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Dear Church,

The Massachusetts Council of Churches makes the vibrant Church visible. Together, we make visible what no one church could do on its own.  Together, you and so many across Massachusetts proclaim life abundant, even in the fourth least religious state in the nation.
 
In John 17, Jesus prayed, “that they might all be one.” We sometimes forget the rest of the verse. Jesus prayed that His followers might be one, so that that the world might believe. We are not unified just for our own sake, but for the sake of the world. Hear how the Massachusetts Council of Churches’ work for unity is healing a broken world with those isolated in the despair of addiction, among Coptic Orthodox Christians at a time when Christians in the Middle East cry out for solidarity, and with creative new ministry in places that at first seem barren:
 
“Connection," we discovered, is the opposite of addiction.  The Massachusetts Council of Churches helped us connect with people who have expertise in the complex issues around addiction so that we could connect with addicts, their loved ones, and those who seek to minister to them.  The daylong workshop on Spirituality and Addiction sponsored by MCC was an important step in our recovery from congregational isolation and is opening new paths to healing.
~Rev. Mark Seifried, Interim Senior Minister, West Parish Church of Andover
 
The ecumenical work of the Massachusetts Council of Churches has been inspirational to my service and the community I serve. During the ecumenical pilgrimage to St. Mark last May, two biblical verses came to life. Psalm 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”  and Ecclesiastes 4:12 “Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” We are not alone in the Lord Christ, rather we find love and peace and unity in Him.
 ~ Fr. Samuel Hanna, Priest, St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church, Natick
 
My grandfather, a Danish Lutheran who attended Baptist Churches most of his life, used to say “It takes the whole church to preach the whole gospel.” The ministry of the MCC helps make this a reality.  Many look at Main South or South Worcester and see only blight.  I have discovered is a host of partners in faith. We, together, speak with more clarity, more depth, more wisdom, more courage than any one of us or even any denomination can.  The ministry of the MCC helps me know that I am not ministering alone.
~The Rev. Meredyth Wessman Ward, Urban Missioner, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts

 
Advent trains us to wait expectantly for the One who will proclaim, “The kingdom of God is at hand!” Dear Church, the kingdom of God is here and now, if only we have eyes to see it. What binds us together is far stronger than anything that might divide us. Your financial offering to the reconciling ministry of the Massachusetts Council of Churches allows us to shine a light on the vibrant Church. Your financial contribution to the Massachusetts Council of Churches allows us to build a network to every corner of the state and every church of the Commonwealth. We serve a generous God. Please give generously to the Massachusetts Council of Churches.
 
In hope,
 
Rev. Laura Everett                                        Bishop Gayle Harris
Executive Director                                         President
Massachusetts Council of Churches             Massachusetts Council of Churches

P.S. Please consider making a recurring gift of $10, $25 or $50 a month on our website, and don't forget to join us for our Advent Open House (details below)!
 
 
 
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Wednesday, December 16
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Massachusetts Council of Churches Office
416 Beacon St., Suite 416
Boston, MA 02108
You are invited to mix and mingle with an ecumenical crowd at the Massachusetts Council of Churches Advent Open House!  We'll have snacks, beverages, an ecumenical photoboth, and lots of Advent cheer.  Please RSVP on our facebook event page or by emailing Rev. Meagan.
 
 
 
 
 

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