From the Pastor

Thank You SCC!

I am touched and deeply appreciative (and a little embarrassed) by your recognition of me during “Pastor Appreciation Month” at worship on October 28. I am blessed to be a part of this supportive congregation with such competent leadership, enthusiastic and generous members, and openness to God’s Spirit. Thank you for your many expressions of

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Happy Veterans Day Weekend!

One reason to be proud of living in Massachusetts is that veterans receive very good support here.  Unlike any other state, there is a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) in every town in Massachusetts. In Palmer as in Ware, we are blessed to have very committed and capable VSO’s who help veterans and their families gain

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Preaching In Pumps

In the spirit of imparting ideas to others, Rev. Sarah Weaver of the Rehoboth Congregational Church agreed to share a portion of her most recent blog, Preaching in Pumps, that addresses how churches should be ‘comfortably uncomfortable.‘ “I get so many great ideas from other people, the least I can do is share what comes to

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Hope

Hope looks for the good in people instead of harping on the worst. Hope opens doors Where despair closes them. Hope discovers what can be done Instead of grumbling about what cannot. Hope draws its power from a deep trust in God and the basic goodness of human nature. Hope “lights a candle” instead of

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MAKING THE MOST OF IT!

People have heard me say many times in the last two and a half years as moderator, “we have to look at ourselves with fresh eyes.” If you haven’t heard me say it, well, there it is. I’m always amazed at how I can see something over and over and then one day this idea

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From the Editor’s Desk – Father’s Day 2018

Sunday is Father’s Day, the annual holiday where Americans celebrate the men who made them. You may love dear old dad, but how much do you  actually know about the observance in his honor? Brush up on your Father’s Day background before the big Sunday barbecue. Father’s Day officially began in 1910 in Spokane, Washington,

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Statement of Giving

We at the Second Congregational Church of Palmer are blessed with members and supporters who can offer many levels of financial support as well as many non-monetary talents. We recognize that our Church calls upon you for those resources frequently – your weekly offering, time in choir practice, teaching in Sunday School, the Annual Faith

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The Gift of Time

Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening it deletes whatever balance you fail to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent of course! Each of us has such a bank. Its name is

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Christ Born in Our Midst

The worship service on Sunday, December 31st, was touching and meaningful. During the sermon time, several people shared how Christ had been born for them in the past year (how God specifically and personally touched their lives). Thank you to everyone who shared. Each story gave the rest of us strength as we listened!   Rev.

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