebook.com/brooksidechurch

@ Brookside . . . Week of August 18


Rev. Nicolette Siragusa

Rev. Nicolette Siragusa

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

The Settled Search Committee is pleased to present the schedule for Candidate Weekend, Friday, September 13 through September 15.   We have several events planned to allow various groups to spend time with Pastor Nicolette Siragusa over the weekend.  We look forward to seeing you at one if not several of the planned events including Sunday, September 15 when Pastor Nicolette will lead worship, and the Brookside Community Church member vote will be taken.  

I.   Friday, 9.13.19

Potluck dinner for Council and Deacons 

II.   Saturday, 9.14.19

11:00 – 11:30:  Staff introduction to Nicolette in Scialla Hall

11:30 – 1:00:   Brunch for the staff and choir in Scialla Hall

1:30 – 3:30:   Open House with light refreshments in Scialla Hall

4:00 – 5:00:   Ice cream social for children, youth and their families
in Scialla Hall

5:30 – 8:00:   Search Committee dinner

III.   Sunday, 9.15.19

Worship service lead by Pastor Nicolette

Q & A with Pastor Nicolette

Member vote with children and youth having a pizza party with Pastor Nicolette

In the meantime, we encourage you to take advantage of the “Ask Nicolette” column (details below) to get to know Pastor Nicolette and come to see why the Search Committee is very excited to present her and her family to you.  As always, should you have any questions, please reach out to any member of the Search Committee.  Thank you!

Jack Miller

Gina Bruno

Edna Ierley-Byrne

Michele James

David Sampson

Susannah Truitt

Sue Vlcko


ASK NICOLETTE . . .

WEEK ONE:
CHILDREN & YOUTH

Do you plan to deliver a children's message during Sunday service? What is your approach to that?
This is one of my favorite parts of the service - it is as unpredictable as children’s imaginations, and I love the chance to engage and respond. Ideally, the children’s message relates to both what the children will learn in Sunday School, and to the sermon. Since most people learn best by repetition, and since not all people are auditory learners, the children’s message allows me to introduce a concept, topic, or story in creative ways that engage a variety of learning styles. 

However, my primary goal in the children’s moment is far simpler. I want all of our children to feel heard, and seen, and loved by their pastor. When they grow up, they might not remember the name of Jacob’s brother or all of Jesus’ miracles, but they will remember being a part of a church community where they were cared for, affirmed, and loved. This is especially true for those children who have trouble fitting in to other spaces, who are told that they are too noisy or too creative or otherwise too much (or not enough). The children’s moment is my time to remind everyone that we are made in God’s image and are God’s beloved children, in the hopes that this knowledge will be firmly set in our hearts when then harshness of the world tries to tell us otherwise. As adults, when it is their choice whether to go to church or bring their children, I want them to associate church with being a safe space. 

Why are children and youth important in the life of the church? What is their role, specifically during Sunday worship?
When the disciples were arguing about who was greatest, Jesus brought a child into their midst and told them to learn from the child in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. In a time when children were regarded in purely economic terms, Jesus lifted them up as full people and role models. Children and youth teach us about seeking God. If you’ve ever seen a child dance in the aisle during a particularly moving song, or heard the curiosity in their questions about the divine, or struggled to keep up with their energetic devotion to a project, or witnessed a youth working hard to earn money that they intend to give away, then perhaps you’ve seen a glimpse of what Jesus hoped we would learn. 

Our younger members also remind us of the biblical passages that say that the promises made to us are not just to us, but to our children and to our children’s children. When we think about giving, we think not just about giving to keep what we like in place, but we invest in our future through legacy gifts that insure the church’s vibrant ministry continues into the future. Just as they remind us to be good stewards of the earth, children remind us that what we do has an impact on them, and our role to leave the church, the earth, the world better than the way we found it. 

Considering their importance in the life of the church, I believe it is appropriate for children and youth to be active in all parts of worship. From offering special music, to reading scripture, to welcoming at the door, to offering communion, I have helped coach and train children as young as five to be leaders. In addition, theories about ‘sticky faith’ (faith that ‘sticks’ with children and youth into adulthood) include those that say that worshiping alongside an important adult (parent, guardian, extended family member) is one of the biggest predictors of future faith and church engagement. As much as we have to learn from our children and youth, they learn about how to be a part of the church from us. When they see us follow the bulletin, sing the hymns, read the scripture, listen to the sermon, they learn to do the same (even if it doesn’t seem like they are paying attention, I promise that part of them is still engaged). This is one reason why I am particularly glad to learn about the Sundays when Brookside worships as a full church, and am eager to make sure that those services are meaningful and engaging for all ages. 


QUESTIONS FOR PASTORAL CANDIDATE REV. NICOLETTE SIRAGUSA

We will welcome our pastoral candidate, The Rev. Nicolette Siragusa, to a time of fellowship and to lead worship on September 14-15. In preparation for that time together, she'd like to give you the opportunity to ask questions that will help you get to know her better. Questions can be about her, her ministry, her understanding of theology - you are welcome to ask whatever questions you have, though because of limited space she may not be able to answer them all through @Brookside. Please submit your questions to Nancy at office@brooksidechurch.org, and she will pass on the questions to Nicolette. Look for more questions and answers in “Ask Nicolette” next week.  


UPCOMING WORSHIP SERVICES

SEPTEMBER 1
A LOVEFEAST OF THANKSGIVING 

As the summertime reaches a wrap, let us come together for a Lovefeast of thanksgiving for a blessed summer. A simple meal will be shared as we sit down together for a meal as we worship. If you would like to help and/or bring your favorite Labor Day weekend food to share, please let Nancy Vigilante know in the office. No RSVP is required but would be welcome so we can better plan. 

SEPTEMBER 8 (KICK-OFF SUNDAY)
BLESSINGS OF BACKPACKS, BOOKS AND PEOPLE (STUDENTS/TEACHERS) BACK TO SCHOOLS

During the worship on September 8, we will together bless students, teachers, and staff of schools, colleges or universities among us as they begin a new year!  All who wish to participate are welcome to bring their backpacks, books, tools of learning or teaching to worship for a time of prayers and blessings.


SENIOR LUNCH BUNCH
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Save the Date!   Please mark your calendar for the Senior Luncheon on Friday, September 13 from 12:00 pm - 2:00pm in Scialla Hall. Come catch up with your friends, have a little fun and enjoy a delicious meal.


SOUP KITCHEN HELPERS NEEDED
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Our next soup kitchen visit will be held on Saturday, September 21, and we are in need of servers and black shirts (certified kitchen staff). If you can spare a few hours to help those in need, we'd appreciate your help.  Sign up via Sign Up Genius (below) to volunteer as a server (11:15am-1:00pm) or Black Shirt (9:30am-1:00pm). You may also text Judy Schryver at 973-727-1480.


PRAYER JOYS AND CONCERNS

For restoration of the flooded Brookside Library. 
For Pat & John Tillisch, Wen-Ling's parents-in-love.
For Nancy Wilson's friend, Jeff.
For Linda Howe’s brother, Douglas.

Prayer Joys and Concerns will be listed weekly. Requests received by Tuesday of each week will be included in the following Sunday’s bulletin and @ Brookside and will remain there for a month unless otherwise requested. Please forward your requests during the week to: office@brooksidechurch.org  


FIND US ON FACEBOOK AT facebook.com/brooksidechurch

@ Brookside . . . Week of August 11


Rev. Nicolette Siragusa

Rev. Nicolette Siragusa

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

The Settled Search Committee is pleased to present the schedule for Candidate Weekend, Friday, September 13 through September 15.   We have several events planned to allow various groups to spend time with Pastor Nicolette Siragusa over the weekend.  We look forward to seeing you at one if not several of the planned events including Sunday, September 15 when Pastor Nicolette will lead worship, and the Brookside Community Church member vote will be taken.  

I.   Friday, 9.13.19

Potluck dinner for Council and Deacons 

II.   Saturday, 9.14.19

11:00 – 1:00:   Brunch for the staff and choir in Scialla Hall

1:30 – 3:30:   Open House with light refreshments in Scialla Hall

4:00 – 5:00:  Ice cream social for children, youth and their
families in Scialla Hall

5:30 – 8:00:   Search Committee dinner

          III.   Sunday, 9.15.19

Worship service lead by Pastor Nicolette

Q & A with Pastor Nicolette

Member vote with children and youth having a pizza party with Pastor Nicolette

In the meantime, we encourage you to take advantage of the “Ask Nicolette” column (details below) to get to know Pastor Nicolette and come to see why the Search Committee is very excited to present her and her family to you.  As always, should you have any questions, please reach out to any member of the Search Committee.  Thank you!

Jack Miller

Gina Bruno

Edna Ierley-Byrne

Michele James

David Sampson

Susannah Truitt

Sue Vlcko


QUESTIONS FOR PASTORAL CANDIDATE REV. NICOLETTE SIRAGUSA

We will welcome our pastoral candidate, The Rev. Nicolette Siragusa, to a time of fellowship and to lead worship on September 14-15. In preparation for that time together, she'd like to give you the opportunity to ask questions that will help you get to know her better. Questions can be about her, her ministry, her understanding of theology - you are welcome to ask whatever questions you have, though because of limited space she may not be able to answer them all through @Brookside. Please submit your questions to Nancy at office@brooksidechurch.org, and she will pass on the questions to Nicolette. Look for the answers here, in a section called "Ask Nicolette." 


SENIOR LUNCH BUNCH
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Save the Date!   Please mark your calendar for the Senior Luncheon on Friday, September 13 from 12:00 pm - 2:00pm in Scialla Hall. Come catch up with your friends, have a little fun and enjoy a delicious meal.


KATHY YOUZWAK’S ORDINATION

Kathy Youzwak will be ordained at 11am on Saturday, August 24 at the Community Church of Mountain Lakes, 48 Briarcliff Road, Mountain Lakes. There will be a reception afterwards. All are welcome to attend!


PRAYER JOYS AND CONCERNS

For Nancy Wilson's friend, Jeff.
For Linda Howe’s brother, Douglas.

Prayer Joys and Concerns will be listed weekly. Requests received by Tuesday of each week will be included in the following Sunday’s bulletin and @ Brookside and will remain there for a month unless otherwise requested. Please forward your requests during the week to: office@brooksidechurch.org  


FIND US ON FACEBOOK AT facebook.com/brooksidechurch

@ Brookside . . . Week of August 4


KATHY YOUZWAK’S ORDINATION

Kathy Youzwak will be ordained at 11am on Saturday, August 24 at the Community Church of Mountain Lakes, 48 Briarcliff Road, Mountain Lakes. There will be a reception afterwards. All are welcome to attend!


PRAYER JOYS AND CONCERNS

For Nancy Wilson's friend, Jeff.
For Jack Miller’s parents.
For Linda Howe’s brother, Douglas.

Prayer Joys and Concerns will be listed weekly. Requests received by Tuesday of each week will be included in the following Sunday’s bulletin and @ Brookside and will remain there for a month unless otherwise requested. Please forward your requests during the week to: office@brooksidechurch.org  


FIND US ON FACEBOOK AT facebook.com/brooksidechurch

@ Brookside . . . Week of July 21


SUMMER SERVICES DURING JULY & AUGUST WILL BE HELD IN SCIALLA HALL


HYMN SING SUNDAY

AUGUST 4

Amy Southerland will lead the congregation in a hymn sing during our worship service on Sunday, August 4.  Write down your favorite hymn and drop it in the basket in Scialla Hall during worship service on Sunday.  We look forward to singing with you! 


INTEGRATED SPIRITUALITY GATHERINGS

ACHIEVING A CLEAR AND QUIET MIND
WITH JANET STRAIGHT ARROW
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7 - 6:30 PM

Join us for this foundational practice to live in awareness, personal power, and peace. Experience teachings, practices, and profound wisdom that will give you immediate relief and discover your ability to choose what thoughts and emotions to give power to and how to release the ones that sabotage and hurt us. You will become more present and open to life and spirit and find it easier to meditate. All of this, from a quiet mind and open heart. 

No experience required. Bring a note pad and pen if you would like to take notes. Wear clothing you can sit comfortably in.


A MESSAGE FROM KATHY YOUZWAK . . .

“I wanted to thank everyone at Brookside for their support and kindness over the last months, and for the very generous send-off gift you gave. It was a pleasure to be with the church community for the past few months and I wish you all the best in the future.” 

KATHY’S ORDINATION

Kathy Youzwak will be ordained at 11am on Saturday, August 24 at the Community Church of Mountain Lakes, 48 Briarcliff Road, Mountain Lakes. There will be a reception afterwards. All are welcome to attend!


PRAYER JOYS AND CONCERNS

For Mark Henze.
For Nancy Wilson's friend, Jeff.
For Jack Miller’s parents.
For Linda Howe’s brother, Douglas.

Prayer Joys and Concerns will be listed weekly. Requests received by Tuesday of each week will be included in the following Sunday’s bulletin and @ Brookside and will remain there for a month unless otherwise requested. Please forward your requests during the week to: office@brooksidechurch.org  


FIND US ON FACEBOOK AT facebook.com/brooksidechurch

@ Brookside . . . Week of July 14


SUMMER SERVICES DURING JULY & AUGUST WILL BE HELD IN SCIALLA HALL


SOUP KITCHEN HELPERS NEEDED

SATURDAY, JULY 20

Our next soup kitchen visit will be held on Saturday, July 20, and we are in need of servers and black shirts (certified kitchen staff). If you can spare a few hours to help those in need, we'd appreciate your help.  Sign up below to volunteer as a server (11:15am-1:00pm) or Black Shirt (9:30am-1:00pm). You may also text Judy Schryver at 973-727-1480.


HYMN SING SUNDAY

AUGUST 4

Amy Southerland will lead the congregation in a hymn sing during our worship service on Sunday, August 4.  Write down your favorite hymn and drop it in the basket in Scialla Hall during worship service on Sunday.  We look forward to singing with you! 


INTEGRATED SPIRITUALITY GATHERINGS

MEDITATION TO BALANCE EMOTIONS
WITH CHRISTIN SCARCELLO-MILLER
WEDNESDAY JULY 24 - 6:30 PM

When you get caught up in your mind and hold on to emotions, the energy of your heart becomes blocked.  This prevents you from experiencing your true nature, connection to spirit and the source of unconditional love, inspiration and wisdom.  

In this class, we will work to re-establish that connection by clearing out the emotions weighing you down, using gentle, pre-meditative, asana “physical postures”, kriya yoga “visualizations”, pranayama “breathing exercises”, meditation techniques and essential oils. 

This class will leave you feeling more centered and in tune with your true self.

Wear comfortable clothes that stretch and move with you. Bring a note pad and pen if you would like to take notes, yoga mat and a small blanket or large towel. 

No previous experience with yoga or meditation required. All are welcome!


ACHIEVING A CLEAR AND QUIET MIND
WITH JANET STRAIGHT ARROW
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7 - 6:30 PM

Join us for this foundational practice to live in awareness, personal power, and peace. Experience teachings, practices, and profound wisdom that will give you immediate relief and discover your ability to choose what thoughts and emotions to give power to and how to release the ones that sabotage and hurt us. You will become more present and open to life and spirit and find it easier to meditate. All of this, from a quiet mind and open heart. 

No experience required. Bring a note pad and pen if you would like to take notes. Wear clothing you can sit comfortably in.


PRAYER JOYS AND CONCERNS

For the Rosenblatt family, upon the passing of Gwen’s father.
For Mark Henze.
For Nancy Wilson's friend, Jeff.
For Jack Miller’s parents.
For Linda Howe’s brother, Douglas.

Prayer Joys and Concerns will be listed weekly. Requests received by Tuesday of each week will be included in the following Sunday’s bulletin and @ Brookside and will remain there for a month unless otherwise requested. Please forward your requests during the week to: office@brooksidechurch.org  


FIND US ON FACEBOOK AT facebook.com/brooksidechurch