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Together, As One Efforts Moving Forward

Ever since the historic June vote by Annual Meeting delegates from the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences to join together in forming a new conference, the new Together, As One board and staff members have been working to build relationships, share information, align ministries and attend to all the details the transition requires.

Read an update on what is happening


Simply Smiles

By Debbie Gline Allen, Christian Education & Youth Ministry Consultant 

How do we reach out to the teens that we know would benefit from what we have to offer when church is just one more in a smorgasbord of choices they have? In my work with congregations that have been asking this question over the past several years, I am finding that today’s teens are drawn to what is meaningful and authentic.

The most authentic and meaningful things we do, and have always done, are to nurture authentic relationships that in turn guide us to ministries of service and care — of Christian discipleship.

Silver Lake Conference Center is sponsoring such a service opportunity and is inviting teens from Massachusetts and Rhode Island as well as Connecticut to join them. It is a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico April 13-20, 2019 through the Simply Smiles program.

Read the full post


La Posada

By Elena Huegel, Global Ministries missionary

In southern Mexico, people are constantly on the move. Hence, it is wonderful place to practice the gifts and challenges of hospitality.  The people of the Roots in the Ruins: Hope in Trauma program in Juchitán, Oaxaca, whom I have been visiting for over a year, ever since the September 2017 earthquakes, are an example of how the hospitality of  "La Posada" expresses itself in the Mexican day to day.  Some are not yet living in their own homes after the earthquakes because they can´t afford the rising costs of construction. Others do not yet have jobs because local businesses have not recovered from the disaster.  And yet, as the most recent migrant caravan from Central America passed about 25 miles from their town, they spent several weeks preparing hot meals, driving out to the highway where the migrants passed, and serving those in need in any way they could.

This is an excerpt. Read the full post here


 

Conference Events

Weird Church and Transformational Visioning
Dec. 4, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hancock UCC, Lexington, MA
Also available via live stream

The Rev. Don Remick, Transitional Interim Conference Minister, will offer a glimpse of the new forms of spiritual communities emerging around us.

Calling on Nuclear Abolitionists
Dec. 5, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Edwards House, Framingham, MA

informational session on a new national and world-wide effort to abolish all nuclear weapons.

Community of Practice for Christian Educators and Youth Leaders
Dec. 8, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Edwards House, Framingham, MA

Network and share experiences with your MACUCC colleagues.

Active Threat (Active Shooter) Training
Jan. 12, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Quincy Point Congregational Church

Training is presented by Blue-U Defense. 

Worship and Sacraments
Jan. 12, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Edwards Church, Northampton

Led by the Rev. Dr. Mary Luti, long-time seminary educator and pastor, and author of Teresa of Avila's Way. Part of the Christian Education Certification program, this course is open to all.

Grief - A Long Journey
Jan. 15, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Edwards House, Framingham, MA

Rev. Dr. Claire  Bamberg will explore what a grief cycle “really” looks like, and how to navigate it best for inner peace and outer self-assurance.

Clergy Income Tax Seminar
Jan. 23, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Edwards House, Framingham, MA

For clergy and treasurers to learn the tax rules unique to clergy. Led by Forrest “Al” Eaton, Jr., CPA.

Non-Directive Coaching Skills Basics for Busy Pastors
Jan. 29, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Edwards House, Framingham, MA

Led by Rev. Todd Weir and Rev. Jim Latimer, non-directive coaching teaches you how to listen powerfully and not give advice. 

More: macucc.org/events

Obituaries

The Rev. Ms. Mary Zimmerman, 79, passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2018 surrounded by her family. Mary impacted many people through her life’s vocation as a minister, Christian educator, and Pastoral counselor, and she and her husband, The Rev. Roger W. Zimmerman, enjoyed serving together at several churches during their ministerial careers. Mary ministered to churches in Newton Centre, MA; Washington D.C.; Bloomington, IL; Corvallis, OR; Louisville, KY; and Lynchburg, VA.

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