Dear Church,

Dear Church,
Even in the cold of a New England winter, God is at work. And you can join in! 

You are invited to "Let us go across to the other side:" The Massachusetts Council of Churches Annual Celebration on Saturday Feb 6, 2016 at Holy Translators Armenian Church, Framingham. 

You know our Christian institutions need leaner, more nimble structures. Join us to learn about the new organizational model we're experimenting with for MCC. You know our cities and towns are hurting with the opioid crisis. You can learn life-affirming resources from Rev. Janice Ford's mini-workshop on Spirituality & Addiction. You know that God rejoices when we gather in prayer! So join us to pray together with Bishop Gayle Harris (pictured above, far left), preaching and to install Anthony Barsamian as the FIRST Orthodox President of the Massachusetts Council of Churches.  All are welcome. Please RSVP to Rev. Meagan so that we might prepare enough food! 

This week, we are hosting a recruiting luncheon in a bike shop for our Foundations of Christian Leadership program. Join us on Wednesday Jan 20  at Hub Bicycle in Cambridge for "Repair/Renew: Lunch with Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School."  We are recruiting lay and ordained Church leaders in the first five years of a new role in a Christian institution. Deadline for applications into the Foundations of Christian Leadership: New England program is February 19

Spirituality & Addiction workshops are being planned across the state. We are partnering with the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America to bring Indiana University's Lake Institute on Faith &Giving's Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course to Hartford in May. 

As new dates and times fill our 2016 calendars, may our work awaken our hearts to the abundance of God's love and unity among us.

In joy,

Rev. Laura
In This Issue


January 24
Natick, MA

January 24, 4:00 PM
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service
Woburn, MA

February 6-7
Brookline, MA
5:00 PM Saturday
10:30 AM Sunday

February 7
Founder's Day Service
Jamaica Plain, MA
3:30 PM

February 28
Milton, MA

Nearly 100 individuals and local churches gave to our Advent Appeal, raising over $10,000!  

​The work of the 
Massachusetts Council of 
Churches is funded by many individuals, congregations, and denominational bodies--and we are grateful!  

Join our community of donors today by clicking on the link below!
May 2-5, 2016
Concordia Lutheran Church
40 Pitkin St.
Manchester, CT
The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) is a four-day intensive course with a practical application project. It 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. These practices in turn enable donors motivated by spiritual and religious values to experience the joy of generous giving. 

This training is made possible by the New England Synod, Hartford Seminary, and the Massachusetts Council of Churches through Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.  To learn more about the course objectives, required readings and final project please visit the ECRF main page.

Download the flyer to learn more and register at the online portal.

We believe in repairing and renewing! 

Join Massachusetts Council of Churches for a FREE lunch to explore more deeply the ways we repair and renew- ourselves and the Church. 

When: Wednesday January 20, 2016, 12pm-1:30pm

Who: Lay leaders, pastors, schemers & dreamers from across New England. You’ll have time to meet with folks from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity at including Dave Odom, Maria Teresa Gaston and Victoria White. 

What: Lunch will be catered by Clover Food Lab, a food truck turned brick-and-mortar vegetarian restaurant. 

Where: Hub Bicycle Co. 1036 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA. Hub Bicycle is an innovative, woman-owned bike shop designed to invite in people who don’t feel like they belong. Owner Emily Thibodeau will tell us about she designed the shop to build in a social component to her business model at a time when everyone can order everything they need off the Internet! Come see a model of “Traditioned Innovation.” (PLENTY of bike parking, MTBA stop- Central SQ, or on street metered parking available)

Why: We are gathering interesting people who care about the Church in the world, and want to build our skills to lead Christian institutions with joy and creativity. The Massachusetts Council of Churches is partnering with Duke Divinity School to bring Foundations of Christian Leadership to New England in 2016. We are gathering who might be a good fit to develop some more capacity to think theologically about Christian institutions. 

More info on Foundations of Christian Leadership here:

RSVP in the Facebook event, or to Rev. Meagan.

"Let us go across to the other side"
Mark 4:35

Saturday, February 6, 2016
The Church of the Holy Translators
Armenian Orthodox
38 Franklin St, Framingham, MA 01702

You are invited to attend our 2016 Annual Meeting!  Here's a look at what we're planning:
“Let us go across to the other side.”
Welcome and New Organizational Model Overview with Rev. Laura Everett

“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
Spirituality and Addiction Mini-workshop with Rev. Janice Ford

Why are you afraid?  Do you not have faith?”
 MCC Board Business over lunch, including the 2016 Budget, Election of Officers and vote to Implement New Organizational Model

“Who then is this?
Worship, with Bishop Gayle Harris, Current President, preaching, and the installation of Mr. Anthony Barsamian.

Please RSVP to Rev. Meagan by Monday, February 1, 2016!

Sunday, February 7, 2016
3:30-5:00 PM
Bethel AME Church
40 Walk Hill St., Jamaica Plain

The African Methodist Episcopal Churches of Massachusetts invite our ecumenical and interfaith sisters and brothers to join us for our denominational Bicentennial Celebration Worship Service at Bethel AME Church(40 Walk Hill St., Boston [Jamaica Plain]).

We would deeply appreciate your presence and support as we celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and celebrate a God who is still liberating people from every kind of slavery and using them to do great things. Join us and please pass the word along to others. (P.S. We know that it's Superbowl Sunday and we promise to end on time 😊)
We are thrilled to partner with Leadership Education at Duke Divinity in their mission to strengthen the ecology of Christian institutions that enable U.S. congregations and pastors to flourish.
 As the religious landscape changes rapidly in New England, we are hopeful that leaders formed through the Foundations of Christian Leadership program can help guide the Church through this adaptive challenge.
We need your support.  Who do you know who would benefit from Foundations: New England?  Foundations is a two-retreat learning community and process that focuses on lay and ordained leaders who are early in their work with Christian institutions and have the potential for longer term impact.  You can nominate a colleague or apply yourself here.
Foundations: New England will gather in Contoocook, N.H, at the beautiful St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Center, a thriving ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston. Foundations: New England will gather on April 11-14, 2016 and again September 12-15, 2016.
Each Foundations participant will have the opportunity to apply for a $5,000 grant to support innovative approaches within his or her institution. These grants are made possible by the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc.

The deadline to apply is February 19, 2016.
​The Massachusetts Council of Churches is working with Rev. Janice Ford, RN, to bring workshops for clergy and pastoral leaders on addressing addiction and recovery in their congregations and communities to all fourteen counties in Massachusetts.  

Interested in hosting?
Check out our host information sheet and contact Rev. Meagan Manas at
​Upcoming Workshops: 
Winter and Spring 2016 workshops are being planned.  Check this space, facebook and our website for dates and locations, coming soon!

Greenfield, MA  April 15, 2016*
*Note date change
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (registration opens at 8:30)

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