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Vol 168 No 3 Congregationalist org SEPTEMBER 2016 Published by the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Being a Pilgrim i n 2016 Lessons from Thanksgiving Congregating with Congregationalists Rethinking Near Death c o n g r e g a t i o n a l i s t o r g Experiences
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S t r a n g e r s And P i l g r i m s Queen Kaahumanu 1772 1832 T he great King Kamehameha I who united the Hawaiian Islands into a single nation had twentyone wives but Kaahumanu was his favorite She was between ten and thirteen years old when she married the king but by the time he died in 1819 she had become an imposing figure six feet tall and three hundred pounds And when Kaahumanu became regent upon the king s death one of her first acts was to order the destruction of all idols even though her people had worshiped these gods for two thousand years She also allowed women to eat with their husbands and she threw out the prohibition against women eating pork and bananas After the young crown prince died Kaahumanu became the first reigning queen of Hawaii There was civil war in reaction to these radical changes but it did not last long Kaahumanu s loyal warriors quickly crushed the rebellion For a year the Hawaiian people had no temples no priests and no gods Providentially the missionaries arrived in 1820 and Kaahumanu was instantly attracted to Christianity She established churches and schools and she fought against adultery and prostitution When she wanted to be baptized however Hiram Bingham refused because he said she was not yet born from above with the power of the Spirit of God 200 In late 1824 Kaahumanu became seriously ill Mrs Bingham cared for her devotedly until she recovered The experience changed Kaahumanu s heart The Binghams were now able to write in their diaries She was humble in Jesus Finally on December 4 1825 the queen was baptized taking on a new name Elizabeth After her baptism Elizabeth Kaahumanu said Teach me to read It took her only a few days to learn to read When she had read the Bible she announced The law of Jehovah is the law of the land New laws were based on the Ten Commandments A legal system was established and in the first jury trial Kaahumanu herself was the judge Infanticide was made illegal Education was mandatory the queen declared When the missionaries open schools everyone must learn to read 201 In those early years of Hawaiian Christianity only Congregational churches were allowed When Catholic missionaries arrived they were driven out of the islands She was wise in the way of politics and she recognized that many of the Westerners who had come to the islands had another agenda Not only did they want to bring Christianity to the natives but many of them also wanted to gain power over them She insisted on Hawaii s sovereignty and she thwarted what she saw as the efforts of the white people to take over the Hawaiian kingdom 203 200 Fullard Leo The Woman Who Changed a Kingdom Coffee Times June 1998 www coffeetimes com july98 htm accessed 29 Apr 2012 201 Roddy Hawaii s Most Amazing Queen The Congregationalist January 1966 in Larson 203 Fullard Leo Woman Who Changed 3
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Vol 168 No 3 Congregationalist org SEPTEMBER 2016 FEATURES 8 Psalterium Americanum 11 Cotton Mather and the Psalter in Puritan America by Joel Boyd Thank You To Our 2015 Supporters 18 Assessing Thanksgiving through the Lens of Anachronism by Scott Couper 21 Our Pilgrimage Continues 26 A Pilgrim People Yet Today by William C Lange Barry W Szymanski 29 Working With the Reality of Near Death Experiences 4 by Rev Lee Witting
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A champion of musical literacy Cotton Mather and the Psalter in Puritan America By Joel Boyd Wikimedia Psalterium Americanum Cotton Mather by Peter Pelham artist D espite having not walked the earth for nearly three centuries Cotton Mather 1663 1728 still cuts an imposing figure in the 21st Century American religious landscape Long slandered for having contributed to the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials Mather has largely been acquitted among Puritan history scholars of having played the demonic role perpetuated by his detractors In his book The First American Evangelical 2015 Dr Rick Kennedy makes the case for Mather as a brilliant leader pastor and scholar as well as perhaps the first evangelical in the New World Cotton Mather s Psalterium Americanum 1718 comprises his own translation of the complete psalter with companion biblical commentary At 464 pages the Psalterium Americanum is a significant contribution to the psalter genre by one of America s most influential religious leaders What is so perplexing is why the Psalterium has been in large part neglected since its first publication The Psalterium is not currently available in a commercial print edition In research two original editions of Mather s psalter were consulted at The Congregational Library in Boston Massachusetts After only a few moments of studying the Psalterium it becomes clear that one is experiencing the work of a giant in American religious history Full of biblical quotations critical commentary that engages the scholarship of its day and faithful non rhymed original translations of the Psalms from the Hebrew Mather s psalter is a sight to behold This article has been adapted from The Neglect of Cotton Mather s Psalterium Americanum a paper written in fulfillment of the N A C C C Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies C F T S Boston Seminar in 2015 8
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This all makes one wonder why the work has been neglected for so long Why has it not been reprinted since the 18th Century Why is it nearly absent from mention in the history of psalmody and hymnody in early America Does any of this indicate that it was an unsuccessful endeavor in its own time Indeed one wonders how it is possible for a work by one of America s most prominent Puritan forebears to be so unknown forgotten even The religious songs of the church in Rome were the first to arrive on the shores of the New World Catholic service books were published in Mexico as early as 1556 1 While Catholicism brought Gregorian chant the Reformation brought a repertory of songs suited to congregational singing with song texts in the vernacular 2 Although Martin Luther provided musical settings for psalms non biblical songs and hymns it was John Calvin who most inspired the rise of metrical psalmody throughout Europe and eventually the New World Calvin saw psalm singing as a way to arouse one s ardor for God 3 At the turn of the 17th Century the hymnody of Isaac Watts was eclipsing metrical psalmody as the dominant mode of singing in Puritan worship in America 4 One of the reasons for the rise of hymnody in Puritan New England was the difficulty encountered in attempting to line out verses in metrical psalmody Before congregational singing took firm root psalms were intoned by rote in worship with frequent incorrect notes leading to confusion and cacophony in the congregational response It is also noted that throughout the history of metrical psalmody s impact on Puritan New England there exists that conflict in desire between faithful text and melodious verse 5 Mather was no newcomer to work on the psalter and he acknowledged both the importance of a translation which was faithful to Hebrew Scripture as well as the need for greater accuracy in congregational singing Cotton Mather associated himself with those in favor of reading music in worship Despite this Mather s work towards increasing musical literacy in America appears to be almost as unknown as his Psalterium Americanum photo Joel Boyd Psalterium Mather was not only a passionate preacher public health advocate he was instrumental in the administering of the Small Pox vaccine to the public and biblical scholar but he was also a poet a composer of hymns and an advocate for the important role of music in worship In A Dictionary of Hymnology Vol II 1892 Mather s Psalterium is listed under the heading Curious Examples The authors of this dictionary state how experiments are very eccentric The strangest is Psalterium Americanum by Cotton Mather printed like prose but in reality simply the Authorized Version thrown into unrhymed C M for singing 6 Dictionaries are typically thought of as being objective and yet this 1 Albert Christ Janer Charles W Hughes and Carleton Sprague Smith American Hymns Old and New New York Columbia University Press 1980 4 2 Ibid 3 Charles A Packer A Matter of Divine Necessity the History Use and Meaning of the Psalter in Early Puritan New England Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies Papers 1999 2 4 Packer ibid 1 5 Charles A Packer A Matter of Divine Necessity the History Use and Meaning of the Psalter in Early Puritan New England Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies Papers 1999 13 6 John Julian John editor A Dictionary of Hymnology Volume II P to Z New York Dover Publications Inc 1957 916 9
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entry seems to have no small amount of editorial bias against Mather and or his work We know that Cotton Mather was passed over for the presidency of Harvard College a post which his father Increase Mather previously held Following college President John idiosyncrasies prove him to be of a character such that the people of his own time found it challenging to accept the whole man of Cotton Mather To what degree have continually published and reprinted slanderous remarks contributed to Mather s long After only a few moments of studying the Psalterium it becomes clear that one is experiencing the work of a giant in American religious history Leverett s death in 1724 Harvard continued on the path set by Leverett who opposed the efforts of the Mathers father and son Scholarship now shows that Mather was not responsible for the results of the Salem Witch Trials in the way the public recalls Surprisingly Mather actually wrote in support of leniency for the accused It is also true that Mather and his first wife Abigail took in those considered suffering from the vexation of witches both in an earlier occurrence in Boston as well as during the time leading up to the Salem Witch Trials Nevertheless the period of history immediately following Mather s time did not look kindly upon him his work or his theology Perhaps this was due to the rising conflict between advocates for a more progressive theology and those who would still maintain an orthodox theology the latter of whom numbered Cotton Mather and his father Increase The changes in leadership at Harvard College seem to indicate that Mather was living at the dawn of a new era in New England s development of its theology Could Mather have rubbed some influential leaders the wrong way in effect paving the way for his future damaged reputation Might his insistence on a more theologically orthodox view of Scripture have placed him out of step with the popular tide of an increasingly prevalent progressive theology in New England Did his eccentricities and at times flamboyant 10 compromised reputation among the wider American public both today and in the three centuries following his death Or perhaps did Mather simply write his Psalterium at a poorly placed time in history when the hymnody of Isaac Watts flourished and the Psalterium did not despite the reported support of Mather s work by such prominent Puritan leaders as John Winthrop among others The story of Mather s Psalterium is a foray into the world of Puritan politics battles over aesthetics and the proper form of worship music the crucial role of the biblical translator and the dramatic stage of professional publishing and theological tension in Puritan New England One can only wonder how many other works have suffered similar fates due to bias slander neglect and a short collective memory Joel K Boyd is serving his seminary internship as the Licensed Interim Minister at St Jacobi Congregational Church in Richfield Wisconsin A C F T S Fellow Joel is an in care status seminarian and member of the First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa Wisconsin and an M Div student at Western Theological Seminary Holland Michigan Joel is a classical music composer and editor and he lives in Milwaukee with his wife Heidi and their three children joelkennethboyd gmail com
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Understanding Our History By Scott Couper Assessing Thanksgiving through the Lens of Anachronism L egend has it that in the classic 1964 movie Zulu starring Michael Caine in his first major role there is a battle scene wherein one of the Zulu warriors fighting the British in the 1879 Anglo Zulu War is wearing a wristwatch Likewise I have come across seemingly vintage American Civil War images complete with smoky battlefield scenes wherein if one looks very closely there is by the treeline in the background a Ford pick up truck with a porta potty in the bed These are just two amusing examples of what is referred to in the discipline of history as anachronism An anachronism is very simply something misplaced in time But it need not be a physical object such as a wristwatch or a pick up truck out of context Nor need the term be confined to things historical Anachronism is also a concept that needs to be relevantly applied ethically and theologically For example it is anachronistic and thus historically inaccurate to say that slavery up until Britain and other countries incrementally abolished it before and after the 1834 Slavery Abolition Act was immoral as slavery existed globally since the beginning of human civilization Few before the nineteenth 18
Understanding Our History  By Scott Couper  Assessing Thanksgiving through the Lens of Anachronism  L  egend has it that i...
century would consider slavery to have been morally or ethically wrong Of course today we rightfully advocate slavery is morally and ethically wrong Yet to judge our progenitors for practicing slavery presents complications because the majority did not know what we know they did not think as we think Before the nineteenth century concepts the rights of humans brought by Enlightenment philosophers did not exist Anachronism explains for example why neither the Hebrew nor the Christian scriptures condemn institutional slavery Another example it is anachronistic and thus historically inaccurate to say that physically disciplining children and having them employed to supplement the family s income before Britain and other countries incrementally abolished it before and after the 1838 Factory Act were immoral as these practices existed globally since the beginning of human civilisation Few before the nineteenth century would consider corporal punishment of children and the use of their labour to be morally or ethically wrong Of course today we rightfully advocate that children should not be disciplined with force nor should they work in textile factories But to judge our predecessors for using force to discipline children or having children work in the fields is unfair also because they did not know what we know they did not think as we think Contemporary values attached to childhood and even the concept of children s rights had not yet been discerned by most if any societies Anachronism explains for example why the Bible advocates using the rod to discipline children cooperation perhaps even across theological and racial divides all of which should be highlighted and celebrated Indeed there is much to celebrate On the other hand even the most rudimentary exposure to more accurate revisionist historiography reveals that there is much to lament concerning the settlement of Puritans in the Americas during the seventeenth century The common Thanksgiving narrative silences regrettable truths concerning our ecclesiastic and The Thanksgiving holiday season is one of great historical and theological juxtaposition On one hand the events of the 1621 harvest meal celebrate the pioneering and faith based events of our ecclesiastic ancestors The Pilgrims three day festive feast with local Native Americans otherwise known as Thanksgiving conveys many lessons about appreciation reflection struggle perseverance friendship faithfulness and May I propose the concept of anachronism to assist us in struggling with our past as reformed Protestant Congregationalists whose faith ancestors were the very Pilgrims whose feast we re enact each year For if we claim from our faith ancestors that which is worthy to celebrate we are obligated to also claim or own that which is lamentable so as to not be like the hypocrites Jesus derides I believe the concept of anachronism assists How do we celebrate that which was good and lament that which was tragedy national history for example truths about invasion theft disease genocide betrayal war theocracy and bigotry Indeed there is much to lament So the juxtaposition for us as people of faith this Thanksgiving is this How do we celebrate that which was good and lament that which was tragedy How do we in one holiday hold fellowship and cooperation in one hand and invasion and genocide in another As people of faith dialectic is nothing new Our tradition constantly has tried to balance contrasting opposites e g God s wrath God s justice through which we merit death and God s love God s grace through which we inherit eternal life 19
century would consider slavery to have been morally or ethically wrong. Of course, today we rightfully advocate slavery is...
us greatly is discerning our interpretation of the past so that we are able to walk confidently forward in faith The core dilemma with which we are confronted this Thanksgiving is an acknowledgment of that which is positive and that which is negative historically and currently We can either celebrate or judge our Puritan ancestors We can either emulate or condemn our Puritan ancestors However I propose that the choice is not either or but rather both and With the concept of anachronism in hand we can acknowledge the positive aspects of our faith ancestors history without censoring the calamity incurred by native Americans when Europeans arrived and we can weep for the genocide of the native Americans without unfairly judging and condemning our ancestors in faith Our Puritan ancestors in faith whose history we recognise on Thanksgiving present us with a quandary How do we honour and respect those who are worthy of emulation without glorifying and sanitising them How do we lament that which is worthy of lament without unfairly demonising and condemning our forbearers The concept of anachronism allows us to acknowledge the positive and negative without engaging in hagiography and without unfairly judging Yes genocide is wrong Undoubtedly But our ancestors in faith had not the religious spiritual philosophical anthropological historical cultural tools that we have in our box today It is almost impossible to comprehend the degree to which we know they did not In fact in 1621 there were few if any intellectual disciplines such as theology philosophy history and anthropology to help them make sense of the world as we today make sense of the modern or post modern world We live in different worlds Does anachronism justify or excuse the genocide cultural spiritual and racial that ensued after the Pilgrim landings as a direct or indirect result of their 20 bigotry No Does it explain it Yes to some extent And it must be explained For an accurate interpretation of our present requires an accurate interpretation of our past When white members of Oregon s militia arrogantly and ignorantly claim to be reclaiming their land the church must speak out in opposition When conservative politicians engage in xenophobic diatribes threatening to ban other faiths or expelling immigrants from our shores as a people of faith we must remember our own faith based history and from where we came and to whom we belong God When those who understandably cry out against atrocities committed in the past as a people of faith we must advocate for restorative justice Our faith holds together justice and love The concept of anachronism allows us to celebrate what should be celebrated and to lament what should be lamented This Thanksgiving in name of Jesus Christ Forgive them for they know not what they did but simultaneously Go and sin no more Scott E Couper was appointed as a long term volunteer by the Common Global Ministries Board of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ and the United Church of Christ to the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa UCCSA to assist Inanda Seminary as a resident historian and serve as pastor of Bethel Congregational Church Scott also teaches at Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary as an adjunct lecturer and the University of KwaZulu Natal s School of Religion Philosophy and Classics as an honorary lecturer He and wife Susan Valiquette have two children Scott was ordained in 1999 at Christian Church DOC Kalamazoo MI The ecclesiastical authority is with the Florida Conference of the UCC Scott s church membership is with the First Congregational Church Winter Park FL
us greatly is discerning our interpretation of the past so that we are able to walk confidently forward in faith. The core...
Fellowship abounds at 62nd Annual Meeting Our J Continues ust a few years ago people were predicting the demise of Detroit Michigan Some claimed that this once great American city had seen its heyday and with the decline of jobs in the auto industry had become irrelevant This past June the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches NACCC held its 62nd Annual Meeting and Conference in the Detroit Dearborn area witnessing first hand how the people of Detroit are working to reclaim its past glory and build for a better tomorrow Several speakers at the NACCC gathering made a similar case for Congregationalism when they encouraged attendees to cherish our history yet adapt for the future The Rev William C Lange Congregational lecturer for the Annual Meeting put it this way To survive our churches need a change of culture and renewed covenant commitment of all the members to more fully tap into the power and genius of the Congregational Way His Saturday afternoon lecture A Pilgrim People Yet Today gave a captivated audience much to think about I always enjoy this presentation because a well known Congregationalist talks about our historical and present significance said Jim Hopkins Year Round Delegate from Riverpoint Congregational Church West Warwick RI This year Rev William Lange reminded us of our need to continue to be pilgrims by adapting to the world in which we live honoring our traditions while acting in the present The theme of the 2016 conference Who is My Neighbor Luke 10 29 was especially timely Workshops and Bible lectures helped Congregationalists learn how building interfaith relationships can be an enriching experience an issue the people of greater Detroit and indeed Michigan in general have taken to heart The event s host committee Southeastern Michigan Association of Congregational Churches set the tone of the conference with a presentation by three members of Women s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in MetroDetroit WISDOM Patricia Harris WISDOM co founder and a Roman Catholic Padma Kuppa a Hindu 21
Fellowship abounds at 62nd Annual Meeting  Our J  Continues ust a few years ago, people were predicting the demise of Detr...
Rev Barry Szymanski illustrates the typical life cycle of a church during his workshop on Vision and Failure for Non profit Churches Larry Sommers Rev Dr Mary Biedron Pluralism is not diversity alone but the energetic engagement with pluralism Dr Diana L Eck Director Harvard Pluralism Project and Gigi Salka a Muslim shared their experiences in building interfaith relationships through their involvement with the organization Being Christian in a Pluralistic Society which offered pathways for sharing the Gospel and the Congregational Way while respecting diversity of faith traditions According to Salka WISDOM allows women to bond across faith traditions by sharing their life experiences She added that the biggest impact on her own life has come through getting to know the other members as women and friends adding that change comes through our hearts not our heads Meeting attendees also were invited to tour Dearborn s Islamic Center of America one of the most prominent mosques in the U S The conference offered various opportunities for exploring issues of pluralism and interfaith relations The Rev Dr Mary Biedron North Congregational Church Farmington Hills MI facilitated the workshop Other workshops offered creative insights on a range of topics Hands on Local Mission Projects The Nuts and Bolts of Online Giving Vision and Failure for Non profit Churches Devotional Writing Warriors Journey how churches can support returning veterans The Congregational Library a resource for churches and The Last Puritans Mainline Protestants and the Power of the Past Thought Provoking Lectures Rev Lange is in a unique position to juxtapose the past with the present He was called to serve the First Congregational Church of Detroit in 1978 Established in 1844 the church occupied two previous buildings before it came to its present location in 1891 Its historical roots are deep The basement of the old church at Fort and Wayne Streets was used to hide enslaved people on their way to boats that would ferry them to freedom in Windsor Canada 22 Photo by Barry W Szymanski The challenges and opportunities offered by a pluralistic environment was a theme that reemerged in the much anticipated Congregational Lecture and Bible Lectures The Rev William C Lange Congregational lecturer and the Rev Dr Stephen B Murray Bible lecturer both of Detroit challenged their audiences to examine their faith with new eyes
Rev. Barry Szymanski illustrates the typical life cycle of a church during his workshop on Vision and Failure for Non-prof...
Congregational Lecturer Bible Lecturer Rev Wm C Lange Rev Dr Stephen Murray Butler Today the church serves a vibrant and changing community According to its website In many ways the congregation of Old First is as unique as the Romanesque and Byzantine architecture of the building and stands firm in the belief that the Christian life is one of discovery and a dynamic process of growth in faith On Sunday of the conference all were invited to a worship and communion service at the historic First Congregational Church followed by a homemade dinner in the church s social hall The Bible Lecture was presented in three parts by the Rev Dr Stephen Butler Murray President of the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit where he also teaches homiletics and theology Ordained in the Baptist tradition Dr Murray most recently served as Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Boston Massachusetts and as American Baptist Chaplain to Harvard University Dr Murray said that the entire Bible is culturally conditioned The Old Testament was written for a homogenous society and its story climaxes with Jesus the Christ He noted that both Jesus and Paul treated the Old Testament with a mixture of respect and cavalier skepticism On the other hand Dr Murray said that the New Testament is a covenant charter for people of God That charter means that the agenda for today s Christian church is to confront our world by speaking authentically of God s judgment and mercy Dr Murray s Bible Lecture was in three sessions each organized around a question Lecture I How do we read the Bible for a relevant Christian faith with a world of Gods around us Lecture II How do we examine the authority of the Bible Lecture III How are people of Christian faith to interact with persons of other faiths in an increasingly pluralistic society Let the Bible be the Bible said Dr Murray Avoid convention masquerading as the authority of scripture He also cautioned that God did not give us the Holy Spirit to make us infallible and warned against using the authority of the Bible to force people into little boxes Dr Murray suggested instead that the Bible is designed to function through people Watch for more about Dr Murray s lecture in the December 2016 issue of The Congregationalist Business of the NACCC The 62nd Annual Business Meeting was run by Moderator Jim DeLine with assistance from ViceModerator Laura Hamby Secretary Judy Campbell and Parliamentarian Sherry Glab Most important of the work accomplished the delegates unanimously approved the restated NACCC Articles of Incorporation and By Laws to complete the process of making the NACCC a single 501 c 3 organization New members of the leadership team installed at the business meeting for two years each include Laura Hamby Soquel CA Moderator and James Waechter Brooklyn NY Vice Moderator The following individuals were re elected Judy Campbell Farmington Hills MI Secretary Jeffrey Dillon Franklin WI Treasurer and Rev Norm Erlendson Middletown CT Historian Continued on page 24 23
Congregational Lecturer  Bible Lecturer  Rev. Wm. C. Lange  Rev. Dr. Stephen Murray Butler  Today, the church serves a vib...
Other leadership elected or reelected Board of Directors Rev Don Olsen Wichita KS Member at Large 4 years Varn Philbrook Dennis MA Foundation Representative Growth Ministry Council Curt Schmidt Bound Brook NJ 3 years Carol Taylor Beloit WI 3 years Vitality Ministry Council Irven Gammon Florence MA 3 years Doug Gray Quincy MA 3 years Mission and Outreach Ministry Council Joelle Sommers Madison WI 3 years Janet Wilson Greenville IA 3 years Rev Peter Smith Hanson MA 2 years Greg Jurewicz Maywood IL 1 year Leadership Council 1 year Youth Representative Patrick Stewart Marshalltown IA Growth Ministry Council Reps Rev Dawn Carlson Terre Haute IN Pastor Carol Taylor Beloit WI Vitality Ministry Council Reps Rev Mike Fales Jackson MI Rev Phil Jackson Yarmouth MA Mission Outreach Ministry Council Reps Rev Patti Haaheim Burnsville MN Greg Jurewicz Maywood IL Annual Meeting Conference Team Colleen Murray Ghanna OH Member at Large 3 years Nominating Committee 3 year terms Rev Dr Tom Richard Marshfield MA Rev Linda Anderson Livonia MI CITATIONS AND AWARDS Outgoing moderator Jim DeLine was recognized for his service with a certificate from NACCC Executive Director Michael Chittum Jim in turn thanked the 2016 Annual Meeting and Conference Host Committee for their hard work and creativity in organizing the successful event The Board of Directors Citation for outstanding meritorious service to the NACCC was awarded to Dr E Neil Hunt of Punta Gorda FL The Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies CFTS honored two recent graduates Kathy Farnum who graduated from Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit MI and Emily Miller Todd who graduated from Perkins School of Theology in Dallas TX Ms Miller Todd was awarded the AD Grey Award and the John W Claxton Memorial Award 24 Vitality Ministry Council Awards were presented to the following individuals Rev Don Mayberry South Paris ME received the Marion Bradshaw Award for his personal commitment to Congregationalism Rev Dr Robin Carden Suttons Bay MI was honored with the Harry R Butman Award named for Rev Butman a founder of the NACCC The award recognizes Rev Carden for having given over a decade of service to an NACCC church and demonstrating a personal commitment to Congregationalism Brenda Gammon Florence CT was recognized with this year s Jeanette Butman Award established by Harry R Butman in honor of his wife The Missionary and Outreach Council presented the Charles Rush Award to Arturo Panama
Other leadership elected or reelected      Board of Directors     Rev. Don Olsen, Wichita, KS, Member at Large, 4 years  V...
NCAAA welcomes the eight churches installed at the 62nd Annual Meeting and Conference The Shandon Congregational Church Shandon OH Congregational Church of Canton Canton MA New Pilgrims Fellowship Rio Vista CA Congregational Church of Menifee Menifee CA Union Congregational Church of Oakville Oakville CA Enterprise Community Congregational Church Enterprise OR First Congregational Church of Stanton Stanton MI Congregational Church of Kinsley Kinsley KS Jim DeLine congratulates the 2016 Host Committee Co Chairs Rev Mark Jensen Beth Borland and Rev Mary E Biedron Moderator Jim DeLine Vice Moderator Laura Hamby Secretary Judy Campbell Parliamentarian Sherry Glab from Indian Trails Mission in Payson AZ The award is given to a minority individual who exemplifies the spirit of Rev Rush in working toward personal and social goals There was no shortage of fun at the 2016 Annual Meeting and Conference From a Friday night ballgame at Tigers Stadium to a palate boggling choice of ethnic restaurants there were lots of ways to spend down time in Detroit Bonnie Acree FUN AND FROLIC KGB Band Monday evening featured music from the 50s through the 70s performed by Dave Welcome s High Point Band Tuesday night the Motown sounds of the KGB Band brought people to their feet Dave Welcome s High Point Band Throughout the conference the music of Collin Whitfield keyboard artist and vocalist entertained folks as they congregated in the lobby of the Doubletree For information about next year s NACCC Annual Meeting Conference go online to www naccc org Editor s note Look for a summary and photos from the 2016 NAPF HOPE mission project in the December 2016 issue of The Congregationalist 25
NCAAA welcomes the eight churches installed at the 62nd Annual Meeting and Conference       The Shandon Congregational Chu...
Pilgrims embrace the new and unknown APilgrim People Yet Today The following is excerpted from the Congregational Lecture presented June 25 2016 at the NACCC Annual Meeting by William C Lange Conference Dearborn MI I love you That is what God is saying to us He says it time and time again to his people We stray He calls us home We turn away He turns us around We forget He reminds us We stop looking He sets himself in front of us At other times deep inside ourselves we seek God At other times we need to go some great distance to be with God It can be physical distance It can be emotional distance When we do respond to the call of God we become a Pilgrim What do Pilgrims do They seek They go places they have never been before They meet people they have never met before They meet all kinds of people they would have never thought to meet They hear music they have never heard before They hear old music like they have never heard it before Pilgrims wear clothes they never wore before They eat food they never ate before Pilgrims do things they have never done before Pilgrims are touched by God in ways they could not conceive before Our spiritual ancestors came to be called Pilgrim because they did these things They left their home two three times They left their jobs They left family They 26
Pilgrims embrace the new and unknown  APilgrim People Yet  Today  The following is excerpted from the Congregational Lectu...
Barry W Szymanski left familiar things They left security behind for a greater goal They went on a dangerous journey They took these risks because they tasted greater treats They had found for themselves God They found for themselves a closer and better way to be with God They found a way to be closer to the animating life giving source of all creation and they wanted more for themselves their families their church their nation everyone We are the spiritual heirs of the miles they traveled the risks they took and their seeking and searching and aiming for sainthood Does Congregationalism have a future We will survive if we are truly a Pilgrim people if we truly live in covenant walking with God and our fellow members with whom we have promised to walk This is not to say that I am not alarmed by our shrinkage in numbers and energy You and I stand on the edge of the future Growing up my home church and the churches of the National Association invested so much energy in their survival as churches and a denominational way of life The generation that fought for their truth and their Way is almost entirely past That energy has been spent The challenge now is what we will do with what has been given us We will fail if we just seek to preserve a form and function It will die It will be like the fragmented ruins of empires all over the world It may live internally to some extent in others but it will never be the same without someone using the name and the Way in living and growing ways There is power and energy in the congregation It is truly where the church lives Others find it even when we ourselves get distracted How do we move forward It was necessary for Congregational Churches to stay focused on organization and polity from the 50s into our current century To survive our churches need a change of culture and renewed covenant commitment 27
Barry W. Szymanski  left familiar things. They left security behind for a greater goal. They went on a dangerous journey. ...
of all the members to more fully tap into the power and genius of the Congregational Way Now is the time to use our power and genius to stoke the fires of faith We will grow spiritually and I think in numbers too when we proclaim the Good News to the world with both our actions and our words How are we different from the rest We are covenant churches not creedal churches We hark back to our historical heritage Many outsiders are sick of that by the way and see it as not being helpful as being stuck in a time warp We can use our heritage and use it well if we make our congregations strong Whether they are large or small each congregation can be strengthened when we are intentional about our church life Live in the promise of God Remember God loves you with an everlasting love God gives Himself and His whole creation to you and for you To me this means living the covenant I have made with God and others There has been much good brought to life by Congregationalists the Pilgrim People Some of our fruits have developed from our natural adoption of a pattern of freedom and responsibility Practices like teaching all the children to read so they all could read the Bible and find God whether or not that family practiced faith in God was revolutionary What good it has brought every one of God s children equal in the love of God equal in worth This revolution has been to our benefit and will continue to benefit us into the future The causes our churches have taken up with all of their good intentions are some reflection of freedom and responsibility and the worth of every person The abolition of slavery education for all child labor laws universal voting rights worker safety laws pollution restrictions have made us closer to living a true kingdom of God Even our failed attempts like prohibition had some good effects This ever growing experience of the value of every person is a wonderful thing Great and wonderful things have happened in our living this attitude and more will come in the future Of course there are dangers and many ways to stray Not keeping in balance freedom and responsibility is truly a way to failure and demise Keeping in balance the individual and the community is a path to life and success Rank individualism solipsism is a way to failure and demise Taking all of the responsibility will do you in or get you thrown out Be a Pilgrim Let us resolve not to hark back to the Pilgrims if we are not acting like pilgrims Are we seeking Are we going places or sitting at home Are we getting ourselves to places we ve never been before Have you asked a friend neighbor or fellow worker to your church lately Are you listening to music you have not heard before Are you willing to listen with new ears to the old Are you willing to hear like you ve never heard before Have you eaten any food you never ate before danced dances you have never danced before Pilgrims get themselves to places to be touched by God in ways they never conceived before Let this generation and the next celebrate as they continue this most important journey God be with you and God bless you on your journey A Pilgrim People yet today The Reverend William C Lange was called to serve the First Congregational Church of Detroit in 1978 and was Chaplain and Coordinator of Spiritual Care at the Detroit Medical Center for 26 years He also has served seven interims in Michigan Wisconsin and Illinois He has made important contributions as member and chair of the NACCC Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies and was a founding member of the Washington Gladden Society Rev Lange is a Licensed Professional Counselor National Certified Counselor and Master Additions Counselor
of all the members to more fully tap into the power and genius of the Congregational Way. Now is the time to use our power...
Encountering God and heaven Working with the Reality H of Near Death Experiences ave you ever wondered what it was like for the writers of the Bible how God might have contacted them how the words came to their minds And by what means did God communicate content by visions dreams a voice in their heads automatic writing Or perhaps as with many near death experiencers their souls were transported to heaven itself where they spoke with God and the angels about what they should convey of God s holy word Tradition tells us the first books of the Old Testament were given by God to Moses dictated perhaps under cover of Moses tent as the Spirit hovered over the Ark of the Covenant while Moses copied down the early history of the creation The prophet Isaiah speaks of a vision while Jeremiah says the word of the Lord came to me Ezekiel spoke with a fiery man form with a rainbow like radiance around him who gave him a scroll to swallow By Rev Lee Witting One of the favorite hymns at my seminary s get togethers was Here I Am Lord derived of course from Isaiah 6 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying Whom shall I send And who will go for us And I said Here I am Send me All of us sang with the secret hope that our calling was genuine and personal and would amount to something important We could relate to that notion that God calls us out by name to bring his truth to those in need of hearing What we chose to ignore was the mission God gives to Isaiah He said Go and tell this people Be ever hearing but never understanding be ever seeing but never perceiving Make the heart of this people calloused Make their ears dull and close their eyes Otherwise they might see with their eyes hear with their ears understand with their hearts and turn and be healed Fortunately Isaiah s report of his own personal mystical experience of God opened our ears eyes and hearts despite God s instructions on how to debilitate the congregations 29
Encountering God and heaven  Working with the Reality H  of Near-Death  Experiences  ave you ever wondered what it was lik...
Those of us who sang Here I am find ourselves today in a society similar to Isaiah s As a hospital chaplain I visit many patients who describe themselves as None s no religious affiliation on their admission sheet Along with the None s are a handful of pagans and wiccans while teens and younger are particularly taken with notions of vampires zombies and immortals But for adult patients under like Paul they believe they ve been given an assignment to describe our role on earth and the nature of eternity 50 the None designation predominates As a chaplain I m usually welcome regardless since an interest in what happens to us when we die remains strong and reports of near death experiences are interesting to nearly everyone Christians who relate to near death experience NDE stories often refer to St Paul s NDE Saul the rabbi participated in the killing of Christians Knocked down by his reprimand from Jesus he changed his ways But it was very possibly the vision of the third heaven he writes about in 2 Corinthians 12 1 7 where he was given surpassingly great revelations perhaps all of Paul s understanding of Christian theology This near death experience probably took place when a crowd stoned him nearly to death With an estimated 774 NDEs happening in this country every day and with a growing acceptance of their reality even by the medical community it s becoming harder to believe God is not communicating with us through NDEs Some of the more extensive contemporary NDEs involve a download of knowledge so profound as to change the lives of the experiencers It s one thing to be told by Jesus that it is not your time to die It s quite another to strike up a conversation with him ask questions you find he s willing to answer and then be told there are things in your life you still must accomplish including the sharing of what you have learned If some modern NDE reports are any example Paul could have received in one NDE the entirety of why Christ came to earth taught what he did and offered salvation through his death and resurrection It seems possible that Paul was fully enlightened in one shining visit to the hereafter and returned to his body with a heightened clarity of vision and a renewed dedication to the difficult assignment he d been given 30 My own near death experience a drowning when I was seven didn t hand me profound answers to the mysteries except to prove to me the eternal nature of my soul But as a hospital chaplain working with trauma and palliative care patients I have heard all the different levels of experience that can happen during an NDE And as publications director for the IANDS group International Association for Near Death Studies I have interviewed many of those who have written books given TV interviews travelled the lecture circuit and so forth because like Paul they believe they ve been given an assignment to describe our role on earth and the nature of eternity As our techniques for resuscitating stopped hearts have improved NDE accounts abound books about NDEs proliferate and many more experiencers today than ever before have the courage to speak write paint and create music in an effort to describe the indescribable And while the basic structure of an NDE seems the same across all cultures and religions each experience carries a personality as unique as each individual experiencer And yet many NDErs are still hesitant to speak about what they learned Some are close mouthed for 20 years or more until someone shares their experience with them and they decide it s time to tell
Those of us who sang    Here I am    find ourselves today in a society similar to Isaiah   s. As a hospital chaplain, I vi...
their story in return This year a pastor in Arizona began an Easter series of five Sunday sermons on near death experiences By the end several members of his congregation came to him and told of their own NDEs A few were brave enough to share theirs with the congregation Throughout the centuries many visionaries have been declared saints by the Catholic Church for sharing their communications from Mary Jesus and the Hereafter Still many priests and pastors remain afraid to involve contemporary personal mystical experiences in their discussions of God If the King James Version was good enough for Jesus it s good enough for me is an old joke with a new twist when it comes to NDEs And yet God is still speaking to us through people he has chosen to return to life Many of them bring gifts as profound as many Bible passages we teach The messages are almost always about love God s love for us the nature of God as Love in the hereafter and the reminder that we are here to practice love with one another What Paul learned about love in his NDE I think formed the basis of his profound teaching in 1 Corinthians 13 that all elements of religious practice become meaningless without love For Letters to the Editor and More visit The Congregationalist Facebook page We needn t think of NDEs as definitive descriptions of the hereafter Each is an experience so personal that I can t help but believe it was intended primarily as an instructional gift to the experiencer Even distressing experiences which occur about twenty percent of the time are to instruct the experiencer But sharing such testimony however personal can be a great gift for both the teller and the hearer As a hospital chaplain dealing more and more with unchurched patients these days I find these reports of contemporary NDEs to be immensely interesting and instructive to patients and their families And my Sunday congregation is equally interested as well God is still speaking and pastors who ignore the reality of NDEs and other personal mystical experience are missing an important element in their congregants lives Rev Lee Witting is a chaplain at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor Maine and pastor of the Union Street Brick Church in Bangor He received his doctor of ministry degree in NDE studies from Bangor Theological Seminary in 2010 and serves as publications director for IANDS the International Association for Near Death Studies Lee hosts a weekly Internet radio show NDE Radio featuring interviews with experiencers and the theological implications of NDEs All past shows are available at the website nderadio org 31
their story in return. This year a pastor in Arizona began an Easter series of five Sunday sermons on near-death experienc...
A lo n g t h e Way News from the fellowship of churches Small Church with a Big Heart Among the current membership at First Congregational Church in Cape Coral FL are a number of individuals who first became acquainted with the church at one of its car shows The church reached out to the community again this year with its Fifth Annual Classic Car Show Over 30 diverse antique automobiles were displayed by their proud owners at the March 19 event Trophies were awarded to owners of the top cars while some lucky attendees took home door prizes Church volunteers prepared a scrumptious lunch of sloppy joes egg salad sandwiches hot dogs and various drinks which was available free to all entrants Others could purchase lunch at a nominal price Another talented church member and her assistants sold their delicious array of homemade chocolate candy This year s volunteers wore tee shirts adorned with the church s logo The Small Church with a Big Heart Notes church member Maggi Payne We all enjoy the opportunity for the fellowship this event provides as we welcome back returning exhibitors and spectators and make new friends Plans are already underway for the 2017 show Vintage cars took center stage at the First Congregational Church in Cape Coral FL car show 100 Years and Counting People s Congregational Church Bayport MN is celebrating its centennial on September 25 2016 The 10 15 AM Celebratory Worship Service will feature a Reunion Choir and special guest the Rev Dr Michael Chittum NACCC Executive Director The Rev Linda Tossey Senior Pastor at People s Congregational Church will be preaching Pastors and those who were ordained by PCC have been invited as guests of honor 32
A lo n g t h e Way  News from the fellowship of churches Small Church with a Big Heart Among the current membership at Fir...
Following the service there will be an outdoor celebration from12 00 p m until 3 00 p m in the park next to the church The church will celebrate the Congregationalists First Thanksgiving meal of 1621 with you guessed it turkey and all the trimmings Congregants dressed in Pilgrim costumes will add authenticity to the proceedings Adults and kids alike will be treated to musical entertainment a bouncy house balloons pumpkin decorating and face painting Not Just a Cake Walk will offer cakes and lots more as prizes People s Church will also take this opportunity to honor their local civil servants with a police car and fire truck on display There will also be tours of the church and an historical display during the celebration All are invited Season of Celebrations Dr Brian Anderson pastor of the Congregational Church of Sun City AZ was honored by his congregation this past April to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his ordination Dr Anderson was ordained to the Christian ministry on April 27 1991 in Donegall Street Congregational Church Belfast Northern Rev Dr Brian and Heather Anderson Ireland In May the congregation celebrated the 40th anniversary of the church s founding by the late Dr John Alexander The Congregational Church was constituted and formed at a special service held on Sunday May 2 1976 in the community hall of Western Savings and Loan Association Sun City Warm Welcome in Detroit 33
Following the service there will be an outdoor celebration from12 00 p.m. until 3 00 p.m. in the park next to the church. ...
N E C ROLOG Y LOYAL B ISHO P P astor Loyal G Bishop age 86 passed away on June 11 2016 from Parkinson s disease Rev Bishop attended Wittenberg University and graduated in 1955 with a Master s of Divinity degree from Hamma School of Theology An honored athlete he met and married wife Marilyn while a student Rev Bishop served as pastor in Bowling Green OH Bay Village OH Lexington KY and Terre Haute IN Committed to his congregations he still found time to play sports with his children and grandchildren coaching softball and volunteering as a track and cross country official at ISU and the Lavern Gibson NCAA events When he was diagnosed with Parkinson s disease Rev Bishop started a support group for others living with the illness Following retirement he was a volunteer with the Hospice of Wabash Valley Family Service Association and the Parkinson s Disease Support Group among others He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years Marilyn Beattie Bishop He is survived by his four children their spouses 15 grandchildren and three great grandchildren Donations may be made to The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson s Research Donation Processing The Michael J Fox Foundation P O Box 5014 Hagerstown MD 2174 5014 Booker T Washington High School Nursery All Nursery C O Booker T Washington High School 3707 South 7th Street Terre Haute IN 47802 or Trinity Lutheran Church 2620 Ohio Blvd Terre Haute IN 47803 N OR M A N RUST T he Rev Norman Rust 77 of Standish ME passed away on June 11 2016 surrounded by his family after suffering a cardiac arrest Rev Rust attended the University of Southern Maine followed by Bangor Theological Seminary He served many of Maine s communities in his 52 years as a minister for the U C C and the Congregational Christian Council of Maine He thought nothing of driving 200 miles to conduct services at three different churches in a single day He was a proud member of the Order of the Eastern Star Oxford Chapter 168 and Chaplain Emeritus of the Grand Lodge of Maine Rev Rust is survived by his wife Betty son Brian daughter Barbara grandchildren great grandchildren brother Bill Rust and wife Ann sister Nancy Adams and many nieces nephews and cousins Donations can be made in his memory to West Gorham Union Church Memorial Fund P O Box 854 Gorham ME 04038 34
N E C ROLOG Y LOYAL B ISHO P  P  astor Loyal G. Bishop, age 86, passed away on June 11, 2016, from Parkinson   s disease. ...
GEORGE B URKERT C REE T he Rev George Burkert Burk Cree 81 died at his home in Zurich Switzerland on May 20 2016 He served as a Congregational minister for more than 30 years serving churches in Wauwatosa WI Catalina Island and Carmel CA He was an avid reader historian and genealogist actively engaged in Congregational organizations and his college alumni association He grew up in Indiana with his parents Edwin Dugal Cree and Anna Louise Burkert and his sister Ruthann He earned his bachelor s degree from Earlham College Richmond IN He continued his studies at Harvard Divinity School and was ordained a Congregational minister in 1960 He met his wife Angelika Mueller while traveling Europe following his graduation Burk loved the Congregational Church and recently did what he could to help the persecuted Church around the world wrote the Rev Warren R Angel minister at Mayflower Congregational Church in Laguna Hills CA Burk and Angelika moved to her hometown of Zurich Switzerland when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease in 2005 Burk remained in touch with friends and family in the U S via frequent phone calls and emails He is survived by his wife sons Tobias and George and sister Ruthann Hoods HOWAR D LEWIS H oward L Lewis Jr 87 Charlton MA died on May 31 2016 after a brief illness A member of First Congregational Church of Nantucket he was active in the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches NACCC for a number of years He served on Congregational Church Development and the Congregational Foundation Board of Governors He was also a member of the 1620 Society Lewis and partner Harry Reid were together for 52 years until Reid s death in 2008 While living in Brooklyn where they had a floral business they were active members of Plymouth Congregational Church of the Pilgrims Together they were involved in restoring a slum area in Brooklyn now called Boerum Hill and started the Atlantic Antic Street Festival which will have its forty second anniversary in September After moving to Nantucket they joined First Congregational Church where Lewis sang in the choir Donations in memory of Howard J Lewis Jr can be made to the First Congregational Church of Nantucket MA the Plymouth Congregational of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn NY or the Nantucket Historical Association 35
GEORGE B URKERT C REE  T  he Rev. George Burkert    Burk    Cree, 81, died at his home in Zurich, Switzerland on May 20, 2...
N e w s a nd N e e d s o f O u r M i s s i o n s N EWS Missionaries Attend the Annual Meeting Thirteen missions were represented NACCC s 2016 Annual Meeting and Conference this June in Detroit Congregational Church of Myanmar Fishers of Men Mexico Happy Life Children s Home Kenya Pilgrim s Presence Kenya Indian Community Fellowship India Love Worth Sharing Haiti Mission Mazahua Mexico Mission School of Hope Cameroon Panamerican Insti MOMC Praying over Geoffrey Lipale from Pilgrim s Presence Kenya tute Mexico Hosanna Industries PA Indian Trails AZ Morgan Scott Project TN and Seafarer s Friend MA To encourage conversation with missionaries at their exhibits the Mission and Outreach Ministry Council created the Mission Discovery Zone People found passports in their Annual Meeting packets and could collect the signature of each missionary Sharon Higgins of First Congregational Church Anchorage AK was the first person to collect all signatures and received a basket of goodies from the missions The Mission and Outreach Ministry Council reception featured Geoffrey Lipale who spoke about Pilgrims Presence in Kenya and Ida MacRae who presented information about Seafarers Friend Boston MA The other missionaries presented their missions to a receptive general assembly Everyone attending the Mission 36 and Outreach Ministry Council reception received a Missions Discovery Pin The Mission and Outreach Ministry Council MOMC interviewed each missionary for an update on what is happening at their mission their goals for the next year and any problems they are facing MOMC also prayed over each missionary Charles Rush Award The 2016 Charles Rush Award was presented to Arturo Panama from Indian Trails Mission AZ at the Annual Meeting The mission s only paid employee he has worked with Indian Trails for about 17 years Richard Gossett Merrill Congregational Church MI says Arturo means a lot not only to Indian Trails but also to our family as well It was a big decision for him to leave his family and everything he knew and come to Arizona but he knew God was calling him and he took that leap of faith Arturo is a man of God in the way he lives and works and is a worthy recipient of the Charles Rush Award Flooding in West Virginia The Mission and Outreach Ministry Council is collecting funds to help with the flooding in West Virginia through One Great Hour of Sharing These funds can be sent to the NACCC Office Hosanna Industries PA is also getting involved Amanda Becker sends this message Hi Congregational friends we need your help Hosanna Industries Inc recently traveled to Southeastern West Virginia to see how we could assist those affected by the recent flooding We saw people in Richwood living in tents and camper trailers because their homes were lost This is a city that has a 46 poverty rate We have come up with a plan to help them rebuild but need lots of donations to make it happen Can you or your church help Every dollar makes a difference and we d really like to get some dehumidifiers there soon
N e w s a nd N e e d s o f O u r M i s s i o n s  N EWS Missionaries Attend the Annual Meeting  Thirteen missions were rep...
Linda Miller Editor M i s s i o n T i db i t s Mission School of Hope Cameroon has just about finished their clinic building Pilgrim s Presence Kenya wants to partner with a local church to create Mercy Children s Home Fishers of Men Mexico announces that Martita the eldest daughter of Julie and Victor Zaragoza was married on May 4 Seafarer s Friend MA is still looking for a director Volunteers from North Shore Ozaukee churches and IA NE Association For details go to http hosannaindustries org hosanna industries raising 1 5 million west virginiaflood relief Hosanna Industries PA gets a lot of volunteers from the NACCC family A group from North Shore Congregational Church Fox Point WI and Ozaukee Congregational Church Grafton WI went in June Iowa Nebraska Association of Congregational Churches sent a group of volunteers for a week in July They helped four impoverished households in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region with essential home repairs Co mm u n i t y D e v e lo pm e n t P r o g r a m Indian Community Fellowship ICF India has started a Community Development Program They are teaching children to read and write and women to sew They also are starting a program to help low income families earn money ICF will give up to 100 to a family for a sewing machine or fees to pay for a stall in the market to sell such items as tea vegetables jewelry and other crafts Once the recipient family earns enough money they will pay the money back to ICF so another family can be given the same opportunity Panamerican Institute Mexico started classes August 10 with 73 students Morgan Scott Project TN reports its biggest need is for dental care They are looking into starting a dental clinic N EE D S School is right around the corner for some of our missions They can always use school supplies Indian Trails Mission AZ needs a van for the Mexican churches Indian Trails Mission AZ wants to restart their Muppet program They need two more Muppets Thank you for your support For more information on any of these missions or to make a donation to any of the above projects please contact Linda Milller at the NACCC office 800 262 1620 ext 1618 or lmiller naccc org The Mission and Outreach Ministry Council NACCC PO Box 288 Oak Creek WI 53154 For a complete listing of NACCC Mission Projects please go to our Web site www naccc org and click on Missions 37
Linda Miller, Editor  M i s s i o n T i db i t s  Mission School of Hope, Cameroon, has just about finished their clinic b...
P ASTORATES A N D P UL P ITS Ordinations Northfield Tilton Congregational Church Tilton NH ordained the Rev Michelle Betts Lennon with the concurrence of a vicinage council May 22 2016 Recent Calls First Congregational Church Porterville CA called the Rev Kevin Roach as pastor Rockwood First Congregational Church Rockwood MI called the Rev David Barnes as pastor Arbor Grove Congregational Church Jackson MI called the Rev Daniel Kidder McQuown as pastor First Congregational Church Peterson IA called the Rev James Owens as pastor In Search Senior Minister Ashby Hyannis Congregational Churches share pastor NE Community Congregational Church Kewaunee WI Craig Memorial Congregational Church Paradise CA First Church of Christ Lynn MA 38 First Congregational Church Allegan MI Plymouth Congregational Church Racine WI First Congregational Church Anchorage AK Second Congregational Church Jewett City CT First Congregational Church Ashland NE The Shandon Congregational Church Shandon OH First Congregational Church Interlachen FL First Congregational Church Roscommon MI Associate Assistant First Congregational Church Salt Lake City UT United Church of Marco Island Marco Island FL Minister First Congregational Church Vermontville MI First Congregational Church of Salida CA Flatbush Tompkins Congregational Church Brooklyn NY Gomer Congregational Church Gomer OH Hampshire Colony Congregational Church Princeton IL Olivet Congregational Church Olivet MI Orthodox Congregational Church Petersham MA Plain Congregational Church Bowling Green OH Non NACCC Churches First Community Church of Joplin MO First Congregational Church Gray ME Pilgrim Congregational Church Billings MT
P ASTORATES A N D P UL P ITS Ordinations Northfield Tilton Congregational Church, Tilton, NH, ordained the Rev. Michelle  ...
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