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Week of September 12, 2021
The Christian's First Love
When people first become Christians, they usually are very excited about being saved. They want to go out and teach the whole world. They are burning with zeal. They love the Lord and want to share Him with everyone (cf. Acts 9:17-22).

A true disciple has given himself to the Lord, to be taught and used in His service (Luke 14:33; Gal. 2:20; Romans 12:1-2). Such a one will never grow weary in well doing (Gal. 6:9). He will remain fervent in spirit in serving Christ (Romans 12:11).

In the first century, the Christians at Ephesus somehow had lost their first love (putting Christ first in all their considerations and setting their chief concerns on Him and on spiritual things – Colossians 3:1-2). They taught the truth (Revelation 2:2) and would not tolerate false teachers. They patiently persevered and did not grow weary (Revelation 2:3). They labored in His cause, yet they had lost their first love (Revelation 2:4).

We see that people can teach the truth and perform the acts of worship outwardly in a correct way, but still not do these things with the proper attitude of heart.

Every act of obedient service to the Lord must be done out of a genuine love for Him (1 Corinthians 13:1-3) or it is useless. If we teach or do anything in service to Him only as a sense of duty and not because we truly love Him, it will not be acceptable to Him. This is truly an important lesson for Christians to learn.

Another lesson we must learn is that we must serve the Lord by “abiding” in His teaching: “If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed” (John 8:31).

Finally, let us fully understand that “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 9-10).
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

  • Services for Sis. Ruth Gallington: The Gallington family thanks the body for the flowers, cards, calls, and prayers following the passing of Bro. Gallington’s mother, Ruth Gallington, on Friday, September 3, 2021. Services for Sis. Ruth Gallington will be Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in Fairfax, Virginia, 1:45-3:00 p.m. Click link for details and access to the livestream of the service.

  • Sad News: We were saddened to learn of the unexpected passing of Bro. Martin Williams on Thursday, September 9, 2021. Details regarding final arrangements will be announced as they become available. We were also saddened to learn of the passing of Maria J. DePina, Sis. Aida Correia's mother, on Saturday, September 11, 2021. Please keep both of these families in prayer.

  • Roxbury In-House Fall Revival: We have had an uplifting time of fellowship and revival during our in-house revival with Bro. Eric Owens, which concludes Sunday, September 12th, with a Men’s Session, led by Bro. Owens, and a Women’s Session, led by his wife, Sis. Vanessa Owens. These sessions will run concurrently, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

  • Love Offering for Bro. Owens: We will be taking up a love offering for Bro. Eric Owens on Sunday, September 12th. We encourage members to make their contributions to the love offering via the congregation’s e-giving link (www.churchofchristinroxbury.org/e-giving), followed by an email to cocroxbury@gmail.com with LOVE OFFERING in the subject line, and your name and the amount of your contribution in the body of the email. If making your contribution by cash or check, please use an offering envelope and write LOVE OFFERING on it before placing in the collection plate at the check-in table when you check in. Please remember to make checks payable to Church of Christ in Roxbury.

  • Book Orders:  If you would like to place an order for any of Bro. Owens’s books, please see Bro. Gallington for a list of available books. Make checks payable to Church of Christ in Roxbury.

  • Thank You: Sis. Shonell Norville extends her thanks to the congregation for the prayers offered on her behalf following the passing of her aunt, Juneann Bailey. Services were held last week.


Parking Lot Work Rescheduled to 9/14-15
The church parking lot is scheduled to be sealed on Tuesday, September 14th, and the lines repainted on Wednesday, September 15th. No parking in the church lot, and please enter via the front door only on those dates.
Worship Service will be onsite, rain or shine at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday.  The usual sign-up rules and COVID protocols remain in effect. As per usual, we will also live stream the service on our YouTube channel at 11 a.m.

In-Person Worship Sign-up

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

E-giving link

Livestream link
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)
  • Parking Lot Work Rescheduled to 9/14-15
  • Diaper Drop for Baby Demetrius, Sun., 9/26 after morning worship
  • Bedford St. CoC Church Anniversary, 9/20-26
  • 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
  • Ladies Take Note
  • Bouldercrest Church of Christ Virtual Symposium, 10/9
  • Youth & Family Ministry
  • TreeTop Adventures in Canton, 9/18
  • Apple Picking at Honey Pot Orchards, 10/2

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 continue to meet at the church building for worship on Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m., we will continue the mask, social distance and temperature scan requirements previously put in place for attendance at in-person worship and classes until further notice. We will also continue to require advance sign up to attend in-person services to facilitate the notification process in the event of possible COVID exposure.
 
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 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.

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. We ask that all attendees bring their communion with them, but we will have supplies on hand if you forget.

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, September 19, 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
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.
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
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: September 2021
Meetings & Events
9/6-10 - Daily Lunch Distribution 1:30-2pm @church building
9/10-12 - In House Fall Revival (see above for schedule & details)
9/13-17 - Daily Lunch Distribution 1:30-2pm @church building
9/20-24 - Daily Lunch Distribution 1:30-2 p.m. @church building
9/20-26 - Bedford Street CoC Anniversary Celebration (see above for schedule and details)
9/25 - Community Outreach, 10am
9/26- Roxbury 4th Sunday Ladies' Class, 5:00pm @church building
9/27 - 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