The Broadcaster Online
Week of September 19, 2021
What Do You Care About?
Neal Thurman
January 7, 2018
The greatest teacher in all the world cannot make a single student learn. The most eloquent, powerful, and scholarly preacher cannot himself establish a saving faith in even one listener. The most thoughtful, loving parent cannot guarantee faithful obedience to God from a child. All of these things are true because we cannot force a person to care. We cannot control the intent of one’s heart, even in those closest to us.

It is easy to become frustrated when things do not progress in the way or at the pace which we desire. This is certainly true in the church. We make efforts and attempts to encourage growth and edification in the church, or especially in a congregation. Yet, we look around and continue to see empty seats and the same few laboring in the various works of the church. We may be led to ask, “Why aren’t we growing?” or “What are we doing wrong?”

One may say, “Maybe it’s the way we go about things.” Jesus said, “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ (Matthew 11:18-19). So, which way was the way to reach the people?

“Well, we need to reach people where they are.” Acts 24:24-25, “...he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. 25 Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.” Acts 26:27-28 “King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.” 28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.” Which of these unbelieving men did Paul fail to understand his place in world?

“We need something that gets folks excited so they will want to be a part of the church.” 1 Corinthians 1:22-23 “For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness…” Should the apostles have conducted grand healings and miracle performances to stir up the people?

Beloved brethren, sometimes it is not so much what we are doing or not doing, but what is happening with those who receive it. We are asking them, “What do you care about?” Because we cannot make them care. We cannot make them love the Lord. We cannot make them surrender their wills to Him. We cannot make them be faithfully to the Lord or the church that he bought with his own blood (Acts 20:28).

Some may allege that this is an excuse for not doing something. On the contrary, I will tell you what we must do, faithfully. “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,” (Mark 16;15). “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching,” (2 Timothy 4:2). “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you,” (John 13:34). “...but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity,” (1 Timothy 4:12). “ If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet,” (John 13:14). “ Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. ...as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men...“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink…” (Romans 12: 15,18,20).

These are not insignificant things. In fact, sometimes they are quite difficult. They of vital importance because they proclaim what we care about. And these things are never in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58). Our challenge is to follow Paul’s words in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
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

From Sis. Sharee Farley - Thanks for all your prayers and this beautiful Peace Lily. My road to recovery from this leg/ankle break is slow, yet steady. I am all smiles and most grateful to all my brothers and sisters in Christ.

  • Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to Sis. Winsome Fearon, who, along with her husband, Bro. Lloyd Fearon, worshipped with us while Bro. Fearon attended graduate school in Boston, in the passing of her mother, Sis. Ena White-Nelson on August 31, 2021, and her mother’s caregiver, Sis. Delrose Edwards, on September 4, 2021. The service for Sis. Ena Nelson will be livestreamed on YouTube on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Mona Church of Christ in Kingston, Jamaica (11:00 our time) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXMfGJRIi_E.

  • Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to Sis. Aida Centeio Correia in the passing of her mother, Maria J. DePina, last week. Services for Ms. DePina were held on Thursday, September 16, 2021. Please continue to lift up the family in prayer.

  • Sad News: Bro. Gerald Anderson passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. A long-time member of the Roxbury congregation, Bro. Anderson served the congregation as Youth Director before relocating to Cleveland, Ohio, where he served as minister for the University Church of Christ, after which he relocated to Tallahassee, Florida. Please keep his wife, Michelle Green Anderson, and his children in prayer for comfort and strength in their bereavement.

  • Services for Bro. Martin Williams: Details will be announced as they become available.

  • Book Orders: If you would like to place an order for any of Bro. Owens’s books, please see Bro. Gallington no later than Sunday, September 19th. Make checks payable to Church of Christ in Roxbury.
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)
  • 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 26, 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