NW Weekly for March 20


Sharon Metzger
 

WHAT’S COMING UP?

 

Sun, Mar 20                Northwest Mission Center worship, Butler Middle School, 10am

                                         Online: www.youtube.com/c/bostonchurchnorthwest

Wed, Mar 23               NW/NE midweek, marrieds, Zoom, 7:30pm

Wed, Mar 23               NW/NE midweek, campus/singles, Zoom, 7:30pm

Fri–Sun, Mar 25–27 High School Winter Retreat

 

Sun, Mar 27                 Northwest Mission Center worship, Butler Middle School, 10am

Wed, Mar 30               Midweek by family group

Sat, April 2                  Congregational Teaching Day

                                         10am–noon, 2–4pm (two options, same content)

 

Sun, Apr 3                   Northwest Mission Center worship, Butler Middle School, 10am

Wed, Apr 6                  NW/NE midweek, marrieds, Zoom, 7:30pm (last class)

Wed, Apr 6                  NW/NE midweek, campus/singles, Zoom, 7:30pm (last class)

 

Sun, Apr 10                 Northwest Mission Center worship, Butler Middle School, 10am

Wed, Apr 13               Congregational midweek, “Pure in Heart”

 

Sun, Apr 17                 Northwest Easter worship, Butler Middle School, 10am

Wed, Apr 20               Midweek by family group, “Pure in Heart” discussion


Midweek Classes

This week we continue our midweek classes. On Wednesday, March 23, Zoom rooms open at 7:15; come early for fellowship, classes start promptly at 7:30.

·       The Art of Intimacy, Northwest and Northeast Marrieds, with Dr Jennifer Konzen:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83460550493 
Meeting ID: 834 6055 0493
Passcode: 529190

·       Overflowing: Lessons of Faith, Northwest and Northeast Singles, Campus, anyone not taking the Intimacy class:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88906312277?pwd=QXdOaXE1M0JLY3JlNGRzOG4zOE1kdz09
Meeting ID: 889 0631 2277
Passcode: 571433

Class notes and links to recordings: If you did not get emails with notes and links for the previous classes, contact Sharon Metzger (sharon.metzger@...).

Walk for HOPE

Food insecurity remains a central issue among families who are struggling and/or out of work, and also because of increasing inflation in our country and around the world. It has also become a crisis in Eastern Europe with the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war. This year’s Walk for HOPE is more crucial than ever, and we can make a big difference!

Last year we had the best fundraising ever—$137,000. Our goal this year is $150,000 churchwide, which will have a two-fold purpose:

·       Donate to 10 food pantries in the greater Boston area

·       Send a substantial part of this donation to alleviate food insecurity in Ukraine and to help refugees flooding out of that country

This year’s walk is Sunday, May 22, and the weekend will include many special events. Many dearly loved brothers and sisters from all over the US will be in town for the HOPE worldwide national board meeting: they will share good news and inspire our community outreach. This is a phenomenal opportunity for us to help others, as we have in the past. More details coming!

Pure in Heart Midweeks

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.                                                   —Matthew 5:8

Although we have made Jesus Lord, been washed in the blood of the lamb, and desire to be holy, holiness takes focus and effort in our walks with God and fellowship with one another. During pandemic isolation we have all been tested in holiness. Statistics indicate that drug addiction, porn addiction, domestic violence, depression, and many other ailments have plagued our world in increasing measures. Thanks to the Freedom Ministry and the Eldership, we will devote two midweeks in April to holiness, specifically sexual purity. These midweeks will apply not only struggles with sexual sin but also to all idols and sins in our lives.

April 13: Pre-recorded midweek with brothers and sisters teaching and sharing how they have stayed pure in heart for God through fellowship and walking with Christ. We will present some resources for holiness: www.bostonchurch.org/freedom

April 20: Discussions in family groups (separate men and women) for an opportunity to be open and help each other be pure in heart.


Help Needed

The Roscoe family is searching for two PCA (personal care attendant) positions for Alan’s care. If you are available or know someone, please contact Nicole Duran (nicole_duran@..., 978-876-3115) for more information.

They hope to fill 2 different positions.

·       24 hour/week (morning/afternoon hours, 5 days per week)

·       8 hour/ week (evenings 7:30-9:30pm, 4 nights per week).

Previous experience not required.

Contribution Report

Northwest budget:                                   $15,500
Collected:                                                     $15,149
YTD variance:                                         – $19,622

Welcome New Baby!

Congratulations to new parents Becca and Stephen Storozuk and new grandparents Ed and Kim Hoff on the birth of a healthy boy Theodore (“Theo”) on March 12!

Storozuk: 17 Moore St, Chicopee 01013
Hoff: 14 Michael Rd, Maynard 01754

Prayer Requests

Please pray for the Gloor and Faller families. Thais and Fred’s father, Alan Faller, passed away March 12. Memorial services will be held later in the spring. You can send cards to:

Mike and Thais Gloor (and Matthias)
387 Cambridge St, Burlington, MA 01803

Fred and Ellen Faller
1443 Westbrook St, Portland, ME 04102

Please pray for peace in Ukraine. To get updates from churches in the area and join a daily prayer time, follow Shawn Wooten’s Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/shawnrevive

(Prayer times are at 9pm Eastern European Time = 3pm Eastern Daylight Time until EET changes to daylight saving time March 27.) You can donate to relief work via HOPE’s Global Disaster Response fund and/or EMS’s Ukraine Emergency Relief

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

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

Women’s Chemical Recovery Group
Rowena Hirmer, 978-888-3535

Men’s Chemical Recovery Group
Peter Hirmer, 978-888-3534

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.