Life of the Church
SUNDAY JULY 19, 2020
For two decades Park Street Church has utilized “MyPSC” (ACS Technologies) as its membership database. You may best recognize it as “www.parkstreet.org/giveonline.” Modern member databases have so much more to offer in terms of connecting members with ministers, organizing volunteers, family ministry check-in and other features, as well as updated online giving options.
In the next few weeks, Park Street will be moving to a new ACS Technologies database product called “Realm.” Once we have made the transition, you will receive an invitation to create an account in Realm. Please use the link in that email and follow the steps to create a password. Once you’re in Realm, take a look around! You’ll see a Giving option, located in the left menu, which will allow you to view your giving history and scheduled donations. Any donations you have already scheduled will continue to process as you planned.
Contact the church office at [email protected] if you have any questions!
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 AUG 9, 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.
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! (AUG 13–16 is sold out.) Special “worship under the pines” will be offered on Sunday. Housing, meals and activities are included.
Lexington Christian Summer Academy
With camps closed and summer internships interrupted, you may be wondering how to keep kids busy and engaged over the summer. Lexington Christian Academy (LCA) has put together an engaging program designed to help students get ready for school in the fall. LCA has been working to make remote learning engaging, so these courses won’t be boring!
Prayer & Praise
Pray for the Congregation
- “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation” (Psa. 95:1);
- Live as God’s children, led by God’s Spirit (Rom. 8:14);
- Love one another as Christ loves us (Eph. 5:2);
- Experience joyful freedom of contentment (1 Tim. 6:6).
Pray for the People
- For the Global Missionaries: God’s hope and equipping to love and serve those around them;
- For the Elders: grace for the work of the Racial Justice and Reconciliation Committee;
- For our Community: that we might come to know each other in gentleness and compassion, that our worship might bring praise to God;
- For various planned study groups: that we might see afresh who we are as a church and think wisely about the future;
- For All: that seasonal summer activities might promote rest and revival in all our tired human bodies;
- For Christians working in healthcare: extraordinary peace so that many may ask and discover their reason for hope;
- For students, faculty and staff: continued trust and reliance on God amidst changes in learning, instruction and work;
- For the poor, unemployed or economically vulnerable: trust in God to find help, resources and employment;
- For those struggling with loneliness, anxiety or depression: comfort from God and access to all necessary support.
Pray for Grace
- To mitigate the spread and impact of Covid-19;
- To lament racial inequality and injustice;
- To repent of demeaning attitudes, behaviors and speech.