NW Weekly for June 5, 2022

Sharon Metzger


Midweek activities for the summer are by family group


Sun, Jun 5                    Northwest Mission Center worship, Butler Middle School, 10am

                                         Online: www.youtube.com/c/bostonchurchnorthwest


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

Graduate Honoring

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:

·       Name

·       Picture

·       High school, college, graduate school

·       Degree/ major

·       Honors/awards/distinctions/activities

·       Future plans

Family Day

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.

Child Dedication: 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. If you have a child age 0–3 you would like to include in the dedication, please contact the Lambs (mike_lamb@...).  

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.

RESTORE: by the brook 2022

Moms and female caregivers of individuals with special needs or chronic illness are invited to a special event on Fri, June 24 (7pm) and Sat, June 25 (10am–4pm), at the Arlington building (lunch provided) and livestream. This weekend, presented by Rising Above Ministries, will provide encouragement and community by connecting women from all over the world. The organization seeks to bring the love of God and the hope of Christ to special needs families through support, encouragement, inspiration, and community.

Purchase a ticket ($10) to view the livestream event on your own (on June 24/25) or to join us in person in Arlington for fellowship, community, lunch, etc.

Please share this information with any women in your family group, region, or community who would be encouraged by attending.

Contact Bridget Koha (bridget.koha@..., 339-225-0170) with questions.

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.

Memorial Service

The funeral service for Alan Faller, Thais and Fred’s father, will be Sunday, June 12, at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster Street, Melrose. Visiting hours will be 2–3pm, followed by a memorial service at the same location. The interment will be on Monday, June 13, in Nobleboro, Maine.

Calling Preteen Campers!

Registration is open until July 1 for preteen camp (August 15–20) at https://events.bostonchurch.org. Cost is $405, plus $65 for the bus.

Contribution Report

Northwest budget:                                   $15,500
Collected:                                                     $11,991
YTD variance:                                          – $24,780

Online Support Groups

Recovery Groups

Contact a leader for schedules and links.

Men’s Freedom Group
    Dan Key, 603-943-3656

Women’s Partners in Freedom Group
    Gail Scott-Key, 978-996-0694

Chemical Recovery Groups
    Men: Peter Hirmer, 978-888-3534
    Women: Rowena Hirmer, 978-888-3535

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.

Prayer Requests

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.