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Barrington Congregational Church Flex Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 7, 2017 /   Loading Disqus...

The large banner in front of the Barrington Congregational Church proclaims, “Celebrating 3 Centuries & Beyond.

”Proud of its 300-year history – the Church was founded in 1717, the same year as the Town of Barrington – church leaders however, are more focused on the “& Beyond” portion of the phrase. “We’re looking ahead to how we can better serve the community. The ‘and beyond’ is really what it’s all about,” says Dick McWhirter, chair of the church’s finance ministry team.

The Church is “open and affirming” with its mission stating it is “a Christian community that worships God, embraces all people, ministers to one another, works for justice and peace, and renders loving service to God’s world.”

The Church provides not only opportunities for worship and Christian education, but also leads groups on topics that include bereavement, memory impairment, and knitting for others. Several community groups utilize the facilities and a pre-school is housed in the education building. There is a staff of eight (full and part-time), including the Rev. Dr. Dale Azevedo who has served as senior minister since September, 2016.

“The congregation runs the Church, and we have a core membership who are really involved,” explains Kate Colby, chair of the endowment ministry team, with Financial Secretary Pat Stoddard adding, “We couldn’t do all that we do without the diligence of the people in this congregation who are so very hardworking.”

 “As a congregation, we’re asking ourselves, ‘Where do we want to be in five or ten years?’ and ‘What do we need to do to get there?’ We’re in conversations about our vision; the endowment has the potential to help us be a larger part of the community,” Kate explains.

Of the endowment, Pat says, “It helps assure our future,” with Co-Treasurer Barbara Wuth adding, “and the continuation of our mission.” Co-Treasurer John Loerke explains, the new Flex Fund was established with “an extremely generous anonymous bequest.”

The Church feels blessed for this significant support to its ongoing mission. John concludes, “A bequest to the endowment allows someone to keep giving to the Church forever.”

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