Moment for Mission
Feb. 12: Kim Gluck will talk about the changes the Board of Mission and Advocacy has made to its list of benevolences and why.
Feb. 26: Franklin County Community Meals Program – Our gift allows them to better serve the people using their food pantries in Orange and at Greenfield Community College and at their meal sites in Greenfield, Orange and Turners Falls.
The family who will move into CAN-DO’s Taft Ave. apartment is a young family with an eight month old son. Needed most are a crib for the baby and a small dining room table with chairs. We will be able to buy these new items and more with proceeds from the bazaar. Hopefully, an occupancy certificate will be in place in early February. Dorothea Mautner and Mary Ann Donaldson have already met the family who seem to be living whole and focused lives. We hope that you will have a chance to meet them, too, one day.
See the Bazaar article for more on this family.
Through the benevolence portion of yearly pledges Second Church provided support to 31 different organizations. These non-profit organizations serve children, teens, men, women and families.
UCC – Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM)
All Hands Volunteers
Newton, Wellesley, Weston Community Living
Andover Newton Theological School
Newton/San Juan Del Sur Sister City
Newton Food Pantry
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Campership (Project Care and Concern)
Pilgrims of Ibillin
Refugee Immigration Ministry
Chaplains on the Way
City Mission Society
Second Church Youth Mission
Concord Prison Outreach
SERRV Development Grants
Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
Open and Affirming Coalition of the UCC
Fair Trade Coffee
Understanding Our Differences
United Home Shelter
Franklin County Community Meals Program
Homes for Our Troops
AN EVENING TO REMEMBER
It was a special treat to have Elena Huegel with us for a potluck dinner on September 28. She has served as a global mission partner in Chile on behalf of the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Elena is now traveling widely to share many stories about people being reached in the name of Christ. Her approach was most engaging as she laid out various colorful objects on a table and asked us to choose several. What we chose was the springboard for a story. These are collected in a book “The Earless Man from Chile,” which others and we would be happy to loan.
Elena has been with UCC and Disciples’ Global Ministries serving as a mission partner with the Pentecostal Church of Chile. For twenty years she has served in the area of Christian education, initiating Sunday Schools and writing the curriculum. As she has planned, she has worked herself out of job and will be followed by a trained Chilean. Her next post will be in Southern Mexico. It is a bit unusual that she considers Mexico as “home” and that her parents and grandparents were also missionaries. Let’s keep Elena and her future ministry in our prayers, with thanks that we support Elena and many other missionaries through our contributions to Our Church’s Wider Mission.
Bill and Lee Longman
Mothers’ Day Brunch for Homeless Women
On Sunday May 8th we held a Mother’s Day Brunch in Fellowship Hall. Our guests were women and their families who live in Hotel Shelters in the Allston Brighton area or receive support from the Allston Brighton UCC. This event was a joint effort with Eliot Church Newton, Grace Church Newton, Karen Fritz from Allston Brighton UCC, and Union Church in Waban. Transportation was provided by a bus from a Methodist Church and one from the Boys and Girls Club.
Many Women from our church community and beyond provided scarves for our scarf tree. These were greatly appreciated by the women and girls! The leftover scarves were donated to the Women’s Lunch Place in Boston and will provide a little hope and color to the women who go there. Thank you all for your enthusiasm and support of this project.
The Brunch was attended by 18 women and their family members. We had many children; ages ranging from newborn to 18 years old. There was a total attendance of about 55 people, including pastors and congregants from all of the churches involved. The menu included French Toast Casserole, Bacon and Sausage, banana bread, fruit salad, juice, milk, and coffee. Each table was decorated with a tulip plant and each woman went home with a bouquet including a rose and some carnations. There was a craft table with activities for all ages. Pictures were taken at the mothers’ request and then they were decorated by the children as a gift for mom. Toys and games were also available. Many adults enjoyed coloring pages and several games of Chutes and Ladders took place.
It was a wonderful way for the mothers and their children to get out of their hotel rooms and interact with each other and our parishioners. We hope to work together with these churches in the future. There will be meeting of interested people from the congregations. There is also a plan to continue the Summer Picnics that took place at Eliot Church last summer.
Thanks to everyone who participated in this special event; we hope it is the first of many!
The Karam Foundation – Help for Syria
Following the April 10 lunch and forum which was presented by Omar Salem, Chair of the Board of the Karam Foundation, generous donations were received for that organization totaling $350.00. The Karam Foundation is on a mission to build a brighter future for Syria. Many thanks to all who contributed.
A Day of Service – Mission to the Common Cathedral
Sunday January 3, was a day of service to honor Brian and Richard. Folks from Second Church prepared sandwiches, hard boiled eggs and carrots for distribution to the homeless who are clients of the Common Cathedral in downtown Boston. Food for the homeless and nourishment for Second Church.
Report from Amanda Loftus: “The Common Cathedral brings church to the Boston Common for all to partake. They ask area churches to take turns preparing meals so their parishioners can be fed bodily before they feed their spirits. It is an amazing program and we enjoyed being a part of their special service. A group of 19 caravanned the food down to Boston and served, ate, and participated in their fellowship and service. We were all humbled by the experience- and made new friends. ”
Thank you Amanda for organizing this great day! See our photo gallery.
August 16 Benefit Concert Raised $3,165 for the Newton Food Pantry
Ellis Paul came to Second Church Sunday evening, August 16, to give a benefit concert for the Newton Food Pantry. Ellis is a known folk-singer/song writer who gave a wonderfully engaging performance for an audience of 136 on a very warm evening. Approximately 20 Second Church folks were busy with the summer-long effort to make this happen. Second Church “Concert Angels” covered the concert expenses so that all of the ticket and raffle proceeds (totaling just over $3,165) could go to the Food Pantry. Concert goers also brought non-perishable food items to augment the financial donation.
Tracie Longman from the Newton Food Pantry was on hand to thank Second Church for the generous support. She explained that donations are low during the summer months, so that our support was especially appreciated. The Newton Food Pantry serves over 450 households in Newton.