Sunday, November 19, 2017

11/20/17 Mainstreeter Online

 

November 20, 2017

Words from the Pastor

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Seasons of Life

Dear Lord, thank you for your presence with us through all the seasons of life
through the times of milk and honey and through our wanderings in the wilderness.

Lord, we give thanks for children; for their boundless energy, their curiosity, their love, their openness, their joy of life.

Lord, we give thanks for young adults; for their growing search to build meaningful lives, for their new ideas and approaches to the problems of society, for their children and the loving families they seek to build.

Lord, we give thanks for those in the middle of life; for the families they have guided into adulthood, for the life work they have built and sustained, for the faith they have nurtured in others, for the presence they provide as they walk life's path with their parent's and older friends.

Lord, we give thanks for those grown-up and grown older; for the experiences they have survived, for the wisdom with which they have been blessed, for the spiritual richness of their lives, for their witness of faith.

Lord, we give thanks for the cloud of witnesses that has gone before us, leaving their imprint of life and faith upon each of us and upon the world.

Creator God, we are indeed thankful that in each stage of life you bless us with your presence. At every age, and especially in old age, you mold and shape us with your potter's hands into people with purpose and value who can reach out to others, touching humanity with the love that only you can give us.

Praise be to God. Amen.

*Taken from "Remembering Your Story: A Guide to Spiritual Autobiography" pages 37 and 38 by Richard L. Morgan: Upper Room Books, 1996, Nashville.

While we normally think of the Thanksgiving season as a time to give thanks for the fruits of the harvest and the richness of the earth, most of us, when asked for what we are most thankful, tend to focus on our relationships as family, friends, and church. We acknowledge the people in our lives who bring us great joy and are grateful for the presence of people, old and young, who enrich us and help us to be more fully human. On this Thanksgiving Day let us remember with fondness the loved ones who have joined the "cloud of saints" while cherishing the time we have left on this earth with those who love us and whom we love as well. Thanks be to God for the seasons of life and all those who fill each and every season.

With Gratitude,
Pastor Rich

Worship Next Sunday – November 26

Christ the King Sunday
Choir Anthem
Scripture: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Matthew 25:31-46
Theme: For What Does God Hold Us Accountable?

On this final Sunday of the Christian year, this familiar gospel reading from Mathew 25 reminds us that we are accountable to God for how we treat our fellow human beings. When we feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, cloth the naked, visit the prisoner, welcome the stranger, etc. we do it as to Christ himself.

Announcements

Calendar for the Week of November 19

Mission News

Gifts for the King: On December 10, we will celebrate Gifts for the King Sunday. Please take a tag from the tree that will appear in the vestry. Then you can bring your unwrapped gift up to the sanctuary on Gifts for the King Sunday and you may place these gifts under the Chrismon Tree when your birthday month is called. This year, our gifts will go to children from the Front Door Agency here in Nashua.

Holiday Baskets: Thank you for your gifts of food for our Thanksgiving Baskets. We were able to provide food for this special meal for many families from our own refugee community and through the Nashua Soup Kitchen. At Christmas, we will do it again!! Ingathering of food will be on December 10, the same day as Gifts for the King. We will need all of the extras that go with a good Christmas dinner. Yams, canned vegetables, celery, pie crusts, and brown sugar are sometimes overlooked, but we will appreciate whatever you bring! Without your help, these families would not have a happy Christmas meal to enjoy. Food such as rice, dried beans, and fresh greens might be more useful to some of our refugee families than the usual cranberry sauce! Thank you!

Food Pantry: Thank you to all who remembered to put out a bag for "Scouting for Food" this year. Main Street got its regular share of Scout food, and it was loaded onto the Nashua Soup Kitchen truck and has been much appreciated.

Refugee Help: Thanks to the United Methodist Women and others who have helped supply needs of two of our refugee families who have recently added a baby boy. You have provided clothing, booster seat, diapers, as well as taking people to appointments. This makes a tremendous difference for them! Be sure to support the Downtown Crossing Bake Sale during the Holiday Stroll!

CROP Hunger Walk: Thank you for walking, supporting, and singing! Will report on our total when CROP reports it to us! Remember that 25% of the money raised stays here in Nashua to fight hunger locally.

Alternative Christmas Gifts: Through the United Methodist Church's "gifts of hope" catalog, http://www.umcmission.org/appeals/christmas
you can purchase anything from a latrine in Guatemala to a bed net in Ghana. The Heifer Project also has lots of animal and plant gift ideas at
https://www.heifer.org/gift-catalog/

-submitted by Phyllis Appler

Greening of the Church and Souper Supper
Friday, November 24, 2017
4:00pm

All members and friends of the Main Street are invited to join the F Troop, our over 40 fellowship group, as we decorate the church for the Holiday Stroll and the Advent Season. After the greening, we will partake of a variety of delicious soups and enjoy the beauty we have created before the hectic holiday season begins. This event is open to all--the more the merrier!

-submitted by Mavis Pyle

Holiday Stroll

On Saturday, November 25th, we will once again be a host site for Nashua's Holiday Stroll. There will be a dance recital held at 5:45 followed by musical performances at 7:10 and 8:35pm. Our choir will not be performing this year. Downstairs in the vestry there will be a joint fundraiser by our own Downtown Crossing along with the non-profit "Chefs of NH" group. The Gate City Immigrant Initiative will also be passing out free food and providing a welcome for immigrants during this same time frame. We are still in need of volunteers to help. If you could give an hour or two, that would be great. Please speak to Jerry Harrow or Pastor Rich in order to sign up to volunteer. Thanks in advance for all your support.

 

Fundraising Updates

Yuletide Fair Earnings: $2,654.05

Heart of Nashua: Growing in Faith:
72 pledges for:
-     $779.285
Amount received:--$452,786

Heart of Nashua I:
Amount received:
- $941,434

Ham 'n Bean Un-Supper Tallies:

3 Beverages
3 Bread
5 Cole Slaw
4 Ham
4 Kidney Beans
5 Pea Beans
5 Pie
6 Potato Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, November 13, 2017

11/13/2017 Mainstreeter Online

 

November 13, 2017

Words from the Pastor

Veterans Day Prayer

by Susan Diamond

God of compassion,
God of dignity and strength,
watch over the veterans of the United States
in recognition of their loyal service to our nation.
Bless them with wholeness and love.
Shelter them.
Heal their wounds,
comfort their hearts.
grant them peace.

God of justice and truth,
rock of our lives,
bless our veterans,
these men and women of courage and valor,
with a deep and abiding understanding
of our profound gratitude.
Protect them and their families from loneliness and want.
Grant them lives of joy and bounty.
May their dedication and honor
be remembered as a blessing
from generation to generation.

Blessed are You,
Protector and Redeemer,
our Shield and our Stronghold.

Amen.

One of the things that I have come to see since moving to Nashua and becoming the pastor of this congregation, is that there are a significant number of military veterans, who make up the citizenry of our city and the membership of this congregation. You do not have to look far to find a veteran involved in the community and in the church. When I think of all of the veterans, who make up this congregation, I can only be grateful for the faithful service that is offered to God and the church, even as it has been offered to our nation.

The other place in which I experience our military veterans' though is among the homeless population of our city. We have had more than our share of veterans come to Café Agape for the hospitality that we are able to offer to them and many who are the patrons of the food pantry through the Nashua Soup Kitchen. Some of these veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) directly as a result of their service to our nation through their experience of combat in Afghanistan or Iraq. Others have struggled with addiction, whether to drugs or alcohol and still others suffer from mental illness.

As we take the time to honor our veterans for their service, let us also go the second mile and do our part to insure that they receive the needed services so that they may move from homelessness to housing and from illness to health. Thankfully Nashua has much to offer military veterans and organizations, such as Harbor Homes, have set a goal to reduce the number of homeless veterans to zero. Let us offer our support to this effort through the ministry of Café Agape, through the support of Veterans Count (a service of the March of Dimes), and though our own volunteering in programs for Veterans.

With gratitude and praise,

Pastor Rich

Worship Next Sunday – November 19

The 24th Sunday after Pentecost

Thanksgiving Sunday

Reception of New Members

Choir Anthem

Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:7-18; Luke 17:11-19

Theme: Forgetfulness and Ungratefulness

Our scriptures, especially the Deuteronomy reading, warn us not to be forgetful of all God's gracious and loving acts in our lives, our church, and our community because forgetfulness leads to ungratefulness. Let us not be like the "other nine" lepers, who having been healed by Jesus, went merrily on their way; but instead, let us be like the one, a Samaritan, who returned to give thanks to Jesus.

Announcements from Sunday, November 12

Calendar for the Week of November 12

Building Update for 10-November-2017

Since our last update:

  • The loan for the project has been signed and is now complete! Pastor Rich and Ted Luszey met with Dan Hussey from the Foundation to review the project, which included a tour of buildings. Dan was pleased with the progress and our vision for the future.
  • The framing of the new construction is 90% complete. The exterior and interior wall framing is complete. Completion of the exterior sheathing is expected by Thanksgiving.
  • Roofing work has begun and is expected to be complete by November 17th.
  • HVAC, electrical and plumping work has begun in the new construction, ductwork can be seen next to the elevator shaft.
  • Hallway from the new construction into the Wesley Building has been roughed in.
  • Work to prepare the removal of the stained glass window from the Sanctuary and to relocate the rear upper wall of the new construction is complete. The new location has been framed and can be seen on the upper rear wall.

-submitted by Ted Luszey

Holiday Stroll

On Saturday, November 25th, we will once again be a host site for Nashua's Holiday Stroll. There will be a dance recital held at 5:45 followed by musical performances at 7:10 and 8:35pm. Our choir will not be performing this year. Downstairs in the vestry there will be a joint fundraiser by our own Downtown Crossing along with the non-profit "Chefs of NH" group. The Gate City Immigrant Initiative will also be passing out free food and providing a welcome for immigrants during this same time frame. We are still in need of volunteers to help. If you could give an hour or two, that would be great. Please speak to Jerry Harrow or Pastor Rich in order to sign up to volunteer. Thanks in advance for all your support.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Blast for Nov. 6, 2017

 

 November 6, 2017

Words from the Pastor

A PRAYER FOR ALL SAINTS' DAY

BY

JOHN WINN

(Taken from "For All Seasons")

 

O God,

like a cloud of witnesses,

saints of every shape and hue

have warmed us

with your grace and all it means.

 

We can call many of them by name.

Miriam dances by,

spreading the joy of small victories;

Isaiah inspires our hope

for a new and different future;

Jeremiah revives our soul

by writing on our hearts once more;

Ruth and Naomi show us how to dig deeper

in our commitments to love;

Paul gently whispers again,

"We walk by faith and not by sight;"

there is Luther standing firm;

John Wesley warming our hearts;

Bonhoeffer reminding us of

the cost of discipleship.

 

They never leave us

and by your grace, O God,

you give us eyes of faith to see others

in that great cloud of witnesses.

 

There are some alive and among us, even now,

weaving themselves in and out of our lives

when grace needs replenishing

and love is the only way it can come.

Some of them even call us by name,

and whether deserved or not,

enable us to feel

that these bones can live again.

In the name of all the saints, Amen.

 

Between Sunday, October 29th and yesterday, we celebrated the lives of reformers and saints alike. This prayer notes some of the many who lived their lives in such a way that they changed the course of history, not just of the church, but of the world. We are grateful for those saints who have gone before us who have dedicated their lives to the creation of a "new and different world." For some it cost them their lives. For all it meant challenging the powers that be and facing threats and danger from within and without. Let us pray that God will raise up other reformers from among God's saints who will do for the world today what these beloved saints and reformers have done in the past.

 

                                                                             In Celebration of all God's Saints,

 

                                                                             Pastor Rich

 

Announcements  from Sunday, November 5

Calendar  for the Week of November 5

 

 

Next Sunday: 11/12

The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Choir Anthem

Scripture: Joshua 24:1-3a; 14-25; Matthew 25:14-30

Theme: Membership in the Covenant Community

 

MSUMC Volunteers Honored by our Nashua Soup Kitchen Partner

Volunteers from the Main Street UMC were honored this past Saturday evening at the 17th Annual Dinner Auction Fundraiser for the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter. Pastor Rich, Phyllis Appler, Paul Curtis, and Mary Marchese were in attendance to receive the cutting board plaque engraved with a tribute to all volunteers from Main Street, who have been assisting since May at the food pantry located at 2 Quincy Street. Our opening a Sunday food pantry there on the third Sunday of the month was also commended.

The gala event at the Crown Plaza in Nashua had several auctions—a live auction that included two Boston Red Sox tickets, a six-day African safari, and tickets to the "Survivor" finale at Studio City, CA; two silent auctions offering everything from a wine basket to a fat tire mountain bike; and lively raffles and auction games with spontaneous contributions from the audience.

All in all it was a successful evening because of the money raised, and more importantly, for the recognition and support for an institution, of which we are a part, that does so much for the community.

-submitted by Mary Marchese

 

Granite State Organizing Project Annual Meeting 

The annual meeting of GSOP will take place on Sunday, November 12th from 2:00-4:30pm at the Unitarian-Universalist Church located on Lowell Street here in Nashua. This meeting provides a time for the members of GSOP (of which we are) to "reflect and evaluate, a time to plan, and a time to celebrate our many victories." All are welcome to attend.  Please see the poster on the bulletin board in the vestry for more details.

 

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Friday, October 27, 2017

November Mainstreeter available

Your copy of the November 2017 Mainstreeter has been published.

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The current and previous issues are also available through the church website www.mainstreet-umc.org.

The church calendar is also available through the church website.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Mainstreeter News: October 15, 2017

 

October 16, 2017

Words from the Pastor

In his book, A Missionary Mindset: What Church Leaders Need to Know to Reach Their Community, the author and former missionary, Douglas Ruffle, notes that in order for churches today to reach people in their community they need to adopt a "missionary mindset", which means identifying our "default culture" and intentionally changing to a new mindset that will enable us to meet people where they are at. One of the qualities that Ruffle indicates is necessary is humility and he lays out a few suggestions as to how this humility might play out in a particular outreach context. If we are to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our context we need to:

  • Show up: be accessible to the community you seek to reach. Walk the streets.
  • Communicate for today's world: use social media.
  • Simplify your organization so newcomers have easy access to your ministry.
  • Take risks: show that you love and care about all your neighbors.
  • Don't belittle other people's religion or opinions--Respectfully disagree without disrespecting the others.
  • Trust God and obey. It's the better way.

With this first Mainstreeter email blast we are taking one small step towards using social media in order to communicate with you as church members and beyond to the community. It is a change from the past and changes take time but hopefully this will be but one of many ways in which we are able to reach beyond our walls to our neighbors and friends in the community of Nashua.

Announcements from Sunday, October 15

Calendar for the Week of October 15

Next Sunday: 10/22

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Consecration Sunday

Choir Anthem

Scripture: Exodus 33:12-23; Matthew 22:15-22

Theme: Give to God the Things That Belong to God

Building Committee Update

Well, it has been just over a month since we broke ground for our new connector! As you can see by the activity in the parking lot and between the two buildings, much has been done.

To summarize, the drainage in the rear parking lot has been completed; the foundation was excavated along with an old concrete tank, which was removed--just a small surprise; and the concrete footings and floorings have been poured and tested for strength. All testing has met or exceeded our design specifications. Now, what's coming over the next couple weeks?

  • The fire alarm system for the sanctuary will be investigated as to the best way to install it.
  • There will be some demolition on the soap stone headers to get things ready for the entry way into the building.
  • The steel has been delivered and installed.
  • The lumber has been delivered.
  • The structural bolts will be installed in the steel.
  • The pressure treated header boards will be laid out and installed.
  • Elevator shaft framing will begin.
  • Framing of exterior and bearing walls to begin.
  • Framing of the second floor decking is scheduled to begin soon.

As always, if you have any question please don't hesitate to contact me at (603)493-3512.

Ted Luzey

Granite State Organizing Project Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of GSOP will take place on Sunday, November 12th from 2:00-4:30pm at the Unitarian-Universalist Church located on Lowell Street here in Nashua. This meeting provides a time for the members of GSOP (of which we are) to "reflect and evaluate, a time to plan, and a time to celebrate our many victories." All are welcome to attend. Please see the poster on the bulletin board in the vestry for more details.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Mainstreeter News: October 3, 2017

 October 3, 2017

Words from the Pastor

"Give thanks for tomorrow, full of surprises, for knowing whatever tomorrow may bring, the Word is our promise always forever; we rest in God's keeping and live in God's love."

Verse three of "What Gift Can We Bring", UMH, #87

What will the future of the Main Street United Methodist Church look like? In all likelihood it will have some similarities to our past but will also look quite different given that we are already a very different looking congregation today than was true for most of the last 149 years. The truth is that it would be nearly impossible to predict what our future will be. Indeed, who would have thought even 25 years ago that the Main Street UMC would today be a multi-ethnic congregation that regularly attracts people from many different nations as well as people from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. As the hymn quoted above reminds us the future is likely to be "full of surprises."

Bulletin from Sunday, October 1

Calendar for the Week of October 1

Next Sunday: 10/8

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Consecration Sunday

Choir Anthem

Scripture: Exodus 33:12-23; Matthew 22:15-22

Theme: Give to God the Things That Belong to God

Christian Education News

Vacation Bible School was a huge success. Look forward to next year's Rolling River! We need more volunteers to cover all areas.

Rally Day started with a BIG BANG! Every child in the congregation got a blown-up balloon, and they had to help make the bang by sitting on their balloon until it popped! We used some of the leftover crafts from VBS to make the first day fun.

Junior Choir started Sept24th. We meet during the coffee hour, rehearse in the chapel to the tapes of the songs from VBS. Look forward to our monthly performances during the 10:30 service.

Junior Youth Group (6th, 7th and 8th grades) will start in October. We have to figure out what day and time, look to the church bulletins for that.

The move out of the Welsey went smoothly; but, I am sure we forgot something in the packing. Oh well!

Classrooms are set up in the downstairs fellowship hall and the former food pantry rooms. They are as follows: Pre-school/Kindergarten with Laura Graudons in the nursery room off the vestry. First/Second grade with Phyllis Bowden is in one of the cubicles against the back wall; so is third/fourth grade with Sharon Schmidt. Fifth/Sixth grade with Meredith Campbell will be in the room between the UMW room and the Jr/Sr high class with Karen Boyer, who will be in her old classroom.

Parents will be asked to bring and pick up their child in the Fellowship Hall for safety sake. Opening music with Joyce Tagliaferro will begin in Sunday School. Adult classes will remain the same time and location.

Halloween Costume Sunday: the last Sunday in October we are asking all Sunday School members to come to church dressed as a church historical person. Do you want to be Noah? Maybe Moses? How about Jesus? Prizes will be awarded for the best costume for each class, including adults!

Fall is a time to rethink how we want to grow as a church school. The best way to get new members is for current members to invite a neighbor or friend to come to church with us. I put out the challenge for each and every person to "Invite Someone to Church" this fall. Show them what your church means to you, it is a lot of fun; not just work.

Christ's blessings upon all.

-submitted by Kathy Whitman

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Church Information Blast

Change of Worship Locations During Construction

 

Please ignore the article on page 3 in the October Mainstreeter.  The work in the sanctuary is now slated to begin on January 2nd.  The sanctuary will be unavailable for use during the winter months.  Stay tuned for further details.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities at the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter – an Invitation

The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter is dedicated to providing shelter and food to those in need. The overall objective of the agency is to advocate, create, and operate programs and services that promote dignity and self-sufficiency for those we serve. To ensure that basic needs are addressed, the NSK&S is committed to joining with others in a community-wide ethic of caring. We can't do this without the aid of our amazing community and we need your help!

 

There are many ways to volunteer but there is a pressing need for more volunteers in the food pantry. As most of you are aware, the Main Street United Methodist Church has partnered with the NSK&S food pantry and has a presence there on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  If you would like to help out on those days or any other weekday, contact Mary Marchese, Phyllis Applier, or Paul Curtis.

  • Receptionist: Answer and direct incoming phone calls. Opportunities available Monday through Friday. 12pm - 4pm
  • Receiving/Sorting/Shelving – Pantry: Two shifts available. Help unload deliveries and sort items for pantry distribution. Replenish food pantry shelves throughout shift as needed. Break down boxes. Ability to lift and move up to 20 pounds necessary. Opportunities available Monday through Friday. 10am – 3pm
  • Food Pantry Attendant: Help with food pantry distribution. Assist clients one-on-one with selecting items from our food pantry.  Opportunities available Monday through Friday. 10:45am – 3pm
  • Evening Meal Prep – Kitchen. Help with meal preparation for the evening dinner. Opportunities available Monday through Friday. 11am – 3pm
  • Dinner Crew – Kitchen: Typical tasks may include: help with serving dinner, waiting on tables for families, assisting in the dining room (busing and cleaning tables, assisting with drink refills), washing dishes, kitchen clean-up. 4pm– 7pm

If there is any interest in the positions above, please contact the Kitchen Manager Shane Sullivan at shane@nsks.org or by calling (603) 889-7700 ext 16.

If you are looking for a more hands on approach with our clients, we also have positions available teaming up with our Employment Advocate Donna Marceau. These positions involve working one on one with clients to help with job searches and job training. If there is any interest in these positions, please contact Donna at donna@nsks.org or by calling (603) 889-7700 ext 117.

Thank you again for your interest in the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter.