The Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton

Rev. Brandon Thomas Crowley, MDiv, STM | Senior Pastor
Rev. Howard Haywood | Pastor Emeritus

21 Curve Street West Newton, MA 02465 | 617.332.5870


Announcements – March 16, 2014

Categories: Announcements,Church,Events,Litany

The Daughters of Myrtle will be holding their Anniversary Luncheon on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The speaker is Myrtle’s own Dr. Malia Lowe. Tickets to the luncheon will be available after morning worship until Sunday, March 23, 2014, at a price of $20.00 each. Space is limited, so please purchase tickets early.

Rev. Crowley will be preaching this afternoon at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church (1082 Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester) in celebration of their 33rd Church Anniversary. Service begins at 4:00pm. Please come out to support our pastor and celebrate with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

During the season of Lent, we will hold weekly prayer conference calls on Wednesdays at 6:00am led by members of our congregation and church leadership. The dial-in number is (605) 562-3000 and passcode is 458869. We will be led in prayer by Sis. India Henshaw. Don’t miss this opportunity to draw closer to God and one another in prayer.

Join us on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:00pm for a special installment of our Howard Haywood Lecture Series. This event will be a panel discussion hosted in partnership with Historic Newton on “Housing Discrimination in Newton in the 1960s”. We will hear first-hand accounts from the sixties and join the discussion about how we can impact the future of our city. Panelists include Rev. Howard Haywood, Ellen Feingold, Shirley Cooper Saunders Wright and Sheila Mondstein.

Please be advised that the date for the Marriage Retreat has been changed to March 22, 2014. The retreat will still be held at the MIT Endicott House (80 Haven Street, Dedham, MA 02026). Activities will be led by Minister Maurice Davis of The Church of Christ in Milton, MA. The cost of the retreat is $130 per couple. Please see Earl or Tamara Sheard for more information.

All families and youth are welcome to participate in the Myrtle Day of Family & Fun at Nashoba Valley Ski Area sponsored by LYFE Youth Ministries. The cost of entrance and participation in tubing is $28 per person. All youth ages 10 and older that desire to participate but are not able to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian can do so by submitting a permission slip to a member of the youth committee by Sunday March 16. All youth 9 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to participate in this event. We will depart from Myrtle Baptist Church at 9am and return by 3pm. If you have any questions, please contact Reverend Moore or a member of the Youth Committee.

As part of the services of the Pastoral Counseling Center, an adult stress reduction group will be offered once per month by Deacon Teri Bryant. This confidential support group is designed to help with feelings in regard to everyday stressors which may include but are not limited to bereavement, work, school and or family issues. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6:30pm in the Ford Fellowship Hall.

The next Pastor’s tea is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 7:15-7:45pm. It is very important that everyone who plans to attend RSVP via email or phone to Sis. Ayeesha Lane no later than Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at or (617) 329-5044 so that appropriate provisions can be made.

Morning Litany

Leader: Walking five miles to school and studying by candlelight, Mary McLeod Bethune was the living icon that reflected the phrase, ‘a mind is a terrible thing to waste.’ She illuminated the path for women and men to learn, to live and to light a path for others. Teaching, fundraising and praying, she let her light shine so that we would see the good works and give glory to God in heaven.

People: Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

Leader: After years of hearing that she was not thin enough, pretty enough or smart enough, Mary McLeod Bethune decided that she was enough to respond to God’s call. Like her, each of us must respond to eradicate illiteracy and educational bureaucracy and dismiss the system that sends our children back to the corner in the dark.

People: Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

Leader: “You think you’re alone there in your silent storm. I’ve seen the tears you’ve cried. Falling down and trying to drown, the flame of hope inside. When you’re walking in the dead of night, when your soul is churning, when your hope seems out of sight, keep God’s candle burning.

ALL: Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. We thank you dear Lord for giving us the courage of Mary McLeod Bethune so we may respond to your urgent call and shine an even greater, brighter, sharper and wider light for those who are suffering in the darkness of hopelessness. You are our light and our salvation; whom shall we fear? You are the stronghold of our life; of whom shall we be afraid? Amen.

The Morning Litany was written by Minister Inez Dover based on Matthew 5:16, Psalm 27:1 and Psalm 119:105 with lyrics from “Keep the Candle Burning” by Point of Grace and a quotation from Anna Quindlen.

Myrtle Celebrates Women’s History Month
Mary McLeod Bethune

Born on a farm near Mayesville, South Carolina in 1875, Mary McLeod Bethune, the 15th child of former slaves, rose from humble beginnings to become a world-renowned educator, civil and human rights leader, champion for women and young people, and an advisor to five U.S. presidents.

Education was the first step in her remarkable journey. The young Mary McLeod worked in the fields alongside her parents and siblings, until she enrolled at the age of 10 in the one-room Trinity Presbyterian Mission School. There, she learned to read, and, as she later noted, “the whole world opened to me.” She went on to study at Scotia Seminary in North Carolina and Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with the goal of becoming a missionary. When no missionary openings were available, she became a teacher. The dream of opening her own school took Mary McLeod Bethune to Florida – first to Palatka and then to Daytona Beach, where she started the school that would become Bethune-Cookman University.

As she worked to build the school that she founded, she also became a national leader on issues related to civil rights, education, women and young people. As president of the State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, she organized the group to fight against school segregation and inadequate healthcare for black children. She later served as president of the prestigious National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs and founded the National Council of Negro Women. She was appointed to numerous national commissions including the Coolidge Administration’s Child Welfare Conference, the Hoover Administration’s National Commission on Child Welfare and Commission on Home Building and Home Ownership. She eventually became an advisor on minority affairs in the Roosevelt Administration, organizing two national conferences on the problem of Black Americans.

While she gave counsel to presidents and made connections with America’s elite, Mary McLeod Bethune was readily accessible to average men and women and the college students she mothered and mentored. Her access to people of power and privilege was never something she used to benefit herself. It was always an opportunity to gain access for those shut out of opportunities in our society. She enlisted leaders of government and industry to support her vision and dreams – for her school in Daytona Beach, for social justice and positive change for all.

Wherever Dr. Bethune saw a need, she found a way to meet that need and move society closer to her vision. When a black student was turned away from the hospital in Daytona Beach, she opened a hospital to serve the black community. When the nation mobilized resources for the first and second World Wars, she pressed for the integration of the American Red Cross and Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. She led voter registration drives and anti-lynching campaigns.

Through it all Dr. Bethune relied on faith and prayer for guidance and inspiration, saying, “Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.”

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Myrtle Baptist Church, founded by freed slaves in 1874, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008 and exists as one of the oldest black churches in New England.

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