February 1, 2018 • Fourth Week of Epiphany
Dear Church,

What a fantastic celebration last Sunday at the annual meeting! We had a strong turnout of members new and old, great updates from our board, pastors, and committee leaders, and thoughtful table discussions as we dreamed together about the future of the church.

Many thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who helped make the Annual Meeting Brunch a delicious success: Janet Kinney Aikens, Kathleen Barrett, Wendy Williams, Dave Brooks, Peter and Kathryn Kidd, Deb Harrison, Linda Fulton, Kathy Cyr, Jen Calverley, Anne and Ken Keyes, Nancy and Dennis Griffin, Robin and Jim Spinale, Caitlin Whorf and Stephanie Williams. A big thank you also to everyone who contributed to the scrumptious brunch foods!

In case you missed it, on the side are links to the annual report (more hard copies will be available on Sunday), a link to listen to the meeting, and a survey of a few questions we asked of the congregation at the meeting. Your insights and thoughts are so important to the staff and board as we cast a vision for the coming year.

Join us this Sunday as we continue in our new sermon series, "Seven Pillars of Wisdom." Pastor Tom is preaching, we're celebrating communion, and receiving new members. Student and Children's ministries and programs are on as usual at 9:30a. Join us!

Following Jesus together,
Adam Kurihara
Director of Worship and Community Life
Annual Meeting 2018
Announcements
Winter Sermon Series
Seven Pillars of Wisdom

How often do we pray for wisdom? From now until Holy Week, we'll be exploring the idea of God's Wisdom, something we all long for, often pray for, but seems elusive and hard to acquire. What does it mean to be wise?

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere
(James 3:17)
2018 Offering Envelopes

Offering envelopes for 2018 are in the church lobby for pick up. If you do not see a box already there for you, let us know by signing up on the clipboard sheet located in the lobby with the envelopes.

If you have assigned envelopes, but won’t use them, please leave them in the box in the lobby BUT mark “Won’t need” and initial the box. This will save us from over ordering next year. Thank you!

Questions? Call the church office at 508-358-7717, or email Aimee at contributions@tccwayland.org.
Winter Welcome Brunch - Postponed until spring

Our Winter welcome brunch has been postponed until the spring. If you are interested in attending a future welcome brunch, email adam@tccwayland.org and we'll be sure to invite you to the next one!

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Men’s Evening Bible Study – Wednesdays 7:30-8:30p
Join us for a Men's Bible Study in the Book of Daniel. This will be a 6-week study of the life of Daniel with a focus on his wisdom in navigating the treacherous cultural waters of Babylon (Ps 137) that were hostile to anything remotely God-centered. How did he survive and even thrive in this context? How do we survive and thrive in our Babylonian setting of a sophisticated, digital world which seemingly has no room for God and His laws? Come and join us for a winter blast of ancient wisdom!
Sundays and Winter Weather
It's winter! When snowstorms happen leading into Sunday morning, we will update the church by 7p on Saturday Night via the following channels:

Website: tccwayland.org
Church Voicemail: 508-358-7717
News: WBZ Radio and CBSboston.com

On Sunday mornings, we may potentially cancel the 9:30 service (along with all LTA and Student Ministry Programming) and just have the 11a service. In this case, there would not be any Student Ministry or Children's Programming at the 11a service.
As always, please use your own discretion before traveling in any questionable weather. If you are scheduled to serve on a Sunday morning but are unable to safely travel to church, please contact your ministry leader.
Chick-fil-A Guatemala Night Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Join the students and leaders going on our Guatemala missions trip at the Chick-fil-A fundraiser, Wednesday, February 7th, 5:30p–7:30p in Framingham. Last year, TCC filled Chick-fil-A with fun and laughter; it is an event you won’t want to miss! All the proceeds will go toward materials for projects on the trip. 
Last Chance to Claim Items from the TCC Lost and Found!
Clothes and coats can be found in the coat closets. Unclaimed kitchen items are located in the kitchen rack next to the refrigerator. Everything remaining after February 5 will be donated.
Winter Seminar at L’Abri, “To Live in Peace in a World with Conflict”
The apostle Paul wrote, “If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” (Romans 12:18). Conflict between people is important to God. Some of that conflict is either avoidable or resolvable. Some of that, in turn, depends on us to be the ones to make peace. We will be working on the great challenge of how to do this in our relationships with each other.

Friday night March 9th: Dick Keyes-
How Important is Interpersonal Conflict? – A God’s Eye View
Saturday morning March 10th: Dick Keyes-
Can Conflict be Outmaneuvered Before it starts? – Early Peacemaking
Saturday afternoon March 10th: Dick Keyes-
The Challenge of Conflict Resolution – Confession, Forgiveness and Reproof

*If you would like to join us for the day on Saturday, please email us your reservation NO LATER THAN Thursday, March 5th to southborough@labri.org. The seminar is free, although there is a suggested donation of $5.00 to offset the cost of lunch on Saturday.

*The Saturday portion of this seminar is being given in conjunction with our lecture on Friday evening, March 9th. Attendance both days is not required.

*Limited overnight accommodations may be available at L'Abri on the evening of Friday, March 9th. Please email southborough@labri.org if you would like to add your name to the waiting list for overnight accommodations, and you will be notified if/when space becomes available.

Other upcoming lectures include:
Feb 2  Beth Pocock- A Listening Heart
Feb 9  Dave Friedrich- "I'm Bored!"
Feb 16  Joshua Chestnut- Skills for Being Human in Pornified Culture
Feb 23  Anna Friedrich- Creative Devotion
March 2 Linny Dey- Humanity's Rush toward Self-destruction as Described in C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man
March 16  Dave Friedrich- Is God a Social Construct?
March 23  Ben Keyes- Gratitude Part II. The Tug-of-War between Entitlement and Thankfulness

For more information, including the lecture descriptions, lecture archives, and the full schedule, visit http://www.labri.org/mass/lecture.html
Grief Group Begins February 27

A new Grief Group begins on February 27 and will meet weekly on Tuesday nights, 6:30 - 8:00p, for 12 weeks. We will use the book “Understanding Your Grief” by Alan Wolfelt as a format for discussion.

If you are in need of support, encouragement and understanding around the death of someone you love, please consider joining this group. One recent group participant expressed “this group provided a safe place to process my grief through the lens of faith with those who understand.” Perhaps this group could be helpful to you in your grief journey.

For more information, contact Jane Stankiewicz 508-314-0827, jlstanky@comcast.net or Kathleen Barrett 508-308-4985, bkbarrett@verizon.net.
Music and Worship Ministries
Evensong: Lent
We'll hold three Evensong services during the Lenten season this year:

  1. February 14 (Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent)
  2. March 14
  3. March 21

Join us!
Sacred Music Concert with Westgate Church
May 19 & 20, 2018
It's back! After an amazing program in 2016, we're gearing up for a fantastic new concert
with original music by Adam Kurihara plus classical and contemporary works for choir and orchestra. Drew Halberstat and Adam Kurihara conduct.
Children's Ministry
Gail Hughson , Director
Cheryl Alexander , Assistant
Family Movie Night!
February 23rd, 5p-8p
Join us for a family movie night. We will be watching Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. We will be providing the pizza, popcorn and drinks. Bring your blankets and favorite stuffed animals. Feel free to wear your pajamas! Bring your friends and neighbors too! Sign up at the CM check-in desk!
Mom and Me Play Days
Consider bringing your infant - preschool children, your friends and neighbors and their preschool children to TCC for a play date. We’re opening the gym and one preschool room for free play on Mondays between 9-11a. We’ll meet each week, excluding school vacation days.

Contact Gail Hughson with any questions.  
Student Ministries
New Student Ministires logo
Kyle Smethurst, Pastor
This Sunday:
MS/HS Worship in Bradford @ 9:30a
HS Small Groups @ 11a

This Wednesday:
Student Leadership @ 6pm
MS Midweek @ 7:15-8:45p in Bradford
Upcoming:

HS/MS Guys Lock-In This Friday! 
All High School and Middle School guys are invited to Bradford Hall for an overnight of games, food and fun. Drop-off is Friday, February 2nd at 5p and pick-up is 9a on Saturday. Bring a pillow, sleeping bag, $5 and a friend!

Super Bowl Party This Sunday, Feb 4, 6:30P! 
Don't miss the chance to compete in tournaments, win prizes, eat great food and hang out while we watch the Patriots attempt to win another Super Bowl. The party ends when the game ends!

No Middle School Midweek Next Week…
Instead join the students and leaders going on our Guatemala missions trip at the Chick-fil-A fundraiser, Wednesday, February 7th, 5:30p–7:30p in Framingham. Last year, TCC filled Chick-fil-A with fun and laughter; it is an event you won’t want to miss! All the proceeds will go toward materials for projects on the trip. 

The 2018 Sports Outreach Trip is happening this Summer, July 6-14, 2018! Don't miss this chance to compete against high school basketball and soccer teams in the Solola Region of Guatemala. This trip is for current Juniors/Seniors and College-Aged Students. Click here for a Trip Overview. If you would like more information and an application, please email kylesmethurst@gmail.com

Our Group is headed back to Berea this Summer for Jr/Sr High Session #3, July 29th-Aug 4th! Register at Berea.org for this amazing week of Wacky Ball, Blobbing, Worship, Amazing Meals, Gaga, Inspiring Messages and More. Please email kylesmethurst@gmail.com to let us know that you've signed up!
Volunteers Needed for Student Ministries!

Pancakes Cooks Needed

Help students start Sunday mornings with full bellies! You can serve AND make it to worship service on time-begin cooking at 8:55a and finish by 9:30a. All supplies are provided.           

Midweek Meals

On Wednesday evenings, before Middle School Midweek, our Student Leadership meets for fellowship and to prepare for the activities of the evening. Since they meet during the dinner hour, we need meals to feed 10.      

Please contact Jen Calverley or Nancy Griffin at 508-358-7717 or email frontdesk@tccwayland.org to sign up!
Adult Ministries and Bible Studies
Knit Together (K-Tog)

Mondays at 10a-12p & 7p-9p in the parlor.

 People of all ages and experience levels invited to this informal knitting group.

Questions: Susan Foster 508-358-5852

With Thanks:
K-tog and Westgate Church knitters/ crocheters created over 60 hats!!!! The fellow at the Heart Association said last year they received 1,000 hats. THIS year - over 4,000!!!!! What a blessing for the mothers and babies!

The Little Hats will be distributed to Boston area hospitals, as well as hospitals all over Massachusetts! Such a wonderful opportunity to serve and gift others! 
We knitters and crocheters are gifted also by sharing our talents with others.
LIFE Groups

The new year is a great time to join a LIFE Group! New groups just kicked off last fall and there are still a few spots open. Contact Pastor Kyle to get plugged in today!
Saturday Morning Saints
Men’s Bible Study

Light breakfast and Bible Study from
7:30a-9:00a. All men are welcome to join us! 

For more information, contact:
Ed Brown at 508-655-9116; beverlybrown2@mac.com
or
Jim Santamaria at 508-358-7821; hermits@comcast.net .



Wednesday Evening Men's Bible Study Resumes in February!
Wednesday Morning Bible Study Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30a

This class is taught by Rev. Allan Baldwin. Join us as we explore John’s Gospel and its focus on knowing, serving, and enjoying Jesus Christ.

Wednesday Bible Study Podcasts

Visit http://tccspecial.podbean.com/ to hear our Wednesday Bible Study teachings. You can also find the link to the recordings on our website; on the bottom of the TCC Sermons page is a "Special Event Recordings" link.
Mom to Mom 
January 5 - May 11
Friday mornings, 9:30a - 11:15a
"Mom to Mom makes me a better mom as it 'gives me support' along the way...
Mom to Mom meets weekly to address issues and needs of women and family, guided by Biblical principles. We offer encouragement, compassion, and support to moms with children of all ages living at home. Any mom, independent of religious affiliation, is invited to join us.

Mom to Mom also offers a wonderful Christian Children's Ministry Program for infants through kindergartners. There are crafts, music, games and Bible stories for toddlers on up. A loving and responsible children's team offers your kids the best!

Please note that moms and children must be pre-registered. Placement in the children's program is offered on a first come, first served basis. Please register on-line here.
The program registration fee is $55/year and scholarships are available.
The children’s program fee is $75/year and scholarships are available.


For more information, contact Tonya Peck at  momtomomtcc@gmail.com.
Women's Bible Study 
January 4 - April 12
Thursday mornings, 9:15a - 11:00p

Thursday morning Women’s Bible Study (WBS) is currently studying the Book of Acts, taught by Rachael Frase from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. How did Christianity start and spread? What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the church? Come enjoy morning coffee and fellowship with friends and learn through the Book of Acts how the gospel turns the world upside down! WBS meets on Thursday mornings from 9:15-11:00A. The Winter/Spring session January 4 - April 12. Cost is $50 for the entire year plus $75 for childcare. Please register on line here. If you have additional questions, contact Amy Canute at tccwbs@gmail.com
Volunteer Opportunities
TCC runs on volunteers! Please visit the TCC “How to Serve” webpage at http://www.tccwayland.org/serve.php for more information.  Here are a few current opportunities:  

Greeting Ministry

Especially important at this time of the year - greeters stand in the lobby and doors to help people into the building safely. Arrive at 9am and help us foster a welcoming community.
If you would like to serve as a Greeter on Sunday mornings, email adam@tccwayland.org .

Usher Ministry

Ushers are absolutely critical in helping newcomers form their first impression of TCC. You help set the tone for the worship experience to come. You are representatives of God’s kingdom. You’re not just opening doors, providing information, handing out bulletins or collecting the offering, you are making people feel welcome!

If you would like to serve as an usher on Sunday mornings, email office@tccwayland.org.

Sunday Hospitality / Coffee Hour

If you enjoy having a cup of coffee while chatting with others during the 10:30 Fellowship time, please sign-up (alone or with your Small Group) to host a coffee hour!  You don’t even have to provide snacks – just make, set up and then clean up the coffee and tea (Easy instructions provided – click here to see what is involved!) Participation gives you and your group an opportunity to serve the Lord and is greatly appreciated by your fellow members .
If you would like to help with Coffee Hour email Robin Spinale at jspinale@hotmail.com.

Counters

Are you accurate and reliable? Volunteers count the weekly offering (mostly checks for deposit) each Sunday, and we are in need of new helpers. Offering counters work in pairs. 

To help with offering counting, email Aimee Mury at Contributions@tccwayland.org.
Serving our Community
This year we are partnering with three local organizations to help us achieve the greatest impact in serving our community. We believe that working alongside local Christian organizations is the best way to serve our community. We also believe that serving the poor is an essential part of the Christian faith. If you are not yet involved in one of these ministries, sign up yourself and/or your LIFE group today!

For more information, please contact Jen Calverley or Nancy Griffin at 508-358-7717 or email frontdesk@tccwayland.org.
The Bridge House

The Bridge House, located in Framingham, is a faith-based recovery home for men with substance abuse problems. Their program provides individualized treatment including counseling to support the spiritual, physical, social and intellectual health of each person in recovery. TCC would like to provide a meal for 50 to Bridge House every month.

Salvation Army/United Way Pearl Street Cafe

The Framingham SA has officially begun their new partnership with the Pearl Street Cafe & Cupboard , a program of the United Way. Just like the Miracle Kitchen, this new program provides dinner for 50-100 people every weeknight. TCC will provide 12 volunteers to serve dinner there every 1st and 5th Monday of the month from 4:30-7p. We no longer need to prepare meals...just serve the ones prepared by the United Way staff. There is no age restriction on the volunteers. We hope you will join us and serve!


Open Table

Open Table is a local food pantry located in Maynard. We have short opening and closing shifts on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings to serve. Adults and High School age students can volunteer at the Open Table food pantry.
The TCC Food Pantry, “Loaves & Fishes” offers assistance to those of TCC and the surrounding community who need help with providing for themselves and their family . If you are in need, or if you know of someone who is in need, please feel free to visit the church office for assistance from the food pantry. The food pantry is open on Sunday mornings and during regular church office hours. 
Donations to the TCC “Loaves & Fishes” Food Pantry are gratefully accepted. There is a collection bin on a table near the lobby stairwell. We only accept donations of non-perishable food and personal items. WE RESPECTFULLY ASK YOU NOT TO DONATE ANY OPEN OR EXPIRED ITEMS – WE JUST HAVE TO THROW THEM AWAY!

TOP ITEMS NEEDED:
   
Paper Towels
Cookies
Crackers
Canned Ravioli

Any questions regarding donations? Contact Diane or David Newcomb at diane.newcomb@comcast.net or david.newcomb@comcast.net
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48