JUNE 2017

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Confirmation 2017
Salute to the Graduates
Concerts on the Terrace
Remembering Edith Hayden

The First Church in Swampscott
Church Council 

Jim Kinchley, Chair
David Silva, Treasurer
Jen Reames, Nursery School Liaison
Michelle Steingiser, Clerk
Elaine Clarke
Karen Rose Brown
William Key
Diane Pagnotti

Save the Dates....
Sunday, June 11th

Sunday, June 18th

      The colors of Spring!

Women's Gathering
on June 21st

Sue Burgess is hosting an informal evening gathering for the women of the church at her home on Wednesday, June 21st.  Come for some informal conversation and refreshments.  Sue's address is 57 Atlantic Road (off of Atlantic Avenue).  Feel free to call her at 781-596-3874 for more information.

Dear Church,

What an awesome, profound, and beautiful Sunday we had last week.  The Confirmation class and their parents led us in holy worship.  It was spiritual and emotional and beautiful.  It was very life-giving for me, and for us all. Thanks be to God!!  

A bunch of us are marching in the Pride Day parade today with a number of other churches celebrating our Open and Affirming practices and theology.  The day begins with a big Interfaith service at my old stomping ground - Old South Church.

Then on Sunday we have a Baptism, New Members joining, and our church Annual Meeting (with a light lunch).  It will be another banner day!  Please plan to attend.  You can read the Annual Report here -> 2016-2017 Annual Report.  Paper copies will be available on Sunday.

And Monday next week - June 19 - I want to invite you to join me and our brothers and sisters in Zion Baptist and other local churches in a March for Social Justice,  It will begin at Zion Baptist at 5pm, march to Red Rock park for a rally at 6pm, and then on to our church to conclude.   More details Link to the March Facebook event.   June 19th is called Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day  n the African American community and beyond and celebrated as the date the last slaves were finally freed in America. 

Don't forget the amazing $1 Yard Sale on Saturday morning, June 17th. 


In other news, a ministry team is working on drawing together the whole congregation in a
wonderful and powerful process of reflection, feedback, and growth called "Completing the Circle." Many of us have been reading the book.  The subtitle is "Reviewing Ministries in the Congregation."   
We will be reflecting on all the dimensions of our church life together.  You may remember that we started this process with our church retreat last October.   I am excited to say that Rev. Debra Adams will helping us as we reflect on the Christian Formation process for our children and youth, as one component of our Completing the Circle process.  Rev. Adams has deep gifts for christian education ministries.
God help us all...
Pastor Ian