News Briefs

Church Treasurers: Last Date for 2018 Contributions


Dear Church Treasurer, I send you greetings in this Advent and New Year season. I hope that it’s been a blessed year for your church and that the new year brings an abundance of joy and peace!  As the end of the year comes into sight I’m writing to remind you that the last date for the Conference to receive all contributions intended for 2018 ...

Does Your Church Have to Pay Tax on the Parking Lot?


There is a new tax rule that may require churches that own parking lots to pay income taxes, especially if they reserve parking spaces for staff. Frank and Elaine Sommerville of Church Law & Tax explain how churches can determine whether they are subject to the rule in this article: How to Determine Whether or Not You Pay the ‘Parking Lot Tax  

Sharing the Light


The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ~ John 1:5 In a world where darkness seems to be encroaching on all fronts, it is refreshing to see that cooperation is possible. The Peace Light of Bethlehem brings that hope each year.  The light itself comes from the grotto in Bethlehem where tradition says that Jesus was ...

A Moral Call for Migrant Justice, Dec. 10-18


"Love Knows No Borders" Migrant Justice Week of Action ~ December 10 – 18th  The UCC National Collaborative on Immigration is partnering with AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) to shine a light at the border. Actions begin on International Human Rights Day (12/10) and end on International Migrants Day (12/18). In San Diego, people of faith ...

Shine the Light on Immigration


Join the UCC churches of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, as we seek together to learn more about the issues surrounding immigration.   During this Epiphany season, as a congregation, consider a commitment to reading the book Dear America: Notes from an Undocumented Citizen or watching the documentary, "Documented". Both resources are ...

Important News for Local Church Treasurers


It has come to our attention that some of our Massachusetts Conference churches may not have received important information from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts regarding a new employer filing requirement with a deadline of November 30.   Effective November 2018, any Massachusetts employer with six or more employees (in any of the previous twelve...

Armistice Day: Ringing Bells for World Peace


First Congregational Church in Rockland's historic bell Last Sunday, November 11, was the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day - a day marking the end of fighting in WWI.  At 11 AM, when the fighting stopped, church bells rang all over the world in celebration and hope for an end to all wars. In commemoration of this special anniversary, the ...

Help Keep Boston Youth Warm this Winter


City Mission, along with Citizens Bank, believes that all children in Boston deserve to be warm and safe this winter.  Coat Boston has spent nine years ensuring that children, from toddlers to teens, have the warm winter coats they need. City Mission partners with Boston Public Schools serving low-income families to ensure that all young Bostonians...

Gateways to God: Training in Missional Spiritual Direction


Dear Friends,   Beginning in February 2019, Rolling Ridge will offer Gateways to God: Training in Missional Spiritual Direction.  Over the course of two years, participants gather with others who sense a call to listen deeply for and respond faithfully to the ways the Spirit is moving in their own lives, in their faith communities and in their ...

1,000 sermons: Clergy Invoke Kids' Case from the Pulpit


The Rev. Jim Antal (right) has given about 200 sermons on climate change. He's pictured with Bartholomew, the ecumenical patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Antal/Twitter When the Rev. Peter Sawtell gets to the part of his sermon on what older generations owe to the youth, the audience exhales. "There's usually an audible 'ooooof' out of ...

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