The Boston Church of Christ’s annual meeting will be held on Monday, December 1st, 2014 at 6:30pm at 214 Concord Street, Framingham, MA at the church’s administrative office. The purpose of this meeting will be to elect two directors to the board. Because of the difficulty of getting the entire church together for such a meeting, the church will be providing members the opportunity to vote by proxy (paper ballot), as has been done for several years. On November 23rd members in the church may cast a proxy ballot vote during their regional Sunday services. For information about the nominees and the annual meeting please click on this PDF 2014 BCC Annual Meeting and Proxy Vote Brochure.
Vidiography by Julius and Heather Ferrer of the Hartford Church of Christ
Authored by Jimmy Allen
Ocean State Church Website
In Acts 8, an African man traveled to another country and was met by Philip while reading the Bible on his own. Immediately following this God-ordained encounter, the Ethiopian treasurer was baptized and went on his way rejoicing.
Two thousand years later, in Providence, RI, a single man originally from Liberia, Africa, was met while reading the Bible on his own in a Starbucks restaurant. Shortly afterward, Quarty Soe – a barber and a father – was immersed at the beautiful Lincoln Woods State Park Beach for the forgiveness of his sins at a midweek service.
The Ocean State congregation was officially sent out on August 3 on the concluding day of the New England Christian Conference. Exactly one month to the day – September 3 – Quarty was immersed as a response to Christ’s love for him. Nathan Thompson met Quarty. Nathan, a college student from Colorado, was only in Rhode Island for two months on a summer internship. However, he used his time here to make an eternal connection, even though his stay was brief.
The thirty-something member Ocean State congregation is presently excited and filled with faith at what God has done and will do. Each Sunday and Wednesday, more and more guests are streaming to services from all over the state. Even at Quarty’s immersion, visitors were present from the military to our far southern border in Newport as well as Brown University students in the heart of downtown Providence.
Let’s all continue to pray that God’s name will be glorified in this state, around New England and the world as we love Him and others.
By Jimmy Allen
For the weekend of August 1-3, hundreds and even thousands of disciples streamed to Providence, Rhode Island, from all around New England. Event chairman, Tom Caswell from Worcester, and his committee brought in an amazing array of speakers from near and far including Shawn Wooten (Ukraine), AT and Marci Arneson (Chicago), David and Robin Weidner (Boise, Idaho) and more.
The first day was highlighted by special workshops geared to the ministry staff and small group leaders of the New England churches. In addition to the times of learning, the ligaments developed and time spent building relationships were so valuable. As we consistently work together in missions, conferences and all – there is always the necessity for trust and doing together what we cannot do alone.
On Saturday morning, a large wave of Christians began to flow in to the Rhode Island Convention Center. Powerful singing, overseen by Boston worship leader – Tony Martin, would be a hallmark of the event and kicked off each session. Shawn Wooten’s keynote address walked through the book of Jeremiah and directed us to his 1.)Great Call – Jeremiah 1:4-8 2.)Great Love – Jeremiah 2:1-2 3.)Perseverance – Jeremiah 5:1ff 4.)Great Responsibility – Jeremiah 20:7-9 and 5.)Great Vision – Jeremiah 29:10-13.
Following a lunch break of fellowship and food, numerous classes on a host of topics took place. With issues like purity, marriage, parenting, career, nutrition, worship, and dealing with pain and suffering being discussed – every disciple was able to find places where he or she could be encouraged, challenged and moved forward in life.
Saturday was far from finished after supper and classes. A jazz coffee house and a dance kept many moving and smiling into the late hours of the night.