Thursday, January 23, 2020

January 23 Mainstreeter Online

  January 23, 2020

 

 

 A Word from the Pastor

 

"For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven."

Ecclesiastes 3:1

 

    The preacher in the book of Ecclesiastes rightly recognizes that there is a season for everything pertaining to our lives as human beings.  The same can be said for congregations as well as the news of this past month has reflected.  For our Administrative Assistant, Pam Axtell, her 12 year season of service to the Main Street UMC will come to an end on February 28th.  Pam has served God and the church faithfully over the course of these many years and has witnessed much change as well as progress during this time.  She has provided assistance to four pastors (Pastor Sue Job; Pastor Gwen Purshotham; Pastor Dave Svenson as an interim; and for myself for these last eight years).  I can say without reservation that Pam has proven to be one of the finest Administrative Assistants that I have experienced.  She has brought both the technical skills as well as the people skills that the position has required.  Personally I cannot say enough about how much she is appreciated.

    On the first Sunday of January Mike Brown, chairperson of our Staff Parish Relations Committee, shared with you that I too would be coming to the end of my season with you along with the end of a thirty-five year season as a full-time pastor in the UMC.  I have been blessed beyond expectation in the eight years that I will have had with you and am grateful for all that we have accomplished together.  While I look forward to retirement I do so with an awareness that there are yet new adventures in ministry to come although what they will be is still unknown.

    On the second Sunday of January Mike shared the surprise announcement that the Bishop had already identified the person whom he intended to appoint as the next pastor of the Main Street UMC.  The Rev. Kelly Turney currently serves as pastor of the East Longmeadow (MA) UMC where she has been pastor since 2005.  For Pastor Kelly and the East Longmeadow congregation a long season of fifteen years will come to an end with her appointment here as of July 1st.  As Mike pointed out Pastor Kelly received a thumbs up from the members of the Staff Parish Relations Committee who had met with she and her husband, Steve Bilbun, in early January. 

    Not to be outdone it was with sadness that I had to make the announcement on the third Sunday of January that our beloved choir director, Julie Oliver, would be leaving us effective the end of January.  As Julie shared with us, out of the blue she had received the invitation to become the Music Director at the Hollis Congregational Church, a church where she had once served as Children's Choir Director some 35 years ago.  Having given prayerful consideration she felt led to make this change after a season of five years as our Music Director. Julie had stepped into a challenging situation back in January of 2015 when she admirably filled the shoes of our previous choir director of 23 years, Glenda Aquino.  During this time our choir has grown both in numbers and in ability and for that we will always be grateful to Julie.

    So many seasons of change and all at once.  How will we handle all of them? To begin with we will look to the able leadership that Mike Brown has shown during this time and to all of the members of the Staff Parish Relations Committee.  Please keep them in your prayers. We are hoping to have a new Administrative Assistant in place by February 18th and have plenty of good candidates to consider for the position.  As for the Music Director position we are pleased to share that Kelly Brown and Irene Harris, both of whom are members of the choir and who have choir directing experience will share the duties for the foreseeable future until the SPRC makes the decision as to when to hire a permanent replacement for Julie.

    As with any time of change though we need to leave ourselves space to grieve that which is lost while preparing to welcome, in its own season, the new.  Let us trust the God who is the same "yesterday, today, and forever" and whose faithfulness has sustained the Main Street UMC over the course of nearly 152 years. 

                                                                                                                                With appreciation and gratitude,

                                                                                                                                Pastor Rich

 

 

WORSHIP AHEAD

1/26     The Third Sunday after Epiphany

Bell Choir Playing

Anthem- by the choir

Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-4; Matthew 4:12-23

Theme:  Even Jesus Didn't Do It Alone-  Jesus' ministry began, not with his baptism, but with the arrest of John the Baptist.  His mission involved calling people to repentance and proclaiming the arrival of the Kingdom of God.  It was and is a big mission and required calling others to partner with him.

 

 

VESTRY ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

TO ADDRESS THE TOPIC OF YOUNG ADULTS, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE CHURCH

During the months of January and February the Adult Sunday School class that meets in the vestry will be exploring the topic of "Young Adults, Social Justice, and the Church" using the Vital Conversations Series provided by the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church.  In this series "millennial" pastors and lay members share what is important to them as they seek to be the church of Jesus Christ in the 21st century.  They will touch on issues pertaining to racism, welcoming refugees, ethnic identity and diversity, welcoming differently abled persons, and other social justices concerns.  As we seek to be a church that welcomes everyone we need to hear what our millennial members have to say about the importance of these and other social justice issues.  Pastor Rich will lead this class with hopefully the assistance of some of our church millennials.  The class on January 26th will be led by Pastor Rich and we will be viewing the video titled, "Ethnic Identity: What Are You?" which addresses the challenges faced by people who are multiracial or of differing ethnic backgrounds and how the church can better welcome them into the life of the church.

 

 

CONFIRMATION PLANS ANNOUNCED

Confirmation classes for youth in grades 7 – 12 will be held during the months of March and April.  A planning meeting for parents and youth will take place on Sunday, January 26th at 11:45am in the chapel.  It has already been decided that the classes will be offered during the regular Sunday School time at 9:00am each Sunday morning.  Confirmation itself will take place on Sunday, April 19th.  Classes will be led by Pastor Rich along with assistance from various members of the congregation.   

 

 

OPERA ON MAIN STREET RETURNS

Our collaboration with Jane Cormier and the offering of a "salon" series of operatic concerts will resume this month.  Here is the schedule for the winter and spring:

 

January 25            Opera Potpourri - selections from the world's opera favorites

February 29          Sacred Music selections from Malotte, Gounod, Hadyn, Schubert, and Mozart.

March 28              Presenting the Coffee and Peasant Cantatas by Bach.

April 25                 Music from your favorite musicals including Webber, Rodgers, Bernstein, and others.

May 30                 Concert presentation of Orfeo e Euridice by Gluck

 

All concerts take place in our sanctuary at 7:00pm.  There is a cost of $12.00 per person or $10.00 for senior citizens with children and youth free.  A portion of each ticket supports the church's organ fund.

 

 

Holy Land Journey and Pot Luck - Open to Everyone

Hosted by F Troop

Saturday, January 25, 12:00 PM, Church Vestry

Join us as we take a journey that spans thousands of years. Travel from the desert mountains of Jordan to the fertile plains of the Mediterranean. See cave hideouts, underground tunnels, amazing feats of engineering and construction. Our journey guides will be Pam and Brian Axtell telling the Biblical story through their recount of their trip to the Holy Land (Jordan, Israel, and Palestine).

 

We will not be checking IDs for this one-please come, whatever your age, but we do not provide child care!

 

 

Vacation Bible School Need

We're on a mission… To Mars and Beyond, and we need YOUR help!  We're collecting empty 2 Liter soda bottles in a box on the first floor of the Connector, so don't recycle those bottles yet! Let us creatively reuse them first! (We would greatly appreciate if they are rinsed out beforehand.)

 

 

MSUMC 2020 Youth Summer Mission Trip Fundraiser

Selling SUBS for Superbowl 2020

·         Order Form due on 1/26/20

·         Order form can be downloaded from the church website at https://www.mainstreet-umc.org/

·         Order from now until 1/30/20, email Karrie Lam, Coordinator of Youth Ministry, karrie.lam@mainstreet-umc.org

 

 

Sunday School Sock Drive

The Sunday School children are hosting a Sock Drive from Sunday, January 26 – Sunday, February 16.

 

Looking for new packages of adult and children socks.

 

Any adult socks will be donated to the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter.  Any children socks will be donated to the Pass Along Project of Nashua, which is an organization that distributes clothing bundles to foster children.

 

There are donation bins in the Sunday School classroom, the lobby and the vestry.

 

Thank you for your help and support with this mission project. 

 

 

Adult Study -Wednesday Evenings

January 29 to April 8

rom: 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Room 201

Please join us for this 11-session evening Adult Study, based on the book "It's Not Supposed to be this Way" by Lysa Terkeurst; New York Times Best Seller. Class facilitator is Mercedes Cernuda

 

Each session features a Scripture reference, a personal reading, questions for personal reflection or for group study/discussion, and we will close with prayer after sharing prayer concerns / celebrations for each week.

 

Description of Study: Lysa Terkeurst discovered that life's disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor, helps us to see our lives in the context of God's bigger story. Whether we're dealing with daily disappointments or life-altering loss, we can find unexpected strength as we learn what it means to wrestle well between our faith and our feelings.

 

Look for Sign Up Sheet in the Vestry and / or email if interested: mercedes_cernuda@yahoo.com 

 

And, if you're unable to attend but are interested in joining us for this study we may possibly be able to conference you in.

 

 

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Mainstreeter Online January 16

  January 16, 2020

  

 

 A Word from the Pastor

 

    As most of you are hopefully aware my retirement effective June 30th of this year was announced on January 5th.  At that time, Mike Brown, chairperson of our Staff Parish Relations Committee indicated that it was expected that the Bishop would announce who our new pastor would be late this month or early next month.  To our surprise we received a call from our District Superintendent, Taesung Kang on January 6th to let us know that the Cabinet (made up of the bishop and district superintendents) had made a decision and he was ready to introduce their choice to the Staff Parish Relations Committee.  This took place on January 9th and on January 12th Mike announced to the congregation that it is Bishop Devedhar's intention to appoint the Rev. Kelly Turney as the new pastor of MSUMC effective July 1st.  Here are some of the highlights of Rev. Turney's extensive resume (which can be viewed in the church office):

 

·         She is a native of Texas and attended Texas Christian University from which she graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in religion, business administration, and composition.

·         She met her husband Steve Hilbun while in college and they have been married for 32 years

·         She graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN with her Master of Divinity degree in 1991

·         From 1991-2001 she was appointed to an extension ministry at Emory University in Atlanta, GA which she was responsible for its Equal Opportunity Programs

·         In 2001 Rev. Turney began her first pastoral appointment as an Associate Pastor at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Springfield, MA

·         In 2005 Rev. Turney was appointed as pastor of the East Longmeadow (MA) UMC where she has continued to serve as pastor, now in her 15th year.

 

    There is, of course, much more to Rev. Kelly Turney than what appears on her resume and we look forward to getting to know her as both a pastor and a person in the months ahead.  Rev. Turney and her husband, Steve, hope to be able to spend a weekend with us sometime between now and July 1st and will move into the parsonage in late June.

 

    Should you want to send her a note of welcome please send it to her home address:

 

8 Bartlett Avenue

East Longmeadow, MA 01028

 

 

WORSHIP AHEAD

1/19      The Second Sunday after Epiphany

                Anthem- by the choir

Scripture: Isaiah 49:1-7; John 1:29-42

Theme:  Widening the Circle of Salvation- The second of the "Servant Songs" in Isaiah identifies the nation of Israel as the "servant of the Lord" and speaks of how Israel is to be a light to the nations.  John the Baptist, in turn, declares Jesus to be the "lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world".  Salvation is not limited to just a few but to the many.  The circle of salvation is a wide circle that takes in all people- the whole world and the entirety of creation.

 

 

ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION PLANNED

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will once again take place at the First Baptist Church located on Manchester Street here in Nashua.  The service takes place on Saturday, January 18th at 6:00pm.  There is plenty of great gospel music, including the Interfaith Choir which is led by our choir director, Julie Oliver and involves many of our choir members.   A free dinner follows the service in the church's fellowship hall.  All are welcome!

 

 

VESTRY ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

TO ADDRESS THE TOPIC OF YOUNG ADULTS, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE CHURCH

During the months of January and February the Adult Sunday School class that meets in the vestry will be exploring the topic of "Young Adults, Social Justice, and the Church" using the Vital Conversations Series provided by the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church.  In this series "millennial" pastors and lay members share what is important to them as they seek to be the church of Jesus Christ in the 21st century.  They will touch on issues pertaining to racism, welcoming refugees, ethnic identity and diversity, welcoming differently abled persons, and other social justices concerns.  As we seek to be a church that welcomes everyone we need to hear what our millennial members have to say about the importance of these and other social justice issues.  Pastor Rich will lead this class with hopefully the assistance of some of our church millennials.  The class on January 19th will be led by Dan McDonald and we will be viewing the video titled, "What is in my mouth?" which addresses bilingualism and issues that people for whom English is their second language struggle with in our societ.

 

 

CONFIRMATION PLANS ANNOUNCED

Confirmation classes for youth in grades 7 – 12 will be held during the months of March and April.  A planning meeting for parents and youth will take place on Sunday, January 26th at 11:45am in the chapel.  It has already been decided that the classes will be offered during the regular Sunday School time at 9:00am each Sunday morning.  Confirmation itself will take place on Sunday, April 19th.  Classes will be led by Pastor Rich along with assistance from various members of the congregation.   

 

 

OPERA ON MAIN STREET RETURNS

Our collaboration with Jane Cormier and the offering of a "salon" series of operatic concerts will resume this month.  Here is the schedule for the winter and spring:

 

January 25            Opera Potpourri - selections from the world's opera favorites

February 29          Sacred Music selections from Malotte, Gounod, Hadyn, Schubert, and Mozart.

March 28              Presenting the Coffee and Peasant Cantatas by Bach.

April 25                 Music from your favorite musicals including Webber, Rodgers, Bernstein, and others.

May 30                 Concert presentation of Orfeo e Euridice by Gluck

 

All concerts take place in our sanctuary at 7:00pm.  There is a cost of $12.00 per person or $10.00 for senior citizens with children and youth free.  A portion of each ticket supports the church's organ fund.

 

 

Food Pantry!

Our third Sunday food pantry will be this Sunday, January 19.  If you would like to help, please join us at the Nashua Soup Kitchen at 1:30 that afternoon, and we will show you the ropes!  Current Food pantry needs include spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, and ramen noodles.  Volunteers are also welcome any weekday at the pantry between 11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.  We will get you your own official apron!  Please let Phyllis Appler know if you are able to help this Sunday.

 

 

Leaders of the Church

Happy New Year!!!

With the new year comes the time to submit your annual report for 2019 to the church office. You may email them as attachments (.doc) to office@mainstreet-umc.org or place it in the church office mailbox. In cases where leaders are new to their positions the predecessor should assist with the report. I will collect them and create the 2019 Annual Report Booklet.  Due date for your contribution is 2/14/2020.

Thank you, Pam

 

 

Vacation Bible School Need

We're on a mission… To Mars and Beyond, and we need YOUR help!  We're collecting empty 2 Liter soda bottles in a box on the first floor of the Connector, so don't recycle those bottles yet! Let us creatively reuse them first! (We would greatly appreciate if they are rinsed out beforehand.)

 

 

MSUMC 2020 Youth Summer Mission Trip Fundraiser

Selling SUBS for Superbowl 2020

·         Order Form due on 1/26/20

·         Order form can be downloaded from the church website at https://www.mainstreet-umc.org/

·         Order from now until 1/30/20, email Karrie Lam, Coordinator of Youth Ministry, karrie.lam@mainstreet-umc.org

 

 

Finance Note

The financial snapshot for 2019 is not yet available. The church was able to pay all bills due in 2019 and all Mission Shares in full. Thanks for your financial support to get us to that point. Many helped us reach that point with regular donations and additional donations for Christmas and to help us finish the year in good stead. Thank you and keep up the good work!

 

 

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Friday, January 10, 2020

January 10 Mainstreeter Online

 January 10, 2020

 

 

 A Word from the Pastor

 

"This year, this year, let the day arrive when Christmas comes for everyone, everyone alive."

The refrain from "Star-Child" TFWS, #2095

 

        This past November 17th we as a congregation voted overwhelmingly in a special Church Conference to become a Reconciling Congregation.  This included the decision to "embrace and enact our welcoming statement".  This welcoming statement has been used on our web site and in the weekly announcements since May of last year after being approved by the Church Council.  It reads,

 

Main Street United Methodist Church celebrates that all persons are created in God's image and are of sacred worth. We are a faith community that welcomes persons without regard to age, race, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, family configuration, religious background, economic status, or developmental and physical ability. We welcome all who seek to love God and neighbor.

 

    Another aspect of our decision was to agree "to be intentional, discerning and passionate in our welcoming of all people."  Although we are a diverse church that has had the opportunity to welcome many people who are different in some way from the majority- people of color, refugees, LGBTQ individuals, people from different socio-economic situations, we recognize that we still have a ways to go to truly assimilate people more fully into the life of the church.  At the same time, we recognize that there are people who are not a part of our church community but who need a more intentional welcome from us.  At our most recent Church Council meeting the decision was made to form a "welcoming" committee that would help us to be more intentional in identifying and extending a welcome to those who have not as yet found their way to our church.

 

    In order to facilitate this aspect of our decision to be a Reconciling Congregation I will be leading a study called, "Young Adults, Justice, and the Church" which is part of the Vital Congregations series put out by the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church.  (See below for the details) This series of videos will help us to think more clearly about what it means to truly welcome "all".  I like that the videos are all led by Millennial pastors and lay people who recognize that the church in the 21st century will be different from the church of the 20th century- more diverse, more open, more of a reflection of the nation in which we live.

 

    I invite you to join in this study as one way to start thinking about what it means for us to "be intentional, discerning, and passionate in our welcoming of all people."  May we celebrate the diversity that is already reflected in our church and may we envision the church that we can become in the future.

                                                                                                                                Living into our Welcome,

 

                                                                                                                                Pastor Rich

 

 

WORSHIP AHEAD

1/12      The Baptism of Our Lord

                Anthem- by the choir

Scripture: Isaiah 42:1-8; Matthew 3:13-17

Theme:  Baptism and Justice- When baptized a candidate is asked two questions that pertain to issues of justice.  This is in keeping with Jesus' own understanding of what he was doing when he allowed John to baptize him.  We will explore this important connection between baptism and doing justice.

 

 

VESTRY ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

TO ADDRESS THE TOPIC OF YOUNG ADULTS, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE CHURCH

During the months of January and February the Adult Sunday School class that meets in the vestry will be exploring the topic of "Young Adults, Social Justice, and the Church" using the Vital Conversations Series provided by the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church.  In this series "millennial" pastors and lay members share what is important to them as they seek to be the church of Jesus Christ in the 21st century.  They will touch on issues pertaining to racism, welcoming refugees, ethnic identity and diversity, welcoming differently abled persons, and other social justices concerns.  As we seek to be a church that welcomes everyone we need to hear what our millennial members have to say about the importance of these and other social justice issues.  Pastor Rich will lead this class with hopefully the assistance of some of our church millennials.

 

 

STAFF THANK YOU

On behalf of the staff members of the Main Street UMC I would like to express gratitude for your very generous Christmas gift.  We are pleased to be able to serve both God and you through our work.  We appreciate your thoughtfulness both in the giving of this gift and in the many other ways that you have shown appreciation and support.  We look forward to the year ahead and all of the blessings that can be expected as we work together.  Thanks again, Pastor Rich

 

 

CONFIRMATION PLANS ANNOUNCED

Confirmation classes for youth in grades 7 – 12 will be held during the months of March and April.  A planning meeting for parents and youth will take place on Sunday, January 26th at 11:45am in the chapel.  It has already been decided that the classes will be offered during the regular Sunday School time at 9:00am each Sunday morning.  Confirmation itself will take place on Sunday, April 19th.  Classes will be led by Pastor Rich along with assistance from various members of the congregation.   

 

 

ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION PLANNED

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will once again take place at the First Baptist Church located on Manchester Street here in Nashua.  The service takes place on Saturday, January 18th at 6:00pm.  There is plenty of great gospel music, including the Interfaith Choir which is led by our choir director, Julie Oliver and involves many of our choir members.   A free dinner follows the service in the church's fellowship hall.  All are welcome!

 

 

OPERA ON MAIN STREET RETURNS

Our collaboration with Jane Cormier and the offering of a "salon" series of operatic concerts will resume this month.  Here is the schedule for the winter and spring:

 

Jan. 25.  Opera Potpourri - selections from the world's opera favorites

Feb. 29. Sacred Music selections from Malotte, Gounod, Hadyn, Schubert, and Mozart.

March 28. Presenting the Coffee and Peasant Cantatas by Bach.

April 25. Music from your favorite musicals including Webber, Rodgers, Bernstein, and others.

May 30. Concert presentation of Orfeo e Euridice by Gluck

 

All concerts take place in our sanctuary at 7:00pm.  There is a cost of $12.00 per person or $10.00 for senior citizens with children and youth free.  A portion of each ticket supports the church's organ fund.

 

 

United Methodist Women

Pizza and Planning

Wednesday, January 15;  6:30 PM, Church Vestry

 

All women of the church are invited to our annual planning meeting where we review our budget for the new year, decide what mission areas we wish to support and plan our schedule of meetings and events for the year.  We wish to have your input at this very important meeting.  Our typical meetings are the 3rd Wed. of the month at 7 PM.  Since this is a dinner meeting, we are gathering a half hour earlier.  There will be a signup sheet on the UMW bulletin board in the hallway outside the church vestry.  If you have never attended one of our meetings, this is a great opportunity to meet some wonderful ladies and learn what we are all about.  Hope to see you then.

 

 

Worship Visuals

Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord and remember the significance of our own baptisms.  On the altar you will see shells and a dove.   A scallop shell has long been a symbol of baptism, most likely because early art depicts John baptizing Jesus by pouring water from a scallop shell, even though the books of Matthew and Mark indicate he was immersed.  All four gospels, including John, mention the Holy Spirit descending in the form of a dove after Jesus was baptized.  The dove is often used as a symbol of peace, but regarding baptism it has come to symbolize the Holy Spirit. 

 

 

CAMPFIRE CONNECTIONS

Want to reconnect with your Wanakee Friends, share a pizza, sing your favorite camp song, join in a campfire conversation and close with communion?   Now is your chance.  The Next Campfire Connection is at the Bow United Methodist Church January 12 from 5 – 7 PM.

 

 

Adult Study -Wednesday Evenings

It's Not Supposed To Be This Way

January 29 to April 8

From: 7:00pm – 8:30pm   Room 201

 

Please join us for this 11-session evening Adult Study, based on the book "It's Not Supposed to be this Way" by Lysa Terkeurst; New York Times Best Seller. Class facilitator is Mercedes Cernuda

 

Each session features a Scripture reference, a personal reading, questions for personal reflection or for group study/discussion, and we will close with prayer after sharing prayer concerns / celebrations for each week.

 

Description of Study:  Lysa Terkeurst discovered that life's disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In "It's Not Suppose To Be This Way", Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor, helps us to see our lives in the context of God's bigger story. Whether we're dealing with daily disappointments or life-altering loss, we can find unexpected strength as we learn what it means to wrestle well between our faith and our feelings.

 

Look for Sign Up Sheet in the Vestry and / or email if interested: mercedes_cernuda@yahoo.com 

 

And, if you're unable to attend but are interested in joining us for this study we may possibly be able to conference you in.

 

 

Leaders of the Church

Happy New Year!!!

With the new year comes the time to submit your annual report for 2019 to the church office. You may email them as attachments (.doc) to office@mainstreet-umc.org or place it in the church office mailbox. In cases where leaders are new to their positions the predecessor should assist with the report. I will collect them and create the 2019 Annual Report Booklet.  Due date for your contribution is 2/14/2020.

Thank you, Pam

 

 

Dear MSUMC Church Membership,

It is with heartfelt congratulations and good size dose of sadness that I'm writing this to announce that Pastor Rich has decided to retire effective June 30 of this year. 

Pastor Rich started his tenure at MSUMC on July 1st, 2012.  Soon after that we learned of Pastor Rich's amazing ability to remember names and faces as well as their stories.   At that time, we were a church with 2 buildings, 5 store fronts and no connector between the building.  MSUMC was at a contentious time in our church history deciding whether to renovate or relocate.

The following is a list of Pastor Rich's accomplishments and milestones:

·         Pastor Rich helped lead the church to come to a very concise vote (91%) to stay downtown and renovate the church along with a 97% backing to start the first capital campaign drive (Heart of Nashua)

·         He was instrumental in the "Growing with Hope" campaign that lead to the "MSUMC becoming a real downtown presence" This prompted neighborhood walks, participation in neighborhood cleanups and our block parties.

·         Led us thru 2 significant capital campaigns with donations of $1.8M to date that provided the funding for the connector and building renovations.

·         Participated in countless meetings regarding the capital campaign and building construction.

·         He guided the church thru a very challenging time during the 12-month construction project.

·         Enabled smooth and comfortable transitions for a new Choir Director, Organist, Director of Youth Ministry, custodians and nursery attendants.

·         Encouraged the growth of Cafe Agape and helped us welcome those the cafe serves into our worship services.

·         Served on the District Board of Ordained Ministry, board of Rolling Ridge, and the Nashua Interfaith Council which he chaired at one point.

·         Heavily involved in planning our 150th anniversary celebration.

·         Fostered the creation of the Youth Ministry Position and Youth Council 

·         Started outdoor worship, most recently was last year's Easter Sunrise service.  Conducted Five years of the Taizé style worship services during Lent and Advent.

·         Served patrons from the community at countless Ham & Bean Suppers

·         Helped guide the church to becoming a Reconciling Congregation with 90% vote in favor.

 

SPRC has been actively involved since October with the Rev. Taesung Kang, our District Superintendent, to insure a smooth transition.  In November, SPRC updated the MSUMC church profile to more accurately reflect our current status, leadership desires, goals and strengths.  This was forwarded to the DS to be used in cabinet meetings that commenced in early December.  Our expectation is that a new Pastor will be appointed by the end of January or early February, although the new Pastor will not assume the full-time position at MSUMC until July, 1 2020.   

 

Pastor Rich has fostered an environment where church leadership could move forward with their own ideas. We all appreciate his down to earth understandable preaching style and his ability to welcome a mid-sermon visitor.  There will be plenty of opportunity in the next 6 months to recognize Pastor Rich's accomplishments and spiritual contributions. 

To close I'd like to say Pastor Rich has become a close friend and spiritual leader to all of us and he'll be remembered fondly by the congregation at MSUMC.

Blessings,

Mike Brown;  SPRC Committee Chair

 

 

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