This daily devotional was written by teens in Massachusetts to help us practice loving better throughout Lent. This week we focus on learning to love ourselves. March 9 When God made creation, God pronounced it good. And on the sixth day, when God created humanity, God pronounced it all very good. The image above of God's creation was captured on a reflective walk and photo session. Take a walk, snap a picture, and be grateful for the wonderful life God has given each of us.
This daily devotional was written by teens in Massachusetts to help us practice loving better throughout Lent. This week we focus on learning to love ourselves. March 8 “Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” – Parker Palmer We decided that eating healthy is a wonderful way of caring for oneself. Here is a delicious and nutritious recipe we think you will enjoy! Recipe for Basil Pesto Pasta with Roasted Vegetables Ingredients 1 lb. of whole wheat penne pasta Homemade Basil Pesto 2 zucchini, sliced 2 yellow squash, sliced 1 red onion, cut into 1" cubes 15-20 mini bell peppers (assorted peppers), tops cut off 2 tablespoons of olive 1 teaspoon of salt ½ teaspoon of ground pepper Preheat oven to 400. Place zucchini, [...]
Welcome to the Re-Imagining Church Information page! We will collect information here to keep you informed about our work to create a stronger community and good work flows for the future. To get started, you can download a pdf file with the latest look at our church re-organization at this link. re-imaging-church-organization You can see the basic structural idea in the image below. Click on the link to read Pastor Todd's January newsletter article about next steps. getting-organized-for-2017
by the Rev. Sarah Buteux November 3, 2013 Proper 27, Year C Luke 19:1-10 “When we see others as the enemy, we risk becoming what we hate. When we oppress others, we end up oppressing ourselves. All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others.” ― Desmond Tutu Our story for today is fairly brief, but it is packed with a whole lot of detail. We actually know more about Zacchaeus from these 10 short verses than we know about most of Jesus’ disciples from all four gospels. For example, you probably can’t tell me a whole lot about Nathaniel or the other James or even the other Judas. In fact you might not even know that amongst Jesus’ disciples there were two named James and two named Judas. Did anybody know that? But [...]
Friends, Here is the annual report for Fiscal Year 2015/2016. I mistakenly left out the clerk's report, so you will find it as a separate attachment here, and at the end of the printed annual report. Many thanks to all of you that submitted reports, and assisted with everything else going on around the Annual Meeting, we couldn't have done it without you. Click here to read: 20152016-annual-report clerk-report
Rev. Todd Weir Scripture: Luke 15:1-10 Click below to listen. (The sound system was out, so Pastor Todd had to shout.) Let’s play with the numbers in this parable. What if not just one sad little lamb is lost and restored to the 99, but rather half the sheep are lost? What does the shepherd do if only 20 sheep are in view, or 10? How can you get the flock together again? Now that would be a parable for 2016. How will the flock hold together among the wolves, feeding on brown pastures, and worried about the Zika virus? And what about the bees? How do we stop all the Zika carrying mosquitoes without killing all the bees? No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, whether you are gay or straight, black, white [...]
Photo Credits, Janet Gula Left, Easter Cross, Right, Local Clergy and members of First Churches, Edwards Church, and St. John's Episcopal singing before the Palm Sunday Processional Left, memorial for Berta Caeceres, Right, Bell Choir, Photo Credit, Janet Gula
Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir January 17, 2016 Scripture Texts: Luke 4:15-21, Isaiah 61:1-2 January 17, 2016 What is your elevator speech? In 30 seconds or less, how would convince someone to embrace your core values and mission? It must be simple, memorable and exciting. A Mission Statement grounds you in being clear before you act, so every day you can ask, is this true to our mission statement. Organizations spend a great deal of time and money to get it right. At the beginning of his ministry, Jesus spends 40 days out in the wilderness, fasting and praying, and being tempted by the devil. That is what it is like to write a good mission statement. You have to fend off anything that is less than your true self, your highest calling, your better angels. Jesus had [...]