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Sunday Bible Study – Spiritual Gifts – You are unique. You have been created and invited by God to participate in his kingdom work. Yet, you have probably also experienced feelings of uncertainty about how to serve God, about what gifts you have to use, and about God’s purpose for your life. This study, which we’ve just begun, will help you recognize your spiritual gifts and the gifts of others and lead you to consider how to practically use these gifts to glorify God in your relationships, your work and your world. 9:15 AM every Sunday morning in the church Fellowship Hall – the coffee’s waiting on you!

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! 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 December 29 and bring a friend! This month we’re serving soup, salad and a main course of pork or ham, scalloped potatoes, vegies, and of course dessert!(Serving starts around 4:30 PM)

Some noteworthy past Events …

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.   Again, this year, as we have for several years, on Thursday, December 20 at 7:00 PM we’ll be offering 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.

Labyrinth Prayer Walk – A year or so ago we offered a Labyrinth meditation walk to our members, friends, and folks from the surrounding community.  What is the Labyrinth you ask? – 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 in finding inner peace, managing stress, and healing physically, emotionally, and spiritually for centuries, inviting one to quiet the mind, calm the body, and stir the spirit on a journey of presence and deep transformation surrounded by God’s love and mercy. 28 folks took advantage of the opportunity. We will probably offer the experience again, possibly in the spring. Watch here or our Facebook page for information.

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.
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