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Reverend Martha Leahy is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School with a Master of Divinity degree, with a concentration on Ministry and Public Life. She was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2008 as Pastor of First Congregational Church UCC in Saugus.
She finds inspiration in the interfaith partnerships of the Saugus Faith Community, the adult study groups she leads, and the Healing Circle meditation group she co-founded. She loves studying the spiritual practices of indigenous peoples of the North, including her own Finnish culture. She finds rest and rejuvenation with her family at their off-the-grid camp in Maine.
The 2018 Sunday School Year.
Every Sunday morning we gather together for an hour of prayer, song and meditation – an hour that many of us find gives us comfort after a hard week, and inspiration for the week to come. We light a Peace Candle to open our time together, praying for God to heal a hurting world. We read a Bible passage and hear our Pastor’s sermon, as she attempts to make the ancient words come alive for us today.
The biblical theme is woven into our songs and prayers. Our children share in worship with us at the beginning of the service, then go to Sunday School with their teachers. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to our church. All that is required is a hunger to know where God’s Holy Spirit may be leading us next.
Introducing our new Music Director
Rebecca hales from Mentor, Ohio and is a Singer, Musician and Composer. Presently she holds the position as Lead Pianist for Boston Ballet's Marblehead Studio. She has played in the pit orchestra for The Company Theater, accompanied the Voice Studio of Robert Honeysucker, and has played for Burklyn Ballet of Vermont. She has had the privilege of working with Stephen Schwartz as principle pianist for the IRNE award-winning production of "The Baker's Wife" by way of her affliation with Company Theater.
Rebecca is classically trained with a degree in Vocal Music Performance, and has sung in diverse styles from classical to acapella, rock and gospel. Her premiere CD "The River of Life" was produced with Grammy Award winning director, producer, composer, William Ackerman (Wyndham Hill fame) and has been successfully making waves in Australia/Asia along with her independently produced video for the title track featuring the local talents of Melissa Reed (dancer) and Kevin Jenkins (choreographer). In 2017, her music video for "The River of Life" was performed live at the Massachusetts General Hospital Gala Fundraising Gala.
"Church Musician" has always been a significant role for Rebecca, as she was raised on gospel music as well as contemporary Christian music. She has played with hundreds of churches across the country and has taken the advice of spiritual leaders of ALL denominations to just "sing and play for the Lord".
For more about Rebecca visit her website at http://rebeccaharroldmusic.com/.
Cynthia C. Turco
Cynthia has been an active member of the First Congregational Church in Saugus since the early 90’s. During which time she has served as the Church secretary as well as the head of the Deacons and on the Religious Education board. She has been the clerk, Sunday school teacher and youth group leader.
Of recent she has been actively working with Reverend Martha as a meditation leader of the “Healing Circle”, where anyone is welcome to come and take time for them selves in the form of prayer and meditation.
Cynthia has taken classes in meditation and has study many different forms. She is also a Reiki Master, photographer, writer, poet, naturist, animal lover. She has a strong belief in being positive and spreading that positive energy out to all she meets. She gets her inspiration through helping others to find their positive side and seeing the beauty in every day things.