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.
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:
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
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.)
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 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."