The Confirmands took the "Love Languages" quiz in preparation for this Sunday when Sharon Schmidt is going to reflect on the ways different people with different personalities give and receive love in different ways.
Many folks try to show love and appreciation of others (partners, family members, colleagues) based on the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. But how YOU prefer receiving affirmation is probably not how others want to. And many marriage counseling sessions have exposed the struggles when one partner tries to love the other the way they themselves would want to be loved rather than the way their partner receives love.
The Love Languages author says that by "learning to recognize these preferences in yourself and in your loved ones, you can learn to identify the root of your conflicts, connect more profoundly, and truly begin to grow closer."
Many of our Confirmands rated "quality time" and "words of affirmation" more important than "acts of service" or "receiving gifts." While several parents rated "acts of service" high. What's your love language?
Friends, the Omicron surge is much improved and we have satisfied the request to worship (mostly) remotely through it. We have missed you. If you are comfortable doing so, please feel free to return to worship in the sanctuary. The following protocols are still in place for all worshippers:
Masks for all persons over the age of two.
Health screening and contact tracing at the door.
Physical distancing in the sanctuary.
We continue to encourage all to be vaccinated as completely possible. And if you're ill, please recover at home so that we may greet you warmly in person when you are well.
Blessings, Pastor Kristy
Are you looking for something POSITIVE to do? Here's a simple way we Mainstreeters can brighten the day of our local school staff, who have worked so hard over these past two years:
United Way of Greater Nashua is planning a week of appreciation for all of the teachers, paras, guidance counselors, school psychologists, nurses, custodians, food service employees, and administrators during the week following school vacation.
We'll be sending volunteers to schools from 7am to 9am every morning from Tuesday, March 8th to Friday, March 11th while staff are arriving at the building to cheer them on and to give each person a small gift and thank you card. Volunteers will be encouraged to make "Thank You" signs!
The distribution time at each school will vary within the 7am to 9am timeframe based on when staff usually arrives. Volunteers will likely be at a school for less than an hour. If you can only stay for a short amount of time, we'd still be happy for your help!
If you'd like to join us on one or more days between March 8th and 11th, we'd love your help! Register at the link below or contact us firstname.lastname@example.org (603)438-2173.
This week our color theme is gray, sort of. We have a lovely cream and gray blanket crocheted by Maggie Dechene. Kelly Pyle Brown's sister, Julie, knit the delicate cream colored shawl for her wedding. She knit in blue beads along the edge to go with Kelly's wedding color theme. Kelly says Julie was still knitting during the road trip here from Montana and got it finished just in time for the wedding! Janet Bohs made the picture from leftover fabric scraps and then accented with embroidery. The wooden cutout kid was made by Roger Hall. More on that below. The scarves and fingerless gloves were crocheted by Sandy Myers. She donates many of her hats, gloves and scarves to Main Street UMW's Yuletide Fair, the Nashua Children's Home, the Boys & Girls Club, and the Nashua PAL (After School program). She uses her leftover yarn to make pet cage liners for the Nashua Humane Society. She gets great satisfaction knowing that boys and girls are WARM when they are provided with a hat, gloves and scarf. Also, pets can lay on a warm mat, instead of a cold metal cage floor. She enjoys working with all the different types of yarns available. She makes hats, gloves and scarves all year long.
We still welcome your art for the altar, especially from children. Artwork and photos do not need to be framed, just large enough to see on the altar.
If you have any creative objects to share for one Sunday on the altar such as pottery, baskets, weaving, sewing, knitting, painting, drawing, wood working, stained glass and the like, please contact Pam email@example.com. We would love children's art and any stories that go along with these creations.
This week, we received a letter in the office from a gentleman who send a post card of our church from circa 1915. He is known as "The Postcard Man". He lives in CA and his hobby is to buy postcards and send them back to where they originated. He ends his letter with, "I call my little hobby a RE-DISTRIBUTION of HAPPINESS. Our world needs more of it."
What a fun idea and lovely message. Thank you, Postcard Man!!
This postcard will be on display in the office soon.
Mission Shares 2022
Well done Granite District! Thanks to your combined giving, our mission share payments were up 2.7% compared to 2020. Thanks to all who were intentional about increasing their giving, and to those who made valiant last minute efforts.
52 churches paid 100% (50 in 2020)
3 churches gave more than 100%
74 churches paid SOMETHING (out of 82)
13 churches increased their percentage of giving compared to 2020
As a district we gave $732,770 - 74.1% of the $988,986 tasked
As a whole, the seven districts were tasked to raise $7,389,145. The Granite District share is 13% of that total.
FREE Training/Information Opportunity
There will be a free informational seminar and training that the Doorway will be facilitating for our volunteers of the Day Cafe (an apostolate run out of St. Patrick's Parish Center, intended to develop community and relationships with those struggling in our city). We had requested for our volunteers to receive some training on the identification of an opioid overdose, general understanding of Naloxone (Narcan), best practices for intervention, as well as storage, identification, and replacement practices of Naloxone (Narcan).
The training will take place on Saturday February 26that 10am in the St. Patrick's Parish Center (located at 29 Spring St. Directly behind the old Sacred Heart School, being renovated for the new shelter). We only request that you contact us beforehand to let us know how many individuals you will have attending, and if you would like to receive a dose of Naloxone (Narcan) from the Doorway. Attached is a flyer if you wish to send this along to anyone within your agencies, or if you know any individuals who may find this information personally useful. If you have any questions, feel free to contact by pho ne at 603-882-2282 ext. 112.
Sunday Mornings at 9:00 - Listen: Praying In a Noisy World (Beginning March 6th)
Have you ever felt like a fish out of water when trying to pray? Are you feeling overwhelmed and having trouble getting quiet? In this very simple curriculum, participants will be invited to participate in relaxed, daily prayer exercises on their own time, gathering on Sundays (likely still on Zoom) to reflect on the week and view a video. Participants will need books for this class, which are currently available at a discount at Cokesbury.com: https://www.cokesbury.com/Listen-2The digital version is reported to be badly converted from paperback and is not recommended. Please reach out to Pastor Kristy soon if you need help ordering the book for any reason.
Mondays at 1:00, starting March 7th - Still Standing
Join in this Lenten study, based on the Elton John biography movie Rocketman (rated R). Exploring major themes of identity, friendship, temptation, repentance, and starting over, this course will intersperse film clips with lively discussion. Meetings may be on Zoom or in person, depending on pandemic conditions and class preferences. Please firstname.lastname@example.org sign up and plan for the first meeting format.
A brief committal service for Wanda Hancock will be held on March 31st at 2pm at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH. Parking is limited so please let the office know if you plan to attend email@example.com
FOUNDATION FORUM EDUCATIONAL SERIES
MONEY FOR MINISTRY How to Utilize the Foundation's Grant Ministry Program
During this webinar we will cover all the necessary information, from start to finish, to help you discern if a Foundation grant may help your vision for mission become a ministry reality.PRESENTED BY:
DAVID ABBOTT / Director of Stewardship
Looking for Money for Ministry?
Through its Grant Ministry Program, the Foundation is partnering with local churches, agencies, and other organizations for vital, creative, and transforming projects. During this webinar we will cover all the necessary information, from start to finish, to help you discern if a Foundation grant can help your vision for mission become a ministry reality.
Wednesday / FEBRUARY 23rd 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm or Thursday / FEBRUARY 24th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
You will receive an email on Tuesday, February 22nd with the ZOOM links. As always, you can attend either meeting (regardless of what you registered for) from our website under WEBINARS/Current Webinars.
The 27th Annual NSKS Run & Walk for Food and Shelter Fundraiser will be back on April, 3rd 2022!! This event will take place both in-person and virtually. We only need three members to make a team for MSUMC.
We are looking forward to our 2nd Annual MSUMC at the Silver Knights evening!!
Tickets are $7/each (under 3 yr are free). Spread the news, plan a night out with the family or date night. Grab a bite to eat downtown before the game, or munch on game snacks! It is sure to be a fabulous time with Emily Adams singing the National Anthem.
Be sure to include "Silver Knights Game" in the memo line.
The New England Conference Sessions Team, in consultation with Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, has determined that the 2022 Annual Conference will be a hybrid session – offering members the opportunity to participate in person or online (via Zoom) as they choose.
The session will be Thursday to Saturday, June 9-11, 2022. The clergy session and laity session have not yet been scheduled. Members should note that one or both events may take place on Wednesday, June 8.
Our theme for 2022 is "Envisioning the Beloved Community" and our guiding scripture is Philippians 3:12-14, The Message:
"I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward — to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back."
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