The First Congregational Church of Marion, Massachusetts
Where All Are Welcome!
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer”
Creator God, we pray for our world now facing a global pandemic. We ask for wisdom in making decisions to help lessen any harm the Coronavirus may bring. Grant us the strength to be a force of good in combating this disease. We seek ways to be of help to our neighbors, and all people who may be affected. May we be mindful to walk in faith and act in love, both in times of joy, and in times of challenge. Amen.
Respite from the Stressful Times....
Thank you to member Ben Denham for sharing his photographs of his "Blue Hour" James Alphege Brewer etchings with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (NBSO). The photographs were set to inspiring music.
From the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra web site ( www.nbsymphony.org ):
"NBSO subscriber Ben Dunham came to us with the idea of setting James Alphege Brewer’s “Blue Hour” etchings to Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral. Higdon, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music as well as a Grammy, intended for blue cathedral “to reflect on the amazing journeys that we all make in our lives, crossing paths with so many individuals singularly and collectively, learning and growing each step of the way.” The NBSO performed blue cathedral at our 2011-12 season finale.
We hope you enjoy this version!
blue cathedral by Jennifer Higdon, performed by the NBSO, David MacKenzie, Conductor (2012)
Audio recording by Pierre Paquin, Sound Dynamics Associates
Video created by Abigail Smith, NBSO Operations and Program Assistant
Thank you to Ben Dunham for providing the Brewer etchings.
More of Brewer’s work can be seen at www.jalphegebrewer.info "
Our Response to Coronavirus Concerns
From the Executive Council of the First Congregational Church of Marion, Massachusetts
As a faith community, we have a special responsibility to care for those in our church and community. Our leadership has been actively developing a response to the heightened focus and quickly changing status of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
We are using information from the United Church of Christ (UCC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to inform our decision making. Links to these sources can be found under “Helpful Links” in our web site navigation menu. We advise people to rely on information from the same, or other authoritative sources such as their doctor. Information from unknown sources circulating on social media may not be based on scientific fact and actually undermine efforts to limit the effects of the virus.
We would like to assure everyone that our intention is to follow health and government recommendations at the federal, state, and local levels. The safety and health of our members, visitors, and local community are our top concerns.
Locally, the Town of Marion is requesting food donations to establish a food bank for Marion residents in need. They intend to begin distribution next week. Donations are needed IMMEDIATELY. Food donations can be delivered to the Police Station, Fire Station #1, and the Benjamin D. Cushing Community Center on Mill St. (donations there can be left at any time in the outside container). Check on Facebook (Town of Marion, Massachusetts / @Marion1852) for a list of needed food items.
To read a list of the ongoing actions we are taking at the church, click here for Coronavirus Updates or use the link in the navigation menu. As changes occur, we will post updates to that page.
Unfortunately, The First Congregational Church of Marion Annual Summer Fair is being canceled this year due to the Covid 19 pandemic. This is the Fair that everyone looks forward to each year, and we hope to see you all NEXT YEAR on the church grounds and in the street for our Annual Summer Fair.
First Church of Marion, MA welcomes you to join us for a Virtual Worship Service, each Sunday beginning April 12, 2020 from 10:00. While it is an abbreviation of our typical Sunday worship, we hope it will provide some spiritual well-being and sense of community. These worship services are being recorded on Zoom or prerecorded and will be posted on the church's YouTube channel. Find the link to the YouTube channel at the bottom of the page.
We invite you to join us each Sunday at 11:30 am for Vestry Cafe, a time of coming together as a community for sharing and companionship. Discussion is open and interesting.It is also wonderful to see so many familiar faces!
A weekly Bible study, via Zoom, is open to all. It is held each Tuesday from 10:00.
CHECK IT OUT
The church now has a YouTube page. Our YouTube link at the bottom of this page. We intend to post weekly worship opportunities there along with other content. If you would like to be notified of new posts, SUBSCRIBE to the channel (click the red box on the YouTube homepage) and click on the BELL ICON beside it. Or just visit the channel to check for new posts. Remember, just click the YouTube icon at the bottom of the page!
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