"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive." Howard Thurman
Today we observed Reformation Sunday in our worship services. On this day we specifically remember the Protestant Reformer, Martin Luther, who on October 31, 1517 tacked his "95 theses" to the door of his parish church in Wittenberg, Germany. This simple act put in motion events that would reform both church and state in Germany and eventually all of Europe. It seems to me that the quote above from Howard Thurman defines just what a reformer is all about. They are individuals who have done that which has made them "come alive" and in turn brought life to all around them.
Throughout history reformers, religious, political, educational, and in virtually every area of life, have given in to that which has made them come alive and in doing so have transformed institutions, nations, and the world. Jesus was the most significant reformer in the Judeo-Christian realm transforming, through his emphasis on love and compassion for all God's children, the practice of Judaism in his day and inaugurating a new way of living that we know as Christianity. The Buddha did the same for Hinduism and Mahatma Gandhi did the same for the practice of religion and state in India in the last century. Martin Luther's namesake, Martin Luther King Jr. likewise brought about the reformation and transformation of our nation through his teaching, practice, and ultimately his life.
What is it that makes you come alive? You may not be called to be a reformer but your passions in life can be equally life giving as those of the reformers whose lives and work we celebrate today. Give in to your passion and "go do it" because that is indeed what the world needs today.
Worship Ahead 11/4 All Saints' Sunday Holy Communion The Dedication of Annabelle Weir Scripture: Mark 12:28-34 Theme: "Love Trumps All"- According to Jesus, loving God and loving neighbor puts one "not far from the kingdom of God". This is because love trumps everything else--hate, fear, division, and conflict. Love "covers a multitude of sins".
Many thanks to everyone who has filled out their pledge card in support of the mission and ministry of the church in 2019. Today we dedicated them to God during our Consecration Sunday worship service. Your generous commitment for the programs of the church is greatly appreciated. It is not too late (and never is) to make your pledge if you have not done so as yet. Extra pledge cards can be found at the rear of the sanctuary or can be sent to you if you request one from the church office. The office phone number is 882-3361 or e-mail at email@example.com Thank you in advance for your attention to this reminder.
Volunteers Needed for Interfaith Thanksgiving Service and Holiday Stroll
We will be hosting the Nashua Area Interfaith Council's annual Thanksgiving Service which will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 20th at 7:00pm in our sanctuary. We are in need of individuals to be greeters in the lobby; ushers; and to provide refreshments as well as others to serve the refreshments following the service. If you are interested in helping please sign up on the sign up sheet that is located in the lobby.
We are also one of the sites for the Holiday Stroll on Saturday, Nov. 24th from 4pm-8pm and likewise need greeters who can direct people in the lobby, at the bottom of the stairs going up to the sanctuary and on the second floor of the lobby. We also need some volunteers to help with the clean up at 8:00pm as well. We need many people to make this work so please sign up and plan to join us for an hour, a couple of hours, or all night! The sign up sheet is located in the lobby.
St. Joseph's Mobile Health Unit Comes to Cafe Agape
This past Wednesday, the Mobile Health Unit from St. Joseph's Hospital came to Cafe Agape for what we hope will be a weekly event. They offer accessible and FREE, awareness and health education services, including free screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, and body mass index (BMI). No insurance required and no identification required! Anyone and everyone is welcome to take advantage of their services. They will be in the parking lot behind Main St. UMC again next Wednesday morning from 8:30 to 12:30. Come check them out and let them check you out!
-submitted by Mary Marchese
Letter from Nancy Winsor
Nancy Winsor, who was the organist and choir director at Main Street UMC from 1964 to 1970, wrote this letter to Pastor Rich after attending the 150th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, September 30.
Oct. 1, 2018 Dear Pastor Cullen, What a joy yesterday was! I was so happy to be with you folks. I felt so honored when you mentioned 1965! I loved my work at Main St. Methodist. Ernie Drake was the pastor and we worked together so well. His wife sang in the choir. When everyone was there, we'd have 24 in the adult choir—6 on each part. We made beautiful music together. And that organ is a joy to play! The 4 choirs—very young, children, teen, and adult, kept me busy, but I loved it.
My husband, Gordon, grew up singing in a boys' choir, so he has always been so supportive of all my activities. All the changes and the new building and all the changes in the old are so impressive and beautiful. That took a lot of thought and planning. Congratulations to everyone!
The one thing that impressed me the most in yesterday's service was the focus was not on the building, but on the people.
Thank you for all of your hard work. You must have been so pleased with yesterday's activities.
We moved up to Jefferson 48 years ago! I've made lots of music up here and I still teach piano and organ in my studio. We've had a happy life. All these years I've kept in touch with Sally Curtis.
May your life be filled with joy helping and inspiring people!
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National Animal Hospice Day is Saturday, November 3rd
National Animal Hospice Day offers pet caregivers an opportunity to learn more about hospice and palliative care for four-legged family members in order to better understand the options and resources available when they reach the end of their lives.
MSUMC makes animal hospice and palliative care available through the Creature Prayer Chain, visits, and loving support for both pets and their caretakers. Options for the comfort and care of pets who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, debilitating condition or are nearing the end of their lives can be explored as caretakers process their grief and spiritually prepare for the loss of their beloved companion.
For more information about animal hospice at MSUMC, please contact Carolyn Ekle at firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-888-8058, or Pastor Rich. For additional information about the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care: https://www.iaahpc.org.
What Do You Know?
How good are you with important facts? For example, which of the recent four former pastors of MSUMC stayed the longest in consecutive years?
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 MainstreeterOnline.
"The new year of 1957 was one of change, and Reverend Edward Milley succeeded Reverend Barrett. It was during Reverend Milley's pastorate that the excavation beneath the church, a new church office and ladies parlor were finally initiated, carried forward, and completed…The project was divided into three phases: Part One was to be excavation; Part Two vestry renovation; Part Three the new cloakroom, office and pastor's study."
"The excavation under the church was accomplished by digging below the foundation; in the driveway between the church and the Salvation Army [15 Temple St. at that time] A small tractor with backhoe and bucket went under the building and brought out the dirt and deposited it in hauling trucks. This was a rather detailed responsibility – steel plates were fastened to supporting timbers, together with supporting lally columns, giving no appreciable building cracks or other concerns during the projects."