Easter Worship Times

Easter Worship Services — 6:45 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.

(Children’s Easter Egg Hunt — Easter Sunday @ 11am)

Easter 3


Introducing our New Children’s Minister

After working closely with the joint search team from Brentwood Christian Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church, we are thrilled to introduce the Rev. Sarah Stephenson as the new Children’s Minister for Brentwood and Trinity. We will officially welcome her to our church’s ministry team on Sunday, April 23rd. There will be several opportunities for you and your family to get to know Sarah, so be on the lookout for more information.


The Rev. Sarah Stephenson

About Sarah…
Sarah is currently a seventh grade English and Reading teacher at Pleasant View Middle School. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Elementary Education from MSU and her Master of Divinity degree is from Brite Divinity School, TCU. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

She enjoyed serving in a variety of ministry positions for over 20 years before entering teaching. She has worked extensively with children in as many years and loves the creativity and passion working with kids affords. She is eager for kids to meet Fire Dog, her large Dalmatian arm puppet with a tender heart.

She is married to Rick, who is an LCSW outpatient clinician at Burrell Behavioral Health. Sarah is a doting aunt to two nieces and four nephews and a loving dog mother to FiFi, a 50 pound spoiled standard poodle.

Sarah loves to make homemade cards and enjoys paper crafts, reading, writing, and a whole list of other activities too long to name.

She says she can’t wait to begin serving the children of Brentwood and Trinity. We are so pleased to welcome Sarah to the ministry teams of Brentwood Christian and Trinity Presbyterian, and we look forward to the wonderful future ahead for the children and families of our churches.


Women: Preachers, Pastors, and Priests


Hear the poignant and empowering stories of two women, Rev. Dr. Micki Pulleyking and Rev. Dr. Katie Hays, whose journeys took them from Missouri and Texas to studying religion at Harvard and Yale. They were called to preach and pastor; but the problem was they were not male. They made history in the Churches of Christ (as the first two women ministers) but they would have to leave the church they loved. Rev. Dr. Katie Hays will also be speaking on panels related to religion, women, and equality at the MSU Public Affairs Conference.

Wednesday, April 5, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
At the O’Reilly Catholic Student Center, 847 South Holland, across from Strong Hall.

Free parking is available at Bear Park South at Grand and Holland.

Sponsored by the MSU Religious Studies Club.

Brentwood is hiring!

Would you like to work for a progressive community of faith in the heart of the Ozarks? If so, we’d love for you to apply to work at Brentwood.

Current Job Openings (as part of our collaboration with Trinity Presbyterian Church):

Interested applicants should email their resume to bcctpcjobs@gmail.com. Please use the subject line to indicate the position for which you are applying. No phone inquiries please. Thank you.


Lenten Sermon Series — On Suffering


From Job to Jesus to you and me
From here to there to everywhere
Suffering can feel inescapable
Part of our shared humanity

But is there any sense to it?
Any rhyme or reason?
If God is all good and all powerful shouldn’t God stop it?
Does God cause suffering?
Is God to blame for suffering?
Are we?

March 5: C.S. Lewis (and God) in the Dock: “Is there a purpose to suffering?”

March 12:Rita Brock, Rebecca Parker, and Job’s Proverbs of Ashes: “How (not) to comfort those who are suffering”

March 19: Harold Kushner and the omnipotence of God: “Does God cause suffering?”

March 26: John Cobb and the desire of God: “Does God bring good out of suffering?

April 2: John Caputo and the weakness of God: “Where is God in the midst of suffering?”

April 9: Dorothee Soelle and the ubiquity of suffering: “Is there any meaning to be found?”

Wine Into Water — March 24


Date: Friday Evening, March 24
Location: National Avenue Christian Church

Clean water for Flint
What if a fun evening out with friends could make a difference? What if you could help a community build wells and cisterns, create a clean water delivery or hygiene system? What if you could learn about the community you’re helping while sharing a glass of wine and conversation with friends?

In this our fourth year of Wine into Water, our focus is to raise money to help provide clean water to Flint, Michigan. To learn more about this initiative visit, http://www.weekofcompassion.org/wine-to-water/ and http://www.weekofcompassion.org/

Four local churches (Brentwood Christian Church, Central Christian Church, South Street Christian Church and National Avenue Christian Church) will be partnering together to host and run this event. This evening of wine tasting and food sampling will include a silent auction and tickets sold to help raise funds for clean water projects for refugees.
If you have any questions about our organization or this project, please contact the National Avenue office 417/8699176 or email pastorjenn@nationalavenuecc.com.

Donations for silent auction items are appreciated.

Standing with Our Neighbors: Pursuing Justice

Standing with Our Neighbors: Pursuing Justice

Members of Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri and the NAACP Springfield Branch will offer nonpartisan, interfaith prayers, faith reflections and song at the offices of our area federally elected officials.  Speakers will ask that our elected officials take a strong stand for our values of loving our neighbors and will urge our officials to oppose the nomination of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, to object to Steve Bannon’s position in the White House, and to speak out against the lies that divide and distract the American public and are used to legitimize unjust policy decisions

We are gathering at the Council of Churches  where we will carpool to the offices.

When:            Monday, January 30, 2:00 PM,Council of Churches 

Where:           2:30-3:00, Rep Billy Long’s Office:  3232 Ridgeview St., Springfield

                        3:15-3:45, Sen Roy Blunt’s Office:  2740-B East Sunshine, Springfield

                        4:15-4:45, Sen Claire McCaskill’s Office:  324 Park Central West, Springfield

                        Times are approximate

Contact:        Susan Schmalzbauer



Speakers include Dr. Rev. Cassandra Gould, State Director of Missouri Faith Voices,

Dr. Robert Perry, Baptist Minister, Faith Voices SW MO, former missionary,  Cheryl Clay, President of Springfield NAACP, Rev. Charles Caskey, Episcopal priest and refugee expert, Faith Voices SW MO, and more.These will be short prayers and reflections, with additional written materials to be submitted to the offices.

Compassionate Action

This is a reminder about our Compassionate Action event exploring the Sanctuary movement and options.  If you have not yet RSVP’d please do so:  

Monday, January 30th, 5:30-8:30 PM, dinner furnished.

Council of Churches of the Ozarks

627 N Glenstone Ave

Springfield, MO

RSVP names of those attending and any dietary restrictions.

Phone:  Council of Churches of the Ozarks  (417) 862-3586


Online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1VeqU8kcyFMEFDKm4cTOpxdo9ZxRkWPqGJ97ZSP7LE48/viewform?ts=5876a7e0&edit_requested=true