This invitation, from our Bishop, is excerpted from his weekly email:
In the Church, our inability to doubt or raise questions has made our witness weak!
I am excited that many of you, as individuals and in groups, are reading Dr. Brian D. McLaren's book, Faith after Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It.
At a planning meeting with Dr. McLaren for our conference-wide book discussion seriesthis fall, I shared some of the positive comments I am hearing about the book from across the conference.
In his book, Brian outlines four stages of faith development: Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity, and Harmony
Personally, I believe that in order to arrive at the stage of harmony - living a life of love - we must first go through stages of simplicity, complexity, and perplexity! Is this not the DNA of class meetings?
To gain a greater measure of maturity in our faith, like those who attended John Wesley's class meetings, we are at The Table to help one another live our faith daily and to challenge one another to deepen our walk with Christ. We should seek to go beyond faith as a set of "correct beliefs" and instead embrace "faith expressing itself as love."
Registration for the discussion series will open soon. It is my hope that our discussions with Brian, which can include 500 participants, will be completely filled before the registration deadline of Sept. 9, 2021.
I expect these four conversations with Brian will be rich and robust and may lead to a new spirit and energy among our clergy and laity -inspiring us not only to stay at The Table, but to extend The Table by adding leaves until there is a place for each and every one of God's children.
--Bishop S. Devadhar
Please use the following link for more information and to register for this series:
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.
Arthur Njenga has shared that Zabayo Bigirimana has died of complications after a C section, giving birth to her fifth child. The family moved to Ohio last year. Everyone will remember those four little boys. This family really needs our prayers.
With Sympathy we announce the passing of Carol Lillian (Stevens Dunn) Berry.
Pastor Kelly will be presiding over the memorial service on Sunday, August 8th. Time: 1:00 pm Address: Bergeron Family Home 87 Harbor Ave Nashua, NH 03060
Donations can be dropped off in the MSUMC main lobby, Monday-Thursday 9 am - 1 pm.
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 email@example.com.
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