Due to Corona Virus Disease 2019, BRUU is offering online worship.

 

We are very excited to offer worship over Zoom. Here are a few things that will help us all begin to feel comfortable with this new format, which we will be using until further notice.

Please note: Online worship is collaborative. We are learning as we go. The objective is having a time to connect with one another, not to produce a polished worship product devoid of mistakes. We are purposely keeping it simple. This service will be for all ages, so grownups plan to include your kids! There will be online RE offerings at other times – look for future emails from our DRE, Kristin Worthington.

  • Chalice Lighting: We will light the chalice as part of worship and we encourage you to make your own chalice to light out of whatever you have handy. Grownups, this is a great craft to do with your kids.
  • Sharing our Sorrows and our Joys: In addition to readings and singing a few simple hymns, we will also be Sharing our Sorrows and our Joys. This will be a bit different on the on-line platform. Depending on how many people we have, we will either have you make use of the “Chat” feature at the bottom of the Zoom video screen and type what you want to share there – everyone will have the ability to see what you share unless you change who it goes to.OR we will use a feature that allows you to raise your virtual hand and I will individually un-mute people to share via audio.As always, please give us the headlines, not the whole story in great detail.

    Our Pastoral Care Team (PCT) will receive a copy of the chat and they or I can follow up with anyone needing us to do so. As always, you can e-mail me (minister@bruu.org) or PCT (pastoralcare@bruu.org) to let us know how we can help you.

  • Offering:
    We are encouraging you to make a generous offering via this link:https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/bruu-sunday-plate-donationTerrie McClure, BRUU Treasurer, and Trish Freed, who processes accounts receivable including the Sunday offering, would prefer not to handle checks and cash. They are encouraging everyone to shift to electronic giving whether through the above Go Fund Me site or through your personal on-line banking options. Apparently, all/nearly all EFTs incur fees, so you might want to increase the amount of your donation by a few percentage points (3-5%) to cover those costs.

    To join worship use the provided link (audio and video) or phone number (audio only).

    IMPORTANT:
    To ensure a safe environment, we are only publishing the link and phone number in an email sent the morning of service and in the Facebook Group “BRUU Members and Friends”. Please look for it.

    The link and number for our worship service will go live beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. If you’ve never used Zoom before, we encourage you to sign on well before 10 a.m.

    Using Zoom for the first time? No Problem. It’s really easy.

    To get started, follow the instructions below. If you need assistance, Ellen Badgley will be available beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Please call her at 703-585-0787 and she can talk you through it!

    Here’s how to get started with Zoom:

    Go to https://zoom.us and download what you need to access a Zoom Room (Go to “Download the Zoom Client” in the top right under “Resources”) It’s free!!
    OR
    Go to your smart phone or tablet’s App Store and download the Zoom app for iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Android.

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    I look forward to seeing all y’all on Zoom on Sunday!

    Rev. Charlotte

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    Services are usually 10 – 11:00AM. Services can be quite different, so if you are visiting BRUU, plan to attend several.

    Love

    The fourth in our six-part summer sermon series exploring the attitudes or states of being that were added to BRUU’s stained glass windows.

    What does Love as a state of being look like?

    Peace

    The fifth in our six-part summer sermon series exploring the attitudes or states of being that were added to BRUU’s stained glass windows.

    How does Peace as a state of being manifest in our lives?

    Joy

    The sixth and final sermon in our six-part summer sermon series exploring the attitudes or states of being that were added to BRUU’s stained glass windows.

    What creates Joy in your life? How does an attitude of Joy impact you and those around you?

    The Places That Scare You

    American Tibetan Buddhist Pema Chödrön has written extensively on dealing with life’s challenges. This morning Ellen explores how we can better navigate life’s challenges when times are difficult by adopting an attitude of fearlessness.