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November 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.


CLICK HERE to make your reservation! Due SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6.

Tuesday thru Friday, 9am-1pm

or by appointment

Please note the office will be closed on Nov. 11, 24, and 25.




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, November 16, 7pm

at the church

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


Have You Joined?



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. COVID protocols are in place and adhered to for the safety of all. 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 or phone (below) 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



November 6, 13, and 20 (9:15)


November 20


"Be still and know that I am God."

To be truthful, I can see someone I know and not feel like saying "hi". But it sits heavy on my heart, after the fact. For some, it is so easy to say hello to a stranger, or just make eye contact and smile.  For others,  it is out of their comfort zone. We are who we are and changing our ways is not easy. 

God is in all of us and stepping out of our comfort zone to say hello or smile is letting God's love shine forth in a world changed by the pandemic.

Carol Chaffee

Community Breakfast at CSCC
Sunday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 20, 9am

Smoothies, breakfast sandwiches, different specials each time! Made-to-order as well as a buffet will be available. 

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!


A Word from our Minister of Music

The music ministry at our church has had a wonderful fall so far. We are delighted to have a new Junior Choir. Their voices, artistry, and enthusiasm is such a blessing, and will add so much vibrancy to our church community. The children’s first performance will be on November 20th. 

Our adult choir has also performed every week this year and has graced us with some beautiful musical offerings. We have welcomed guest artists Mary Ruth Lown, Bob Richards, and Kelley Hollis, and we will look forward to having more guest artists join us soon. 

But perhaps the most vital part of our church’s musical life is the voices of our whole congregation, joining together on the hymns. It’s such an honor to be your Minister of Music!

Julia Scott Carey

Calling All Decorators!

Want to help decorate the sanctuary for the Christmas season? Come to the “Hanging of the Greens” on Saturday, Nov. 26 (time TBA). Watch your email and FB, or contact the church office for more details.

WG&F Celebrates 100 Years

On Wednesday October 5th the Women's Guild & Fellowship celebrated 100 years of organization at its first gathering of the new year. Members were asked to wear clothing to mimic the dress of the old days and to bring a dish of food to share in a potluck supper which followed an old family recipe or similar dish from years past. All this to add to the theme of the night.

Anne Chaffee has been a Guild member for many years, and we honored her with a corsage, recognizing her as our oldest member.

Beth Basler & Rachel Lawson put together a slide show of members from years past, with some shots of the town of Bridgewater back then, along with some old photos of the church.

The Women's Guild & Fellowship meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall.  After pastries and beverages, we hold a business meeting before presenting our guest speaker and program.

On November 2nd, we have invited Mel Lambert from the Sunshine Farm Sanctuary in Bridgewater to speak about how this local charity helps children post-trauma and other issues. So many of us have never heard of this charity and we look forward to learning about it.  

All women of the church, neighbors, and friends are invited to join us. We would love to have you come.
Jane O’Connell and Barbara Morey, Co-Presidents



NEW! Volunteer Page On Website

The church office is often asked the question, “Are there any community service or other types of volunteer opportunities at CSCC?” And of course, the answer is YES. So we’ve put all of the current opportunities on their own page on the website, so anyone and everyone can see what chances they have to give of their time and talent. If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering, refer them to www.csccucc.org. Just click on the “Time & Talent Opps” item on the menu at the very top, and you’ll see the current list. CLICK HERE to take a look!

Do you have a volunteer opportunity for our church family or for students looking for community service, for a project here at CSCC? Please send all the specifics to the church office so we can include it!

What will you volunteer for next? Take a peek — you might be surprised at what fun things we’ve got going on for volunteers!

Tell your friends! Share our Facebook posts!

The fair is coming!

(Remember, this is the church's biggest fundraiser of the year -- let's make it the best ever!)


Coins for Kids Church

The first quarter of the year has come to a conclusion. The older children have begun to learn how to explore the Bible while learning about God’s promises to his people. They have learned about covenants through the story of Noah and Abraham’s call. The creation story told us that we have a responsibility to take care of God’s earth the plants, animals, and his people. The children laughed with Sarah and Abraham when they discovered how old they were when they had their son Isaac. In the story of Isaac’s Blessing, the children learned that God’s love is bigger than sibling rivalry. These are just some of the stories covered during the first quarter. 

Now the children will be moving onto a new topic which is Advent. At this writing we are still at the planning stages for the Advent season, and will let you know what will be occurring in November in the Monday emails, “This Week at CSCC”. 


We will soon begin involving the children in the worship service in a new mini-ministry. The first Sunday of each month, two children will be present at the end of the service to collect any loose change you would like to contribute to Kids Church. The money will be used for curriculum, leaflets that go along with the curriculum, bibles, Advent materials, material for costumes, Lenten information, and more. It is an easy Sunday to remember for it is Communion Sunday. We hope you are able to help the children with your loose change!

The Kid’s Church Staff




Do you like to brainstorm?

Do you have creative ideas that you want to share?

Thanksgiving Worship Think Tank meeting, 11/6, 11am
Advent Think Tank meeting, 11/13, 11:30am
All are welcome!


In October, your Outreach Ministry reached out to those in need of advocacy and material items. We collected funds and donated to the UCC Neighbors in Need fund, which supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the US. We also sent money to Church World Service to help those in Puerto Rico and Florida as they deal with the aftermath of historic hurricanes. 

The Bridgewater Food Pantry at CSCC has been very busy each week and every week has seen new clients coming to the pantry for their needed groceries. We have been approved to receive more pounds of food from the Greater Boston Food bank, which will help our Bridgewater community food needs. 
Looking forward, our next project will be assembling and distributing Thanksgiving dinner baskets to Bridgewater residents in need of a complete holiday dinner. Local organizations often run food drives at this time of year to stock our pantry shelves and we encourage your help to sort and box the many items that come to us. See the article below about volunteering to help with the food sorting.


Please keep in mind new and gently used winter clothing that you may have, as we will be collecting hooded sweatshirts, hats, gloves, mittens, and socks for our Warmth in Cold Places clothing drive the first part of December. Details to follow next month. 

Thank you for your continued generosity as we reach out near and far to those in need. 




Saturday, Nov. 19     9am-2pm
Food Pantry Food Sorting!

The Bridgewater Food Pantry at Central Square Church is in need of volunteers to help sort food before the Thanksgiving holiday. If you are able to come, please do. All are welcome! It will be held in the Fellowship Hall.

Contact Jack Melcher or the church office if you have questions.



Nic Cannizzo's Eagle Scout Project

We are so proud of our eagle scout, Nic Cannizzo, and his team. And the side (Church St.) entrance has never looked so good, and so functional! There will be a small dedication ceremony following worship on November 13.



Are We Teaching Stewardship?

My earliest memories of Sundays involve fresh hot “sticky buns,” Sunday School and church service. Probably a special dinner was involved but that memory has faded.

Every Sunday, my father drove me and two sister-cousins who were part of our household to town, up the hill to the Presbyterian church. Maybe I was five when this started. I knew many of the folks there. The school nurse sang in the choir. Some of my friends from school were there. And so on.

After Sunday School, we three met in church. Not my dad. He had issues with God that kept him outside the doors. He took us there and back home but he used the weekly trip to visit the town bakery. He made sure we had some money to put in the collection plate when it was passed. Later, I had my own box of envelopes and was expected to fill an envelope weekly with funds from my allowance or my teenage parttime wages.
Most of this could not happen today. Maybe you have donuts from DD instead of buns. We have given up the boxes of pledge envelopes (though I believe they can be had if requested). Money passes invisibly through credit cards, banks, PayPal, QR codes, Venmo and other electronic and digital means. Adults don’t see the money move unless they check their statements. Children certainly don’t see the financial donations until they participate in a wonderful effort like the Heifer Project. That Fair produces tangible results for tangible aid in the form of animals for those in need. Actual cash is still involved.

Did we as children know what our offerings in the collection plates were paying for? Certainly not specifically. But we did know that we were being Stewards, looking after a place and time together that we valued. How do we do that today for our adult selves, for the children?
Could we place a Stewardship jar in the corner of the family room, placed where it is visible to all? Where we can drop a spare bill or change that others will see? Then gather the contents to take to church to the collection plate?

Let us know how you teach Stewardship.
Gail Wershing for the Stewardship team

"The Heart That Grew Three Sizes" 
All-Church Advent Study

We don't know why the Grinch hated Christmas. We just know he did. In our All-Church Advent Study beginning on November 27, we will explore the faith themes of the Christmas classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” including, how did the Grinch's heart grow three sizes come Christmas morning? How did Christmas save the Grinch? Could it be that the very thing we think we hate is the one thing that changes our lives?

Worship and Kids Church on the 4 Sundays of Advent will explore all of this and more!  

A limited number of copies of the book The Heart That Grew Three Sizes by Matt Rawle will be available for purchase from the church cffice, or you can pick a copy up on your own. The book is four chapters and we will be looking at one chapter on each of the four weeks of Advent.

Advent begins on Sunday, November 27!



To sign up to help with any of the items below, or to volunteer your time to help at the fair itself, CLICK HERE.


Gift Basket and Gift Card Donations Needed

Please consider donating — or asking a local business to donate — a gift basket or gift card to our fair raffles. People love raffle items! Food-related and holiday-related baskets and gift cards are our favorite! CLICK HERE to sign up.



Crockpot Soups Needed!

We will be selling to-go containers of homemade soups on Saturday, 11-1. Please consider making a crockpot of soup for us to sell. We looooove the wonderful, creative soups our church family makes! Soups should be dropped off hot on Saturday, 11/5, 8-10am. Crockpots will be cleaned and available for pickup  1-3pm, or during regular church office hours. PLEASE let us know in advance that you will be making soup, so we know how much is coming. CLICK HERE to sign up.

Pies, Cookies, Breads!

We will be selling all types of  cookies, breads, and any other baked good you’d like to contribute, and of course serving pieces of pie on Pie Night. Please bag cookies and note key ingredients. Deliver pies in non-returnable pans. Drop off items to the church Fellowship Hall on:
• Thursday 11/3, 9-1 and 6-8pm
• Friday, 11/4, 9-1 
• Saturday,11/5, 8-9am

Attic Treasures


The Church Fair is coming!! The Attic Treasures tables need your items to sell. We are looking for lots of Christmas items (that includes sweaters, jerseys, socks, Christmas jewelry, etc.).  Everyone enjoys looking at these things.   

People are always looking for dishes, glasses, pictures, writing paper, games, puzzles, small lamps and small toys.  What we DON’T want - please no computers, large appliances, or clothing (other than Christmas).   

Drop off items to the church in the FIREPLACE ROOM on: 
• Tues-Wed, 11/1-2, 9am-1pm
• Thursday 11/3, 9-1 and that evening at 6-8pm
• Friday, 11/4, 9-1

We also need helpers to sell and for clean up. It’s a fun table and we have lots of laughs! Please contact Bev or the church office if you have any questions.   
Debbie Golob and Bev Mitchell



Fudge and Candy!

Let’s face it, people love homemade fudge. Make your favorite recipe  to donate to the fair. Other candy creations gladly accepted as well. Drop off donations:
• Thursday 11/3, 9-1 and 6-8pm
• Friday, 11/4, 9-1 
• Saturday,11/5, 8-9am


The Bridgewater community is coming together to light the Common with the town's first "Winter Wonderland" lighting display! Lights will be up November through January. CSCC will be decorating and lighting the front of the church in participation, and we need volunteers to help accomplish that. Please consider lending an hour or two! Contact Rev. Beth or the church office for more information or if you're interested in helping. 508-697-6016 or office@csccucc.com.


CSCC Cabinet Meeting – Minutes
October 19, 2022 at 7pm

The meeting was called to order at 7:04 by Anne Malmquist, Moderator.


Cabinet members in attendance: Rev. Beth Stotts, Pastor; Anne Malmquist, 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.


Rev. Beth opened the meeting with a prayer.


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


September Minutes
The meeting minutes from the September meeting were presented and reviewed. Ellen Crawford motioned to accept them; Terry Reynolds seconded. The minutes were approved as presented.


Pastor’s Report – Rev. Beth Stotts [also see written report]
Rev. Beth highlighted the following events from her report: We welcomed three new CSCC members this month; Lukas Hanson’s wedding; continued work on the Advent book study (“The Heart That Grew Three Sizes: Finding Faith in the Story of the Grinch”). She discussed her pulpit swap of Oct. 16, and observed the way the other church does things a bit differently. At least one of those things she’ll be incorporating into our worship services. It was a very good experience. Rev. Beth also noted that worship service on 10/30 will be All Saints Worship, and will also feature a Halloween costume parade.


Treasurer’s Report – David Sheibley [also see written report]
Dave reported that we are doing OK, although last month wasn’t a great month. We took $10,000 out of endowments to supplement cashflow, which we expected. We’ve gotten another couple 40-for-$40k pledges, so we’re up to 18. 


Food Pantry – Bill O’Neil [also see written report]
Bill noted that 88 households were served in September. The report from the food pantry shows that donations last month were $900, and expenses were $5450. Today they started picking up items for the Thanksgiving baskets, including turkeys, some of which are being kept at Hanson Farm. Coupons were given out to food pantry patrons that allowed them to get $5 off at the Women’s Guild rummage sale, and the WG&F reported that people did, indeed, come to cash them in.


Board of Christian Outreach – Bill O’Neil 
The Warmth in Cold Places annual drive will be coming up in December, and distribution will tentatively be done on December 12. Outreach allocated some money to a few outside projects and charities. Bill also noted that Ocean State Job Lot is running their “crazy deal” promotion to get money back on purchases, so he and Krissy will be heading over there to buy some items, and then be able to buy more. 


Historical Church Building Committee – Anne Malmquist for Barbara Morey
Barbara was not able to attend the meeting, so Anne delivered her emailed report. 
The president and vice president of the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) met with the HCRC in September. Rachel Lawson, Terry Reynolds, Gordon Brailsford, and Barbara Morey were in attendance. Barbara informed them that we will not sign a deed restriction for just the Phase 1 award of $200,000. Decisions on Phases 2 & 3 along with approximate dollar amounts will have to be provided first. 

The CPC wants to go ahead with the deed restriction paperwork process and have it approved by their committee and the town lawyer. It will next come to CSCC to be approved by the HCRC, Trustees, our lawyer, and Cabinet. If we approve of it, it can be signed after Phase 2&3 awards have been approved. Point of interest: there are 3 other buildings in Bridgewater that were given grants by the CPC and they each have a deed restriction on their property.

Terry added that they think everything will be in place and decided by December. Gordon noted that it looks like we might not have to remove the siding. The CPC advised us to review the Phase 2&3 requests to see if they can be reduced.


Governance Committee – Anne Malmquist
Anne reported that the committee to review and rewrite the Constitution and Bylaws has been meeting, and they are hoping to have a first draft at the beginning of the year. They are meeting again this Sunday after worship.


Church Fair – Diane Sheibley
Diane reminded all that the church fair is Friday, Nov. 4 (pie & coffee night), 6:30-8:30 and Saturday, Nov. 5, 9-1. Lunch on Saturday will be homemade soups and walking tacos. She noted that they are in need of: attic treasures donations, especially Christmas items; crockpots of soups; baked goods, pies, and candy; raffle baskets and gift cards, either donated by individuals, or from local businesses; and help on pie night.


Women’s Guild & Fellowship – Jane O’Connell
Jane reported that the rummage sale made $2,294. Ellen Crawford shared a story of someone who she works with who is new in town, and she came to the rummage sale and commented that everyone was so nice. 


Board of Christian Education – Terry Reynolds
Terry reported that Kids Church is growing slowly, but growing! She announced a new project, “Coins for Kids Church”. Once a month, on communion Sunday, two kids will be in the sanctuary at the end of worship to collect people’s loose change to support Kids Church, for supplies, etc.  Also, the Advent curriculum is coming up next.


New Business
• Rev. Beth noted that the side (Church St.) entrance will be closed this Friday and Saturday for Nic Cannizzo’s eagle scout project to renovate the side entrance area.
    • There will be a dedication of the project after worship on November 13.
• Rev. Beth also reported that we’ve been contacted by the committee who is organizing festive lighting the Common for the holiday season to do some lighting on our front lawn. Volunteers are needed. Contact Rev. Beth or the church office. 
• Diane reported that there is a new page on the website listing time and talent opportunities at the church. 
• Trustees noted that the furnace people are coming tomorrow for routine maintenance.


Rev. Beth closed the meeting in prayer at 7:40pm.


For the current CSCC calendar of events, click here: CALENDAR


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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