Sunday, May 20, 2018

May 20, 2018 Mainstreeter Online

 

May 20, 2018

     

Words from the Pastor

The following prayer for Pentecost Sunday (which is today) seems to capture well a response to the question that was asked by many in the crowd, "What does this mean?" Pentecost should not be thought of as a one-time occurrence but as what happens whenever the church pays attention to the presence of God in its midst and opens itself up to the leading of the Spirit. This prayer is taken from For All Seasons by John Winn.


O Giver of Life,

We are the People

who have heard a word we cannot unhear;

who have felt a warmth that cannot be chilled;

even a fire that will not be quenched.


It moves among us

connecting us to one another,

despite our different languages,

our different races,

our different religions,

our different cultures.


It is a language that cleanses

like a spring shower,

and at the same time warms our heart

in a way that bonds us as One.

And no one can stop it from happening,

for at the heart of all Creation is a Unity

we are still discovering,

which instinctively we know will save our civilization.

Let us meet at that Center,

combining all the experiences that have made us who we are,

and sharing the many ways we have

heard that word, felt that warmth, and

been illuminated by the light from the fire.

Amen.

Worship Ahead

5/27        Trinity Sunday

Celebrating the Baptism of Carter Thomas

Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17

Theme:  "Of Visions and Callings"- While serving in the temple, the priest/prophet known to us as Isaiah of Jerusalem experiences a powerful vision that serves as a prelude to being called by God as a prophet. His prophetic job was to speak to a people who refused to hear what God had to say to them. The apostle Paul reminds us that we are all "led by the Spirit" to likewise bear witness to the Risen Christ by speaking a word that might not be welcome by others.

     

Announcements

Calendar for the Week of May 13

     


Dedication Accomplished

On Monday, May 14th we received our occupancy permit from the city which allowed us on May 20th (today) to re-consecrate our newly refurbished sanctuary along with the new sound system; video projector system and new nursery (an extension of our sanctuary for our children) along with the connector and elevator.  Although I am writing this the day before these long-awaited events will take place I think that I can say with some assurance that this has been a wonderful day of celebration.+ Now we have the opportunity to live into these new spaces in ways that hopefully will lead to many experiencing the love of God through worship, fellowship, nurture, education, and service.  We await God's future with expectancy and hope.

 

150th Anniversary Plans Continue to Unfold

Please save the date of Saturday and Sunday, September 28th and 29th for the major celebration of our 150th anniversary. Saturday will begin with a special concert in our sanctuary featuring Emily Adams. We will continue with an evening banquet that will be held in the St. Patrick's gymnasium located just up the street from us. It will be catered by Celebrations Catering and will provide an opportunity for many former pastors, staff, and members to return to join us in looking back to the past while preparing for a bright future. Finally, our Bishop, Sudarshana Devadhar will be our guest preacher on Sunday at the 10:30am worship service.  You won't want to miss this spectacular weekend!

PS: Just this week Pastor Sue Job (pastor from 2000-2008) confirmed that she and her husband, Don, are planning to be with us for the anniversary weekend in September!

     

Opportunities for us to Engage with our Community

  • Sunday, June 3rd at 5:00pm:  Hymns and Hops at the Peddler's Daughter

  • Saturday, June 9th from 2-6pm: Tree Streets Block Party

  • Sunday, June 17th through the middles of October: Farmers' Market on Main Street in front of the church

  • Saturday, June 30th, time yet to be determined: Gay Pride Gathering in front of city hall

     

Missions

Mother's Day/Blanket Sunday:  Thank you for your generous gifts of $1215 in support of Church World Service blankets. Somewhere in a refugee camp or a disaster area, a mother will be able to keep her children warm because you honored your mother with a gift on Blanket Sunday.

Father's Day/Tools of Hope:  But we can't leave fathers out!! On June 17, Father's Day, we will celebrate again with gifts that can purchase tools that will add to a family's ability to make a living. The tools may be hand tools for working the land or working with wood, fishing nets, a sewing machine, or even a well for a village. We will take a "tool" note to the bulletin board in the front of the church so that we can honor and remember our fathers and those who have acted as fathers to us. Children are very welcome to participate.

Food Pantry and Letter Carriers' Food Drive:  Thank you to everyone who remembered to put out a bag for this year's "Stamping Out Hunger" Food Drive by the Postal Service Letter Carriers. If you forgot to put out food for the letter carriers, please leave a bag of food in the blue bin in the vestry, and Nashua Soup Kitchen/Main Street volunteers will get it to the Soup Kitchen. Needed items usually include 2 pound bags of rice, canned baked beans, canned meat, and ramen noodles.

Save the date!  September 15 is the water walk! http://thankyouproject.org/waterwalk/will give you more information about this walk which will fund the installation of a second well in Nigeria. You can sign up on site or talk to Nonny Egbuono.

-submitted by Phyllis Appler

     


A Conversation with Steve

      "Freud had some crazy ideas, but he did have something right when he said it's all from the parent." Steve, a Café Agape regular, went on to explain that his father was a successful artist and designer, but a violent drunk. His Swiss mother, who has a degree in English literature from Notre Dame, suffered from manic-depression. Steve, the youngest of four children, didn't know any other family dynamic growing up, initially in Ballardvale, a part of Andover, MA and subsequently in many other places in the country where his well-to-do father had homes. They spent many years in Australia, and when they returned, Steve was about twelve years old. His mother and father divorced and he ended up being passed around between his parents and his older sister.

      When he was fourteen and his father went to Europe on business and left Steve and his older brother for three weeks with no food in the house--that was normal. When his father returned to find that they had skipped school and smoked his pot, he beat them with a 2 x 4. Steve ran for his life outside and had the neighbors call the cops to get his brother out.

      "Parents can mold you to believe anything--like this is a planet full of aliens and we are only food for them."

      When I asked if he had any happy memories of his father, Steve told me that once when he was five years old he went to the studio where his father was painting. He peeked in cautiously because his father was working, and he wanted to see what he was doing. His father told him to come in and gave him a lollipop.

      In the 70's one of his sisters became schizophrenic. Then a decade later his brother Scott, a paranoid schizophrenic, committed suicide. His father didn't go to the funeral.

      Steve said, "A small percentage of people are able to weather the miseries of life and function in a positive way, but the majority are severely affected by the things that happen to them in life."

      After attending Rivier College, U Mass Lowell, and University of Maine in Augusta seeking a degree in psychology and later engineering, Steve dropped out and got work in manufacturing for 20 years. He became a cable contractor and started a cable company, which he ran for ten years. At one time he managed six crews installing line and made lots of money.

      But he couldn't escape his upbringing. He has been to as many as eight psychiatrists with no success, and admitted that until he is willing to do the work to delve into his past and dig deeply to get it out, he won't be cured. In the meantime, he has diagnosed himself as having abandonment issues, self-sabotage, OCD, and ADD. Plus he has had multiple injuries and surgeries. He uses alcohol and drugs to self-medicate.

      Steve's number one goal is to get an income and a place to live. And he promised me that when he is ready, he will seek psychological help and do the difficult work it will take to get well.

-submitted by Mary Marchese


 

 

 

 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

May 13, 2018 Mainstreeter Online

 

May 13, 2018

     

Words from the Pastor

The following prayer was shared recently by Bishop Sudarshana Devedhar, resident bishop of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church. It captures well Bishop Devedhar's own heart. I am pleased that he will be with us in person on Sunday, September 30th to help us to celebrate our 150th anniversary of mission and ministry in downtown Nashua.

     

Creator God,

 who sees fit

   to make us in your image,

 who gazes with love upon what you make,

     and calls it good ...

     

Save us —

 from our myopic view

   of the Word and of the world,

 that we may see and know

   the wonder and splendor,

     of your company with us.

     

Crack us open —

 through unexpected encounters with you,

     in the other, the overlooked, the outsider,

 and heal us,

     from the inside

     out.

     

Remove from our eyes —

 blinding cataracts

   that keep us bound

 by the illusion

   of our separateness,

 blind to the beauty

    within and around us.

     

Move us —

  from the center to the margins,

    from apathy to engagement,

       from caution to courage.

    

Conform us —

  into the likeness of Christ,

  dead to death,

  risen to life,

  Word of love

  made flesh,

     made flesh,

       made flesh,

 who with you

 and the Holy Spirt

 lives and reigns

 here and now

 and forever

 and ever.

 Amen

     

     

Worship Ahead

5/29   Pentecost Sunday

Dedication of our new spaces

Scripture: Acts 2:1-21

Theme:  When the Spirit came upon the first disciples on the day of Pentecost, the room in which they were praying could no longer contain them. Moved by the Spirit, they moved outside to where the pilgrims from every nation had gathered and in doing so shared powerfully the message of God's all-inclusive love. As we re-consecrate the sacred spaces that have been home to the Main Street UMC for 150 years and dedicate newly created spaces, may we remember that when the Spirit moves, it will always move us outside of and beyond these walls.

     

Announcements

Calendar for the Week of May 13

     

Use of Connector and Elevator Pushed Back Again

This past Saturday the last of our landscaping was completed. Assuming the meeting with the Planning Board goes well on Monday, we will receive our occupancy permit. We have been assured that we will at least receive a temporary permit if necessary and will move into our new spaces for next Sunday's dedication. We hope that you will be with us for the inauguration of this new era in the history of the Main Street UMC!

     

Dedication of New Spaces Planned for May 20

Just a reminder that we will be dedicating our new spaces including the newly refurbished sanctuary; the new sound system and video system; the elevator and the connector itself on May 20th during the 10:30am worship service. We have extended the invitation to all who have worked on these projects with the hope that we can recognize each of them for their contributions. We will also have a number of special guests with us representing the city of Nashua; the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church; and the United Methodist Foundation. A reception will follow in the vestry.

     

Church School Activities

      The Main Street Church School students have been very busy since the new quarter began!  In addition to their usual classroom studies, they have been learning about all the missions our church is involved with.  They have learned about the Heifer Project and the Easter tree of life. They have helped pack health kits for Church World Service, and learned what goes into a layette kit for newborn babies, a mission project of the United Methodist Women. This past Sunday the students packed toiletry kits for clients of the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter;  these will be taken to the soup kitchen on our next service day, May 20.

      Now we are hard at work preparing for Children's Sunday on June 10, 2018.  Many of the children will be participating in the 10:30 service, and are eager to show the congregation how they have grown during this Sunday school year.

      Vacation Bible School, Rolling River Rampage, will be August 6-10, from 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM. Registration, both online and in person will begin within the next week or so. The age range will be 4 years old through entering grade 8.  If there is enough interest we would like to have a class for 2 and 3 year olds-please contact our VBS director, Mavis Pyle (860-9792 or email pylefamily@comcast.net) for more information. We are looking forward to the ride of a lifetime with God!

-submitted by Mavis Pyle

     

TED Talks This Tuesday—Denzel Washington

This coming Tuesday, May 15, at 10:30am, you are welcome to join us in the Chapel to watch Denzel Washington's commencement speech he gave last year at Dillard University. The speech is entitled, "Put God First."

     

We Are Looking for Historical Church Photos

If you have a photo of a Wedding, Baptism, or other church event, share it for use in our 150th anniversary celebration. If you have a digital version, upload it to the shared folder below. Fill in the photo description and give the year. If you only have a hard copy, we can scan it quickly in the church office during coffee hour. Contact Jerry Harrow (Jerry.Harrow@mainstreet-umc.org)  673-6024 for more information.

Album for contributing Historical Church Photos https://photos.app.goo.gl/QFEILDOIllOtnfrY2

     

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

May 6, 2018 Mainstreeter Online

 

May 6, 2018

Words from the Pastor

"According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it."

First Corinthians 3:10

      On June 13, 1867 the cornerstone of the soon-to-be-built Main Street Methodist Church was laid with members of the Rising Sun Lodge, No. 39 of the Masonics of Nashua providing some grand pageantry. A little more than a year later, on July 22nd, the church building was dedicated to the glory of God and the service of future generations of Methodists in Nashua. Thus began the illustrious history of the church that has now stood as a living presence on Main Street and become "the church with a heart in the heart of Nashua."

      Although the church building has witnessed many changes during its 150 year history, the most significant of those changes is just now coming to fruition. By the time you read this issue of the Mainstreeter we should have received our "occupancy" permit and begun the process of living into our new spaces and amenities--the two story connector between the church and Wesley Building; an elevator; a new nursery on the second floor of the Wesley Building; four new bathrooms; a new sound system and video projector system; a newly refurbished sanctuary including the addition of air conditioning; and an expanse of green space out front. What a wonderful way to celebrate our 150th birthday with this addition of space and the many new opportunities that it will provide for mission and ministry!

      I hope that you will join us on Sunday, May 20th as we gather together like our forebears in 1868 to re-dedicate our newly refurbished "old" spaces and dedicate our new spaces. We will have many guests with us including representatives from the city of Nashua; our District Superintendent, Rev. Jim McPhee; representatives from the United Methodist Foundation of New England; our capital campaign consultant, Tom Melzoni; and hopefully some curious members of our community. In many ways this event will mark the start of the next era of our mission and ministry and delineate the rebirth of the United Methodist presence here in Nashua.

      Later in the year we will continue our celebration of the past as we gather on numerous occasions "to remember the past and those who had vision" while also "giving thanks for tomorrow, full of surprises…" (verses 2 and 3 of "What Gift Can We Bring", UMH, #87.) The year 2018 is shaping up to be one of historic proportions for the Main Street United Methodist Church. Let us give thanks to God for the past, the present, and the future as we continue to evolve in our commitment to be God's church on Main Street.

      Gratefully Yours,

      Pastor Rich


Worship Ahead

5/13 - The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Ascension Sunday

Mother's Day

Tithe Sunday

Scripture: Acts 1:1-11; Luke 24:44-53

Theme:   The Wait is Almost Over!

Waiting is never easy. We have experienced this as we have waited for the completion of our construction project and the opportunity to use this new space and especially, the elevator. The disciples were told to wait in Jerusalem until they received power from on high. For them, the wait was almost over, but what would Spirit-empowerment look like? We will have to wait until the following week to find that out!


Announcements

Calendar for the Week of May 6


Use of Connector and Elevator Pushed Back Again

We have learned that the City Planning Board will not give the final approval for our project until the landscaping is completed and the final paving of the parking lot is done. Thankfully the landscaping is all but complete and the paving took place on Friday. Assuming we pass muster with the planning board this week, we should have full use of the elevator and connector for Mother's Day weekend. We hope that you will be with us for the inauguration of this new era in the history of the Main Street UMC!


Dedication of New Spaces Planned for May 20th

Just a reminder that we will be dedicating our new spaces including the newly refurbished sanctuary; the new sound system and video system; the elevator and the connector itself on May 20th during the 10:30am worship service. We have extended the invitation to all who have worked on these projects with the hope that we can recognize each of them for their contributions. We will also have a number of special guests with us representing the city of Nashua; the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church; and the United Methodist Foundation.  A reception will follow in the vestry.


150th Anniversary Plans Continue to Unfold

Please save the date of Saturday and Sunday, September 28th and 29th, for the major celebration of our 150th anniversary. Saturday will begin with a special concert in our sanctuary featuring Emily Adams. We will continue with an evening banquet that will be held in the St. Patrick's gymnasium located just up the street from us. It will be catered by Celebrations Catering and will provide an opportunity for many former pastors, staff, and members to return to join us in looking back to the past while preparing for a bright future. Finally, our Bishop, Sudarshana Devadhar will be our guest preacher on Sunday at the 10:30am worship service.  You won't want to miss this spectacular weekend!


A Conversation with Dewayne

      "We learn from our mistakes," Dewayne observed one morning at Café Agape as Shirley Michael showed him how to crochet and he lost a stitch. It seemed like an appropriate comment about life in general, so I asked Dewayne if he would let me interview him. He agreed.

      Dewayne was born in Louisiana but at the age of two, was adopted by his mother's great aunt and moved to Texas, about 1 ½ hours from Houston. She had lost her only child and offered to take Dewayne while his mother went to rehab because of a drug problem. Dewayne's birth mother thought she would get him back afterwards, but the adoptive parents didn't want to give him up.

      It was not an ideal upbringing as his new father was abusive, losing control while whipping him with a cow whip, and one time leaving him outside all night in near freezing weather. Dewayne has fond memories, however, of going out as a family to eat together, usually for good Mexican food—something hard to find here in Nashua.

      "People are friendly in Texas," Dewayne said, "but I don't miss the racism, close-mindedness--and the hurricanes." He also commented that where he lived in Texas, there wasn't the same drug problem that is so prevalent here in Nashua, the northeast, and other areas of the country.

      Dewayne has been on disability since 2005 for severe mental illness, which includes bipolar disorder, secondary PTSD, borderline personality, and anxiety. When he takes his medication, he can function quite well. In fact he is a budding author and has a blog and a book on Amazon entitled, Southern Gothic Tales. His pen name is Edward Alex Lively. He writes horror stories because his meds often give him nightmares, which become the inspiration for his work.

      When he was 19, Dewayne went to live with his birth family and became very close to his grandfather. He learned about his heritage and is proud of his good family lineage. His pen name, Lively, was his great grandfather's name.

      But one time in Texas when he went off his meds, he was arrested for assault. "Medications really help, but one also has to go through therapy." And as Dewayne said at the beginning of this conversation, "We learn from our mistakes."

      As for his dreams for the future, Dewayne would like to be recognized as a good writer like Stephen King or have one of his stories turned into a movie. With the proceeds of his success, he'd get a little two-bedroom cottage with bird feeders and a deer feeder, and he would continue to write.

      Right now, he has trouble getting a job because of his mental illness, so another dream is that the stigma of mental illness be removed.

      -submitted by Mary Marchese

For more information about Café Agape, click on the link to the presentation given in church on Sunday, April 29.

http://www.mainstreet-umc.org/outreach-ministries/cafe-agape


We Are Looking for Historical Church Photos

If you have a photo of a Wedding, Baptism, or other church event, share it for use in our 150th anniversary celebration. If you have a digital version, upload it to the shared folder below. Fill in the photo description and give the year. If you only have a hard copy, we can scan it quickly in the church office during coffee hour. Contact Jerry Harrow (Jerry.Harrow@mainstreet-umc.org)  673-6024 for more information.

Album for contributing Historical Church Photos https://photos.app.goo.gl/QFEILDOIllOtnfrY2


We'd like to see your news and opinions. Consider sending an article to this weekly Mainstreeter Online. Send it by email to mainstreeter@mainstreet-umc.org