What was written in the "Listen" journals found in the pews this Lent reminded me of this scripture. Several of you wrote things about not wanting to forget the wisdom and insight you gained during Lent. How "listening for the still small voice" had gifted you in ways you wanted to remember and act upon. How you hoped the insight from your own voice would not be lost. Several of you said you "needed" the silence, the turning away from the noise of life to the light.
Of course we all know what happens when you learn another language that you don't get to practice .... the knowledge and ease of using it goes away.
Perhaps Holy Week is an opportunity to steep ourselves in the stories of Jesus and his disciples at the end. When there was so much at stake. When there was betrayal and denial seen in the mirror of those around him, Jesus kept speaking the language of love, of justice, of non-violence, of service, and of standing up for those without power and voice.
At the Maundy Thursday service tonight, our Confirmands will lead us through the events of those last days of Jesus and his followers with the growing darkness seen in ritual and in the mirror of all those who would not look away from what humans are capable of. May the stories heard and experienced inform our living that we might be doers of the word and not just hearers of it.
Fellowship Virtual and In-person Coffee Hour
Be sure to join us for our Virtual Coffee Hour and Fellowship Time following the 10:30 am service. We look forward to seeing you there!
Each year, over a billion people around the world celebrate earth day through acts of service and worship.
This year, Creation Justice Ministries is hosting an ecumenical service that you can join from anywhere. Join Christian siblings from across theological traditions to celebrate Earth Day and worship the Creator.
We hope that you are able to join us for this short service of prayer to celebrate the Creator and all of creation!
"We depend on nature not only for our physical survival. We also need nature to show us the way home, they way out of the prison of our own minds. We got lost in doing, thinking, remembering, anticipating - lost in a maze of complexity and a world of problems.
We have forgotten what rocks, plants, and animals still know. We have forgotten how to be - to be still, to be ourselves, to be where life is: Here and Now."
Family Promise Delivery
On behalf of United Women in Faith (UMW), a big thank you to everyone who brought in items for Family Promise. Pam Breniser, Phyllis Appler and Cheryl Merrill are in the photo in front of Family Promise with Matt Hodgkiss, Director of Volunteer Engagement and Operations. We were able to deliver 59 rolls of paper towels, 96 rolls of toilet paper, 236 individual diapers, 1664 individual baby wipes, and almost 3 gal. of laundry detergent! Matt gave us a tour of their great facility that can house 24 families. He invited us to schedule a tour any time for others that would like to go. It was very interesting.
We Need Your Voice
Did you know that the Elm Street Middle School property will soon be repurposed?
The City of Nashua would like your feedback on potential uses for the property. Please take the survey and send the links to your friends with interest in the area between March 30 and Apr 30, 2022.
United Women in Faith (formerly UMW) Meeting Wed. April 20, 2022 7 PM IN PERSON!! in the church vestry
Come join us next week for a chance to gather in person, yay!, spend some spiritual renewal time, talk about the changes to our global organization, opportunities for involvement locally, and collect items for the clean up kits/flood buckets. If you have not been a part of UMW in the past, this is a great time to learn about us. All are welcome. We will wear masks.
There will be either a zoom or google meet option for those not able to meet in person. The link will be sent out next week to our email list. If you would like to be included on the list, please contact Pam Breniser firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring us your used computers, laptops, phones, printers, and other tech items to be recycled. Not only will this help the environment, but the funds raised will also go to the United Way of Greater Nashua's School Supplies program. Rid yourself of clutter and help children prepare for the future.
Accepted items and suggested fees. See link below for more details. Contact the United Way if you are interested in volunteering for this event.
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
Golfer's Wanted $72/Golfer Team in Individual Sign-Up must contact Mark Morrissey
We can use additional support in the following ways:
Personal Hole Sponsors @ $50.00/sign Corporate Hole Sponsors @ $75.00/sign Each sign is 8-1/2 x 11 laminated and attached to a sign board.
DO NOT miss out on our 2nd Annual MSUMC at the Silver Knights Outing!! We have our own section of seats. Emily will be singing, we will enjoy a game and fireworks together, as well as snacks, conversation and laughter.
Contact the Main Office for more information or to get your name and number of tickets on the list. Friends and family are welcome. Let's spend some time together before summer plans scatter us.
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
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