Give $41 for Rev. Laura’s 41th Birthday!
Today Only!

December 30, 2019

 

Dear Friends,

 

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:


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.


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.


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.


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?

 
 
 
 
 
Pilgrimage to Watch Night
Join Christians from a wide range of traditions  for a "Watch Night" service on New Year's Eve. Watch Night has great significance in the African American community.  Enslaved people were said to have gathered in churches on New Year's Eve 1862, waiting and watching to hear the news of the enactment o the emancipation proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863.  This service is a time to give God thanks for all God has done in the year past and watch for the liberation to come in the new year. Expect lots of singing, preaching, praying and testimonials about what God has done!

Join us at one of two services on December 31:

Union United Methodist Church
485 Columbus Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02118
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Hosted by Rev. Jay Williams,
MCC Executive Board Member
Meet Rev. Laura at the church at 6:15 pm. Dress is festive.

Calvary Baptist Church
13 Ashland St., Haverhill, MA 01830
10 PM to Midnight
Hosted by Rev. Kenneth Young, 
MCC Director of External Relationships
Dress is casual

Read more about Watch Night traditions here and check out this personal testimonial from Rev. William Lamar of Metropolitan AME in DC.
 
 
 
 
 
Ecumenical Pilgrimage:
Armenian Orthodox Christmas
A Massachusetts Council of Churches Tradition

Armenian Christmas Eve
Sunday, January 5, 2020
38 Franklin Street, Framingham MA

Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy: 4:00 P.M.
Parish Community Dinner: (Immediately after Badarak)

Join us for Christmas worship in the Armenian Orthodox tradition hosted by MCC Board President Mr. Anthony Barsamian, and pastor Rev. Fr. Krikor Sabounjian.  Please RSVP for the liturgy and dinner on facebook or by email by January 3 

Ecumenical Pilgrimage to Armenian Christmas Day
Monday, January 6, 2020
St. James Armenian Apostolic Church
465 Mt. Auburn St , Watertown

Divine Liturgy: 10:00 A.M.
Blessings of the Water: 11:00 A.M.

Hosted by MCC Board Member Rev. Fr. Arakel Aljalian, we will celebrate the "Feast of the Nativity and Theophony of our Lord Jesus Christ: Blessings of water and Remembrance of Christ's Baptism." The Faithful will be given the blessed water to take home as a reminder of our baptism.  More on facebook.
 
 
 
 

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