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June 2024

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




We are in the midst of a mental health crisis in our nation.  Current research shows us that 1 in 5 adults are struggling with mental health issues.  That means that when we have 50 members in worship on Sunday, 10 of us are dealing with some sort of mental health challenge.  But we don’t really talk about it.  And maybe we don’t really know how to support those of us with these challenges.  Over the past few months we began forming a team to explore this more.  We have discerned that God is calling our congregation to do some work to educate ourselves and our community about mental health.  


The United Church of Christ Mental Health Network has a process for congregations to engage in education and discussions about Mental Health.  It’s called WISE.  A WISE Congregation for Mental Health focuses on how to be welcoming, inclusive, supportive, and engaged with those who are affected by mental health challenges.  


The United Church of Christ Mental Health Network works to reduce stigma and promote the inclusion of people with mental illnesses/brain disorders and their families in the life, leadership and work of congregations, synagogues, and organizations.


Through the process of becoming WISE, we will be offering discussion groups, book studies, guest speakers, workshops and trainings.  This fall we will are hosting the Mental Health First Aid training to our members and to the greater Bridgewater community.  Much like the Red Cross First Aid training, the Mental Health First Aid training is a day-long course that gives you a strong foundation in mental health, so you get a good understanding of the most common mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and psychosis, and know how to recognize if someone you know may be experiencing them.  But most importantly, it shows you what to say and do, to assist the person to get further help.


It’s important to keep in mind that no congregation can accomplish all that is needed to be welcoming, inclusive, supportive and engaged with and for those who are affected by mental health challenges.  It will be an ongoing process of building on what we learn and then continue with the process as the new frontiers emerge.  But when we feel ready, we will create a WISE statement and then vote on it as a congregation.  The vote itself is our intention to continue to do what is needed in our congregation to become WISE about mental health.


As of now our WISE Team includes myself, the Deacons, Steph Holmgren, and Heather Ciaramitaro but we would welcome other teammates!  Reach out to any of us if you’d like to get involved.


Yours in Christ,
Rev. Beth


* Summer Hours *

Week of June 2: Mon, Thu, Fri - 9-1

Beginning June 9: Tue, Wed, Thu - 9-1

or by appointment


Sunday Worship will continue to be livestreamed from the Sanctuary at 10 a.m. 
Use the link on the homepage of www.csccucc.org to access Sunday worship, or visit our Facebook page. Past worship services are also available in both places.



NEXT CABINET MEETING is Wednesday, June 19, 7pm

NOTE: This is the annual scheduling meeting.

Anyone wanting to put anything on the church calendar for the program year 2024-25 should contact the church office prior to the meeting.




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 at hotmail.com. 


CSCC Deacons
Deb Sorgman – debsorgman at gmail . com

Anne Malmquist - amalmquist at comcast . net

Savannah Wells, Jr. Deacon

CSCC Care Team
Carol Chaffee  *  Bev Mitchell  *  Rev. Beth Stotts  *  Nina Gabel-Jorgensen

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 (except holidays). 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.


CSCC Team Leadership 2023-24

Spiritual Engagement Team Leaders:
Denise Molinari, Deb Sorgman, Eric Stotts


Congregational Engagement Team Leaders:
Carol Chaffee [2 positions open]


Property & Finance Team Leaders:
Dave Hanson, John Sharland, Mark Sorgman


Community Engagement Team Leaders:
Krissy Cannizzo, Diane Glass, Terry Reynolds



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


Did you know that Venmo has lower fees to the church than Paypal? So if you can't decide which one to use, choose Venmo.




Coins for Kids Church : June 2


Don’t forget to bring your spare change for the Coins for Kids Church collection, the first Sunday of the month! This helps to pay for Kids Church supplies and teaching materials. Just put your coins in a baggie or envelope and mark it “Kids Church”, and put it in the collection plate on Sundays.

CSCC Junior Choir rehearsals this month at 9:20am: June 2, 9, 16


Performance at 10am: June 16



Baby Maggie lives in Indiana and her parents are faithful members of our online church community. Maggie will make the trip out to Bridgewater next summer with her parents Jessica and Andrew for her baptism!

When a flashlight grows dim or quits working, you don’t throw it away.  You change the batteries.


When a person messes up and finds themselves in a dark place, do you cast them aside?  Of course not, you help them change their batteries! 


Some need AA – Attention and Affection.
Some need AAA – Attention, Affection and Acceptance
Some need C – Compassion
Some need D – Direction


And if they still don’t seem to shine, simply sit with them quietly and share YOUR light.

Author Unknown


It all begins in worship at 10am - welcome/announcements, opening hymn, opening prayer, service of communion, and then ... we move from communion in the sanctuary to the church picnic! 

The event will be a potluck brunch. All are invited to bring a dish to share (sign up with the office or Carol Chaffee). The Congregational Engagement Team will provide beverages. We will have some cornhole, ring toss, ladder ball, and more! All are invited to share in this kickoff to summer with food and fellowship!

Contact the church office or Carol Chaffee, for more info or to sign up to bring something. 



We need your help - the thrift shop is getting busy. It's that time of year, when people are going to yard sales, estate sales, and thrift shops. Lots have found Central Closet Thrift Shop and are heading back for summer merchandise. A lot are bringing in donations with them. So whether you like to organize, display, or clean new items, or maybe just talk to people, YOU could be a huge asset to our shop.

Summer hours of the shop may change. We will be closed the first two weeks of July. After our vacation if we are able to reopen we will post our hours in the July issue of Steeple Sounds and online.

If you haven't signed up for our text message or email notifications, please do so we may keep you up to date by clicking HERE

There are always new items and sales going on in the thrift shop. Stop in often to take advantage!


Thanks to all for you support!

Connie, Sandy, Jane, Lynn, & Gail


Let’s Go To The Movies! June 23

The W.I.S.E. Team at CSCC would like to gather a group to attend a showing of the movie “Inside Out 2” on Sunday, June 23 at 1pm at the Regal Independence Mall Theater in Kingston.

Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out 2” returns to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions! 

Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who’ve long been running a successful operation by all accounts, aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety shows up. And it looks like she’s not alone.
This is an event for all ages! We’ll have a multi-generational discussion about anxiety following the movie in the food court, too.

Congratulations to our graduates!


Kevin Compton is graduating with a BS in Physics from Providence College and a BS in Environmental Engineering from Columbia University. And he is currently looking for a job in Environmental Engineering.


Maggie Terpeny is graduating from Bridgewater-Raynham HS, and will be attending Trinity College in Hartford in the Fall as a neuroscience major.


Ian Doherty is graduating from Connections Academy (Tecca) and plans on going to nursing school in the Fall. 


Cass Foronjy Travers is graduating from Quincy High School, and will be attending Bridgewater State University in the Fall, studying Environmental Science and Marine Biology.


Ilana Lybarger, niece of Beth and Eric Stotts, and granddaughter of Kay Wheeler, graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a BA in Special Education and a minor in Coaching. She is spending the summer at home in Belgium and then returning to Maine in the fall to do a year of student teaching.


Daniel Alexander Turner is graduating from Bridgewater-Raynham HS, and will be attending UMass Lowell, majoring in Environmental Engineering.


Natalie Mosher is graduating from the University of Oregon with a Master’s of Education. She will be teaching math at Everett (MA) High School in the Fall.


Jae Walden-Stotts will be graduating from Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, from the Graphic Design and Communication program. Jae will be attending Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, in the College of Fine and Performing Arts, with a major in Studio Art and a minor in Biology.


Jon Rucker graduated in May from Bridgewater State University with a Master’s Degree in Accounting, and is looking forward to putting his education into practice.


Abigail Wielhouwer is graduating from Bridgewater-Raynham HS, and will be attending the University of Rhode Island, studying music.


Katie Rucker graduated from Massasoit Community College with honors, and will be attending Bridgewater State University in the Fall.


Rebecca Wielhouwer is graduating from Bridgewater-Raynham HS, and will be attending Ithaca College to study music education. She plans on becoming a high school music teacher.


Please plan on attending the CSCC annual meeting on June 9, which now encompasses the annual ministry reports, the budget meeting, and officer and team leader elections, as well as a constitutional amendment vote.


We will start with some food and fellowship. Please CLICK HERE or contact the church office and let us know what you would like to bring for the lunch buffet.  We also need some volunteers to help clean up afterward. Here’s what’s needed:
• deli meat
• sliced cheese for sandwiches
• Rolls and/or sliced bread for sandwiches
• cut up fruit for fruit platter
• cut up or bite-sized raw veggies
• containers of lemonade or fruit punch
• cookies & brownies
• help with setup
• help with cleanup

CLICK HERE to sign up to bring something to the lunch.


Ministry Celebrations
The CSCC annual report draft will available on the website beginning Friday, June 7. Please review the reports,  and we will have time to celebrate the past year and share accomplishments and plans for the upcoming year. To find the report, click on the annual meeting link on the home page of the site. A link to it will also be distributed via email on that same date. 

Constitution Amendment
As we navigated the business of the church under the new governance structure this past year, the Congregational Engagement Team and the Spiritual Engagement Team noticed that there were many overlapping duties and responsibilities, so they have proposed, and the cabinet has approved, a merger of these two teams. We will have time for discussion and then vote on approving the proposal.


Next, we will vote on the slate of officers and team members. We still have several opportunities for members to serve these one-year terms. The following positions are open:
• Church Clerk
• Assistant Treasurer
• 1 Property and Finance Team member
• 1 Community Engagement Team member

Please prayerfully consider serving the church in one of these positions. The full slate of nominees will be available on the website prior to the meeting, and will be distributed via email on June 7.


Budget Vote
Lastly, we will vote to approve the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget proposal from the Property & Finance Committee is available by clicking HERE. Feel free to reach out to Dave Sheibley at treasurer @ csccucc.com with any questions that you wish to ask prior to the meeting.


Voting for the constitution amendment, the budget, and the elected officials will be available electronically and those votes will be added to the in-person voting that will take place at the meeting. Online voting will be available Friday, June 7, 9am, through Sunday, June 9, at 10am.


Participation in the annual meeting is an important role that we, as CSCC members, play in the life of our church. Thank you for the guidance, the inspiration, and the leadership that each one of you offers.


All of the above information plus all the links to documents and voting (when available) is available by clicking HERE.

You're Invited! 2 Flag Raisings


Pride Flag Raising
June 3rd at 3:30pm, at the Academy Building


Ceremony includes: raising of the Pride Flag; reading of the Pride Flag Resolution; student & adult speakers from the LGBTQ+ community; musical performance; educational resources from local LGBTQ+ groups.
The Town of Bridgewater has a diverse LGBTQ+ community who should be able to live without fear of prejudice, discrimination, violence, or hatred based on gender identity or sexual orientation.


The JUNETEENTH Flag Raising

June 17 at 3:30pm, at the Academy Building


Ceremony includes: raising of the Juneteenth flag; reading of the Flag Resolution; student & adult speakers from the African American community; musical performance; educational resources from local groups.
The Town of Bridgewater denounces any form of racism, discrimination, or intolerance as a threat to the safety and well-being of the public and has designated June 19th as a town holiday.

In the event of inclement weather, BOTH events will be moved to the library.
Events are sponsored by the Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights (BCCR). Learn more about BCCR by visiting


Friday, June 21


Contact Sheri Turner or the church office with questions.


Looking ahead to JULY


• Rev. Beth is on sabbatical July 4 - August 7.
• We are excited to welcome Anine de Grood to our pulpit while Rev. Beth is on sabbatical. A full bio for Pastor de Grood will be published in the July Steeple Sounds and on the website.
• The church office will tentatively be closed the first two weeks of July while our office manager is out on medical leave.
• The church will once again have her doors open during the 4th of July parade for access to restrooms for all who need them.
• The church will once again be participating in the 4th of July parade! (see below)


Come one, come all to bring our extraordinary church community to the 4th of July Parade and Celebration in Bridgewater. Please consider joining Jane O'Connell, David Hanson, and myself on our church float. Comfortable seating is still available so reserve your space now and let's show Bridgewater who we are!! More details will follow in our weekly email blasts.

So to prepare:
• start waving at everyone you see so that your arm strength is above par
• practice saying in a loud voice "Happy 4th of July.”
• find your red, white, and blue apparel to wear so you honor the day, not only in mind and spirit but also in appearance.

Other than that, let's get enthusiastic about our church's presence in the community.

Your Congregational Engagement Team
Carol Chaffee

 CSCC Cabinet Meeting – Minutes
May 15, 2024 at 7pm

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


Cabinet members in attendance: Anne Malmquist, Moderator; Rev. Beth Stotts, Pastor; David Sheibley, Treasurer; Diane Sheibley, Clerk; David Hanson and Mark Sorgman, Property and Finance Team; Diane Glass, Community Engagement Team; Eric Stotts, Spiritual Engagement Team; Carol Chaffee, Congregational Engagement Team.


Diane Sheibley took attendance. Quorum was met.


Rev. Beth opened the meeting with a devotion and a prayer.


April Minutes
The meeting minutes from the April meeting were presented and reviewed. Dave Sheibley motioned to accept the minutes as written; Eric Stotts seconded. The minutes were approved as written.


Pastor’s Report – Rev. Beth Stotts
Confirmation Sunday and Pentecost is this Sunday. 6 youth are being confirmed. Trinity Sunday is 5/26. The church picnic is 6/2. The annual meeting is after worship on 6/9. Rev. Beth conducted Mike Bundock’s celebration of life. She also continues the process of becoming W.I.S.E. certified (welcoming, inclusive, supportive, and engaged). She video chatted with former member Elaine Henriksen. There is a field trip to the movie “Inside Out 2” on 6/23 with Rev. Beth and the WISE team.


Treasurer’s Report – Dave Sheibley
The last month or so we received some good donation amounts, some pledges, one big unpledged donation. We should be able to make it to the end of the fiscal year without withdrawing any more from the investments. We do need to look at paying for a new oil burner soon.


Community Engagement Team – Diane Glass
Had a meeting last Sunday; talked about opening the building on the 4th of July for people to use the bathrooms during the parade. Maybe will have a poster and/or QR code with information on what our church does. The food pantry report was submitted and included with Cabinet materials.


Congregational Engagement Team – Carol Chaffee
The “Tortellini with Frank” event was a success; Frank really enjoyed doing it. There was plenty of soup to share beyond the group of participants. They hope to host another similar event in the fall. The church picnic on 6/2 is being coordinated by Carol, Kathleen Mosher, and Rev. Beth. Worship will begin with prayers and communion, and then the congregation will proceed outside (weather permitting) for a potluck brunch, games, and fellowship. A shoutout was given to Carol for all her work on behalf of the Team this year.


Property & Finance Team - Mark Sorgman
Mark reported that the Team is moving forward with the school who is contracting with CSCC to use space in our building during school days. The contract is likely to bring in about $15,000 of revenue per year. The director of the school will be coming to the next cabinet meeting. Our thanks to John Sharland for all the work he has done on this contract. 

The 2024-25 proposed budget was presented. The budget proposal includes cost of living raises. The boiler is not in the operating budget, but needs to be replaced. Cost estimates are currently being procured. There currently is about $1,000 in the capital campaign fund that can be used. There is also about $20,000 in the parsonage sale fund. The music endowment will help pay the music salary this year. There is no fundraising plan to make up for the budget deficit. We should remind people that if they have to take money out of their retirement funds, it can be directly donated to the church fax-free. Maybe in the Fall we could have a “fundraiser fair”, with a “booth” for each type of fundraising activity/event, allowing people to sign up to help. There is currently no formal stewardship campaign. David Hanson is anticipating the work to fix the front walkway will happen in May.

Mark Sorgman made a motion for Cabinet to accept the 2024-25 proposed budget, with the addition of the school rental revenue line item, for presentation to the congregation. Eric Stotts seconded. The motion passed by majority vote.


Spiritual Engagement Team – Eric Stotts
Eric reported that we are almost done with the Kids Church year. There will be an ice cream party this Sunday. The Team met with the Congregational Engagement Team and discussed combining their two teams, as many responsibilities overlap. They proposed the combining of the teams, with 3-5 team leaders, and 2 voting members at Cabinet. There are three leaders interested, and they would be in search of two more.

Eric Stotts made a motion for Cabinet to approve a constitutional change that combines the Congregational Engagement Team with the Spiritual Engagement Team, for presentation to the congregation. Mark Sorgman seconded. The motion was approved.


Annual Meeting
The annual meeting is June 9, following worship. It will be a lunch, the celebration of ministries, the election meeting, and the budget meeting. There will be a signup genius for people to sign up for what they want to bring for the lunch at the annual meeting. Since the meeting is prior to the close of the fiscal year, the final treasurer’s report for the fiscal year will be added to the annual report in July for the final document. It will also be published in the August Steeple Sounds. 


Nominations – Anne Malmquist
Anne has been working on the nominations slate. The positions still in need of being filled: clerk, assistant treasurer, and someone to learn the financial secretary job, even if they don’t actually do it this year. Judy is ready to retire from it, but will continue for one more year.


Pickleball Tournament – Anne Malmquist
Inquiries and research continues. Terry is putting Anne in touch with someone who is involved in similar events.


June Cabinet Meeting
Newly elected as well as existing team members are encouraged to come to the meeting. It is the annual calendaring meeting. Diane requested that all known dates for the 2024-25 program year be submitted to the office by June 13 so that they can be prefilled on the calendar prior to the meeting.


Other business

  • Summer office hours will begin June 1. They are Tue-Wed-Thu, 9-1.
  • There will be a couple of weeks in July that the office will be closed while Jenne has shoulder surgery and Rev. Beth is on sabbatical.
  • David Hanson offered to supply ice cream for the Kids Church ice cream party this Sunday.


The meeting adjourned at 8:20pm.



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


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

Office Manager: Jenne Foronjy, office@csccucc.com
Minister of Music: Julia Scott Carey 

Director of Video Evangelism: Paul Holmes
Treasurer:  David Sheibley 

Communications Coordinator: Diane Sheibley

Kids Church Director: Eric Stotts

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

Steeple Sounds submissions deadline is the 15th of the month prior to publication.


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Shopping on Amazon and feeling generous? Check out the CSCC Wish List, and drop an item in your cart for us! CLICK HERE to take a peek at our Amazon wish list. (Whether you buy these items at Amazon or at other stores, this is what we need!)