Thursday, February 18, 2021

Mainstreeter Blast February 18, 2021

Pastor's Sabbath Days:
Pastor Kelly: Tuesday
Pastor Kristy: Friday

Days to Reach Pastors
Pastor Kelly: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Pastor Kristy: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

 

A Message from Pastor Kelly

When I was growing up, my mother gave me a bookmark for my Bible. On a beautiful, white shiny piece of fabric was embroidered, in blue thread, a table grace that would become my favorite. It was embellished with birds in flight and a light blue tassel. Now it's faded and the laminate is yellow and cracked, but it's still a favorite prayer (I'm a sucker for prayers that rhyme):
 
Thank you for the world so sweet,
Thank you for the food we eat,
Thank you for the birds that sing,
Thank you God for everything.
 
Lent is an opportunity to come together as a community in spiritual disciplines or family traditions, to enter this 40-day period of reflection in preparation for Easter. Some folks bury their Alleluias, some "give up" something, or "take on" a practice. Monks eat very simply during the season– I know, first-hand, from my Lenten retreats to Holy Cross Monastery.
 
Several of you shared that one of the things you miss most in these coronavirus-times is the fellowship around food at MSUMC, so we've create an opportunity to eat together–sort of.
 
We invite you to join in the monastic tradition of enjoying a simple meal of soup and bread this Lent (at least once a week), and share your table with the rest of us. Be it around the table with family, on a recliner binging your favorite show, from a thermos on the trail, or at your desk physically distant from co-workers... send us a photo of your meal. Use one of our recipes or one of your own. We'll post what we can on our page. And we'd love to hear your favorite table graces, whether rhyming or sung, ancient or new.
 
Let's come together around the table this Lent and share soup for the soul.  
 
Cheese and Broccoli Soup
from Deborah Madison's Kitchen Vegetable Soups
 
1 1/4 pounds broccoli, about 4 "trees", separated into florets,
            peel thick stems, chop into small pieces
sea sale and freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons butter or canola oil
1 onion, chopped
1 celery rib, diced
½ pound yellow-flrshed potatoes such as Yukon gold,
            peeled (unless organic) and diced
1 plump garlic clove, chapped
1/8 teaspoon cayenne, or more to taste
Aromatics: 1 teaspoon dried marjoram, 1 bay leave, 1 pinch dried thyme
1 tablespoon floor
½ cup light cream, milk or reserved cooking water from broccoli
2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard,
2 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese
 
1. Bring a quart of water to a boil and add teaspoon for salt and broccoli florets. Cook about 3 minutes, then scoop out florets, reserving the water. Rinse under cool water and set aside.
 
2. Melt butter or oil in a soup pot and add the onion, celery, potato, broccoli stems, garlice, cayenne, and aromatics. Cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, stirring now and then. Add ½ teaspoon of slat, stir in the flour, then pour in 3 cups of the reserved water from the broccoli (saving any remainder). Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer, covered, until the potato is tender, 10-12 minutes. Add the cream or milk or additional broccoli water if needed to thin the soup. During the last few minutes, add the florets and allow them to heat through.
 
3. Remove the bay leave, puree the soup, and return it to the pot. Stir in mustard and salt and pepper to taste. Just before serving, stir in the cheese but don't let the soup boil or the cheese will toughen. Serve with Country bread loaf or toast on the side or broken into the soup.





God bless to us our bread
and give food to all those
who are hungry --
and hunger for justice
to those who are fed.
Lord bless to us our bread. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Fellowship Virtual Coffee Hour

Be sure to join us for our Virtual Coffee Hour and Fellowship Time following the 10:30 am service.  We look forward to seeing you there!


https://www.mainstreet-umc.org/activities/coffee-hour

 

 

Recorded prayer services inspired by Taizé 

You are invited into a simple, meditative prayer service with Taizé chants as part of your Lenten journey. The pre-recorded services will be available each Wednesday from Feb. 24 to March 31, 2021. The services will be 30-35 minutes. Author, educator and spiritual director Kate Young Wilder will be our host. The services will be posted on the website at https://www.neumc.org/Taizé_Lent

 

 

Caste:  The Origins of our Discontents
by Isabel Wilkerson
Bishop Devadhar's Recommended Book Discussion:
   

Tuesday, March 23 from 7:00 - 8:30  on Google Meet

Join Pastor Kristy in discussing this important and hopeful book, as author Isabel Wilkerson examines American race relations from a new perspective.  Dispensing with the charged word "racism," Ms. Wilkerson skillfully describes the history and context of an American caste system that has kept Black people and others from advancing as easily as their White counterparts in American society.  The book is a page-turner and
powerful in its assessment.  Participants will be expected to have read or listened to the entire book before March 23, as discussion will be around the ideas in the book and not a general discussion of race in America.

Notes:  This book is clearly written but will take you some time to read.  If participants would like more time for discussion, extra sessions may be added to accommodate particular topics.


meet.google.com/fhb-ivcb-hve

Join by phone:  402-751-0306  PIN: ‪815 888 041#

 

 

The UMHEF Scholarship Program awarded over $2+ million in scholarship every year to the members of the United Methodist Church to defray the cost of their college education. If your youth is an active member of the Mainstreet United Methodist Church and is preparing to attend college in the coming fall or is currently attending college, click this link to apply for a scholarship: https://www.umhef.org/apply/. The deadline is March 1, 2021 for scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Each year the New England Conference Scholarship Committee seeks applications from adults or recent high school graduates who are pursuing undergraduate education at any accredited two- or four-year college, university or technical school. Applicants must be United Methodist Church members and are eligible to apply every year until they complete their undergraduate degree. In 2019-20, there were 50 scholarships totaling $28,315 granted to students from the New England Conference.
 
The application for scholarship support can only be submitted online (see the links below). The deadline has been extended: Applications for 2020-21 support are now due midnight on May 22, 2020.
 

Find the 2020-21 application form
Find the 2020-21 recommendation form
 
Karrie Lam, the Coordinator of Youth Ministry, will be available to answer any questions and concerns about the application/recommendation you may have. Please email Karrie Lam at
karrie.lam@mainstreet-umc.org to schedule a zoom meeting with her.

 

 

 

Election of new representative needed


In paragraph 32 of our Book of Discipline it lays out who the lay members of the annual conference are.  A little over halfway through that paragraph it states, "Each charge served by more than one clergy shall be entitled to as many lay members as there are clergy members."  


So now that Kristy is appointed to MSUMC, we get another representative to Annual Conference which is always held in June (usually in Manchester). But this year, it will be a virtual zoom affair so it will be easier for anyone interested in representing our church and getting to know the workings of the denomination at the conference level.

Let the office know if your interested and we'll elect a rep at our next Council meeting.

 

 

 



January 2021 Finance Snapshot:

 

Thank you for your continued generosity to help us minister to the church, community, and to many places of need.    We have a few large items of note that will enable a better experience when the time comes for us to gather in person.  Those items are a license for Music ($370), AED ($397.00 balance remaining), and for the I-wave air cleaners ($19,403 balance).   That I-wave will provide a little extra peace of mind when we do get back together in person.  Thank you.

 

General Fund (GF)

Total GF Income Received as of 1/31/2021:      $35,456.40 

Total GF Income Budgeted through 1/31/2021:      $36,744 

Total GF Expenses Paid through 1/31/2021:      $31,851.44

Total GF Expenses Budgeted through 1/31/2021:   $38,043.72 

 

Notes on General Fund

  • World and New England Mission Shares were not paid in January.  We should be able to catch up later.
  • The church owes for the air cleaning units installed.  Donations received as of February 14 cover a bit over 10% of the cost.  With help from others, we can pay this bill without dipping into invested funds.  Donations in any amount are welcome.  It would be wonderful to receive enough to pay the $19,403 balance.
  • Current on other expenses

 

Heart of Nashua 1 & 2 (GiF) & HON Cont. (Capital Campaign/Elevator, Connector, Renovations) 

-  Balance Due on HON Loan as of 1/31/2021:  $146,781.93 (Loan was $358,343.45)

-  In January the $1,769.53 monthly payment was paid.  HON Cont. funds on hand 1/31/2021 ($7796.84) will cover payments for four months.

-  Total Paid (including interest) Using HON 1, 2 & Continued as of 1/31/2021:  $1,848,782.64

 

Funding for the Future, 100 for $150 (Endowment) – Received as of 1/31/2021:  $315.00

   Our goal is to have 100 people or families give $150 each year to this fund to grow our endowment for future generations.

 

Thank You 

-  Thank you to all who helped support this congregation in 2020 in any way.  We were able to pay 2020 Conference obligations in full, pay our expenses and assist other groups and missions of this congregation.  

-  The gift of snowplowing is especially appreciated with the recent snows.  While the church is not open, some members and staff spend time at the church to keep the church going including our counters.

-  The UMM has agreed to purchase an AED (automated external defibrillator).  As of February 14, we have received $520 toward the purchase of a second unit.  

-  The Valentine thank yous to the committees were wonderful.  Thanks to all who worked on them and to the Committees they were given to.

 

Recent and Current Expenses

Recent expenses include:  $447.80 for office supplies (envelopes mostly), $18.99 vacuum bags, $240.89 for offering envelopes, $743.71 for boiler room sump pump repair, $214.65 copier lease, $49.72 elevator phone, $266 for elevator service contract, $63.94 for trash removal 

 

Upcoming Expenses

One License for Music=est. $370, AED =$397.00 more needed, $19,403 balance to pay for I-wave air cleaners

 

How to Help

  • We still need more counters to assist with counting donations.  Our pleas brought us one new counter, for which we are very grateful.  You can contact the office if you are interested or one of the pastors.

-  Please continue to support us financially if you can.   Checks may be mailed to Main St. UMC, PO Box 1517, Nashua, NH 03061, Attn.:  Financial Secretary.  Donations may also be made via PayPal, Vanco or by direct deposit to our bank account.   We also accept stock donations.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for making the Family Promise housewares drive a success!  


On January 31 and February 1, Main Street UMC members and new friends from social media converged on the MSUMC parking lot with gifts for the families who will soon move into the new Family Promise of Southern NH facility.  These brand-new, colorful contributions will outfit 7 full adult bedrooms, 3 cribs, 3 full children's bedrooms and a whole family bathroom, with lots of additional sheet sets, towels, comforters, mattress pads, brooms, plungers, cleaning products and toilet paper to help program participants feel like home as they move forward through a time of crisis.  In addition to the advertised items, an internet friend also donated new, handmade baby blankets and a collection of hand-tied fleece blankets made by her Girl Scout troop.  And another church member donated a safety-step ladder that the program plans to use in their food pantry.  Our gifts filled two very full van-loads, and the Family Promise Staff were thrilled by your generosity!  Thank you!!
During a tour, Pastors Kelly and Kristy were impressed with the lovely new family suites, private family bathrooms, HEPA air filtration system, and the huge, industrial kitchen where weeknight meals can be prepared and served during the week, so that working parents are free to deal with family needs on those nights.  Though the facility is not yet finished, we are certain that, even at partial capacity, it will be a huge support to families experiencing homelessness in the area.  With the support of the program, including financial literacy training and case management, most families transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency within a year.

Family Promise will need other support as they begin to welcome residents.  Stay tuned for opportunities to serve as we learn their COVID-19 protocols and their program needs.  For more information, visit 
www.familypromisesnh.org

 

 

 

 

COVID Vaccination Information:
 

  • To register for  an appointment for a vaccine in Nashua for Swahili, Kinyarwanda, French, Lingala speakers Call Abimana 603-682-5032

 

  • To register for  an appointment for a vaccine in Greater Nashua for members of Nashua's Black and African American community (Swahili) Call Nellie  603-430-0328

 

  • To register for an appointment for a vaccine in Nashua for Spanish and Portuguese speakers call Silvia (603)682-2272


Information provided by the Nashua Intercultural Council

 

 

A Message from Missions

The Nashua Soup Kitchen at 2 Quincy Street could use some soup, especially soups like Chicken Noodle, cream soups, and the Progresso-type soups that don't need to be diluted. You can drop it off any weekday, and you might add some mac and cheese packages to keep folks cozy and happy! You can even order online and have it delivered! How great is that! GO SOUP!!

 

 

 




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EASTER TREE OF LIFE:  THE HEIFER PROJECT 

 

Here are some options for our Easter Tree of Life, an alternative way to honor or remember a special person in the life of your family.  Any gift that you choose will help to make another family more independent, and a young animal will be passed on to a new family so that your gift will keep on giving! Fill out the form below and mail it with your check to the church office at PO Box 1517 Nashua, NH  03061. Please complete by Palm Sunday, March 28, in order to be included in the Easter Sunday bulletin.

 

You can also donate directly to Heifer at https://www.heifer.org/gift-catalog/index.html  If you do that, please email your receipt to the church office  office@mainstreet-umc.org and let us know who you are honoring!  Or just call the church office so that the right animals make it onto the tree and onto the list.

 

As your emails and phone calls and checks come in, we will put your animal or water pump or tree or seeds on the Easter Tree of Life.  There has been some talk of videotaping as each new addition is made! Be sure to involve your kids in this project.  This link takes you to many wooly and wonderful Heifer downloadable activities!

https://www.heifer.org/what-you-can-do/get-involved/schools/home-school-activities/elementary-resources.html

 

Honeybees $30

Flock of chicks $20

Water pump $150

Flock of ducks $20

Flock of geese $20

Pig $120   Share of a pig $10

Trees $60   Share of trees $10

Seeds   Any amount

Heifer $500   Share of a heifer $50

Sheep $120   Share of a sheep $10

Goat $120   Share of a goat $10

Donkey $120   Share of a donkey $10

Llama $150   Share of a llama $20

Fish Fingerlings $300   Share of Fingerlings $30

Water Buffalo $250   Share of a water buffalo $25

Trio of rabbits $60   Share of a rabbit trio $10

 

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Animal or plant chosen___________________________ Amount_________________

 

From _________________________________________________

 

In memory of _________________________________________________

 

In honor of _________________________________________________

 

In celebration of _________________________________________________



  







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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Mainstreeter Blast February 11, 2021

Pastor's Sabbath Days:
Pastor Kelly: Tuesday
Pastor Kristy: Friday

Days to Reach Pastors
Pastor Kelly: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Pastor Kristy: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

 

A Message from Pastor Kelly


If you were going to the doctor for some hurt seeking healing, you wouldn't go and tell the doctor everything was fine. In order for the physician to help she/he would need to know what was in pain. Naming what's wrong is the beginning of addressing the ache.

Which is where Ash Wednesday begins, naming our reality, our hurts. The ritual recognizes, and celebrates even, our mortality and the effect this has on our ability to heal. Then there's the 40-day season of Lent to work on our healing.


We're grateful for the coming together of Arlington Street and Main Street congregations, even virtually, as we celebrate Ash Wednesday together February 17, at 7:00 p.m.

In preparation for the service, please gather a candle, a piece of beach glass and a small amount of sand or dirt and a little bit of water.  We won't be using ashes this year since the national Ecumenical guidelines developed with the CDC found no safe way to impose ashes. So we'll be following the Biblical examples
of creating a small sandy paste on the palms of our hands to make the sign of the cross in.
-Pastor Kelly
________
THIS SUNDAY is Valentines Day which isn't a religious holiday exactly although it shares its name with a Saint and a tradition of faithful rebellion.

But we're taking advantage of the coincidence this year to celebrate the ways others in the church are "holding up our lives."

Join us live on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Fellowship Virtual Coffee Hour

Be sure to join us for our Virtual Coffee Hour and Fellowship Time following the 10:30 am service.  We look forward to seeing you there!


https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mainstreet-umc.org%2Factivities%2Fcoffee-hour&sa=D&ust=1613485905730000&usg=AOvVaw2_8RAHmDIgfDZQGg-xlK7E

 

 

The UMHEF Scholarship Program awarded over $2+ million in scholarship every year to the members of the United Methodist Church to defray the cost of their college education. If your youth is an active member of the Mainstreet United Methodist Church and is preparing to attend college in the coming fall or is currently attending college, click this link to apply for a scholarship: https://www.umhef.org/apply/. The deadline is March 1, 2021 for scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Each year the New England Conference Scholarship Committee seeks applications from adults or recent high school graduates who are pursuing undergraduate education at any accredited two- or four-year college, university or technical school. Applicants must be United Methodist Church members and are eligible to apply every year until they complete their undergraduate degree. In 2019-20, there were 50 scholarships totaling $28,315 granted to students from the New England Conference.
 
The application for scholarship support can only be submitted online (see the links below). The deadline has been extended: Applications for 2020-21 support are now due midnight on May 22, 2020.
 

Find the 2020-21 application form
Find the 2020-21 recommendation form
 
Karrie Lam, the Coordinator of Youth Ministry, will be available to answer any questions and concerns about the application/recommendation you may have. Please email Karrie Lam at
karrie.lam@mainstreet-umc.org to schedule a zoom meeting with her.

 

 

Ash Wednesday Information
In consultation with other local Protestant congregations, national safety advice, and state-wide health regulations, we're planning an on-line only Ash Wednesday service with Arlington Street UMC. You can check out the guidelines that have determined there is no safe way to impose ashes this year beyond your own household group. We will, however, still have a ritual to mark our
brokenness and mortality as we begin our Lenten journey together. For the service, you're invited to gather a candle, a small amount of sand or dirt, a small glass of water, and if possible, a piece of sea glass.
Please contact Pastor Kelly if you have questions or need help in assembling any of these items. We can help!

We've posted the guidance developed by an ecumenical panel with the CDC input on our Facebook page.

 

 

Election of new representative needed


In paragraph 32 of our Book of Discipline it lays out who the lay members of the annual conference are.  A little over halfway through that paragraph it states, "Each charge served by more than one clergy shall be entitled to as many lay members as there are clergy members."  


So now that Kristy is appointed to MSUMC, we get another representative to Annual Conference which is always held in June (usually in Manchester). But this year, it will be a virtual zoom affair so it will be easier for anyone interested in representing our church and getting to know the workings of the denomination at the conference level.

Let the office know if your interested and we'll elect a rep at our next Council meeting.

 

 

 

Dear Main Street family,

As you are aware, the Trustees and the Safety Committee have been working to create as safe an environment as possible for us to worship in when we are able to be together again.  The iWave systems have been installed to clean the air of allergens, mold, pathogens and any other "germy things" that might be in the air.  There are three mobile units to take care of cleansing the air in Pastor Kelly's office, the admin office and the office that will soon be Kristy's. In addition to those systems, hand sanitizer and "COVID killer" cleaning spray is available throughout the building.  Screening is done upon entry and masks are required to be worn.  The pews have been measured and marked to allow for social distancing, hymnals and Bibles have been removed from the pew racks.  We have done everything possible to make Main Street UMC a safer place to be when the bishop gives us the green light to return to in person worship.


The next thing on our list and perhaps even more critical, is the purchase of two Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs).  The State of New Hampshire has a contract with several vendors to purchase the units at an extremely reduced price.  The AEDs being considered are $917.00 each.  The UMM group has generously committed to funding the purchase of one unit.  If 46 of us could donate $20.00 each, we would have enough to purchase the second unit.  I know you are wondering where these AEDs would be located.  One will be in the first floor lobby area and the second outside of the sanctuary in the second floor lobby area.  This is a purchase that could truly be the difference between life and death for someone experiencing a cardiac event.  Please consider making that $20,00 contribution. You may mail your check to the church, PO Box 1517, Nashua, 03061, and make a note on the check that it is for the AED procurement. If you have any questions, please contact me.  I thank you in advance for making this life saving addition possible.

Donna Swanson
Chair, MSUMC Board of Trustees
603-759-5088

 

 

Recorded prayer services inspired by Taizé 

You are invited into a simple, meditative prayer service with Taizé chants as part of your Lenten journey. The pre-recorded services will be available each Wednesday from Feb. 24 to March 31, 2021. The services will be 30-35 minutes. Author, educator and spiritual director Kate Young Wilder will be our host. The services will be posted on the website at https://www.neumc.org/Taizé_Lent

 

 

 

 

A Message from Missions

The Nashua Soup Kitchen at 2 Quincy Street could use some soup, especially soups like Chicken Noodle, cream soups, and the Progresso-type soups that don't need to be diluted. You can drop it off any weekday, and you might add some mac and cheese packages to keep folks cozy and happy! You can even order online and have it delivered! How great is that! GO SOUP!!

 

 


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We are inviting people of faith and congregations to write a letter to 2021 which will both remind us of the lessons we learned during this challenging season and how it felt to live through it, and cast our personal vision for the world we want to see coming into being by December 2021.


Please use the following link to submit your letter:

https://convergenceus.org/letters-to-2021/

 

 

Al James has shared his letter with us:

LETTER TO 2021
January 23, 2021
 
 
Though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit.1

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If I am distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if I am comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings I suffer. And my hope for you is firm, because I know that just as you share in my sufferings, so also you share in my comfort.2
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.3 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,
whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.4 The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.5
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.6 Humble yourself, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.7
He says, "Come unto me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for
your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."8 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will walk and not be faint. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.9
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.10 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him11 because suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.12 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your
own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.13
And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.14 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.15
Finally, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.16 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever.
Amen.17


 


 






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