The 2016 United Church of Christ National Youth Event (NYE) was a life-changing experience for our youth as well as our congregation!
Bedford and Plymouth churches partner together to supply fresh, clean water to thousands of people in Pomerini.
October 2016—Volume 24, Number 10 Copyright @ 2016 by Cynthia Woolever Forces large and small affect how best to answer the question: “What should we pay the pastor?” Failure to keep track of inflation and replacement costs associated with current staff could make a church’s clergy compensation package uncompetitive. Sadly, the pastor feels no choice but to seek to move. What Makes up a Pastor’s Pay? Governing boards and personnel committee members must think about the pastor’...
As we woke up this morning (Friday, September 2nd) Hurricane Hermine has come ashore it Florida and made its way across the state. It is hard to believe that this is the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in over a decade. Fortunately, to date, there are no reports of loss of life.
It’s back to school time of year. It is a great time of year to pause and think about your child’s Spiritual Lunchbox much like you prepare for back to school. Let’s open it up and fill it with the Holy Spirit.
September 2016—Volume 24, Number 9 Copyright @ 2016 by Cynthia Woolever All individuals and organizations struggle with change. Implementing new ideas always means accepting that change comes as part of the package. Congregations hear about dozens of new ideas and gain new knowledge from denominational leaders, books, and workshops. Yet that news too rarely becomes part of a practical, local-church strategy. Why? There is often a big gap between what we know and what we do. ...
Friends, A half dozen years ago New England had two back-to-back storms each of which dumped a foot of rain into our area. We became familiar with the work of helping families recover from flooded basements, homes, streets and lives. It was a long road as we partnered with other denominations and non-profits to clean out mud, reverse the growth of mold and return homes to livable condition. As we watch the news of the floods in Louisiana, even with our memory of the impact here, it is hard to...
Friends, Each season of the year has its own possibilities for disasters. We are about to enter the peak of the hurricane season. While this is predicted to be normal year, hurricanes Sandy and Irene taught the impact of storms in even normal years. With much of our region and many of our churches centered in coastal areas we know how vulnerable our congregations and communities can be. Our Governor has sent along some information that would be helpful for you, your family and your church to...
If yours is like most mainline Protestant churches in Southern New England, you've spent a lot of time and energy wondering how you can get those 20- and 30-somethings to come to your church. What if I told you they are quite literally at your doorstep.
August 2016—Volume 24, Number 8 Copyright @ 2016 by Cynthia Woolever “We’re not sure how to do it but we believe we should become a multicultural congregation,” the pastor said. “How can we move from our dreams to a plan that achieves results?” Multiculturalism in the United States Here are the realities that any effective multicultural-congregation strategy must take into account. Assume that the U.S. will continue to attract about one million foreign-born adults each year, an annual ...