Sunday, November 11, 2018

November 11, 2018 Mainstreeter Online

November 11, 2018
 A Word from the Pastor
 
Today is Veterans' Day--a day to remember and give thanks to those who have served our nation in the Armed Forces. As a congregation we have many veterans whose presence and service to God and the church is obvious to all. Included below is a prayer that I have shared each Veterans Day since I have been pastor of the Main Street UMC. It captures both the gratitude that is owed to our veterans and the particular concerns that are reflected in our veteran population. Please join me in praying this prayer for them today and often. 
 
God of compassion,
God of dignity and strength,
watch over the veterans of the United States
in recognition of their loyal service to our nation.
Bless them with wholeness and love.
Shelter them.
Heal their wounds.
Comfort their hearts.
Grant them peace.
God of justice and truth,
Rock of our lives,
bless our veterans,
these men and women of courage and valor,
with a deep and abiding understanding
of our profound gratitude.
Protect them and their families from loneliness and want.
Grant them lives of joy and bounty.
May their dedication and honor
be remembered as a blessing
from generation to generation.
Blessed are You,
Protector and Redeemer,
our Shield and our Stronghold.
Amen.
 
By Susan Diamond
Announcements
Calendar
Worship Ahead

11/18       Thanksgiving Sunday
                Reception of New Members
                Presentation of Quilts of Valor
                Scripture: First Timothy 2:1-7; Matthew 6:25-33
Theme:    Prayers of Thanksgiving in Anxious Times--What is the role of thanksgiving when living in anxious times? Jesus weighs in with the famous words, "do not worry about anything…but strive first for the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you as well." First Timothy reminds us to offer "supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings" for everyone, including the ruler of the Roman Empire--talk about anxious times!
Quilts of Valor Presentation Next Sunday

The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a grass-roots organization that began with a dream. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing "Quilts of Valor". The first Quilt of Valor was awarded at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in November, 2003. Since then, over 200,000 quilts have been awarded.

Next Sunday we will recognize three of our Main Street UMC veterans have been nominated to receive a Quilt of Valor. The quilts will be presented by Donna Swanson, chair of the NH Chapter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation to James A. Hinkle, Stephen W. Rogers, and Redding Thompson. Let us join in celebrating these three veterans who we recognize for their service.
Up-coming Dates for the St. Joe's Mobile Clinic
 
The Mobile Health Van from St. Joe's Hospital will be set up behind the church on the following dates in November--the 12th; the 19th; and the 28th. They are open from 8:30am-12:30pm. Screenings including blood pressure; diabetes; cholesterol and Body Mass Index and are done for free. You do not need to provide identification and no insurance is required. Pass the word that this service is now available at the church.
Volunteers Needed for Up-coming Events
 
We are still in need of volunteers to assist with the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 20th and with the Holiday Stroll on Saturday, November 24th. We need folks to primarily be greeters and for the Thanksgiving Service also need volunteers to bring refreshments and/or help to service the refreshments. The Thanksgiving Service is at 7:00pm and the Holiday Stroll goes from 4-8pm with clean up afterwards. There are sign up sheets located on the table in the lobby. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

November – Budget Increases

Welcome to the November Finance column. Today I will explain budget increases we will have to negotiate for 2019. As you know, the Finance committee is very tight when it comes to allocating our scarce dollars – we want every outlay to go towards our primary mission to make Disciples of Christ, and toward the causes that Jesus himself supported, highlighted in our support to help people with their addictions, meet their basic needs, and show the community our love in his name.  

You may have learned that it's expensive to maintain a church building and staff, but it's the bedrock of our community programs, ministries, and missions. Pastor Rich put it well "People need to understand that this has to be our first priority because it is the engine that drives our ability to be in mission and ministry as a church." I will detail the changes for 2019 (and what we've experienced in the second half of 2018.)

We've increased our accessibility and our space, and some of our programs are putting that space to good use.  For example, I volunteer at the Circles Greater Nashua program that our church hosts. Circles GN uses the kitchen, vestry, and rooms in the Wesley wing. It really facilitates moving to the different rooms without having to put on jackets and going outside in the parking lot. (As predicted, our new space is making such programs possible!)  However such space incurs extra expenses in maintaining. 

Such costs include about $18,000 to maintain the elevator, utilities, irrigation, and security. We've added about $9000 for additional janitor hours. It might be tempting to try to get away with less maintenance since the facility is new, and try to spread out our existing janitor to cover the new space. That would be uninviting to any new patrons or visitors when they would notice a general unkempt experience. I've learned my lesson here.

We've also added to the budget for basic childcare during some of our community sessions, a key enabler for attracting young families to our church. We've had other increases such as mission shares by about $3500, health insurance for over $2000, and miscellaneous expenses.  These expenses described so far require our giving to increase about 8%. Instead of insisting on a percentage increase, we've tied it to our 150th anniversary. Please consider giving $150 dollars more a year, quarter, or month to help us meet our ministries and missions.

Finally we've discussed adding a position to serve youth or inter-generational needs. The right person hired into this position would do wonders for church growth. However I could not ask the whole congregation to fund such an increase when I'm already asking for your generosity for the items above. Instead, I am appealing to those so drawn to the cause and able to support in an extra-mile giving effort to a general fund Loaves and Fishes campaign. I will discuss more about that in a future column.

As always, we are here to serve regardless of one's ability to contribute toward our missions. 

Please consider your time, talent, and tithe in your give-back to God and our missions. With thoughts, prayers, and especially thankfulness for your commitment and generosity. 

Very truly yours – Joe Dechene

What Do You Know?

How good are you with important facts? For example, in 1965 when the Wesley Building and the five stores were purchased for $136,000, did the parking lot come with the purchase?
  • Yes
  • No
Click below for the answer. 
Outline History of MSUMC
Historic Tidbit

With this year being our 150th Anniversary, the Anniversary Committee has gathered historic quotes to share, taken from Methodism in Nashua, 1831-1982, by J. Lawrence Hall. We will include one with each Mainstreeter Online.
      
Twenty-Three:
 
"At the December 26, 1962 meeting the writer, a member of the Trustees, was appointed as a committee of one to investigate the property adjoining the church [Spalding house] as a possible investment as well as an opportunity for future growth…  With the full approval of the church membership a tentative offer of $124,000.00 was submitted to the Nashua Trust Company.  This was rejected. Lengthy discussion and a review was given and the final offer of "$136,000.00 was submitted by our lawyer, Harrison Smith."
 
Church plans were finally formalized whereby a building fund drive with pledges, extended for a period of three years, was presented to the official board and accepted.  This fund became identified as our 'Crusade Fund'.  The 'news' of this purchase was released to the local press and radio station on June 8, 1965…While many suggestions were presented for the naming of our new building, once the home of W.E Spalding, it became identified by the church members as the 'Wesley Building'."
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Sunday, November 4, 2018

November 4, 2018 Mainstreeter Online

November 4, 2018
 A Word from the Pastor
 
Today, as we observe All Saints' Sunday, we celebrate you as God's saint--whatever your walk in life. Know that you are a beloved child of God; the work of God's hands; the creative expression of God's love. Look at yourself in the mirror today and say, "I am a saint" and know that it is true and then, go out into the world with that confidence to live as God's saint wherever you may find yourself.
A Prayer Meditation for All Saints Day
by Safiyah Fosua
 
We give you thanks, O God, for all the saints who ever worshiped you
whether in brush arbors or cathedrals,
weathered wooden churches or crumbling cement meeting houses
where your name was lifted and adored.
We give you thanks, O God, for hands lifted in praise:
manicured hands and hands stained with grease or soil,
strong hands and those gnarled with age
holy hands
used as wave offerings across the land.
We thank you, God, for hardworking saints;
whether hard-hatted or steel-booted,
head ragged or aproned,
blue-collared or three-piece-suited
they left their mark on the earth for you, for us, for our children to come.
Thank you, God, for the tremendous sacrifices made by those who have gone before us.
Bless the memories of your saints, God.
May we learn how to walk wisely from their examples of faith, dedication, worship, and love.
 
Announcements
Calendar
Worship Ahead
11/11     The 25th Sunday after Pentecost
              Recognition of Veterans
              Scripture: Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17; Mark 12:38-44
Theme: Sacrifices from the Margins – Today's readings tell the story of people who lived on the margins of their society--Ruth because she was a Moabite and a widow, and the other a widow who knew poverty first hand. Each of them make sacrifices that had long lasting effects and continue to be transforming for anyone who hears their stories.
Up-coming Dates for the St. Joe's Mobile Clinic
 
The Mobile Health Van from St. Joe's Hospital will be set up behind the church on the following dates in November--the 12th; the 19th; and the 28th. They are open from 8:30am-12:30pm. Screenings including blood pressure; diabetes; cholesterol and Body Mass Index and are done for free. You do not need to provide identification and no insurance is required. Pass the word that this service is now available at the church.





Don't forget the Yuletide Fair this Saturday from 9:00am to 3:00pm!
Missions News for November
 
Food Pantry:  Our November Main Street Sunday at the Nashua Soup Kitchen is November 18. Help is always needed between 1:30 and 4pm. on that third Sunday. Let Al James or Phyllis Appler know if you can help, or sign up in the vestry. When you donate to the food pantry, you can leave items in the bins in the lobby or in the vestry, or just write "food pantry" on your check. That money goes for shopping at the NH Food Bank. In addition to canned fruit and canned chicken or tuna, toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste are in heavy demand. Size 4 and 5 diapers have not been available for weeks.
 
Scouting for Food:  By participating in Scouting for Food on November 10, you can help many of your Nashua neighbors who are hungry. Leave a filled bag of nonperishable food outside your door early on November 10 on your way to the Yuletide Fair! (You should get a bag on Saturday, November 3.) Our food pantry, operating with the Nashua Soup Kitchen, benefits, too!

CROP Hunger Walk:  In this 34th year of the CROP Hunger Walk in Nashua, we stepped out from Temple Beth Abraham at 1:30 on October 28 to fight hunger in Nashua and beyond. The missions committee provided a lunch for walkers. Thank you to all who walked or supported out team! 
 
Africa University:  Thank you for your amazing donations of $819 to Africa University on our special Africa University Sunday. This university for all of Africa continues to grow and produce graduates who will go on to be leaders on that continent, thanks to you and other United Methodists around the world.
 
Thanksgiving Baskets:  We will be filling Thanksgiving baskets for our newer refugee neighbors this year. We will be getting turkeys and some vegetables from the NH Food Bank, but will need rice in 2 to 5 lb. bags, oil, dried beans, coffee and tea, butter or margarine, and fresh fruit and vegetables. The other "fixings" such as whole pies or pie crusts and pie filling, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables, stuffing, canned yams, gravy, butter or margarine, celery, coffee, and other items that make your Thanksgiving special in your own family will be used to make Thanksgiving baskets at the Nashua Soup Kitchen. Encourage children to help choose items from the bulletin board in the vestry, then bring them in on ingathering Sunday. We also are happy to receive cash donations to purchase milk, rolls, and eggs on the day of distribution and to fill in missing items. Ingathering Sunday for Thanksgiving will be November 11.  Baskets from the Nashua Soup Kitchen do not require a signup, but will be distributed beginning November 14. 

Gifts for the King will be brought in on December 2. Look for the giving tree with gift tags for each child coming soon! We think that the tree will be in the lobby! Look for it! Children from Front Door Agency will benefit from our gifts. Be sure to leave your tag attached to the gift. Instructions will be available at the tree.

-submitted by Phyllis Appler
Crocheted Hats at Cafe Agape

For the past couple weeks people who come into Cafe Agape have been getting crocheted hats made by Sandy Myers. As you can see, it makes them very happy. Thank you, Sandy!
Shop with SCRIP and Help MSUMC

Beginning in November and throughout the Holiday Season, MSUMC will be participating in a gift card fundraiser with a company called Scrip. Scrip is fundraising while you shop. Here's how it works: Our members can buy gift cards, e-gift cards, or mobile gift cards through the program. You'll pay the full face value, but earn an immediate rebate percentage amount for MSUMC that's typically between 2% and 16% depending on the retailer. Then, use that gift card on your normal purchases or give it as a gift. So, for instance, you could buy bagels and coffee from Panera Bread with Scrip and earn 8%.

You're not spending any extra time or money— it's just earning for our church!

Sign-up by visiting https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/ and clicking on the REGISTER button. The MSUMC Enrollment Code needed to sign up is 7EF7366757686

There is also a mobile app called MyScripWallet that is available for both Apple and Android Devices that can be used to participate on a mobile device.

Until December 8th, a paper order form with a limited amount of gift card choices will also be available in the vestry for those who would rather participate that way.

Questions?  Contact our Scrip program coordinator (Laura Graudons) LauraG1973@comcast.net or 595-2412.
Joyful Shepherds Needs Christmas Gifts!

It's time to shop for Christmas gifts for those we visit and for the Christmas Party to be held Sunday, Dec. 9. We want to get the gifts organized early this year. Our November 18 meeting will be devoted to this task. Any gifts ready by then, bring into the office marked for Joyful Shepherds Christmas Party. Please include your name so we can thank you. We'd like all gifts by the end of November. Late gifts will go to those we personally visit in nursing homes, hospitals or rehabilitation centers. Thanks so much for sharing with those we visit. Suggested gifts listed below:
     Need:
                                                                                             
     Tea bags
     Small or medium hand lotions                   
     Stamps          
     Quarters for laundry                                
     Sugar-free hard candies  
     Small stuffed animals                          
     Soft chocolates, both regular and sugar-free
     Door decorations to hang
     Large print stories or books (in demand)
     Small Manger scenes or angels- a few 
     Slippers or gloves   
     Chap sticks (in demand)
     Fast Food Gift Certificates (in demand)  

     -submitted by Nancy Long
Don't Need:

Christmas or other cards
Strong Perfumes (light colognes ok)
Velvet socks (others ok)
Anything electrical  
Magnetic notepads for lists
No real candles 
Regular Hard Candies  (we have lots)
                                                                                                                
 
What Do You Know?

How good are you with important facts? For example, who contributed to our new audio/visual capability in the sanctuary? (There may be more than one answer.)
  • Kelly Rose
  • Ian and Brenda Clarke-Pounder
  • Jerry Harrow
  • Nonny Egbuonu
  • Ted Luszey
Click below for the answer. 
Outline History of MSUMC
Historic Tidbit

With this year being our 150th Anniversary, the Anniversary Committee has gathered historic quotes to share, taken from Methodism in Nashua, 1831-1982, by J. Lawrence Hall. We will include one with each Mainstreeter Online.
      
Twenty-two:
 
"The P.A. system of the church had numerous expertise and sidewalk opinions with considerable expense, all with no apparent improvement in the sound system. It may be of interest that a second attempt to improve our public address system was of concern to the Trustees as far back as September 1959. The problem of the address system did not correct itself by continual discussion. Appropriation of $850.00 was authorized and further attempts were made to improve the system. The final results were disappointing. Again in 1961 a local radio shop was hired to give their expertise on our P.A. system with limited results."
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