December 14, 2018

The Holidays are upon us!  I hope you are taking time this December to make meaningful memories with your loved ones. Practicing gratitude is a way to bring us back to our best selves.  Here is Mary's gratitude--she sang a song of gratefulness when she learned she would bear a son.

This is from Luke 1:46-55, from The Message translation:

46-55 And Mary said,

I’m bursting with God-news;
    I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened—
    I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
    the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.
God's mercy flows in wave after wave
    on those who are in awe before God.
God bared God's arm and showed strength,
    scattered the bluffing braggarts.
God knocked tyrants off their high horses,
    pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
    the callous rich were left out in the cold.
God embraced a chosen child, Israel;
    God remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
It’s exactly what was promised,
    beginning with Abraham and right up to now. 

I hope that your holiday season is as blessed as Mary was on the very first Christmas!  May you experience joy, faith, hope and love this season.

Christmas Pageant at Eliot Church in Newton
Sunday, Dec. 16th at 10am, Eliot Church in Newton
Join Eliot Church for their All Church Christmas Pageant, led by the children. Arrive by 9:30 to pick up your head covering and gift for baby Jesus in the chapel. You can choose to be an Angel, a Magi, a Shepherd or a Sheep. The Eliot Philharmonic will be leading the carols. Invite friends and family for this festive Sunday!

Christmas Party at Home Suites Inn in Waltham
Saturday, Dec. 22nd from 2 to 4 p.m.
We are partnering with our partner churches in Newton for a Christmas Party at Home Suites Temporary Motel and Homeless Shelter in Waltham.  We will provide refreshments, crafts to make Christmas cards, face painting, and live music.

We will be in need of refreshments and volunteers at the party to help kids with crafts, etc. We are planning on having the kids make decorations for the tree that is there and having some little bags with candy and treats for each child.  Anyone who wants to volunteer at the party should contact Matt or Pastor Susan at Eliot: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or cell: 818-389-5958. 

Agape Christmas Service
Sunday, December 23rd
5pm at Harlan Chapel
Brandeis University
415 South St., Waltham, MA 02453

Messy Church!  
With guest Rev. Reebee Girash, Associate Pastor at the Eliot Church of Newton
Sunday, January 13th- 4:30pm  New time!
Intercultural Center (ICC), Brandeis University
415 South St., Waltham 02453
More details and flyer to come!
Agape 2018 events and directions are at this link:
(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 774-270-2185).  

If you would like to make a love donation to support the unfoldment of Agape's vision in the world of living and spreading unconditional love, you can do so at the link below, or checks can be made out to "MACUCC" with "Agape" in the memo line (and mailed to 106 Stearns Hill Rd., Waltham, MA 02451).