What’s Going On
Our new adult study begins next week on February 21st. Kim Burke will lead us in a discussion of the book, Lent in Plain Sight: A Devotion Through Ten Objects, by Jill Duffield. The author hopes that this book “opens our eyes and ears to the certain providence and power of God, allowing us to lower our anxiety about the future, lessen our burdens about the past, and free us to follow Jesus in faith right here and now.” Details on our Adult Study page.
On Sunday, January 17, Crawford had 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. You can watch the service here.
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.
There is still time to give to our 6th Annual Clothing Drive! Please drop off new or gently used Men’s L-3XL coats, hoodies, sweatpants, hats, gloves, masks, backpack at 34 Dix Street, Winchester, MA by the parking lot door. Thank you!
The adult study for Advent will be four weeks: November 29 through December 20. We will discuss one chapter each week from the book, Incarnation, by Adam Hamilton.
Learn the meaning behind the names of Christ and the difference He makes in our lives this Christmas. His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels addressed him by other names. They called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. In Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, best-selling author Adam Hamilton examines the names of Christ used by the gospel writers, exploring the historical and personal significance of his birth. This Advent season church families will come together to remember what’s important. In the face of uncertainty and conflict, Christians reclaim the Christ child who brings us together, heals our hearts, and calls us to bring light into the darkness. Now more than ever, we invite you to reflect upon the significance of the Christ child for our lives and world today!
The books will be available on the front porch of the church starting Monday, November 16. The class will begin at 9:00 a.m. over Zoom and be led by Laura Myers. Even if you don’t use a computer, you can call into the class by telephone. Contact the church office for details.
In this season of Advent,
For the sake of new life,
Let me look ahead with courage and love.
Let me act not from fear, but from faith.
And, dear God, out of my impatient nature,
May I do nothing to rush this birth,
But give it time for wholeness.
Grant me the patience to wait.
(prayer by Margaret D. McGee)
At this time of year many people send out Christmas cards with a picture of themselves in a festive setting to greet loved ones they may not have a chance to see in person. This year that list is greatly expanded and includes many in our church family that we typically would see at holiday services and events.
For those who aren’t able to attend any of our outdoor celebrations this year, we’re putting together a virtual Crawford Christmas Card. Send us either a photo or quick video with your Christmas greeting to the Crawford family and we’ll blend them together in a virtual Christmas card that we’ll post on YouTube and play at the end of our online worship service on December 20.
Please contact the church office (781) 729-5056 for more details.