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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a zoom meeting with her.
Help Family Promise of Southern NH Reopen
Main Street United Methodist Church has partnered with Family Promise (formerly the Anne Marie House) since it opened. The staff at Family Promise have been working hard to prepare their new Nashua facility for the arrival of families. The need to house homeless families is extreme, and the staff hopes to move 10 families into the facility very soon. In order to do so, they need linens and other items to equip the family bedrooms, bathrooms, and cleaning kits.
Please consider either purchasing a few items, or, if you're feeling creative and generous, equipping a whole room. Due to the pandemic, all items must be NEW.
Sign up below for the items you intend to purchase, and drop them off at the Church on Sunday, January 31, between 1 and 3 p.m. or on Monday, February 1 between 10 a.m. and noon or between 4 and 6 p.m. Thank you!
(Family Promise is a 501c-3 non-profit organization, and so your donations can be itemized for your taxes, so save your receipts.)
Contact Pastor Kristy Besada and Look for Sign up Genius Link in the next Mainstreeter Blast.
Worship Visuals: God is Holding Your Life
On our altar for this series is a globe in God's hand, cupped hands and praying hands. If you think about it, we are God's hands in the world and God uses us to do all kinds of things for each other including folding them in prayer. The handprint banners draped across the altar were made the weekend of our church's 150th celebration in 2018. Adults and children in attendance that Sunday had the opportunity to "paint" their hands and press them on the banners. In other years, children made the banner above the altar with handprints in the shape of a heart as well as the Helping Hands banner on the side wall by the piano.
At Home Prayer Bowls
Our Epiphany 7 week worship series is entitled "God is Holding Your Life - A Journey of Assurance for the New Year". If you don't have a regular at-home prayer practice, this is the perfect time to start. Designate a bowl or plate to use to collect prayers throughout the season. To quote Marcia McFee, Director of the Worship Design Studio, "When we 'hold one another in prayer,' or 'hold space' for loved ones who are experiencing difficult emotions and challenging experiences, we are co-creating a holy space with room for grace and acceptance of what is. An image of cupped hands placed at the bottom of the prayer bowl can serve as a reminder that God holds this space for us."
You may choose to print out the attached page with a line drawing of cupped hands. Color them if you want to, cut out and simply place in the bottom of the bowl. Easy Peasy! Or you can trace one of your hands on a piece of paper, cut out two and tape to the outside as if holding the bowl. For those of you who are Pinterest fans, you can find all sorts of suggestions for making plaster casts of a hand, marker hand tracings on plastic plates, the sky is the limit. John and Laura Graudons may want to reshare the photo of the plaster cast they made of their hands on their anniversary. Very Cool! We will be anxious to see all the creative ideas you have.
December 2020 Finance Snapshot:
General Fund (GF) Total GF Income Received as of 12/31/2020: $436,879.68* Total GF Income Budgeted through 12/31/2020: $430,300 (revised budget) ($447,176.80 orig. bud.) Total GF Expenses Paid through 12/31/2020: $404,438.88 Total GF Expenses Budgeted through 12/31/2020: $433,772.10 (revised budget) ($447,176.80 orig.) * Includes $43,081.73 designated for Heart of Nashua Continued ($35,797.36 spent—$24,000 budgeted) and CARES Act PPP $37,385 received and used for GF expenses.
Notes on General Fund Current on payments. Thanks to the generosity of the church, mission shares were paid in full for 2020.
Heart of Nashua 1 & 2 (GiF) & HON Cont. (Capital Campaign/Elevator, Connector, Renovations) - Balance Due on HON Loan as of 12/31/2020: $147,913.20 (Loan was $358,343.45) - In December the $1,769.53 monthly payment was paid plus $800 on the principal. HON Cont. funds on hand 12/31/2020 ($7284.37) will pay the January 2021 payment and the next three months. - Total Paid (including interest) Using HON 1, 2 & Continued as of 12/31/2020: $1,884,580.00
Funding for the Future, 100 for $150 (Endowment) – Received Jan.- Dec. 31, 2020: $3045.00 Our goal is to have 100 people or families give $150 each year to this fund to grow our endowment for future generations of
Thank You - Thank you to all who helped support this congregation in 2020 in any way. Included in this group is the UMW which donated some of its income from the virtual craft fair to support the church. Other donations were made to pay missions and to support the General Fund which covers most of the expenses of the church. - We especially appreciate everyone's efforts to donate as early as possible to allow time to meet our commitments.
How to Help - 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.
We need more counters to assist with counting the weekly donations. Each Sunday we need two counters. We'd like to have enough counters so each counter would only need to count one Sunday per month. If you are interested, please contact one of the pastors, Joe Dechene or any member of the Finance committee.
Continue to support the church, its members and the world in prayer.
Mainstreet United Methodist Church · PO Box 1517 · Nashua, NH 03061-1517 · USA