The latest option to help us all stay connected in this time of physical distancing is our "Virtual Coffee Hour" starting right after Sunday Worship (approximately 10:30am). Stop by the Vestry and catch up with your friends (bring your own coffee and snacks).
The virtual rooms are via Google Meet and don't require Facebook at all, and may be attended by phone, by app on iPhone/iPad/Android/or by Computer. Access information is below. If you need some hints at using Google Meet there are some instructions and screen shots at https://www.mainstreet-umc.org/activities/coffee-hour that might help you get acclimated.
ANNUAL DISTRICT CHURCH CONFERENCE Our annual Church/Charge Conference date has been set for this coming Monday, November 2nd at 6:30 pm. District Superintendent, Rev. Taesung Kang will meet with the Staff Parish Relations Committee at 5:30 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together as a church community to celebrate our ministries and prepare for the future. All are encouraged to attend. Zoom meeting information:
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Save the date: Cabinet Bible study
The New England Conference Cabinet invites you to participate in online Bible study during Advent. With shared reflection led by Many Waters District Superintendent Karen Munson, in these four sessions we will encounter scriptural insights about human relationships that help identify and unpack our current experiences of corporate bias and individual prejudgement. The study will be 7-8 p.m. on Sundays Nov. 15, Nov. 22, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. Watch this newsletter and our website for more.
Welcome to new member, Courtney Pederzani and celebrating the baptism of Drew Robert Pederzani, son of Courtney and Guy Pederzani
UMW Virtual Fair
We are getting closer to the United Methodist Women's virtual fair! You will be able to find the great items you have always shopped for in person: lots of unique gift items, knit and crocheted mittens and scarves, handmade jewelry and notecards, items for babies and children, wreaths, dried flower arrangements and Thanksgiving decor, Christmas items of all types, Nick Long's paintings and a few special items from Grandma's Attic. Technology elves have been busy at work adding photos of craft items to our site. Online shopping will be available from Nov. 6-Nov. 13 and notices will go out with information and instructions next week. Our first pick up dates for your online orders are Fri. Nov. 13th from 5-7 PM and Sat. the 14th from 10-3. We will accept cash or check only. You will hear more later about future shopping and our Dec. 12 pickup date.
UNITED WAY OF GREATER NASHUA PARTNERING WITH NASHUA SCHOOL DISTRICT AND USDA TO DISTRIBUTE FOOD TO 1,200 FAMILIES THIS SATURDAY
The United Way of Greater Nashua is partnering with the Nashua School District and the USDA to distribute food boxes to almost 1,200 families this coming Saturday. The event will take place at 10 am, first come first served, at Ledge Street Elementary School in Nashua. Thanks to the USDA Famers-to-Families program, each participating individual or family will receive a food box containing 12 lbs of fresh produce, 5 lbs of dairy products, 5 lbs of protein and meat products, and a gallon of milk. In total over 17 tons of food will be distributed!
United Way's COVID Response Team Volunteers will be handing out the food boxes, along with a packet of 5 reusable face masks to each participating family. United Way anticipates distributing 6,000 face masks at this event, in addition to the over 110,000 that they have already handed out in the community. It is anticipated that the event will run out quickly, so anybody wishing to participate is encouraged to arrive before 10 and be prepared to wait in line until served. There is no need to sign up and there are no qualification criteria to participate.
According to United Way President Mike Apfelberg, "We are very excited to be bringing this great event to the community. Food security is always an issue, and more significantly during these difficult pandemic times. We are very appreciative to the USDA and Nashua School District for helping us to make this important food resource available. Also, we are very appreciative to FEMA, which has been a key partner of ours for PPE, and this Saturday with the face masks which we will be distributing."
Missions News for November
Food Assistance Ministry: Main Street's third Sunday this month was Sunday, October 18. Our crew of six packed about 60 boxes or bags for distribution on Monday and put away some donated food and cleared out the hallway. The Soup Kitchen's food pantry badly needs more volunteers. They have just moved food back onto the shelves in the main pantry, so the system looks more familiar now. They can use help MWF 9 to 12 to pack boxes and 12 to 3 to distribute them. Everything is masked, distanced, and sanitized. Watch for a date for a Main Street Thanksgiving Drop! We will collect food for the Thanksgiving Baskets at the Nashua Soup Kitchen from our parking lot. The Bean Drop worked so well that we will try this. You can also leave donations of items for a Thanksgiving meal in the food pantry bin in the lobby if you happen to be inside the church.
Bean Drop Report: Thanks to Pastor Kelly for this idea. We collected 73 bags of dried beans and 71 cans of other beans. It was fun to put on the blue apron, and the beans were appreciated.
New Americans: For those who usually get our special boxes for African families, Thanksgiving boxes will be available at the Nashua Soup Kitchen. Instead of our boxes, each of our African families will receive a gift card that will allow them to purchase a Thanksgiving meal. Donations to this effort can be marked "Thanksgiving baskets" and will be distributed by Beatrice Bahati, who has given us a list of families.
Gifts for the King: Since we do not have a tree with gift tags at Main Street this year, families who want to adopt a family should go to https://www.frontdooragency.org/programs/holiday-program/ and choose a child or family to adopt. If you wish, adopt a family with other friends. If you live in Hudson, you may consider adopting a family from the Hudson Community Food Pantry. You can contact them through their Facebook page.
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