The First Congregational Church of Milton,
a member of the United Church of Christ, welcomes you!
While we come from a variety of theological backgrounds and traditions,
we are brought together as we seek to follow Jesus Christ and serve others.
We invite you to join with us on this journey of faith.
Patriot Ledger article January 19, 2015
Hundreds of volunteers in Boston on Saturday worked with nonprofit agencies as part of the City Mission Society's annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Learning.
BOSTON - Peter Johnston borrows the words of the civil rights leader himself to explain why Martin Luther King Jr. Day is about doing good for others: “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.”
“MLK said you don’t need a college degree or anything else to serve. Anybody can do this and it’s the right thing to do,” said Johnston, pastoral assistant of Quincy Point Congregational Church.
“You only need a heart full of grace,” King famously said. “A soul generated by love.”
That’s the idea behind the City Mission Society’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Learning, which honors the leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement who was assassinated in 1968.
Johnston joined hundreds of other volunteers in Boston on Saturday for the eighth annual event, where people of all ages worked with nonprofit agencies and with the hope of having a beneficial impact on thousands of inner-city lives. He and others from the South Shore participate in the event annually.
“People go out on various mission projects. Sometimes it involves working with people, improving physical spaces, or it has an educational component,” Johnson said. “I can’t say enough good things about it.”
Founded in 1816, City Mission Society of Boston is the oldest multi-service, social justice agency in New England. The nonprofit aims to meet the educational, economic and social needs of impoverished residents in the Boston neighborhoods.
Norm Bendroth, interim minister of the First Congregational Church of Milton, served as the chairman for the City Mission Society board for six years and participates in the service day annually.
“When I was sitting on the board, June Cooper, who is now the executive director, said, ‘I’m so sick of going to breakfasts on Martin Luther King Day,” Bendroth said. “So we came up with the idea of a day on instead of day off, and to live in spirit of service to others.”
Bendroth said 10 people from the Milton congregation attended Saturday for the first time.
Cooper said groups come from as far as New Hampshire and New York to participate in the event.
“It’s exciting for groups to come into the city and see the good things that go on in Boston and the diversity,” she said.
Growing up in the ’60s, Bendroth said one of his first politician memories was seeing civil rights protesters in Birmingham being attacked by police dogs and blown away with fire hoses.
“I remember reading the biography of King, and he’s always been an inspiration to me and a motivational person,” he said. “King led the way in bringing theology and faith into public service in a non-sectarian way.”
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10 am Sunday Service
Fellowship Coffee Hour
immediately following worship
Nursery care is provided and children leave for Sunday School following the Children's Message.
Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible.
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are available.