Bainbridge Community United Church of Christ
Announcements for the week of December 5, 2019

Scriptures for Worship Sundays at 10:30 a.m.                                      
Scriptures for Sunday, December 8 will be: Romans 13:11-14, Isaiah 11:1-10
Scriptures for Sunday, December 15 will be: Luke 1:47-55, Isaiah 49:1-7

Bible Study is on Tuesday, December 10 at 10:00 a.m.   All are welcome!    

To prepare for Bible Study please read :  John chapter 7:53 through chapter 8, at least through verse 47

Questions to consider as you prepare for Bible Study: What does "know the truth" mean to you?  In what way(s) does that truth make you free?

Reminder: There will be no Bible Study on December 24th and December 31st. 

Find out more about who we are and what we're doing on Facebook and on our Website at
December 2019 Calendar

As always, the most up-to-date calendar is available on our website here.

If you would like a "printer friendly" copy of the calendar you can find one here.  Updated  November 21st. 
Sunday, December 8
9:30 a.m. Choir Practice
10:30 a.m. Worship with Communion
11:45 a.m. Christmas Pot Luck and 
         Secret Santa Exchange

Monday, December 9
6 p.m. HUBS Dancing
6:30 p.m. Properties Mtg. 

Tuesday, December 10
10 a.m. Bible study
7:30 p.m. AA for Under 40
8:30 p.m. AA for everyone
Wednesday, December 11
Announcements Due

6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Sunday, December 15
9:30 a.m. Choir Practice
10:30 a.m. Worship


Dear Friends and Family of Bainbridge Community UCC,

            As we enter this time of Thanksgiving I wanted to take a moment, on behave of myself and the church leadership, to thank each and every one of you for the time, talent and treasure you have invested in Bainbridge Community UCC (BCUCC). As I approach my one year anniversary of being called to BCUCC I stand in awe of the amazing people I have had the privilege of working with and serving. I knew BCUCC was a unique faith community for Bainbridge. What has surprised me again and again is how committed each and every person is to this community as a whole and to each other.

We have done so much in this first year, and never have we had to cancel an event due to lack of support from the congregation. We had THREE different All Church Clean-ups.  Even when I couldn’t make one of them we still had the numbers to ultimately turn two storage rooms into usable space and move all the storage items out of the nursery. We now have all Children’s Sunday School material in the Wonder and Worship room so our Sunday School volunteers don’t have to leave the room to get something. (This is not only more convenient, it is also safer for our children.) We have hosted a Social Service Expo that required volunteers, and we had everyone we needed and more.

However, the dedication of our congregation isn’t just in the special events.  The day to day running of the organization shows what an amazing cloud of witnesses we have. From people stepping up to fill the voids left from previously paid positions, to the people who serve on the various committees that make the church run, I cannot thank you enough for the time and dedication you have shown. Things have fumbled, things have broken, but never have the people who call BCUCC their church failed to address the issues and fix what needs fixing.

We have an amazing group of people here and I am honored to be your pastor. Thank you for your patience, your dedication and your trust. We have even more planned for this coming year and I know BCUCC will continue to be a place where everyone is invested in the bright future God is calling us too.

Thank you for being you,
Pastor Brian Saxe

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.."
Matthew 25:35-40


we will collect food donations each week 
for local veterans in need. 

As part of our Sunday service the children will collect your donations and take them to the altar for blessing.

Donate as you wish and are able.  If you would like a list of suggestions, go the the link here .


BEGINNING DECEMBER 1st through the month of December: Food Collection for Veterans
DECEMBER 8th:   Christmas Pot Luck and Secret Santa
DECEMBER 21st:    Cookie Walk  9am-1pm 
December 24th:  Candlelight Christmas Service 8 pm
December 29th: Caroling at Nursing Home,The Wiles 
NOVEMBER THROUGH JANUARY 5th:   Collection, Stand Down Winter Clothes 

For pot luck set up on this Saturday, December 7th at 10 a.m. 
Help set up tables and decorate for our Sunday Christmas Pot Luck.   Your help is greatly appreciated!!  



Take a break from your busy holiday schedule to share good food and fellowship with your church family!  
Sign up to bring a dish is located on the board in the office hall. 


Christmas Poinsettia Orders


Help us beautify our worship space for Christmas Eve and offer a message or tribute to someone you are thinking about during the holiday season.  You can pick up an order form at the church or print off your own here

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

YUMMM!   Calling All bakers!  Help make our Cookie Walk a success by donating this year!  

See Lisa Ruzga for info

Join us Sunday, December 29th after worship as we spread the joy of Christ's birth by 
Christmas Caroling
The Weils
16695  Chillicothe Rd,,Chagrin Falls

Car pooling from the church is available. See Pastor Brian for info


      Once again BCUCC is taking a collection of gently used WINTER CLOTHING for men and women

Throughout the month of December, ending January 5th. 

This includes coats, socks, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, sweat shirts.

Please remember the homeless when you clean out your winter closet
A collection box is in the gathering area.  
Thank you and God Bless!

      Are you a whiz at Power Point and willing to help
Pastor Brian and Corey Boyer set up displays for our Worship Services?  
   Give Brian or Corey a call to get the story.  



Wednesday, December 18th  7 pm Federated Church, 76 Bell St., Chagrin Falls - Chapel
Also sometimes called “Blue Christmas” or “Longest Night,” the Service of Solace is a service that offers support, prayer and reflection for those experiencing loss, sorrow, pain, or anything making the holidays difficult. This is a service of comfort and hope through prayer, reflection and special music. Everyone is welcome to attend this service, those who are in need and those willing to offer support and compassion. 
The indoor Labyrinth will be set up in Fellowship Hall that day starting at noon for meditative walking, prayer and reflection. After the service, there will be a time for fellowship and support with light refreshments.
Any questions? Contact Rev. Susi Kawolics at or at 440.247.6490 ext. 102 for more information.

The YWCA of Palestine participates in the important work of advocating on behalf of women, refugees, and Palestinian rights. They have created some different artisan crafts to help others become advocates for peace with justice, too. Each item is sold in the USA through UCC Resources which can be found at:

CHOIR PRACTICE at 9:30 a.m. before Sunday Service.

All are welcome to share God's gift of music!

Please note the new address for       Muriel Lammpert
The Pines at Brooks House, 18144 Claridon-Troy Rd., Hiram, OH 44234  440-834-0260

Remember our house bound!
Please remember our church family who are housebound. 
         If you can't visit, a phone call or card could be the the highlight of their day! 

Anneliese & Donald Long
The Weils, 16695 Chillicothe Rd. #210, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
       (440) 543-9046   Anneliese would like to hear from friends in the choir!

Vivian DeRolf    Burton Health Center, 14095  E.Center St., Burton, OH 44021    (440) 834-1084
Muriel Lampert   The Pines at Brooks House, 18144 Claridon-Troy Rd, Hiram OH 44234  (440)834-0260
Doris Pulsford  7647 Bainbridge Rd., Chagrin Falls, OH 44023 (440) 543-9666
Violet Childs  The Pines at Brooks House, 18144 Claridon-Troy Rd., Hiram, OH 44234  440-834-0260

Carol Maltz     17878 Staley Rd., Botkins, OH 45306  

If you have any updates or know of anyone who should be added to our list, please email the office  at,       or call (440) 543-5117.
                                       Attendance              Amount             Difference

December 1                         46                      $3113.00           +$1583.00     

                           Amount needed each week for 2019 budget is $1530

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