From the Pastor

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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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 share a pew with the whole family and hopefully Grammie had a mint in her

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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 to hear from the moderator. The number two choice asked for information on the United

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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 quote about change which led me to a website with 350 quotes. Yikes! But I

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