The word DARE lit up in our second floor lobby window is hoping to inspire Nashua to dream of such a world and work towards it. We're daring ourselves to believe we can change the world. We're daring ourselves to not get weighed down by apathy or despair.
What do you need to be dared to dream, or do, or be? Try this, complete this sentence for yourself: I dare to ______________. What would you like to dare yourself to be? Courageous, cautious, compassionate? Patient, prayerful, powerful? Might your "dare" statement have less to do with some way you seek to perform or to be more productive than a way you wish to be present for the world? I dare to not let my weariness with COVID, keep me from being cautious. I dare to wear a mask, even though I'm vaccinated, as a way of caring for others. I dare to educate myself about the history of race in this country. I dare to speak out against racism. I dare to find a spiritual practice that will keep me engaged and nourished in changing the world. I dare to breathe deeply in the face of anxiety.
Langston Hughes, in his famous poem, Let America be America Again, dared to gather dreams from others, of a world of equality, of an America that was an America again, even for those for whom it had never been the "land of the free."
What will you dare?
MSUMC is daring to draw near in community, even in online ways we don't much like sometimes, to be formed into the body of Christ for the world. We dare to reach out to encourage others in the face of devastating news cycles...
I dare to _____ (finish the sentence for yourself) and let us know what you're daring to dream...
You are invited to join us on Zoom for an inspiring program to honor our mothers, daughter and friends. The UMW Spring Meeting will take place on Saturday, May 1st from 10:00 am - 12:00pm.
To register, please email Graniteumwomen@comcast.net If you require a phone number, please call Mary Jane Anderson (District Treasurer) at (603) 568-2688.
There is no fee for the meeting, but we request, if you are able, to give an offering to your favorite charity or food bank within your community. Pastor Kelly will be leading the Communion Service (be sure to have bread/cracker and water/juice ready).
Next week, we are going to meet/order takeout from Frontera Tacos and Tequila (610 Amherst Street, Nashua) on Tuesday, May 4th at 5pm. We also love to see your photos of homemade tacos. If you have questions, need information, or have photos to share send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Nora Campbell and one of her Junior Troop-mates are conducting this blanket drive to earn their Junior Girl Scout Bronze Award. If you are interested in participating, please see the video below. Blankets can be dropped off in the MSUMC Main Lobby or at the locations listed above.
Joann Fabrics has a variety of fleece fabric you can choose from to make your own blanket. Joann Fabrics also has ready-made blanket kits in both 48" and 72" sizes.
Congratulations to Nonny and her family on the recent birth of twin granddaughters!! Both babies (and parents) are doing well. What a beautiful blessing.
This is one of the first pictures of Ella smiling last week at 5 weeks old. Thanks from Ella, parents Cassie and Ryan and grandparents Pam and Paul Breniser for the baby gift bag and prayers from Main Street. The hat and burp cloth were adorable.
CWS Blanket Sunday
Blanket Sunday is scheduled for Mother's Day, May 9th. We encourage you to honor your mother, grandmother, or another special person on Mother's Day with a Church World Service blanket. Since we have been able to distribute Church World Service Blankets ourselves, this gift has even more meaning for us. You can mail your donation to the church at PO Box 1517 Nashua 03061, or take your donation to the church Monday-Thursday 9am—1pm, or donate online:
Please note who you are honoring and we will include your honoree in the Mother's Day bulletin. For more information contact Phyllis Appler at email@example.com
Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Main Street United Methodist Church" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.
How it works: 1. Open the Amazon app on your phone. 2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features. 3. Select "Main Street United Methodist Church" as your charity. 4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app.
That's all there is to it! Thank you for shopping and sharing.
If you are planning to schedule a meeting, please remember to check with the office first. The meetings are entered on the church calendar and this way conflicts can be avoided. If the office is closed, please refer to the church calendar on our websitehttp://www.mainstreet-umc.orgto see what meetings are currently scheduled.
Save the date: COVID-19 update from the Re-Entry Team
The Conference Re-Entry Team will host a webinar from 7-8:30 pm on Monday, May 10, 2021. Team members, along with other experts, will offer guidance and information as well as take questions about in-person worship, vaccines, church music and more.
We need a person interested in attending the Annual Conference; online Jun 10-12 (most of the work is Thursday and Friday and Saturday morning). You would be elected as a voting member (an equalization member) representing MSUMC.
If you are that person, please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org There will be training and information provided prior to the conference.
March 2021 Finance Snapshot:
General Fund (GF)
Total GF Income Received as of 3/31/2021: $123,611.12*
Total GF Income Budgeted through 3/31/2021: $107,812.00
Total GF Expenses Paid through 3/31/2021: $103,633.39
Total GF Expenses Budgeted through 3/31/2021: $116,805.19
* Includes $8651.00 designated for Heart of Nashua Continued and CARES Act PPP
Draw 2 Funds of $18,630.67 received and used for GF expenses.
Notes on General Fund
In March we paid two months (January and February) of World and New England Mission Shares and have received a donation in April that will be sent to the Conference toward another month.
We started using the Cares Act PPP funds in March for payroll and utilities and will continue to use it in April.
In March we received complete forgiveness for the Cares Act PPP Loan received in 2020.
We are current on other expenses.
Heart of Nashua 1 & 2 (GiF) & HON Cont. (Capital Campaign/Elevator, Connector, Renovations)
Balance Due on HON Loan as of 3/31/2021: $144,216.24 (Loan was $358,343.45)
In March the $1,769.53 monthly payment was paid. HON Cont. funds on hand 3/31/2021 ($10,626.78) will cover payments for six months.
Total Paid (including interest) Using HON 1, 2 & Continued as of 3/31/2021: $1,889,888.59
Funding for the Future, 100 for $150 (Endowment) – Received this year as of 3/31/2021: $1405
Please be one of 100 people or families giving $150 each year (or donate any amount) to grow our endowment for our future.
The two AEDs have been purchased and installed. Thank you UMM and others who made donations for these.
We received another $1000 donation toward the I-wave air purifiers in April. Thank you.
Thank you to all who give to support this congregation. Your financial gifts, service and prayers are all appreciated.
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
Mainstreet United Methodist Church · PO Box 1517 · Nashua, NH 03061-1517 · USA