Join us for Sunday worship: 9:30AM, 5:00PM.
Join us in Sunday morning worship for an Advent series of messages on the topic of Christian Joy. What is it? Where does it come from? Is it in you? On the very first Christmas, the angels brought “Good news of great joy.” Let’s explore that topic as we prepare ourselves again for the coming (and the return!) of Jesus! (see Pastor’s Notes).
In our evening worship services we are studying the Old Testament book of Judges. There will be no evening service on November 30, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular Sunday worship services are at 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Milwaukee Rescue Mission needs men’s coats
Brookfield CRC will be collecting gently used men’s coats for the Milwaukee Rescue Mission through Sunday, December 14. Please place the coat in the green bins located in the narthex. You can also drop them off during the week from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Brookfield CRC is again participating in Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program. All gifts need to be returned under the tree no later than Sunday, December 7. We are still in need of individuals or small groups to help deliver gifts between December 14 and 24 to those families not able to attend our party. Please contact Judy Blok or Melissa Horne if you are able to help in this way.
Sexuality & the Internet: Parenting in a High-Tech Society
Ever worry about what your child is viewing on the internet? Maybe not at your house, but what about at the neighbor’s? Is your child wise enough to handle the power of a smart phone? How do you help your child avoid the pitfalls of today’s technology? Brookfield Christian Reformed Church and Brookfield Christian School will present a forum on Tuesday, December 2, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Brookfield Christian School to discuss the powerful mixture of sex and technology, and the impact it has on teens and pre-teens. The speaker is Jeremy Schumacher, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with Christian Life Counseling, LLC, who deals with these issues in therapy every day. There is no cost, but please RSVP to the church office. This event is for adults only.
Annual Cookie Exchange/Ladies Night Out
The annual cookie exchange will be Tuesday, December 16, at 6:15 p.m. There will be great food and fellowship! If you’d like to participate in the Cookie Exchange (optional), package them by the dozen and you can take home the same number as you brought. Even if you aren’t participating in the cookie exchange, please consider bringing a dozen cookies to share! A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the hallway near the coffee kitchen.
Advent devotional and calendar
Starting November 30, World Renew and the CRC Office of Social Justice will share a devotional series called Reconciliation: Breaking Through, and an Advent calendar with daily ideas for prayer, meditation, and giving for the whole family. Slow down and orient your spirit to the season—discover God’s reconciling work in us, through us, and around us. Signing up is easy! Go to crcna.org/adventdevos to receive these daily emails in your inbox for Advent.
Handel’s Messiah at Brookfield CRC
Handel’s Messiah will be performed at Brookfield CRC on Friday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. by the Milwaukee Area Messiah Community Chorus and Orchestra. This is a free community event. A free will offering will be taken for the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.
Service days: New threads of hope
Brookfield CRC serves on the first and third Mondays of the month from 9:00 a.m. to noon. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in West Hall, and a minimum of five people are needed. The warehouse is located at 3001 N. 112th. Take Burleigh east and turn right on 112th Street. If you have questions, contact Mary Jo Baas.
Adult education: “True Spirituality”
For many Christians, our Sunday morning worship experience doesn't always line up with our Monday through Saturday “reality”. Many of us find ourselves feeling stuck, frustrated, and fatigued by a world that is activity-heavy and relationship-light. Please join us on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in Adult Education as we discover together what it looks like to be a Romans 12 (R-12) follower of Jesus. Led by Rick Britton, this class is based on the video series, “True Spirituality: Becoming a Romans 12 Christian” by Chip Ingram, and presents a compelling Biblical picture of what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus.
75th anniversary celebration year
2014 is the 75th anniversary year of Brookfield CRC. We will be remembering God’s faithfulness in varying ways throughout the year. Visit the 75th anniversary page for related audio recordings, and to read the complete history of Brookfield CRC!
Missionary blogs, sites
Kyle & Ann Abts serve in Jos, Nigeria with Sports Friends in West Africa: ABTStract.blogspot.com
Chris & Katie Ganski are church planters, establishing our sister church, City Reformed Church, in downtown Milwaukee: www.cityreformedchurch.org
Howard & Jannie Johnson are serving the Secwepemc First Nations Communities in British Columbia, Canada: jannie-apilgrimsjourney.blogspot.ca.
David & Mary Lynne Katsma are church planters in Horicon, WI: www.marshviewministries.org.
Ben and Sheree Katt are church planters in Seattle, WA: www.awakechurch.org.
Verlyn & Carol Schaap are church planters in Sergeant Bluff, IA: www.friendshipchurch.net.