Please be aware that during the year, photos are taken at church events. These photos may be used for publicity. If you do NOT want to have your photo used, please notify the church office. If you do not do so, it is assumed that it is alright to use a picture of you.
•COME ONE ….COME ALL!!! Laughter is good for the soul!!!!
Invitation and Welcoming Committee is excited to announce that on Saturday February 9, 2019, Faith United Church of Christ will be having a Comedy Night. Two Christian comedians have been booked for the evening starting at 6:30 p.m. The Show will feature local comedians Dan Viola and his good friend, Pastor Dan. Dan has a great reputation for being a “master of clean comedy” which makes this event great for the whole family. Tickets are on sale now each Sunday – cost only $10.00 per person. Tickets will continue to be sold on Sundays after worship service here at Faith, up until the event. This is a great opportunity to purchase a gift for loved ones for the holidays or any other special occasions with all of our proceeds to benefit our local Ronald McDonald House! There will be a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall with free refreshments. If you have any questions or would like to help out with this event, please speak with one of our Invitation & Welcoming Team members include Chrissy Potempa, Jennifer McEwan, Pam Roman, Lois Thurnherr or contact or church office. Hope to see you all there for this fun filled evening!
• We appreciate your cooperation and ask for your prayers as we move forward first to find an interim Pastor, then continuing the search for a Called Pastor. The whole process may take quite a bit of time, so keep up those prayers for God’s discernment for His Church and Congregation here in Boston.
Supply Pastor Schedule:
Sunday, January 6 – Rev. Hugh Pratt
Sunday, January 20 – Rev. High Pratt – annual meeting
Sunday, January 27 – Conference Minister Rev. David Gaewski – coffee hour
Sunday, February 3 – Rev. Gary Burdick – communion – board installation
Sunday, February 10 – Rev. Gary Burdick - lunch followed by session led by Associate Conference Minister Rev. Dr. Marsha Williams
Sunday, February 17 – Rev. Steve Hall
Sunday, February 24 – open at this time
Sunday, March 3 – Rev. Steve Hall
Ash Wednesday – March 6 – Rev. Gary Burdick – 2 services – communion served at both services:
12 noon with soup lunch to follow
Sunday, March 10 – Rev. Steve Hall
• Rev. Dr. Marsha Williams, Associate Conference Minister will be here to offer a program on Sunday, February 10 following worship. She will meet with the congregation downstairs after a simple lunch. She comes highly recommended so we feel very blessed we were able to reach her and she agreed to come in a timely manner. It is our hope that all the board members and many of the congregation will attend. This is a place for everyone to share their thoughts, and hopefully we can move forward another step or two.
Associate Conference Minister Rev. Dr. Marsha Williams Visits Faith UCC Boston
Rev. Dr. Marsha Williams will be coming to meet with the congregation on Sunday, February 10th. She will not be leading worship but rather will be facilitating a discussion. After worship, a light lunch will be provided for everyone attending, followed by conversation.
Some folks have already had the opportunity to hear Rev. Williams and are anxious to have her have discussion with us. We hope everyone will attend and share their thoughts.
There will be a sign-up sheet posted on the bulletin board so we can plan food for lunch, so please be sure to sign up if you are attending.
New York Conference Mediation Team
by Rev. David Gregory & Rev. Dr. Marsha Williams
One of the better-kept secrets of the New York Conference is the existence of our very own Mediation Team. It’s time we had a chat about it.
Several years ago our conference leadership recognized that sometimes relationships within local congregations often become strained. These difficulties can arise between pulpit and pew, or even pew to pew. There’s an old saying: “Where two or three are gathered, there will be conflict.” While not exactly biblical, this is a true statement nonetheless.
Conflicts and disagreements are actually a healthy part of life within any community. However, it is vital that congregational conflicts be addressed and resolved, so a church can move forward in healthy ways. When left unchecked, conflict can fester and cause hurt feelings and communication breakdowns. When unresolved conflict is present, justice and outreach ministries grind to a halt and sometimes the very existence of the church is at stake.
While some congregations choose to hire professional mediators and counselors to guide them, during time of difficulty, this is not always an affordable option for all. For others, such resources do not exist within their communities, or maybe churches just don’t know how to find them. Still there are other congregations who are reluctant to seek help for fear of being stigmatized or seen as “airing their church’s dirty laundry.” While this is understandable, no church needs to wallow in the despair of unresolved conflict. Help is available.
In 2012, two representatives from each Association of the New York Conference, attended a one week training session in Conflict and Mediation Skills presented by the Mennonite Peace Center of Lombard, IL. Each of your representatives was carefully trained in the philosophies and techniques of dispute mediation. Many hours were spent in learning system theories, developing active listening skills and participating in role-playing and critical thinking exercises.
The happy result is that churches in the New York Conference no longer need to struggle to find help in time of conflict. There is a team of well-trained people ready to step up and assist your church. For everyone’s comfort and benefit, team members from outside your specific Association would be assigned to walk alongside your congregation in working through any area of conflict or major disagreement.
From website: http://uccny.org/ministries/mediation-team/
Upcoming Missions & Outreach
We will continue to collect can tabs (from pop, soda, and other beverages) for Ronald McDonald House. The collection box is located on the shelf next to the office. Thank you to Pegge Cook for helping with the collection and disposition.
Grace for the Journey is a support group for those who are seriously ill and their families and friends. The goal of this group is to support our neighbors and friends who are going through difficult times. Our next meeting is January 14 at 2 p.m. in our Gathering Room!
Health Care Ministry - Just a reminder to all, whenever we have a Coffee hour following worship on a Sunday morning, we will also have blood pressure checks offered to those who wish to participate. It is held in the Adult Classroom. If the door is closed, please wait outside the room. Thank you!
Christian Education & Youth Group -
•Confirmation class will meet this month on Sunday, January 6th & 20th at 9am
We will begin collecting cans and bottles to benefit the Youth programs that we continue throughout the year. Please place them in the collection bin located in the front hallway basement area. Thank you for your support!
A special thank you to Marianne Darnley, teachers and Sunday school students who helped to make the Christmas Pageant such as great success! It is always one of the most important programs all year!
Thank you to those who provided cookies and refreshments and those who worked in the kitchen following the worship service. Thank you Everyone!
And Many Thanks To…
Linda Smerka and helpers who worked at the Craft Show and Book sale. There were many great vendors this year.
To those who cooked, served, cleaned up after a very successful “Breakfast with Santa” serving 80 meals
to those who visited Santa!
The Women’s Support Group for hosting guest speaker Denise Reicherd on December 9, and the coffee hour that followed her Magi presentation.
All of the Sunday School students and teachers, parents, and Zach Crandall for a wonderful Christmas pageant on December 16th. Also thanks to everyone that brought refreshments in for the coffee hour.
Everyone that donated to the Military and Police collection that the Sunday School ran. Your generosity is appreciated.
To all who helped with Pastor Rick’s farewell coffee hour. Special thanks to Ginny Taber for chairing this event.
And last but not least, for all who donated to the special missions, as well as the poinsettias.