Christian Education

Christian Education- April 2018

Sunday school

On Easter, April 1, we’ll have childcare for young children and activity bags to help older kids sit through the worship service.  After the service we’ll have an Easter Egg hunt in the garden behind the playground.  Head out through the back door in the narthex to collect eggs and get an Easter treat!

We’ll have Art with Gwen on April 22. This is a monthly art project for Sunday school led by Gwen Phelps.

The middle school youth group meets on Sunday mornings during the worship service.

April 1             Easter Sunday, stay in the worship service

April 8             We’ll be talking about the story of Jesus appearing to the disciples (John 21:1-14)

April 15           No regular Sunday school, one multi age Sunday school class

April 22           We’ll be making salad for the Somerville community supper

April 29           We’ll be talking about the story of five sisters who solve a problem (Numbers 27:1-11)

Youth Group

 Come volunteer with the Outdoor Church on Sunday, April 22! We’ll leave PACC at 1:30pm to meet with Outdoor Church staff at Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church (1555 Mass Ave, Cambridge).  We’ll then divide into two groups to distribute sandwiches, drinks and snacks in Harvard Square and Central Square, returning to Harvard-Epworth around 5pm for a quick debriefing and then back to PACC by 5:30pm.  You can read more about the Outdoor Church at www.outdoorchurch.org

The middle school and high school youth groups are invited to walk in the Housing Corporation of Arlington’s Walk for Affordable Housing on April 29. PACC is hosting a table near PACC to hand out water and snacks to walkers!  The walk starts at 12:30 pm at the Jason Russell House (7 Jason St, Arlington) or you can volunteer at the PACC table. We will set up the table and serve water and snacks from 12:45 pm-1:45 pm. More info about the Walk here: www.housingcorparlington.org/events/walk/

Mission and Justice Matters at PACC

Mission and Justice Matters at PACC- April 2018

One Great Hour of Sharing® (OGHS) “More Than We Can Imagine”

You can continue to donate to OGHS, the Lenten Offering of the United Church of Christ, through the end of March and until Easter Sunday. We will forward PACC’s offering to the Mass Conference during the first week of April deposit. At Super Saturday, on March 17, I learned that one of the things OGHS has done through Church World Service is to fund a counselor/teacher at the Inanda Seminary School in South Africa for the last 18 years. It is one of the oldest schools for girls in South Africa. Daniel and Lucy Lindley, a Congregationalist missionary couple from the U.S, founded it in 1853 at Inanda, a settlement just over 20 miles north of Durban. For much more information about OGHS including about Matching Gift programs, donating to a specific natural disaster or refugee emergency, staying updated, and watching videos see www.ucc.org/oghs and www.facebook.com/onegreathourofsharingucc.

 UCC Christmas Fund 2017 offering of $810.00 was sent to the Mass. Conference on 1/31/2018.

Recognizing Hate: Why Symbols Matter

Tuesday, April 10, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at Arlington Town Hall. All members of the community are invited to join the Arlington Human Rights Commission and ADL New England for this important conversation. In the last year communities across Massachusetts have seen symbols of hate appear on schools, homes and houses of worship. While such acts are deeply troubling, there are ways we can fight back. See Mike Rich (He has reserved 4 tickets) or go to arlingtonadl.eventbrite.com for details and to register (FREE).

Local

The Housing Corporation of Arlington’s Walk for Affordable Housing is on Sunday, April 29, from 11 am -3 pm, starting and ending at the Jason Russell House on the corner of Jason St. and Mass. Ave. This is a 3 mile walk down Mass. Ave and back and raises funds and awareness for affordable housing in Arlington. PACC will be hosting a rest stop table during the walk at the corner of Mass Ave. and Park Avenue.

Arlington Food Pantry

Bring non-perishable food items and household goods to church by Sunday, April 8. Find high-need items here: arlingtonfoodpantry.org/donate-food

NEAT (Neighbors Eating All Together)

The next NEAT dinner at St. John’s Church (74 Pleasant St.) is Saturday, April 28, from 5pm-6pm.  This dinner is a community dinner, open to all and free of charge. If you’d like to volunteer, look for an email to chat, or please speak to Kate Lindheim.  Thanks!

Somerville Homeless Coalition’s Community Supper

Monday, April 23, is our day to provide the meal to serve 25-30 people for the Somerville Homeless Coalition’s community supper. Look for a message to the chat list about a week before the dinner for more details. We need four people to make a main dish (recipe and disposable pan provided), 2 large loaves of bread, 1 quart of half and half, 2 or 3 people to provide fresh fruit and 2 large bottles of juice.

Expanding the Circle: Restorative Justice at a pivotal time

Wednesday, April 11, 6:00 – 9:00pm at Arlington Town Hall. A party and fundraiser celebrating 18 years of Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ)-community-police partnerships; with live music, a light supper and silent auction. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey will be guest speaker. As a sponsor PACC gets 2 tickets. See Jill Lewis or Mike Rich. You can also register for your own tickets here: www.eventbrite.com/e/expanding-the-circle-tickets-39729943330?aff=erelexpmlt#tickets

Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network

See Queer Mystic’s Newsletter, here https://tinyurl.com/yckrgs88

Wider Church

An Evening with Traci Blackmon

April 3, 2018, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

University School of Theology Community Center, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

The Rev. Traci Blackmon is the Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries of The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO. This event is free and open to the public due to generous support from the Lowell Institute. For more Lowell Lectures, please visit www.lowellinstitute.org.

Spring Meeting Metropolitan Boston Association UCC – Ministry with Our Neighbors

April 28, 2018, 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Congregational Church of Needham, 1154 Great Plain Ave., Needham

To do ministry with our neighbors we need to actually meet our neighbors. This program section of the Spring Meeting will provide specific skills for lay groups of your congregation to get into your community, and to listen for what are their strengths and needs. Rev. Joan Murray, founder of Chaplains on the Way- a ministry with those experiencing homelessness in the city of Waltham, and Katie Omberg, Director of Community Engagement for City Mission Boston, will lead us in some key practices for engaging and accompanying our neighbors. Go here to register: macucc-reg.brtapp.com/MBASpringMeeting2018

 Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries 52nd Anniversary Dinner

May 10, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon St, Brookline

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Liz Walker. “Her remarks will address the Moral Courage for Public Policy: What does this mean? Why do communities need to be a part of shaping public policy? What areas do they want involvement in? What are some examples in communities already? How do WE participate in society? It will be a night of music, community awards, and a great way to meet people across our different constituencies.” Talk to Jill Lewis or Mike Rich or see www.eventbrite.com/e/cmm-anniversary-fundraising-dinner-2018-with-rev-liz-walker-tickets-42924307760.

Greetings from Pastor Leah

Greetings from Pastor Leah

Dear PACC friends and members,

Happy Easter!

A little-known liturgical factoid: Easter is not just a day, but a 50-day season called Eastertide. There are eight Sundays in Eastertide: one for each of the seven days of creation, plus one for the new creation we experience through Jesus’ resurrection. Eastertide reminds us that Easter isn’t a one-off festive occasion, but a weeks-long opportunity to celebrate the ways in which God is calling forth new life all around us!

Throughout Lent, we were preparing to Find Our Why – working to figure out our purpose as a church so that we’ll be energized to continue to do God’s work in our community and beyond.

Now, during this season of new creation and new life, it’s time to put some words to that Why – to articulate exactly what kind of new life God is breathing into us! To that end, during Eastertide we’ll hold two coffee hour conversations to discern our Why together.

Mark your calendars for coffee hour on April 22 and May 6, when we’ll share stories of why we’re part of PACC and listen for common threads about how God is uniquely calling us to bless each other, our community, and our world.

Many of you have commented about how Park Avenue feels full of energy and excitement these days – I couldn’t agree more! I am so grateful to each of you for bringing your passion, your ideas, and your thoughtful creativity to this new season in our life together.

What a blessing, indeed!

With excitement and appreciation,

 

Reverend Leah Lyman Waldron, Pastor

Christian Education

Christian Education

March 2018

Sunday school

This month we’ll be learning stories about Lent and Easter from the gospels of Mark and John.

On Palm Sunday, March 25, we’ll have a Holy Week workshop during Sunday school to learn about the events of Holy Week through skits, stories, and a special snack.

We’ll have Music with Andy on March 11 during Sunday school and Art with Gwen on March 18 during Sunday school

On Easter, April 1, we’ll have childcare for young children and activity bags to help older kids sit through the worship service.  After the service we’ll have an Easter Egg hunt in the garden behind the playground.  Head out through the back door in the narthex to collect eggs and get an Easter treat!

Youth Group

 The middle school youth group meets during the worship service on Sunday mornings, except for Communion Sundays when the middle school group stays in church for the worship service.

March 4— stay in church, Communion Sunday.

March 11–we’ll learn a story about the widow’s offering (Mark 12:41-44) and make birthday cards to go with the birthday bags we donate to Youth Villages each month.

March 18— we’ll practice some skits and get ready for next week’s Holy Week workshop and do an art project with Gwen.

March 25— Palm Sunday pancake breakfast and Holy Week workshop.

The youth group will serve at the Palm Sunday pancake breakfast on March 25. Come to Parish Hall at 7:45 am to help set up and get ready!

Mission and Justice

Mission and Justice

March 2018

 One Great Hour of Sharing® (OGHS) “More Than We Can Imagine”

OGHS is the Lenten Offering of the United Church of Christ. It is at work all around the year, all around the world – sharing resources and changing lives. The UCC works with domestic and international partners, to provide support to health, education, refugee, agricultural, and emergency relief initiatives. We will receive and dedicate the OGHS offering on Sunday, March 11. Please prayerfully consider your gift between now and then. For much more information including about Matching Gift programs, donating to a specific natural disaster or refugee emergency, staying updated, and watching videos see www.ucc.org/oghs and www.facebook.com/onegreathourofsharingucc.

Local

Arlington Food Pantry

Bring non-perishable food items and household goods to church by Sunday, March 4. Find high-need items here: arlingtonfoodpantry.org/donate-food

NEAT (Neighbors Eating All Together)

The next NEAT dinner at St. John’s Church (74 Pleasant St) is Saturday, March 24 from 5pm-6pm.  This dinner is a community dinner, open to all and free of charge. If you’d like to volunteer, look for an email to chat, or please speak to Kate Lindheim.  Thanks!

Birthday bags for Youth Villages/Germaine Lawrence

Each month we drop off a birthday party in a bag for a dorm at Youth Villages, just up the street from PACC.  Youth Villages is a residential program for girls with emotional and behavioral issues from ages 12-21.  Birthdays can be difficult days and a reminder of loss for the girls at Youth Villages.  The birthday bags help the girls celebrate their special day and are fun for the whole dorm.  Each birthday bag contains 3 boxes of cake mix, 3 containers of frosting, birthday candles, cupcake liners, festive matching or coordinating plates and napkins (set of 20), and a special treat (examples include a bag of lollipops, nail polish, adult coloring books and colored pencils, bubbles, temporary tattoos, glow sticks).  All of these items are then packaged in a large gift bag. If you’d like to donate any of these items, you can leave them in the blue bucket under the table in the narthex.  This is an ongoing collection because we donate a birthday bag each month throughout the year. If you have any questions, please ask Kate Lindheim. Thank you!

Somerville Homeless Coalition’s Community Supper

We’ll provide the meal for the Somerville Homeless Coalition’s community supper on Monday, March 26.  Look for an email to chat with all the details.

A Nation of Immigrants Community Seder

Sunday, March 4, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Campus Center Ballroom, UMass Boston. See Mike or Betty Rich or go to www.eventbrite.com/e/adls-11th-annual-a-nation-of-immigrants-community-seder-tickets-40099365281 for details and to register (FREE).

Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network

See Queer Mystic’s Newsletter, here https://tinyurl.com/yckrgs88 , for news and events in March and beyond, including QUEER NIGHT, Saturday, March 3, 7-8:30 pm at Fox Library in Arlington; DRAG PROM Saturday, May 19, 7 -10 pm at the Arlington Senior Center.

Wider Church

Super Saturday

March 17, 2018 – 8:00 am – 3:45 pm

Minnechaug Regional High School, Wilbraham, MA

A day of stellar workshops and UCC community featuring the dynamic Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis as keynote speaker. Dr. Lewis extends a profound, moving, even funny invitation to join her in working for racial equality. Workshops focus on everything from living into our LGBTQ welcome to growing a vibrant church to learning about the Sanctuary movement. Past attendees have come back excited and equipped to do new things here at PACC! Register at www.macucc.org/eventdetail/super-saturday-march-2018-9985355 Deadline March 3. Talk to Mike Rich to register as a group at a discounted rate.

Eumenical Lenten Carbon Fast

“Only by coming together can we solve the climate crisis. Our churches, as tight-knit, morally-driven communities, are an excellent place to begin!  God is calling us to be the change we long to see. Let us engage this spiritual discipline, grateful for all God has entrusted to us, and trusting that with God all things are possible.” The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Massachusetts Conference Minister and President.  www.macucc.org/carbonfast

An Evening with Traci Blackmon

April 3, 2018, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

University School of Theology Community Center, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

The Rev. Traci Blackmon is the Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries of The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO. This event is free and open to the public due to generous support from the Lowell Institute. For more Lowell Lectures, please visit www.lowellinstitute.org.

Greetings from our Pastor Leah!

Greetings from our Pastor Leah!

March 2018

Dear PACC friends and members,

I want to tell you about the stole I’m wearing during Lent, the season when we draw closer to God in remembrance of Jesus’ time communing with the Holy One in the wilderness. It is multi-colored with plenty of purple in it – the color of Lent – but I’m wearing it for a deeper reason than just making sure I match our liturgical silks.

The stole was given to me by Sharon Kabelitz, who often attends worship here, and it belonged to her father, the Rev. Norbert Kabelitz. Pastor Norb, as he was known, was a Lutheran minister dedicated to the care of his people and the church – but his “why” went even deeper than that.

He believed deeply that the Gospel called Christians to witness to racial equality; much of his life was spent standing in solidarity with people of color when it was deeply unpopular. This called for sacrifice for Pastor Norb and his family – including his being arrested multiple times. But this “why” also created rich, life-changing relationships with ministers and churches of color, particularly in Oklahoma City where Sharon was raised. Their collective vision of an interracial beloved community inspired their congregations to reach beyond segregated comfort zones in order to do something bold and beautiful in God’s name.

As we spend Lent digging deeper into our own faith and Finding Our Why, I’m wearing this stole to remind me that I as a pastor and we as a people can have a big, bold, beautiful Why – maybe not one that will get us arrested (although who knows!), but definitely one that will leave a mark on our hearts and in our community, just like Pastor Norb did.

I’d love it if you’d share with me your vision of PACC’s “Why” this Lenten season. What an exciting time to be the church together!

Blessings,

Leah