Friday, April 19, 2019

April 19 Mainstreeter Online

 

 

April 19, 2019

 

 

 A Word from the Pastor

"Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!"

 

    This ancient antiphonal call and response is the closest thing the church has to an Easter cheer.  Down through the centuries these words have rung out to remind us that the Risen Christ continues to dwell among us and within us.  The Risen Christ is a living presence that is experienced by anyone who is able to open one's mind just a little wider and recognize that not all of our experiences fit with modern science.  While scientifically the resurrection is indeed just an idle tale, for those who experience Christ as a living presence in their lives the resurrection is a reality that needs no explanation.  The only proper response is that noted above, "Christ is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!"

    I invite you to experience the wonder and mystery of Easter anew as you gather with us in one or more of our Easter Services.  I trust that as you open your mind and heart to the mystery of the resurrection you will experience the new life that God offers to you.  May your mind and heart soar with praise and thanksgiving.  I look forward to sharing with you in this Easter season which is not just one day, but continues through the Great Fifty Days from Easter to Pentecost.  Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

 

 

4/21       Easter Sunday

                Holy Communion (8:30am); Traditional Easter Service (10:30am)

                Choir singing at both services

                Scripture: Acts 10:34-43; Luke 24:1-12

Theme:  Idle Tale or Resurrection Experience: Having come to the tomb prepared to embalm Jesus' dead body a group of women were surprised to find that the tomb was empty.  Before they could even react they were met by two angels who asked them the question, "Why do you look for the living among the dead?".  Astonished, they made their way to where the disciples were gathered and shared this news only to be dismissed as telling an "idle tale".  Was this the case or did their experience of the resurrection just not fit the disciples' mindset? What are we to make of the stories of the Risen Christ?

 

 

EASTER SUNDAY SCHEDULE, APRIL 21ST

 

Sunrise Service at 6:30am on the plaza in front of the church

Easter Breakfast at 7:00am in the vestry.  A fundraiser for our Youth Mission Team

8:30am Service including holy communion and the choir

10:30am Service including the choir

 

 

 

RECONCILING CONGREGATION MEETING

 

The next meeting of the Reconciling Congregation Committee will be Monday, April 22nd at 7:00pm in the vestry.  All are welcome to attend.

 

 

At a recent Church Council meeting we talked about how we might better highlight some of the opportunities for service that are available through the church.  A suggestion was made that maybe we could have an "opportunity of the week".  This will now be a new feature in the weekly e-mail blast so look for these wonderful opportunities and see if there is something that sounds inviting to you.

 

This week's opportunity is for greeters especially at the 8:30am service on Easter Sunday.  If you are able to help please let Pastor Rich know by e-mailing him at pastor@mainstreeter-umc.org  Greeters will need to be here no later than 8:00am.  Come early and have breakfast before greeting!

 

 

 

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Main Street United Methodist Church

"Funding the Future: 100 for $150"

 

Following on the theme of the 150th anniversary of Main Street United Methodist Church the Permanent Endowment Committee would like to introduce a program we wish to call "Funding the Future: 100 for $150".

What does that mean?

A vision the Permanent Endowment Committee embraces is establishing a revenue stream which continues to assist the church in its mission long after we have gone. One of the primary reasons for the establishment of an endowment within the church is the willingness to build a structure (monetary) which will contribute both now and into the future.

The endowment as it exists today here at Main Street contributes approximately $6,000 per year to the general expenses of the church. The goal is to grow the endowment(s) where at some point in time the annual payout forces the church to make decisions as to "how to" utilize the revenue.

The term endowment is somewhat daunting; most times we think that it is beyond our capacity but, as with many things, rather than chase the elusive big payday we believe incremental steps will get the church endowment (s) moving towards self-sufficiency. To that end the proposal the Permanent Endowment Committee wishes to bring forth to all members is "Funding the Future: 100 for $150". What does that mean?

100 members donating $150 per year to the endowment fund. With a donation of this amount the principal in the endowment grows $15, 000 per year, in addition to the current organic growth the fund experiences each year. The expectation is that within ten (10) years rather than $6,000 per year payout the church will experience $11,000 per year and growth will continue to happen year after year. Rather than waiting for that one big donor we can collectively contribute yearly amounts that allow the church the endowment growth that leads to building a revenue stream into the future.

The fund continues to grow and the congregation pays it forward for future generations.

How to contribute:

·         $3 per week identified as "Funding the Future"

·         $12.50 per month identified as "Funding the Future"

·         $43.75 per quarter identified as "Funding the Future"

·         $150 once per year identified as "Funding the Future"

Questions? Seek out a Permanent Endowment Committee Member:

Pastor Rich Cullen            Phyllis Bowen                    Ken Sinclair         Joe Dechene

Alan MacDougall              Jane Boyd                            Peter Parlow

 

 

 

Saturday, April 27, 6:00 pm Church Vestry

 

Come join the F Troop, our over 40 fellowship group, for a potluck. A signup sheet for the pot luck

is posted on the bulletin board under the clock in the vestry. Please join us for an evening of fun.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Save the date for the Granite State Ringers concert!

The Granite State Ringers will be performing their Lights! Camera! Bells! concert series at the church on May 5, 2019 at 3:00 pm. This concert series features music from beloved classics, family favorites, and movies from all genres! Selections include Dancing Queen from musical comedy Mamma Mia!, the theme from the Western classic The Magnificent Seven, and the crowd favorite Les Miserables medley.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.  Tickets can be ordered online at https://www.mainstreet-umc.org/gsr

 

 

 

This year's Vacation Bible School

Do Good! Seek Peace! and Go After It!    Psalm 34:14b

 

Come and join us the first full week of August.

Be a Hero at Vacation Bible School.

 

Help teach the Hero Codes:

COURAGE     WISDOM     HEART     POWER     HOPE

How will you show your heroism?

 

As a Greeter for Registration?

In the Nursery?

At the Science Center?

At the Arts and Crafts Center?

At the Recreation Center?

In the Story-Telling Center?

Making Music?

Being a Director?

Being a Puppeteer?

Being the Sound Technician?

Delivering Snacks?

Something Else?

It takes a Village of Heroes to make Vacation Bible School a success.

 

Please let us know if you're willing to help by April 28, 2019.

Thanks!!!!                Mavis Pyle and Sue Pederzani

 

 

 

Wanakee Sunday – Sunday, 5 May

 

Campers interested in attending Wanakee (Beautiful Spiritual Place in the Hills) this year can learn more about the variety of camp activities by visiting the Wanakee information table in the vestry after services on 5 May.

 

There will be registration forms & brochures available for campers and information on Camperships. And of course, we will have Ice Cream. Early registration is encouraged since some of the Summer Camp offerings are limited and are very popular. Visit the Wanakee Website at https://www.wanakee.org/ for additional information on Summer Camps, dates and rates.

 

Please contact Kim Crider (criderkim@gmail.com) or Jim Muise (muisej59@gmail.com), if you have any questions. 

 

 

Friday, April 12, 2019

April 12 Mainstreeter Online

 

 

April 12, 2019

 

 

 

 

A Word from the Pastor

As Jesus was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!" Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, order your disciples to stop." He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out."

Luke 19:38-40

 

    The events of Palm Sunday mark the beginning of the holiest of weeks in the Christian calendar.  Having entered into the city of Jerusalem in preparation of the Feast of Passover, Jesus is welcomed by a joyous throng who proclaim God's praise as they acknowledge Jesus as "the king who comes in the name of the Lord."  When the Pharisees complain to him about these actions, Jesus points out that if he did silence his disciples the stones themselves upon which they trod would have to shout out.  In many ways, the implication is that the stones understood better than either the disciples or the Pharisees just what the implications of these events were.  On Palm Sunday we will explore together just what the stones might shout out if they had needed to.

    Our week will continue with a joint Maundy Thursday Service of Holy Communion and Tenebrae which will be hosted by our sister congregation, the Arlington Street UMC.  We will remember the events of Jesus' last Passover meal and through the service of Tenebrae (the extinguishing of the light) we will enter into Jesus' suffering and death.  This is always a powerful service and one that you won't want to miss as you prepare for the celebration of Easter.  Our observance of Good Friday will be as part of the ecumenical community here in Nashua as we join in the annual Good Friday service at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

    Easter Sunday will be fuller this year than in the past as we once again offer an Easter Sunrise service- this time on the new plaza in front of the church (or on the second floor of the lobby should it be raining).  It will be followed by a pancake breakfast offered as a fundraiser for this summer's youth mission trip.  We will also offer two full worship services at both 8:30am and 10:30am.  A full and blessed day of celebrating our new life through Jesus Christ.  I invite you to journey with us through this week of remembrance, reenactment, and celebration of the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord.

 

 

 

WORSHIP AHEAD

4/14       Palm Sunday

               Procession of the Palms (10:30am only)

   Tithe Sunday

               Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 19:28-40

Theme:  What Would the Stones Shout?: In response to the disciples' acknowledgement of Jesus as God's anointed One (Messiah) the Pharisees complain to Jesus that they should be silenced since their words were blasphemous.  Jesus instead points out that if the disciples were silenced the very stones upon which they were standing would be forced to shout out.  Just what might they shout though?

 

 

 

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

 

PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 14TH

                Services at 8:15am and 10:30am including the distribution of palms

                TaizĂ© Service at 5:00pm on the second floor of the lobby

 

MAUNDY THURSDAY, APRIL 18TH AT 7:00PM- Service of holy communion and Tenebrae hosted by the Arlington Street UMC. 

 

GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 19TH AT NOON-  Annual Ecumenical Good Friday Service held at the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church on Main Street.  Pastor Rich will be participating.

 

EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 21ST

                Sunrise Service at 6:30am on the plaza in front of the church

                Easter Breakfast at 7:00am in the vestry.  A fundraiser for our Youth Mission Team

                8:30am Service including holy communion and the choir

                10:30am Service including the choir

 

 

 

 

 

At a recent Church Council meeting we talked about how we might better highlight some of the opportunities for service that are available through the church.  A suggestion was made that maybe we could have an "opportunity of the week".  This will now be a new feature in the weekly e-mail blast so look for these wonderful opportunities and see if there is something that sounds inviting to you.

 

This week's opportunity is an invitation to join us in participating in the downtown clean-up which will take place tomorrow morning.  We will be meeting in the church parking lot at 9:45am before joining the opening ceremony at City Hall at 10:00am and then proceeding to clean up the library grounds and the river trail.  If you have a rake to bring along please do.  Please wear your church t-shirt if you have one.  Let's join in making our community a clean and inviting place for all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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Rada Knives Fund Raiser - taking orders until April 15

 

Did you know that Main St United Methodist Women have been selling Rada Knives and other products as a Fund Raiser?

 

We have an inventory on hand for immediate purchase, with a catalog for special orders. These will be available for pick up by early May. Stop by our display during Coffee Hour to see our current stock, or pick up a catalog to choose books, soup and dip mixes, gift ideas, and many other items.

 

 

UMW Meeting, Wednesday, April 17 – 7:00 p.m.

 

The UMW will meet this Wednesday, and we are hoping to have Kristy Besada join us if her schedule allows, to answer questions about Main St. UMC becoming a reconciling church. We will also address other important activities in the future. 

 

We hope that you will be able to join us this week, and support our service efforts. Thank you to all who assisted in setting up, working, and taking down of the recent Spring mini-fair that was a success during the ham and bean supper, and especially on Sunday morning.

 

 

School Kit Supplies Due

Remember to bring your school kit supplies to service on Palm Sunday, April 14.  Kits will be sent to UMCOR at the next missions meeting. 

  

Easter Tree of Life: The Heifer Project

Orders are due Palm Sunday, April 14. Order forms are available in the sanctuary and from the church office.

 

 Easter Plants

Orders are due Palm Sunday, April 14. Order forms are available in the sanctuary and from the church office.

 

Friday, April 5, 2019

April 5 Mainstreeter Online

 

 

April 5, 2019

 

 

  

A Word from the Pastor

The Peace of Wild Things

By Wendell Berry

 

When despair grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.

I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting for their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

 

    I recently read an article by a Roman Catholic priest who has been involved in ministry to and with violent gangs in Los Angeles.  In his many years of ministry over 4,000 gang members had made the decision to leave the gangs and seek to live more peaceful and fruitful lives.  Reading this you might conclude that this priest's mission in life is to change the world, one gang member at a time.  In this article though he makes it clear that this is not how he sees his place in life.  Rather he argues that he, along with the rest of us, are not so much called to change the world as we are called to "savor" the world.  He points out that when we set out to change the world we run the risk of burning out before our time since the needs of the world are so enormous.  If we have as our goal though to "savor" the world we will find that the world has the ability to sustain us in whatever other work we may feel called to.

    I thought of this article as I read once again the words seen above that are written by Wendell Berry.  Berry would see himself primarily as a farmer who happens to write and through his work he has clearly learned to savor the world and in doing so has contributed much to saving the world as well.  In the midst of the sometimes challenging work of ministry here at the Main Street UMC and in the community of Nashua I find Wendell Berry's words to be a reminder that I need to slow down, pay attention, and savor this wonderful world that God has given to us.  For my wife and I, this is not so much the time to watch for the wood drakes as it is the time to listen for the sound of the loons who hopefully will return any day now to the pond nearby to where we live in Maine.  The sound of the loons and our first sighting of them reminds us again that the world of which we are a part is a wonderful place to savor.  In doing so, hopefully we can also make some contribution to saving this wonderful world as well- but in that order, savoring first and saving next.

    I hope that you have your own springtime rituals that will allow you to savor the world and be renewed in mind, body, and spirit in order to do your part to save the world as well.  As we enter this busy and sometimes stressful season of liturgical and missional life of the church may you take time to savor the world and its many gifts to us- be sure to stop and smell the roses (or daffodils and tulips, at least).

 

 

 

WORSHIP AHEAD

4/7         The Fifth Sunday in Lent

                Holy Communion

                Scripture: John 12:1-8

Theme:  An Anointing of Another Kind: Whereas Jesus' anointing at his baptism was an anointing that pertained to his life purpose, just prior to Jesus' last Passover he experienced another anointing, this one a foreshadowing of his death.  Just as Jesus' life was meaningful so too was his death.  We will explore what all of this means for us as we live out our baptismal anointings in the light of our own mortality.

 

 

 

At a recent Church Council meeting we talked about how we might better highlight some of the opportunities for service that are available through the church.  A suggestion was made that maybe we could have an "opportunity of the week".  This will now be a new feature in the weekly e-mail blast so look for these wonderful opportunities and see if there is something that sounds inviting to you.

 

This week's opportunity is for new volunteers to assist in the shopping for food and transportation of food from the New Hampshire Food Bank.  We purchase food both for use at the Nashua Soup Kitchen where our food pantry is housed and for CafĂ© Agape.  If you are available during daytime hours and would like to assist please speak to Phyllis Appler by e-mailing her at pappler@earthlink.net  Thank you in advance for your assistance.

 

 

 

ANNUAL DOWNTOWN CLEAN-UP

 

We are once again planning to participate in the annual downtown clean-up which will take place on Saturday, April 13th from 10am-2pm.  We will meet at the church at 9:45am and go down to City Hall where the event will begin.  If you come late you should find us working near the library or on the River Trail.  Please to where your church t-shirt and bring a rake if you are able.  All are welcome!

 

 

 

RECONCILING CONGREGATION COMMITTEE FORMED

 

Recently the Church Council gave its blessing on the formation of a Reconciling Congregations Committee to lead a congregational wide exploration of what it might mean for us to possibly become a Reconciling Congregation.  The committee had its initial planning meeting on Sunday, March 31st and began to strategize as to what our goals would be and how we might accomplish them.  Paul Pederzani was chosen to be the chairperson of the committee and the other members are as follows:

 

Kristy Besada

Jim Besada

Paul Curtis

Paul Pederzani

Dan McDonald

Pat Kerrigan

Pam Gordon

Maggie Dechene

Kelly Brown

Nonny Egbuonu

Al James

Kelly Rose

Cindy Morrissey

Mark Morrissey

Gerry Michael

Shirley Michael

Susan McDonald

Pam Breniser

Mercedes Cernuda

Pastor Rich Cullen

A Reconciling Congregation in the United Methodist context is a congregation that welcomes all people and specifically people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or Intersex to be full participants in the life of the church.  Typically a Reconciling Congregation would also commit to advocated on behalf of change in our denomination and in society to ensure the full rights of all people.

In the future this committee will be seeking input from all of the members and active constituents of the Main Street UMC in order to grow in our understanding of the issues that are faced by the LGBTQI community and to explore biblical, theological, and cultural reasons why becoming a Reconciling Congregation might make sense for us.  Please keep this process in your prayers that we may faithfully discern God's will for us in this endeavor.

 

 

 

NEW MEMBER CLASSES OFFERED

 

Are you interested in becoming a member of the Main Street United Methodist Church? Would you like to know more about the United Methodist Church and the Main Street UMC? If so, please join Pastor Rich and others for two classes to be held at 9:00am on April 7th and 14th.  The classes will meet in Pastor Rich's office.  Please sign up on the sheet located under the clock in the vestry to indicate your interest.  New members will be received into membership on Palm Sunday, April 14th during the 10:30am worship service.

 

 

 

CALLING ALL UNITED METHODIST MEN AND BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST

 

Our April Meeting will be held on 6 April in our vestry at Main Street United Methodist Church.  Come here about the "Meals Matter" Team at Nashua South High School who along with their sponsor and business teacher, Suzanne Winters, created an organization that raised funds to provide lunches to High School students who could not raise lunch money.  This team of three seniors at Nashua South conducted fund raisers, visited city clubs and Non-Profit organizations to tell their story and took their experience with a sign in their cafeteria that read "NO MONEY NO FOOD" and turned it around to feed all the high school students without lunch money at Nashua South.  They have been so successful that they will take the Meals Matter Program to Nashua North High School next year so that the students there without lunch money will also be fed at no cost to the students.

 

If you can come a little early at 8:00 a.m. to help set up for our breakfast it will be greatly appreciated.

 

I look forward to seeing you all Saturday morning, at 8:30 a.m. on 6 April.  Come enjoy the fellowship and a hot breakfast prepared by our very own Chef, Jerry Harrow.  See you there!

Please RSVP to this e-mail or call Kent Swanson at 603-880-6289 so we can be sure to save you a seat at the table.

 

 

 

Ham and Bean Supper, Saturday, April 6, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

 

We served 149 folks at our March ham and bean supper, and we are hoping that more folks will welcome spring by attending the April dinner. Thank you to Diana Yount, who has sorted the many pounds of beans for three or more years.

 

Menu: Two kinds of beans, ham, potato salad, cole slaw, pie, bread, and beverage

 

Prices: Adults - $10;  Seniors (60+) - $9;  Children (6-12) - $4;  5 and under Free

 

Thank you for your support of this ministry and fundraising project to raise money for the budget.

 

The UMW will hold a Spring Mini-fair on Saturday from 4-7 p.m., and before and after the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday.

 

 

 

Save the date for the Granite State Ringers concert!

 

The Granite State Ringers will be performing their Lights! Camera! Bells! concert series at the church on May 5, 2019 at 3:00 pm. This concert series features music from beloved classics, family favorites, and movies from all genres! Selections include Dancing Queen from musical comedy Mamma Mia!, the theme from the Western classic The Magnificent Seven, and the crowd favorite Les Miserables medley.

 

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.  Tickets can be ordered online at https://www.mainstreet-umc.org/gsr