Rev. Terry Burke writes:
Besides the usual, some of the things I was up to this week included:
- meeting with Rabbi Joseph Berman of Jewish Voice for Peace;
- having dinner with Jim Solomon, Scoutmaster of Troop One West Roxbury and long-time head of our kitchen crew for the Fellowship Dinner;
- attending the Jobs With Justice annual fundraiser dinner at Suffolk Downs (“I got a horse right here, the name is Paul Revere…”);
- talking to our Worship 101 group about sermons and organizing a service around a theme; and
- preparing for and co-leading (with Ghanda DiFiglia and Alice Kociemba) our weekend church retreat at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham.
I also spoke about my Camino pilgrimage at a house service for my friend Phil Jacob’s church in Canton. Phil and I are both board members for the Massachusetts Committee for Interfaith Worker Justice.
First Church’s annual retreat will be held at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, Massachusetts. In a supportive and confidential environment, we will explore the question of how we can live authentically, and how that can bring us closer to each other and to God. Come be part of our Spiritual Facebook!
The retreat will run from Friday evening, March 16th through lunch on Sunday, March 18th. The cost is $200 per person, with some scholarships available.
Terry Burke, Ghanda DiFiglia, and Alice Kociemba will facilitate this retreat. Please contact Mary Brady if you are interested in attending, and with any questions you might have.
8:00 a.m. Tree-Cutting Expedition to Muster Field Farm. The carpool will leave from the Church. Click here for more information.
10:00-11:30 a.m. Christmas Pageant Dress Rehearsal. In the Sanctuary. Please have your lines memorized. Update: Parents are invited to a discussion in the Parish Hall with the Religious Education Committee concerning curriculum while their children rehearse.
Please join us on Saturday, December 10 for a day of fun at Muster Field Farm in North Sutton, New Hampshire. We will wander around the historic grounds, savor a potluck, enjoy the animals, and cut a few trees to decorate our sanctuary for the holidays. (Bob Bristol, who founded Muster Field Farm, grew up at First Church in the 1930s.)
We will carpool from the Church, leaving at 8:00 a.m., and will return about 5:00 p.m. to set up the pines in the front of the sanctuary.
Call Helen Selle if you are interested or have questions. Her contact information is available through the Church office.
Catherine Sasanov and Terry Burke are leading a winter quiet day at First Church, JP on Saturday, January 29th from 12 to 4 pm. This mini-retreat will focus on the theme of “Spiritual De-cluttering.” Please speak to Terry or email him at BerryTurke@aol.com if you have questions or would like to attend. Suggested donation of $5 for lunch.