WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY
It's really summer now, and things are heating up. Predicted temperatures this week are in the high 80's all the way through Sunday - so we think it wise to move Festival Worship to the air conditioned Chapel once again this week. We hope you'll join us, in person or online

Please note that we'll have a masked seating section in the Columbarium, as well as overflow seating in Mary Norton Hall (2nd Floor). Coffee Hour following both services will also take place in Mary Norton Hall. 
9AM
FIRST Worship - Informal & Vibrant
in the air conditioned Gordon Chapel
Katherine Schofield preaching
Coffee Hour following
in Mary Norton Hall on the 2nd floor

10AM
Summer Choir Rehearsal
Summer Church School
11AM
FESTIVAL Worship - Grand & Expressive
in the air conditioned Gordon Chapel
Katherine Schofield preaching
Coffee Hour with birthday cake following
in Mary Norton Hall on the 2nd floor

For links to bulletins
and the worship livestream
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Happy birthday to all our members and friends born in July. Join us at coffee hour in Mary Norton Hall on the second floor after Festival Worship for cake and singing.
WORSHIP ON YOUTUBE LIVE
Not a fan of Vimeo? We have a way for you to tune in to worship! Simply go to youtube.com/OldSouthChurch to visit our YouTube page once we go live and the service will be the first video on your screen. You can also subscribe to us to receive notifications of when we're live. 
JAZZ WORSHIP
Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. in the Gordon Chapel or at oldsouth.org/jazz
Join us on in Gordon Chapel on Thursday evening for Jazz Worship! You don’t have to be a jazz aficionado to feel at home - just someone who wants to immerse yourself in soulful music, inspiring words, and creative liturgy. It’s intimate and it’s welcoming. We start preludes shortly before 6:00 pm. Click here If you’d like a hard copy of the song titles, credits, and hymns to print in advance.
PASTORAL TRANSITION
UPDATE FROM THE SEARCH COMMITTEE
The Senior Minister Search Committee has begun their important work and will report to the Congregation regularly. Click here read the most recent update.
HIGHLIGHTED NEWS & EVENTS
ALL-CHURCH PICNIC
Saturday, August 13th, Noon - 3 p.m., Auburndale Cove Park, Newton, MA
Parking lot is across from 86 W. Pine St, Auburndale, Newton, MA 02466
Join Old South Church folks for a barbecue, games, and fellowship. All are welcome and encouraged. We will provide the burgers, dogs, and veggie burgers -- you provide the side dishes and desserts! Everyone should bring their own beverages. For more information contact Kate Nintcheu or
AN EVENING OF FOOD AND EXCELLENCE
Thursday August 18th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., tickets start at $55
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets
Join us for an evening of outdoor dining, live music, and a silent auction, with all proceeds supporting the Allston Brighton Food Pantry in Brighton Center.
Created in 1974 by members of Brighton Allston Congregational Church, the Allston Brighton Food Pantry's mission is to promote greater access to healthy, nutritious food and reduce hunger and food insecurity in the Allston-Brighton community.
GODSPEED REV. SHAWN!
Acting Associate Minister Shawn Fiedler has accepted a new position at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois. Click here to read Shawn's letter to the congregation, along with a letter from Rick Spalding and the lay leadership of the congregation. We will have opportunity to fete, thank and celebrate Shawn for his three years of ministry with us on his final Thursday, August 25th at 7:00 pm (following Jazz Worship) and final Sunday, August 28th at 10 am and 12:15 pm (following First Worship and Festival Worship).

You can show your appreciation of Shawn by participating in a (tax deductible) purse. Make your gift by:
  • Dropping checks at the Front Desk or mail them, attn.: Helen McCrady, Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02116 (with Shawn on the memo line).
  • Click here to make a gift online
  • Click here to make a gift through the OSC giving portal.
ALL-CHURCH RETREAT
Fri Sept 30th- Sun Oct 2nd, Craigville Retreat Center, Cape Cod
Click here to register online.
The All-Church Retreat returns to our weekend-long format this year and we want you to be there! This intergenerational opportunity to connect, relax, play, and learn together is unique - and we hope you will plan to join in.
 
While we are still firming up our exact plan for the programming and theme - we want to invite you to begin registering online. Like everywhere else, Craigville's prices have risen just a bit, and are able to subsidize most of this increase, but not all. Adult price for the weekend is $190 - which includes 2 nights lodging, 5 meals, and the program. Teens and children are free. Day visitors may join in for $35. Scholarships are available - please reach out to Kate Nintcheu.
GROWING AND LIVING IN COMMUNITY
HEARD IT AT COUNCIL
Click here to get an update on Council discussions that include pastoral transition and the importance of making sure all feel welcome at Old South's services and events, especially visitors.
THE CRAWFORD LIBRARY
The Crawford Library, open to church members during business hours, contains books on social justice, religious history and Christian ethics and biography that may interest you. You may borrow, read and return them. All are welcome.
THROUGH THE BIBLE
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m., 4th Floor Phillis Wheatley Room and on Zoom
Join us as we journey at a reflective and thorough pace through the Hebrew Bible. We’re currently reading through Psalms. For more information email Howard Cha-Young Kim.
GREEN TIP: PLASTIC FREE JULY
SAY NO TO FREEBIES
Freebies are everywhere, from promotional pens and bags to party favors, to those annoying packets of junk you get at the dentist’s office. Do we really need them? Probably not. But when we accept these things it increases the demand for more to be made. If you don’t need it, refuse it. Make this change as part of Plastic Free July, a global movement that empowers us to be part of the solution to plastic pollution. Take the pledge here.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
“Prayer is the name, simply, for the leaning together of all our hearts toward the good that we desire."

Watch the video to to hear Interim Senior Minister Richard Spalding preach Unwearied Prayer.
VIRTUAL JAZZ WORSHIP
Missed last night's Jazz Worship? Visit the link below to watch the service. Also, check out our SoundCloud to listen to all of the Willie Sordillo Ensemble's Jazz Coffee House music. It's free!
OTHER INFORMATION
COVID PRECAUTIONS
  • Masking is OPTIONAL (except for Church School teachers and children in classrooms)
  • Masks are available at the front desk for those who choose to wear one
  • We strongly encourage everyone to be fully vaxxed and boosted, to attend to handwashing, and to refrain from entering the building if you have so much as a sniffle.

MASKED SECTIONS OF THE SANCTUARY AND CHAPEL
Did you know that we have masked sections in the Sanctuary and Chapel? We do! It's in the left transept (under the balcony) of the Sanctuary. In the Gordon Chapel, the Columbarium is the designated section. In both sections, masks are required. If you still aren't sure how to get to either section, ask an usher!
SANCTUARY IN THE CITY
Our Sanctuary in this City is open to visitors for prayer and reflection.
Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Fridays 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.;
and Weekends, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Corey Spence, Weekday Receptionist, Old South Church