March 2014 Beacon

Worship in March

Contemporary service at 8:30 a.m., Traditional service at 11:00 a.m.

March 2
“Seek Justice” Isaiah 1:17 & America For Christ Offering Received

March 5
6:00 p.m. Ash Wed. Service

March 9
“The Value of a Supporting Role” Exodus 17:8–13

March 16
“The Single Greatest Gift” Philippians 2:6–8

March 23
“Living in 3D” Matthew 5:13

March 30
“The Power of Story” 1 Peter 3:15

Upcoming Events

  • March 2 New Member Information Session
  • March 5 Ash Wednesday Service
  • March 9 New Member Class Begins
  • March 9 Daylight Saving Time Begins
  • March 15 Family Fun Night

Two “big” articles from the March Beacon each have their own page.

The Beacons are also available as pdf files on the password-protected page The Beacon.

Women’s Book Discussion Group

The next meeting of the Women’s Book Discussion Group will be held on Thursday, March 27, at 1:00 p.m., in the BBC Conference Room, when the group will discuss Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick. Jean Putnam will facilitate.

Join BBC’s Information Session With Pastor Doug

If you would like more information about Brewster Baptist Church, the American Baptist faith and what it means to be a member of BBC, you’re invited to attend an information session with Pastor Doug on Sunday, March 2, at 12:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Whether you are a recent guest or have been attending worship here for several years, this is a wonderful opportunity for questions and answers. Attending this session does not mean that you have to go on to become a member, but if you think you may want to make a commitment to join, this is the first step. This session is always interesting and well received, so please consider joining us for Pastor Doug’s Information Session.

New Member Classes for Spring 2014

Begin on March 9 through May 18 in Fellowship Hall
Baptism Sunday — May 18
Welcome to New Members Sunday — May 25

Just Walk Across the Room All-Church Small Groups Study

A simple Walk Across the Room – Boil down anyone’s journey to faith, and it typically began with a walk across a room.

Someone reached out a hand of friendship…
Spoke a kind word…
Asked a good question…
And the rest was history.

A simple walk across the room—

This is something you can do;
This is something we all can do!
For four weeks in March and April, come learn how.

In just a few weeks, we will begin an exciting four-week all-church small groups study, Just Walk Across the Room, Simple Steps Pointing People to Faith, by Bill Hybels. Each Sunday the sermons will introduce and examine each week’s topic. We will be forming small groups which will meet during each week to watch a short DVD presentation and discuss the topic further.

Participants may sign up in one of TWO ways.

  1. Use the sign-up form right here on our website. Remember to hit the SUBMIT button when you have finished the form.
  2. OR: fill out the insert which was in the church bulletins on February 23 and March 2. After that the forms may be obtained (and submitted) at the Information Center or at the Just Walk Across the Room table in the church lobby.

Classes will run the weeks of March 16, 23, 30, and April 6. Contact Nancy Smith, Adult Discipleship Core Minister if you have any questions, 508-430-8669, or e-mail Nancy at

Help Beautify the Sanctuary for Easter

Easter lilies… it’s that time again when we accept donations to purchase lilies and tulips to enhance the beauty of the sanctuary for Easter Sunday. You may donate in memory of or in honor of someone, which will be published in the bulletin on Easter Sunday. We cannot guarantee that there will be enough plants to go around for each donor, as some will go to shut-ins and nursing home residents. Please send this form to the church office (1848 Main St., Brewster, MA 02631) with a check and mark “Easter flowers” on the envelope, or bring your donation on Sunday, March 30 or Sunday, April 6. It will not be possible to include names in the bulletin after that date. Please include:

  • Your name
  • Phone #
  • In Memory Of
  • In Honor Of
  • Amount included (This is for bookkeeping purposes only; no record is kept of this information.)

BBC Trip to Italy: Exploring Christian History, Growing Faith

From November 2 through November 14 our tour trip to Italy will visit three of the most popular destinations in Italy—the city and lagoon of Venice, and Florence and Rome, as well as some smaller gems—Ravenna, Siena, and Assisi. This spiritual and historical journey will be led by Tom Ryan, President of the Cape Cod Council of Churches and Pastor Doug Scalise. Tom Ryan has been through these canals, churches, and streets many times, and will help us experience them in all their mystery, beauty and joy. Pastor Doug will lead regular prayer and meditation times. The trip will trace the main lines of Christian history in ancient and medieval baptisteries, cathedrals, basilicas, churches, liturgical furnishings, sculptures, mosaics, frescoes, icons, paintings, urban plans and streetscapes. The group will also enjoy delicious food, fellowship, fun times, memorable views of natural landscapes, and great conversation. The cost of the trip is $3500 including airfare, 11 nights lodging, two meals a day, transportation and entrance fees. For more information, brochures are available in the church office or contact Doug or Jill Scalise.

Join Us for Gospel Night!

Once again we plan to take a group up to the Gospel Night at Boston Symphony Hall on Saturday, June 14. We had a great time last year going out to eat and enjoying wonderful Gospel music together. This year’s special guest is “Take 6,” celebrating their 25th anniversary. If you would like to join us, call Melanie Stone at 508-896-8677 or e-mail her at and let her know you would like to go in on the group discount purchase. Tickets are $65.

Deacons’ Communion Ministry Needs Assistance

Everyone is aware that the church will be increasing the number of worship services on Easter Sunday from two to three. The first Sunday of every month is Communion Sunday. More services mean that the Deacons will need extra help in three areas on Communion Sunday.

  • Set-up: This would involve helping set up communion before the first service. There is always a deacon on duty for each service. The addition of a third service means that we will be setting up for the first two services prior to the beginning of the first service.
  • If you are someone who would enjoy filling the communion cups with juice and preparing the bread plate, this is the position for you! Also, after the first service we clean up the used plates and do a bit of preparation for the next service.
  • Serving: We will need two extra people to serve communion for each service. Participating in this meaningful part of worship is a wonderful experience. If you have served or if you feel that you would like to serve, I can promise you it is a wonderful experience. After the service is over the used cups in the pews will need to be collected.
  • Clean up: Cleaning up after the third service means putting the bread and juice plates away and making sure the kitchen is picked up.

If you are looking for a way to be involved but don’t have a lot of time, this ministry may be just what you’re looking for. Personally, I find that Communion Sunday is the most wonderful day of the month.

Preparing and serving at the Lord’s Table is a privilege and a unique blessing that the Communion Ministry has to offer. We really need help. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity.

If you would like more information, please contact Nancy Wallroth at or call Nancy at 508-385-8965.

Blessings, Nancy Wallroth

The America for Christ Offering To Be Received March 2

Our American Baptist family has a profound heritage as a compassionate, engaging and benevolent people. Since 1824, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has been declaring and heralding the gospel of our Lord throughout the United States.

Today ABHMS remains rooted in that word and committed to responding to the changing needs of our ever-changing world. The theme for the America for Christ Offering 2014 is an appeal to “Seek Justice,” based on Isaiah 1:17, which states: “Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow” (NRSV).

We want to be faithful to the call for justice in our own time. Our support of the AFC funds all kinds of important ministry and mission right here in the United States, which is now one of the largest mission fields in the world. Please help us to bring Christ to the people within our own commonwealth and across the nation. Our goal for the America for Christ Offering is $5,000.

Parent Class to Offer Two Interesting Series!

Sunday mornings in the Chapel from 9:45–10:45 Pastor Patti Ricotta is leading the Parent Class in a series called, “The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance,” by John Trent, Ph.D.  This series gives practical, down-to-earth advice on how to bless and what to do if significant people in your life haven’t blessed you.  You will find yourself coming closer to your family, your friends and God!

Cindy Horgan, from Cape Cod Children’s Place, is returning to BBC for two weeks in March!  On March 23 she will be leading “Promoting your Child’s Emotional Intelligence” and on March 30 the topic will be “Helping Children Manage Fears/Anxieties.” The sessions will be from 9:45-10–45 a.m. in the Chapel.  Hope to see you there!

Come Share Your Talent at Family Fun Night

Join us for Family Fun Night on Saturday, March 15, from 5–8:00 p.m. We’ll start the evening with a potluck supper. Please bring a main dish, a side, salad or dessert to share.

Our fun theme for March is “BBC’s Got Talent!!!” This will be a Talent Show for ALL ages (parents/grandparents included and encouraged to join in!) And please feel free to invite friends—the more the merrier.

Can’t dance, sing or play an instrument? Not a problem! We know there must be some awesome hula-hoopers and jump ropers out there. Know how to yo-yo or do magnificent magic tricks? What about an exciting pogo stick routine, a dramatic poetry reading, or any other hidden talent that you want to showcase. We know that YOU have talent and we’d love to cheer you on.

Sign up sheets will be out in the lobby starting March 2. You can sign up as an individual or as a group.

Any questions? Call Jenny Hilbig at 774-722-0939 or Ingrid Condon at 508-367-7426.

Church Women United

The annual World Day of Prayer worship service will be held at the Orleans United Methodist Church on Friday, March, 7, at 1:00 p.m. If you have questions, please call Bev Johnson at 508-896-5408.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for snacks and coffee/tea preparation for both services and also when we add another Sunday service. If you are willing to come before worship and stay a little afterwards, YOU are qualified! It’s an easy way to serve and a great way to get to make new friends at the same time. All ages are welcome to volunteer. If this interests you, e-mail or call Melanie Stone at (508-896-8677) for the 8:30 service or Marjorie Oliver at (508-896-7874) for the 11:00 service. You should be willing to help serve approximately once every six weeks.

Planning Ahead…

The craft group that works on the articles for the Flower Shoppe at the Holiday Fair is looking for artificial Christmas trees that they can cut up and use to create holiday arrangements. If you have one that could be donated, please contact Janet Bantly at 508-896-9753 or (underscore between names). Also needed are unwanted artificial green wreaths, tabletop trees and swags, as well as artificial fruit, poinsettias, and anything that could be used to decorate the trees and wreaths. Any donation will help. Thank you!!

Do You Have an Old Phone Lying Around?

Nathanael Ryan, a current member of BBC and an active participant in the Student Ministry, is attempting to raise money in order to travel to Japan as a member of the People to People Student Ambassador Program started by Dwight D. Eisenhower.  Nate is currently recycling old cell phones and iPods to raise some money for the trip. Anyone who is interested in helping to aid his cause and has an old cell phone they have been meaning to dispose of, please contact Nate at 774-212-4055.

A Second Small Group Opportunity

The Lord’s Prayer Weeks of April 27–June 1

Led by Pastor Doug Scalise

Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.

Isaiah 1:17

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