NW Weekly for Sunday, May 29
WHAT’S COMING UP?
Midweek activities for the summer are by family group
Sun, May 29 Northwest worship, Asian/Pacific Islander honoring, Butler, 10am
Sun, Jun 5 Northwest Mission Center worship, Butler Middle School, 10am
Sun, Jun 12 Northwest Family Day worship, Butler Middle School, 10am
Fri, Jun 17 Fellowship mixer, Butler Middle School
Sun, Jun 19 Northwest worship, Father’s Day, Butler Middle School, 10am
Sun, Jun 26 Northwest Mission Center worship, Butler Middle School, 10am
Sun, July 3 Northwest Mission Center worship, Hudson Elks Park, 11am
July 8–9 Weekend Family Vacation Bible School
Sun, July 10 Congregational worship, Bridgewater State University
Fri, July 22 Outdoor fun and games
July 31–Aug 7 World Discipleship Summit, Orlando
Aug 13–20 New England Teen Camp
Aug 15–20 Preteen Camp
Fri, Aug 26 Sunset prayer and worship
On Sunday, June 12, we will honor this year’s high school and college graduates. We would like to include information about the graduates in the bulletin—high school and college graduates in our ministries, as well as other family members. Please send details to mike_lamb@... by Thursday, June 9. Please include this information, as applicable:
· High school, college, graduate school
· Degree/ major
· Future plans
Sunday, June 12, is our Family Day service to celebrate our spiritual and physical families. Children will be in the service, and we will have a potluck with games and bounce house afterward. The service will include child dedications and honoring our high school graduates.
Graduating Senior Sendoff/College Survival Baskets
We will have a basket for each graduate to collect cards, notes of encouragement, and small items such as gift cards and snacks. You can even add small dorm supplies like pens, magnets, detergent, etc. Our class of 2022 includes Kylie Cadet, Katalina DeMaria, Chloe Hannon, Caleb Kinscheck, Hannah Kinscheck, Sarah Letourneau, and Kimberly Manyanga.
At this service we will also have a time where parents with a child 3 years and younger can publicly dedicate their child to God before the spiritual family. The Bible tells us that children are a gift from God (Psalm 127) and that it is the responsibility of the parents to give their children the best chance to have a relationship with God.
This is not a ceremony for or about salvation, this is about intention and dedication. The parents of each child will bring their child on stage and read a scripture that they choose to help guide them as parents. The spirit of the event is similar to the way Hannah presented Samuel: “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given to the Lord.” (1 Sam 1:27–28)
In Deuteronomy 6 we also see that the spiritual family has a responsibility in supporting the families in their responsibility. We will ask the congregation to dedicate themselves to pray for and encourage the children as they grow.
If you have a child age 0–3 you would like to include in the dedication, please contact the Lambs (mike_lamb@...).
Calling All Campers!
Registration is open until June 1 for teen camp and July 1 for preteen camp at https://events.bostonchurch.org:
· Northeast Teen Camp (NETC, August 13–20), $450, plus $65 for the bus.
· Preteen Camp (August 15–20), $405, plus $65 for the bus.
If there is any chance at all that your teen will go to camp, please register with deposit by June 1. (These fees are fully refundable until August 1.)
Walk for HOPE
Thank you for your incredible hearts to bring HOPE to our community! Last week’s Walk was a great event in many ways. Young leaders Yovanny and Nicole Duran and Adam Roscoe took the lead in organizing the walk and food drive. The teens were a great help in transporting food donations to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, and many volunteers walked around the Butler School campus. Some numbers:
· The preteens had a blast selling cold Gatorades and raised $265!
· 98 bags of food (930 lbs) were donated
· So far, the region has donated $18,000 and the total for the church so far is $56,000.
Please continue to pray and fundraise so that together with the larger body we can cross the finish line together.
Calling all Hikers
If you are interested in a group hiking trip on Monday, May 30, please contact Karen Arsenault (kearsenault@... , 508-221-6605).
Northwest budget: $15,500
Mark Buchholz Retirement
Join us Sunday, June 5, 3:30–6pm, at the Arlington building to celebrate our dear brother Mark Buchholz who is retiring after serving in the Boston Church for more than three decades.
Please pray for a miraculous 2022.
Continue to pray for those affected by COVID-19, and for Rebekah Cox, Alexa DiBisceglie, Aaron Dollar, Michael Gloor, Mary Jo Roche, Alan Roscoe, and Rafe Shropshire.
Online Support Groups
Contact a leader for schedules and links.
Men’s Freedom Group
Women’s Partners in Freedom Group
Chemical Recovery Groups
Lazarus Group, Saturdays
The Lazarus Group is a support group for those with various disabilities. Contact Ron DiBerto (ronalddiberto@...) for meeting times and other information.
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