Category Archives: A Message from Our Pastor

From the Pastor

Dear friends, “The main thing is to keep the main the main thing.” Rick Warren reminds us of this old adage. Warren is a pastor and spiritual leader and author He reminds us that it is important for a church to understand clearly why it exists (“the main thing”) and to keep that reason for […]

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Pastor Stacey’s Summer List

Dear friends, These wonderful, precious days of the New England summer have begun, inviting us to a change of pace. Time with friends and family, opportunities to enjoy God’s creation, a chance to step outside some of our usual routines. I’m making some lists for myself: books to read, places to go, people to catch […]

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A Message from the Pastor for April & May 2015

Dear friends, Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! The signs of Christ alive in the world are all around us, if we have eyes to see and ears to hear. On Easter the sanctuary was filled with those who came to hear once again God’s ever new, ever fresh message of hope and promise […]

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A message from the Pastor Lent and Holy Week

Dear friends, Easter is quickly approaching and we look forward to the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. But before Easter comes Holy Week. Sometimes we may be tempted to skip over the pain and the questions and the struggles of Holy Week – Jesus’ last supper, his arrest, his death – and go straight from the […]

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A message from the Pastor: February/March 2015

Dear friends, When I make a cake, one of the first steps is to line the cake pans with waxed paper. I trace around the outside edge of the pan onto the paper and then I cut out the circle. I always find that no matter how careful I have been, my circle never quite […]

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A message from the Pastor: January 2015

Dear  friends, This  issue  of  the  Gleam  goes  to  press  in  the  midst  of  Christmas  preparations.    The  or-­ gan  has  been  tuned.    The  poinsettias  are  in  the  office,  staying  warm  till  Christmas  Eve.     A  big  pile  of  toys  awaits  delivery  by  Kathy  Stewart  to  the  Melrose  Housing  Authority,   where  they […]

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A message from the Pastor: December 2014

Dear friends, What do you really want for Christmas? Children write letters to Santa and adults also make wish lists this time each year. Gifts are received, and lists are checked off. While the gifts may be thoughtful, the sizes and colors just right, though they may represent friendship and love, still… After the giving […]

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A message from the Pastor: November 2014

Dear Friends, Money makes you happy. But, of course, we in the Church already knew that. Conventional wisdom says that money can’t buy happiness. However, research says otherwise – that money can bring happiness – if you spend it on someone else or if you give it away. Making small changes in how you spend […]

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