Brookmeade Welcomes New Pastoral Team Members!

Last month we welcomed two new Pastors to our Bridge Pastoral Team. This team will be helping guide Brookmeade as we search for a long-term Pastor. We are excited to welcome Laura Hodges, who previously served as a student pastor under our Vanderbilt Student Pastoral model, and Rev. Anne-Marie Zanzal to Brookmeade. Our pastoral teamContinue reading “Brookmeade Welcomes New Pastoral Team Members!”

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 inContinue reading “Sun. May 23rd: Strengthen the Church UCC Offering”

Sun. May 2nd: COW Offering

On Sunday, May 2nd we will have our reguarly scheduled “COW” (Contribute Our Wealth) Offering that collects monetary donations for Second Harvest and Heifer International. You have two ways to donate: 1) Send a check to the church office with the memo “COW Offering”; 2) When you donate online with, choose COW Offering onContinue reading “Sun. May 2nd: COW Offering”

Sun. May 2nd: Garden Warriors Outdoor Clean Up Day

Many Brookmeaders worked hard to prepare our outdoor space for Easter worship. We will have another outdoor clean up and gardening day on Sun. May 2nd starting at 11 am for the beautification of our outdoor space at Brookmeade, prior to our next in-person service (on May 9th). This will be a fun day to see each other andContinue reading “Sun. May 2nd: Garden Warriors Outdoor Clean Up Day”

Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – April 4th

Sunday, April 4th, 2021 (Easter Sunday) “We are baffled” by Walter Brueggemann Christ is RisenHe is risen indeed!We are baffled by the very Easter claim we voice.Your new life fits none of our categories.We wonder and stew and argue,and add clarifying adjectives like “spiritual” and “physical.”But we remain baffled, seeking clarity and explanation,we who areContinue reading “Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – April 4th”

Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – April 3rd

Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 “A Better Resurrection” by Christina Rossetti I have no wit, no words, no tears;My heart within me like a stoneIs numb’d too much for hopes or fears;Look right, look left, I dwell alone;I lift mine eyes, but dimm’d with griefNo everlasting hills I see;My life is in the falling leaf:O Jesus,Continue reading “Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – April 3rd”

Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – April 2nd

Friday, April 2nd, 2021 (Good Friday) “The Way of Pain” by Wendell Berry 1.For parents, the only wayis hard. We who give lifegive pain. There is no help.Yet we who give paingive love; by pain we learnthe extremity of love. 2.I read of Abraham’s sacrificethe Voice required of him,so that he led to the altarandContinue reading “Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – April 2nd”

Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – April 1st

Thursday, April 1st, 2021 (Maundy Thursday) “Gethsemane” by Mary Oliver The grass never sleeps.Or the roses.Nor does the lily have a secret eye that shuts until morning.Jesus said, wait with me. But the disciples slept. The cricket has such splendid fringe on his feet,and it sings, have you noticed, with its whole body,and heaven knowsContinue reading “Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – April 1st”