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December 2022

We are a Christian community of people who are reaching out to our neighbors, 
at home and abroad, sharing our faith and our resources.


Central Square Congregational Church, UCC, of Bridgewater, Massachusetts is an open and affirming
church. No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.


From the Desk of Rev. Beth

Rev. Elizabeth Stotts, Pastor


Christmas: the story of God entering into this world as a vulnerable infant. It is retold every year. We have many traditions that embody it and we’re encouraged to pass them down from generation to generation. We are encouraged to remember this story in a way that brings new life into this world. As we enter into the month of December, we enter into the season of Advent, the season of intentional preparation and waiting for the “grand” entry of our God. 


This season is a mix of emotions for many. Including me. I love Advent and the practice of preparation and the practice of waiting that we are invited into. There is a bit of anxiety as a pastor, wanting the season to be relevant to all of you, and services “perfect” and filled with the Christmas Spirit. But most of all I feel joy watching the children of our community learn our traditions and hear the Christmas stories. In this way, I am reignited with childlike curiosity and joy. 


We retell the story of God entering into the world as a vulnerable infant year after year because we must not forget it. We retell this story to remind ourselves that God is present. God was in that manger and continues to be present all around us in this world. We retell this story to remind ourselves that God is present in every emotion we might experience this season, both good and bad. We retell this story, to encourage us to continually be open to the ways that God is entering into the world around us in unexpected ways. 


Because this season brings a lot of different emotions and because of the times when it can be filled with busyness, gatherings, and running around, we need to be intentional if we want to experience all that God has in store for us and the church this season. I encourage you to fully enter into this Christmas season by opening yourself to the presence of God all around you in unexpected ways. 


This season I’d like to invite you into a very specific prayer practice. Every morning when you wake up, pray that you may see God entering into this world in unexpected ways. Pray that you may notice ways that God has always been present but may have missed. It is incredible the things we miss. It is incredible how much of God we miss. And it is amazing the ways lives are changed when we recognize God and respond.  


In all that you experience this Advent and Christmas season, I pray that the presence of God is felt and experienced around and within you.  And may God’s blessing on you overflow onto the world around you with JOY! 


In Christ, 
Rev. Beth  


Friday, Dec. 2 - Grinch & Pizza & Popcorn
6pm Join Rev. Beth for pizza and popcorn, where she’ll read Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, followed by a showing of the original animated version


Sunday, Dec. 4 - Second Sunday of Advent - “Peace”
Breakfast • Jr. Choir Rehearsal • Communion Sunday Worship, online and in-person • Kids Church • Coins for Kids Church Collection • Poinsettia orders


Saturday, Dec. 10 - Advent book discussion
9:30am All are invited to discuss the Advent Book Study book, “The Heart that Grew Three Sizes”


Sunday, Dec. 11 - Third Sunday of Advent - “Joy”
Jr. Choir Rehearsal • Sunday Worship, online and in-person • Kids Church • Poinsettia orders


Sunday, Dec. 18 - Fourth Sunday of Advent - “Love”
Breakfast • Jr. Choir Rehearsal • Sunday Worship, online and in-person, including “A Multigenerational Celebration of Advent Joy” • Jr. Choir Performance • Kids Church • Christmas Fund Collection • Christmas Cookie Project • Poinsettia orders


Saturday, Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve
5pm Service, a celebration of the light of Christmas 
10pm Service, the traditional candlelight service


Sunday, Dec. 25 - Christmas Day
10am Pre-recorded streaming worship of songs and stories. No in-person worship.


Sunday, Jan. 1 - New Year's Day
10am Pre-recorded streaming worship on Facebook and YouTube. No in-person worship.


Sunday, Jan. 8 -  Epiphany
Communion Sunday Worship, online and in-person • Kids Church • Coins for Kids Church Collection


ALSO refer to the "Christmas at CSCC" page for details on events by clicking on the Christmas option in the top-of-the-page menu on all website pages, or by CLICKING HERE (bookmark me!).


Advent Worship

This Advent, instead of having a traditional Advent Book Study, we're going to have an all-church study. We will be using the book, "The Heart That Grew Three Sizes: Finding Faith in the Story of The Grinch" in all aspects of our church life this season. Our Kids Church is using a curriculum focused on the story of the Grinch, our worship will be based around the four chapters of the book, we're going to have a Grinch Movie Night (pizza and popcorn provided. Pajamas en-couraged!), and a time for open discussion as well. The journey through advent with The Grinch will help us identify what we bring to the season (good and bad), and what will lead us to JOY!

Advent Kids Church

During Advent, the children will also be exploring “The Heart That Grew Three Sizes” along with the congregation.   They will explore the biblical stories of Jesus’ birth along with the well-loved Christmas story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” as they prepare to welcome baby Jesus into the world on Christmas. Lessons include bible readings, crafts, songs and more! You don’t want to miss this fun filled advent exploration! All children are welcome to attend.



In the past, the History and Memorials Committee has decorated the altar for the Christmas Eve Service with the poinsettias you have purchased in memory of loved ones. We would like to continue this tradition with your help and decorate the altar for Christmas Eve. We are offering you a choice.  

1. If you would like to take your poinsettia(s) home for Christmas you could have your flower(s) on the Altar Christmas eve, Saturday, Dec. 24th and take them home either after either the 5:00 or 10:00 service.

2. If you would like to donate your flower(s) to someone who is unable to leave their home or may be in a nursing home, your flowers will be placed on the altar for Christmas Eve and the Committee members will deliver them on the Monday after Christmas.

A member of the History and Memorials Committee will take orders for poinsettias on Sunday, December 4th, 11th, and the 18th. The cost of the poinsettias is $10 each. Or, fill out the form by clicking below to make your requests and who you would like to honor. All requests must be in by Sunday December 18th. Have a joyful Christmas from the History and Memorials Committee

~ Barbara Morey, Rachel Lawson and Terry Reynolds


CLICK HERE to order your poinsettias online, or contact the church office, or order them at Sunday worship.

Remember that when you shop on Amazon, use “smile.Amazon.com” rather than just “Amazon.com”, and designate Central Square Congregational Church as the charity to benefit from your purchases. It costs you nothing extra! Contact the church office with questions.


Tuesday thru Friday, 9am-1pm

or by appointment

Please note the office will be closed December 26-30.




Use the link on the homepage of www.csccucc.org to access Sunday worship.

There is also a link to access past services, as well as past service bulletins.



NEXT CABINET MEETING is Wednesday, January 18, 7pm

at the church

Note: there is no December Cabinet meeting

Monthly meetings of the church leadership are currently being held in the Fellowship Hall. All church members are also welcome to attend. 




Do you need a meal, a call, spiritual care, or even just a prayer or a chat?

Contact the Pastor, a Deacon, or a member of our Care Team.


To contact Rev. Beth, call the church office at 508-697-6016 or email her at csccpastor @ hotmail.com. 


CSCC Deacons
Deb Sorgman – debsorgman @ gmail.com

Jae Stotts - jaestotts @ gmail.com

CSCC Care Team
Carol Chaffee
Phoebe Hogg
Bev Mitchell

Rev. Beth Stotts

Contact the church office if you need us!


The Bridgewater Food Pantry, hosted and supported by CSCC, is open Thursdays, 10am-1pm, and the first Mondays of the month, 6-7:30pm. All Bridgewater residents who are in need of food are welcome.

If you are a Bridgewater resident unable to come to the food pantry, but are in need of food, please contact the church office by email (office@csccucc.com) or phone (508-697-6016) and arrangements will be made for you.




We continue to make it easier than ever to contribute to CSCC. The church now accepts donations via Venmo! Aim your phone camera below, or use the Venmo app to send your donation to @cscc-ucc



December 4, 11, 18 (9:15)


December 18 at 10am


Community Breakfast at CSCC
Sunday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 18, 9am

Please note there is no breakfast on Sunday, January 1

Are you thinking you want to be a part of this awesome ministry? Volunteers are needed. More info at www.csccucc.org/time-talent, or contact the church office.

And invite your friends, and those that might like a meal and fellowship. All are welcome!


New Name Tags for 2023! 

New CSCC nametags are going to be created in early 2023, and will include everyone’s personal pronouns. Watch your mail, your email, and the Sunday bulletins for information on how to share what your preferences are. 

Marci Langevin will be setting a date for a Sunday after church to lead a discussion group on why we are including pronouns on our name tags.  Marci works with transgender people and will be able to give valuable insights and science-based information. As an Open and Affirming church, pronouns on name tags are a very important and meaningful step for us to take as a community. We need to be mindful when someone shares their pronouns they are exposing themselves in a most vulnerable way.  They are saying, “This is who I am. Please don’t turn away from me.” When we, as an Open and Affirming community, add our pronouns to our name tags, we are saying, “We see and respect you. We join you in sharing our pronouns so you are not alone.”  If anyone has any questions about this project, I would be happy to talk with  you.
Kathleen Mosher



End of Year Giving

If you find that you need to do some catching up with your pledge giving, or you are able to give a bit more this holiday season, note that the Treasurers need to receive all gifts no later than 11am on Monday, December 26 in order for it to be counted toward your 2022 giving.

Payments are accepted by check, cash, bill-pay through your bank, Paypal, and Venmo. Contact the office if you have questions.


Click here for your online options.

The Fair was a Success!

Thanks to the many hands that make the fair what it is, as well as to the amazing weather we had on the day of the fair, the fair brought in over $8,200!
This figure includes the turkey dinner takeout event, and the extremely generous donation by an angel of the church who paid the Boston Tavern bill on the church’s behalf.

We are truly blessed.
Your Fair Committee: Denise Molinari, Carla Jackson, David Hanson, and Diane Sheibley


The Bridgewater Business Association is proud to announce that Christmas on the Common will be held on Sunday, December 4, 12noon - 4pm. Please take note of a few logistics:

• The streets along the common will have limited to no access between the hours of 10am and 4:30pm. (Be aware for worship that morning.)
• There will be no indoor tables this year, so there won’t be vendors in our Fellowship Hall, but shop our crafters and jewelry table inside the Hall.
• CSCC will be open all afternoon for guests to use our bathrooms as needed.

Women's Guild and Fellowship will have their annual Christmas communion service with Rev. Beth on Wednesday, December 7, in the sanctuary. It is a wonderful time of friendship and quiet reflection of the season. The service will start at 6:30 and then we will gather in Fellowship Hall for refreshments and our meeting. All women from the church are welcome; and members can always bring a friend!  We will also be filling boxes and mailing packages to the troops on December 11 — so remember to bring some items to the meeting. If anyone would like to write a note to a service member you could do that ahead of time and bring it to the meeting as well.


Holiday Gift Boxes for Overseas Troops

The Women’s Guild, in conjunction with St. Basil’s Chapel, is collecting items to send to our troops serving overseas. The following list is of the items most requested by the troops. They can be dropped off in the designated box at the church during office hours, or on Sunday morning. The items will be packaged for mailing following the church service on Sunday, December 11. 


(N.I.B. small sizes, please;  they don’t have a lot of space and the boxes are not very large). No aerosol cans.
• flavor packets for water
• men’s deodorant
• toothpaste and brushes
• black ball-point pens (NOT GEL)
• Chapstick
• coffee (ground)
• sugar
• women’s hygiene products
• baby wipes
• laundry pods and dryer sheets
• socks
• gum
• cocoa packets
• beef jerky, Slim Jims
• health bars
• wash cloths
• pillow cases
• decks of cards
• nuts
• sunflower seeds
• Q-tips
• word find and crossword books
• AA and AAA batteries


The following was submitted by the Women’s Guild, from their historical files:


Brief History of the Women’s Guild (1989)
Through the many years that Central Square Congregational Church has been in existence, there has always been an oganized women’s group or groups in the church. The names have been changed and we need only to check back in the church history to find the many accomplishments that these groups have attained.

However, it was in 1922, that the Womens Guild as we know it was formed by the minister’s wife, Mrs. Asa Parker. There were 73 charter members. Under its constitution, it continued to flourish and maintain a good working as well as social group for all the women of Central Square Church.

In May, 1949, under the guidance of the then-president of the Guild, Mrs. Paul Huffington, assisted by Mrs. Charles Graebe and Mrs. Joseph Johnson, the Auxiliary Evening Guild was organized. The purpose was to provide an opportunity for Guild membership for those women of the church who could not attend afternoon meetings.

The merge of the Afternoon and Evening Guilds took place in 1973. From that time to the present, the official name has been Congregational Church Womens Guild.

Page after page could be written about the many good works, good times and good programs. Those of us who have been members (new and old alike) have our own precious memories of Guild and of the firm friendships we have made.

Ethel M. Dolan
Historian (Guild) 1989


The BSU ACC presents: December Welcome

You are cordially invited to attend the BSUACC’s winter concert on Saturday, December 10, at 7pm. The concert will be held in the CSCC sanctuary.

New this year, concert fundraiser gift basket raffle, for audience members only!

Tickets can be purchased at the door, $15 general, $10 seniors/students, children under 10 free.

It’s That Time of Year Again: Inclement Weather Policy

The Chair of the Board of Deacons (BOD) in conjunction with the Senior Pastor will discuss the need and reason for cancellation of worship service. Upon the decision to cancel worship service the following procedures shall be put into effect:

1. The Pastor will notify the Minister of Music no later than 6am the Sunday morning of the service in question. The Minister of Music will in turn notify the choir.
2. The Pastor will notify the Sexton and other staff, including the Congregational Administrator.
3. The Congregational Administrator will update the office answering machine with the cancellation announcement, notify the appropriate television media, send a general church email & text notification, and update the website and Facebook page.
4. The chair of the BOD will notify the Moderator and Vice Moderator and the other members of the BOD.
The main factors used to decide a cancellation are:
    1. Excessive amounts of snow
    2. Parking availability (or parking ban)
    3. Damage to the church
    4. State of Emergency
    5. Power Outage

To ensure you receive timely notification of weather issues, be sure you are on our email list as well as our cell phone text message notification list. Contact the office with questions.


Wondering What You Can Do at CSCC?

Visit our new volunteer page and see what fun projects are coming up! Great for students needing community service, too! All are welcome!


CLICK HERE to go to the volunteer page.


Coins for Kids Church : December 4


Don’t forget to bring your spare change for the Coins for Kids Church collection on the first Sunday of each month! This helps to pay for Kids Church supplies and teaching materials.

Feminist Women of Faith Group

The first meeting of this group will be on Sunday, January 8th at 11:30. I have had a lot of interest expressed for this group and am excited to meet with everyone. The group is open to all women of faith in the Bridgewater area. We will be discussing our gendered experiences in the church, problem solving, and deciding on what types of social justice causes we want to promote or start. Bring your drink, snack and ideas!
Kathleen Mosher


COMING SOON: Central Closet Thrift Shop 

Renovations are under way, and Steve Chandler has volunteered to head up the preparation of the room for the shop. Not only has Troy Hubbell volunteered, but he has also recruited a friend to paint for us. 

Cabinets and closets are being cleaned to make more storage space. Organizations meeting in the fellowship hall are relocating to the other side of the room.

It's more work than what we originally thought it would be, but it's going to look so good when completed. 

Opening day depends on when all work is completed.  Once we are done, donations will be greatly appreciated.  Anyone willing to help just let us know.  There are plenty of positions to fill.

Thanks for all the support you've shown! 
Connie Chandler, Jane O'Connell, Lynn Pietras, Gail Wright


Items Sought for Thrift Shop 
New or gently used in season clothing and footwear 
(no stains)
Accessories- hats, pocketbooks, scarfs  etc
Linens (no stains)
Housewares (no chips)
Books and DVDs
No electronics 
Donations will be accepted the week before opening in the thrift shop room, during office hours. After opening day, donations will only be accepted when the shop is open. Opening date still to be determined. 


Conserving Energy to Save Money

The Fall season is upon us and that means that the cooler and chilly weather is here as well.

It is no secret the rising cost of fuel oil will have most of us watching our home heating oil consumption this fall/winter season. Here at CSCC, we are asking for help in this regard from all our internal and external groups that utilize the church for meetings and functions.

We have 7 thermostat-controlled heating zones in the church. Each of these thermostats are programmed with preset times and temperature ranges for each day of the week. The programming takes into consideration the scheduled meetings of the numerous groups that use the meeting areas in the church during the week, as well as Sunday activities.

We are asking for everyone’s help in our effort to conserve the consumption of our fuel oil by limiting the “manual” adjustment of those thermostats. Please bring an extra sweater or sweatshirt to your meeting to avoid being chilly if the outdoor temperature gets very cold. We want everyone to be comfortable while they are here in the church. If it becomes necessary to increase the temperature, please follow the simple step by step instructions located next to each thermostat to increase the room temperature. These steps will ensure any manual change will default back to the original programming at the end of your meeting.
Thanks for your help.

Rich Sullivan, Sexton



November was the busiest month for both the Bridgewater Food Pantry and the Board of Christian Outreach. The Food Pantry provided over 90 Thanksgiving dinners to local needy families! The Pantry has received many food and monetary donations from local businesses, organizations, and individuals, and we are deeply grateful. We also continue to go to The Greater Boston Food Bank on the first and third Wednesday of each month, as well as Stop and Shop and Aldi’s on the other days, where we receive most of our frozen meat. 

Christian Outreach has started our Warmth in Cold Places campaign, asking the congregation for donations and also buying clothing, which we will distribute on December 12 to a church in Taunton’s soup kitchen, and also later to needy people in Bridgewater and Brockton. We will also be making monetary donations to Operation Santa, UCC Christmas Fund, and Father Bill’s/Mainspring House. Deadline for donations is December 4.

We would like to give a huge thank you to Nic Cannizzo for his wonderful Eagle Scout project which beautified and upgraded our collection and workplace area inside the Church Street entrance.

God Bless you all,
Bill O’Neil
For Christian Outreach 


Winter Clothing Drive

The CSCC Board of Christian Outreach will once again be accepting donations of new and gently used winter clothing through December 4th, for their annual Warmth in Cold Places project.

Items needed include the following clothing items: winter jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, socks, hats, scarves, and gloves. Donations can be dropped off in marked bin just inside the Church St. door. Clothing will be distributed to homeless in the area on December 12.

The Christmas Fund Offering is Sunday, December 18

As a UCC “5 for 5” church, we participate in “Our Church’s Wider Mission” — meaning we give to the OCWM basic support, and participate in the four special mission offerings: Neighbors in Need, One Great Hour of Sharing, The Christmas Fund, and the Strengthen the Church offering. 

The Christmas Fund has been caring for active and retired clergy and lay employees of the United Church of Christ for over 100 years, providing emergency grants, supplementation of small annuities and health premiums, and Christmas “Thank You” gift checks each December to our lower-income retirees.

Please consider donating to this offering on Sunday, December 18, or via our website during the month of December (CLICK HERE and the Christmas Fund will be one of the options to donate to).


Gift Items Needed

Angela Kendall, a BR High School teacher, runs a holiday “shop” out of her classroom each December, where students can obtain gifts for loved ones for free. 

Donations are needed! 

Examples of needed new, gently used, or re-gift items: 
Hand towels/oven mitts  •  Kitchen tools & items
Vases, knick knacks  •  Framed pictures/frames
Costume jewelry  •  Writing paper
Sports memorabilia  •  Ties  •  Small gift items
Candles (new)  •  Coffee cups  •  Small jewelry boxes
Toys and games  •  Small tool sets  •  Snow globes
Unopened soaps, lotions, perfumes

BR students will be collecting these “key” items at the high school on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 8AM-11AM.


Please no: 
• broken or dangerous items, or inappropriate for school; 
• items larger than a bread box
• previously opened cosmetics, nail polish, perfume, paint, food items, soaps



CSCC Cabinet Meeting – Minutes
November 16, 2022 at 7pm

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 by Anne Malmquist, Moderator. 


Cabinet members in attendance: Rev. Beth Stotts, Pastor; Anne Malmquist, Moderator; Denise Molinari, Vice Moderator; David Sheibley, Treasurer; Diane Sheibley, Clerk; Gordon Brailsford and Ed Buckland, Board of Trustees; Bill O’Neil, Board of Christian Outreach; Terry Reynolds, Board of Christian Education and History & Memorials Committee; Jane O’Connell, Women’s Guild & Fellowship; Ellen Crawford, Music Committee.
    Additional attendees: Lynn Pietras, Connie Chandler


Rev. Beth opened the meeting with a prayer.


Diane Sheibley took attendance and verified that a quorum was present.


October Minutes
The meeting minutes from the October meeting were presented and reviewed. David Sheibley motioned to accept them; Denise Molinari seconded. The minutes were approved as presented.


Pastor’s Report – Rev. Beth Stotts (also see printed report)
Rev. Beth called attention to the think tanks she hosted for the recent and upcoming special worship times: All Saints, Thanksgiving Sunday, and Advent. She reminded us that the “Hanging of the Greens” to decorate the sanctuary for Christmas will be on 11/26 at noon. The all-church book study, and theme of the sermons and kids church, is “The Heart that Grew Three Sizes, Finding Faith in the Story of the Grinch”. The office has several copies for sale if anyone is interested. On 12/2 at 6pm there will be a “Grinch and Pizza” party. Rev. Beth will read the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and show the original animated movie, all while everyone is enjoying pizza and popcorn. People are encouraged to wear their pajamas. There is also a book study discussion on Saturday, 12/10 at 9:30am.

    Advent will still keep with the traditional themes of hope, peace, joy, and love, while incorporating the themes of “The Heart that Grew…” book. The church crafters generously donated an advent wreath that will be used in worship. There will also be other special events and performances during Advent services.

    Rev. Beth noted that the amount of pastoral care has been very high, especially among the elderly… loneliness, grief, etc. She then directed everyone’s attention to the copies of the newsletter from the Bridgewater senior center that she made available. They have so much going on, everyone should consider going or recommending it to family and friends, and utilizing all the resources they have available. For most events, all ages are welcome.

    Christmas eve services will be at 5pm and 10pm. The grief care circle is going well, and meets on Tuesdays at 10am. Rev. Beth talked to the Trustees about the lack of outside electricity (it stopped working several years ago). The big lighting of the lights on and around the common is on 11/27 at 5pm. 


Treasurer’s Report – Dave Sheibley (also see printed report)
Last month was a good month for giving, second best all year, over $15,000. There haven’t been any unusual expenses, and we didn’t take any money out of endowments last month. Investments had been going down, but were back up in the last few days. Dave also reported that the Minister’s Emergency Fund is getting very low.


Food Pantry – Bill O’Neil (also see printed report)
There was a lot of food donated recently by the food drives of the school district as well as private businesses. The school brought about 8 pickup trucks full. The sorting of all the food is happening this Saturday, 11/19 at 9am. All volunteers welcome. The pantry broke records the last two weeks for number of families served. Over 90 Thanksgiving baskets are planned to be distributed next week. A local Bridgewater family donated another freezer for downstairs.


Governance Committee – Anne Malmquist
Anne reported that the committee is having weekly meetings at this point, after church in the Fireplace Room. Their goal is to have a draft of a new constitution and bylaws by the February annual meeting. This week’s topic: going from boards and committees to teams. She reported that they are making good headway.


Fair Committee – Diane Sheibley
Diane reported that the fair, so far, has made over $8200 for the church. Its budgeted amount is $7500. There will also be more monies to come in after the crafters and jewelry table sell their items at Christmas on the Common (12/4). Part of the reason for such a good profit was that the very generous angel once again stepped in to pay the Boston Market bill for the turkey dinner takeout, so the church was able to keep the entire $40 per meal. Diane and Denise thanked all of the many people that make the event such a success.


Thrift Shop – Connie Chandler and Lynn Pietras
The closet where the thrift shop will reside has been totally cleaned out and prepped for painting. They are hoping to have an informational meeting to get folks to volunteer to help with the shop, in shifts. The tentative plan is to be open two days a week, perhaps Wednesdays and Saturdays. They might use the small door next to the sexton closet during shop hours as their entrance to the church. 

    All of the groups that meet in the fellowship hall have been asked to go through their storage areas and have cleaned them out. The shop coordinators might ask Jenne to make a few signs for them to use in the shop, labelling items and their pricing. They might use lawn signs or the swing sign on open days showing people the entrance. They have a permit from the town to have the shop. Lynn remarked how everybody has been so helpful and enthusiastic about having the shop.


Board of Stewardship – Anne, for Kathleen Mosher
Kathleen was not able to make the meeting, but provided this information:

    40 for 40k will continue on for the time being- it will just be moved to a less prominent place. We always have new people coming to church so the 40 for 40k is a good starting point for them to think about an amount to tithe regularly. Stewardship will be moving forward with new ideas come January 2023. 

    The Pronoun Project - Marci Langevin will be setting a date for a Sunday after church to lead a discussion group on why we are including pronouns on our name tags. Marci works with transgender people and will be able to give valuable insights and science-based information. As an Open and Affirming church, pronouns on name tags is a very important and meaningful step for us to take as a community. We need to be mindful when someone shares their pronouns, they are exposing themselves in a most vulnerable way. They are saying, “This is who I am. Please don’t turn away from me.” When we, as an Open and Affirming community, add our pronouns to our name tags we are saying, “We see and respect you. We join you in sharing our pronouns so you are not alone.” If anyone has any questions about this project I would be happy to talk with you.

    Feminist Women of Faith Group - The first meeting of this group will be on Sunday, January 8th, at 11:30. I have had a lot of interest expressed for this group and am excited to meet with everyone. We will be opening the group up to all women of faith in the Bridgewater area. We will be discussing our gendered experiences in the church, problem solving, and deciding on what types of social justice causes we want to promote or start. Bring your drink, snack, and ideas!


Board of Trustees – Gordon Brailsford
Gordon reported that he met with Jack Melcher, and that the food pantry will be contributing $100 per month for electricity, elevator use, etc. He also reported that Rich Sullivan is going to try and explore why the electric outside isn’t working, such as on the church sign. Rich has already asked Jenne in the office to call Digsafe to clear it with them.


Board of Christian Education – Terry Reynolds
Terry reported that the first quarter of the CE year is finished, now they are moving on to the next quarter’s curriculum and teachers. Advent begins on 11/27, and the theme for the whole church is “The Heart that Grew 3 sizes”, and so kids church will use that theme as well. There is a curriculum developed for it. On 12/18, there will be a “multigenerational celebration of advent joy” that will be presented by the kids. 

The Coins for Kids Church project began in November. On the first Sunday of each month, 1-2 kids will be in the back of the sanctuary at the end of worship to collect everyone’s loose change to support the kids church program. In November, $44 was taken in.


Women’s Guild and Fellowship – Jane O’Connell
Jane asked if Savannah would like to play for the Women’s Guild Christmas service on Dec. 7? They are also in need of a piano player. It was suggested for them to get in touch with Mindi Shave to see if she was available or if she might recommend someone, as she is a music teacher. Their monthly meeting and Christmas service is on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30pm.


Poinsettias – Terry Reynolds
Terry announced that the History & Memorials Committee will once again be selling poinsettias. They will be available for ordering on the first three Sundays of December, as well as online. They will be set up for the Christmas eve services, and then those that purchased them can take them home after whichever service they attend. The day after Christmas, the H&M Committee will come in and deliver any that are left to shut-ins. They will be $10 each.


Board of Christian Outreach – Bill O’Neil
Bill reported that the Board spent $800 at Ocean State Job Lot purchasing items for the Warmth in Cold Places drive. Nic Cannizzo also had some extra money from his eagle scout fundraising, and used it to buy items for the food pantry as well as items for the Warmth in Cold Places project. If there is any clothing leftover after the distribution in Taunton, it will be allocated to the food pantry patrons and Rob Basler for the Brockton homeless.


It was asked how we might reach other families in need of warm clothing. It was suggested to contact the adjustment counselors at the schools, as they would know what families are currently in need. Perhaps the fire department might know? Also try contacting the women’s and men’s shelters here in town, and the sober houses. (It was noted that some of these folks come to the food pantry, and so could get items when they come.) Perhaps connect with someone at the college? Perhaps through their food pantry? Rev. Beth noted that the person to contact there is Eileen Estudante; she is the Student in Crisis coordinator.


Other Business
• Connie asked if the fair committee still wants the 1-2 big signs in the closet near the office. They will figure that out and let her know.
• Connie asked about the office expense budget. It always seems to be over budget. Do we need to consider increasing the line item next year? And do we know why? Dave said he will look into it, but it was also noted that everything that is purchased has gone up in price, so that could be at least one reason why.
• Diane asked where the mailboxes have gone. It was explained that the mailboxes are being exchanged for vertical files to hang on the wall, so that they don’t overlap with the breaker box on the wall. 
• Anne announced that there will be NO December cabinet meeting, as the usual date falls very close to Christmas.


Next meeting is January 18 at 7pm.



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Church Administration
Pastor: Rev. Elizabeth Stotts, csccpastor @ hotmail.com

Congregational Receptionist: Jenne Foronjy, office@csccucc.com
Minister of Music: Julia Scott Carey 

Director of Video Evangelism: Paul Holmes
Treasurer:  David Sheibley 

Communications Coordinator: Diane Sheibley

Office email: office@csccucc.com
Office telephone:  (508) 697-6016
Website:  www.csccucc.org
Facebook pages: facebook.com/csccuccbridgewaterma (main page),
facebook.com/groups/801550253194149 (youth page)

Instagram: @centralsquarechurch 

Venmo: @cscc-ucc

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