The Shoemaker Center for Church Renewal and the Dean’s office at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary are please to welcome Carrie Boren Headington, Canon Evangelist, Episcopal Diocese of Dallas for a combined Pastor’s Forum/Dean’s Forum on November 5, 2019. Carrie will speak on ‘Sharing the Uniqueness of Jesus in our Pluralistic Culture.’ Lunch is free for Gordon-Conwell students with registration.
Wow!! Christmas season is fast approaching – what an amazing year its been.
Join us for a Heart Of Worship Concert (John 4:24) organized by Sound From Heaven – Qodesh Family Church Boston. It’s going to be an amazing moment in the presence and move of the Holy Ghost in Sounds from Heaven (Acts 2:2) and with a pure heart of worship.
Tell someone, come as a family, or come as a couple – Discover the young ministers the Holy Ghost is raising in MA.
Venue : 29 East Street, Winchester MA
Date : 26 October 2019
Time : 5:00 PM Red Carpet Moments
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM Concert
IS SPIRITUAL FORMATION A PRIORITY IN YOUR CONGREGATION AND COMMUNITY?
Transform Your Leadership. Transform Your Congregation and Community.
It’s challenging for leaders to infuse their ministry settings with transformational practices necessary to bring about heart and soul change in healthy, life-giving ways. In this seven-session, interactive symposium, we invite leaders and teams to explore readily applicable pathways that will aid you in facilitating biblical, contemplative and Trinitarian priorities with those God has called you to serve.
The symposium will offer interactive instruction and collegial dialogue around the process of enfolding and infusing spiritual formation into the life of your church and community. A creative mini soul care retreat and optional spiritual direction will also be offered. Coffee and snacks will be provided each morning, as well as lunch and dinner provided on days one and two. We will conclude prior to lunchtime on Oct 18. Invite your team to join you for this unique spiritual formation and leadership development experience!
See https://mailchi.mp/leadershiptransformations.org/sfsscongandcomm2019 for more information!
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (Mark Harvey, director) will open its historic 47th season with a Duke Ellington Celebration, including tuneful classics and joyful sacred music featuring the First Parish of Concord choir, directed by Elizabeth Norton, with Nikki Turpin, narrator. The concert will be held Sunday, September 22 at 7:00 pm at First Parish Church of Concord MA. The program is sponsored by the Music Ministry of First Parish in collaboration with The Robbins House. Aardvark has been called “stunningly beautiful” (New York City Jazz Record), “spellbinding” (The Boston Globe) and “one of the best jazz ensembles in the world” (Jazz Podium, Germany). The band has been praised for “lush sonorities and a saxophonic blend worthy of Ellington’s finest reed sections” (JazzTimes).
The concert will honor Duke Ellington (1899-1974) in his 120th birthday year with a program celebrating joy, justice, and love – themes that were important for Ellington throughout his life. Although not a religious event, the program embraces the tenets of Christianity in celebrating social justice, equality and inclusiveness. The Reverend Dr Mark Harvey, Aardvark’s founder and music director is a retired Methodist minister, who has written compositions on themes of spirituality, peace and justice and led his orchestra in concerts for these causes for 50 years. The September 22 concert will feature music from Ellington’s Sacred Concerts, including Heaven and New World A-Comin’ which Duke described as “a place where there would be no war, no greed, no categorization, and where love would be unconditional.” The First Parish choir will join Aardvark in two sacred works: the ebullient David Danced before the Lord, and It’s Freedom, a powerful expression of Civil-Rights-era fervor with resonance for today.
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra performs widely, has premiered more than 175 works for jazz orchestra, and has released 15 CDs, including 9 discs on Leo Records and a recording of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music on the Aardmuse label. Aardvark guests have included Sheila Jordan, Ricky Ford, Geri Allen, Jaki Byard, Jimmy Giuffre and other luminaries. The band has performed Ellington concerts for more than three decades, including an Ellington Centennial Concert in 1999 at MIT’s mainstage Kresge Auditorium. Mark Harvey has transcribed many Ducal works, and has written and lectured about Ellington for more than 25 years.
Aardvark is: Arni Cheatham, Peter H. Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, Dan Zupan/saxes and woodwinds; K.C. Dunbar, Jeanne Snodgrass/trumpets; David Harris, Jay Keyser/trombones; Jeff Marsanskis, Bill Lowe/bass trombones, tuba; John Funkhouser/piano; Rick McLaughlin/string bass; Harry Wellott/drums; Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes, vocalists; and Mark Harvey, arranger/music director. The orchestra is managed by Americas Musicworks, Rebecca DeLamotte, director, telephone 617 776 8778
“It all changed when I felt God. It wasn’t anymore just to be at church to be at church. It was be at church because you wanted to be there, to be around people who talk about and love God… I want to be baptized because it’s being part of a greater thing than just life. It’s filling yourself with love and hope and faith. It’s just wonderful.”-Sage Kerstetter
Rebekah Kerstetter is one of our UniteBoston Neighborhood Dinner Coordinators in the Medford area. At our neighborhood dinner this past week, she shared about her daughter Sage choosing to be baptized at Highrock Covenant Church this past Easter. Watch the video below to hear about the transformation that happened in Sage’s life as she committed to follow God. Let’s continue to pray for the next generation of youth in our churches and communities to have life-changing encounters with Jesus!
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