We are in awe of God's goodness, which we have experienced in the past week in the form of your response to our request for funding to help us move!  In just one week, you raised $4,200, bringing us 85% of the way to our $5000 goal!  Your kind, encouraging words, your prayers, and your gifts are lifting our spirits and strengthening us for the work ahead.



As we fill boxes and sign a contract with the movers,

will you help us bridge the gap? 

We have less than $1000 to raise,

and we are confident we can do it together!



Because of your support, as we leave the Congregational House, we continue to keep our eyes and ears open for opportunities to strengthen the Body of Christ in the Commonwealth.  This Saturday, there's an intentionally ecumenical workshop for congregations to learn about energy conservation. Next weekend, ushers and greeters around Boston will gather to discuss how to balance the Gospel's radical hospitality with an increasing desire for safety.  The new organization A Faith that Does Justice is hosting a Community Discussion on Racism with reporters from the Boston Globe's Spotlight Series on the topic.  There are more opportunities for folks in their first five years in their role at a church or faith-based institution to attend Duke Divinity School's Foundations of Christian Leadership program.  And we are already preparing to host the Lake Institute's Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising this October!  


There are many ways to be together, to stand together.  Thank you for reminding all of us that we are never alone.



In hope,

Rev. Meagan

 
 
 
 
In This Issue


February 24

October 15-18

 
 
 
 
 

The New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts
cordially invite you to join them at this workshop to learn how to save money and energy in your buildings!

February 24, 2018
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church
73 Lancaster Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Cost: $10 per org.


Sponsored By 
CSIP, a non-profit organization founded to help houses of worship save money and help the environment by identifying energy
efficiency measures, helping implement projects and proposing funding options for congregations and non-profits.
 
 
 
 
 
Give now to join our work!
The Massachusetts Council of Churches relies on donors like you to join us in making the Vibrant Church Visible! If you are grateful for the work of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, please make a financial commitment so that we might continue to be a critical coordinating force for good, and a common Christian witness.  We ask you to consider supporting us with a recurring, monthly gift.  Your
investment in the Council is well worth it.
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday March 4,
12:30 - 2:30 pm, (lunch provided)

RSVP by 2/28/18


This workshop will focus in on the unique ministry ushers and greeters do, in light of the ever shifting world we live in – a world of uncertainties and opportunities.  We will gather on March 4 for this Multi-Congregational Hospitality and Ushering Workshop with ushers from other Central Boston congregations to share best practices, and specifically focus on the need to strike that critical balance of being radically welcoming, and providers of safe sanctuary. Regarding the latter, we are all too aware these days that we need to be mindful, aware, and prepared to respond to situations that might arise outside of the "norm" of a Sunday morning (from unexpected disturbances to more serious emergencies). In coming together at this workshop, we hope to garner some collective wisdom and practices that can help us find that balance of being welcoming and safe.

 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, March 13
6:15 - 8:15 PM
Cathedral Church of St. Paul
138 Tremont Street, Boston

A Faith That Does Justice is holding a Community Meeting on Racism: An Ongoing Dilemma. The discussion will feature members of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team who, in a recent 7-part series, reported on Racism in Boston. 

All are welcome!  Please register online.
 
 
 
 
 

October 15-18, 2018
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul
138 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111
Registration is now open for the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving's Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising Course, offered this fall in Boston hosted by the Massachusetts Council of Churches.  

The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF), a four day intensive program with a practical application project, provides the research, tools and customized training to meet the growing needs of leaders in religious communities and fundraisers of faith-based organizations. The focus of the ECRF is on the cultural, organizational and philanthropic practices unique to religious institutions that in turn enable donors motivated by spiritual and religious values to experience the joy of generous giving.
 
 
 
 
 

Foundations of Christian Leadership: Opportunities in 2018


Are you a leader in justice, community, education or church ministry? Are you seeking colleagues to inspire creativity and build skills to further your mission?


Join us for Foundations of Christian Leadership

       offered by Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.


2018-19 Locations: Washington D.C. and Houston, TX


Dates:

  • Washington, D.C.:

Session 1: April 23-26, 2018; Session 2: August 27-30, 2018

Application due: February 23rd, 2018

  • Houston, TX:

Session 1: October 22-25, 2018; Session 2: January 28-31, 2019

Application due: August 22, 2018


For more information, contact María Teresa Gastón at mtgaston@div.duke.edu 919-613-5355 Hablo español.

Or visit the Foundations websiteExplore FOCL

 
 
 
 

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