Life of the Church
SUN, NOVEMBER 5, 2023
About This Week's Guest Preacher
Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst is a US citizen born in Colombia. She is Associate Professor of World Christianity at Western Theological Seminary. Having lived in Argentina, Ecuador and El Salvador, she currently resides in Costa Rica. She holds degrees in Education and Interdisciplinary Studies and a PhD in Theology from Boston University. Involved in theological education for integral mission in Latin America for several decades, she stepped onto the OCMS board in 2004, when she began leading the Latin American Theological Fellowship. As Coordinator of INFEMIT, the International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation, she has sought to link gospel-centered theologian practitioners from across the globe into a fellowship of mutual support that will contribute to wholistic gospel witness and transformation.
For those who attend the 4:00 PM service but want to listen to Dr. DeBorst’s sermon from the morning, it will be available online on our YouTube channel.
Mission Conference 2023: On(e) Mission Together
FRI, NOV 3- SUN, NOV 12
Explore with us what it looks like to “live on mission” both here in Boston and around the world. Watch the video as Julian L., our Minister of Missions, dives into our theme for the week. Check out our website for more information and a full schedule of events.
Concert of Prayer & Praise for the World
FRI, NOV 3 | 7:00 PM
Gather with us as we seek God’s Kingdom together through this evening of worship and prayer for our city and our world.
Serve the City: Explore
SUN, NOV 5 | 9:45 AM & 5:30 PM
Connect with neighbors in your regional fellowship* and explore practical ways to live life on mission in your daily context. Discussion questions from one of this year’s mission conference guest preachers, Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst, will focus on the idea of integral mission, where we proclaim and demonstrate the gospel in both the city of Boston and in missions around the world. *Regional fellowship groups will meet in the locations they were in for the recent Gospel in Community class (see posters in Welcome Center for reference) — with the exception of Metro North and West, which will move to the Fellowship Hall.
Dinner and a Discussion
FRI, NOV 10 | 6:00 PM Dinner & 7:00 PM Discussion
Experience an evening of Japanese cuisine and culture featuring Adrian and Rebecca Tam, PSC missionaries to Japan. Dinner will be followed by a panel discussion on integral mission in an urban setting, featuring Boston ministry leaders. The cost for dinner is $15 per person. If you’re planning to come for the discussion only, then there is no cost and no need to register. REGISTER FOR DINNER HERE by TUE, NOV 7.
Serve the City: Go
SAT, NOV 11 | Various times
Experience being on mission together, as you serve alongside fellow Park Streeters in your region and throughout Greater Boston. Fill out this form to indicate which opportunities you’re interested in — and consider being a team leader for one of these projects. Serve the City: Go (Interest Form).
Questions? Email [email protected].
SUN, NOV 5 | 1:00 PM | Upper Sky Room
Visual artists, join us for a light lunch! Discussion will be based on readings and viewing artworks. For info or to RSVP, please email: [email protected].
All-Church Meal Next Sunday
SUN, NOV 12 | After each service
Enjoy a meal with your PSC friends, get a sneak peak at the 2024 short-term mission trips, and ask your burning questions of our missionaries and those ministering in the city.
Boston Flourish 2023
THU, NOV 16 | 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM | Park Street Church
Park Street Church is happy to be hosting Boston Flourish 2023. Boston Flourish is a movement for dreamers and doers to activate and partner towards a Boston where everyone flourishes. Conversation topics will include youth mental health, migrant care, and human trafficking. Learn more about Boston Flourish 2023 and register at bostonflourish.com.
November Budget Update
As you know, PSC operates with two budgets. Ministry & Operations (or M&O), and Missions.
For 2023 year-to-date, giving for the M&O Budget is 1% ahead of the same date last year. This year-to-date result gives us encouragement for year end on December 31st as M&O giving was budgeted to increase a modest 4.6% this year.
For 2023 year-to-date, giving for the Missions Budget is 11% ahead of the same date last year. This year-to-date result also gives us encouragement for year end on December 31st as Missions giving was budgeted to increase 15.9% this year.
I can also report that expenses for each budget are under control. As I stated, let us hope for success in meeting our budget goals. One important fact to remember, or to learn if you are new to PSC, is that while expenses are fairly level from month to month through the year, more than 25% of annual giving is typically received in the month of December alone. Or in other words, giving in December is typically four times the amount in the average prior month of the year. As in past years, ending the year without any deficit will mean we all contributed generously what we are able to as November and December pass. The most important thing to remember is that God loves a cheerful giver. May each of us give as we are led.
Please also remember that gifts intended for Missions must be designated or identified as such – so when you give to Missions whether electronically, or through a check in an envelope, please make sure to note that in the memo line whether online or on the check.
Mike Ahearn, Church Administrator
Thank you to the Sanctuary Floor Crew
Please join in thanking the crew of dedicated men who worked over several days to install the wood flooring in the sanctuary. This was done to improve the sound quality for singing and speaking during our worship services. The flooring should last for several years, at which time we will consider a more extensive and permanent floor treatment. The men who contributed include (in no particular order) Nathan Skinner (captain), Lyford Beverage, John Saunders, Charles Peltz, Andrew Ziegler, Sam Beverage, Davis Yetman, Dave Cist, Norm Graf, Drew Cleveland, Andy Buckler, Lyford Beverage III, Simon Chang, James Noronha, Bill Hanna, Bill Morris, R. Paul Johnson, Marty Lindemann, Drake Richey, Richard Ibekwe, Damian Long, Moses Long, Jonathan Layman, Ben Warf, Randall Wetzig, Adam Herndon, and Leonard Mosiah.
If you are interested in future men’s fellowship opportunities or have ideas, please contact Lyford Beverage at [email protected].
Join Park Street on our Church Center App
Learn about events, connect with groups, view the church directory, find ways to serve, give online and check in your kids using the new Church Center app! Click the button below to download the app.
If you need assistance, email us at: [email protected].
Park Street App Tip of the Week
- When you click this button or the Groups icon at the bottom of the screen, you will see groups you belong to under “My Groups”
- You have been assigned to a regional fellowship based on where you live
- If you are a member of Park Street, you will be in the “Members” group. Unless they have updated their Directory Profile, you will only see the person’s name.
- shows past communications within the group
- Click “New” to add a new message to the group
- Shows group events
- If you are the group leader, you can add a new event
- Subscribe to the group calendar – this option will push events to your electronic calendar
- Select View Past Events if you want to see events that have already occurred
- You can choose information you would like to be visible to other members of the group. You can set this for a single group, or apply your choices to all visible groups.
- You can see other members of a group of which you are a member.
Each week you can find a new tip in the eNews and the app. A big thanks to Judi Manola for writing these!
“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart.”
Let us pray together…
- That we would hear the Lord’s continuous call to return to him to be healed and to be sent out with his mercy for those around us.
- For the 2023 Mission Conference: that we would see clearly the mission of God and hear his call for how we can participate in his plan for the redemption of creation and the reconciliation of all things to himself.
- That God would make Park Street Church a place full of people known for our love for one another, and that we would know what that looks like in this particular time.
- For children around the world who are suffering from violence, abuse, and poverty: that God would have mercy on them and would provide them with caring parents.
Submit prayer requests to: parkstreet.org/requestprayer (or call 617-523-3383).