One of our more familiar folks who has been understandably hesitant about our evolution recently said to me: "You know, I walked in this morning and looked around the room and it really hit me. This is a group of really great people."
Last week alone, we had a two teachers, a professor, two doctors and an RN, two lawyers, a therapist, three ordained clergy (unpaid), students, a nutritionist, several professional artists and musicians, and an aircraft pilot. The collective cost of graduate school among us staggering.
Meanwhile, folks come by every week for food cards we offer year round and 'belong' to us as well, as do all our Campus Partners.
We have experienced a rich summer in the Chapel and many responded to the series on the Contemplative Life (which will be online shortly), receiving communion weekly following two different traditions (by receiving simultaneously (passing the elements) and by coming forward individually (intinction), and enjoying a variety of thoughtful music (Sundays and the 3 Summer Concert Series events). The attendance has been remarkably steady for summer and new folks joined us each week.
Please get on your calendar and make personal invitations to the following September events and gatherings:
Sunday, 9/7 Our new and good friend Adam Hearlson ( Professor of Worship at Andover-Newton Theological School ) is speaking and celebrating communion.
Thursday, 9/11 "The Paige Farley Hackle Concert with James Montgomery" co-hosted by FBC and Peter Hackle Productions. World Class blues. Comp tickets available. Email sean[at]fbcnewton.org.
Sunday, 9/14 Blessing and Sending Rachel Kurihara as leaves FBC staff to pursues a PhD.
Sunday, 9/21 "Blue Ribbon Sunday"
Welcome back celebration w/Blue Ribbon BBQ. Come meet new Office Manager, Kate Hilliker.
Sunday, 9/28 "Beacon Sunday"
How will we be a 'beacon of courage and hope' this year?
Open meeting with church Council to discuss strategic growth plan.