COMING ATTRACTIONS!
DONATE NEW COATS FOR BOSTON'S YOUTH!
Order coats ASAP

City Mission is conducting its annual coat drive for new, unused coats that will be given directly to Boston schools and organizations that serve Boston youth. Coats can be ordered online and sent directly to the City Mission office. Check out their Amazon Wish List Macy’s Wish List. Coat Boston is in need of new coats in all children and teen sizes (including adult men’s and women’s). Click here for more information.
MEETING HOUSE SUNDAY
Sunday, November 21st, 10:00 a.m.,
at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street
Old South Church returns to our ancestral home, the Old South Meeting House, for our annual Festival Thanksgiving Worship. Worship begins at 10:00 a.m., with prelude music at 9:50 a.m. Music includes the great Thanksgiving hymns, the Festival Choir, the Old South Ringers handbell choir, brass, percussion, and piano. The nearest parking garage is the Pi Alley Garage at 275 Washington Street, you can look for on street parking, or try the Spot Hero app. No service will be offered at 645 Boylston Street that day.
CHRISTMAS GIFT DRIVE
FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE

Even while physically distancing, you can still connect with a child in foster care to help make their holiday bright. Old South is again partnering with the Department of Children and Families to provide gifts for 75 or more children. We need your help! All OSC members who choose to participate will be matched with a specific child and given a wish list with web links to the child's requested gifts. You shop online and ship the items directly to our DCF partner. The average cost is $40-$50 per child. Email David Story and the team at oscgiftdrive@gmail.com and let us know how many children you will sponsor and if can do a more expensive gift like a bicycle. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Old South's Santas are the BEST!
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY
There are many ways for you to engage with Old South Church on Sundays and you can find all of the information, the program zoom links, and much more by clicking the button below.
GARDEN WORSHIP
Sunday, 9:00 a.m., Click here for map to monument

Children & Family Ministries will gather at the Ether Monument in the Public Garden for a short in-person worship service.
BIBLE STUDY
Sundays at 9:00 a.m., Sam Johnson Room on the fourth floor, and Zoom

Delve into the day’s scripture passage heard in worship. Led by our ministerial staff, this no-homework Bible study delights in taking a scholarly look at ancient texts. Don’t leave your questions at the door; we need them. For more information contact Jessica Young Chang
ALL-CHURCH WORSHIP IN PERSON AND ONLINE
Sundays at 10:00 a.m., in the Sanctuary and online
Click here for more information

Join us this Sunday as Interim Associate Minister Katherine A. Schofield preaches. The Old South Gospel Choir joins in worship this week singing music by  Andraé Crouch and Robert Ray.
FOLLOWING ALL-CHURCH WORSHIP

COMMUNITY HOUR FORUM - Finances 101
in the 2nd Floor Mary Norton Hall

Come to learn about the church's budget, our income and expenses, at a high level. Led by Nancy Taylor and members of the Stewardship Committee.
HEALING WORSHIP
Sunday at 12:30 p.m., on Zoom, Click here to join

Please join us to take a moment for rest and renewal in the presence of God and other spiritual companions gathering by Zoom. All are welcome to share this quiet space and lift up our concerns, our losses, our hurts, and our celebrations in the Healing Presence of God and one another.
JAZZ WORSHIP
Never been to Jazz Worship at Old South Church at 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays? The city's sharp night-sounds are muffled by the sweet strains of jazz: plaintive sax, smooth-as-water vocals, the thrum of bass guitar, and nimble fingers dancing across the keyboard. The Willie Sordillo Ensemble is a precious gem: an expression of Old South Church's offer of music to praise and serenade our God. Here we experience awe in the awesome presence of the Author of the Universe, Master of the turning planets, Source of all that is, and was, and is to be. Never been? Why the heck not? Join us in person or at oldsouth.org/jazz
SENIOR MINISTER TRANSITION
This past week Nancy Taylor announced her retirement as senior minister of Old South Church, effective the end of May 2022. Her letter was accompanied by a letter from church leadership which outlined the process the church has adopted to celebrate Nancy's leadership and plan for an interim minister to serve between Nancy and the next senior minister. Click here to read the statements. "For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven" Ecclesiastes 3:1
GROWING IN COMMUNITY
CONNECTIONS Two Opportunities!
Saturday, November 13th, at 10 a.m. in Rev. Taylor's Office
or Sunday, November 14th, following Worship in the 4th Floor Guild Room

To be a member of Old South Church is to enter the company of Revolutionary Era heroes, abolitionists, suffragettes, anti-poverty crusaders, and poets. Our saints include Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, Phillis Wheatley... and maybe you! Want to learn more about the life of this community of faith? Join our Connections Info Session! For more info contact Rev. Katherine Schofield
YOUNG ADULTS Friendsgiving Brewery Afternoon
Saturday, November 20 @ 3:45 p.m.

We'll be taking a trip to Rozzie to check out Distraction Brewing Co. Two options: meet Martha at Old South at 3 p.m. to take the commuter rail together, or meet us at the brewery around 3:45 p.m. Feel free to bring take-out or grab some food in the surrounding area of Rozzie Village.
COMMUNITY HOUR FORUM - Outdoor Ministries
Sunday, November 28th, 2nd Floor Mary Norton Hall, following Worship

Relive the fun of summer camp and learn more about the UCC's Outdoor Ministries and camp programs. Join us for a presentation by Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer, Executive Director of Silver Lake Conference Center and
learn more about how you and your family can get in on the fun!
IN LIEU OF CHRISTMAS FLOWERS
Donations due by Thursday, December 10th
 
Instead of our usual Christmas Flower donations, we will be directing the funds to the Allston Brighton Food Pantry. The requested contribution is still $20. Click here and choose "Christmas Memorial" to make your gift. Your message in honor or memory of loved ones, or special occasions, can be entered on the second page of the donation screen or you can give anonymously. The list of messages will be available in the Sunday bulletin and online beginning December 13th. Questions? Contact Helen McCrady
THEOLOGICAL BOOK GROUP
Mondays, 7 p.m., December 13th and 20th and January 3rd and 10th

The Theological Book Group begins a new and timely book: Light of the World: A Beginner's Guide to Advent, by Amy-Jill Levine. Levine traces the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zachariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, and the visit from the Magi. These stories open up conversations around their connection to the Old Testament, the role of women in first century Jewish culture, and the revolutionary implications of the Magnificat. If you are interested, email Levine in to Don Wells. The group is limited to 20 participants to allow for meaningful discussion. Allowing for time during the busy holiday season, we will do two chapters in December and the remaining two chapters in the Epiphany season in January. Participants need to provide their own copy of the book.
LIVING IN COMMUNITY
THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE SUPPORTING SNOWDEN PARTNERSHIP

We are holding our second annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to help families with food insecurities around the Thanksgiving Holiday. If you would like to donate funds to this project, click here to donate online or send your donation to the church clearly marked for the Snowden Thanksgiving Food Drive.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR
Saturday, December 4th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the 1st floor Gordon Chapel

Objects of purpose and beauty by local artisans including paintings, soaps, jewelry, textiles, pottery, note cards, paper art, ornaments, and much more. The Boston Conservatory Brass will be on hand with live music!
ADVENT FAMILY SERVICE PROJECT
Saturday, December 18th, 9:00 a.m. at the church

Families of the church will gather to assemble, pack and wrap Christmas gifts that we will then take to the streets to deliver to our unhoused neighbors. Please help us by adding to the gifts. We are now collecting the following items:
  • small toiletries
  • hand warmers
  • warm socks, gloves, mittens, hats, and scarves
  • donations (to be converted into Dunkin gift cards)
Physical items should be new, and can be brought (or mailed) to the reception desk. Monetary donations can be marked "Gift Boxes" and left for Kate at the front desk. RSVP to Kate if you'd like to come on December 18th!
WARM CLOTHES NEEDED

Did you swap out your shorts for your corduroys recently? Have you pulled out those sweaters and coats? Perhaps you found items that you simply do not use, or that you have outgrown? Please donate them to Ecclesia Ministries! Clean, gently used coats, hoodies, shirts, jeans, shoes, boots, etc., in adult sizes, preferably larger! Donations can be brought the church - and left with "Attn Kate" on the bag. Questions? Email Kate Nintcheu
GREEN TIP: A LIVABLE FUTURE
Sunday, November 14th at 7 p.m., Click here to register

Act On Mass presents a virtual forum discussion "A Livable Future: How Can Massachusetts Lead on Climate?" This forum will feature a word of welcome from US Senator Ed Markey, and a panel including Bill McKibben (the founder of 350.org,) Cabell Eames (political director of Better Future Project), and Rev. Vernon Walker (director of Communities Responding to Extreme Weather).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
"Ours is a grief with hope. Hope in that house, not made with human hands, eternal in the heavens."

Watch the video to hear Senior Minister Nancy S. Taylor's All Saints' Sunday reflection Death, Grief, Hope.
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
MASKING POLICY AND EVOLVING RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC

Vaccinated or unvaccinated, all must mask. It's the faithful thing to do.
We are so excited to be open for in-person worship in addition to our livestreamed services. Click here for a guide to let you know what to expect.
SANCTUARY IN THE CITY

The Sanctuary in the 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.
WORSHIP BY PHONE

You can listen to our worship service live on your phone! Do you know of anyone who would benefit from this? Please let them or us know! Click here to learn more about how it works and contact helen@oldsouth.org with questions.
Corey Spence, Weekday Receptionist, Old South Church