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Jesus Loves You – It’s been reported that folks are finding rocks with the message “God Loves You” scattered around Brookdale Park . Wonder who’s spreading this message?

Sunday Bible Study – Apostles’ Creed –  A six-session study, just recently  started and based on Alister McGrath’s book  I believe, introduces us to the Apostles’ Creed and the essential truths about God the Father, the person and work of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Christians indeed trust in God, and the basics of our faith have remained the same for centuries. The Apostles’ Creed is an ideal starting point for this vital process of consolidating our grasp of the faith. 9:15 AM every Sunday morning in the church Fellowship Hall – the coffee’s waiting on you!

Hosanna Bible Study – Five Wednesday evenings, 7:30 to 9:00 PM at the Mission House (Next door to the church) – March 13, 20, 27, April 3 & 10. Join us on a Journey of Spiritual Nurture and Renewal; Prepare to be challenged as we focus on the “main events” of Holy Week and explore different ways to view and understand what God is doing in these events – allowing us to receive this work of God for ourselves and celebrate it with new understanding.

Holy Week Gatherings – We invite you to join with us in any or all of our special Holy Week services:
April 14, 10:30 AM – Palm Sunday Worship
April 18, 7:30 PM – Maundy Thursday service
April 19, 11:00 AM & 7:00 PM – Good Friday Services
April 21, 10:30 AM – Easter Sunday Worship!

Community Meal –   Every Month on the LAST Saturday Brookdale offers a FREE meal to everyone in the community! Yes – free! Yes – for everyone! If you are local to Bloomfield NJ and have never joined us you don’t know what you are missing! You’re missing out on scrumptious food prepared by Brookdale’s awesome chefs – served right to your table – and the menu changes every month (chicken pot pie with salad, corn bread, cake & brownies this month). But even more, you’re missing out on great camaraderie – a time to catch up with your friends and maybe make some new ones. You say “I knew all of that”! Well then, don’t keep it a secret – there’s always more than enough to go around, so … Why not plan to join us on April 27 and bring a friend! (Serving starts around 4:30 PM)

Some noteworthy past Events

Praying the Labyrinth – Monday, March 18 – What is the Labyrinth? – The Labyrinth is a circle with a single path to and from the center. Walking the labyrinth is a way of praying with the body that invites the divine presence of God into an active conversation with the heart and soul. It has been used as a walking meditation to assist us in finding inner peace, managing stress, and healing us physically, emotionally, and spiritually for centuries. The Labyrinth invites us to quiet the mind, calm the body, and stir the spirit on a journey of presence and deep transformation as we feel surrounded by God’s love and mercy. We invite you to explore the Labyrinth and experience for yourself this ancient tool for personal transformation.

Blue Christmas Service – Christmas can be a painful time of year for some people.  It may be the 1st or 20th Christmas without a loved family member(s) due to death or the many reasons for being apart.  The constant refrains on the radio, TV, in shopping malls, and churches, about the joy of the season remind many people of what they have lost or are missing.  This anguish can make us feel alone in the midst of the celebrating and joy.  Sometimes we need space and time to acknowledge our sadness; we need to know that we are not alone.  We also need encouragement to live the days ahead of us.   Over the past several years,we have offered a ‘Blue Christmas Service to give people a time and space to do all of this and still be able to wait with anticipation the birth of their Savior.

Christmas carols, hymns and pasta! That was the fare the evening of Saturday December 8. A free event featuring great food and a joyous celebration both before and after the delectable dinner! (You had to be there for the Brookdale rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas!)

On the 1st weekend in October Harvest Fest, found us again on Broad Street, downtown Bloomfield at this annual vendor fair; we had a great spot and in spite of the damp weather lots of folks stopped by to chat a while and pick up some of the Christian literature we were giving away. The next day we celebrated World Communion Sunday at our regular 10:30 AM Worship Service and then in the afternoon enjoyed A Taste of the Caribbean, a time of fun, food and fellowship Featuring Steel Drum Artist: Sterling “Sugar” Sample!

FREE Water in the Park – Again this year we  tried to give away “water to wet your whistle” at the Brookdale Park along with  an invitation to come and hear about living water at our church (which adjoins the park). The occasion is the Essex County Summer Music in the Park concert series scheduled for Friday evenings through July – “weather permitting” of course. Well, as it has turned out, on several of those Friday evenings the “weather was not permitting” and the evening’s concert was cancelled! But hey – we were able to deliver water twice, and that provided the opportunity to chat with a few folks – better than none!

Asian Fusion Event – On a Saturday this past June on the back lawn we offered a wide variety of Asian Food – Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean – and entertainment by Chinese Lion Dancers and Japanese Biwanco Drummers.

Solar Seminars Several times over the last couple of years  we have  opened our doors to Geoscape Solar of Livingston NJ for a seminar about “going solar”. At each of these seminars several folks from the surrounding community took advantage of the event to learn how solar works and how to  convert to solar with no money out of pocket. We see promoting solar as good stewardship and plan to continue periodically hosting educational seminars in the future. Watch here or our Facebook page for information.

 

The community is welcome at all of our events.
For information please call 973-338-7676.

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