CELEBRATION! Raejean Lester, who has been a faithful member of the church for over 40 years had her 88th birthday on Feb 15th. We celebrate with her!
What's for dinner? Join us for soup and sharing. We want to join you around the table and share your favorite table grace. Just send in your stories and photos to the office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's a fun grace from Youth Ministry days. We also have several to Gilligan's Island theme and a Superman grace complete with flying motions. What's the weirdest grace you've got?
Addam's Family Prayer (*sung to tune of Adam's family theme) Duh duh duh duh (snap snap) Duh duh duh duh (snap snap) Duh duh duh duh Duh duh duh duh Duh duh duh duh (snap snap). We thank you Lord for giving The food we need for living For fun and friends and family We thank you now oh Lord Dud duh duh duh (snap snap) Duh duh duh duh (snap snap) Duh duh duh duh Duh duh duh duh Duh duh duh duh. Amen
Pastor Kristy shares this: "We all used to take turns praying extemporaneously at the table, even when the boys were really little. Now, we say a VERY simple table grace. I think Aidan and his grandma came up with it on the fly during a grandparent visit. I was frustrated and wrangling an overstimulated toddler into a booster seat while trying to serve a bigger crowd than usual. Everyone was hungry and tired. These few, simple words became our grace for the rest of that visit and every day after. After getting quiet, we all say together "Thank you for the food. Thank you for the company. Amen." If we want to add more we do, but it usually says everything we need to say."
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
Soup for the Soul
Vegetable White Bean Soup (The Minimalist Baker)
2 Tbsp olive, avocado, or coconut oil
1 large white or yellow onion (diced)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
1 cup carrots (sliced)
1/2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper (plus more to taste)
1 tsp dried basil, oregano and garlic powder
1/2 pound red potatoes (quartered)
2 medium yellow squash or zucchini (sliced)
2 14.5-ounce cans fire-roasted tomatoes
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
5 cups veggie stock (DIY or store-bought // add more salt if needed when using reduced sodium)
1 15-ounce can white beans (rinsed and drained)
3 cups kale (or other sturdy green // chopped)
Heat a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat and prep veggies.
Add oil, then onion, garlic, carrot and stir. Season with salt, pepper, and spices and stir again to coat.
Next add squash, potatoes, fire roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce and veggie stock. Bring soup to a simmer and then reduce heat to low and cover. Continue cooking for 15 minutes, then add beans, another pinch each salt and pepper, and stir. If the soup starts boiling, be sure to lower heat to just a light simmer.
Cook for at least another 10 minutes to let the flavors meld, and then add kale, stir, and cover. Cook for 5 minutes more.
Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve with a hearty bread.
God in our waking, God in our speaking; God in our cooking, God in our eating; God in our playing, God in our digesting; God in our working, God in our resting. Amen
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 andpowerful 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.
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 email@example.com to schedule a zoom meeting with her.
Hello Main Street music lovers! Believe it or not, it's time to start working on our Palm Sunday cantata. Just like our Christmas cantata, this year, our Palm Sunday cantata will be virtual. Everyone is invited to participate! You can choose to do just one song or several, or you can volunteer to record a reading. If you are curious about how our virtual choir works, check out the tutorial posted to our choir YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmvttIxg3CA&t=1s
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.
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
We need assistance with our Food Distributions on Thursdays at the Centro Latino. We are looking for assistance at different times which are listed below:
First time slot is from 10:30am-11:30am: this is to unload boxes from the truck, heavy lifting required.
Second time slot is from 12:30pm-1:30pm: this is to unload and sort out food in individual boxes.
Third time slot is from 2pm-3:45pm: this is to help Iliana with serving the boxes, some heavy lifting required.
Everyone will be wearing masks and gloves. A COVID-19 screen questionnaire and temperature are taken upon arrival.
Can you help? Please call or text Iliana Barreto at 603-858-7452 right away if you can help!
Centro Latino Location: 189 Spruce Street Manchester 30103 (the back door of St. Anne-St. Augustin)
Sarah Jane Knoy, Executive Director
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.
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!