I've started several of the non-fiction books I "should" be reading for work but I keep getting caught up in the sweep of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, the novel all of Nashua has been invited to read together. It's an incredibly powerful and moving story that traces a family across 300 years of history and 2 continents. In the audible version I'm listening to, the performer uses an African accent for the chapters set in Africa and an American accent for the chapters set in Harlem. It's wonderful to hear.
And I find it opening a window onto a history and experiences of the slave trade that I hadn't considered. It's disturbing that way but it's also fascinating. I'm grateful for the ways it's opening a new portal to understanding this history. Summer reading can be that invitation to slow down and experience a new story.
I think of sabbath, or in our Christian tradition, Sunday worship, in the same way. It's an invitation to stop, to slow down, to open ourselves to another portal. It's a chance to open ourselves to the divine, to the stories of the people of faith in scriptures, to the experiences and concerns of others. The sanctuary has been open for many weeks now, I hope you'll join us in worship soon.
And your staff is going on a one-day retreat this August to pray with and for our ministry. We're creating a space for renewal, to consider our leadership together, to envision a way forward. Won't you put August 25th on your calendar and pray for your staff? We'd appreciate knowing you're with us as we open ourselves to the spirit's movement in our midst.
The Church is OPEN!!!
We welcome you to worship with us in the sanctuary whenever you feel comfortable joining us. We continue to wear masks, physical distance and filter the air to mitigate the risk of indoor gatherings.
You can just show up on Sunday morning if you like (or register in advance if you prefer).
If you have any questions or need assistance in registering, please contact the main office at (603) 882-3361 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace and Peace in the Name of our Lord! As District Superintendent of the Granite District of The United Methodist Church I hereby give permission, according to ¶246 of the 2016 Book of Discipline, for Main Street United Methodist Church, Nashua, NH to hold a SPECIAL CHURCH CONFERENCE on or after August 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm. The sole purpose of this SPECIAL CHURCH CONFERENCE IS: To approve 2021-2022 church leadership. I designate that Rev. Kelly Turney may preside at this meeting. It is understood that all the provisions of the 2016 BOOK OF DISCIPLINE as outlined in ¶246: 1-10 including giving at least ten days' notice to members and providing minutes of the meeting to the District Superintendent shall be duly observed. Shalom,
Rev. We Chang Commonwealth East Covering District Superintendent
*This meeting will take place via Google Meet on Monday, August 23rd at 7 pm.
The family has requested that the Celebration of Life Service be postponed until they have had time to prepare and feel ready to make arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked the donations be made to the ORGAN endowment fund.
Upcoming Missions Project: NSKS School Supplies
It's a great time to purchase school supplies for the Nashua Soup Kitchen's Backpack Drive!
Backpack donations (see link below) can be dropped off at 2 Quincy Street; Monday, August 2nd-Friday, August 6th between 9 am - 4 pm. Please pull into the soup kitchen parking lot. Donations can be brought to door #2. They will be happy to unload for you. If you have a large drop off and would like to schedule your delivery, please email email@example.com or you can leave them in the lobby at the church and the Missions Team will deliver them. Church office hours are Monday - Thursday 9am-1pm.
Please use the following link for a complete list of needed school supplies:
It's time for another Vacation Bible School with Main Street United Methodist Church! This year's VBS Care Package theme is Compassion Camp: Changing the World with Lovingkindness! With the VBS Care Package, families may complete the activities in their own time. The VBS Team will distribute the care packages on Sunday, August 15th. We look forward to sharing another meaningful and memorable week with your children!
Looking for creative musicians, joyful singers, playful poetry readers...we are once more inviting the congregation to participate! This year, summer music will be virtual, so we will be using pre-recorded videos. If you are interested in singing, playing an instrument, or reading poetry, email Emily Adamsat firstname.lastname@example.org.
Silver Knights Outing!!!
LAST CALL!! Please let us know if you are ready for some baseball - Friday, August 6th is the date! If this is something you would like to be a part of, please contact the main office, email@example.com , so that we have you on our ticket list. Our numbers are growing and now tickets have been discounted to $5/each!! Don't miss out, this is going to be a spectacular nightof fun, fellowship and fireworks!!
June 2021 Finance Snapshot:
General Fund (GF) Total GF Income Received as of 6/30/2021: $222,545.51* Total GF Income Budgeted through 6/30/2021: $218,654.00 Total GF Expenses Paid through 6/30/2021: $195,699.29 Total GF Expenses Budgeted through 6/30/2021: $225,950.92 * Includes $10,787 designated for Heart of Nashua Continued and CARES Act PPP Draw 2 Funds of $41,352.00 received and used for GF expenses.
Notes on General Fund · We did not pay World and New England Mission Shares in June leaving us three months behind on each ($5853.78 on both). A July donation will be sent in the end of July. · Current on other expenses as of 6/30/2021. (In the summer we are not billed for property insurance but must make a large payment at a new rate in September to cover that period.) · Donations were down in June and continue to be low in July.
Heart of Nashua 1 & 2 (GiF) & HON Cont. (Capital Campaign/Elevator, Connector, Renovations) · Balance Due on HON Loan as of 5/31/2021: $141,793.76 (Loan was $358,343.45) · In June the $1,769.53 monthly payment was paid. HON Cont. funds on hand 6/30/2021 ($7,454.19) will cover payments for four months. · Total Paid (including interest) Using HON 1, 2 & Continued as of 6/30/2021: $1,895,197.18
Funding for the Future, 100 for $150 (Endowment) – Received this year as of 6/30/2021: $1915 Anyone can be one of 100 people or families giving $150 each year (or donate any amount) to grow our endowment for our future.
Parsonage Mortgage – As of 5/26/2021 we owed $66,803.34 on the parsonage. We are paying $896.22 per month. At the present rate, the parsonage will be paid off on 1/23/29.
Extra Mile Giving Opportunities · The bark mulch along the plantings in front will be replaced with river rock. Due to rain, it has been delayed to August. The rock will not need to be replaced annually and will help prevent cigarette fires and damage to the sprinkler system, as these have been issues. The total expense is $2750. Donations may be made for this and should be marked "landscaping." To date we have received $1000 to help pay for this. · We received notice of a partial approval of $882 on a matching grant from the New England Conference Together for Tomorrow grant program. It will help provide incremental upgrades to the existing A/V systems of the church to enhance our ability to reach our community. The application was for a matching grant of $1181 to match $1181 from the church (totaling $2362). Please mark donations A/V. We have received $500 toward this. · The trustees replaced the flooring in Kristy's office at a cost of about $275. Thanks to the trustees for installing the floor themselves. Donations can be marked flooring.
Thank you to all who support this congregation. Your continued financial gifts, service and prayers are appreciated and needed.
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