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Week of June 28, 2020
The Blessing of a Firm Foundation
By Josh Blackmer
One day last year, I was hunting way back in the swamp alone. On my way back to the truck I thought I could take a short cut by jumping across a two-foot-wide ditch. It turned out to be a ten-foot-wide canal with a floating grass mat in the middle. The floating vegetation was dense enough to have ferns and bushes growing on it. Anyone would have thought it was solid ground. I found I could stay afloat if I kept moving, but there was another section I had to jump. Without a firm place to jump from it was impossible. I ended up neck deep, in the canal, in a swamp, in Florida, by myself, in the middle of nowhere. In that instant, I imagined that all the toothy and venomous things that live in the swamp were zeroing in on me. I was out of the water quick, my heart was pounding, and thankfully nothing was giving chase. Solid ground had never felt so good.

Several lessons were reinforced for me that day. Principal among those was the importance of solid ground. We base all our motion on firm footing or a solid platform. That concept is used as a metaphor in the Bible. The psalmist wrote, “The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice. The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip” ( Psa. 37:30-31 ). He wrote again in another place, “My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber” ( Psa. 121:2-3 ). To David or any man of war, losing your footing could mean disaster. “He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm” ( Psa. 40:2 ). God’s word is both a firm foundation and a light that illumines our path before us ( Psa. 119:105 ). However, there is a disturbing trend that we once thought was confined to those who do not believe in God. We now know it is named among those who consider themselves to be believers and followers of God.

According to a recent study by Barna Group, 58% of Americans believe that moral absolutes are defined by the individual. What is disturbing is that includes people who identify as people of faith. We understand the dangers of moral relativism and the lack of an absolute truth. How could people who believe in God also not believe in an absolute truth? Jeremiah wrote, “I know, O LORD, that a man’s way is not in himself, nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps” ( Jer. 10:23 ). Those that go so far in their reasoning have fallen into the hole which they have made ( Psa. 7:15 ). “Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes” ( Isa. 5:21 ). We must be those who never move our feet from firm truth. We are “God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone” ( Eph. 2:20 ).

Elders
Leon Cort
Mark Craigwell
Martin Samuel
Minister
Mark Craigwell

Assistant Minister
Denver Simmons
Deacons
Raleigh Gallington
Anthony Johnson
Gregory Johnson
Carlfred Malcolm
Albert Martin, Jr.
Walter Maxwell
Richard Meuse
Barry Person
Jason Reid
James Wade, Sr.
Remote Service and Class Schedule

July Communion Supplies Pick-Up: Saturday, July 11th, noon-3 p.m. and Sunday, July 12th, 9-10 a.m. in the church parking lot. Please enter the lot via the first driveway and remain in your vehicle. Your communion kits for the month of July will be brought to you. Please exit the lot via the second driveway.
All Services, classes and meetings at the church building remain suspended until further notice, although preparations are now underway for the reopening of the church building in the near future. Details will be announced as the work progresses.

In the meantime, we will continue to hold our Sunday worship service, Tuesday Prayer Meeting, and Wednesday evening Bible Class remotely. Some ministries are meeting online via teleconference with freeconferencecall.com, or via Zoom. Please check with ministry coordinators for meeting schedules.

Remote Worship Service: T he sermon is broadcast on the church website and the congregation's Facebook page and YouTube channel at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. We gather via conference call at 12 noon (repeated at 12:15) for communion and collection (subject to change depending on sermon length. See below for detailed participation instructions.
Access to Sermon video (Sunday at 11:00 a.m.):
  • Click here for sermon videos on the church website, or
  • Click here to go to the congregation's Facebook page
  • Click here to go to the congregation's YouTube channel

Access to Communion Conference Call (Sunday at 12 noon and 12:15 p.m., subject to change ):
  • Via Telephone: Dial 978-990-5000; when prompted enter the access code: 261232#
  • Online: Click here to connect with the communion service conference call online. Click "join meeting," then click "call in using wifi or data," then click the phone icon at the top of the page and select "Mic and Speakers" to turn on audio.
  • Please mute your phone or computer when you enter the call to avoid interrupting the service.

Access to E-Giving:
  • Click here for e-giving on the church website. Please note that if you mail your offering to the building, there will be a processing delay.
REMINDER: Please remember to mute your phone or computer when joining any of the above conference calls to avoid interrupting the class or service you are entering, particularly if you are joining the call after the event has started.
News & Notes
Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to Sis Fastina Rivera and family in the passing of her son, Cornelius, last week. Please keep the family in prayer.

Date Change: The date of Aznii Martin's graduation from Foxborough Regional Charter School has been changed to July 20th at 6 p.m. so that they can have an in-person ceremony. Attendance is limited, masks are required, and social distancing protocols will be strictly enforced.

Cancellations:
  • 8/22 - Church Cookout at Houghton's Pond - State has cancelled all permit sites.
  • 11/12-14 - Men's Retreat has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns with the spread of COVID-19.
Please note that some of the ministries listed below are meeting via Zoom or freeconferencecall.com during the state of emergency. Check with your ministry coordinator(s) for remote meeting schedules. The ministries will resume their regular schedules once the state of emergency has been lifted. 
Current & Upcoming Events
No announcements at this time.
Couples Ministry
No announcements at this time.
Ladies Take Note
Mature in Heart Ministry
No announcements at this time. Stay tuned for updated information regarding the October Pennsylvania Dutch Country Excursion.
Men's Retreat
CANCELLED: This year's Men's Retreat, scheduled for November 12-14, has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns with the spread of COVID-19
New England Lectureship
No announcements at this time.
Retention Ministry
Support Groups
The Healing Hearts Ministry has been holding virtual meetings via Zoom. Please contact Bro. Robert Jackson or Sis. Pam Alexander for connection information.
Young Adult Ministry (YAM)
No announcements at this time.
Youth & Family Ministry
No announcements at this time.
Calendar: July 2020
Special Events

Ministry Meetings - Please contact your ministry coordinator for remote meeting schedules.
Weekly Events - ALL SERVICES, CLASSES, & MEETINGS NORMALLY HELD AT THE CHURCH BU8ILDING ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, except as noted below:
  • Sunday Bible Class (all ages) 9:30am
  • Sunday Worship Service 10:30am VIA CHURCH WEBSITE AND TELECONFERENCE beginning at 11 AM
  • Evening Worship Service, 5pm (1st Sunday of the month)
  • Spiritual Development Class 5pm (2nd Sunday of the month)
  • Men's/Women's Classes, 5pm (4th Sunday of the month)
  • Mature in Heart Bible Study and Prayer (Tuesdays @ 10:30am)
  • Prayer Meeting (Tuesdays @ 7pm) VIA TELECONFERENCE
  • Mid-Week Bible Study (Wednesdays @ 6:30pm) VIA TELECONFERENCE
  • Congregational Song Practice, 3rd Wed. 6:30pm
  • Mature in Heart Quilting (Thursdays 10:30-12)
  • Healing Hearts (Thursdays @6:15pm) VIA ZOOM
  • Choral Group Rehearsal (Thursdays @ 7pm)
  • Young Adult Ministry (2nd & 4th Thursdays @ 7pm)
  • Couple's Ministry (Fridays @ 7 pm)
  • Women's Prayer (Saturdays 9:30am)
  • Women's Saturday Bible Study (4th Saturday @ 10:30 a.m.)

Please note that there are no evening services or classes on the 3rd or 5th Sundays of the month.
Plan of Salvation
Church of Christ in Roxbury
81 Walnut Avenue
Roxbury, MA 02119
617-442-5826