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Week of October 3, 2021
Struggles of the Christian
The following is a story of nature demonstrating the fact that struggles are a necessary part of growth and development for the Christian in this life. God places these struggles (or trials) before us to prepare us for that perfect home in heaven with Him.

The Man And The Cocoon
One day a small opening appeared on a cocoon. A man sat and watched for the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and could go no further. The man decided to help the butterfly, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily but it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restraining cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening was God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

As Christians, struggles (or trials) are exactly what we need in our life in order to grow and develop properly. If God allowed us to go through our Christian life without any obstacles, it would cripple us spiritually. We, like the butterfly, would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly!

Conclusion
Brethren – Let’s thank God for our daily struggles (trials) and display the same attitude toward trials as the Apostle Paul. The great apostle said in 1 Peter 4:12-13 – NKJV:
“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”

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
We will begin offering two Sunday Morning Worship options beginning October 10th
Beginning Sunday October 10, 2021, we will have two worship services on Sunday mornings to accommodate all who would like to attend worship in person. The first service will begin at 8:30 a.m.; the second service will begin at 11:00 a.m.  The usual sign-up rules and COVID protocols remain in effect. When you access the online sign up form, you will be required to specify which service you would like to attend. Once capacity has been reached for a particular time slot, the form will no longer accept new registrations for that time slot. We will continue to live stream the 11:00 service on our YouTube channel.

In-Person Worship Sign-up
Please note that this form will begin accepting sign-ups on Sunday, October 3rd.

Please note that there is a new registration link each week.
Links from previous weeks will not work.

E-giving link

Livestream link

Boston Lights at Franklin Park Zoo

This event has been rescheduled to Friday, October 8, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. If you purchased tickets, please see Sis. Pam Alexander after service on Sunday, October 3rd to collect your tickets. Please plan to arrive at the Franklin Park Zoo entrance (golf course side) by 7:15 p.m. on Friday, October 8th.
TextAlertz: If you are signed up to receive church text blasts via textalertz, but have stopped receiving the blasts, please email Sis. Gallington at ggallington@gmail.com so she can troubleshoot the issue.

Please keep us updated: Please keep us apprised of any changes to your address, phone number and email address so that we can maintain an accurate database of member information. Please notify Sis Nagarajah at enagarajah@gmail.com or Sis Gallington at ggallington@gmail.com of any changes to your contact information.

Don't Miss Out! Please scroll through the entire e-bulletin each week to be certain not to miss any important announcements or links. Many items are repeated each week, but there are also new announcements that you'll miss if you don't scroll through the entire bulletin.

See the following sections for new/updated announcements.
  • News & Notes (see above for details)
  • We will begin having two worship services on Sunday mornings beginning Sunday, October 10th.
  • 3rd Sunday Intercongregational Fellowships resume on October 17th, hosted by the Bedford Street congregation
  • Educational Opportunities - Coding and Graphic Design programs for high school graduates. Stipend available
  • Worship & Class Schedule - Links to Services & Classes; link to worship attendance registration form
  • Latest on COVID-19
  • Vaccine available for ages 12 and up. Walk in appointments available at many clinics
  • Current and Upcoming Events -
  • Monday-Friday Meal Distribution, 1:30 p.m. daily
  • Monthly Community Outreach, Sat., 10/23
  • Ladies Take Note
  • 4th Sunday Ladies' Class, 10/24 @5pm via teleconference
  • Bouldercrest Church of Christ Virtual Symposium, 10/9
  • Youth & Family Ministry
  • Boston Lights Outing to Franklin Park - Friday, 10/8 at 7:30 p.m.

Midweek Bible Study
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
via freeconferencecall.com
(Click image at left to join the class online, or see remote class schedule below for dial-in info)
Worship Service Schedule
COVID Safety Protocols to continue as we begin offering two Sunday morning worship service options beginning 10/10/21

As noted above, beginning Sunday October 10, 2021, we will conduct two worship services on Sunday mornings to accommodate all who would like to attend worship in person. The first service will begin at 8:30 a.m.; the second service will begin at 11:00 a.m.  

The usual sign-up rules and COVID protocols remain in effect to to provide as safe a worship experience as we can and to facilitate the notification process in the event of possible COVID exposure.

NEW: When you access the online sign up form, you will be required to specify which service you would like to attend. Once capacity has been reached for a particular time slot, the form will no longer accept new registrations for that time slot.
 
We continue to require that all attendees at our in-person worship services and classes comply with the following:

  • sign up to attend in advance to facilitate seating and contact tracing (link below);
  • wear masks (covering nose and mouth, NO VENTED MASKS);
  • maintain social distance (6ft); and  
  • submit to temperature scans (fever free) to enter the building. 
 
We are aware that not all members have been vaccinated and this requires that we continue the same safety protocols to keep ALL members safe – vaccinated and unvaccinated. Thank you for your continued cooperation.

We will continue to livestream the worship service on Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. on our YouTube channel for those who are unable to attend in person. See below for link to our YouTube channel.

If you will be attending the 11:00 a.m. service, please arrive at the building by 10:30 a.m. We ask that all attendees be seated by 10:45 a.m. so that the livestream can begin promptly at 11:00.

Please spread the word to those who do not have internet access to complete the form online that they 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.

To assist us with conducting the service in a decent, orderly and safe manner, we ask that you please 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 in-person on Sunday, October 10, 2021 (the form will begin accepting responses following worship service on Sunday, October 3rd).

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.
Educational Opportunities
Latest on COVID-19
Massachusetts has lifted most COVID restrictions regarding masking, social distancing, and occupancy limits for most indoor and outdoor activities. The CDC recommends that those who have not been vaccinated continue to mask and adhere to social distancing recommendations. Businesses and organizations can, however still require COVID protocols at their venues, and the protocols are still in place on public and private transportation and in all medical facilities.

Click here for the most recent advisory from the Department of Public Health regarding face coverings and cloth masks.

All Massachusetts residents ages 12 and up are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and many facilities have walk-in hours. Use the link below if you need assistance scheduling an appointment or locating a facility.
Click here or anywhere in the announcement above for more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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: The Peacemakers class, taught by Sis. Pam Alexander and Sis. Caroline Myers will meet at the building at 10 a.m. on Sundays.
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
Mature in Heart Ministry
Men Take Note
Sunday Morning Devotional: Brothers, please see Bro. Phillip Morrison if you would like to present a Sunday morning devotional at 10:30 a.m., prior to our Sunday morning worship service.
New England Lectureship
Retention Ministry
No announcements at this time.
Support Groups
Young Adult Ministry (YAM)
Please join the Young Adult Ministry on Saturday, October 9th from 11am-2pm for this year's Virtual YAM Conference, featuring guest speaker Bro. Glenroy Bristol!

This event is open to everyone ages 18+ so please feel free to invite and register young adult friends and family so all participants can be accepted onto the Zoom call. The Zoom link will be provided as the date draws near.

YAM Virtual Conference Registration Link:
Youth & Family Ministry
Calendar: October 2021
Meetings & Events
10/4-8 - Daily Lunch Distribution 1:30-2pm @church building
10/11-15 - Daily Lunch Distribution 1:30-2pm @church building
10/17 - 3rd Sunday Fellowship, Hosted by Bedford St. CoC, 3pm
10/18-22 - Daily Lunch Distribution 1:30-2 p.m. @church building
10/23 - Community Outreach, 10am
10/24 - Roxbury 4th Sunday Ladies' Class, 5:00pm
10/25-29 - 10/1 - Daily Lunch Distribution 1:30-2pm @church building
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 TELECONFERENCE
  • Women's Saturday Bible Study (4th Saturday @ 10:30am)
Bro. John Kurpiel, minister for the Lawrence congregation, hosts an international radio program, “Soul Food,” on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11AM until 3PM. The program airs on Ignite Radio Broadcast via Mixlr, an interactive internet radio platform. Use the link below to tune in to listen, or to participate in the conversation. Always free to listen. https://mixlr.com/ignite-radio-broadcast
Plan of Salvation
Church of Christ in Roxbury
81 Walnut Avenue
Roxbury, MA 02119
617-442-5826