Worship - 10 am 

Advent & Christmas 2016:
God Among Us, Like Us, With Us!


November 27, 2016
“The Presence of Life” 
Luke 1:39-45

December 4. 2016
“The Presence in Pain” 
Luke 2:1-7

December 11. 2016
“The Unwelcome Presence” 
Luke 2:8-20

December 18, 2016
“The Place of Presence” 
Luke 2:25-32

December 24, 2016
5pm Christmas Eve 
Family Communion and Candlelight Piano Service

9pm Christmas Eve
Choir and Organ Candlelight Service 

December 25, 2016
“When Theirs Are Ours” 
Matthew 2:13-18

Thanksgiving Dinner Collection for Lighthouse of Oakland County

45 Thanksgiving dinners (valued at $2,700 in kind)

Monetary donations of $1,135.

Thanks to all!

The Wizard of Oz – a Pop-Up Musical

Presented by Project Daydream

December 2 – 6:30 pm

December 3 – 6:30 pm – Special Sing Along performance!

General admission tickets

Children/students 18 and under $12

Adults $15

Click to purchase tickets

And our Annual Theme is….

          Opening Doors

Opening Doors.

A perfect fit with our commitment to be Open & Affirming and our generally progressive theology.  And it can be extended with energy throughout the ministries of the church.                                                                                           

Worship and Comma Conversations – they Open Doors to enriched spiritual lives.  The Mission Trip – it is Opening Doors to understanding other lives.  The Green Ministry – it is Opening Doors to all God’s creation. 

Opening Doors.   It points forward, gives permission, in fact encourages us, to Open Doors and Open NEW Doors…

Thanks to all!

Academy of Early Music Concert Series

The Academy of Early Music annually presents some of the finest ensembles from around the globe to Ann Arbor and to Bloomfield Hills.  This year the Academy has selected the CCB as its Bloomfield Hills venue due to the marvelous acoustics in our sanctuary. 

All concert start times are 8:00 PM with a preconcert lecture at 7:00 PM, and the place to go for tickets or further info is: www.academyofearlymusic.org

2/3/17 - ACRONYM performs "Venice and Vienna"

2/17/17 - Zweikampf performs "Face Off: Dueling Harpsichords"

3/3/17 - Ensemble Caprice performs "I Love Baroque: Short Stories and Voices of Eternity"

 

Ferndale Pride   2015 

What a day! As we demonstrated our support for marriage equality!

Ferndale Pride 2016

Taking a position supporting Gender Inclusive Toilets

(and having a little fun).

Comma Conversations:  Where the conversation continues…

9.25    -    After Worship

Ash Beckham: When to take a stand -- and when to let it go

TED Talks

Ash Beckham recently found herself in a situation that made her ask: who am I? She felt pulled between two roles — as an aunt and as an advocate. Each of us feels this struggle sometimes, she says — and offers suggestions for how to stand up for your moral integrity when it isn’t convenient.

Plant Milkweed for Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterflies cannot survive without milkweed… 

During and following worship on June 12 we learned from Debbie Jackson how to plant milkweed and do our part to help save the Monarch.

DRIVE is listening!

DRIVE – the Detroit Regional Interfaith Voice for Equity - is listening!

DRIVE has brought together 50+ congregations from the Detroit metro area to act and advocate for a just, equal and equitable community through congregation-based organizing.  All with the intention that: When many speak with one strong voice not only are they heard but they are able to produce results.

But… before we speak with that one strong voice we want to listen, to hear what concerns you have, where you would seek change and greater equity in our metro Detroit community.

What can you do now? Speak with one of CCB’s Core Team at DRIVE….

Filter Flint

CCB raised over $1,000 to contribute to the cause... helping Woodside UCC achieve the goal of filtering the water in their building and establishing filling stations.  This will make fresh water available at no cost to the local community.

Into the Mystic 
Podcast

Rev. John C. Dorhauer's weekly podcast on UCC.org. The United Church of Christ General Minister and President is creating these weekly messages so that "the art and practice of spiritual reflection is modeled as a priority and not just a part time avocation."

Sun, Sun, Sun…

Here it comes!

Solar Power is coming to CCB!

On 11/12 we signed an agreement for the installation of a 15 kW array of solar panels to be located on the roof above the Sanctuary.  Power from the panels will be fed back to the power grid, reducing our dependence on traditional coal fired power by 26%.  In an innovative arrangement, a ‘social investor’ will pay for the panels and we will purchase the power generated from the panels in a PPA (Power Purchase Arrangement) over 20 years.  Additionally a very generous gift from Richard Fowler pushed the program over the top.

The Net-Net:  good for the planet – or as we say regularly – ‘On earth as it is in Heaven’.   

Watch for the installation progress ‘countdown’ to Let the Sunshine In!

Let’s hum it all together now…

Here Comes the Sun!

Quiet Time

A quiet time for reflection, prayer or meditation before the worship service. 

Drop in Sunday mornings between 9:30 am and 9:55 am in the Arlund Room.

Join the Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions.

Saturday September 24, 2106

1:00 PM @ Gayle’s Chocolates (417 S Washington St, Royal Oak)

Marching commences at 1:30 pm

Congregate @ Star Dream Fountain  (211 Williams St.) w Special Guest Speakers

GET READY TO RUMBLE AND ROAR ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 FOR ELEPHANTS, RHINOS AND LIONS... THEIR LIVES DEPEND ON IT!

Join the Herd by signing up here to March in solidarity with over 100 of the biggest and brightest cities in the world to stop the illegal ivory trade, the selling of faux medicine in China and the thrill kill sport known as trophy hunting. Use your voice to tell CITES that Elephants, Rhinos and Lions are worth more alive than dead. March for future generations because if you don't march... who will?

Sign up at   https://www.facebook.com/events/1105147439537626/

Listen up!
Miss a sermon? Or want a replay?
Click on the the head phones to access our Sermons/Media page with audio of recent sermons.

Our Capital Journey continues…

Projects complete: Sanctuary roof, parking lot and kitchen refurbishment with new stoves and ovens.    

Our current contributions total over $450,000!

Next projects up:  further replacement of roofs, necessary repairs to exterior brick walls, upgrades to the Arlund Room and more.

Thanks to all and also to our CapIT Committee for their dedication and perseverance! 

Visit Capital Journey as we travel on.

Comma Conversations   11:00 am

Where the conversation continues...

Comma Conversations:  gathering on Sundays after Worship the conversation continues…

An adult discussion group to stimulate thinking about faith in our lives. Topics may range from current headlines and happenings to social justice to the environment to the morning's sermon….

Into the Mystic Podcast