| Worship Ahead |
7/8 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture: Second Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13
Theme: "Grace Happens"
Grace, by its very definition, is not something we can earn or manufacture. It is a pure gift from God. It happens both when we least expect it and we when most expect it. Without grace we could not survive. The apostle Paul helps to explore this gift as he reflects on his own predicament struggling with a "thorn in the flesh".
| Throwback Worship Service |
It was on Wednesday, July 22nd in the year 1868 that the newly built "Main Street Methodist Episcopal Church" was dedicated to the glory of God and the service of humankind. Given that July 22nd of this year is on a Sunday we will go back in time in our worship service and worship as though we were in the year 1868 (don't worry, we will still use the AC if it is too warm!). You can expect a visit from the Rev. George Bowler, who as pastor in that year presided over the dedication on that day. Stay tuned for more details as our worship design team comes up with some interesting and time tested ideas.
| July/August Debt Thermometer |
Welcome to our finance column. Today I want to give an update on our renovation project financials. This has been one of the larger capital projects in our church's 150 year history.
To date we've raised about $1.74 million through your generous HON (Heart of Nashua capital campaign) donations, but the project cost considerably more, a bit over $2 million. We borrowed from the United Methodist Foundation of New England to pay for the construction and other fees. We are using your continued HON pledges and donations to pay off this debt. One simple way to communicate our status is by a thermometer graph, such as the one shown here.
The thermometer graph has three components:
Notice that the total (HON + Debt) is NOT a fixed number, as interest keeps accruing until we pay of the debt completely.
- Current debt is the top area of the thermometer graph (no mercury)
- Mercury (shaded) portion is the HON funds raised to date
- Optional Bulb graphic (below zero point) – only for illustration purpose
We will periodically update the HON and debt numbers, ideally after our treasurer makes each payment to the Foundation to give the most accurate representation. I would like to add a line to the bulletin that lists our remaining debt in addition to the generous HON monies raised.
Why is it important to pay off this debt? Just like owing on your credit cards or loan balance, debt requires monthly interest payments. Naturally we would like to have the debt behind us so we can concentrate on our ministries and missions. I have to add that we still have existing parsonage mortgage balance. We did have a steeple loan, but through your generosity, we were able to pay this off.
As always I am open to your questions, comments, and prayers leading to improved ministries and missions for the next 150 years.
Thank you, Joe Dechene
| Historic Tidbit |
With the upcoming 150th Anniversary celebration in September, the Anniversary Committee has gathered historic quotes to share, taken from Methodism in Nashua, 1831-1982, by J. Lawrence Hall. We will include with each Mainstreeter Online.
"Early commerce and industry grew where transportation supported the need. The Merrimack Valley, favored by rails and water, soon became an industrial center for cotton and woolen mills. With the industrial complex came the influx of workers to satisfy a need. With this influx of people to the early township called Dunstable were found numerous persons who were of the Methodist belief."
"The founding date of Methodism in Nashua is generally accepted as the fall of 1831 when the Reverend Samuel Norris came to Dunstable and preached two sermons in the "schoolhouse" on the Indian Head Mills property."
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