Please enjoy the next two Sunday in worship as part of your family time as there is no Sunday School on December 24th or the 31st. As always, there will be pew activities and plenty of various leveled books for kids to read.
Sunday School will be back in session on January 7th.
RE will be hosting 2 different fun family events in January so save the date! More information will be coming shortly (including sign ups for both events!) January 7th 4-6 pm - Join other TCC families at Magic Brush. Magic Brush is participating in a fundraiser – Greater Lowell Annual Empty Bowls Project. How this works is that Greater Lowell Annual Empty Bowls Project hosts a fundraising night titled “Empty Bowls.” In attending this event, one picks out a unique bowl that has been made/bought/recycled to enjoy some homemade soups/ honey wheat rolls/sweet dessert in. The individual keeps that bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in this world. The proceeds from the Greater Lowell Annual Empty Bowls Project is donated to “Living Waters Center of Hope”. Magic Brush in town is an organization which opens it’s doors and allows people to come in to create the unique bowls to be used for this fundraiser. RE would like to host a painting party and is willing to fund this event for the first 35 TCC individuals. We hope parents and children will enjoy participating in this together. January 28th 4:30-5:30 - All are welcome to participate in TCC's family pool party at Shawsheen Tech. This is a free event to all families and friends. For safety of all, RE will ask that you sign up so that we can hire the proper number of life guards. Watch for sign ups starting next week!
This story can be found in Luke 2:25-31. Joseph and Mary took the infant Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem. This act was not a special trip in recognition of Jesus as God’s Son, but rather a fulfillment of the requirements of Jewish law. After a Jewish mother gave birth, she was considered ritually unclean for seven days. Baby boys were to be circumcised when they were eight days old. Joseph and Mary had done this (Luke 2:21) and named the child Jesus, following the angel’s directions. After having the baby circumcised, a mother was required to stay home for another 33 days for a period of purification. After 40 days, the mother was to offer a sacrifice to the Lord to make her clean again. When Luke tells us of Joseph, Mary and Jesus’ visit to the temple, it is the ritual of purification that has brought them there. As they went about the process of obeying the law, Joseph and Mary received God’s blessing through Simeon and Anna. Simeon was a prophet of sorts who had been hoping for the restoration of Israel to the great power it once was. He had been given the assurance by God that he would see the next king before he died. When Simeon saw Jesus, he knew the baby was the next king.
Simeon’s blessing of Mary and Joseph foreshadowed Jesus’ rejection and death. Not all will welcome Jesus’ message. When Simeon speaks of the “falling and rising” of Israel, this is not meant to refer to a sequence of events, but to tow different groups of people. Simeon is predicting that some of Israel will “fall” by not believing, and others in Israel will “rise” as the follow Jesus. By mentioning “all people” and “Gentiles” Simeon’s blessing hinted that Jesus’ ministry would include the non-Jewish world. The second person was Anna. Anna was a prophet who lived at the temple. When she saw baby Jesus, she knew he was the next king of Israel. The prophet Anna is mentioned only briefly, but her appearance is important. AS a prophet, Anna continues the tradition of female prophets in the Old Testament and anticipates the role of women in Jesus’ ministry and in the early church.
All are welcome to participate in TCC's family pool party on March 26th; 4:15-5:15 at Shawsheen Tech. This is a free event to all families and friends. For safety of all, RE asks that you sign up so that we can hire the proper number of life guards. Please sign up here.
Are you interested in serving in some capacity on Sunday mornings but worry that it will be hard to do so with younger ones in tow? Want to help with greeting? Setting up for coffee time? Singing in the choir?
RE is offering care for youth from 8:45-9:30 for anyone who is involved with prepping for the morning so parents can work without extra "help". Although we are using the nursery, all age kids are welcome to hang out during this time (there are some older kid activities that can be pulled out during this time). As the year goes forward, please feel free to use this service.
Enjoy a cup of coffee at Coffee Hour! In order to give teachers time to teach the Sunday School lesson, we are imposing a set 10:45 dismissal time from Sunday School. We hope this will provide you with time to enjoy some adult conversation without having to worry about your child. In order to make learning easier, please stay away from the classroom doors so your child can concentrate on the classroom activities. Doors will open when it is time to collect your child(ren).
Please take a moment to remind your children of the proper etiquette for cell phone use. While there is a time and place for communicating with friends via phone, we would prefer youth work on their social skills with those that are present in their classes. Please remind your children that as a member of our learning community, each student has a responsibility to other students. When students use cell phones, it disrupts the class.
As a result, we would like to remind youth who have cell phones that they need to be turned off or put in a silent mode during class time. Similar to public school, if a cell phone is used in class, teachers will remind the youth to put the device away. If the phone comes out again, teachers have the option of separating the phone from the youth.
Winter is here! When snow has fallen or is falling on Sunday, please be sure to check the church’s answering machine (978-851-9411), WHDH or WBZ, or check the church’s Facebook site to see if the church service has been delayed or cancelled. If you are part of the RE distribution List, an e-mail will be sent as well.
Are you interested in planning ahead? Thinking about booking vacations next year? To help facilitate the process, the RE program has outlined their 2017-2018 program year. While things are subject to change, we hope that having this information out to you sooner than later will be helpful and provide any guidance you need.Attached File: 252017-2018 RE Calendar.pdf
Have some questions about the RE program? Check out the RE Handbooklet. As the year progresses, I hope that the information contained here will help aid in your family’s journey: from birth and baptism, through childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Click on the attached document for an in-depth look at what is available to all at TCC.
Interested in registering your child for our tutition free program? Click on Sue Panilaitis' high lighted name at the top of this article to send a message to the Director of Religious Education for enrollment information.Attached File: 80Religious Education Handbook 2017-18.pdf
Sunday School teachers are a special group of people! They regularly sacrifice time, money, and resources to spend a brief hour each week offering spiritual training to our youth. Sunday School teachers are not babysitters, but are faithfully called by God to impact lives, empower others, and to witness God transform lives. To do this effectively, they need physical and moral support from the congregation, and strength and wisdom from God.
Take a moment to say thank you. Not sure who they are? Please check out the attached pdf to find out who will be teaching your child(ren).Attached File: 94Teacher Directory.jpg