BICC December News
Longest Night Community Advent Service, Christmas Mass, $1500 Matching Gift For BICC Technology, Advent resources, outreach updates, upcoming Mass schedule, and recent homilies.
Longest Night Community Advent Service
12/21/2021 at 7pm EST, in person at Calvary United Methodist Church
(575 W Northfield Dr, Brownsburg, IN 46112); Livestream via Calvary’s website. To join online, follow this link and click where it says “worship livestream / click here for worship.” Instrumental music starts at 6:45.
Please join us for this special Advent service for all of us experiencing grief. We invite you to bring your broken hearts, worries, losses, love for one another, and lamentations into this space of sacred prayer. In community with our neighbors, we will kindle the lights of Advent and wait in hope for the coming light of Emmanuel, God with Us. Learn more here.
For those joining remotely, you may wish to bring a votive candle or your own advent wreath to light along with those gathered in person. Stephen Ministers will be available for 1:1 companionship at the service. If you would like to receive a pastoral call from Nancy (email@example.com) or Angela (firstname.lastname@example.org), please reach out to us.
Christmas Eve Mass
Arrive as early as 3:30 to share holiday greetings with one another before Mass. Consider bringing added cheer to one another by joining in a way that we can all see a holiday scene behind or around you in your Zoom screen — a nativity, Christmas tree, sparkly lights, a fireplace.
If you would like to be a reader for this special Mass, please contact Angela (email@example.com).
‘Tis the Season to help BICC improve our liturgies with a matching gift!
An anonymous donor has generously offered to match up to $1500 toward a technology fund for BICC! (Thank you!!!) Our finance team has worked with a technology consultant to assess our needs and decide upon equipment best suited for us. We are ready to move forward as soon as funds are available to purchase equipment that will make Zooming easier for all! If you would like to help us achieve this important goal, please send donations addressed to BICC, PO Box 551, Brownsburg, IN 46112.
When writing checks, please put “technology gift” or “general fund” in the memo line to help us designate your gift to the right place. General fund gifts are also very important as they help us cover the cost of rent, materials, and stipends to support the work of our pastors. We hope to offer online giving options in early 2022!
Christmas is near, but now is still the time for Advent reflection and prayer.
Zoom Advent Series: Mary, Our Sister: Birthing Jesus
Join Rev. Helen Weber-McReynolds on Tues 12/14 and Weds 12/22 for two more nights of reflection on Mary. Helen completed her MA thesis on Mary and will guide participants in rich reflection!
The Cottage — Advent Calendar by Diana Butler Bass
Meaningful reflections for the Advent season. Free via email.
A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church
For those looking for a deeper dive into Scripture with emphasis in women’s stories, consider purchasing a copy of A Woman’s Lectionary for the Whole Church. Cycle W started with the first week of Advent 2021 and will follow the remainder of the year. Merry Christmas to you! (And me, and all!) Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney is a Hebrew Bible scholar and congregational pastor of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
Do you have other Advent resources you would like to share? Join our RWCP Midwest community on Facebook and share!
Thanks to all who participated in our community conversation on 11/14/21! We have already responded to some of your insights and suggestions. Some community members have jumped in and are helping to organize local giving opportunities (food pantry) and a BICC social activity for 2022. More to come! For now, please know of our gratitude. When we come together in prayer and mutual concern, beautiful things happen. This is how we grow. ❤
Next newsletter will come in 2022!
Next BICC Masses
BICC currently has an alternating Mass schedule with our Sister communities in Indianapolis. All are offered in-person and via Zoom. All are welcome.
- BICC celebrates on the 2nd & 5th Sundays of the month at Brownsburg East Middle School, 11am.
- SMMCC (St. Mary of Magdala Catholic Community, Indianapolis) celebrates on the 1st & 3rd Sundays at the Indiana InterChurch Center.
- Rev. Peggy Alderman celebrates a home-church liturgy on the 4th Saturdays of the month, currently via Zoom only.
12/18/21 — Saturday Home Church, 5p. Rev. Peggy Alderman
12/24/21 — Christmas Eve Mass at 4pm via Zoom, BICC and SMMCC, presided by Rev. Angela N Meyer and Rev. Helen Weber-McReynolds
12/26/21 — no liturgy
1/2/22 — SMMCC, 5p. Rev. Helen Weber-McReynolds
1/9/22 — BICC, 11a. Rev. Angela Meyer
Make checks payable to BICC and mail to:
BICC, PO Box 551, Brownsburg, IN 46112