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Once again, we are collecting data which supports what the ancients knew intuitively. Researchers are increasingly concluding that "gratitude" has biological benefits.

Psalm 9:1: "I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds."

In the last 20 years has provided, researchers have been amassing an impressive collection of data which points to the positive biological effects of "gratitude". Gratitude practices are downright healing.

Do you need a "gratitude intervention" this week? If you do, here are three prescriptions. Choose one.

1. Make a list of 5 things you are grateful for. Right now. Repeat for two more days and note the difference on day three.

2. Write a brief gratitude note to someone. Email is fine. Fill in the blank:

“Thank you for…”
“What I love about you…”
“My holiday wish for you…”

3. Take a gratitude walk. Keep it short. As your mind wanders (and it will), bring your attention to the soles of your feet as they roll across the ground, saying, "Thank you for my feet, they have faithfully carried me many miles."

As we approach Thanksgiving, give yourself the gift of a gratitude intervention.



three highlights

This Sat & Sun! NewPhil Concerts

Newton's only volunteer orchestra has made their home at FBC for 20 years. We have our very own in-house orchestra! NewPhil is quite generous to offer tickets to FBC members. Their concert this weekend will be a gem. Masters and their Masterpieces: Beethoven, Shostakovich and Strauss. Email kate[at] if you want tickets.  Click here to learn more about NewPhil.

9a Sundays
Early Christianity w/Dick Ransom 

A great treasure of our Sunday morning experience is Dick Ransom, who over many years now has led numerous informal courses about a wide range of topics. Currently, you can find Dick and in the Gallery (via the Chapel) leading a discussion on early Christian writings.

There has been an important resurgence of curiosity in Protestant circles to revisit the early days of Christianity. You can join Dick any Sunday and contact him directly for more info.

Read more on our blog.

Photos from Open & Affirming Open Mic Nite

We enjoyed a wonderful evening last Sunday night. More than 60 people from a broad spectrum of our community gathered to enjoy singing, spoken word, dance, story-telling, visual arts and more.

Check out our Instagram feed for photos of the evening.
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