Hybrid Worship Changes

After live streaming services from our sanctuary for the month of June, we have determined that to have the best quality possible for our online services, the best pratice for now is to upload our Worship videos to our Youtube channel (and the front page of our website) on Mondays, rather than live streaming on Facebook the day of the service. This allows us to improve the sound quality of our worship videos and to add easily readable responsive texts and hymn lyrics for those watching at home. We want to create the best possible viewing experience for both those attending in-person and those watching virtually. This change begins Sunday, July 4th.  
 
Full details about in-person worship including safety protocols are available on our website at the Hybrid Worship tab ( Hybrid Worship at Brookmeade (brookmeadeucc.org).
 
Following worship, we will have our renowned Coffee Fellowship outdoors whenever weather permits. We had a wonderful fellowship time last Sunday, visiting and catching up under the shade our trees outside! Many thanks to Tony for making such a welcoming atmosphere. 
 
Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. Your leaders and staff are excited to be worshiping with all of you in-person again!

Saturday, July 10th: Brookmeade Anniversary Picnic!

On Saturday, July 10th @ 11:00 AM, there will be a gathering of the faithful, neighbors & friends to recognize and celebrate Brookmeade’s 68th anniversary as a church with a Brunch/Lunch Picnic on our beautiful, historic church grounds, originally pasture for dairy cows in a yet undeveloped West Meade at the time!  Founded on July 10, 1953, Brookmeade Congregational Church has been a proud progressive presence in Nashville, seeking both personal spiritual growth and social justice & inclusion for all!

Food provided by the Brookmeade Fellowship Team, but additional dishes from anyone welcomed.  Special music provided by Nashville singer/songwriter & accomplished guitarist  Brent Moyer!  Along with his usual musical offerings, Brent will be presenting an especially composed original song for the occasion, celebrating the life & ministries of Brookmeade Congregational Church!  SAVE THE DATE!

Please RSVP by phone or e-mail to the church.  Rain or shine, for we will celebrate July 10th under a rented tent with cooling fans, gifted by a member of the church for this special occasion!

Sunday, July 4th: “Contribute Our Wealth” Offering

On Sunday, July 4th we will have our reguarly scheduled “COW” Offering that collects monetary donations for Second Harvest and Heifer International. You have two ways to donate: 1) Bring or send a check to the church office with the memo “COW Offering”; 2) When you donate online with Tithe.ly, choose COW Offering on the drop-down menu. Thank you for helping us support these very important organizations!

Saturday, July 3rd: Project CURE Volunteer Group

Our next trip to the Project CURE Warehouse (2300 Clifton Ave.) is scheduled for Saturday, July 3rd, 9:30 am – 12 pm. We will be sorting medical supplies. Newcomers are very welcome but please wear a mask! For planning reasons and to make sure we are COVID safe we need a head count for our group prior to volunteering. Please RSVP to Cindy D. ASAP if you plan to attend. You can also RSVP to the church office (615-352-4702, brookmeade@comcast.net). Thanks and see you there!

Hybrid Worship at Brookmeade Beginning June 6th!

We are excited that we now have basic technology for live-streaming our services on Sunday so that, beginning on June 6th, we can integrate in-person worship in our sanctuary and virtual worship for those who can’t join us there safely or practically.  It’s the best of both worlds!

After careful consideration of the new CDC guidelines Brookmeade church leaders want to start our in-person worship requiring all persons to use masks while indoors. This will allow us to sing together as a congregation once more. We will hold our reknowned Coffee Fellowship outside, weather permitting. Full details and safety protocols are now available and will be updated as necessary on our website at the Hybrid Worship tab on the main menu (Hybrid Worship at Brookmeade (brookmeadeucc.org).

For those who are unable or not ready to attend in-person, Sunday services will be live streamed from our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/brookmeadeucc). You do not need a Facebook account to watch the live stream. Just visit our Facebook page and scroll down to find the livestream. If prompted to login, click “Not Now”. Services will later be uploaded to our Youtube channel, where our all-virtual services have appeared this last year.

In addition to holding Coffee Fellowship outdoors whenever weather permits, we will limit our fare to beverages and for now, pre-packaged finger foods.  Any contributions of pre-packaged finger foods are very welcome. 

This is a work in progress. After worship on June 6th we will have an open conversation with everyone present about these protocols for safe worship. This will also be a time for discussing any of your anxieties and questions about meeting in-person again.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. Your leaders and staff are looking forward to worshiping with all of you again in-person!

Yoga Class – Mondays at 4:30 pm – Beginning July 12th

We are going to get together to practice yoga in the Brookmeade fellowship hall Mondays at 4:30 pm beginning July 12th. No experience necessary. We will be guided by “Yoga with Adriene” videos from YouTube. Bring a yoga mat, use a blanket or borrow one from someone else (let us know if you need one). Feel free to call the church office with any questions. We will be wearing masks and social distancing for everyone’s safety. 

Sat. June 5th: Project CURE Volunteer Group

Our next trip to the Project CURE Warehouse (2300 Clifton Ave.) is scheduled for Saturday, June 5th, 9:30 am – 12 pm. We will be sorting medical supplies. Newcomers are very welcome but please wear a mask! For planning reasons and to make sure we are COVID safe we need a head count for our group prior to volunteering. Please RSVP to Cindy D. ASAP if you plan to attend. You can also RSVP to the church office (615-352-4702, brookmeade@comcast.net). Thanks and see you there!

Sun. May 23rd: Strengthen the Church UCC Offering

The Strengthen the Church (STC) Offering reflects the shared commitment of people across the United Church of Christ to cooperatively build up the UCC. Conferences and the national setting equally share the gifts given by members and friends through their local congregations. The funds raised support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry, and innovation in existing congregations. By your generosity to this offering, you build up the Body of Christ.

As God calls our congregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults. Brookmeade will be collecting for the STC offering through Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2021. You can send a check to the church office with the memo “STC offering” or you can donate online through Tithe.ly by choosing “STC offering” in the drop-down menu. 

Find out more about the STC offeirng by watching this video from the UCC:

Sun. May 30th: Music Sunday

May 30th will be our next Music Sunday. Please consider contributing a song or poem or perhaps offer a suggestion for a song, poem or reading. We would appreciate messages with which we can encourage and challenge each other as we move forward this year. If you are submitting a recorded song or message, please send it by May 17th. If you have a suggestion, please submit that request by May 10th to allow time for recording.