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As a community outreach initiative, TCC is partnering with the Tewksbury Police Department to share "The Truth About Vaping." Recent reports indicate that 1 in 3 high school seniors have experienced vaping in the past year, and the trend is reaching all the way down into elementary schools. Since vaping increases the likelihood of a young person switching to tobacco cigarettes and can be a gateway to marijuana use, parents and caregivers are eager to have their questions answered.
Maria Ruggiero, the Program Director for the Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative, will be presenting examples of vapes and vaping liquid, the health impact of vaping, signs that your loved one may be vaping, and MA law pertaining to vaping.
This session is open to all in the community and we ask our members to help publicize it by sharing the attached flyer or printing and posting it on bulletin boards around town. Additionally, Facebook users are invited to RSVP to our event (and share it) thru this link.
Should you have any questions, please contact Beth McFadyen or any member of the Board of Deacons.
We hope that you will join us THIS MONDAY, May 14th from 7-8:30 in Fellowship Hall to learn The Truth About Vaping.Attached File: 56TruthAboutVapingPoster.pdf
It is that time of year – TCC has a few opportunities for members looking to volunteer their time to specific Ministries and projects. What a great opportunity to be part of the future of our church during this time of transition!
“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10
Board of Trustees: Trustees are responsible for the maintenance of all church property and the supervision of the custodian. They also manage the leasing of church property.
Time Commitment: Monthly meeting to review any ongoing projects. Meeting with contractors, vendors, and other service personnel at the church for specific maintenance projects.
Positions: 2-3 people, 2-year commitment
Tariela Building Committee: The Tariela Building Fund Committee was formed by church vote to oversee the completion of capital projects outlined by the vote of the church.
Time Commitment: Initially there will likely be bi-weekly or monthly meetings to solicit proposals for the Sanctuary AV upgrades, the first capital project, and then regular management of the project.
Positions: 3-5 people to serve in this role for 1 to 2 years
Missions: The Missions Committee supervises the distribution of the church’s external giving, working with other committees as appropriate.
Time Commitment: Monthly meeting. Occasional events that require solicitation and management of volunteers.
Positions: 1 person, 2-year term
Tariela Mission Fund Committee: The Tariela Mission Fund Committee was formed by church vote to establish and oversee the execution of the New Tariela Mission Fund.
Time Commitment: Initially there will likely be bi-weekly or monthly meetings to establish the parameters of the program, and then quarterly meetings to review applications and reports from grantees.
Positions: 3-5 people to serve for a 1 to a 2-year term
Moderator: The Moderator is responsible for running the two regular annual meetings of the Church and any of Special Meetings called.
Positions: 1 Member
Outreach Director (new position): The Outreach Director will be responsible for providing community outreach and promotion of the church and its mission as well as encouraging greater connections between the church’s members.
Time Commitment: Quarterly meetings of the Outreach Committee and regular production of communications including press releases, social media, and internal modes of communication. Leadership for regular community events (Easter Bunny event, church picnic, etc.).
Positions: 1 Person for a 2-year term
Assistant Outreach Director: Work with Outreach Director and assist with communication.
Positions: 1 Person for a 2-year term
Time & Talents Director (new position): Responsible for managing the annual Stewardship Campaign as well as the church volunteer database, providing lists of potential volunteers to individual committees as requested.
Time Commitment: Quarterly meetings of the Time & Talents Committee as Chair, and regular interaction with other committees as requested. Leadership for annual Stewardship Campaign, which is most demanding from September through November each year.
Positions: 1 Person for a 2-year term
Time & Talents Assistant Director (new position): The T&T Assistant Director will work with the T&T Director to manage the annual Stewardship Campaign as well as the church volunteer database, providing lists of potential volunteers to individual committees as requested.
Time Commitment: Quarterly meetings of the Time & Talents Committee, and regular interaction with other committees as requested. Leadership for annual Stewardship Campaign which is most demanding from September through November each year.
Positions: 1 Person for a 1-year term
Many hands make light work!
Did you know that your empty, unlabeled medicine bottles can help folks in other areas keep their medicines safe? Those bottles are distributed to patients in need during mission trips by Intercultural Nursing, Inc., an organization providing basic health care to people whose needs are great and who would otherwise not have these needs met. Our own Annmarie Baldwin has gone on 2 mission trips to the Dominican Republic with this organization over the last three years.
You can bring your empty medicine bottles to TCC and place them in the appropriately marked bin under the stairs by the side entrance. Thank you for your help!
On Saturday, May 12th, a group of walkers will be strolling a 5K route here in town in support of Heifer. We will gather at the Pavillion behind the Livingston Street playground and begin our walk at 1:30 pm. We will walk a stretch of Livingston Street before turning off-road to the trails of the State Hospital property. It would be great if you could wear either a red TCC Missions shirt OR a t-shirt with an animal theme. We have plenty of red t-shirts at the church. Let me know ahead of time if you need one.
Please have any sponsored money with you to turn in at the walk, or you can put into our Heifer envelopes in the pews on Sunday, May 13th. The Missions Committee's $25.00 sponsorship for each walker will be transferred into a Heifer account once we have a final total of walkers, so you don't need to worry about collecting it, but THANK YOU for earning it!
This will be an educational walk for the kids, as there will be signs along the route with fun facts about how some of these animals can help dig a family out of poverty. I hope more families with children will add their names to our walking list!!
Church members enjoying fellowship, getting exercise, learning about Heifer, and, at the same time, helping to sustain and enrich families across the globe…what could be better?! Please speak to Joanne Kenney to be added to our walking list, and let’s get mooooving!!!Attached File: 56Sponsor Sheet.pdf
Today, May 10th, Friendship Circle members will enjoy lunch at Concord’s Colonial Inn. The Inn is located in the center of Concord facing Monument Square and is ideally situated for us to enjoy a leisurely walk following our meal, weather permitting. Please plan on meeting in the church’s parking lot at 10:30 am to carpool to Concord.
Friendship Circle members have enjoyed many interesting programs during our 2017-2018 season. There are changes in the works for our 2018-2019 program year beginning September 13th. We are looking at new leadership, a new format and program ideas. We thank Mary Lou Adams for doing an outstanding job of leadership over the past two years as she has guided and inspired many of us attending Friendship Circle.
As part of our Lenten Offering, and supported by the Missions Committee, we donated $1500 to the Tekeshe Foundation. Here is the response that TCC received from Thelma Sithole:
I just came from the mail box. I had not checked the mail for a while because I have not been feeling well. The English vocabulary does not contain the words I can use to adequately express my heart felt gratitude to you and your church for the generous donation to the Tekeshe Fundation. Thank you! Thank You! Thank You! This Money will go far to help us start the construction of our pre-school/youth center building. Please pass along my sincere gratitude to your congregation. May God return the same kindness. God bless and much love, Thelma
The existing BoM, John Avery, Tim Barnes and Laura Holmes would like to thank Marilyn SanClemente and Sven Hyberts for their service and commitment to the BoM. We also welcome new members Debbie Adams, Mary Lou Adams and Rebecca Healey!
For the month of May, the BoM will meet twice. A few items we are focused on for this month are filling the Nominating and Development slate, working with other boards to complete Reverend Norm’s final Performance Review, the Exit Interview, as well as determining our goals for the upcoming program year.
"… the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us; then over us would have gone the raging waters." - Psalm 124:1, 4-5
Last summer I heard a story of two women visiting Panama City Beach in Florida when they heard screams and saw two young boys hundreds of feet out from shore. The boys had been caught in a rip tide and couldn't swim back. There being no lifeguards on duty, the women went out on boogie boards to try to save them and got stuck themselves. Many other rescue attempts were made until nine people were caught in the undertow in risk of drowning.
It suddenly dawned to those left standing on the beach that this was a problem no one person could handle on their own. No one swimmer, even a strong one, would be of any help. They then came up with an ingenious idea. One by one, then ten by ten by ten, and on and on, they linked arms and formed a human chain that reached out to the struggling swimmers. Having made their single bodies into one gigantic super-human body, they pulled those swimmers from the waters and passed them one by one back to shore. Not one person died that day on Panama City Beach.
There are problems in this world that one body cannot handle alone. There are situations that cannot be rescued by a solo person. There are currents that grab you unsuspectingly out of which you can never swim. This is why God gave us the church, the place where we link ourselves together, make our individual bodies into the Body of Christ, and perform wonders that none of us could perform alone.
The reason TCC has existed for 285 years is because people across the ages and generations linked arms together and made miracles happen by the grace of God. That continues today: the Search Committee linked arms and found who they believe is the right pastoral candidate. The Board of Ministries links arms to ensure the effective functioning of the church. The Deacons link arms to make sure our sick, homebound, and hurting people are cared for. The CE committee links arms to make sure our kids are formed as Christians. Pew sitters and sermon hearers link arms to sing praises to God and offer prayers of thanksgiving and healing. The examples are endless.
So remember, no one person is indispensable, yet as we link arms, together in Christ, we can be invincible. The church doesn't just exist for our personal salvation; it exists to give us a way to participate in the saving of the world.
It is that time of year when TCC supports our church family with scholarships to assist with college and other post-high school educational expenses.
For those of you that have already made a contribution, THANK YOU!! It’s not too late to support TCC’s graduating high school seniors and active college students. You may send it to the Financial Secretary at the church office or place it in the offering plate as soon as possible. Contributions have to be in the church office by Sunday, May 13th.
For the students that would like to be recipients of the TCC scholarship, please turn in a completed scholarship application as soon as possible. The applications can be found outside of the Church office or online.
Thank you so much!
2018 Scholarship CommitteeAttached File: 52Scholarship Fund Application 2018.pdf
How would you like to help your church, have some fun, enjoy some fellowship and get fed while helping out?
The Pastoral Search Committee needs help serving during the Potluck Dinner this Saturday evening, May 5th. Please contact Mercy Delgado in the church office if you would like to help.
The Men’s ACTS Retreat from April 26-29 was attended by 26 participants and 27 team members. There was time spent in community and time spent in self-reflection as we each examined our walk with Jesus in a loving and supportive environment. The presence of the Holy Spirit was evident the entire time. While I cannot give any details of what we did, I can promise that anyone who attends an ACTS Retreat (man or woman) will come away a changed person. Please feel free to talk with me about my experience. There will be a Women’s ACTS Retreat this coming November.
The Alban Institute, a professional consulting agency for churches, has offered one helpful way of describing churches by looking at churches in one of three categories: Churches oriented to the past, churches oriented to the present, or churches oriented to the future.
There are churches which spend enormous amounts of time and energy on the past. “Remember when Pastor Trueheart almost dropped the baby during baptism? Remember when the angel tripped over the shepherd and fell on top of the manger at the Christmas pageant? Or remember all the church events affected by our New England snowstorms?” Remember, remember, remember.
But churches oriented to the past do more than remember their past. Too often, they want to cling to the past as well. And these churches also ask questions such as: Why don’t we sing more of the old hymns? Do we really need new Bibles? What’s all this ‘inclusive language’ talk? Why can’t things be more like they used to?” And underneath it all is the one question: “Remember when?” Life in these churches is a lot like rearranging all the items stored in the attic where wonderful mementos of life get moved around from time to time, but nothing ever changes. Sadly, those churches believe the best is behind them.
Then there are churches oriented to the present. Pressed by one challenge after another, these churches seem always to be fussing about things and people and money. They don’t spend much time on the past because their resources are invested in only two things: stability and survival. Therefore, a separate set of questions emerge: “Who made that decision? Who picked those hymns? Where can we make cuts in the budget? Did you hear what the Pastor did now? Why is the organ so loud? Who lets those kids run around the church?”
The questions usually aren’t asked to get information; they are stated to make a judgment, to express disapproval, or to assert control. Finding someone to blame, having something to criticize, wondering when the next problem will appear, what the next crisis will be, is more important than finding a solution to any problem. The dominant questions among these churches are: “Who did that?” “Why did you do that?” “What’s going on here?” or “Why can’t people do anything right around here?”
Then there are churches oriented to the future. These churches and their people believe and behave as if the “best is yet to come,” as if the world and the future are filled with all sorts of possibilities. These churches believe God is still doing “a new thing.” It is as if these churches are always anticipating and preparing for what God is getting ready to do next in that church’s life. They take seriously God’s declaration in scripture: “Behold, I am doing a new thing!” And they know doing a new thing involves becoming new themselves, letting go of the old and making room for the new. People in these churches live and work and act as if there really was a resurrection, as if they have all the resources to fulfill any vision, any mission, any purpose that God has for them. Their time and energy are devoted to discovering what it is that God is setting before them, what God is seeking to do in their midst. People in these churches live and breathe the conviction that “God isn’t finished with us yet.” And they ask always the important question: “How can we discover what new thing God wants us to do and to be?”
I share this because I hope you will be a future-oriented church as a new future is opening before you. This will be an exciting weekend for you as you meet your pastoral candidate at dinner on Saturday, listen to his dreams and vision for ministry and hear him lead worship and preach on Sunday. You are having an exciting new Christian Education program developing with colorful new rooms and an innovative curriculum. There’s a new leadership team with fresh ideas and energy. Under Lucinda’s leadership, the music program is growing in diversity and depth. Focus on the future God has for you. Major on the majors. Remember what’s truly important. Here’s hoping for a delightful weekend of joy and promise.
We have received our first suggestion! Thank you to the individual who submitted it.
The BoM wants to hear what you enjoy and maybe what you’d like to see changed. Are you serving on a committee? Perhaps you only attend Sunday mornings. Your voice counts! The suggestion box is one of many vehicles for you to share your thoughts.
It is located outside of the church office (on top of the mailboxes). Just fill out a short form and drop it in the box.
Board of Ministries
Members & Friends of TCC,
Please join us Candidating Weekend: May 5th & 6th, 2018
Meet: The Pastoral Candidate
Listen: To the Candidate’s Sermon
Cast: A Vote to affirm the Pastoral Search Committee’s Choice
Saturday, May 5th, 2018
Meet & Greet Potluck Dinner
Appetizer at 5:30 pm
Dinner at 6:15 pm
Candidate Introduction at 7:30 pm
Entreé provided by the Pastoral Search Committee. Children are welcome. No childcare will be provided. TCC Members and friends are also invited to bring an appetizer, a side dish or a dessert to accompany the entreé.
Please RSVP with the number of attendees to the church office as soon as possible. Invitations have been mailed to the congregation and will be distributed with the Service Orders on Sunday.
Sunday, May 6th, 2018: Our Candidate will conduct worship service with communion. After the service, TCC members will vote on our Pastoral Candidate.
The Secret Sister Tea is coming this Sunday, April 29, 2018, in the Vestry at 11:15 am after church in the Vestry.
Please join us for this wonderful gathering of friends and fellowship, and get to finally meet your Secret Sister!
Come join us this Saturday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon in the Vestry. There's still time to sign up for this very informative and useful course!
Everyone experiences painful differences with others. Yet most of us get little help as youth or adults on how to manage differences. We figure out a few things by trial and error, but we are often confused and hurt by what happens in conflicts.
The Board of Ministries and the Deacons are offering a course on understanding and managing conflict by becoming aware of your style and those of others. We will be using the Kraybill Style Matters inventory. This tool was developed by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center and is deeply rooted in Christian faith and practice.
This inventory gives specific, practical help for dealing with differences:
A snapshot of your patterns of dealing with conflict, that is, your conflict style.
A summary of the strengths that often go with those patterns, a review of potential weaknesses, and based on those, suggestions tailored to you for improving your patterns of conflict management.
Pointers for choosing the best style for the situation you are in.
Steps to take to bring out the best in other people in times of disagreement, based on their conflict style.
The class will be taught by Rev. Bill Main, who has preached here before. Rev. Bill is a second career minister and Rev. Norm served as his Field Ed. Supervisor. He also took Rev. Norm's five-day course on Interim Ministry and this offering is his fieldwork project to receive his certificate.
The Deacons and Board of Ministries strongly suggest that those in leadership positions on boards and committees participate in this workshop. As we experience a transition with our new pastor, learning conflict management will be a great skill to have!
Candidating Weekend, May 5th & 6th, is quickly approaching, and all of us at TCC will host our pastoral candidate, listen to him deliver a sermon, and vote to affirm him as our seated pastor.
We need volunteers to help us present TCC and the Friendship Garden in its best light!
We need help cleaning, raking and preparing the garden. We could sure use one or two able-bodied folks to help spruce up the place!
Please let Mercy Delgado know if you'd like to help out. You can reach her at the office, 978-851-9411.