Generosity, Risk, and Grace

Conference receives two major gifts from generous donors

It is remarkable that two very substantial gifts, clearly years in the making, arrived just a few months after the Conference Boards committed to contribute $1 million in unrestricted funds to the Faith in our Future Together grant program, which provides funds to local churches to help them respond to the recent disruptions due to the pandemic, and to emerge stronger. 

The very generous estate gifts amounting to over $900,000 involve three dedicated women -- Elise Kreiger, The Rev. Jo-An Bott, and Nan Cook -- who were all well regarded and loved by their churches and spent their lives making a difference in their communities.

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Info Session on Church Grants

An informational session about the Faith in our Future Together grant program is being held online tomorrow, Nov. 19, at 4:30 PM.  Details here

Northeast Association gives away $50,000 in Ministry Catalyst Grants

The Northeast Association has awarded grants to 11 churches, many of them to purchase new audio, video, and musical equipment, upgrade their wifi connections and software, and train ministers and “tech deacons” on using these new capabilities. 

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A Thanksgiving Prayer for Those Who Are Weary

As we continue to shelter in place, O God, will we ever be able to sing your praises? Will these anxious hearts weary and heavy from sorrow be lifted? Can Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas even be celebrated this year, when we’re separated from those we love?  
The SNEUCC Health and Wellness Team acknowledges the painful losses we are all grieving, the losses individuals are grieving, and we are grieving alongside you. The team offers a Thanksgiving prayer by Jessica McArdle, and other wellness resources, on this page.

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Budgeting in a Time of Uncertainty and COVID-19

The Rev. David Cleaver-Bartholomew writes: Because of the great uncertainty brought about by COVID-19, along with many churches feeling increased pressure regarding the use of their available financial and human resources, there has been a growing interest in mission driven or mission oriented budgeting. I hear congregational leaders asking, “How can we most faithfully and effectively use our available resources?”

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Two More Conference Positions Filled

The Bridge Conference Ministers have announced that two more positions on the newly configured Conference staff, which goes into effect Jan. 1, have been filled, both by current staff with deep local church connections.
Emily McKenna will continue on in the new Conference as the Program Support Associate for both the Discipleship Team and the Justice & Witness Team.
Karen Methot will serve as Program Support Associate for the Innovation Team, which will be focused on leadership development in the Conference.
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Upcoming Events

Faith Formation and Discipleship: Trends, Movement, and Innovation Series - 3. From Gathering to Connecting
Nov. 19, 10:00 AM

Featured panelists Ms. Patricia Berry, Ms. Tracy Gormley, Mr. Wade Richmond, and Rev. Kevin Weikel. 

New England Environmental Justice Youth Summit
Nov. 19, 7-9 PM, Nov. 21, 9AM-Noon
Open to all ages

Looking Deeply at Thanksgiving
Nov. 19, 7:00 PM
Led by two Wampanoag leaders joined by two allied faith leaders active in decolonization work in our region.

Living Into the Mystery — Worship and Sacraments in the United Church of Christ
Nov. 21, 8:30 AM

Instructor:  Rev. Jenn Macy

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