Chime Notes news & updates

January 2024 | Issue 110

Upcoming Events

Sunday Worship

January 7-14-21-28

Next Communion Sunday

February 4, 10 am

Calendar Items/January 2024

Worship at Bethel AME

72 Silsbee Street, Lynn, MA

Sunday, January 14, 10 am

Special Luncheon

Sunday, January 21

11:15 am in Clarke Hall

Cantemus presents Annelies

Sunday, January 21, 4 pm

Temple Shirat Hayam


In person Worship - we are now MASK OPTIONAL!


We are back in the snow zone, as evidenced by the storm of January 7th. 40 hearty souls made it to church for the service, including 6 children and 2 teachers. We were joined by several on zoom from warmer climates, plus lots of friends who chose not to brave the elements!

In addition to our in person worship, we will continue to use ZOOM to broadcast the 10 AM Sunday Worship Service, which is also streamed to Facebook Live.

Coffee hour is back in Clarke Hall with fans moving the air,

with great thanks to our team of ushers and coffee hour hosts.

Winter Walk moves to Boston Common

Sunday, February 11

On Sunday, February 11, the annual Winter Walk will be held for the 8th time in Boston, to bring awareness to the problem of homelessness, and to provide resources to various organizations that serve the homeless.

This walk through the streets of Boston during the coldest month of the year will begin and end on the Boston Common at the open field at the corner of Beacon and Charles St. Participants, housed and unhoused, will walk shoulder to shoulder and then share a meal together as we hear real stories of Boston’s homeless population. 

Join us on the Boston Common on Sunday, February 11, 2024. Registration opens at 8:30am, the walk sets off at 9am and we complete our event by 11am! For those who cannot join us in person, we offer a remote option to walk anywhere and everywhere, and then to celebrate with us on February 11th.

Amanda Grant Rose (pictured below), who is Deputy Director of the Winter Walk invites the church to sign up and join our Rose Family Team! See the link below.

NOTE - if anyone is not able to swing the $100 suggested donation they can use the code SWAMP24 and it will waive the fee!

LINK to join TEAM

Thank YOU - Christmas Offering 2023

The First Church in Swampscott Missions Ministry thanks everyone who was part of our Christmas Offering(s) in December and early January.

Coats - at least 30 were donated to Peter Cipriano's ongoing collection. Fabulous!

Gift Cards for My Brothers Table - MBT thanks YOU!

Alternative Gifts Market - Julia Wistran and family thanks YOU!!

Christmas Offering to Shelter Box, see blurb below...many thanks to ALL.

ShelterBoxes help people who have lost everything – not just their home and belongings, but practical tools and equipment that create a framework for everyday life. Since each disaster is different and each affected community is different, they customize their aid to suit the needs of the affected population. They provide necessities like tents, kitchen supplies, water filters and carriers, blankets, mosquito nets, solar lights, saws, tarpaulins, and shovels. Where education systems are affected, they send school supplies. They are also innovating with other organizations to create transitional shelters to provide families with safe, durable homes.

Stewardship Drive this month

As we learned from Jim Kinchley and the Stewardship Committee recently, our annual drive is underway! During January, we will be hearing from several church members about the ways that First Church continues to be at the center of their lives. On Sunday, January 7th, we heard an inspiring message from Lynn Lindsey, about her faith journey, that involved an intriguing warning about the weather, birds, mission trips, times of COVID, and more! Click the link to hear Lynn's message. --------->

Thank you for this gift, Lynn. We look forward to future messages in the coming weeks.

Lynn's message

As we enter 2024, we look forward to the ways God is moving in our lives and in our church. If you want to be inspired for this journey, please listen (or listen again) to the 12/31 sermon by Amanda Grant-Rose, and the 1/7 sermon by Pastor Ian! These can be found on Facebook or YouTube.

Over the last several years we have developed a close collaboration with Bethel AME church in Lynn, with their congregation joining us for worship 3-4 times each year. We will continue this exchange on Sunday, January 14, this time worshiping in their sanctuary at 72 Silsbee Street. We look forward to seeing Pastor Bernadette Hickman-Maynard, Pastor Teddy, and the Bethel flock on Sunday.

The youth of the church did an amazing job with telling the story of the birth of Jesus on Sunday, December 24th! Thanks to all of them, and the adults who helped them to pull together all the elements that are involved in telling the story that is central to our Christian faith.

^ The Road Ahead - January 2024 ^

Sunday morning Coffee and Conversation

This group has resumed meeting in the Library on non-Communion Sundays. Each week, a member of the group will lead a discussion of spiritual topics, and how the words and stories of the Bible can inform and influence modern day issues. We begin at 9:10 am. During January, we will meet on 1/21 and 1/28.


The Clutter Crew is a ministry team that meets on most Friday afternoons for lunch in the church library at 12:30 pm, followed by a time of cleaning around the church. We seek to create order out of the mess that at times can accumulate, even in the house of God!

We welcome new members to join in the work, and the food/fun. If interested, please contact Karen Rose Brown. ------------->

We did have some fun over the Christmas Holidays, with a challenge to create an ornament with a uniform set of materials found around the church. Here are a couple of the entries, and sorry that I cannot find all the submissions to share with you. They were quite creative, given the humble nature of the ingredients.

Karen's EMAIL

We are back doing the work of the church, from weekly worship to meetings to activities! Come join us!

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