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    Young Adult Scholarships Available, Applications Due May 25, 2018

    by Gary Ingram

    Each year, the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Council offers scholarships for college juniors, seniors or graduate students. The scholarships are granted to aid education at an accredited college, university or seminary for individuals dedicated to working in “helping professions” such as the pastorate, psychology, psychiatry, medicine, nursing, law and social work. Church members and Somerset Hills residents are […]

    Session Highlights-March 2018

    by Gary Ingram

    Session approved a motion from the Worship and Music Council Session to modify the summer worship schedule. Beginning on June 17 and running through Sunday, September 9, there will be a single Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. The Oak Table Service remains at 5 p.m. on Saturdays in Westminster Hall. On Sunday, June 10, […]

    Introducing Our New Search Committee for CFM Director

    by Gary Ingram

    Personnel Council is grateful to seven church members for accepting the call to serve on the search committee for the position of Director of Ministry to Children and Their Families. The Committee is co-chaired by Kate Balboni and Dan Bliss. Other committee members are: Jen Asay, Patty Haines, Dan Healy, Bill Prins, and Joy Schmitt. […]

    Conversations with Chris – Spring Oratorio 2018

    by Gary Ingram

    If you missed the forum discussion with Chris Fortin about the music for the Spring Oratorio Concert on March 18, we recorded it!  Here it is, including the video of Dan Forest, the composer of the work Requiem for the Living. Conversations With Chris from BRPC on Vimeo.

    Lenten Mission Offering and Food Drive

    by Gary Ingram

    This year we are supporting two of our local mission partners throughout the Lenten season. Safe and Sound (formerly Women’s Resource Center) We will collect financial donations to support the Safe House Resident’s Fund which is used for emergency needs for residents. Safe and Sound continues to operate a women’s shelter in a property which […]

    IHN – Inter-Faith Hospitality Network

    by Joan Eichhorn

    We did it! We made it through two continuous weeks of serving our IHN guests. Thank you to all of you who helped to make our IHN program a success. Heartfelt thanks go to: Anne Gaus, Janet & Mark Bentley, the Horner family (Lee, Michelle, Kylee & Kelsey), Sonja Ryan (from Bishop Janes), Vanessa Castillo […]

    Children and Family Ministry Search Committee

    by Karen Johnson

    Now that we have Susan Ward, our talented Interim Director of Ministry to Children and their Families, it is time to organize a Search Committee for the permanent position. We are looking for willing volunteers—workers and dreamers with an interest in helping BRPC find an energetic, creative and faithful leader for the next chapter in […]

    Souper Sunday — Souper Success!

    by Cathi Reckenbeil

    THANK YOU! Our Souper Sunday fundraiser raised over $2,300, which will directly support our Sr. High Maine Workcamp this summer, July 14 – 22. Serving others in need is a wonderful way for our youth to be engaged in their faith and your donations help make this life-changing trip possible. I want to thank so […]

    “Invitations From God” – Lenten Sermon & Small Group Series

    by Gary Ingram

    This Lent at BRPC our theme will be “Invitations From God.” Our sermon series, and a number of Lenten small groups, will be inspired by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun’s book, Invitations from God: Accepting God’s Offer to Rest, Weep, Forgive, Wait, and Remember. The book is readily available at Amazon [see note below] in both paperback and […]

    Farewell to Ms. Jackie

    by Gary Ingram

    On Sunday, January 21, we reluctantly said farewell to Jackie Obregon as she concluded her ministry here as the Director of Ministries to Children and their Families. With gifts of flowers and a picture featuring the fingerprints of many of the children whose lives Jackie has touched during the years of her ministry here, we […]