Barre Congregational Church

30 Park Street
Barre, Massachusetts
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Welcome to the Barre Congregational Church United Church of Christ (BCCUCC) website. BCCUCC is a center for community where we live the statement of ministry printed each week in the worship bulletin --

"The mission of the Barre Congregational Church is to serve God, and to spread the word and love of God's risen son, Jesus Christ, to all people through Christian faith and unity. By our words and actions, we will bring love, hope, and acceptance to family and neighbors, respecting all differences and diversities." 

We live according to our statement of ministry in order to bring hope, justice, and love to people wherever they are on their path to knowing The Lord, Jesus Christ, whose ministries of compassion, extravagant hospitality, and love inspire us. 
Welcoming & Serving the Quabbin Area
Worship Services:
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Holy Week Services:
Palm Sunday - Sunday, March 25, 9:30 a.m. -- Pastor Margaret Keyser preaching, Choir & Sunday 
School Choir, Palms will be given out
Maundy Thursday/Service of Tenebrae - Thursday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. -- Choir will sing and Communion will be served
Easter Sunday - Sunday, April 1, 9:30 a.m. -- Pastor Margaret Keyser Preaching. He is Risen!!!

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A Message From Pastor Margaret

Grace and peace to you!

This past weekend, I worked with a congregation 
involved in a serious conflict. This was my second 
meeting with them. At the end of the session, 
everyone in the room felt overcome by the 
incredible feeling of peace. I left there feeling 
inspired, hopeful and encouraged that we as 
human beings can allow our hearts to be softened, for mercy to be born and give forgiveness and reconciliation a chance.

In John Chapter 17, Jesus prayed for His disciples that they would be one, as He and God are One. He then went on to pray for all believers, for you and me, that the world would see this perfect union. Jesus prayed this prayer, because He knew that He would be gone soon, and that His disciples would need inner strength to stay strong, facing the struggles ahead.

It was through prayer that Jesus was able to perform miracles, and show love, mercy and the power of forgiveness to those around Him, even those who would abandon and crucify Him. Jesus’ close union with God enabled Him to endure the pain and suffering, but also experience the hope of the resurrection. The earthly Jesus was a Man of peace, who found His peace in relationship and union with God. That is why He desired for His disciples and all believers to have that same union He had with God, a union that would withstand the storms of life.

Toward the end of the session with the congregation, I was about to suggest we sing a hymn, when one member exclaimed, “Can we sing a hymn?” My heart jumped, and I smiled, as I walked toward her and hugged her. Everyone went quiet for a moment, then we sang our hearts out! We all felt the Spirit of God at work, as well as a feeling of oneness.

As a result of the conflict, some members had left the church in 2017. A couple who stopped coming to church since November, was present, and I witnessed how their fellow members encouraged them, letting them and others who were hesitant to return, know how their love for one another did not end, because of the conflict. Apologies were offered, forgiveness was shared, and at the end of the session, after many tears were shed, the couple announced their return to the church.

I saw the love of God at work in that room. I saw humility, and the ability of human hearts to be softened. I saw the oneness among people of faith, who have been praying for healing and oneness to be returned.

Members of Barre Congregational Church...I have experienced that same feeling of peace, serving you during the last number of months. May God continue to help us, to be a congregation one with God and one another, and may the peace of God stay with us always.

Blessings to all of you,

Pastor Margaret

A Note From the Deacons 
​Pastor Margaret has been trying to coordinate a visit from a missionary who has been in South Africa for 17 years. We hope to have her speak on March 18, 2018.

During Holy Week, we will have our 
Maundy Thursday service. 
Rev Charles Page will be in the pulpit 
on March 4 and on March 11. Pastor 
Margaret will be preaching on March 
18 and March 25.

The deacons are looking for people t
hat are interested in being lay 
readers on Sunday mornings. Please 
contact Marsha if you are 
interested in helping.

If you need help getting to an appointment or would like a visit from a deacon, please call the church office at 978-355-4041.

​From the Church Committee:
​Our committee is set for 2018. Ann Clark is the new Chair, and Steve Morrall is the Secretary. 

We have overspent our oil contract, but we have extended it at a higher cost for an additional five months. A private donation has been made to cover half of the additional cost. Thank you to our donor!

We are putting together our needs and wants on church property upgrades:
    The ceiling in the balcony and sanctuary that was damaged before the roof was replaced. This is cosmetic. 
    The ceiling in the downstairs kitchen needs replacement. This is a higher priority.
    Repairing the cabinets in the downstairs kitchen. Summer project. Hopefully a group needing community service can help with this project. 

The loan balance on the roof is $7,486.00. If you have pledged over three years, don’t forget to pay the 2018 installment. We have 2-1/2 years remaining on this loan.

The Church Committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month in the Chapel at 6:30 p.m. We have an open forum and all are welcome.

The Church Committee would like to thank Sarah Dyer for coordinating and overseeing the Fellowship Hall Floor project. They would also like to thank the Supper Committee, Women’s Fellowship and the two anonymous donors for their contributions toward the project. Thank you to the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for moving the furniture.