Saturday, April 9, 2016

8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


First Congregational Church

11 Constitution Way

Rochester, MA 02770


“Ministering to the Addict in Our Midst”



Registration / Coffee 8:30-9:15
Worship    9:15-10
Program    10:00-12:30
Luncheon    12:30-1:15
Business Meeting 1:15-2:00
Closing    2:00


Registration for the Program and Lunch is $10.  Please call Marilou Hall at 781-447-5616
before Wednesday, April 6,
so that preparations may be made for lunch.

Dear Friends,

Greetings to all during this wonderful time of early spring. I am reminded by my Facebook posts that there was still a foot of snow on the ground at this time last year. Now, I am looking at blooming daffodils in my backyard and thinking about getting the lawn mower out.

Our spring MACCC meeting is coming up on April 9 and we are hoping to help churches jump start their ministries to those struggling with addictions. There has recently been a distinct rise in drug overdoses throughout the nation that has gotten people's attention but the reality is that this problem has been ever present in our society. Sadly, the church has been at a loss in how to address it and adequately minister to those who suffer from its effects.

With that in mind, our executive committee decided on the topic of "Ministering to the Addict in our Midst" for our spring meeting. Our hope is to present the local church with a few suggestions on how to minister to the addict and the family of the addict. The presenter is yours truly. My background includes, but is not limited to, family and adolescent therapy and interventions, anger management with domestic abusers and convicts, and ten years as the director of a drug and alcohol treatment facility. I was also a youth pastor for 25 plus years and am currently serving as pastor at Silver Lake Chapel in Plympton, MA.

This presentation is only an introduction. The program will include two first person stories:  the experience of the family and the experience of the addict.

Looking forward to seeing many of you there.


Rev. Allan C. Palmer