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Week of May 23, 2021
A FORGIVING SPIRIT
by Gene Taylor
There is no more important characteristic found in the human heart than forgiveness. Its importance is seen in the home, church, community and nation. Someone has said there are "three kindred spirits in the heart—giving, thanksgiving and forgiving. Usually where one is found, all are found." A forgiving heart is an essential quality every child of God should have (Eph. 4:32).

Reasons to Be Forgiving
God commands it (Mark 11:25). This should be a sufficient reason for any right-thinking person to be forgiving because God's promises rest upon obedience to His word. But forgiveness on mere obedience to command usually falls short of what it should be. Anything done out of a sense of duty or necessity is usually not from the heart (cf. 2 Cor. 9:5-7). Consider the parent who makes the child say "I'm sorry" when, in reality, he is not sorry at all. He says it but only to appease his parent.

The example of Jesus (I Pet. 2:21; Phil. 2:3-5; Luke 23:34). As our example in all things, He would not require of us that which He would not do Himself. Even when His life was taken from Him, He had a forgiving attitude. It is said of Him, "He gave all, then forgave."

We have been forgiven. God, in Christ, has forgiven the sins of the Christian (Eph. 4:32). As Christ has forgiven him, he is to forgive others (Col. 3:13). One who is unwilling to forgive after he has been forgiven is viewed disdainfully by the God of heaven (Matt. 18:21-35).

In order to have future forgiveness (Matthew 6:14-15).

What It Means to Forgive
Forgiveness is more than just speaking the words. It must be sincere and from the heart. It must be patterned after the forgiveness God has granted to us. It must be accompanied by actions which befit true forgiveness.

Forgiveness involves a kind attitude—abandoning all animosity and hatred. All bitterness, anger, wrath, clamor and evil speaking should be put away (Eph. 4:31). We can hold no grudges. One must deny the impulse to get even and seek to do the forgiven one good.

Forgiveness involves forgetting (Heb. 8:12), but what does it mean to forget? It is impossible for a person to completely obliterate the wrong from his mind. Rather it means to not hold the person accountable for it anymore. When forgiveness is granted that should end the matter. It should never again be dredged up or held against the one who has been forgiven.

Forgiveness should be given by the "golden rule" (Matt. 7:12).
One should always be willing to forgive—even at repeated offenses. Matthew 18:21-22 has the apostle Peter asking, "'Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?' Jesus said to him, 'I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.'"

Jesus was willing to forgive those who crucified Him, but they were not forgiven until they acknowledged their wrong and repented of it (Luke 23:34; Acts 2:36-39). When one refuses to repent, he is to be regarded as a "heathen and a tax collector to you" (Matt. 18:15-17).
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.
News & Notes
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In-Person Worship: Please see announcement below under Worship Service Schedule for detailed information regarding the resumption of in-person worship on Sunday mornings.


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See the following sections for new/updated announcements.
  • News & Notes (above)
  • Friends of Dudley Branch Library Scholarship for High School Seniors
  • Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation is hiring
  • Worship & Class Schedule - Links to Services & Classes; link to worship attendance registration form
  • Latest on COVID-19 - Vaccine available for ages 12 & up
  • Ladies Take Note
  • Roxbury 4th Sunday Ladies' Class, May 23rd at 5pm via freeconferencecall.com
  • Current and Upcoming Events -
  • Tuesday Food Box Distribution
  • June Community Outreach
  • Youth & Family Ministry
  • Scholarship Opportunities for High School Seniors and College Students

Midweek Bible Study
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
The Fragrance of Our Ministry
via freeconferencecall.com
(Click image at left to join the class online, or see remote class schedule below for dial-in info)
Student Recognitions
Worship Service Schedule

In-person Sunday worship has resumed on a limited basis; weekly worship livestream will continue

We have resumed in-person worship on a limited basis on Sunday mornings at 11:00. The number of attendees is limited to 90 in the auditorium, and attendees must register by completing an online sign up form each week. A link to the sign-up form will be included in the e-bulletin each Sunday (see below). We will continue to livestream Sunday morning worship at 11:00 a.m. on our YouTube channel for those who are unable to attend in person.

If you will be attending worship in person, please arrive at the building by 10:30 a.m. All attendees must be seated in the auditorium by 10:45 a.m. so that the livestream can begin promptly at 11:00.

Those who do not have internet access to complete the form online can contact Sis. Craigwell at 617-980-7830 or Sis. Gallington at 617-922-5987. By signing up to attend worship in person, you are agreeing to follow all COVID protocols that have been put in place for the safety of all. All attendees will have their temperatures scanned (touchless) upon entry into the building. Facemasks covering the nose and mouth must be worn by all attendees while on church property, both inside and outside. Vented masks are not allowed. All attendees must sanitize hands before entering the auditorium. We ask that all attendees bring their communion with them, but we will have supplies on hand if you forget.

To assist us in adhering to COVID capacity limits and contact tracing (if necessary), please do not come to the building if you have not been added to the list of attendees. If you have been added to the list and find that you cannot attend, please let Sis. Craigwell or Sis. Gallington know right away so that your spot can be given to someone who can attend. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience.

Use this link to sign up to attend on Sunday, May 30, 2021

Giving: We encourage members to continue using e-giving via the Paypal link on the church website, or to mail their offerings to the church building. There will be a one-week delay in processing offerings brought to in-person worship services. Use the following link to access e-giving:
 
Use the link below to join us for our worship livestream on Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. 
Current & Upcoming Events
Click here to donate funds via the congregation's e-giving link. To earmark your donation for Community Outreach, please let Bro. Gallington know via email with the subject line "Community Service Donation" at cocroxbury@gmail.com so that he can properly allocate the funds to Community Outreach.
Latest on COVID-19
COVID-19: All Massachusetts residents ages 12 and up are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Use the link below if you need assistance scheduling an appointment. Although COVID numbers had been declining, they are now climbing nationwide, including in Massachusetts, and it is more important than ever that we continue to exercise vigilance in observing recommended safety protocols, e.g., frequent handwashing, wearing a mask whenever you are around people who are not part of your immediate household, in both public and private settings, avoiding all unnecessary travel, keeping your distance, and self-quarantining for the recommended amount of time if you contract or are exposed to COVID-19. Although there is light at the end of the tunnel with the roll out of multiple vaccines, for now, we are still in the midst of a pandemic and it is not time to relax our vigilance in limiting its spread.
Reminder: Please remember that cloth face masks or coverings are required in all public places, including for outdoor activities. Please also remember to launder your cloth facemasks and/or coverings regularly, wash your hands frequently, and practice social distancing.
Remote Class/Meeting Schedule
Tender Lambs & Pure in Heart Sunday Morning Bible Class
Sundays 10-10:30 a.m. via Zoom

Click here to join class via Zoom or dial in using one of the numbers below under Children's Sunday Morning Bible Classes
Children's Sunday Morning Bible Classes
Sundays 10 -10:45 a.mm. via Zoom

Students and teachers will access their “classrooms” via the following Zoom link: Click here to join class via Zoom

Meeting ID: 861 5908 0656
Passcode: 733792

If you prefer to dial in, use one of the numbers below:
+13017158592,,86159080656# US (Washington DC)
+13126266799,,86159080656# US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 861 5908 0656

NOTE: Peacemakers children’s class will meet via a separate Zoom link as follows:
  • The Peacemakers class, taught by Sis. Pam Alexander and Sis. Caroline Myers will continue their Saturday meetings via the Zoom link they are currently using (contact Sis. Pam Alexander for connection information).
Tuesday Evening Prayer Meeting

Join us Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. via freeconferencecall.com for our weekly prayer meeting conducted by Bro. Tony Johnson by dialing 319-527-2774, access code 708846#, or connect online at join.freeconferencecall.com/caroljohnson.
Wednesday Night Dial-In Bible Study
Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
Dial in number: 978-990-5000
Access Code: 261232#

Or join the class online at
Mid-Week Youth Bible Study
Wednesdays 7-7:30 p.m. via Zoom


Women's Saturday Prayer Meeting
Join us for prayer on Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. via freeconferencecall.com

Dial-in:  701-802-5069; Access code 3730930#
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.
Prayer Requests
Couples Ministry
No announcements at this time.
Ladies Take Note
Click here or anywhere in the announcement above to join the class online.
Mature in Heart Ministry
Men Take Note
No announcements at this time.
New England Lectureship
Retention Ministry
The next Retention Ministry meeting will be via Zoom. Date and time TBA.
Support Groups
Young Adult Ministry (YAM)
Youth & Family Ministry
Calendar: May 2021
Meetings & Events
5/3 - Education Ministry Meeting, 7 pm via Zoom
5/4- Food Box Distribution, Time TBA
5/11- Food Box Distribution, Time TBA
5/18- Food Box Distribution, Time TBA
5/21 - Youth & Family Outdoor Movie Night, 7-9:30pm (details above)
5/22 - Community Outreach, 10am
5/22 - Combined Ladies' Bible Class, 11:00am via Zoom (details above)
5/23 - Roxbury 4th Sunday Ladies' Class, 5:00pm via Zoom (details above)
5/25 - Food Box Distribution, Time TBA
Ministry Meetings - Please contact your ministry coordinator for remote meeting schedules.
Weekly Events - ALL SERVICES, CLASSES, & MEETINGS NORMALLY HELD AT THE CHURCH BUILDING ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, except as noted below:
  • Sunday Bible Class (all ages) See above for connection info and times for individual classes.
  • Sunday Worship Service 11:00 am in person and via livestream on YouTube. See above for details.
  • 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)
  • Young Adult Ministry (2nd Sunday of the month at 6pm) VIA ZOOM
  • Mature in Heart Women's Prayer (Tuesdays @ 10:30am) VIA TELECONFERENCE (connection info above)
  • Prayer Meeting (Tuesdays @ 7pm) VIA TELECONFERENCE (connection info above)
  • Mid-Week Bible Study (Wednesdays @ 6:30pm) VIA TELECONFERENCE (connection info above)
  • 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)
  • Couple's Ministry (Fridays @ 7 pm)
  • Women's Prayer (Saturdays 9:30am) VIA TELECONFERENCE (Connection info above)
  • Ministers/Elders/Deacons Wives Meeting, (3rd Saturday @10 am) VIA ZOOM
  • Women's Saturday Bible Study (4th Saturday @ 10:30am)

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