Holy Week Services at Transfiguration:
4/9 – Palm Sunday – Services 8am & 10am
4/13 – Maundy Thursday – Service 7pm
4/14 – Good Friday – Service 7pm
4/16 – Easter Sunday – Services 8am & 10am
“…what we have heard, what we have seen with our own eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands…” 1 John 1
We are pilgrims, and I have a certificate to prove it! 15
of us from both the synagogue and the church spent 8 days in
the Holy Land. We stood on the Mt of Olives, we prayed in the
Garden of Gethsemane and the Western Wall. We went down
to the depths of the Holy Sepulcher and the Holocaust Museum.
We sat together in the synagogue at Capernaum and
heard the echo of Jesus unrolling the scroll and reading, “ The
spirit of the Lord is upon me….” All this we heard, and saw
and touched. It was a profoundly spiritual experience for me.
To walk in the places that the person of Jesus walked in is
Yet, the trip to Israel was not necessary in order for me
to become a pilgrim. There are not thousands of miles between
us and the Holy Land; we are all pilgrims because true
pilgrimage is an interior journey. We are still in Lent, walking
through that interior landscape, traveling from the heights of
the Mount of Olives to the darkness of the Holy Sepulcher. It’s
a difficult pilgrimage because we don’t always like what we
find there. The darkness of our sinfulness limits our vision,
but we also discover oases of God’s mercy and the hope of
God’s lovingkindness there. They refresh us and give us the
courage to continue to Golgotha and at last to arrive at the
empty tomb. These interior places are our Holy Land where we
hear and see and touch the Christ; it’s where He lives most
Thank God for my companions of the trip to Israel, whose weariness
I felt, and whose joy I shared. Thank God for you, my
Lenten companions, I cannot make this journey alone. Soon
we will gather in the Upper Room and be amazed at his presence
Rev. Ray Bonin
A blood drive run by the American Red Cross will be held at the church on Monday Jan 9th 2016 from 2pm to 7pm.
Presenting donors will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card!
More information on the blood drive can be found on http://www.redcrossblood.org/
Annual St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble concert at the church.
Monday Dec 12th at 7pm
A Russian A Capella Quartet
Presents Masterpieces of Russian Choral Music
From Baroque to Classical
No Tickets Required
Suggested Donation at door of $10 per person
This year’s St. Nicholas Fair will be
Saturday, November 19, 2006
9am – 3pm
Lunch starts at 11am
Featuring crafter and vendor tables, raffles, baked goods, cookie walk, the popular straw game, and a soup and sandwich lunch featuring our famous chicken corn chowder and other homemade soups.
Crafters and vendors will include: Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Tea, Skincare Products, Sweatshirts and Lampshades, Collectibles, Needle Felting, Crochet items, Books and Notecards, Jewelry
Sunday School started back up in September. It will be held during the service on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month.
Family nights will also be starting back up for the school year. The first one of new school year will be help on Tuesday, September 20th from 5:30pm – 7pm. They are pot luck with pizza provided by Rev. Ray.
Reverend Ray Bonin and Rabbi Levy of Etz Hayim Synagogue have been holding open forum discussions twice a month at Coffeeberries at the Apple Tree Mall in Londonderry. The discussions have been on a wide variety of topics.
Here are some pod casts of the past events:
After Sunday services on June 12th, the church youth planted the apple trees that were purchased with money that will be raised at the annual yard sale.
The church children and their families also planted vegetables at the church on June 14th during the monthly “Family Night.”
An Open Forum “Ask a Muslim Anything”, with Robert Azzi, will be held Thursday May 19th at 7:30pm at the Church of the Transfiguration.
All are Welcome.
Robert Azzi is a photojournalist, columnist and education consultant who lives in Exeter NH. An Arab American Muslim, he writes on issues of Identity, Conflict, and Islam, particularly as they apply in the Middle East and the Global South. Born in New Hampshire, he’s lived in Beirut, Cairo, Athens, Jeddah and New York. Although he returned to the Granite State in the late 1980s, he continues to travel and communicate with Middle East clients and friends on a regular basis.
Azzi has been a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard Divinity School, and an advisor to Tufts University’s Fletcher School committee on Islam and South-West Asia. As a photojournalist his work appeared frequently in such publications as Time, Newsweek and National Geographic, Fortune, Epoca, Paris Match, and other domestic and international publications.
At Phillips Exeter Academy he has served as advisor to the Middle East Society and to the Muslim Student Association. During the 1990s war in the former Yugoslavia, Azzi initiated a project that brought 85 students from Bosnia-Herzegovina to live with American families, empowering them to continue their education until it was safe to return home.
Today Azzi consults on education and political issues as they relate to Islam and the Middle East. He also advises Middle Eastern families and students on educational opportunities in America. Azzi is frequently invited to speak to schools and civic and religious groups, invitations he welcomes in order to encourage tolerance, understanding and interfaith dialogue.