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 ministry of serving others, entrusted to us by Jesus Christ, is the duty and privilege of every member of this church.” 

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. 
Christmas Eve Services: Dec. 24 at 7:00 p.m. (children's service) and 11:00 p.m. (candlelight service)

"No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here."
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Reflections

Give Thanks
By Martha Nobel

It's that time of year again. Each fall we stop and think about the harvest and all we have to be thankful for. The farmers always stopped and looked at the bountiful harvest at the end of the long summer and gave thanks to God for helping them.

We, too, need to stop and give thanks to God for all He has given us. We are blessed. Everything we want may not be in our houses, but we need to be thankful.

David said in the Bible:
"I will thank you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High." (Psalm 9:1-2)

God loves to hear us. He takes great pleasure in receiving our thanks and our love. He cares so deeply about everything that affects our lives. Talk to Him. Tell Him whatever is on your heart. He understands and wants to meet your needs.

"Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today." (Matthew 6:32-34)

One day my daughter asked for me to clean a special outfit for her to wear to school the next day. I took the time and made sure it was ready for her. As is sometimes the way with busy teens, she did not say thank you.

When I mentioned it to her, she seemed surprised. She felt it was my job as her mother to have her clothes ready. I was really hurt. I was expecting a "thank you."

I believe God feels the same way when we don't stop and show a grateful heart for all He does for us each day. He wants us to be thankful. We should not look at Him and expect that it's His "job" to bless us without a thank-you in return.

Just like my daughter who needed a reminder to appreciate the things she has, the family she is blessed with, and to be thankful for the loving heavenly Father who watches over her, we, too, need to be reminded.

How great is the Father's love for us. How awesome are His deeds. Let us rejoice and be thankful to Him and bless His name. Give thanks to God for He is good and His mercy is everlasting. Great is the love of our God. Let's give thanks.

Endowment Research Opportunity
Sarah Dyer needs a person who is financially savy to work with her regarding Endowment Research. Please call Sarah, 978-355-2517 if you are interested.

Missions Committee
Jen and Janice participated in the 35th Annual Rutland Crop Walk on Sunday, October 16th. Our Sunday School children also walked during our church service that morning and raised $522.00. Our church raised a total of $1154.00 for the Crop Walk, and 25% will come back to the Barre Food Pantry. Rutland raised over $13,000 so far. Thank you to all who sponsored our participants to help put an end to hunger locally and around the world. Thank you to all the Sunday School teachers who assisted the children in their walk. It was a great day!