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Week of September 5, 2021
Would We Remain Steadfast and Unafraid?
In our public prayers, we often thank God for the fact that we live in a country where we can worship Him without fear of reprisal or molestation. Indeed, this kind of prayer is specifically approved in Scripture:

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

We should be grateful to our heavenly Father that we can assemble to worship Him in an environment where we are not threatened by civil authorities. It is therefore right that we pray in this regard, so we might continue to enjoy this blessing.

But just for a moment, let us suppose that we didn’t have this privilege. What if we suddenly lost the ability to worship without being threatened or persecuted? What if it meant that we might be arrested, jailed, tortured, or even put to death for expressing our faith and for worshiping God according to His instructions? Would we be deterred in worshiping our heavenly Father under these conditions?

Soon after the church was established (Acts 2), the apostles were arrested for preaching about Jesus being resurrected from the dead (Acts 4:1-3). At first, the Jewish leaders were content simply to threaten the twelve with punishment if they continued their activities (Acts 4:21), but when the apostles were later brought up on charges, they were beaten (Acts 5:40).

What would we do if such were the case today? If the police seized us on the way to worship, bound us in handcuffs, and presented us to a judge who ordered us never to speak of Christ to anyone again, how would our behavior change? If we risked a beating by participating in worship services or Bible studies, where would we be on Sunday morning, evening, and Wednesday evening?

Hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus, three men named Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego refused to renounce their allegiance to the true and living God by worshiping a gold statue erected by King Nebuchadnezzar. The legal penalty for disobedience was by cremation in a furnace. The three men’s reply to Nebuchadnezzar was bold, courageous, and to the point:

“If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up” (Daniel 3:17-18).

Would we take that bold and courageous a stance?

Some years later Darius, another king of Babylon, decreed that no one could pray to any deity except the king himself. The penalty for disobedience was being fed alive to some hungry lions.

Let us notice what Daniel did in response:

“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days” (Daniel 6:10).

What would we have done in this situation?

In the face of abuse and imprisonment, the apostles said, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). Later, while facing execution, Paul affirmed:

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Their courage in these circumstances, was the kind of courage that enabled them to sing and pray even while shackled in a dungeon (Acts 16:24-25), and their faithfulness to the Lord is an example to us today.

Paul also warned Timothy that:

“All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).

Brethren, if our persecution should ever take the form the apostles faced — would we remain steadfast and unafraid? (cf. 2 Corinthians 4; Ephesians 6:10-20).

Let’s think about it!
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
Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to the following families, who have lost loved ones during the past week: Sis. Shonell Norville in the passing of her aunt, Juneann Bailey, on September 2, 2021; Sis. Keitrice Johnson in the passing of her father, Charlie Lewis McCoy; and Bro. Raleigh Gallington and family in the passing of his mother, Sis. Ruth Gallington, on Friday, September 3, 2021. Services for Ruth Gallington will be Tuesday, September 14, 2021, in Fairfax, Virginia. Please keep these families in prayer for comfort and strength in their bereavement.
Sessions will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Please sign up for each session you plan to attend. Sign up sheets will be available for in-person sign-up after service on Sunday, September 5, 2021, or use the links below to sign up online. Masks covering nose and mouth are required of all attendees, and social distancing will be observed. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of the sessions you will be attending so that we can stay on schedule.

Friday, September 10th

Saturday, September 11th

Sunday, September 12th


Parking Lot Work Postponed (Again!)
The scheduled work on the church parking lot had to be postponed again due to the weather. A new date has not yet been set. Stay tuned.
Worship Service will be onsite, rain or shine at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday.  Weather permitting, we will hold services outside in the parking lot. 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 Postponed
  • Roxbury In-House Fall Revival, 9/10-12
  • 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

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 5, 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)
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