Interchurch Council

Combating Holiday Blues
Christmas is the perfect time to help others, but its something that should happen year round. That's the feeling of Reverend David Lima, the Executive Minister of the New Bedford Interchurch Council. There are many people who feel alone or can't seem to fit in this time of the year, and Reverend Lima says the rest of us shouldn't be afraid to reach out...
Easter Sunrise Service
An estimated 400 to 500 people are expected to attend Sunday's Easter Sunrise Service at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven. The Interchurch Council of Greater New Bedford sponsors the event along with clergy members in Fairhaven. Executive Minister David Lima tells WBSM News, he's always impressed by the number of people who keep coming back year-after-year...
Homeless Count Continues
Volunteers are combing through the shelters and streets of New Bedford attempting to gather information from homeless people as part of the city's annual "Point-In-Time Homeless Count. During the kickoff on Wednesday, Mayor Jon Mitchell thanked the volunteers for their efforts...
Home Visits to Addicts
A pilot program in New Bedford has clergy, law enforcement, and counselors stepping into the homes of drug addicts. The program, organized by DrugFreeNB, has been in operation since April, and has ministers, police officers, and drug counselors conducting home visits to people who have recently overdosed on drugs...
Easter Sunrise
Hundreds of worshippers will turn out Sunday morning for the annual Easter Ecumenical Sunrise Service at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven, a tradition that's been ongoing for 77 years.  . It's organized by the Interchurch Council of Greater New Bedford, and Executive Minister David Lima says he's amazed by the crowd every year...
Prayers For Public Schools
Prayers and well wishes were offered Monday for the New Bedford School District. The prayer service took place at the North Baptist Church on County Street and is held annually before the start of the school year. School officials admit, the 2013-2014 school year was a difficult one, with lots of acrimony between the New Bedford Educators Association and the central office...
A Call For The Southcoast To Work Together
The Executive Minister of the Interchurch Council is urging people on the Southcoast to work together to resolve issues. Rev. David Lima was one of the speakers at the Interfaith service at the Seaman's Bethel as part of City Celebates New Years Eve. ...