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Life of the Church.

For the past almost three years, I have been in charge of sending out an (almost) weekly e-Bulletin to CCfB’s members and friends. This includes our praise and prayer, and news and birthdays, reminders of upcoming events. For the purpose of compiling this, I write down all of the things expressed during the period of our service each week that we call ‘Life of the Church’…of the LoC for short. On the pages of my notebooks and calendars and random sheets of paper tucked in, I carry with me our history. Trials and triumphs, worries and elations. The processes of time that have led us to where we are today. I sometimes flip through the pages to see the work the Lord has done in us. It is a beautiful sight.

If you have anything you’d like to us to add to the list, please let us know. You can post it in the comments, or e-mail it to us at Peace be with you.


“On Vocation” Part 2

You may remember that just over a month ago Ehi spoke to us about his job, his faith, and the place where they intersect.  Jen blogged about that experience both here and at her personal blog.  What you may not know is that was the first part in what we hope will be a monthly series for some time to come.  This Sunday Gilda will lead us in part two of that series.  So come prepared to learn about what makes Gilda tick and the reasons she’s chosen to teach English as a second language in the NY City public school system.  I’m sure we’ll hear some of her frustrations, as well as her triumphs.  Be prepared to be touched and be ready to learn more about one of our members in a way that isn’t often presented in a normal church environment.


Wonderful News.

At 7:30 pm on July 21st, Opal June Hays was born weighing 8lbs. and measuring 20 in. long. Laura is doing well and in Joe’s words, “Opal is absolutely perfect.”

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Congratulations, Hays family. (I’m sure there will be more details and photos to follow at Joe’s blog).


May God Bless You…

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and the exploitation of people so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

*while the author of this beautiful prayer is unknown, I’m sure he/she wouldn’t mind you adding a few lines of your own…


children and church

As a parent, church is one of my favorite places to take my daughter.  She loves “Brooklyn church.”  We even have a song about it that we sing on Sunday mornings to express her anticipation: “we’re going to go to Brooklyn church, Brooklyn church, Brooklyn church, we’re gonna go to Brooklyn church, because it is so fun.”  That’s just the first verse; the song goes on forever, because she names everyone she wants to see at Brooklyn church, and everyone gets their own verse.  Generally the song ends with, “we’re gonna see Aunt Sarah…and she is gonna chase me…and I’ll get scared and run.”  At that point Clare is usually overcome with delight and the song is done.

I love it that at church, even if I can’t see/hear where she is or what she’s doing, I can count on the fact that someone else is watching out for her.  It’s not just that it’s a couple hours of free babysitting. 🙂  I love it that Clare gets to experience a whole community of grown-up people (well, you know, we’re mostly all “grown-up”) who care about her and watch out for her and teach her, just like I do.  And this constitutes “normal” for her.  She knows I love her, and her daddy loves her, but she also knows that this whole roomful of people love her too.  And she loves them: she makes up stories about them and takes them on imaginative excursions with her and sings songs about them and names them as friends.

And that’s beautiful.

This coming Sunday we will welcome and bless CCfB’s two newest and youngest members.  As part of the thanksgiving and blessing service, the full assembled community of CCfB will be asked,

“Church, will you as a community of faith and family of God welcome these children into your loving care, share responsibility in their growth toward fullness of life in Christ, and surround them and their parents with your love, encouragement and support for the strengthening of their life together?”

And we will answer,

“We will, with God’s help.”


this is really cool (for Bible nerds)

The world’s oldest Bible, Codex Sinaiticus, is online.


Nobody Knows

If you showed up at PS261 on Sunday and wondered “why didn’t anybody tell me,” you weren’t alone.

Nobody knows why the gates were locked.*
Nobody knows why the janitor (and his key) weren’t on duty.*
Nobody knows why Stonehenge was built… but that’s another story.

Heartfelt apologies to anyone who was inconvenienced on Sunday by our unexpected cancellation of services.  We’ll be back on track next week.  We promise.

In other news, Ashley sent me this note last week and I thought I’d send it to you as well…

“There’s a really great group called Reverend Vince Anderson and the Love Choir (yes he’s a real reverend) that performs every Monday at Union Pool in Williamsburg.  The shows are free, but they do go on a little before 11pm.  It’s definitely something worth checking out if you don’t mind being a night owl.  You can check out their music on MySpace.  The Reverend has this great raspy New Orleans voice and he’s for so to get the crowd clapping their hands and giving praise.”

*retraction: we now know why the gate was locked and where the janitor was, but it’s not a very interesting story. It doesn’t involve dragons or industrial espionage. Still, we hope nobody went hungry for lack of free bagels last week!

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