TCC Flash - Weekly News
Super Humans| Rev. Dr. Norm Bendroth.
"… 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.
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Music News| Sherry Fulton.
Just a reminder that our beloved Cherub Choir director, Cathie Seaman, will be retiring at the end of this year. We celebrate all she has done with the children, but if we want this important musical offering to continue, we need people to step forward and volunteer. This is part-time, with brief rehearsals on select Sundays after church. Lucinda is offering to help accompany any music you choose. If anyone wants to direct or be the “herder of cats” for the Cherubs going forward, come and see Cathie or Lucinda.
The children are such a strong presence in our community, and I think we can all get on board with keeping this group together and bringing in new members as they age in and others age out.
You’re Invited!| Mercy Delgado.
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.
In order to access the Sunday School curriculum information, important dates to remember or about particular programs designed for youth, please visit our Crib Sheet page.
Heifer Empowers Women!| Missions Committee.
Five years ago Buddhi Devi,a Heifer partner, says that if you had visited her then she would be ‘Under my veil, unable to speak.’ And yet she found the courage to join a Heifer Self-Help Group, which changed her life. Today Buddhi is a community animal health worker, a proud goat breeder and a leader in her community. She even travels far from her home in Nosaria, India and works to encourage other women to join Heifer Self-Help Groups. Help us to empower women like Buddhi by donating to the Heifer New England Walk for Women, which TCC will be participating in on Saturday, May 12th at 1:30 at Livingston Park. Thank you for your support!! See Buddhi Devi's full story in the attached link. https://www.heifer.org/join-the-conversation/magazine/2017/fall/clever-is-her-name.html
The Truth About Vaping: Monday, 5/14, 7-8:30pm| Board of Deacons.
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. Should you have any questions, please contact Beth McFadyen or any member of the Board of Deacons.
We hope that you will join us on Monday, May 14th from 7-8:30 in Fellowship Hall to learn The Truth About Vaping.
Attached File: 56TruthAboutVapingPoster.pdf
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.
Friendship Garden Needs Our Help!| Mercy Delgado.
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.
Heifer 5K Update!| Missions Committee.
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 or Rita Masters to be added to our walking list, and let’s get mooooving!!!
Attached File: 56Sponsor Sheet.pdf
Style Matters: How Do You Manage Conflict?-Update| Rev. Dr. Norm Bendroth.
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!
Secret Sister Tea-Reminder| Friendship Circle.
The Secret Sister Tea is coming this Sunday, April 29, 2018, in the Vestry at 11:15 am after church in the Vestry.
Plean join us for this wonderful gathering of friends and fellowship, and get to finally meet your Secret Sister!
We Want Your Suggestions!| Mercy Delgado.
Have you thought of ways TCC could do things more effectively, but didn’t know how to get your idea heard,? Maybe you were too shy to speak up, or didn’t think anyone would care to listen?
We want to know what you’re thinking! This is your chance to submit your ideas for consideration.
Just use a suggestion form found right by the church office, fill it out, and place it in the blue suggestion box. It’s that easy!
Thank you for your continued support of TCC!
New Lost & Found Items in Church| Mercy Delgado.
Our Lost & Found section is growing! Are you missing a green CamelBak water bottle, a burgundy overcoat, or even a set of keys on a chord? How about a black fleece hoodie, a knit navy cap, or some black New Balance gloves? Come by the office and check things out, or let the Church Secretary, Mercy Delgado know by Monday, April 30th, 2018. We need to do some Spring cleaning and would like these items to go back to their owners.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Holy Humor| Rev. Dr. Norm Bendroth.
I’ll bet you didn’t know the Sunday after Easter is called “Holy Humor Sunday.” Many American churches are resurrecting an old Easter custom begun by the Greeks in the early centuries of Christianity celebrating Jesus’ resurrection.
The tradition was rooted in the musings of early church theologians (like Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and John Chrysostom) that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. "Risus paschalis - the Easter laugh," the early theologians called it. For centuries in Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant countries, the week following Easter Sunday was observed by the faithful as "days of joy and laughter" with parties and picnics to rejoice over Jesus' resurrection. Apparently, pastors and parishioners played practical jokes on each other, drenched each other with water, told jokes, sang, and danced.
New England Congregational churches are known as “God’s frozen chosen.” Church can be pretty serious business. Why, what if we started clapping or began shouting hallelujahs, or, heaven forbid, danced on the pews! People would have the vapors! Nevertheless, we know how to have a good time. You even laugh at my corny jokes from the pulpit.
Speaking of which, I recently came across a piece called “The Bible According to Kids.” They are charming statements purported to be written by actual students and are genuine, authentic, and not retouched or corrected. In the spirit of Holy Humor, I thought I’d share some.
In the first book of the Bible, Guinessis, God got tired of creating the world, so he took the Sabbath off.
Adam and Eve were created by an apple tree.
Noah’s wife was called Joan of Ark.
Lot’s wife was a pillar of salt by day, but a ball of fire by night.
Solomon slayed the Philistines with the axe of the Apostles.
Moses led the Hebrews to the Red Sea where they made unleavened bread, which is bread without any ingredients.
The Egyptians were all drowned in the dessert. Afterward, Moses went up to Mt. Cyanide to get the ten amendments.
The fifth commandment is to humor your father and mother.
The seventh is thou shalt not admit adultery.
Moses died before he ever reached Canada.
Then Joshua led the Hebrews in the battle of Geritol.
The greatest miracle in the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him.
He fought with the Finklesteins, a race of people who lived in Biblical times.
Solomon, one of David’s sons, had 300 wives and 700 porcupines.
When Mary heard she was the mother of Jesus, she sang the Magna Carta.
Jesus enunciated the Golden Rule, which says to do one to others before they do one to you.
It was a miracle when Jesus rose the dead and managed to get the tombstone off the entrance.
The people who followed the Lord were called the 12 decibels.
The epistles were the wives of the apostles.
St. Paul cavorted to Christianity. He preached holy acrimony, which is another name for marriage.
A Christian should only have one spouse. This is called monotony.
Holy humor to you,
TCC Scholarship Fund Drive| TCC Scholarship Committee.
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.
Please show your support for our graduating high school seniors and active college students by placing your tax-deductible gift into the Scholarship Fund offering envelope.
The Scholarship applications are available in the Church office.
You may send it to the Financial Secretary at the church office, or place it in the offering plate on any Sunday by May 13th.
Thank you so much!!