CRC Weekly – January 26, 2012

Hi CRC! Here’s your WEEKLY!


This Friday-Sunday, January 27-29th, we will be taking 6 teenagers from the Washington St Complex to join approximately 300 other students at Encounter Winter Retreat in Jaffrey, NH where Pastor Josh will be preaching. Thank you to everyone who gave to sponsor these students. Please keep Pastor Josh, our six students, and our two small group leaders in prayer this weekend.


Our next Kids Connect will be February 4th from 9:30am-Noon. We will meet at the Housing Complex then we’ll be heading to Fallon Field in Roslindale for our sledding outreach, followed by hot chocolate. If there is no snow we will do an alternative regular Kids Connect. There is a required training at 5:30 PM on January 29th for anyone interested in serving this month’s Kids Connect. If you are interested in serving and mentoring these students, please email [Kristina Johnson] for more info. 


The Washington-Beech Housing Complex in Roslindale is in need of after school one on one tutors and mentors. If you are interested in helping serve these students one day a week for 1-2 hours, contact [Syndal] for more information. This is a great opportunity to build lasting relationships with students and their families!

Sunday, February 5th, is Super Bowl Sunday with kick off at 6:30pm. We are always encouraging you to live with intentionality with regards to our mission to make disciples. Since Super Bowl Sunday is a great opportunity to connect, we will push our regular 6pm Worship Gathering to 4-5:15pm on February 5th. Take this opportunity to gather with friends, neighbors, coworkers, and members of our church family!

 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:12-14

Enjoy your weekend and we will see you on Sunday!


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GBBA Pipeline – Newsletter Jan 26, 2012

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Lunar New Year
Disaster Relief Training
Parenting Conference
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International Missions in Boston: Celebrate Lunar New Year with over 1 billion people


Thanks for prayers for our first associational international mission event for 2012. Over one billion people around the world will celebrate Lunar New Year this week. You can too. Join a celebration with others from around the world on Saturday evening, January 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm in Cambridge. Email me for more information at:

Rev. Michael Dean

International Ministries Coordinator



January 26, 2012

Disaster Relief Training

Disaster Relief Training   

Friday – Saturday   Disaster Relief

February 17-18, 2012 


LOCATION for the Boston area:   

Community Christian Center

45 Pauline St   

Winthrop, MA 02152-2943  


FEES: There is a $15 fee for credentials in the Basic Disaster Relief course. Each SBC Disaster Relief Servant Volunteer has to have a valid background check as part of their certification. There are also uniform pieces (hat and shirt) available for sale. 

Friday evening 6pm to 9pm and Saturday 8:30am to 4:00pm

Please let us know you are coming by registering at this link so we can prepare.

Trainings will be done in the following:
  • Basic Training to be a SBC D.R. servant
  • Mud-Out Recovery
  • Feeding
  • Assessment
  • Possibly: Chain-Saw Recovery


First Baptist Church Chelsea Parenting Conference
The Greater Boston Baptist Association relates to churches to facilitate, equip, encourage and resource them as they fulfill the  Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

754 Greendale Avenue

Needham, Massachusetts 02492


Marc Simeon covenants to bring Haitian church into the family

NEEDHAM. MA – From right: Pastor Marc Simeon with sponsor church pastor Emmanuel Fontaine.  Behind: Eileen Fullerton of the GBBA with NAMB Strategist Joe Souza.

NEEDHAM, MA – A mission that began in Haiti and led to Boston nearly 27 years ago has come full circle. And Pastor Marc Simeon is “back in Boston for good,” he exclaimed last December as he signed a covenant agreement to become a member of the Boston Church Planting family.

It was at that End-of-the-Year Christmas party in 2011 he made things official, but it was actually in the late 1960s, early 1970s when his story began in Haiti.

“I can’t remember a time when I did not know Jesus, ” said Simeon, who grew up a the son of a deacon and singer in the local church. His father later made it to the U.S. and in 1985, at the age of 18, Simeon came to join him in Boston.

Simeon began his Christian service in earnest then in 1986 at Bethesda Haitian Baptist Church. “I was teaching Sunday schools, presiding over services as youth leader and I began to sense a call,” Simeon said.

He married in 1992, and moved to Orlando, FL to serve with Philadelphia Haitian Baptist Church. He moved back to Boston the first time in 1997, when “the call was so obvious I began going to Bible school.” He completed his undergrad in Pastoral Care and Urban ministry at Gordon Conwell. He was ordained in 2001 back at Bethesda.

Just two years later, Simeon answered the call to further his theological training and found himself at Mid-America Baptsit Theological Seminary in Germantown TN. His travels continued: he moved to Georgia in 2007 then back to Orlando, and finally in what he sensed as a surrender-type of moment, back to Boston, the place his ministry had begun. It was July, 2010 and it was time to start a church.

“I knew I wanted to to start a Baptist church,” he said. And in August of that year Christ the Rock Congregation, located at 535 Canton Avenue in Milton, MA was born.

 Simeon finally connected with NAMB Strategist Joe Souza in 2011 and “things started moving fast,” he said. “Joe helped me with all the paperwork and got me plugged in with all the other planters. It was all good to finally connect, and we have been welcomed. We are on the same mission. I even saw people we have not seen since my time at Bethesda. So it was a lot like coming home.”

Contact Marc Simeon at (857) 318-4215

Christmas party a family affair


NEEDHAM. MA – With good tidings of great joy, the Boston Church Planting team welcomed the season of our Savior’s birth with its End-of-the-Year Church Planter Family Celebration. Held on December 9, 2011 at the GBBA, and with the help also of the BCNE, there were more than 120 people in attendance, including our church planters, wives and kids; lots of kids.

It was a time of food, fun, fellowship, and reflection on the True Gift; our Savior Jesus. It was a time to come together in worship and prayer, and gift giving. And in what was surely the highlight of the evening, the kids put together an impromptu singing performance (with a special thanks Jackie Souza).

“It was really cool,” said Jackie’s dad Joe Souza. “She got all of the church planter’s kids, like 40 of them, and did a singing thing. It was like a little Choir.”

Souza, the Boston area Lead Catalyst for NAMB, was beaming on this night, not just for his own daughter, or for the kids on the stage, but for all of the church planters and their families that have given their lives in the service of Christ in the Greater Boston area.

They are veterans. They are brand new planters. They are native New Englanders. They are from Kentucky, Estonia, Brazil and Haiti… All for the King born in a manger in Bethlehem; a merry Christmas indeed.


Medford Team Featured in Baptist Press

Medford’s Redemption Hill was featured in an article by Carol Pipes of Baptist Press last fall. From contextualizing the Medford culture to the back story that led Lead Pastor Tanner Turley and team to the Boston area, this piece is a super snapshot for future planters to gain some valuable perspective.

BOSTON (BP) — Basketball takes teamwork. As the freshman boys basketball coach at Medford High School, Tanner Turley strives to teach his players the importance of working together rather than relying on one or two standout players to win games.

He has the same goal as pastor of Redemption Hill Church in Medford, Mass., five miles from downtown Boston.

Turley, a Nehemiah church planter missionary with the North American Mission Board, moved to Medford last year with his wife Marsha to lead a church planting team that includes two other families — Jon and Leigh Chasteen and Josh and Jessica Miller — and US/C2 missionary Abbey Cook.

“It’s been a tremendous blessing to share the load of ministry with others who are likeminded, who have the same biblical vision for the church and who are committed to living out the Gospel together in the context of a team environment and community of faith,” Turley said of the team planting model.

The Medford team initially focused on investing in the community. …

-> Click here for the full article

Connect with Turley and the whole Redemption Hill scene on the Web at Follow Turley on Twitter. Check out our interview with Turley from March of 2011 here.