The Annual Meeting was held February 1. A delicious potluck lunch was enjoyed by all. The present state of the parish was discussed.
Farewell for Tim Treacy
Because of the demands of his regular work schedule, Tim has decided to take a break from his many years of ministry as a church musician. Tim has been with Messiah as our Music Director for almost six years. We are most grateful to him for his essential role in our worship. We celebrated Tim's ministry among us with a special coffee hour after the November 9 service. Two of the gifts presented to Tim were a wall hanging with a Celtic cross and a framed picture of the Jesse tree mural that graces our sanctuary.
This November, we celebrated with the Galli family the baptism of their daughter Jill.
Easter Sunday was a warm, sunny spring day, appropriate for our festive celebration of Christ's resurrection. An Easter egg hunt was held for the children after the service.
The Annual Meeting was held January 26. A delicious potluck lunch was enjoyed by all. New vestry members were elected and outgoing members were thanked for their service. Old and new business was discussed.
Christmas Eve Service
Messiah celebrated Christmas with an early evening Eucharist. It was a family-oriented service that started with a half-hour carol sing. Daryl Mark read the poem “Who Built the Stable?” by Ashley Bryan.
Youth Bake Sale
The Messiah youth hosted their 3rd Annual Bake Sale. There were wonderful cookies, muffins, cupcakes, marmalade, gingerbread men and more. A total of $150 was raised. The funds will be used to buy gifts for the children served by Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center. Any remaining funds will be given to the Women In Need (WIN) project of Messiah. Thank you to bakers, to supporters, and to everyone who enjoyed the delicious treats!
Pennies for the Philippines
The Sunday School collected $47.20, mostly in pennies, for the Episcopal Relief and Development Disaster Fund to help those in the Philippines. Thank you to everyone who donated to this cause during the fellowship after the service.
Baking Thanksgiving Apple Pies
The annual event to make apple pies for Thanksgiving baskets at one of the food pantries in the Charles River Deanery was held November 17 at Christ Church in Needham. The Hilton, Jean and Graham families are shown here putting the finishing touches on one of their pies.
Supporting Operation: Care and Comfort
For Veteran’s Day, Messiah held its second annual drive to support servicewomen overseas to provide them with products they can't easily obtain, such as: hair bands, clips, bobby pins, tampons, maxi and mini pads, oil free face cleaner, makeup remover, nail kits, mascara and makeup. Thank you to all that generously donated items. Members of the Outreach Committee above are (L to R) Daryl Mark, Stephanie Hilton, Bernie Jones and Jane Galli.
Messiah Celebrates St. Francis of Assisi and Blessing of the Animals
On October 6, Messiah held its annual celebration of St. Francis of Assisi and the Blessing of the Animals. Although it was a rainy day, some bold pets braved the weather to come with their owners to receive a blessing and a St. Francis token.
"Welcome Back to Messiah" Ice Cream Sundae Party
On September 8, under clear blue skies, sunshine, and warm temperatures, Messiah celebrated getting back to our regular 10:30 AM Sunday schedule by holding an ice cream sundae party out on the lawn. We welcomed members and friends back from Summer vacation and also celebrated Father James’ first year with us as rector. Everyone had a good time visiting and catching up on summer activities while enjoying delicious hot fudge and strawberry sundaes with homemade ice cream and special, add-on toppings. Catering of the award-winning ice cream and fixings was by Lizzy’s of Waltham.
Messiah Women Meet For Tea
On a recent Saturday afternoon filled with sunny, blue skies about 15 Messiah women posed in their Summer hats just before refreshments were served at the home of parishioner Daryl Mark who hosted a tea. Amid good conversation and much laughter, the women sampled home-baked delicacies, brewed teas, and cool drinks. The idea for an informal Messiah women’s tea originated several years ago from Iza Hussin, wife of our former rector Devin MacLachlan, and has become an almost annual tradition.
The Outreach Committee Donates Book of Common Prayer to Newton Wellesley Hospital Chaplaincy
The Outreach Committee at the Parish of the Messiah would like to thank everyone for supporting their spring Greenraising fundraiser. Through your support, $247.13 was raised, all of which will go towards the parish ministries. The committee's most recent project was a donation of five copies of the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer to the Protestant chaplaincy at the Newton Wellesley Hospital. The chaplaincy greatly appreciated our gift of the books.
Tinka Perry Brings the Mission of Episcopal Relief and Development to Messiah
Tinka Perry, Diocese of Massachusetts Coordinator of Episcopal Relief and Development
, delivered the homily at the Sunday, June 9 worship service. She spoke of her recent trip to Africa and the strides that the Episcopal Relief and Development is making in the lives of people there. She also discussed some of the hurdles that they face while trying to start programs such as distributing mosquito nets to villagers and countering long held tribal and cultural misinformation. After the service during the fellowship, there was time to read information from the Episcopal Relief and Development display and ask Tinka Perry questions about her work.
A link to her homily is here
Alexis York Lumbard
Alexis York Lumbard Reads Her Book The Conference of Birds
, an author of children’s books, read her debut picture book, The Conference of the Birds
, at the coffee hour on Sunday, June 2 at 12 noon, following the 10:30 AM service. The story retells an ancient Persian classic in a poetic way that is accessible to children. It is an inspiring story of a flock of birds and their adventures searching for a king. During the reading, the author encouraged the children and adults to participate. Ms. Lumbard signed copies of her book after the reading and answered questions.
The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan, visits Messiah
The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan, came to Messiah on March 17 for our yearly bishop’s visitation. She was assisted by the Rev. Deacon Holly Hartman. Bishop Harris delivered the sermon
and was principal celebrant at the Eucharist. Deacon Hartman read the Gospel. After the worship service, Bishop Harris shared a light lunch and participated in a lively and informative Q and A with the congregation. She also met with the vestry for further discussion. Her dog, Piccola, was an instant hit with Messiah members, especially the children.
Making Easter Baskets for The Second Step
Twenty-three Easter baskets were made for the children who are cared for by The Second Step
in Newton, a program for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. This is an outreach project of Messiah using funds from the WIN
The snowfall over the weekend of February 10 dumped almost two feet of snow on Newton, including the flat rubber roof over the Brookline Infant Toodler Center that uses our downstairs area during the week. Safety concerns were raised about the weight of the snow. A band of hardy snow elves removed the snow with plastic shovels to not damage the roof.
Many thanks go to Meg Silver, Jane Galli, Steve Isabelle, Greg Hilton, Melissa Leahy, Carlos DaSilva, and Kevin Galli.
Three Kings Come To Messiah
To celebrate Epiphany, someone bakes a Three King's Cake at Messiah. Three beans are baked into the cake and whoever receives the bean in their piece becomes honorary king, or queen, for a day. The cake is served at our fellowship time after the service.
This year's kings are Fr. James La Macchia, Teddy Hilton and Bryan Hilton.
Helping Heros - Veteran's Day
Members of the parish recently collected toiletries such as travel-size shampoo, conditioner, hand and body lotion, as well as hair ties and headbands to donate to “Operation: Care and Comfort” for women serving in the military who often are far from access to such needed products. OCC, based in San Jose
, collects donations received from all over the United States
and makes up care packages for deployed U.S.
military service members, male and female, serving in Iraq
, and other conflict regions. The parish also sent copies of the Episcopal church’s Prayer Book for theArmed Services
which has prayers for those in harm’s way along with Bible and Psalm selections and sections to assist those who are Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, or Spanish speaking in time of need as well as copies of Forward Day by Day
, a pocket-size manual of daily Bible readings and devotions. Donations were collected over three Sundays in November and sent out in time to be received by Veterans’ Day.
Saying Goodbye to Rev. Suzanne Colburn
On Pentecost, Messiah celebrated Rev. Suzanne Colburn's last Sunday with us. She had served as our Interim Priest since March 2011. There were processions and recessions involving the children of the parish. A bagpiper from the Clan Sutherland Pipe and Drum Band led the congregation out of church at the end of the service. A special coffee hour was held after the service where gifts were presented to Rev. Colburn by the children and parish members.
Even a mid-afternoon shower did not dampen the spirits of interested bargain hunters and treasure seekers at the summer yard sale. Bagpipers from the Clan Sutherland Pipe and Drum Band played a brief concert to the delight of unsuspecting shoppers, drivers, pedestrians,and bikers on Commonwealth Avenue.
A surprisingly peaceful assortment of cats and dogs were present at the service this Sunday. For those animals that didn't like to travel and those that were no longer with us but are still loved, pictures and names were placed beside a painting of St. Francis. All pets received a blessing and a St. Francis medallion. A special offering was taken to support the Humane Society's Disaster Relief Fund and a local shelter.
Messiah's 140th Anniversary
We celebrated "Christ the King" Sunday as well as Messiah's namesake and anniversary day on November 20. A warm, sunny day greeted us on this joyous occasion when friends and former members came together to commemorate the happy event. A special sermon (pdf version)
reliving our history was given by Bernie Jones (pictured below), the church historian. The children participated in a grand procession leading us outside to find the building cornerstone. Rev. Suzanne Colburn offered a brief blessing and rededication of the cornerstone. After the service during our fellowship, the congregation viewed a Messiah time line of people and events that shaped our history. Members were invited to add their own personal information to the time line. The Newton TAB, our local newspaper, covered the event with a story
and front page photo.
Messiah hosted a celebration of the Advent and Christmas season on December 4 with Church of the Good Shepherd, another Episcopal church in Watertown
; and Cappella Clausura
, our Artist-in-Residence. During the service of joyful song and anticipation, ancient scriptures were read and one of the lessons from the book of Isaiah was canted in Hebrew by Ben Silver, guest soloist. The service also included special organ music and a cappella
anthems as well as congregational hymn singing of traditional carols. A joint choir, made up of singers from all three groups, performed and led the singing. A reception featuring seasonal fare followed in the Parish Hall.
Click here to hear the duet I Sing of a Maiden, a Middle English lyric poem adapted by Patrick Hadley and performed by Martha Bancroft and Amelia LeClair during the service.