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Church building featured on tour of Newton Highlands

About 30 people joined Historic Newton’s walking tour of Newton Highlands, led by Ms. Clara Silverstein, on Saturday, October 15, 2022. This special event was arranged by member Carol Jensen in honor of the church’s 150th anniversary. Thank you, Carol! The tour began at Newton Highlands Congregational Church, 54 Lincoln Street. The Reverend Ken Baily …

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Mission Committee stalwart Marianne Talis recounts long history of NHCC activism

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! 1 Chronicles 16:24 Through the Mission Committee, NHCC’s outreach generally takes one of two forms–hands-on (both local and distant) or financial.  For a number of years, 10 percent of both NHCC’s church budget and capital campaign funds has gone to mission efforts. …

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150th anniversary party includes songs, sweets, and special guests

Pop hits from the ’80s brightened the mood on an overcast and windy Sunday as members, friends, and neighbors gathered to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Newton Highlands Congregational Church on October 2, 2022. Teen musicians from Parallel Sound Studio, led by Jay Ryan, graciously provided almost two hours of sparkling music. Thanks to Ms. …

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Bill and Helen Lowery, lifelong members, share NHCC memories

As we were putting together these thoughts we realized that we have been part of the church for more than half of the 150 years we are now celebrating! Bill and Helen Lowery Newton Highlands Congregational Church has always been an important part of our lives. Helen has lived in Newton Highlands her entire life …

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Long-time member Peter Moore recalls growing up at NHCC

During, perhaps, my fifth or sixth grade class, the book we were studying was titled I will Build My Church. I remember it because I must have learned much from it. Peter S. Moore My family moved to the Highlands in 1942 when I was two. My parents began attending NHCC shortly thereafter. Rev. Ben …

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Celebrate NHCC’s 150th anniversary on Sunday, October 2

Join friends and neighbors for a celebration of Newton Highlands Congregational Church’s 150th anniversary on Sunday, October 2, at 11:30 a.m. at 54 Lincoln Street in Newton Highlands, MA. Enjoy music, ice cream, crafts, and a photo booth. All are welcome! Goals for the 150th-year events are as follows:  Appreciate and celebrate the history of …

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Historical notes, documents added to website in honor of 150th anniversary

The church website has been updated with carefully compiled information from church historian Jim Harper in honor of the church’s 150th anniversary. Webmaster Sally Brickell posted Jim’s material and supplemented it with photos of important documents patiently scanned by Jeff Kaplan. Technical consultant Neil Johnson arranged the posts in a Historical Timeline, added a History …

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2017-2022: Capital campaign, Covid-19

The Celebrate and Serve Capital Campaign from 2017-2020 raised about $525,000 in pledges to pay for a major restoration of the organ, among other projects, as well as a 10% charitable commitment. In June 2018 Weekday Nursery School ceased operations. Its space was leased to Pine Village Preschool, a Spanish immersion daycare and nursery school. …

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1986-2020: New Rep, cell tower leases

Beginning in about 1986, the New Repertory Theatre rented the Parish Hall and staged four to six plays per year. According to Alexander Stevens, an arts correspondent for Wicked Local, Larry Lane, the founding artistic director of the theatre, and a small group of fellow actors began looking for a location to stage their productions …

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