E-Bulletin of Brunswick Church           June 26, 2019

Join us this week as we look at how God calls on us to meet the challenges of the transitions and changes that life throws at us. This weeks prayer is from the famous author, anonymous, for times when we feel lost:

Lord God, sometimes I feel like a lost child, alone in the woods or on a strange street. I cannot see the road ahead of me. I fear what lies in the shadows.
I have no idea where I am going. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself. And even though I am trying to follow your will, sometimes I can’t be sure whether I am or not. Sometimes, I think, I am fooling myself. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you and that you will direct me, even if sometimes I get it wrong.
I hope and pray that I will at least not do anything today that I am certain will displease you, and I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always. Though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death, I will not fear, for you are ever with me and you will never leave me to face my troubles alone.

June 27 & 30
Life’s Challenges

Acts 7:55-60

July 7
Psalm 34:18

Sermon from June 9 Pentecost
What, Indeed, Does This Mean? – Acts 2:1-21
Preacher Pastor Emeritus Harry Heintz

New this week

We Need Your Input

Our Parish Associate Ted Wright has received inquiries about the cancer support group we’ve been promoting in recent BEBs. It is held monthly in Schaghticoke. He’s been asked if he is going to start one here at Brunswick Church. The link below will take you to a very brief 3-question survey to help us assess the interest in such a ministry on our campus.

If we proceed to form such a group, it’s important to note that the group would be available to patients, caregivers, survivors, family and friends. It would serve anyone impacted by any type of cancer. The goal of such a group would be to offer a place to share experiences, insights, problems and to provide encouragement that is so important for this journey. If this is something that you would like to be a part of, please take this survey. Thank you.

New this week

As the summer approaches, we are facing a season where volunteers to Brunswick Church are traveling more frequently than normal. We are in need of some people to help in the Childcare rooms at 8:30am and 11am on Sundays. There are teens who are willing to assist, but they need an adult in the room with them. It involves showing up 15 minutes before the service starts, greeting the parents, and then playing with the children (2 years and younger) until their parents pick them up. If you are interested, we need help as soon as possible. Please let Niki know by emailing her at niki@brunswickchurch.org.

Mark your calendars…click below for the link to our webpage and Vacation Bible School registration!

New Details

Beginning the week of June 10, we will be running two 4-week Bible Studies. We will be studying the scripture texts for the coming week’s sermon, and we will be teaching a method that helps us understand and learn to read scripture critically.

Monday: 7 PM time in the downstairs Community Room; Bob Clarke will be leading.
Wednesday: 6:30 PM in the downstairs Community Room; our summer intern, Dan McAuley will be leading.

Please consider coming to one of these studies. For more information feel free to email Niki Campbell, Director of Nurture Ministries at niki@brunswickchurch.org., or the study leaders themselves. Dan at danmacauley@brunswickchurch.org or Bob at rclarke1@nycap.rr.com
All are welcome at either study!

Youth – Sunday ROAD TRIP!

Ever wonder what other congregations do to worship the Living God? Ever wanted to visit a very different worshiping community with your friends? This Sunday, our Parish Associate, Ted Wright, will be hosting a Sunday visit to the New Skete Monastery in Easton. We will meet in the lower parking lot at 8:30 on Sunday morning and leave at 8:45. We will worship there and meet some of the monks. And then we will go for Ice Cream and discuss our experience.  (Please note: Shorts and T-shirts are not appropriate to wear to this Worship Service. Please consider wearing pants, or skirts/dresses knee length or longer

If there are any questions please contact Niki@brunswickchurch.org

Speaking of VBS…

We also need food donations for snack at VBS. If you can help, sign up below and bring them in! (*Note* we will be ensuring allergen free snacks for those who need them, and will be getting those )

We’re using SignUp.com (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Roar VBS Sign Up!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.comhttps://signup.com/login/entry/398396920087
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Last summer, a group from Brunswick Church attended the Global Leadership Summit and walked away with fresh knowledge, insight, and ideas as to how we can better serve our Lord, our community and ourselves. This annual summit is being held Thursday, August 8 & Friday, August 9 at Grace Fellowship in Halfmoon. The Early Bird cost is currently $189 ($149 if we get a team of 10 or more) per person and there are discounts available for students, teachers, and veterans ($89). The Early Bird price ends on May 21, then the price goes up. Please contact Office Manager Colleen Lais if you are interested in going.

New this week

FAQ about Pastor Ted Wright
and what it means to be a Parish Associate

There have been some questions raised about what Pastor Ted’s role is and what being a parish associate is all about. So here is a short FAQ in response. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to ask Henry or Ted.

Q: What is a Parish Associate?
A: Our constitution says that: A parish associate is a teaching elder (clergyperson) who serves in a validated ministry other than the local parish, or is a member-at-large, or is retired, but who wishes to maintain a relationship with a particular church or churches in keeping with ordination to the ministry of teaching elder. Such persons, already qualified as continuing members of presbytery, may serve as parish associates. The relation shall be established, upon nomination by the pastor, between the parish associate, the session, and the presbytery. The parish associate shall be responsible to the pastor, as head of staff, on an “as needed, as available” basis.

Q: Is Pastor Ted the next associate pastor?
A: No. As a Parish Associate, he is not eligible to be the next installed pastor or associate pastor. Besides, he is officially retired and likes that status.

Q: So, what is Pastor Ted’s role?
A: His role is to help Henry until the congregation can call a new associate pastor.  At that time, we will reevaluate Pastor Ted’s relationship with our congregation. The areas in which he will be helping will be to provide pastoral care, communion, occasionally preaching, Christian education, and other areas as Henry directs and Ted is available.

Could It Be A Sign? 

Brunswick’s wonderful Building and Grounds Team is working hard toward getting a digital sign installed.  Until that happens, we need to change the wording on the sign we now have, and that has to be done manually!  We’d like to have coverage through July. We need volunteers to join the ranks.
If you’d be willing to sign up for a turn to change the sign you can do so at http://signup.com/go/fCwArUg

This is the same online scheduling program that the pantry uses, and it works well.  OR, you can email your choice of the week, send to Gail Swota at gswota@gmail.com, and we’ll get you onto the schedule!

Giving for the week of
June 9, 2019

Giving this week……………………………..$ 13,650
YTD Giving…………………………………….$371,400

Thanks be to God for a blessed offering this week!

From our counters:  If you are using an envelope, please write your number (even better – also include your name!) on the envelope. We appreciate this, especially with cash donations. If you are writing a check, we ask that you also include the number on the memo line. These small steps help to ensure accurate recording.

Online giving can help support your intentions to maintain your commitment to serve others in our giving, even when life gets busy! Click here to learn more!

Important information for those who choose to give online. The system only allows donations to be set up for a specific period of time. Please be aware that once that time ends the donations will stop without notification. Some of our members have found that their tithing ended without their knowing. It is important to always review your scheduled donations and update the information with any changes in bank or credit card information. If you have any questions, contact Bob Schmidt at business@brunswickchurch.org.

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