TCC Flash - Weekly News
"Pesty People"| Rev. Baxter Chism.
"And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Luke 18:7-8
Groups of people who want change promote their ideas or support something in a plethora of ways. Maybe they show up at town meetings, standing at the microphone to share their thoughts. Some people like to go to a peaceful protest and show solidarity with others related to the cause. But probably the biggest way a person or group of people will protest is by doing nothing. They are comfortable with the status quo.
Maybe you have been in Boston and found yourself stuck in traffic because of a pesty protest. You may agree with the protest but you don't like the inconvenience of the extra traffic. Traffic is already bad enough around here. So you wished the pesty people would go away.
I think people who like their life as is are willing to stand on the sidelines. If you fit this group, then maybe you think people who protest something important to them as being pesty. There are many feelings we could have with pesty people. Maybe we can't relate to their issue. Sometimes we strongly disagree and wish they would just go away.
Maybe deep down inside we don't want to be confronted with an important truth because it is inconvenient to our life. The status quo seems familiar and comfortable. But what about the people crying for help? They are not comfortable and they are hurting.
In Luke 18:1-8 we are given another parable told by Jesus. It has been called different names but probably the most persistent names have been "The Parable of the Unjust Judge" and "The Parable of the Persistent Widow". In the parable, a widow keeps seeking justice from a judge who was not a believer of God and really could care less about people. However, we get the idea that he responded to the pesky widow because she kept on annoying him.
Above I talked about people who protest being pesty in nature. I don't see them in that light. I see people who truly care and they want to do more than stand on the sidelines. As an American, I admire this because I believe in the freedom of speech. Sometimes I agree with the protest and other times not. However, I respect what they are doing.
The widow was perceived as pesty to the judge. She was protesting that she was not getting the support she needed as prescribed by the laws in place. Her judge wanted to look the other way but she was persistent in cause and he finally relented. He answered with justice.
We can apply this pesty attitude to our life in many ways. Prayers change us when we pray to God. Yeah, God may not answer the prayer in the way we would like, but if we remain persistent something generally happens that is positive. If you have been praying, keep praying!
It is important that we seek justice for all people. This takes a certain pesty persistence because majorities tend to lean toward the status quo. The Civil Rights movement and also support for the LGBTQ+ Movement come to mind. Having the attitude of a pesty person goes a long way in leading people toward a new direction.
Maybe it has something to do with your soul. You know, with God's help, that something in your life needs to change. So you have to be pesty with yourself so that through persistence, sanctifying grace takes over and leads you to that new place. Again, you never give up.
If you avoid pesty people or groups, maybe you should consider listening instead. Often God speaks something prophetic to us. So if you think about it, maybe the people who stand on the sidelines are the pesty ones. Why? Maybe they are the ones stuck in the persistent place of doing nothing.
Soul Sister, Soul Sister...| Pam Dooley.
If you’ve signed up to participate in Soul Sisters but have not yet picked who you have as your Soul Sister, please see Pam Dooley or Desma Kuras to find out who you have.
ALSO…We neglected to ask for your address when you signed up and some of our sisters would like to send mail to their sisters as we’ve been able to do in years past. Would you mind reaching out to Pam or Desma and providing your address so we can pass that along to your sister? We apologize for this oversight.
Men's ACTS Retreat is Back!| Mike Wildeman.
I invite you to join me for a spiritually uplifing weekend!
When: November 7th-10th, 2019
Where: St. Thecla's Retreat Center, 77 Dudley Road, Billerica, MA
Set aside some time for God and yourself. Get away from your usual busy schedule by joining men like yourself, wise enough to seek His answers to life, family and eternity. ACTS is an acronym for Adoration, Community, Theology and Service. This weekend is an opportunity to strengthen your faith, renew yourself spiritually and establish friendships with some great men. All Christian men age 21 and older are encouraged to attend.
Registration forms are available right outside the church office or by calling Mike Wildeman at 508-341-3193.
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Shop and Smile as you support TCC| Debbie Adams.
Amazon has a shopping program that benefits non-profits and the Tewksbury Congregational Church is now registered! It's called Amazon Smile and will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to our church. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know, same products, same prices, same service. You are able to support TCC with your AmazonSmile purchases for no extra cost to you! Feel free to share this info with your friends and family, too.
Simply visit smile.amazon.com and enter "Tewksbury Congregational Church" as the charity you wish to support. For TCC to get credit, all your purchases must be made through the 'smile.amazon.com' site...so be sure to bookmark it to make future purchases easier;-)
Gently Used Toys Will Continue!| Christmas Fair Committee.
Jody Avery has saved this very important part of our Christmas Fair! The children and parents will be very excited. Cathie and her team have done an awesome job for many years and we are grateful for her service and leadership. The Toy Shoppe is a very busy place during the Fair. Many donations are coming in from Green Meadows and TCC Families. There will be tables in the Vestry on Sunday, November 24th & December 1st for drop-offs for the Gently Used Toys. Please remember –no infant toys and no large or riding toys. Thank you, Jody, for keeping this exciting part of our fair going!
Called to Care
As a community of Faith, we are Called to Care for one another. Please visit our Called to Care page to learn how you can offer or request care for yourself or for a member of our church family.
Does "Counting Your Blessings" Really Help?| Pastor.
While many would agree that "counting your blessings" is a worthwhile practice, there has been experimental research on whether gratitude really has a positive impact on our lives. Several studies have found that gratitude syncs with positive emotions such as happiness, pride, and hope. There are even studies that show that gratitude causes these things.
One study asked 201 students in a health psychology class to respond to a weekly questionnaire. They were divided into three groups. One group listed five things they were grateful for each week. The second group listed five hassles or irritants from the past week. A third group simply wrote down five "events or circumstances" from the past week. They did this for 10 weeks.
As you might expect, the students in the gratefulness group scored significantly higher than the hassles group on the gratefulness measure. But they also were more positive about the upcoming week and their life as a whole. However, on the positive emotions scale there wasn’t a lot of difference.
The researchers repeated the study on two different groups: a new batch of health psychology students, and 65 adults with neuromuscular diseases (NMD). This time, participants completed their questionnaires daily for 13 days (students) or 21 days (NMD patients). In each of these studies, a significant effect of positive affect was found: Just writing down the things you are grateful for each day appears to improve your overall emotional outlook. In the NMD study, respondents in the gratitude group also reported getting significantly more sleep and feeling more refreshed when they woke up in the morning. The researchers speculate that simply enumerating things you are grateful for might be a treatment for mild forms of depression. [i]
As Christians we know that thankfulness is more than just counting our blessings. It is blessing the One who is behind our blessings. It is having the ability to love and trust God even when times are tough because God is still God. And gratitude is so much more than being thankful for the blessings of this life. It’s thanking God for salvation, for forgiveness, for a powerful, tenacious love, for continually transforming us, and for reconciling relationships that have gone south.
So ask yourself: Am I thankful for what I do have and what Jesus has done in my life, or am I feeling unthankful or negative about what I don’t have and what I feel Jesus hasn’t done for me yet? Is your faith helping you to have an attitude of true gratitude in your heart, even though everything in your life isn’t as you wanted it?
Coffee Hour Needs You!!!| Mercy Delgado.
Do you enjoy sharing a cup of coffee and fellowship with other church members and guests? Do you look forward to sampling the baked treats and goodies on Sunday morning after worship service? If you do, please prayerfully consider volunteering to host Coffee Hour.
Hosting Coffee Hour doesn't take much time and it makes a huge impact on your church family! Everyone notices when we don't have Coffee Hour!
If you would like more information or you're ready to help out, contact the office and we'll show you how, step by step!
UCC Happenings| Christopher Jenkins.
Sunday – October 27, 2019 at 5:30 PM
Service of Ordination for Lindsay Popperson, Hope Central Church in Jamaica Plain
She is being ordained by the Metro Boston Association pursuant to a call to Marblehead.
Sunday – November 10, 2019 at 3:00 PM
Service of Ordination for Andrew Harris, South Church in Andover
He has been called to Acton Congregational Church.
Clergy and delegates encouraged to attend; all are welcome.
LOCAL CHURCH PUBLIC EVENTS
Friday – October 18, 2019; 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Saturday – October 19, 2019; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Harvest Fair at FCC-Georgetown
Saturday – October 19, 2019; 1:00-7:00 PM
Pie Social and Crafts at FCC-Saugus
Saturday – October 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM
Bean Supper at 2CC-Beverly
Tickets: $7 for adults; $6 for seniors; $3.50 for children
Saturday – October 19th, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Belleville Roots Concert Series
Martha Spencer and the Whitetop Mountain Band
Belleville Congregational Church (Newburyport)
Info and Tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4271858
Sunday – October 20, 2019 at 4:00 PM
Chapman University Singers Concert at 2CC-Beverly
Tuesday & Thursday – October 22 & 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Storytime with the Pumpkins
Main Street Congregational Church (Amesbury)
Tuesday – October 22nd, 2019 at 7:00 PM
UCC Officer Rev. Traci Blackmon speaks at First Church in Wenham
Saturday – October 26th, 2019; 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
Fall Flea Market at Trinitarian Congregational Church (N. Andover)
Sunday – October 27th, 2019 at 5:00 PM
Halloween Organ and Light Show at South Church in Andover
Suggested donation: $20 per family