Friday, February 21, 2020

February 21 Mainstreeter Online

 

 Februry 21, 2020

  

 

 A Word from the Pastor

 

"And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white… Then Peter said to Jesus, 'Lord, it is good for us to be here:…'"

Matthew 17:2, 4

 

    This coming Sunday the season of Epiphany concludes with the story of Jesus' transfiguration.  Throughout this season we have heard stories, beginning with that of the visit of the magi, and including Jesus' healing ministry, his preaching and teaching, and now, concluding with this story of transformation and revelation.  All of these stories serve to help us understand how this baby born in such lowly circumstances came to be revered as the "Christ, the Son of the Living God" as Peter so pointedly stated when Jesus asked the question, "Who do people say that I am?"   In many ways, we can think of the story of the transfiguration as the culmination of this revelatory process.

    The apostle Peter, experiencing this vision of transfiguration and the appearance of such notable figures of the past, rightly recognizes that he and his companions are indeed in a good place.  They knew that it was a holy place, a sacred moment, and one that should be relished.  While it was not meant to last and the time would come for them to go back down from this mountaintop experience it was nevertheless important for them to enter fully into this experience of the holy.  By doing so, this experience would be transformative leaving them as different people than the ones who had gone up the mountain just a few hours before.

    Experiences of the "holy" are not limited to a few individuals who happened to be close colleagues of Jesus, but can be experienced by each one of us on any given day.  We may think of them as being "ordinary" experiences, but even the ordinary can be extraordinary when we allow ourselves to enter more fully into them.  Whether it be a sunrise or sunset, the first crocus of spring or the dying leaves of fall, an unexpected gesture of kindness or the experience of falling in love, each of these "ordinary" events can be sacred moments that transform us and leave us with a clearer sense of reality. 

    So, in honor of the transfiguration of our Lord, determine today to linger longer with the ordinary events of your day.  Look to the western sky at twilight and take in the fading sunlight; cherish the arrival of darkness at the end of your day; sit quietly in silence to reflect on your day; and otherwise be open to the mystery of God's presence in the ordinary and the extraordinary events of today.

 

 

WORSHIP AHEAD

2/23      The Transfiguration of Our Lord

             Anthem- by the choir

Scripture: Exodus 24:12-18; Matthew 17:1-9

Theme:  It is Good to Be Here, But…- The apostle Peter recognized a good thing when he saw it as he and his companions witnessed a magnificent sight on the mountain with Jesus.  Such experiences of the "holy" are indeed wonderful, but they are not an end in themselves.  What is the greater purpose that they serve?

 

 

VESTRY ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

TO ADDRESS THE TOPIC OF YOUNG ADULTS, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE CHURCH

During the months of January and February the Adult Sunday School class that meets in the vestry will be exploring the topic of "Young Adults, Social Justice, and the Church" using the Vital Conversations Series provided by the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church.  In this series "millennial" pastors and lay members share what is important to them as they seek to be the church of Jesus Christ in the 21st century.  They will touch on issues pertaining to racism, welcoming refugees, ethnic identity and diversity, welcoming differently abled persons, and other social justices concerns.  As we seek to be a church that welcomes everyone we need to hear what our millennial members have to say about the importance of these and other social justice issues.  Pastor Rich will lead this class with hopefully the assistance of some of our church millennials.  The class on February 16th will be led by Pastor Rich and we will be viewing the video titled, "Building a Just, 'Green' Faith Community". 

 

 

CONFIRMATION PLANS ANNOUNCED

Confirmation classes for youth in grades 7 – 12 will be held during the months of March and April.  It has already been decided that the classes will be offered during the regular Sunday School time at 9:00am each Sunday morning.  Confirmation itself will take place on Sunday, April 19th.  Classes will be led by Pastor Rich along with assistance from various members of the congregation. 

 

 

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE TO BE HELD AT THE ARLINGTON STREET UMC

This year the service will be held at the Arlington Street UMC.  The service will be held on Wednesday, February 26th at 7:00pm and will include music by a joint choir and preaching by the Pastor Rich.  The disposition of ashes will be available for all who would like to receive them.  

 

Please note that ashes will also be available from 7:30am-10:00am in the chapel.

 

 

One is All - Wednesday Morning Lenten Class

March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 10:30 AM – Noon, Vestry

 

Come join us on a Lenten Journey using the spirituality of nature as we broaden our perspective and move from All is One to One is All.  There will not be a class book, but rather we will use sacred texts and poetry from a variety of faiths. We will spend class time in small group conversation, sing hymns and have creative experiences.  Child care will be provided.  We left February 26, Ash Wednesday, free so you could use your time to attend a service. A sign-up sheet and pre-class assignment will be available during coffee hour

or email Pam Breniser (class facilitator) at pjbreniser@gmail.com.

 

 

Heifer Project Easter Tree of Life

Heifer International's mission is to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth using gifts of livestock, seeds, trees and training in sustainable agriculture community development projects to help millions of people become self-reliant. Since 1944, Heifer has helped transform the lives of more than 30 million families by giving them gifts of cows, goats and other livestock. Look for our Easter Tree of Life, and honor someone with the gift of an animal.  Fill up our tree!  We offer vegetarian options.

 

 

"Coffee and Causes" for Retirees

March 6th, 10:00am, Hunt Community, Nashua

At this meeting, we'll be learning how retirees can help support inclusion of social and emotional learning in school curricula in Nashua and around the region through the "Choose Love" Enrichment Program. Shannon Desilets, Program Coordinator for the effort in New Hampshire will speak about the project. Contact Sara Ceaser at sceaser@unitedwaynashua.org or (603)864-0201 to register.

 

 

OPERA ON MAIN STREET RETURNS

Our collaboration with Jane Cormier and the offering of a "salon" series of operatic concerts has resumed. This month:

 

February 29 - Sacred Music selections from Malotte, Gounod, Hadyn, Schubert, and Mozart.

 

All concerts take place in our sanctuary at 7:00pm.  There is a cost of $12.00 per person or $10.00 for senior citizens with children and youth free.  A portion of each ticket supports the church's organ fund.

 

 

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Friday, February 14, 2020

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 February 14, 2020

  

 

 A Word from the Pastor

 

"Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice,… to let the oppressed go free,…to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house;?... Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly."

Isaiah 58:6-8

 

    Although we identify Jesus as the "light of the world" he, for his part, declared that his disciples are truly the "light of the world" and the "salt of the earth".  As such Jesus warns about our losing our saltiness and failing to let our light shine.  Instead we are to flavor the world with love and "let your light so shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven".

It is not so much our words that cause the light of Christ to shine through us but rather our deeds.  When our actions reflect the love and compassion of God then light shines forth through us to those who otherwise experience darkness in their lives.

    The prophet in Isaiah 58 notes that God is not so much interested in the kind of fasting that the Hebrew people were accustomed to- "a day to humble oneself and lie down in sackcloth and ashes", but rather God is interested in the fast that results in the deliverance and healing for others.  When we "loose the bonds of injustice" or "let the oppressed go free" or "bring the homeless poor into your house" or cloth the naked or stop hiding from one's own kin, then the prophet says, "your light shall break forth like the dawn and your healing shall spring up quickly."

    We are called to be a people who shine light in our world through our actions and deeds.  It isn't always easy to do this given that it means having to confront our own prejudices and our own discomfort with people who are experiencing the severity of life's challenges.  When we are able to do so though, both we and those who are the recipients of the light of Christ through us experience deliverance and healing.  As the black spiritual challenges us, "This little light of mine, I'm goin'a let it shine" "everywhere I go and all around the world".  How is your light shining?

 

 

WORSHIP AHEAD

2/16     The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Bell Choir anthem

Anthem- by the choir

Scripture: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; First Corinthians 3:1-9

Theme:  Planting, Watering, and Reaping in God's Garden- Our tendency is to think that our leaders need to do it all and depending on our perspective we clearly prefer one leader over another.  The apostle Paul sees things differently and points out that in God's garden one person plants while another waters and God does the reaping.  Adopting Paul's understanding is essential especially in times of change and transition with the leadership of the church.

 

 

VESTRY ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

TO ADDRESS THE TOPIC OF YOUNG ADULTS, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE CHURCH

During the months of January and February the Adult Sunday School class that meets in the vestry will be exploring the topic of "Young Adults, Social Justice, and the Church" using the Vital Conversations Series provided by the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church.  In this series "millennial" pastors and lay members share what is important to them as they seek to be the church of Jesus Christ in the 21st century.  They will touch on issues pertaining to racism, welcoming refugees, ethnic identity and diversity, welcoming differently abled persons, and other social justices concerns.  As we seek to be a church that welcomes everyone we need to hear what our millennial members have to say about the importance of these and other social justice issues.  Pastor Rich will lead this class with hopefully the assistance of some of our church millennials.  The class on February 16th will be led by Pastor Rich and we will be viewing the video titled, "Building a Just, 'Green' Faith Community". 

 

 

CONFIRMATION PLANS ANNOUNCED

Confirmation classes for youth in grades 7 – 12 will be held during the months of March and April.  It has already been decided that the classes will be offered during the regular Sunday School time at 9:00am each Sunday morning.  Confirmation itself will take place on Sunday, April 19th.  Classes will be led by Pastor Rich along with assistance from various members of the congregation. 

 

 

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE TO BE HELD AT THE ARLINGTON STREET UMC

This year the service will be held at the Arlington Street UMC.  The service will be held on Wednesday, February 26th at 7:00pm and will include music by a joint choir and preaching by the Pastor Rich.  The disposition of ashes will be available for all who would like to receive them.

 

 

United Methodist Women

Wednesday February 19, 7:00 PM, church Vestry

All women of the church are invited to attend UMW meetings. Come join a great bunch of women this month as we gather items and assemble layettes.

 

Each kit includes:

 

  • Six cloth diapers
  • Two T-shirts or undershirts or onesies
  • Two washcloths
  • Two gowns or sleepers
  • Two diaper pins
  • One sweater or sweatshirt (Can be hand knitted or crocheted)
  • Two receiving blankets (one can be a hand-knitted or crocheted baby blanket)

 

Items must be new and under 12 months in size. Wrap items inside one of the receiving blankets and secure with both diaper pins.

 

 

Sock Drive

The Sunday School children are hosting a Sock Drive from Sunday, January 26 – Sunday, February 16.

 

Looking for new packages of adult and children socks.

 

Any adult socks will be donated to the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter.  Any children socks will be donated to the Pass Along Project of Nashua, which is an organization that distributes clothing bundles to foster children.

 

There are donation bins in the Sunday School classroom, the lobby and the vestry.

 

Thank you for your help and support with this mission project. 

 

 

Food Pantry

The Third Sunday of the month is February 16, so that is Nashua's Sunday to hold a food pantry at the Nashua Soup Kitchen. If you would like to join us in working, please meet us at the Soup Kitchen, 2 Quincy Street, at 1:30. If you or someone you know could use food, then please come by between 2 and 4 for either a monthly box or fruit and veggies. If you would like to support us in other ways, you may place items in the Food Pantry vin in the lobby. At the moment, the Soup Kitchen needs Soup! We could also use Ramen noodles. Volunteers are also needed at the soup kitchen food pantry on weekdays from 11 to 2:45. We will give you an apron!

 

 

Lenten Spirit of Sharing

Lent actually begins in February this year. Making kits is one way that your family can get into a Lenten spirit of sharing. This year, we will be making Health Kits for UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Plastic bags and information will be available by the name tag board, but this will give you a head start.  Here is what goes into a kit:

         One hand towel measuring approximately 16? x 28? (no fingertip or bath towels)

         One washcloth

         One wide-tooth comb

         One nail clipper

         One bar of soap (bath size in wrapper)

         One toothbrush (in original packaging)

         Six standard size Band-Aids®

 

Place all items in a one-gallon plastic bag with a zipper closure. Please do not add toothpaste to the Hygiene Kit. Cartons of toothpaste that have an extended expiration date will be added to Hygiene Kit shipments just prior to shipment.

 

 

Looking for Crosses or Easter Items for Display

We are hoping to set up a display in the cabinet in the Ladies' Parlor for Lent, similar to

what we did with the Nativity Scenes during Advent.  If you have a special cross or

religious Easter item you would like to share with us for the season of Lent, please leave it in the church office marked for Pam Breniser.  Be sure your name is on it and any interesting information that could be put with it in the display.  The display will go up for Ash Wednesday, February 26, which is the first day of Lent.

 

 

One is All - Wednesday Morning Lenten Class

March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 10:30 AM – Noon, Vestry

 

Come join us on a Lenten Journey using the spirituality of nature as we broaden our perspective and move from All is One to One is All.  There will not be a class book, but rather we will use sacred texts and poetry from a variety of faiths. We will spend class time in small group conversation, sing hymns and have creative experiences.  Child care will be provided.  We left February 26, Ash Wednesday, free so you could use your time to attend a service. A sign-up sheet and pre-class assignment will be available during coffee hour

or email Pam Breniser (class facilitator) at pjbreniser@gmail.com.

 

 

U.M.ARMY Mission Trip, July 12-18, 2020

The United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth (U.M. ARMY) has been providing mission opportunities for youth and adults for 40 years. During the week of July 12-18, the participants will stay at St. John's UMC, Dover, NH and will be partnering with several other UM churches to work in the Dover community doing projects, such as handicap access ramps, step and stair repair, handrail installation, painting, yard work and a variety of other projects. The cost per person for this trip is $300. Due to various fundraising efforts by the participants to help defray the individual cost for the trip, each participant will only pay the $50 non-refundable registration fee. Participants must have completed 6th grade or older.

 

Simply use this registration link and register by April 26 to guarantee a space:  https://www.umarmy.net/Registration/Indv/3433/. If you are under 18, you will need to have a parent complete the registration for you. At the end of the registration, you must download the Medical and Press Release Form, print and sign it. Once you have completed the registration, give your Medical and Press Release Form and a check of $50 non-refundable registration fee to Karrie Lam, Coordinator of Youth Ministry or place them in the Youth Ministry mailbox outside the church office.  Checks should be made out to Main Street UMC with the words, "Youth Mission Trip 2020" on the memo line. 

 

 

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Friday, February 7, 2020

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 February 7, 2020 

 

 

 A Word from the Pastor

 

"Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice,… to let the oppressed go free,…to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house;?... Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly."

Isaiah 58:6-8

 

    Although we identify Jesus as the "light of the world" he, for his part, declared that his disciples are truly the "light of the world" and the "salt of the earth".  As such Jesus warns about our losing our saltiness and failing to let our light shine.  Instead we are to flavor the world with love and "let your light so shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven".

It is not so much our words that cause the light of Christ to shine through us but rather our deeds.  When our actions reflect the love and compassion of God then light shines forth through us to those who otherwise experience darkness in their lives.

    The prophet in Isaiah 58 notes that God is not so much interested in the kind of fasting that the Hebrew people were accustomed to- "a day to humble oneself and lie down in sackcloth and ashes", but rather God is interested in the fast that results in the deliverance and healing for others.  When we "loose the bonds of injustice" or "let the oppressed go free" or "bring the homeless poor into your house" or cloth the naked or stop hiding from one's own kin, then the prophet says, "your light shall break forth like the dawn and your healing shall spring up quickly."

    We are called to be a people who shine light in our world through our actions and deeds.  It isn't always easy to do this given that it means having to confront our own prejudices and our own discomfort with people who are experiencing the severity of life's challenges.  When we are able to do so though, both we and those who are the recipients of the light of Christ through us experience deliverance and healing.  As the black spiritual challenges us, "This little light of mine, I'm goin'a let it shine" "everywhere I go and all around the world".  How is your light shining?

 

 

WORSHIP AHEAD

2/9       The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Tithe Sunday

Anthem- by the choir

Scripture: Isaiah 58:1-8a; Matthew 5:13-20

Theme:  Salt and Light-Filled Actions- Jesus declares that disciples are both the salt of the earth and the light of the world and that as such we need to act in such a way that others will see our good deeds and glorify God. 

 

 

VESTRY ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

TO ADDRESS THE TOPIC OF YOUNG ADULTS, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE CHURCH

During the months of January and February the Adult Sunday School class that meets in the vestry will be exploring the topic of "Young Adults, Social Justice, and the Church" using the Vital Conversations Series provided by the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church.  In this series "millennial" pastors and lay members share what is important to them as they seek to be the church of Jesus Christ in the 21st century.  They will touch on issues pertaining to racism, welcoming refugees, ethnic identity and diversity, welcoming differently abled persons, and other social justices concerns.  As we seek to be a church that welcomes everyone we need to hear what our millennial members have to say about the importance of these and other social justice issues.  Pastor Rich will lead this class with hopefully the assistance of some of our church millennials.  The class on February 9th will be led by Pastor Rich and we will be viewing the video titled, "Understanding 'New' Expressions of Civil Rights Movements". 

 

 

CONFIRMATION PLANS ANNOUNCED

Confirmation classes for youth in grades 7 – 12 will be held during the months of March and April.  It has already been decided that the classes will be offered during the regular Sunday School time at 9:00am each Sunday morning.  Confirmation itself will take place on Sunday, April 19th.  Classes will be led by Pastor Rich along with assistance from various members of the congregation. 

 

 

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE TO BE HELD AT THE ARLINGTON STREET UMC

This year the service will be held at the Arlington Street UMC.  The service will be held on Wednesday, February 26th at 7:00pm and will include music by a joint choir and preaching by the Pastor Rich.  The disposition of ashes will be available for all who would like to receive them.

 

 

Luncheon for February Birthdays

When:      Sunday, 02/09/2020

Time:         12:30PM 

Where:     Uno Pizzaria & Grill on 593 Amherst St., Nashua, NH

 

Join us for this Birthday Luncheon; it does not have to be your birthday month; the more the merrier.  Just a way of getting to know our brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

Please let one of the committee members below know if you're interested in attending by the Friday, before the event so that we can reserve a table, no gifts are needed, we "all" go dutch, this is a Luncheon ... to celebrate birthdays of the month and for fellowship. 

 

It's best to email us if you plan to attend so we can email the group who the birthday attendees will be for the given month a couple of days prior and if you wish, . . . birthday cards are welcomed but not necessary, just bring yourself! 

 

Also, this will be a "running" Fund Raiser of which MSUMC will receive 20% at end of the year, a contribution from all attendees to MSUMC while supporting our local community and being in fellowship with one another; when applicable we may also use 25% off coupon for entire table in addition to fundraiser! 

 

Committee Members:

Helen Louderback                marcia_pagasa@yahoo.com

Nonny Egbuonu                    nonnycom@yahoo.com

Mercedes Cernuda             mercedes_cernuda@yahoo.com

 

 

Campfire Connections with Wanakee

February 9th - 5:00 - 7:00 pm, St. John's UMC - 28 Cataract Ave., Dover, NH

Please join Wanakee leadership for an evening of camp-style fellowship and worship. The evening begins with pizza at 5 pm, followed by worship based in conversation. Sing your favorite fireside songs, discuss relevant topics of faith and spirituality, and share in communion. All are welcome!

 

 

Lenten Spirit of Sharing

Lent actually begins in February this year. Making kits is one way that your family can get into a Lenten spirit of sharing. This year, we will be making Health Kits for UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Plastic bags and information will be available by the name tag board, but this will give you a head start.  Here is what goes into a kit:

         One hand towel measuring approximately 16? x 28? (no fingertip or bath towels)

         One washcloth

         One wide-tooth comb

         One nail clipper

         One bar of soap (bath size in wrapper)

         One toothbrush (in original packaging)

         Six standard size Band-Aids®

 

Place all items in a one-gallon plastic bag with a zipper closure. Please do not add toothpaste to the Hygiene Kit. Cartons of toothpaste that have an extended expiration date will be added to Hygiene Kit shipments just prior to shipment.

 

 

Looking for Crosses or Easter Items for Display

We are hoping to set up a display in the cabinet in the Ladies' Parlor for Lent, similar to

what we did with the Nativity Scenes during Advent.  If you have a special cross or

religious Easter item you would like to share with us for the season of Lent, please leave it in the church office marked for Pam Breniser.  Be sure your name is on it and any interesting information that could be put with it in the display.  The display will go up for Ash Wednesday, February 26, which is the first day of Lent.

 

 

SUPERBOWL SUBS

Thank you for ordering the subs and the cash donations towards the groceries of the subs. The youth made and delivered 74 delicious subs to the congregation on Superbowl Sunday and raised $513.76 to support their summer mission trip.

 

 

United Way "Changemakers United" Kickoff Party

Be part of the conversation about how people 40 and younger can take an active role in volunteering and advocating for the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. 

 

Join United Way of Greater Nashua on Wednesday, March 11th at MakeIt Labs in Nashua to talk about ways young people can make a difference. We'll hear from agencies who serve our most vulnerable neighbors, we'll talk about ways attendees would like to help, and we'll brainstorm some volunteer projects the group can do together. 

 

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: MakeIt Labs, 25 Crown Street, Nashua, NH

 

 

Warming Up Winter with Friendship and Tea

Join the folks at St. James United Methodist Church for Friendship and Tea

646 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack

February 15, 2:00 – 4:00pm

$8 per person, Reserve Tickets by calling 603-424-7459

or purchasing at the door

 

 

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