This coming Sunday, January 17, we are planning a special online service to recognize the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and the way that intersects with the tension-filled days that are filling the nation right now. At this time of year, it is common at school assemblies and public events to hear Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech read aloud, often from memory. However, Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail seems a more fitting tribute this year, and we will read it together this Sunday.
In 2021 we will host our first-ever Crawford Online Auction! The funds raised will go directly to supporting the infrastructure that allows us to continue to be the heart and hands of Christ in our community and beyond. We plan to hold our auction in two parts: Online silent auction, April 7, 8, and 9 and Online “live” auction, April 10. Mark your calendars now!
A new adult class is starting on January 10th. We will be reading Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.
Details on our Adult Programs page.
Join us online this Sunday, January 10th, when we will hear from guest preacher, Rev. John DeNardo. John, an ordained American Baptist Minister who serves as pastor at the First Baptist Church of Winchester. His sermon is entitled “A Little Peace and Quiet,” and is based on the scripture leading up to Jesus’ feeding the five thousand:
The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
Rev. DeNardo is a seminary graduate from Regent University with an M.A. in Practical Theology as well as a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Gordon College. As a Minister he focuses on providing leadership in the areas of spiritual and community growth. John and his wife Lynda currently live in Newburyport, Massachusetts where they have raised their two daughters.
A number of factors have conspired together to make it unwise for us to gather in person this coming Sunday, so we are moving to a single service at 10:00 am on Sunday morning on Zoom.
We will still be able to do most of what we had planned to do at the outdoor service in an adapted form. There is no pre-recorded service, so the whole service will be “live” in conversation and fellowship with each other. Logan Henke, our new music director will be with us to provide musical offerings; everyone will still receive a “Star Word” for the coming year; and we’ll still offer to God the tatters of 2020.
This Christmas Crawford will share our gifts of food for those who don’t have enough this holiday season. If you would like to help you can:
Fill the Manger: If you are joining us on Christmas Eve, or anytime you’re in the neighborhood, bring donations of non-perishable food with you to place in our manger on the front steps. These will be used to replenish our own Micro Pantry and the regional food pantry at the Council of Social Concern,
Text to Give: If you can’t join us in person, consider making a monetary donation. You can mail your contribution to the church office at 34 Dix Street, Winchester, MA 01890; or you can donate via text! Simply text CrawfordFood to 44-321.