Barre Congregational Church

30 Park Street
Barre, Massachusetts
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Welcoming & Serving the Quabbin Area
Worship Services:
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
PLEASE NOTE: We will have an outdoor service on the front lawn in October! Call the 
church office for details!
NOTE: Due to precautions related to the coronavirus, events scheduled in October may 
be postponed or rescheduled. Please check with the event organizers for the latest information
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From the Church Reopening Committee

1. All services in the month of October will be held outdoors at the church. Attendees can remain in their cars and listen from there for safety and warmth.
2. Kevin Fogarty will be recording the services for YouTube, website and Facebook transmission.
3. Members of the Committee will be exploring options as we move forward.
4. For Communion Sundays, attendees should bring their own bread and juice to partake in the holy sacrament.
5. Please continue to bring a chair and wear a mask while attending the services.

From the Supper Committee

Roast Beef Drive-Thru Dinner at the church on Saturday, October 10th! Pick-up time is from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Just three easy steps:
 - Make a reservation with Lisa at 978-355-0140.
 - Drive in the driveway to the right of the building to the back door where you will pay -- we ask you use your mask.
 - You will then proceed to the handicap door where the meals will be placed in your car. You will not have to leave your car. Masks and gloves will be on the people placing the meals in your car. There will be no entry into the church.

How much will it cost? Adults $12.00, Children under 12 $5.00

Community Friendship Supper

The Community Friendship Supper has been cancelled for the month of October. We will let you know when we are able to resume our monthly CFS! 

From the Church Committee
The Church Committee would like to remind everyone that the daily functioning of the church continues. They remind you to please keep up your pledges and donations to the church even in these challenging times. Donations can be submitted through the "Donate" page on this website or mailed to:

Margaret Marshall
169 Sunrise Ave
Barre, MA 01005
A Message From Pastor Margaret

The Changing Colors of Fall, and Christ With Us Through it All

Yesterday morning when I went for my walk, 
I was astonished by the amount of leaves 
that were already blowing around and giving 
me a friendly look as I was slowing down 
my pace several times to admire all the 
different shapes and colors. I could not 
help but gather a few of them, spreading 
them out carefully onto the wooden kitchen 
table, and capturing my first fall leaves photo!

Yes, it is that time of the year again, when 
the sun is setting much earlier, the air is 
cooler, and the colors of New England 
are a pleasure for the eyes. We put our 
gardens to bed, and slowly but surely, 
hunt for pumpkins, mums, and asters to brighten up our slowly fading surroundings. We are filled with grateful hearts as we thank God for ushering us into another season, and we ask for mercy for ourselves and our families to enjoy this time together. It is fall, and we are aware of the changes happening every day.

For many of us, this year brought about incredible changes we never thought we would experience. These were real, hard changes that altered our lives in ways that will make us reflect on this experience for a long time. This coronavirus pandemic has taught us many lessons, it brought about pain and loss for many, and it has created much tension in different sectors of our world.

The Israelites went through enormous and difficult changes during their time in the wilderness. Their journey took them through different places and experiences, some good and others not so good. They would never be the same, their faith was tested, and through it all, they were always reminded that Yahweh was with them. The disciples who became the leaders of the early church also went through incredible changes that would shape them to become church builders and nurturers of the early church. The church through the ages has changed and taken on different theologies, denominations and structures, not without incredible trials and tribulations, and through it all, we in the church of Christ know that, as Hebrews 13 verse 8 says, Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. That knowledge brings with it the certainty that our journey is not without Christ. We are blessed with the presence of Christ, of God in our lives, through the Holy Spirit, our daily prayers, song, and through our being together as a community of faith. These are important ways for us to find hope during these times of distress.

So, while the seasons change, and things go dormant during this fall, we do have the consistent presence of the rising sun, the powerful presence of the moon, the rain that soothes the dry fields. Similarly, we are reminded that no changes in our lives happen without the presence of Christ with us… always. May we hold onto that and allow God to strengthen our faith through it all.

Pastor Margaret

October Service on Front Lawn

Weather permitting, we are planning to hold our Sunday services during October on the front lawn of the church starting at 9:30. Please remember to bring your own chair if you wish to sit outside, wear a mask and social distance.

Bulletin for October 18th service

If you would like to stay in your vehicle, you may, as there will be a speaker system so that you may hear the service.

The Stewardship Committee would also like to remind you the month of October is our Pledge Campaign for our church.

Welcome to the Barre Congregational Church Website! 

A congregation of the United Church of Christ, Barre Congregational Church (BCCUCC) is located on the Common in Barre, Massachusetts. We are a caring community of Christ committed to reaching out into the wider community. We offer ourselves as ministers of grace, healing, understanding, inclusiveness, reconciliation, and joy for the sake of showing our love for Jesus.

Our Pastor: Margaret Keyser

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