As you know, Brookside Community Church has helped sponsor the Refugee Assistance Morris Partners or RAMP mission in our area. We have helped two families to adjust to their new lives in our country and we are now adding a third family. They are newly arrived and we have invited the couple along with Tom Graham, the RAMP representative, to join us on November 4 during our service. We will get a chance to learn about the program and the family and celebrate with a brunch afterwards in their honor. Missions/Growth will supply the drinks, bagels and dessert. See the Sign Up sheet in Scialla Hall or respond via Sign Up Genius below. This will be a wonderful way to say welcome. Thank you in advance for all the great food!
More RAMP News…
The 3rd RAMP family is expecting their first child in November. If you would like to contribute, please send a check to the office or put a check in the plate marked baby gift card. We will accept contributions after the brunch as well.
Many of you have expressed interest in what they need in preparation for the arrival. If you are in need of ideas, the registry that has been set up is http://www.target.com/gift-registry/gift/bc6a90a010364d28aad37ab5af9917ef
Also, the Muniri's need new living arrangements starting December 1. Anyone who knows of apartment or home rentals in the Parsippany, Lake Hiawatha area should contact Mark Brumbaugh - firstname.lastname@example.org.
RESPONDING TO VIOLENCE: INTERFAITH PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES THIS WEEK
Join people of faith from surrounding communities to mourn the victims of the tragic shooting, pray for the injured and raise our collective voices against hatred and bigotry.
THIS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 @ 7:30PM
In Summit at the Jewish Community Center
67 Kent Place Boulevard
THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 @ 4PM
In Morristown at Church of the Redeemer
36 South Street
Once again, Brookside Community Church will participate in the Mother/Child visitation holiday gift program. This is our contribution to the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women. The gifts needed will be described on the Giving Tree tags. Please visit the Giving Tree in Scialla Hall and return unwrapped gifts to the church or church office by November 11. Please note, they cannot accept: cash, cameras, baseball bats, baseballs, sharp items, play dough, clay, no glass items (esp. perfume or nail polish bottles), no play guns or weapons. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
BROOK SINGER’S SCHEDULE
The Brook Singer’s Choir (for K-12th graders) will rehearse on Sunday mornings after Children’s Church until 11:15 am on the following Sundays ONLY:
November 4 & 11, December 2 & 9
The Brook Singers will participate in worship on:
November 4, November 18, December 2, December 16 (Call time for the choir is 8:45. Please be on time!) . If you have any questions, please call Amy Southerland at 862-686-2573.
COMMUNITY SOUP KITCHEN NEWS
If you'd like to work in the kitchen helping to prepare the meal you need to become a "Black Shirt", which involves training to understand food safety- plus you'll get a spiffy black t-shirt to signify your kitchen status. Black Shirts arrive before the servers to bring groceries supplied by BCC and to help prepare the day's lunch. If you'd like to become a Black Shirt, the next training will be Sunday November 18 from 1:00 - 2:00pm. Please text Judy Schryver at 973-727-1480 if you'd like to join the elite rank of Black Shirt!
SAVE THE DATE: BCC OPEN HOUSE, NOV 18 @ 4pm
We will host an Open House at 4 pm on Sunday, November 18, to show our church community the newly upgraded Anderson Wing and to invite the community in so they can see our space (which is now available for users of all kinds.) Refreshments will be served and childcare will be provided.
As we enter this year’s season of stewardship, we are reminded that stewardship is an important spiritual practice. Our mantra for this season is discover, imagine, become: “Discover who we are. Imagine who we can be. Become our best selves together.” At times, it may be challenging. It will take patience and care. If we begin with faith—not only faith in God but faith that God has faith in us—then we can believe that all of the pieces will fit somehow. When each of us work to discover how our time, talents, and treasure fit into the wider picture of who God is calling us to become, Brookside Community Church can be our best yet!
Everyone in our community should receive a stewardship letter in the mail, along with a brochure and a pledge card. The stewardship brochure and pledge cards will also be provided in the pews during our Sunday services.
You can help Brookside Community Church achieve our goal of becoming our best yet. Your support is crucial to our efforts to become who God is calling us to be. Please review the pledging and budget information provided in the brochure to help guide you.
Please complete and return your pledges by our Celebration Sunday on November 18, 2018.
Feel free to send your completed pledge card in the mail, return it to the office, or bring it with you to service on Sunday.
Our Stewardship campaign for 2019 is well underway with a total of $87,200 being received as of Wednesday, October 31. If you have already submitted your pledge card, many thanks. If not, please either mail it to us, deliver it to the church office, or drop it in the wooden box (located in the narthex of the church sanctuary) by Sunday, November 18. We thank you for your support!
PRAYER JOYS AND CONCERNS
For Linda Howe’s brother.
For Jan Schurter.
For Glen & Tod.
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: email@example.com Requests received by Tuesday of each week will arrive in time for the following Sunday’s bulletin and @ Brookside.