From the Pastor

Thank You from Rev. Bruce!

Thank You, Second Church! Thank you for the celebration of “Pastor Appreciation Sunday” on October 13th. Thanks to Beth Zelazo for organizing it, to the Women’s Fellowship for the gift certificate to the Salem Cross Inn, and to all who were present ant those who spoke so kindly. I  often think of how fortunate I

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Our Faith Helps Us to Make Our Life Decisions

Dear Members and Friends of the Second Congregational Church, As we prepare for the Faith and Promise Sunday on October 27th and contemplate what our annual contribution should be, we remember that we are a “People of the Way.” We follow Jesus for our hopes and inspiration and how we live our lives. Individually we

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The Sneeze

They walked in tandem, each of the 92 students filing into the nearly crowded auditorium. With their rich maroon gowns flowing and the traditional mortarboards (caps), they looked almost as grown-up as they felt. Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and moms freely brushed away tears. This class would not pray during commencement-not by choice,

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Moderator’s Moment: Liturgical Colors

How many of you have sat in church and wondered why the color of the pulpit,  lectern and altar cloths have changed?  Those who have been a member of the Diaconate may know because it is their responsibility to insure the proper colors are being used for the specific time in our church year.  But

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Thank You Diaconate

I would like to express my appreciation to Keith Hooton (for preaching) and the Diaconate (for leading worship) for their efforts on May 19th. Their leadership allowed me to attend the final Sunday of my wife’s pastorate at Athol Congregational Church. (It was a spectacular Sunday that included a visit with my cousin and sister

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ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

For approximately the last two years,  the agenda of the Executive Council has              included an Essential Question within the first five minutes of the meeting.  Its purpose is to set a mood of reflection possibly relating to the major topics to be discussed, the secular or liturgical time of the year, the whim of the

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ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

For approximately the last two years,  the agenda of the Executive Council has              included an Essential Question within the first five minutes of the meeting.  Its purpose is to set a mood of reflection possibly relating to the major topics to be discussed, the secular or liturgical time of the year, the whim of the

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Let’s Name Our Mission!

During Fellowship Hour on Sunday, April 28, we will have the opportunity to work together to develop a mission statement for Second Congregational Church. One website (churchrelevance.com) defines a mission statement as “telling what you do: a one-sentence statement describing the reason an organization or program exists, and which is used to help guide decisions about

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