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SABBATICAL LEAVE FOR REV. GALLAGHER

Please be aware that the Rev. Kelly Gallagher, Associate Conference Minister for Central Association, will be on sabbatical beginning June 26th and ending on August 31st. Information on who to contact while Kelly is away will be forthcoming. 

Kelly will also be attending General Synod in Milwaukee from Friday, June 21st until Tuesday, June 25th and will be checking emails during this time but might not be able to immediately respond.


There was a computer glitch with the web hosting company and last week's newsletter was not sent. Apologies to all who had requested an event be publicized.


 

MAY ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY DATES

 

30 Years
The Rev. Marvin Caldwell
The Rev. Walter Coy
The Rev. Dr. Wanda Martinez


20 Years
The Rev. Bonnie Steinroeder

15 Years
The Rev. Gregory Morisse

Please contact Deb Holmes if we have missed your anniversary.
Anniversaries are listed from 5 years and forward in increments of 5.


ASSOCIATION CLUSTER MEETINGS
Last cluster meeting for the program year,
don't forget to register!

June 4, 2019
South Acton Congregational Church
35 School Street
Acton, MA 01720
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Topic: Stewardship-Best Practices with Rev. Dr. Jonathan New
A complimentary copy of the new Church Finance Handbook will be given to each church that is represented.

ASSOCIATION & CONFERENCE EVENTS

May 15 & 16, 2019
Boundary Awareness Training

Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Ctr.
1 Badger Road
Framingham, MA 01701
8:30AM - 3:00PM
Full-but can be put on a wait list

May 15, 2019
Church Moderator Gathering
First Church in Marlborough
37 High Street
Marlborough, MA 01752
6:30PM - 9:00PM

May 23, 2019
Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting/Lightening the Load
First Congregational Church
20 Main Street
Brimfield, MA 01010
9:30AM - 12:00PM & 12:45PM - 3:00PM

June 3, 2019
Retired Clergy Luncheon
Edwards Church 
39 Edwards Street
Framingham, MA 01701
11:30AM

June 9, 2019
Reception of New Hope United Church of Christ and Installation of Pastor
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
345 Main Street
Sturbridge, MA 01566-1007
3:00PM

October 5, 2019 - SAVE THE DATE
Super Saturday
Keefe Regional Technical High School
750 Winter Street
Framingham, MA 01702
8:00AM - 3:45PM

November 1-2, 2019 - SAVE THE DATE
First Annual Meeting of new "Together as One" Conference

DCU Center
50 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608

Please click here to see all conference and association events. 


CHURCH & OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST


BREAKING THE FAST OF RAMADAN:
Celebrating Multi-Faith Friends
A Celebration and Dinner
For People of All Faiths and Backgrounds

Open Spirit: A Place of Hope, Health & Harmony
39 Edwards Street
Framingham, MA 01701
Tuesday, May 14th
7:15 - 9:00PM
Please see the attached FLYER for more information.
 


Journey of the Spirit:
Learning more about the faith of our neighbors
A visit to Congregation Beth El
105 Hudson Road
Sudbury, MA
Sunday, May 19, 2019
2:00PM - 4:00PM

The seven weeks between Passover and Shavout (Festival of Weeks) is a time of intense spiritual reflection and soul searching throughout which the theme of "journey" is woven.
Please see the attached flyer for more information and how to register.


2nd Friday of the month
Trinity Church Northborough
23 Main Street
Northborough, MA 01532

Next Coffee House is May 10th
7:00 PM - 9:00PM
More Information here


Pizza! Pizza!
Second Friday of every month

First Parish Church
24 Central Street
Berlin, MA 01503
More Information here!


LOCAL THRIFT SHOPS, FOOD PANTRIES, & COMMUNITY DINNERS

Please click here to see the list of thrift shops, food pantries,
and community dinners.


MISSION OPPORTUNITIES

WAMS is the mission arm of the Central Association and offers many ways to get involved in community programs. Please visit their website to learn more about how you and your church can get involved. WamsWorks.org

 

Available lunch providers and youth dates are currently on our website. Youth group dates are available for groups of 15 or less.


OBITUARIES

The Rev. Ms. Denise Anne Karuth died peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019.   Denise is survived by her mother Betty, her sister Linda and brother-in-law Harry Startup of Scottsville, New York, her brother Edward in Rochester, her lifelong companion Fred Pelka in Easthampton, her faithful dog guide Fendi, and her very many other family, friends and admirers. 
Denise was a champion for the rights of people with disabilities, and an internationally recognized figure in the struggle for affordable, accessible mass transit. She will be remembered for her compassion for others, her commitment to justice, and her enduring faith in a loving God.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2019, 11:00am at First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA.  Contributions in her memory can be made to the Home Sweet Home program at the Stavros Center for Independent Living, 210 Old Farm Road, Amherst, MA 01002; to First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060, or to The North Hadley Congregational Church, PO Box 695, Hadley, MA 01035.? Please click here to read more.

Please click here to view all MACUCC Obituaries.  


CLASSIFIEDS

Director Family Ministries - Acton, MA

FREE-Red Cloth Chairs - Auburn, MA

FREE: Welcome Ministry Books - Franklin, MA

Faith Formation Leader - Lunenburg, MA

Church Custodian - Natick, MA

Items Offered Free - Bapstimal Font and Communion Set - Palmer, MA

Church Office Administrator - Sherborn, MA

Seeking Office Manager/Church Secretary - Spencer, MA

Director of Children's Ministries - Southborough, MA

Looking for a set of handbells - Webster, MA

WAMS Intern for Summer CUBS Programs, Worcester, MA

Please click here to view all MACUCC Classifieds


ASSOCIATION INFORMATION

 

Association Meetings:
The Committee on Ministry

Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 9:30AM.

The Board of Director's
Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 2:30PM.

Both meetings take place at:
WamsWorks
6 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609

 

Association/Conference Fellowship Dues for 2019:
The Annual Fellowship Dues for churches that are not part of United Church Mission are:

Conference Portion:

$20.00

Association Portion:

$1.65

Total per member:

$21.65

 

For more information on
 Fellowship Dues click here.

 

Central Association of
The Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ

508-963-8106
holmesd@macucc.org 
www.macucc.org/central

Office Hours: 
Monday: 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: Closed