Give $41 for Rev. Laura’s 41th Birthday!
December 30, 2019
Last year, our very own Rev. Laura turned 40. Forty is an important number in the Bible and appears throughout scripture in many significant ways. This year, Rev. Laura is turning 41. This number isn’t quite so biblically significant, but there is this little-known fact: the phrase “His mercy endureth forever” appears 41 times in the King James Version of the Bible. So today we celebrate that God’s mercy does indeed endure forever! The same mercy that extended to Rev. Laura on the day of her birth still blesses her today, as she celebrates her 41st birthday. Thanks be to God!
Want to help Rev. Laura celebrate her 41st birthday? How about donating $41
(or $410! or $1681—that’s $41 x 41!)
in her honor?
Rev. Laura is a gifted and faithful leader whose work on behalf of the Massachusetts Council of Churches allows us to live out our mission in powerful ways. Through ecumenical partnerships, church visits, public witness, and skillful administration, Laura nurtures and amplifies the vitality of the Church in Massachusetts. She has been doing this work for just over eight years, and this past year she led the Council through significant ministry opportunities:
X In October, the Massachusetts Council of Churches welcomed the Coptic Orthodox Church as the eighteenth member denomination in the Massachusetts Council of Churches. As His Grace, Bishop David of the New York and New England Diocese of the Coptic Orthodox Church reminded us, “We need each other.” Indeed, we do. Each new denomination that makes its way to the Massachusetts Council of Churches gives us a richer and deeper understanding of the Body of Christ.
X In September, we held a preaching workshop and a statewide worship service in the Black Church tradition to commemorate 400 years since the first enslaved Africans set foot on US soil. The service was an amazing, inspiring recognition of the resiliency of the Black Church. The service drew many people from many different backgrounds, and we yet again had a rich and deep experience of the Body of Christ.
X This year, we also launched the Lydia Fellows Program for Thriving in Part-Time Ministry. Through the Lydia Fellows program, we are gathering cohorts of part-time pastors to meet over the course of two years for retreats, dinners, and peer coaching so that pastors can receive the support and learning they need to flourish in part-time settings. And they will be financially compensated for their participation in the program. We are eager to see what we will learn as we launch the first Lydia Fellows Cohort in 2020.
X And in April, when Protestant and Roman Catholic churches in Sri Lanka were bombed on Easter morning, the Massachusetts Council of Churches sprang into action to provide a show of support for our grieving Sri Lankan sisters and brothers in New England. It is hard and holy work to stand together and bear witness to the pain experienced in one part of the Body of Christ. And yet this is the work that God calls us to do.
You can be a part of the good news of the Massachusetts Council of Churches!
As the year ends, consider giving $41
to celebrate Rev. Laura’s birthday!
Your year-end contribution is fully tax-deductible and goes to support the amplifying, reconciling ministry of the Massachusetts Council of Churches. We hope you’ll join us in wishing Laura a happy 41st birthday!
With hope, peace, joy, love, and light,
Rev. Jennie Barrett Siegal
President, Massachusetts Council of Churches
Senior Pastor, Old South Union Church (UCC), Weymouth, MA
P.S.: We’re looking for monthly donors to sustain our ministry at a level that is affordable to them—would you join me in becoming a monthly donor?