Spirit-filled people are praising God with joy!
Sunday August 30—Annual St. Bartholomew's Day picnic starts at 12:30
Join us for great food and fellowship in the rector's office courtyard. Barbeque grills will be smoking. People will be smiling. Music will be in the air. We will have a tasty feast to celebrate the feast day of our parish namesake, St. Bartholomew. The whole neighborhood is invited!
Sunday, September 13—Return to regular worship schedule in upstairs church
The 8am service returns, the choir returns, the organ playing returns, another program year of worship and service begins. Worship every Sunday at 8:00am and 10:30 am. All are welcome and this means YOU!
Sunday September 13 and 20—Sunday School registration begins at 10:00am
Call Sunday School Administrator Paula Akiba for information about 2015-2016 Sunday School enrollment for children 3-12 years old. Amma Leslie will offer confirmation classes for teenagers, and "God's Holy Food" classes for children of all ages who have never taken communion before. Please call 617 354 8582 and press extension #5 for registration information or to leave a message for Mrs. Akiba with your Sunday School questions.
Sunday September 20—Friends and Family Day! Worship at 8:00 am and 10:30 am, and a special social hour at 12:30.
This is a good day to invite a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or family member who is curious about the Episcopal church, new to Christianity, or seeking a church home. There is someone in your life whose heart is being prepared by God to return to church after being away for a while, or who wants to start attending church for the first time. Perhaps you know someone who is new to the area and seeking community, someone who is going through a difficult life circumstance, or someone who is ready to explore new answers to life's big questions. Identify a friend or family member in your life that you might want to invite to church, then pray for and about that person. If you don't think you know anyone, ask God who would be appropriate and see whose name pops into your mind. Invite a friend, family member, co-worker, or neighbor to come to church with you on Friends and Family Day!
Sunday September 27—Bake Sale 12:30pm
All kinds of wonderful home-made baked specialties will be available: coconut bread, cassava pone, pies, turnovers, fish cakes and more! Bake sale begins right after the 10:30 service ends. Open to everyone who enjoys sweet and savory treats!
Sunday October 4—Honey Pot apple picking trip. Bus leaves St. Bartholomew's at 12:30pm
This intergenerational trip is always a good time for all. Join us on a fun trip to Honey Pot Hill orchard in Stow, MA. Enjoy a bouncy hay ride through the fruit trees. Remember to visit the country store for farm fresh apple butter, apple cider, fruit preserves, apple cider doughnuts and other incredibly delicious treats. Cost is $15 for adults and $6 for children, which includes transportation and a small bag of apples. If you want a larger bag of apples, you can get one for an additional fee. Sometimes they have pear picking too! St. Bartholomew's Sunday School children can participate for FREE! Bus returns to St. Bartholomew's at 5:30 pm. Contact the parish office for more information.
Sunday October 18—Homecoming Sunday at 10:30 am
Think of what it means to come home to a place you have known and loved for years. To see familiar faces and stand in familiar spaces. To cherish warm old memories and anticipate a sparkling bright future. Once again it's time to COME HOME to St. Bartholomew's. God is doing a new thing at our church. Experience for yourself the vibrant energy of renewal and revival. Learn the ways we are serving Christ by serving each other. There's a sweet sweet Spirit in this place. No matter how recently you've attended or how long you've been away, it's time to come home!
Saturday November 7—Annual Fall Dinner Dance at 7:00 pm.
This gala event will be held at the Medford VFW Post 1012, 114 Mystic Avenue, Medford. Call the parish office at 617 354 8582 to get information about tickets. Last year's event was so much fun we had to do it again. Please join us for good food, good music, good dancing, and good fun!
Sunday November 15—Commitment Sunday; worship at 8:00am and 10:30 am
Commitment Sunday is the day to make a commitment to support the work of God in 2016 through the life and witness and mission of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. Many of us grew up in households where money was not openly discussed, or where financial decisions were kept secret. But in our church family, there are no secrets about money. Our priorities about money are the definition of who we are and what we think is important. Where our treasure is, there will our heart be also. Money is the root of all evil only when we love money more than we love God. Money used well to advance God's will is a blessing! Please let your pledge for 2016 reflect your gratitude to God for His presence in your life and in your worship at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church.
Saturday December 12—Cambridge Community Senior Dinner at 1:00pm
This intergenerational holiday celebration is an annual event our seniors really enjoy! St. Bartholomew's will be cooking up a feast as only we can, and the younger generation serves the meal to seniors from our parish and the surrounding neighborhood. Festive Christmas decorations, fellowship and laughter, a home-cooked meal, and a round of Christmas carols make it an afternoon to remember. Get your Christmas celebrating started early at the Senior Dinner!
Thursday December 24—Christmas Carol Open Sing at 6:30 pm
O come and enjoy the hymns and carols that have been a part of Christmas for generations. Bring your voice and sing along, or just sit and listen while others make a joyful noise around you. Attend the carol sing by itself, or let it be a beautiful time of praise and preparation for the communion service that follows.
Thursday December 24 —O Holy Night Communion service at 7:00 pm
This is the "Christ Mass" -- our yearly celebration of the joyful news that the Word of God became flesh and was born as a baby, to live and die as one of us. We call this event the "incarnation" and it is a central aspect of the Episcopal/Anglican faith. The resurrection miracle of Easter is the source of our Christian Hope, but there would be no Easter without the incarnation, no death and resurrection without the birth! What an awesome miracle! The eternal and almighty Creator took on human form and came to us as Emmanuel: "God with us"!
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