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| February 29, 2024

The Challenge of Weighing Difficult Decisions

Note: Highrock MetroWest member Frederick Lee agreed to write a commentary after each of our Lenten Speaker’s talks during this season of Lent. Here is Fred’s second submission based on last week’s message from Barnabas Lee. Upcoming speakers and other details are listed below in this newsletter edition.

Commentary on Lenten Series #2 Barnabas Lee, 25 Feb. 2024 by Frederick Lee

In our latest Lenten Speaker Series, Barnabas Lee shared a compelling account of the ethical crossroads he faced within his family’s real estate business—a vivid illustration of the complexities we may encounter where faith intersects professional life. Confronted with a leasing request from a cult leader, Barnabas’s instinctive reaction was an unequivocal “no.” Yet, his journey through this decision-making process led him on an unexpected path of faith in action.

Barnabas’s story underscores the tension between initial reactions and the deliberate pursuit of God’s direction. Driven by faith, he turned to prayer and scripture, finding guidance in the following passages, which emphasize love, justice, mercy, and courage over fear:

  1. Galatians 5:14 reminded him of the mandate to love our neighbors, viewing even those opposed to our beliefs as potential subjects of transformation and redemption.
  2. Proverbs 3:27-28 challenged him to not defer doing good when it was within his power, pushing him towards action rather than hesitation.
  3. Micah 6:8 called for justice and mercy, reinforcing his duty to treat all fairly, embracing this as a privilege rather than a burden.
  4. Ephesians 6:11-12 spoke against retreating in fear, urging him to meet challenges with faith, equipped with the armor of God.

Rather than outright ruling out the possibility of saying “yes,” these reflections actually favored a “yes.” When Barnabas ultimately decided not to lease to the cult leader, his decision was grounded in practical matters such as suitability, timing, and the specific needs of the property, rather than spiritual objections. Interestingly, Barnabas has since leased to individuals engaged in practices antithetical to faith, such as those consulting spiritual mediums or practicing shamanism.

This nuanced approach, embracing even those whose practices starkly contrast with our beliefs, challenges us to consider the depth of our commitment to living out our faith in every domain of life. It highlights the crucial importance of daily reflecting—through prayer and scripture—on how we might better integrate faith and work. How do we hold fast to our spiritual convictions and at the same time, engage with a pluralistic society? Barnabas’s journey reminds us that there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the dilemmas we may face.

This Lent, let us reflect on our responses to the challenges that test our faith and principles, and deepen our understanding of how to live out our faith with wisdom, integrity, courage, and compassion; let us encourage a dialogue that strengthens community, fostering thoughtful engagement over simplistic answers; and, let us encourage one another to navigate our professional and personal lives with hearts fully open to God’s leading. — Frederick Lee

Lenten Speakers Series at Highrock MetroWest

Our third annual MetroWest Lenten Speakers Series continues THIS Sunday, March 3, at 11:30 am in the sanctuary. All of our speakers are regular attendees of MetroWest who will speak personally about their experience relating their faith to work. The talks are short — about 20 minutes — followed by a brief question and answer time. Feel free to bring children with you into the sanctuary where the talks will be held.

I love the personal, non-clergy talks (nothing against clergy!) that give insight into how the people you sit next to in the pews handle work and faith issues. — Pastor George

Here are this year’s speakers:

Feb 18 – John Kim. After 9 years at Wayfair, John now spends his working hours as an advisor to consumer businesses and as a personal investor. He is married to Jenny and together they have 3 children (ages 16, 14, and 10). When John isn’t shuttling the kids around, he can be found at the Crossfit gym or trying to recover from one of their classes.

Feb 25- Barnabas Lee. Barnabas has managed residential and commercial property over the last 12 years, and works with his parents (both pastors) in an explicitly Christian faith-based family business office. Together with his wife Nicole, they have three children Catherine (4), Jonathan (3) and Elijah (1). He is committed to being at peace with God and man, whatever it takes.

Mar 3 — Rachel Burgoyne. Rachel is a Managing Associate at NPAG, a search and consulting firm that works with nonprofits across the US. She has previously worked in economic development, pastoring, and community organizing. Rachel is married to Pastor Taylor Burgoyne, and they have the world’s cutest dog, Cotton. 

Mar 10— Jim Van Dyk. Jim is a stay-at-home dad of five kids ranging from 10 to 27 years old.  He is married to Research Scientist Dr. Anne Carpenter Van Dyk and they are expecting their first grandchild in March.   When he’s not coordinating carpools and extracurricular activities, Jim enjoys cycling, photography, camping, and hiking

Mar 17 – Chris & Linda Kilburn-Peterson. The KPs reside in Needham. We have two teenagers and a “killer” Cavapoo puppy.  Chris is a medical device executive and Linda is a former consultant/HR leader.  She is an avid volunteer and we are grateful to have had her home with the kids for the past 10 years.  We have moved several times for work-related opportunities, including three years overseas in Singapore.  Preparing for each transition has not been easy, often requiring tradeoffs, sacrifice, addressing fears, managing disagreement, and doing our best to invite God into the process

New Sermon Series -- Luke: Kingdom Costs

The word passion means to love something so much that you are willing to suffer for it. Throughout the Gospel of Luke we see Jesus willing to suffer for the things that he loves, and this willingness will eventually culminate in the Cross. This Lent we will consider, do we love the Kingdom of God like Jesus does? Would we allow that love to grow so that we also would be willing to pay the kind of costs that Jesus pays? Wherever you are on your faith journey, we hope you will join us as we reflect on Jesus’s great love for us, and how that love might compel us to pay great costs in response. 

For more information and sermon study resources for the new Kingdom: Costs series, go here.

Sunday’s Sermon

March 3 — Get Rich Quick! (Luke 12:13-26) — Pastor Walt Quick

Highrock Family Beach Day -- March 3

Warm beach sand in the winter? Yes!

Fun and games with other Highrock families? Yes!

You’re invited to Highrock’s Family Beach Day at Beach House! This huge indoor facility has warm sand and almost any beach game you’d desire—volleyball, bocce, corn hole, badminton, Spikeball, and more. We’ll have time for free play, group games, tournaments, snacks, and opportunities for connections with others. We hope you come for this day of family fun! Go here for more information and to register.

Sunday, March 3, 2024

From Conflict to Connection: A Marriage Seminar. March 9, 9 am - noon

Whether you have been married for many years or you and your partner are just contemplating engagement, participants at all stages of the marriage journey can gain personal insight into what drives cycles of conflict and chart a path toward lasting peace. Andrew and Joanna Sonnekalb (PsyD and LMFT, respectively) will lead this seminar using an evidence-based, relational model that blends emotional and cognitive perspectives to foster vulnerability and connection.

Couples who complete the seminar will have the opportunity to join ongoing small groups that continue to process the experience.

Go here for more information and to register.

Better Together: Membership at Highrock. Saturday, March 23, 11 am - 1 pm.

Whether you have been attending Highrock for a few weeks or a few years, we would love for you to learn what it means to be an official Member of our church family. You’ll learn about our history, our denomination, our vision and values, and what our Family Members commit to. We will discuss the four Better Together videos together and offer space for Q+A and conversation.

Links to the four Better Together videos will be sent via email after you register. Please watch them beforehand. Each video is approximately 10-12 minutes in length.

11 am – 1 pm | Saturday, March 23rd @ Highrock MetroWest

Lunch will be provided.

Click here to REGISTER.

Holy Week and Easter Services at Highrock MetroWest

MetroWest Holy Week and Easter Services Schedule

Maundy Thursday: no service at church. Highrock will make available home liturgies for Maundy Thursday to use with your family, small group, or a collection of friends. Watch this space for a future link to the materials.

Good Friday, March 29. 6 pm at Highrock MetroWest, 754 Greendale Ave., Needham.

Easter Services! March 31.

8:30 am — Pastries and Coffee Fellowship Time

9:00 am — Easter Service (no SoulFood afterward)

11:00 am — Easter Service

12:15 pm — SoulFood


Highrock MetroWest Women's Half-Day Retreat. March 30, 10 am - 2:30 pm.

To All Highrock MetroWest Women: Please join us for a half-day of fellowship and learning together at our 2024 Women’s Retreat! It is coming up on Saturday, March 30, from 10 am to 2:30 pm (just before Easter) at the home of Camille Lee, 11 Cushing Rd., Wellesley.  We will explore two more chapters from Adele Calhoun’s book Invitations from God:  “Invitation to Forgive”, and “Invitation to Pray.”  If you have the book, please pre-read the chapters.  If you don’t, used copies are available online from $2-$8.   This is a great time to get away together and build our relationships as well as our faith. Hope you can make it!  Register here for 20 spots.   Fee of $25 covers coffee, snacks and lunch.

Retreat coordinating team: Kathryn Dietz, Katie Smith Milway, Maria Kim, Camille Humphries Lee, Rachel Burgoyne, and Grace Huang.


Ways to Go Deeper!

More Ways to Go Deeper!

Highrock MetroWest Thursday Men’s Group: Click here for more info. 

For Moms! The MetroWest chapter of Momsrock meets most Friday mornings at 9:30 am in Fellowship Hall.

Daily (M -Th) Devotional Group for Anyone with Pastor Ryan Marshall – Click for more info.

New Groups! We have newly formed Highrock MetroWest small groups. Contact Pastor Taylor for more information.

Find Daily Devos, Highrock sermons, Highrock Online, and more on your favorite platform! Search for “Highrock Church.” Examples: Spotify, YouTube.

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