The sanctuary will be open tonight, Tuesday from 7-8 for a time of personal prayer.
Everything has gone really well. We have settled in and are having a great time. It is 95 and we are well taken care of. Looking forward to church tomorrow and work on Monday.
From April 13th-19th you can follow our Mission Team to Haiti both on this website and on Facebook. We have formed a group on Facebook and you can request to be a part of it by searching for “Madison Church Haiti Mission Trip 2013″ in the Facebook search bar. Click on the button to be a part of the group. You will find a little more details on the preparations and workings of the trip on the Facebook group page as well as postings from more than one person. Enjoy following this wonderful adventure.
April 13th-19th a team from The Madison Church will leave for Haiti. We will be comprised of 7 adults and 11 teenagers and will be going to build two classrooms at a preschool. This preschool was founded by Rachel and Jude St. Phard whom we met in Haiti seven years ago and has around 50 preschoolers enrolled.
I have been asked from time to time why we are doing trips like this when we have so many needy people here in the valley and in the US. This question assumes and either/or answer. I believe in a both/and answer. In other words as Christians we help people in need “both” here in the valley “and” in Haiti.There are many good reasons for our trip both from a faith perspective and a humanitarian one. There are benefits that go well beyond helping Haitian children, so many that I don’t have the space to list here so I want to focus on just one reason. It is found in this poem.
We shall not cease from exploration
T.S. Eliot — “Little Gidding” (the last of his Four Quartets)
When you go on a trip such as this you never see the world the same again and it opens your eyes so you see home differently. You appreciate more, love more, believe more, and care more “here” after you go “there.”
Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service: March 28 at 7 pm, Madison Church
Good Friday Meditation Service: March 29 at 12 noon, Madison Church
Good Friday Ecumenical Service: March 29 at 7 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, North Conway (map)
Easter Sunrise Service: March 31 at 6 am at Nichols Beach, Route 41, Silver Lake (map). All are invited to Easter Breakfast which follows, at Madison Church in the Undercroft.
Easter Worship: March 31 at 10 am, Madison Church
Join a four week open discussion about Prayer –
Fridays at 6:30 pm – The Gibson Center – February 22, March 1, 8, 15 (snow date of March 22)
Led by area clergy, including Pastor Sean Dunker-Bendigo. All are welcome!
January is Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO) month. The RMMO is taken to give thanks to all who have devoted their lives to the American Baptist family.
RMMO recipients have used their funds to cover medical expenses for hearing aids, dental services and vision care which are not typically covered by Medicare, to cover medical procedures for themselves and their families, purchase prescription medication not covered under health insurance, to make emergency home repairs.
The Mission Committee will be sharing more information during our church service. Join us to say “Thank you for…” the countless ways ABC’s retired ministers, missionaries and their widowed spouses have contributed to our congregations. The Offering will be taken January 27th.