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A Message from the Executive Minister
"for God so loved the world that He gave."—John 3:16

I was in a loooong line at a store last week, waiting for my turn at the register. Just ahead of me was a frazzled looking mom and her little boy, who seemed to be 6 or 7 years old. The little boy was looking around at the Christmas decorations, when he asked his mother a question: "So, Mommy, Christmas is Santa Claus' birthday, right?" The distracted mom mumbled, "mmmm hmmm" as she dug in her purse.

We might be dismayed that this little guy had no idea what Christmas is really about. But what happened next really got my attention. After a thoughtful pause, he spoke up again, and declared, "You know mom, if it's Santa's birthday, we ought to get HIM a present!"

In the midst of the season of consumption, a little boy expresses a wonderful human GIVE. A desire given to us by the Ultimate Giver: our God who loved us so much that he gave us everything, and then he gave us himself in Jesus. Giving brings us joy, because God created us to be givers, like Him.

Wishing you a season richly blessed in giving  —Rev. Mary Miller

School of Ministry Graduation
Congratulations to Linda McKenzie, a member of St. John's Baptist Church in Woburn, who earned her Certificate of Completion from TABCOM's School of Ministry and graduated on November 5th. Geoffrey Hicks was able to bring his ministry of music for the occasion.

Pictured (left to right): Graduate Linda McKenzie, Rev. Geoff Hicks, School of Ministry co-founder and coordinator Rev. Bruce Bardon and student Weining Zhao.
Special Offering for TABCOM Core budget
As we approach the end of 2016, we find ourselves facing a substantial budget shortfall in the TABCOM "Core Budget." The Core Budget (separate from our camp budgets) funds many important ministries here in Massachusetts. Your church will soon receive a letter inviting your congregation to participate in a special year-end offering to help us close our gap in the Core Budget. Please pray and give so that we can begin the year strong as we serve together in Massachusetts.

faith through gratitude
The offering supports those who have dedicated their lives to God's service by providing emergency assistance in times of need and a thank you check at the end of each year. We hope you will join us in honoring God's committed servants.

Please prayerfully consider a generous donation to the Retired Ministers & Missionaries Offering.

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