Minister

cropped-IMG_0812.jpgDSC_0114To all of our family and friends of the First Congregational Church of Oxford,U.C.C., we are very happy to introduce The Reverend Dr. Barry J. McCarthy as our settled Pastor.

“Pastor Barry” McCarthy is a Connecticut native who has served churches in New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Economics, Barry received his Master of Divinity from Lancaster (PA) Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Andover Newton Theological School. Rev. McCarthy lives in Grafton with his wife, Wendy, who is an ICU Nurse at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. They have two daughters, Kate and Kerin, their spouses, Damian and Chris, and two grandchildren: James and Sophia. In his free time Barry likes to play golf (dangerously), take nature photos, play a little cribbage and keeping company with Molly, his black lab.

In his profile he wrote:  “Sunday morning worship is the highlight of my week, I’m excited by the possibility of sharing the love of God with persons who may be painfully in need of that gooDSC_0119d news.

As I bound up the stairs to the pulpit, I find myself both filled with the hopeful anticipation and also humbled by the task before me and pray for the Spirit’s guidance with each step. The love of God intersects at the real-world joys and concerns of those gathered for worship, and I seek to lead worship that recognizes the difficulties of life but is joyful, uplifting and inspires trust in Jesus Christ. Jesus’ focus on the realm of God informs my ministry by recognizing the importance of its transforming possibilities . . . I believe key aspects of my pastoral calling are to encourage people to recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in their personal lives, help persons to discover the living Christ in the everyday aspects of life and to seek to discern God’s will for their lives . . . Congregational ministry is challenging, rewarding, hopeful and yes, at times difficult work. Jesus didn’t proclaim the “Good News” alone; he gathered disciples and taught them so that they too would share his message. Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, ‘The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, “Look, here it is!” or “There it is!” For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.’ (Luke 17: 20-21 NRSV) Working together through a congregation in love and acceptance provides a framework for communal ministry to flourish and faith in Jesus Christ to grow abundantly. It is out of that abundance that God’s presence becomes more apparent not just to members, but also to the world that has not heard the message of God’s enormous love . . . and God’s realm becomes a greater reality!”

Meet our new addition to our clergy staff:

Karen Fournier.

Karen was hired as Pastor of Congregational Care at the February All Church Meeting. She is a Licensed Minister of the United Church of Christ seeking ordination.

 

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Mission Statement

The mission of First Congregational Church of Oxford, UCC, is to:
Acknowledge our Christian heritage and the gifts received from a loving God;
Affirm our faith in our worshiping, in our witnessing to the community and in our reaching out to the world;
Celebrate diversity whereby the dignity of all is embraced and respected; and
Encourage individual growth and family enrichment by giving joyfully of our time, talent and treasures.

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Location: 355 Main Street (Route 12), Oxford MA
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 585, Oxford MA 01540
Phone: 508.987.2211
Email: officeadmin@oxfordfirstucc.org
Office hours: 9-12 p.m., Mon; 9-12 p.m., Wed; 9-12 p.m., Fri.

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