Dear Beloved in Christ, We are in a liminal time, the time when we have been separated from all we have known and we are not yet to where we're hoping to be. A time of in-between, of not knowing precisely where we are headed or what our new normal will be.
Susan Beaumont, author of "Leading in a Liminal Season: How to Lead when You Don't Know where You're Going" offers this poem called "Liminal" by Christine Mcdougall
The space between neither this nor that ripe, potent, uncertain, shaky a dawning, a dusking... The imminent threshold emerging crossing.... to what? Slow down the moment is calling you to pay ... exquisite .... attention
There are congregations reading Beaumont's book together trying to stay open, and even excited, for the possibilities of this in-between time.
I love how our Listen series has offered us spiritual practices of listening more deeply to the still small voice of God and the voice within. How can we support one another in this tender time, be encouraging and supportive? How can we give other church leaders and teams the benefit of the doubt that they're doing their best to help us through the necessary changes and not insist that everything "return to normal"? Because we won't be going back. We're seeking to discover the new normal together.
I appreciate those who are writing their way through this time -- in the creative writing group. To those studying together in Adult Classes or the adults who offered Camp Prayer for the kids' faith formation. To those who have brought goodies to the office to encourage the staff like Mavis who brought a mocha chip scone, Carolyn Chaffers who brought blondies, anonymous donors of chocolate, and Lynn Mosely brought a book of poetry.
The choir is gently working their way back into singing live -- Palm Sunday they'll have a Cantata and then on Easter, Emily has arranged a classical guitarist. And we'll be re-introducing singing together as a congregation in the worship service -- this last Sunday it was lovely to hear voices, echo Emily in "Come and rest, come and listen, lay the fullness of our lives before the Maker." May that be our prayer in this liminal time.
Congratulations to Paul and Andrea Pederzani on the birth of their grandson, Owen Paul Pederzani!! We are so happy for the entire Pederzani family and welcome Owen to MSUMC.
Nurture and Joyful Shepherds will have an Easter card party on Wednesday, April 6th from 10:00am- 2:00pm. Come and go as you wish. We'll meet in the Vestry of the church and send out cards to those we visit and those who have moved away and are seniors. Bring a few stamps if you have them. We'll supply cards, addresses and writing utensils. We may take a snack break and go to Ja Ja Belles across the street for goodies. Call Nancy Long or Lynn Moseley with questions or the church office. We look forward to seeing you!
The Worship Committee is pleased to offer lilies and tulips for sale for Easter (Sunday, April 17th).
Both lilies ( 7 inch pot) and tulips (8 inch pot) will come in a pot with dark purple foil. The cost is $15/each.
If you would like to order a plant please note that the deadline for the order form and payment is Sunday, April 10th.
Please fill out the form below and mail to:
Main Street United Methodist Church PO Box 1517 Nashua, NH. 03061
Include "Easter Flowers" in the memo line of your check.
You may also drop off your order form and payment at church.
We are continuing to welcome donations for our Easter Tree of Life. Animals and/or plant donations can be made by filling out a gift form located in the lobby, as well as from the Mainstreeter or Blast and sending it or bringing it to church. You can even give online at:
Registration is now open for the 2022 Annual Conference session, June 9-11. This is a hybrid session, and members can attend in person at the DoubleTree Hotel in Manchester, NH, or virtually. All voting members must register whether attending online or in person in order to be able to vote. The voting platform will be the same for both. The session will be livestreamed.
Registration fee is $100. Register and pay in full by May 1 to get a $25 early bird discount. Registration will close May 18; all registrations must be fully paid at that time. There will be no in-person registration and registrations will not be accepted after May 18. Register now
New Contact Information
Louise and Redding Thompson are comfortably settled in their new residence. Here is their contact information:
Nashua Crossings Assisted Living 674 West Hollis Street Apt 201 Nashua, NH 03062
Raymond "Pete" Reinauer has relocated: Forestview Manor 152 Parade Rd. Room #23 Meredith, NH 03253
MSUMC is proud to support the First Fridays at First Organ Series recital on Friday, April 1st with Emily Adams. The recital will begin at 12:15 pm. This program will take place at First Church Nashua, 1 Concord St. Nashua.
We have a team!!!!
The NSKS 5 K takes place this Sunday, April 3rd. To sponsor our team, please use the following link:
General Fund (GF) Total GF Revenue Available 2/28/2022 YTD: $91,045.71 Total GF Revenue Budgeted through 2/28/2022: $78,315.48 Total GF Expenses Paid through 2/28/2022: $71,150.23 Total GF Expenses Budgeted through 2/28/2022: $79,654.22
Notes on General Fund Except for Conference mission shares (ministerial support and world and New England missions), we are current on payments due in February. We paid one month of ministerial support and are a month behind. New England and world missions were not paid.
Heart of Nashua 1 & 2 (GiF) & HON Cont. (Capital Campaign/Elevator, Connector, Renovations) - Balance due on HON Loan as of 2/28/2022: $130,092.64 (Loan was $358,343.45) - In February the monthly payment of $883 was paid. HON Cont. funds on hand 2/28/2022 ($11,406.48) should allow some additional principal to be paid with the next payment. - Loan paid off date is 2/8/2039. - Total Paid (including interest) Using HON 1, 2 & Continued as of 2/28/2022: $1,908,466.89
Funding for the Future, 100 for $150 (Endowment) – Received this year as of 2/28/2022: $940. Anyone can be one of 100 people or families giving $150 (or any amount) each year to grow our endowment for the future of this church.
Parsonage Mortgage – As of 2/28/2022 we owed approximately $61,500 on the parsonage. The parsonage mortgage will be paid off on 1/23/29.
Thank You In February we received some pledges in full for the year. These pledges help pay expenses as they become due. We continue to use the snowplowing money donated in the fall, gifts for maintenance and for the Assoc. Pastor's salary. Donations for utilities are spent as fast as they come in. Thanks to all who support this congregation by their prayers, service, participation and financial donations.
Recent and Current Expenses Gas bills totaling $2172.81 for gas for the church and Wesley building will be paid in the next few days. Payroll is processed twice a month. Recent payments included piano tuning, fire signal monitoring and Stanley elevator contract.
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