Many of you have shared the anxiety and stress you're feeling in this time of contagion. In such times of hardship, we must return to our spiritual core, our center, to those practices that allow us to breathe deeply and rest in our God. But this isn't a passive, waiting kind of rest -- this is an invigorating, encouraging assurance that our actions are under-girded by faith. So join us for the next six weeks as we embark on a journey into the Hebrew Scriptures using the work of scholar Wendy Farley to find ourselves beguiled by beauty. "The difficulty and crisis of the world is overwhelming. It is virtually impossible to bear it without very deep resources." -- Dr. Wendy Farley
Important message for Mainstreet families with children:Sunday, July 19th- Please prepare for worship and the children's time by having a candle to light to begin worship and a glass of water and a household plant for the children's time.
A note from Pam Breniser about the worship visuals:
Since we are missing out on the camp experience this summer, at Wanakee or elsewhere, it seemed some reminders of that outdoor environment would be nice for our worship visuals, especially since starting this week our series, Beguiled by Beauty, invites us to search creation for signs of beauty--for the whispers of the spirit. What says camp more than tie dye fabric and a log cross? And doesn't the spirit speak to us in the trees, rocks, water and wind? Be sure to look for the forest critters tucked here and there: great horned owl, frog, rabbit, butterfly and wolf. The wolf was given to Pam's father when he was in assisted living. There may be new things to spot each week. You may hear the sound of wind chimes. The ones hanging from the cross are slices of polished agate.
Welcome to Main Street United Methodist Church's alternative to Vacation Bible School... VBS Care Packages! Thank you so much for registering your child to embark on this week of fun with us through stories, songs, activities, and videos. We wish we could be physically with you as you experience what we have planned, but please know that we are with you in spirit. More details regarding the distribution of our care packages will be emailed to you in the next few days, until then, get excited! Our world needs this message of kindness now more than ever, and we are going to learn about kindness directly from Jesus, the best example of kindness in human form. So dig in, and let kindness ripple!