Thursday, June 13, 2024

Mainstreeter Weekly Blast June 13, 2024


New in this Issue:

  • April Sneaker Donations - Sustainability Report

  • Pantry Rescheduled due to Father's Day Holiday

  • VBC Items Needed

  • Used Car needed

  • Summer Hours noted at bottom of email

****NOTICE*****


Third Sunday Pantry at the Nashua Soup Kitchen will be on the fourth Sunday in June, the 23rd from 2 to 4. Father's Day involved too many of our wonderful volunteer pantry staff to hold the pantry on the third Sunday!  Please let Phyllis Appler know if you can help. 


On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed
 
If you read just one book this summer, may it be this one. My clergy group just finished it and we all loved it (which is unusual in our group. It's short and sassy reading and feels more like memoir than a history lesson. It's an essential, sweeping story of Juneteenth's integral importance to American history, as told by a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and Texas native.

It's online description:
Weaving together American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, the book provides a historian's view of the country's long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond. All too aware of the stories of cowboys, ranchers, and oilmen that have long dominated the lore of the Lone Star State, Gordon-Reed—herself a Texas native and the descendant of enslaved people brought to Texas as early as the 1820s—forges a new and profoundly truthful narrative of her home state, with implications for us all.

My take: This brisk history lesson entertains and enlightens and was named as one the best books of the year in 2021.

"As painful as it may be, recognizing—though not dwelling on—tragedy and the role it plays in our individual lives, and in the life of a state or nation, is, I think, a sign of maturity."

What is Juneteenth and why should this day matter to Christians? https://www.r2hub.org/library/what-is-juneteenth


RevKelly


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Our April donations report card is in for the Sneaker initiative.  Please be reminded that for every sneaker that is donated, it saves them from the landfills.

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Closed on Tuesdays.

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Mainstreeter Weekly Blast June 6, 2024


New in this Issue:

  • NSKS Volunteers needed for Sunday, June 16th -              see Phyllis Appler

  • Monthly Newsletter correction - Jakob Graudons

  • Artificial trees needed for Vacation Bible Camp

  • Summer Hours noted at bottom of email

Dear Siblings in Christ,

We are truly ourselves when we know ourselves as beloved children of God.
So, as a reconciling congregation, we join in the celebration of pride as it originated,
as an expression of resistance against forces that would seek to diminish our belovedness, be it government or society or church.
God calls us to own our belovedness and live our truth out loud.
So beyond the commercialism that has crept into the celebration,
beyond the hateful rhetoric trying to control our bodies and our love,
we celebrate who we truly are – beloved of God, of sacred worth.

Nashua Pride parade and celebration at the Library Plaza happens this year on Saturday, June 22, 2-6. Unfortunately, I'll be at Annual Conference in Danvers so I won't be able to be on the front walk cheering on our fellow welcoming congregations, elected officials, veteran groups, and friends marching in the parade. Mission Chair, Maggie Dechene, will be in Acadia with a group from the church learning about Green Ministry. So we're looking for others who will join Mavis and those on the sidewalk with bubbles and chalk and temporary tattoos offering all sorts of rainbow fun.

For our LGBTQIA siblings comes this prayer by Rev. Anna Golladay

The Sacred embraces us in our multiplicity.
In our desires, our longings, our many practices of kinship and community.
Our love is declared holy – platonic and erotic, queer and collective.
As we each wish to know and be known –
for who we've been, who we are, and who we are becoming,
we honor the simple fact that identities change, flow, transition.
We delight in authentic self-expression, quickly shifting
or slowly emerging strange or familiar.
We remember the incarnation is an eternally unfolding event.
We look and feel and listen all around us – indeed, God is here.

Let us not cower.
Let us not turn on each other.
Let us protect one another, divesting from all white supremacy, misogyny, classism, ableism, ageism, and nonbinary erasure among us.
May we each examine –
in what ways do we contribute to the struggles of our own queer siblings?
Let us bind our lives, our resources, our spirits together.
May we live into the truth that every loss of one is a loss to us all.
Let all who desire to be in solidarity come.
Let the memories of our queer ancestors sustain us.
Let us remember that all forces of dominance work against our thriving. 

No appealing to structures of privilege can save us. We will not be legislated out of existence.
We are truly ourselves when we tell the truth about our stories, our bodies, our communities.
We are truly ourselves when we fight for each other.
We are truly ourselves when we resist destructive policies, practices, theologies, and authorities.
Today. In the days ahead.
In struggle. In joy. In death. In transition.
In collective rising.
We are truly ourselves. This will always be so.


Blessings as we offer our true, God-given selves to a hurting world.
RevKelly


The monthly newsletter sent out last week incorrectly stated that Jakob would be working at Camp Mechuwana in Maine.  Jakob will be working for a camp, but he is working at Wanakee in New Hampshire.  Sorry Jakob and good luck this summer!

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Cynthia Maggarell will be leading our Sunday at NSKS on June 16th while Phyllis Appler is away.  Where it is Father's Day, please let Phyllis know this Sunday if you are able to help out as we will need all the help we can get on the holiday weekend.

Church office hours:  

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Closed on Tuesdays.

Saturday, June 1, 2024

MainStreeter Monthly Newsletter June 2024