Life of the Church
SUNDAY JULY 12, 2020
End of June Budget Update
As we are now half way through the year, please remember that there still are considerable gaps relative to where we want to be this time of year as the M&O budget planned a 14% increase in gifts, and the Missions budget planned an 8% increase in gifts. To help close the gaps over the summer both M&O and Missions giving would need to be 20% greater each week than it has been over the past few months. When making your gifts, please remember that all gifts to Missions must be specifically identified as Missions gifts. We praise God for your faithful giving through the first six months of 2020, and want you to know that staff are carefully managing expenses. In addition, we want you to know that the Emergency Relief Fund and the Deacons Fund balances are both robust.
Emergency Relief Fund Update
Thank you for your generous giving!
|July 6, 2020
|Total Contributions||$ 2,137.00||$91,630.00|
|Boston Food Pantries||$ 8,000.00|
|Boston Churches||$ 5,975.47|
The Fund continues to support our sister church food pantries, purchase materials for face masks, provide help for workers engaged in homeless care, groceries for families with a COVID-19 diagnosis, and our own Food Bank to offer back-up to food pantries around the city. Join in the ongoing work of City Engagement and our partnerships to serve the city!
Live Streaming Audio Issues
We are so glad many of you join us on Sunday morning and afternoon for worship from the live stream! For those who notice a lag in the video stream or find that the sound is out of sync with speakers or singers, please refresh your browser.
Job Opening: Van Baay House Resident Director(s)
Park Street Church’s ministry to internationals is currently seeking a Resident Director(s) for the Van Baay House (VBH), located near Harvard Square in Cambridge. Eight Christian international students/scholars, plus the Director(s) live at the VBH. The Director(s) work closely with the Minister to Internationals, and provide mentoring, guidance, and leadership for those in the international fellowship and related ministries. Please contact Carol Scott for a job description and application instructions.
Park Street Prime (Second Sunday)
SUN JUN 12, 10:00 AM–11:00 AM. On the second Sunday of each month, join the Community Director to learn about the church and meet others! Registration required.
Summer Worship Communities
Virtual and At-Home Worshiping Communities are similar to small groups but are focused around Sunday practices of worship, fellowship, and prayer.
- 6–15 people streaming the 11:00 AM or 4:00 PM service;
- Virtual gatherings using Zoom or if preferred backyard at-home meetings throughout the summer;
- Resources for groups will make participation simple;
Existing small groups or friendship groups are welcome to sign up together;
- Individuals not already part of an existing group will be placed into groups based on an option of personal preferences.
The Lord wants all of us to worship together, minimizing isolation, and to be organized for mission. Sunday Worship Communities help us become more nimble and able to navigate the uncertain length of the pandemic. We can’t wait to be worshiping all together in a jam-packed sanctuary, but since that time is a ways off, we invite you to register yourself as an individual or family, or as an existing small group or friendship group.
Biblical Theology Baked in Africa: Trusting God in Vulnerable and Uncertain Times
Sundays, JUL 12, 19 & 26, 9:45–10:45 AM
Learn from Park Street’s very own missionary Stuart Foster, who draws from themes in his book Highly Favoured: Our Powerful God’s Covenant with You. Stuart and his wife Sindia are serving through Bible translation and leadership development in Mozambique. Questions? Contact the Missions office.
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
Fridays, AUG 28–DEC 18, 6:30–9:30 PM.
Learn about global missions firsthand in this extraordinary course. Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is a 15-week course designed around four “perspectives” on missions: Biblical, Historical, Cultural, and Strategic. You will have 15 instructors with a breadth of global experience. The first two classes are free!
NOTE: The first 5 weeks of the course will take place on Zoom (8/28–9/25). If classes take place in-person beyond that date, Zoom will remain an option for students who do not feel comfortable meeting in person.
Questions? Contact Yuyu Song.
Men's Book Club
Need a Weekend Away?
Need a weekend away? Bring your family and friends to Camp Brookwoods and Deer Run for one of our Winnipesaukee Weekends! Every weekend between now and August 23rd, you can swim in the lake, canoe, fish, hike, do camp activities, and make s’mores! Special “worship under the pines” will be offered on Sunday. Housing, meals and activities are included.
Lexington Christian Summer Academy
Prayer & Praise
Pray for the Congregation
- “Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you” (Isa. 12:6);
- Present yourself to God, approved and unashamed (2 Tim. 2:15);
- Forgive each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (1 Pet. 4:10);
- Love one another by your spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 13).
Pray for the People
- For the Global Missionaries: deepening trust and reliance on God while serving cross-culturally during vulnerable and challenging times;
- For the Elders: wisdom and grace in directing our whole church body through a biblical theology of racial justice and reconciliation;
- For the Staff & Leaders, overflowing grace and enduring joy for nurturing faith, hope and love among the people of God;
- For all medical and frontline workers across the US, to meet unprecedented physical, emotional and spiritual demands;
- For international students in the US, God’s peace and provision over fear and anxiety regarding their visas and educational plans;
- For those grieving loss of various kinds, solace and trust in God with what has happened and all yet to come;
- For business owners impacted by Covid-19, God’s provision along with support from the communities that these businesses serve;
- Protection, encouragement and help from surprising places, for the unemployed, laid off or furloughed;
- Hope for those struggling with loneliness or depression.
Pray for Grace
- To eradicate the Covid-19 virus by every means;
- To reopen and keep safe schools for students, faculty and staff;
- To engage in collaborative and compassionate work for racial justice and reconciliation.