Dear Mosaic Family,
I met Richard Mangone in 2013 when he came to a worship service at Mosaic Boston, back when we were meeting in the Regal Movie Theatre in Fenway. He had just finished his 18 year prison sentence, the longest sentence ever given for white-collar crime in Massachusetts. I was immediately moved by his fervent love for the Lord.
In his newly released book, "Busted: A Banker's Run to Prison," he writes: "I had everything anyone could want: good health, money, a beautiful wife, a great job, top-of-the-line cars, and an airplane. I could go anywhere and do anything I wanted. I was living the American dream on steroids. I lost it all through my own stupidity and greed. And through losing everything, I gained everything. I had to be in exile, running from the FBI and spending 18 years in prison, to find the meaning of life." You can watch him tell his riveting testimony here.
Instead of appearing in court for sentencing on February 15, 1994, Richard cut the electronic monitoring bracelet from his ankle and boarded a place with $130,000 in cash taped around his body. He ended up on the U.S. Marshal's most-wanted fugitive list. Once his money ran out, Richard decided to kill himself by downing a bottle of wine and piping carbon monoxide exhaust gas into his sealed SUV. The night before his planned suicide, while surfing the TV, Richard stopped at a channel where an evangelist was preaching about Jesus on the Cross. The preacher told the viewers to place their hands on the TV and repeat the sinner's prayer. Richard prayed and God saved him! The next day, he found a Christian bookstore and bought a Bible and teaching tapes. Under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, Richard confessed his fugitive status to a priest in Bowling Green, Kentucky, who called the police. Richard wanted the priest to get the $50,000 reward, which he, in turn, donated to two orphanages.
Richard has founded the Bezalel Prison Ministries, and serves the Lord by serving inmates. He says, "Jesus has changed my life and given me new purpose. My future is in Christ to minister to many people in the prison environment, especially white-collar criminals who are so susceptible to attempting suicide."
Richard's life is a testimony to the power of Jesus Christ to save. Though we shirk our responsibility to live God-honoring lives, Jesus takes responsibility for us. Our sin wasn't His fault, but He took responsibility. Once we receive His free gift of grace, Jesus entrusts us with the responsibility to use our time, talent, and treasure to love God and people.
Join us tomorrow as we continue our series, "Tough & Tender. Developing Resilience for Life" by talking about how to overcome the fear of responsibility.
This Week's Announcements
Membership 101 Class
Sunday, September 22nd 1-3 p.m.
Want to learn more about what Mosaic Boston is all about? Come hear the story of Mosaic, why we are here, and how you can join the church through membership. Pizza lunch provided, please RSVP to email@example.com
Sunday, September 29th
Join us as we worship together as one body in Christ with one combined service at 9:30 a.m. No 11:15 a.m. or 5 p.m. service will be held.
Night of Worship
Friday, October 4th 7 p.m.
Mosaic Boston Brookline and Jamaica Plain will be coming together for a night of thanksgiving to God for his faithfulness among his churches and the city. We will spend the evening in worship, fellowship and prayer. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome!
Child Dedication Class
Sunday, October 6th 11:15 a.m.
We will be holding an application class for all who are interested in dedicating their child this fall. Please sign up to attend by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Songs for Sunday
If you would like to know what we'll be singing on Sunday, you can find the playlist here.