Category Archives: From the Pastor

GRAMMAR NOTES (Just For Fun!)

GRAMMAR NOTES

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Tell me About Your Faith

We are very grateful for the following article in which Cara Cole shares her faith,  why it is  strong,  and  how it is an ever- present part of her life: Growing up, faith was simple. Faith meant we got to … Continue reading

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What is the United Church of Christ (UCC)?

MODERATOR MOMENTS What is the United Church of Christ (UCC)? Several months ago, we conducted a survey regarding The Arrow. One of the top three vote getters (in a tie with two other questions) asked if Arrow readers would like … Continue reading

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NEW CHURCH YEAR MINDSET

The beginning of anything new is always difficult. It’s taking the first step toward whatever it is that needs to be changed or for me right now deciding how to begin this article. My first thought was to find a … Continue reading

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Christmas Fund Offering

For 117 years, the Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund has been a tangible expression of God’s love. One of the four Special Mission Offerings of the United Church of Christ, the Christmas Fund … Continue reading

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Rev. Bruce Away

Rev. Bruce will be away from Monday, November 26th through Wednesday, November 28th. If  pastoral care is needed, please contact Moderator, Beth Zelazo, 283-3059, Head Deacon, John Theofane, 283-5782, or the church office, 283-6958 and they will contact the pastor … Continue reading

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