March 8, 2018 • Fourth Week of Lent
Daylight Savings Time Begins This Sunday, March 11 th ...

Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour!

If Your Power is Out…

If you are without electricity, heat, internet and need a place to check email, charge your cell phone, warm up or grab a cup of hot coffee, please feel free to stop by TCC and plug in. The office is open from 9:00am – 4:30pm weekdays.

Dear Church,

After an exciting nor'easter on Wednesday we are up and running here at TCC and are excited for our weekend worship services. Pastor Kyle is preaching this Sunday out of Philippians 1:1-6, on our partnership in missions.

As we look at the Philippians' approach, we're also looking at the TCC approach, hearing from several students who just returned from the missions trip to Guatemala. LTA and SM programs run as normal this Sunday at 9:30am, and don't forget to "Spring Forward" and set your clocks for the time change (for those of you that don't use your phones as your alarm clocks, of course!).

Also, this is the half-way point through Lent, which makes this Sunday Laetare Sunday, a service marked by joy, as we look forward to Easter in just 3 weeks!

Join us!

Adam Kurihara,
Director of Worship and Community Life
Pastor Tom's Note
Pastor Tom's Note - The Sixth Pillar of Wisdom: Reverence

Some of us have a love affair with trees. We love them for their height, strength, sheer presence, and many other reasons. In Scripture tree imagery is rich as well. Cedars of Lebanon, oaks, juniper, terebinth, you name it, there are lots of...

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Announcements and Upcoming Events
New Website is Live!

Hi folks! It's a windy and rainy but very exciting day here at TCC! We're rolling out our new website! As you look around the new pages, be sure to: Check out our "Stories of Grace" page, which...

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Easter Lilies - Envelopes available
Donate an Easter lily to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection, or in loving memory, honor or celebration of someone special in your life. We would love to fill the sanctuary on Easter Sunday with their elegance, beautiful scent and significance. The cost is only $10 dollars, and you can take one home after the last service. Please fill out an envelope at the Connection Hub on Sunday.
Girls’ Night Out Goes Daytime!
Join us at Carolyn Heinen’s home in Sudbury on Saturday, March 24th, at 11am for a Spring Brunch and planting an herbal plant pot to take home. Women of all ages (even friends from outside our church community) are welcome to join. Please RSVP to Cathy Koerwer at to let us know you will be attending.
Collection for the Teddy Sayonkon Foundation (TSF)
Teddy continues his mission work in Liberia with efforts to collect clothes, shoes, school supplies, toys, backpacks, books and Bibles. If you would like to donate any of these items, please leave them in the designated collection area in the stairwell off the lobby. Financial help toward the cost for shipping is also greatly needed. 

Teddy can be reached at: or 978-761-5239.

Haiti Missions Trip In May
During the week of May 6, a small group from TCC will be travelling to visit our missionary, Gladys Thomas, and her ministry in Haiti. Would you like to join us? We would very much welcome you to do so.

There will be opportunities to serve in a variety of ways, depending on the skills and interests we bring with us. Some possibilities include interacting with elementary school children, leading a seminar for the college students, painting, building and landscaping, or helping with medical clinics. We hope this will be an introduction to Haiti and an opportunity to discover how we, as a congregation, can partner with this ministry.

Please contact Carolyn Lippmann or the church office to find out more.
Sundays and Winter Weather
It's winter! When snowstorms happen leading into Sunday morning, we will update the church by 7pm on Saturday Night via the following channels: • Voicemail: 508-358-7717 • WBZ Radio •

On Sunday mornings, we may potentially cancel the 9:30 service (along with all LTA and Student Ministry Programming) and just have the 11 am service. In this case, there would not be any Student Ministry or Children's Programming at the 11am 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.
Winter Seminar at L’Abri This Weekend, “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

49 Lynbrook Road
Southborough, MA 01772

*If you would like to join us for the day on Saturday, please email us your reservation NO LATER THAN Thursday, March 5th to 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 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.
L'Abri Lectures
Free lectures on the Christian faith, theology, and culture.

Other upcoming lectures include:

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
Music and Worship Ministries
Evensong: Lent
Just two more evensong services this Lenten season:
  1. Next Wednesday, March 14
  2. March 21

Join us!
Sacred Music Concert with Westgate Church
May 19, 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.

The choir is beginning rehearsals for Easter and our May concert with Westgate church, and you are invited to join for the season! Rehearsals begin tonight, 7-8:30 pm. Join us!
Children's Ministry
Gail Hughson , Director
Cheryl Alexander , Assistant
Student Ministries
New Student Ministires logo
Kyle Smethurst, Pastor

The Thinking Series:
This series features five major worldview questions and is an opportunity students and friends to explore the truth of the Christian faith. On Sunday at 9:30A, Steven Weiss starts the conversation with a message on the question, "What is the meaning of life?" At 11A-Noon, high school students will have a chance to share their thoughts during small group discussion. And on Wednesday night, 7:15-8:45P, the discussions will continue at Middle School Midweek!

Confirmation Class:

Knowing Jesus....
What could be more important than knowing Jesus?
It's the most important relationship during our lifetimes, and it will be the most important relationship (or lack thereof) at the moment of our passing from this world. All 6th-12th grade students are experiencing an exciting, transformational stage of life. They are forming their worldviews! And even though that will process will be a lifelong pursuit, these are the critical moments in which they are developing an understanding of their identity, beliefs, morality, social values and purpose.
On Sunday, March 18th, the Spring Confirmation Class kicks off in Bradford Hall, from 11A-Noon (lunch provided). All 6th-12th Graders are invited! In addition to the many other TCC SM program opportunities, this class is a safe and nurturing environment for students to pursue truth in a deeper and more intensive way. For students who already know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, this class is a small group setting for them to unpack the Christian faith, to address their doubts and questions, and to marvel at the grace of God.
For students who don't know Jesus, or much about Christianity, this class is a small group setting for them to unpack the Christian faith, to address their doubts and questions, and to marvel at the grace of God.
The class culminates in testimonies proclaiming faith and/or reflecting on what one has learned about Jesus and themselves. In being confirmed, students not only identify with Jesus, but also with the TCC community.
Parents, we encourage you to consider the cost of not encouraging your children to think hard about their faith and worldview. We would love to partner with you in that process through this Confirmation Class!
Please email me at or call 757-784-4820 if you have questions or want more information. We hope that your kids will choose to join us!

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

Berea Summer Camp 2018
Our Group is headed back to Berea this Summer for Jr/Sr High Session #3, July 29th-Aug 4th! Register at for this amazing week of Wacky Ball, Blobbing, Worship, Amazing Meals, Gaga, Inspiring Messages and More. Please email to let us know that you've signed up!
Volunteers Needed for Student Ministries!
Pancakes Cooks

Help students start Sunday mornings with full bellies! You can serve AND make it to worship service on time-begin cooking at 8:55 am and finish by 9:30 am. 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 to sign up!
Adult Ministries and Bible Studies
Men’s Evening Bible Study, Wednesdays, from 7:30- 8:30 pm
We'll meet on March 14th and 21st, following the Evensong service, and then resume after Easter. We’re studying the Book 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!
Knit Together (K-Tog)

Mondays at 10 am-12 pm & 7 pm-9 pm in the parlor.

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

Questions: Susan Foster 508-358-5852
LIFE Groups

Here at TCC, we are passionate about cultivating authentic community. Throughout the week, LIFE groups meet and rely on Bible study, discussion, practical yet compassionate care to encourage, befriend and help each other grow in relationship with Christ. We have groups in Wayland, Weston, Sudbury, Natick and Hudson who would love to have you join them! For more information, contact Kyle Smethurst at
Saturday Morning Saints
Men’s Bible Study

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

For more information, contact:
Ed Brown at 508-655-9116;
Jim Santamaria at 508-358-7821; .

Wednesday Morning Bible Study Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 am.

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 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, 9:30 am - 11:15 am

"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
Women's Bible Study 
January 4 - April 12
Thursday mornings, 9:15 am - 11:00 pm

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 9:15-11:00 am. 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
Volunteer Opportunities
TCC runs on volunteers! Please visit the TCC “How to Serve” webpage at 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 9 am and help us foster a welcoming community.
If you would like to serve as a Greeter on Sunday mornings, email .

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

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


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
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
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 4:30-7 pm. 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!

Salad Dressings
Women's Razors

If you have any questions regarding donations, contact Diane or David Newcomb at or 
Community Events
Weekend Conference at Westgate Church
The Gospel and Sexuality
Friday–Sunday, March 16–18, 2018

Few subjects dominate the cultural landscape in America as thoroughly as sexuality and gender. From entertainment to politics to education, LGBTQ+ concerns have captured the hearts and minds of the public. Most of us have friends, neighbors, colleagues, classmates, or family members who identify as gay (perhaps we too are same-sex attracted). So pervasive is the acceptance and celebration of homosexuality and transgenderism, that any disagreement or hesitancy is often dismissed as bigotry, homophobia, and hate.