This year the Mennonite Congregation of Boston is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and we have much to celebrate.  Initially individuals and families gathered informally to connect with other Mennonites in the area.  Then it developed into something more as the community grew and became a place for socializing, worship, and social advocacy.  Along with the original members, a number of whom are still with us, many more people have become part of the community over the years.  Today, MCOB continues to be a welcoming haven for people passing through the area, as well as for people who attend periodically or have been with us for a long time. Feel free to spread the invite by Facebook, Twitter, listservs, and snail mail.

We invite all of you from near and far to gather with us for a weekend of celebrations and thanksgiving this April 20-22, 2012.  We extend a special invitation to all members and non-members who were part of the MCOB community in the past.  We would love to reconnect with you again and to reminisce over times gone by.


Friday April 20: 
6:30-8:00  Potluck dinner and Key note address by Paul Keim  (children’s activities and nursery available), Harvard Epworth

Saturday April 21:
1:00-2:00  Sharing memories of Gordon Kaufman and other members of our congregation who have passed away, Harvard Epworth
2:15-4:15  History of MCOB:  Owen Gingerich will speak about the history of MCOB; Myrna Burkholder and Janet Friesen will share memories of their father, J. Lawrence.  The afternoon will include time with an open microphone for people to share their memories of MCOB  (children’s activities outdoors and nursery available)
4:15-5:00  Break
5:00-6:30  Celebration of Gifts  (music, drama and oratory presentations)
6:30-7:50  Dinner.  (There will be more time with an open microphone for sharing of memories during the dinner.)

Sunday, April 22:
11:00am  Gathering with refreshments, Harvard Observatory (see directions below)
11:30-1:00  worship service, Earl Sears preaching, Harvard Observatory

Directions to Phillips Auditorium at the Observatory
From Harvard Square: Proceed north on Garden Street, which borders the Cambridge Common on the west side, opposite from the Harvard EpworthMethodist Church .  At the Longy Music School , Concord Avenue splits off to the left in a scissors angle, but stay on Garden Street, passing by the Radcliffe quadrangle on the right.  At the traffic light at the northwest corner of the quad (Garden Street and Linnaean Street), YOU HAVE ARRIVED AT THE OBSERVATORY GROUNDS! Turn left and go up the drive, all the way to the top of the hill, up and around the buildings until you see a small white dome in an island in the parking lot.  (Plenty of free parking!) The entrance to the building D with Phillips Auditorium faces the white dome, and has a double staircase up from the drive.The auditorium faces the white dome, and has a double staircase up from the drive.

Many thanks to our organizing committee!

MCOB 50th Anniversary Committee

Lin Garber
Owen Gingerich
Jacob Quiring
Melanie Zybala

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