On Sunday October 8, 2017, we welcomed Pastor Jeff Long-Middleton as our interim pastor, and then followed up with ice cream sundaes during fellowship time. The Board of Mission & Social Action provided items to make up Church World Service heath & school kits, so that the congregation could assemble their own. It was a fun and happy morning. You can see some photos below.
To Everything There Is a Season
The all-church Apple Social was held the afternoon of September 24th, and the enthusiasm for picking and pressing the apples was undiminished by the unseasonable heat! Hosted by Bob & Kathy Munson, this event has become one eagerly anticipated by all ages. Several gallons of oh-my-good cider was made and distributed to eager workers, along with Kathy’s beautifully packaged homemade apple-shaped cookies.
Opening their beautiful garden-strewn property to us all, it was delightful to see youngsters and not-so-youngsters strolling to the Fairy Garden, to the Peace Garden, darting to and fro in the orchard, watching fish in the pond, and resting on the many benches and seats.
And here are a few more photos from this fun afternoon. Click the arrows below the photos to scroll through the album:
This Sunday we welcome into our pulpit Elisa Lucozzi. Her focal point for her sermon, “The Seed Cracked Open,” is the string of similes from Matthew 13: 31-46. She reminds us:
- “The kingdom of heaven is like 80 strangers holding hands to form a human chain and rescue a family from a dangerous riptide.
- The kingdom of heaven is like the Habitat for Humanity team who shows up to construct a handicap ramp for the neighbor who now finds themselves wheelchair bond.
- The kingdom of heaven is like the firefighter who rushes back into a burning building to rescue a beloved animal companion.
- The kingdom of heaven is like the six-year-old who donates their birthday money to support the local food bank.
The children, both with Elisai and later in Sunday School, will also be learning about the Mustard Seed description of faith. Tools and seeds and soil will be involved!
The Special Music will be the shape note “Saints Delight” by F. Price, lyrics from the poetry of Isaac Watts, sung by Bridget Peters, Betsy Alexander and Marcia Tomlinson.
Caleb (in the red shirt) came up with the Sunday school theme this past week: the story of Jesus’ baptism, that concludes with the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, landing on his head. Caleb created a coloring page to go with it and led the class in folding two different versions of origami birds.
Children’s Sunday is always a cheerful and uplifting service with lots of energy and laughter, and this year was no exception! It was a joy to see all our church’s children, ranging from age 2 to 12, participating in the service in so many ways.
Use the arrows to scroll through the photo album below.
On April 2 in Sunday School, the kids heard the 23rd Psalm, and discussed what “the Lord is my shepherd” might mean. They thought about how they are like sheep, and how prayer can help them when they are lost or in trouble, and then they made this wonderful scene of grazing sheep.
Open and Affirming Covenant
We, the members of the Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ, Bradford, Vermont, regard all people as beloved children of God. We give thanks for the many and diverse gifts of God among us.
Jesus welcomed all. As First John says, “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them…. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.”
We declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming congregation, welcoming and accepting into full membership and participation people of every age, gender, race, national origin, faith background, marital status and family structure, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and physical ability, addiction, economic and social status, and educational background.
We affirm all lives and all relationships founded on the principles of God’s love and justice. We pledge to work to end oppression and discrimination whenever we encounter them, and, guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit, to help create the beloved community of God’s realm.
Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
adopted on March 26, 2017
Please join us for the annual Winter Warmer Dinner, a fundraiser hosted by the children of Bradford Congregational Church! Featuring a delicious Italian buffet, including gluten free, lactose free, nut free, and vegetarian options, all by donation. Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 11, 2017, 6 p.m.