Friday, February 15, 2019

February 15 Blast

 

February 15, 2019

 

 A Word from the Pastor

"I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all."

Ephesians 4:1-6

 

    In just over a week, on Saturday, February 23rd, elected delegates from all of the conferences that make up the United Methodist Church will gather in St. Louis for an historic special session of General Conference.  The purpose for the conference as stated in the denomination's web site is the following:

"The purpose will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops. The Commission was authorized to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and to explore options to strengthen church unity."  If you would like to know more about the proposals that will be coming before the conference please plan to join us on Sunday morning at 9:00am for the Adult Sunday School class.  We will be viewing a panel discussion in which four individuals will speak to the particular plan that each feels is the "way forward" for our church.  Summaries of each of the plans will also be provided.  You can also find out more by going to the web site, http://www.umc.org/topics/general-conference-2019-special-session.  There is lots of information available that will help you to begin to see the complexities, challenges, and opportunities that will be provided by this gathering.

    Please join me in praying for all of the delegates, for the movement of the Holy Spirit, and for the future of the United Methodist Church that we might somehow be both a just and a united church.  I would encourage you to mark your calendar now for Monday, March 18th at 7:00pm when we will host a District Conversation led by our District Superintendent, Jim McPhee, at which time we will be able to get a better idea as to what the decisions made at this special session of General Conference will mean for our Conference and our church.

 

 

 

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2/17    The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

            Scripture: Jeremiah 17:5-10; Luke 6:17-26

Theme:  What we think of as the "beatitudes" or blessings, whether in Jeremiah's version or that of the Gospel of Luke, actually include both blessings and cursings.  It is not that God blesses or curses particular individuals but rather that the way of life that is chosen by each either results in blessings or curses depending on what we choose.  The choice is ours!

 

 

OPPORTUNITY OF THE WEEK

At our most 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 involves volunteering at the Nashua Soup Kitchen for the food pantry ministry.  On the third Sunday of each month our Hunger Ministry volunteers open the food pantry at the Nashua Soup Kitchen in order to provide opportunities for those who are unable to go to the food pantry during the week.  Our volunteers will be there from 1:30-4:00pm on Sunday.  Please speak to Phyllis Appler if you would like more information or just show up!

 

 

 

Soup Kitchen Volunteers

Volunteers are needed at the Soup Kitchen during the week as well as on our third Sunday.  Third Sunday volunteers should arrive at the Soup Kitchen at 1:30 to set up for our food pantry, which runs from 2 to 4.  During the week, Monday through Friday, volunteers work from 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., distributing food, working at the computer checking folks in, unloading produce and nonperishables, even handing out numbers.  Even if you can just manage a couple of hours from 11 to 1 or 1 to 3, especially on Thursday or Friday, that would be a great help.  We have a blue Heart of Nashua Food Assistance Ministry apron waiting for you!

 

 

 

Hoodie Sunday!

On Sunday, February 17, we will encourage you to bring in a new or gently used hooded sweatshirt.  These seem to be the most popular items that newly arrived teens and young adults need to stay warm and comfortable in New Hampshire winters and chilly springs.  Our CafĂ© Agape friends also find them very useful.  You may bring hoodies in sizes from kids to teens to adult, both men's and women's.  And if you would like to wear a hoodie that day yourself, feel free! 

 

 

 

 

Adult Lenten Study Evening

Give Up Something Bad for Lent,  by James W. Moore

 

Tuesday, March 5, Wednesdays, March 13 – April 17

From: 7:00pm – 8:30pm  Room 201

 

Please join us for this 7-session evening Lenten Study, based on the book Give Up Something Bad for Lent by James W. Moore.  Each session features a Scripture reference, a personal reading, questions for personal reflection or for group study, and a closing prayer.

 

Description of Study: "During Lent each year, Christians give up something as an act of sacrifice and spiritual discipline. James Moore challenges us to … give up something we are better off not doing. He invites us to seek God's help to focus on eliminating one habit or attitude that is destructive. Imagine giving up envy, jealousy, self-pity, apathy, procrastination, gossip, resentment, or negative thinking." He encourages us to replace it with a positive habit and to "embrace the good news of Easter."

 

Class facilitator is Mercedes Cernuda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UMW Meeting - Wednesday, February 20 at 7:00

At this time we don't have a definite focus for the gathering, but important decisions will be made for future events that the group will hold. We hope to see a good number of women there to help in the planning process.

 

 

Rada Knives Fund Raiser

 

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. We are currently taking orders until April 15.  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.

 

Volunteer Training

I am happy to announce that Susan Mead will be coming to Main Street United Methodist Church. Susan is a community educator and outreach director for Greater Nashua Mental Health Center. We have asked for training in de-escalating situations that may arise in the Cafe. She has willingly agreed to come and talk to us.

 

Susan has spent many years in the mental health community and in Nashua. She knows many of those who frequent the Cafe. She knows their needs and the issues they deal with on a daily basis. She loves what she does and is looking forward to sharing some of that knowledge with us.

 

She will be providing training to Cafe Agape volunteers and any church members who might be interested. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone in our congregation. Please join us.

 

Date:   Wednesday March 6, 2019

Time:   10:30 AM

 

Please let me know if you are able to attend by Sunday March 3 so we have enough materials for everyone.

 

Thank You, Pat Kerrigan

pkerrigan27@comcast.net

 

Friday, February 8, 2019

February 8 Blast

 

February 8, 2019

 

 A Word from the Pastor

"He drew a circle that shut me out—

Heretic, a rebel, a thing to flout.

But Love and I had a wit to win:

We drew a circle that took him in!

 

Poem by Edwin Markham

 

    This poem by Edwin Markham was included in the sermon preached at my ordination as an Elder in the United Methodist Church.  It may not have been the first time I had heard it but it is in this context that I most often think of it.  As an Elder in the United Methodist Church I have always felt called to a ministry of inclusion rather than a ministry of exclusion.  I have always chosen to draw a large circle rather than a small one.  It is both part of who I am as a person and what I feel called to as a pastor.  This isn't to say that I am not challenged from time to time but when push comes to shove I choose inclusion even if it means living with a certain amount of discomfort.

    It is my hope that we likewise will always choose to draw our circle large enough to take in those who are so often excluded by their families and by the church- the homeless; the mentally ill; those who suffer from Substance Use Disorder; members of the LGBTQ community; and those who have been ostracized because they are Sexual Offenders (even if we have to limit their involvement for the safety of all).  Love calls us to take in those who are often left out of the circles of others.  Love forces us to draw bigger and bigger circles.  Let us pray for the grace to be the fully inclusive church that Christ's call us to be.

 

 

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2/10    The fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

            Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8; Luke 5:1-11

Theme:  Feeling Unworthy? No Problem!- One of the recurring themes that are seen in the various "call" stories found in the bible is that those who are called never feel worthy of God's calling.  The good news is that past mistakes (or worse) do not mean that one has no future usefulness to God.  God doesn't call the worthy but does call the willing.

 

 

 

 

OPPORTUNITY OF THE WEEK

At our most 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 involves volunteering at the Nashua Soup Kitchen for the food pantry ministry. Besides our third Sunday of the month commitment we also have a number of our members who volunteer on week days.  The food pantry at the Soup Kitchen is open from 11am – 2pm each day, Monday-Friday and there is always need for more volunteers.  If interested please speak to Phyllis Appler and she can direct you as to how to get involved.  Thank you in advance for your interest and support.

 

 

 

 

Will you be our Valentine?

Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/02-0263867 and AmazonSmile donates to Main Street United Methodist Church.

 

 

 

 

Leaders of the Church

It is time to submit your annual report for 2018 to the church office. Deadline is February 14.

 

 

  

Rada Knives Fund Raiser

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. We are currently taking orders until April 15.  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.

 

 

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The annual service in celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13th at 7pm.  It will be held in the chapel at Riviera University.  All are welcome to attend.

 

 

 

Because of This I Rejoice

Daytime Lenten Study

Tuesdays, March 5-April 9, 10:30-12:00

 

I have found a study I think will be great for this spring: Because of This I Rejoice, Reading Philippians During Lent. The book is by Max. O. Vincent and published by Upper Room Books.  There is a short chapter to read each week, with daily scripture readings and reflection questions that we will use for small and large group discussions.  Vincent gives us a more joyful way of looking at spiritual disciplines for the season of Lent.   I will have the book out for review with a sign-up sheet during coffee hour on Sunday.

Submitted by Pam Breniser

 

 

 

 

Friday, February 1, 2019

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February 1, 2019

 

 A Word from the Pastor

     For as long as I can remember since becoming pastor of the Main Street UMC I have heard a variety of people express the same concern- "what can we do to attract and retain more youth and their families in our church?" Last year a sub-committee of the Staff Parish Relations Committee and the Education Committee met over the course of many months to consider what the staffing needs of the church are as we enter this new era in the life of the church.  Out of this time of exploration and reflection came the proposal to create two new positions in place of the former Director of Christian Education position that had served the church so well for over 30 years.  One position would focus on youth and the other on intergenerational ministry.  Once approved by the Staff Parish Relations Committee and the Church Council we began to advertise these positions and are pleased that the Coordinator of Youth Ministry position has been filled and the Coordinator of Intergenerational Ministry has had some serious interest expressed in it.

    Recently we formed a Youth Advisory Council consisting of youth, parents, other church adults, along with our youth group leader, Joe Dechene, and Karrie Lam, our Coordinator of Youth Ministries, and myself.  We had an excellent turn out for the organizational meeting and will be meeting monthly to plan youth related activities including a youth mission trip that we hope will take place in July.  Karrie brings both enthusiasm and new ideas to our youth ministry program and we look forward to her leadership in this area for the foreseeable future.

   As the article on the "loaves and fishes" program found below indicates we are asking those who have a passion for the work of youth ministry and a concern for the youth of our church and community to step forward in supporting this position.  Already we have witnessed a generous response that indicates that we are ready to "put our money where our mouth is"!  Thank you to everyone who has given to this end.  We trust that we will see many fruits from this new ministry and staff position.

    I would ask you to pray for our youth and for Karrie and Joe as they work closely in ministry to, for, and with them.  Please feel free to offer to them your ideas, your support, and your time as well.

 

                                                                                                                                In Pursuit of a Vision for our Youth,

                                                                                                                                Pastor Rich   

 

 

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2/3         The fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

                Scripture: First Corinthians 13:1-13

Theme:  The Superiority of Love- What place does love have in how we live out our faith as individuals and as the church? The apostle Paul is clear that love must have a central place in any expression of faith that is authentic and true to our calling as Christians.  Paul goes on to define what love looks like in very practical terms.  Dare we give love a central place in our lives and ministry?

 

 

 

OPPORTUNITY OF THE WEEK

 

At our most 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 involves the Ham and Bean Supper that will take place tomorrow evening, Saturday, February 2nd.  We can always use more waiters, servers in the kitchen or with clean up.  If you would like to volunteer please give Joyce Tagliaferro a call at 889-5707 or just show up by 4:15 to help with the dinner or 6:30 to help with clean up.  Thank you in advance for your support.

 

 

 

Will you be our Valentine?

Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/02-0263867 and AmazonSmile donates to Main Street United Methodist Church.

 

 

Scout Display

February has traditionally been the month that Main Street celebrated Scouting Sunday for boys and sometimes also girls.  For decades BSA Cub Dens, Cub Packs and Boy Scouts Troop 6 were a part of life at Main Street.  Many Eagle Scouts have come out of Troop 6.  To continue our 150th celebration, a display about scouting at Main Street will be out in the first floor lobby.  If you have any memorabilia, boy scout or girl scout, that you would be comfortable sharing just for the month, please be sure your name is on it and leave it in the church office or give it to Pam Breniser.  Be sure to stop by and take a look as the display grows.

 

 

Leaders of the Church

It is time to submit your annual report for 2018 to the church office. Deadline is February 14.

 

 

Finance News for February

Hello, Joe from Finance committee.  For February I want to get your ideas for fundraising.   Our 2019 operating budget (general fund) is just about $450,000.   As I described in previous columns in more detail, most of that money goes towards salaries, facilities, and missions.   It keeps the place open which is the basis for all the volunteer work we do. 

 

Of that $450,000 we estimated $8900 or 2% would come from fundraising.  You may be asking, "Why do we obsess over 2%?"   The answer is that it's still $8900!  Our operating budget is so tight, that when we get to the end of the year and we are short $8900, it really hurts!   Such a shortfall would force an unpleasant adjustment to our services. 

 

Our principal fundraising is our ham and bean dinners.   Admittedly it takes a lot of work to put on these dinners (and clean up afterwards) but it does contribute considerably.   Hopefully we will continue with those dinners as part of an overall fundraising approach.

 

What other fundraising ideas can you think of?   Ideally it would provide sufficient funds for our ministries and missions, without taking so much effort that fundraising takes away our focus.   Some ideas that come to mind are concerts, pancake breakfasts, spaghetti dinners, and ethnic events.      For each of these events we would need a leader to organize and rally the team.  If you feel like leading one of these fundraisers, please see Pastor Rich.

 

Not all fundraisers would are in keeping with our core values as a congregation and might not be allowed and some fundraisers we cannot do in the United Methodist Church. 

 

For example we could not sanction gambling related fundraisers.    We also could not allow businesses to permanently set up on church property, with the intention of us taking a cut.   While we had advertising in the program for our 150th anniversary, we shy away from paid commercial advertising on the property.   Any fundraising idea would have to be in line with the message of our church.

 

Please let us know your ideas, and more importantly, if you want to lead a new fundraiser.  

 

Thank you, Joe Dechene

 

 

December 2018 Finance Snapshot

 

 

Thanks to all—Bills and Mission Shares Were Paid in 2018

 

 

 

 

General Fund (GF) as of 12/31/2018

Income Received:           $408,379.03

Income Budgeted:          $372,611.00

Expenses Paid:               $406,233.68  ($3,106.53 organ, $36,196 partial boiler pmt.)

Expenses Budgeted:      $372,611.00

 

Notes on General Fund:

-    Current on payments due to providers

-    Mission Shares paid in full for 2018

-    Donation received to pay snow plowing through April – Thank you

-    GSOP membership paid

-    Thanks to help from many of you, we had some cash to carry into January 2019 and as of Jan. 29, 2019,  we are current on payments due to providers and paid mission shares in full

-    Balance of boiler invoice will be paid in February 2019 using designated funds

 

Heart of Nashua 1 & 2 (GiF)

Total Received (2013-2018):                                    $1,729,264.33

Total Paid Out Using HON Funds (2013-2018):       $1,721,673.98

Loan Received For HON Construction:                     $358,343.45

Balance Due on HON Loan:                                      $292,000.00 (as of 12/31/18) ($280,000 as of 1/29/19)

 

Your continued support is appreciated.

 

 

 

Mission News

 

Christmas Thank You:  Thank you for making Christmas special for several of our new refugee families.  The tags disappeared quickly from the tree, and every child received four very generous gifts. Twenty-four of our refugee families received gift cards for Christmas dinner shopping. Funds and gift cards also went to the Nashua Children's Home so that special items could be purchased for the children in residence there. Thanks also for bringing in household items for new families.  We have used our supply, so if you have pots, pans, dishes, silverware, glasses, bowls, or linens to restock our shelves, please bring them in!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will be celebrate again with a banging of pots by our youth on February 3, Super Bowl Sunday.  Several of the youth have volunteered with our third Sunday at the Nashua Soup Kitchen, so they really know where the money goes!  In addition to money dropped into the soup pots, our food pantry at the Nashua Soup Kitchen will also benefit from "Soup to Go" offered by the Missions Committee on Super Bowl Sunday.  We have heard rumors of chili and vegetable soups, but we will give you updates or you can sniff out the details that morning. 

 

 

College Box Collection

 

It's that time of the year to remind our students away at college how much their Main Street family loves them by sending them a box filled with goodies! The education committee will be packing boxes on March 17.  Some ideas are small candies, power/energy bars, gum, etc. This year we are asking again that the congregation refrain from donating chips or other items packaged in similar bags, or liquid items that may leak. We are trying to find the most efficient way to ship the items while avoiding food getting smashed on the way.  Thank you for helping us with this annual way to keep in touch!

 

 **If you have a student in college, please let us know their current mailing address! Email me with their address.  markm196114@msn.com

Thanks,

Mark Morrissey

 

 

 

A Simple E-Vote Can Help Families in Need

 

The Front Door Agency has been nominated to potentially receive $5,000 from the Bangor Savings Bank Community Matters More Foundation, but we need your help to get the most votes! Voting takes place online at www.bangor.com/cmm between Feb. 1-28. A gift of $5,000 to the Agency can provide child care and college textbooks for a single mother enrolled in college so that she can become financially independent. It only takes a minute to vote and costs nothing. Each person can only vote once, so please share this with family and friends. Thank you for your support! For more information about the Front Door Agency, please visit www.frontdooragency.org.

 

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