This Week


Bellevue Reformed Church
Community Notes
December 10 – December 16, 2017

Children’s Choir, 9:25am
Worship, 10:00am
Sunday School, 10:45am
Congregational Meeting, following worship
Kids Hope USA Talk Around, following meeting
Youth Group, 6:30pm
Celebrate Recovery, 6:30pm
Life Beyond Codependency, 6:30pm
Studying the Bible, 6:30pm
Jacob’s Well Carol Sing, 5:30pm


Looking Ahead
December 17 Church Carol Sing
December 17  Children’s Pageant Rehearsal (after worship)
December 20 Newsletter Items Due
December 20 Children’s Pageant Rehearsal
December 24 Children’s Pageant (10:00am)
December 24 Vespers (8:00pm)

Next Week’s Volunteers
Greeters: Linda and Jeff Rademakers
Communion: Kim Hileman and David Barnes
Coffee Fellowship: Laura Brown

Coffee Fellowship Sign-Up
Coffee Fellowship Sign-Up The Fellowship Committee is looking for volunteers who would like to sign-up to serve Coffee Fellowship in 2018. Questions? See Helen Horn.

Congregational Meeting
After worship this week there will be a brief congregational meeting where we will approve the 2018 budget as well as the consistory nominations for 2018. Our bylaws state that the consistory is to present a single slate of candidates to the congregation. The consistory requests that the congregation approve Patty Gentile for the office of Elder, Bill Book for the office of Elder (second term) and Jaime Galusha for the office of Deacon (second term). The terms are for three years, and elders and deacons are eligible to serve no more than two three-year terms in succession.

Little Free Food Pantry
We welcome non-perishable food donations for our new Little Free Food Pantry. There is a box in the narthex they can be placed in.

Mission News
The focus for December is on paying any remaining balances of our budgeted pledges. See The Family for more information.

Sitting at Jesus’ Feet: How to Read the Bible
Do you struggle at times with reading Scripture? Do you sometimes ask yourself why Christians assign to the Bible so much “authority?” Are you confused about what translation to read? Have you wondered how committed Christians can interpret the Bible in so many different ways and draw different conclusions about how to live? Join us on Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM as we explore these and other questions together, and more importantly, learn how to encounter the living Christ through Scripture.

Craft Ministry
This fun ministry meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 5-7pm at Jacob’s Well. Everyone is welcome! Curious? Contact Linda Rademakers.

Life Beyond Codependency
Codependency affects people in a variety of ways. Common characteristics include: excessive care taking, low self-esteem, denial, and fear of anger. A biblically-based support group is meeting to learn how we can move toward emotional healing and health within ourselves and in our relationships. We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 6:30pm. If any of this resonates with you, please come.

Ruth’s Place Thrift Shop
Ruth’s Place is open on Thursdays (1:00-7:00pm) and Saturdays (10am-2pm). Stop in!

If you have items to donate you may drop them off at the shop (1910 Broadway) during open hours. Items being accepted at Ruth’s Place: clothing (new or gently worn, stain free); footwear; accessories (scarves/hats/gloves/ties/belts/handbags/jewelry); housewares (dishes/glassware/utensils/lamps/mirrors/pictures); books.

BRC’s Mission
Our mission is to be a growing community of fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ who bear witness through our words and actions to the good news of God’s reconciling love and his desire to restore all things through Christ.

By way of our own ongoing transformation, the forming of authentic relationships, and through respectful conversations, we hope that many we meet on this journey will experience their own life-changing encounter with Jesus, and join us in becoming his students, servants and friends.

Our mission is conducted and sustained through four core activities: worship, discipleship, fellowship and witness. This mission is the overarching purpose of our lives, affecting everything we do, wherever we live, work, play and learn.

We want to play our part in Christ’s mission both globally and locally, while hearing God’s specific call to be Christ’s presence to the Bellevue neighborhood.

BRC Closing Notice Information
In the event BRC needs to close you will find the information broadcast on TV and on the radio (WTEN, WRGB, WXXA, YNN, WNYT, WGY, WYJB, WRVE, WGNA, WFLY). It will also be published on The Daily Gazette and The Times Union websites. Normally, there will also be a message on the answering machine.

Emergency Procedure
If a weather-related emergency happens while any of us are in the church building this is what we will do:

• EVERYONE (adults and children) will move quietly and calmly to the hallway on the ground level.
• All the doors to the rooms bordering the hallway will be closed.
• The double fire doors at both ends of the hallway will be closed.

The hallway is the safest place in our building (probably the safest place in quite a wide radius) and our building is very well-built. It’s a great place to be in a storm.

Having everyone in the building move to the hallway will facilitate reuniting children with parents and making sure everyone is present and accounted for.






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