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    Ways to help the Outdoor Church in June

    Posted on May 6, 2019 by in Community, Outreach, Small Groups, Spire link

    June has five Sundays in it, which means an opportunity to help the Outdoor Church! There are many ways you can make a difference! On June 30, we will receive donated ingredients, make sandwiches and send them with 2 or 3 church members to Cambridge who will accompany the Outdoor Church clergy in serving the […]

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    Advantages of Solar Power on our Roof

    Posted on May 4, 2019 by in Community, Spire link

    “[In the face of devastating climatic changes] let our Faith Communities be bold and courageous as we address one of the greatest moral challenges that our world has ever faced. Let us begin a new story, one that is not dependent on fossil fuels…” —Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, author, public theologian and national spokesperson on […]

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    Eastertide: Practicing Resurrection

    Posted on May 4, 2019 by in Spire link, Spiritual Practice

    SEASONS OF THE SPIRIT We are in the season of Eastertide, the fifty days that stretch from Easter Sunday through Pentecost. In this season we are to be practicing the reality of the new life to which we have been called. Perhaps the prayer from the UCC Book of Worship says it best: “Oh God, […]

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    Easter Services 2019

    Posted on April 16, 2019 by in Community, Latest News, Spiritual Practice, Worship

    Please join us on Easter Sunday, April 21 Sunrise Yoga in the Barn, 5:15 AM, Wright-Locke Farm Dress in comfortable layers and join us for standing poses, light movement and meditation. No mat is necessary. Sunrise Service, 5:45 AM, Wright-Locke Farm On Easter morning before the sun has risen, we gather at Wright-Locke Farm to […]

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    Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World

    Posted on March 5, 2019 by in Community, Spire link

    I am so excited to be going to the “Troubling the Waters” conference and training in April. The gathering takes its title from scripture—John 5:1-9 and Isaiah 43:1-9—along with other texts that tell our story of protest and resistance. It was Biblical values that moved our UCC ancestors to lead the abolition movement. They espoused […]

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    Can FCCW Become an Energy as well as Spiritual Powerhouse?

    Posted on March 5, 2019 by in Community, Spire link

      The Green Congregation Taskforce For the past months, representatives from Facilities as well as the Green Congregation Taskforce, have been researching and discussing the benefits of equipping FCC with solar panels to generate its own electrical power. Aside from significantly reducing the high cost of electrical usage, a solar generation capability would show that […]

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    Getting to Know Kathleen

    Posted on March 5, 2019 by in Community, Health and Wellness, Spire link

    Our ministry team does a great job getting to know the congregation, but how well do we know our ministers? The Personnel Team will be interviewing a different member of the staff in each edition of The Spire so we can learn more about what inspires them to serve and how they recharge their batteries. […]

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    Seven Deadly Sins on the Path to Wholeness

    Posted on March 5, 2019 by in Health and Wellness, Spire link, Spiritual Practice

    Dear Friends,  In past years as Lent approached, I wrote about “taking up” a Lenten health practice.  It might have been fasting after dinner until breakfast, balancing work with exercise or beginning each day with Centering Prayer. These practices replace worn out routines with healthy lifestyle choices. By all means approach Lent 2019 by making […]

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  • Contemplative Retreat in Nature

    Posted on March 5, 2019 by in Health and Wellness, Latest News, Small Groups, Spire link, Spiritual Practice

    RETREAT TO NATURE MAY 17-18 Greetings, On Tuesday, I walked trails at the Church of the Woods, site of our upcoming nature retreat. Sights and sounds of spring are all around.  Fifteen participants have registered for the May 17-18 Retreat and on Friday night nine additional church members will join us for the Introduction to […]

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    Why the Seven Deadly Sins?

    Posted on March 5, 2019 by in Spire link, Spiritual Practice, Worship

    Our Lenten Worship Series from Sunday March 10 through Palm Sunday, April 14 is based upon the Seven Deadly Sins. Not only will Judy and I preach on the sins and their corresponding virtues, but the choir will sing on them as well. Wait ’til you hear, for instance, the choir’s musical take on sloth, […]

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