Compassionate, open to all, where Christ's teachings lead to spiritual growth and action.
I was delighted to announce a couple weeks ago that the Interim Search committee had completed their work, and that they were able to successfully find an interim minister for us. Recall that their semi-formal deadline was actually next March, but they were trying hard to find a suitable candidate to start on January 1st. With the makeup of the committee, it’s no wonder they were able to meet this more aggressive target. At the Church Council meeting on December 10, the committee recommended Reverend Leonard Zecchini to the Deering Community Church as its interim minister. Jim Carpenter gave a detailed and glowing report on Rev. Zecchini, and after much thoughtful discussion, the Council unanimously agreed to accept the search committee’s recommendation. The Council was fortunate to meet with Rev. Zecchini later that evening, and we were able to chat and get to know him a bit better. I believe I can safely speak for all the Council members when I say that he is a warm and friendly person, and I’m certain that he will be a wonderful and positive presence in our church and community. Pastor Zecchini, or ‘Leonard’ – he considers either a suitable way to address him - is from Lyndeborough, and has a wealth of experience. He has specialized in interim ministry work, having served as an interim in many churches over the course of twenty or more years. He is also currently serving as chaplain at St. Joseph’s hospital in Nashua, and it is expected that he will continue to hold that position through his time with us. The first Sunday of 2014 will be our first Sunday with Reverend Zecchini. I hope you are all able to come and welcome him.
Please do come join us on Sunday mornings. If you are new to the community, you’ll find here a warm and welcoming congregation, hard working and dedicated to serving the needs of each other, the community and well beyond. If you’ve been away for a while and are interested in seeing what we’re up to these days, or simply just need to hear some inspiring words to live by, drop in on a Sunday at 10:00 am. We will love seeing you.
What does ONA mean? In our denomination, United Church of Christ, ONA came about
to give a special invitation to those who are GLBT: gay, lesbian, bisexual, and
transgender to become part of our congregations. Due to so much prejudice and
discrimination in Christian Churches, we wanted to affirm that we very much want
you among us. We were the first denomination to ordain an openly gay man,
William Johnson in 1972. We really want to be, with God’s grace, a congregation
that includes all persons, embracing differences of sexual orientation, gender,
marital status, age, mental and physical ability, as well as racial, ethnic or
Please follow this link to the rest of our Open and Affirming statement: