Category Archives: Community

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    Habitat for Humanity Work Days: Winter/Spring 2018

    Posted on January 3, 2018 by in Community, Latest News, Outreach, Spire link

    Please join our crew at the Habitat for Humanity site in Lawrence on one (or more!) of our upcoming work days. We typically meet at the church around 7:45 AM and carpool up to the site, returning sometime in the late afternoon. The Habitat organization appreciates when we can provide a head count, so if you’re […]

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    Conscience and Credit Cards, Rockstars and Revolution: A Talk by Dr. Mary Luti

    Posted on January 3, 2018 by in Community, Spire link, Worship

    On November 18, a chilly Saturday morning, eight of us carpooled up to the First Congregational Church in Lynnfield, MA, to hear Dr. Mary Luti’s fascinating and dynamic talk on “Conscience and Credit Cards, Rockstars and Revolution: Living with the Reformation Today.” A long-time educator (retired from Andover-Newton Seminary), pastor, author, and former Catholic nun, […]

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    Together, As One Group Discussion

    Posted on January 3, 2018 by in Community, Latest News, Small Groups, Spire link

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 10:00 – 11:30 AM On June 16 – 17, 2017, at a joint Annual Meeting, delegates from the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences voted decisively to move ahead toward forming a new, joint Conference.  As we continue to explore the new Together, As One Conference, we invite you to share […]

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    MACUCC Super Saturday Learnings 

    Posted on January 3, 2018 by in Adult Ed, Community, Spire link

    The Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island Conference of the UCC (called MACUCC) holds a Super Saturday event each fall and spring — a full-day of skill building, networking and discussing best practices on a variety of topics. Each gathering offers an opening worship, a keynote address, and numerous workshops. Church leaders — clergy and lay […]

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    Instruction for Hope in Troubled Times

    Posted on January 3, 2018 by in Community, Health and Wellness, Spire link

    I was drawn to Haskins’ poem, God Knows, because like Psalm 46 it speaks of stilling the heart, accepting our veiled human vision and resting in God’s comprehension. Like the Psalm, the instructions are based on unshakable truths and practice. The poem gained popularity in 1939 when King George VI delivered his Christmas Day message […]

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    Health Ministry Prepares for Lent

    Posted on January 1, 2018 by in Community, Health and Wellness, Spire link

    “Be Still, and know that I am God” from Psalm 46 has captured the imaginations and hearts of Health Ministry members.  The psalm has been selected as our Biblical touchstone for the Lenten retreat, Health Ministry Sunday service and visitation.  Instructions to the psalmist are clear enough: “be” in the state of stillness and “know” […]

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    Seasons of the Spirit: The Light of Epiphany

    Posted on January 1, 2018 by in Community, Spire link, Worship

    “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” —Gospel of John 1:5 “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” —St. Francis of Assisi January 6 marks the beginning of our church season of Epiphany. “Epiphany” means “manifestation, disclosure, revelation.” Spiritually, this season invites […]

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    Update on Metta Partners in Myanmar

    Posted on January 1, 2018 by in Community, Outreach, Spire link

    This year, instead of traveling to Myanmar, as I have for the last five years, I have the privilege of seeing you at church and in worship. After much deliberation and for personal reasons, I decided to forgo my annual mission trip, and, after an active and satisfying Advent/Christmas season, it has been a very […]

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  • Epiphany Celebration

    Posted on December 21, 2017 by in Community, Outreach, Youth

    Saturday January 6, 5:30 PM Join the Wise Men in Searching for the Baby Jesus Most people know that the Wise Men brought to the Christ Child. What you might not know is that those gifts were given, not on Christmas Day, but on Epiphany. Epiphany is January 6th – the 12th day after Christmas. […]

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    Ripley Year-End Update 2017

    Posted on December 21, 2017 by in Community, Worship

    Things are beginning to happen!  Small things, but early stages of our Ripley Chapel renovation are unfolding.  Last week we signed an agreement with Torrey Architecture, Inc. to provide the architectural services.  David Torrey, with our Ripley Chapel Working Group, has developed an overall plan for the project that includes preparing a final design, construction […]

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