Our church home is a place of affirming sanctuary, where many find hospitality and hope, even redemption and peace. Worship here is always about thanksgiving and overflowing with themes of God’s grace, God’s call to justice, and our responsibility to one another as God’s children.
We experience joy, laughter, and delight in moments of shared liturgical celebration, as we experience the awe of God’s presence among us in moments of ministry that include healing prayers, outreach, and pastoral care with the people around us. We continue to discern our ministry, as our hearts are continually tuned to sing God’s praise.
This coming Sunday, January 18, during our 9:00 a.m. Adult Education Hour, we are pleased to host Professor Orlando Patterson of Harvard University. Dr. Patterson is the John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard. He is a historical and cultural sociologist who has published widely in journals of opinion and the national press, especially the New York Times, where he has appeared as guest columnist, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Public Interest, The New Republic, and The Washington Post. He has also published several books, with a new book about the cultural aspects of poverty among disadvantaged African American youth due for release next month. Dr. Patterson will speak about the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the importance of his legacy today. Please join us for what is bound to be a thoughtful discussion!
The following day, Monday, January 19, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. a team from CCC will join the Many Helping Hands MLK Day of Service. More than 2,300 people came together on MLK Day 2014 to make: 182 fleece blankets for homeless children; 401 fleece scarves for homeless Cambridge adults; 2,544 Valentine cards for elders, veterans, and servicemen; 1,530 emergency room activity kits; and 1,654 bookmarks for participants in literacy programs. This January, the fifth annual Day of Service aims to make even more! Many Helping Hands is the grateful recipient of CCC Christmas Fair funds, which will allow the organization to expand its reach this year. If you are interested in being part of the CCC team for the MLK Day of Service, please contact Zach Maher at firstname.lastname@example.org.