One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, "My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee replied, "The one you feed."
It's a familiar tale. But with the understandable anxiety right now with the war in Ukraine and the news that the US Supreme Court appears poised to roll back 50 years of legal precedent that acknowledges the right to an abortion as a small but essential part of comprehensive women's healthcare, I've had to be even more intentional to feed my soul, my centeredness, my hope. I don't want to feed that part that feels out of control. I want to nourish the part of me that relies of the Holy Spirit's presence in troubling times, the part that encourages me to take the actions I do have within my control. I keep reminding myself to breathe, to feed the best part of myself.
While a small percentage of evangelical Christians have been working to overturn Roe v Wade, United Methodists have historically been pro-choice, discerning together, in holy conferencing, that while abortion shouldn't be a form of birth-control, it must be a protected part of reproductive health-care. For individuals and families of all kinds, we believe it is their sacred responsibility to decide when and how many children to have, if any. It is vital that our voices of faith are heard in this conversation.
Both Pastor Kristy and I have both posted the UM positions on our social media. If you're concerned and need a pastoral ear, let us know. If you want to contact your elected officials and need help formulating an argument, if you need a Biblical basis for a position supporting reproductive freedom, or you want a first-hand experience of the critical work of Planned Parenthood providing reproductive healthcare for women and men including care around STDs, contraceptives, etc., please call me. As your pastor I'm available for conversation if these topics hit close to your heart.
Remember, what you feed grows, Pastor Kelly
Virtual Coffee Hour and Fellowship
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!
With care and sympathy, we announce the passing of Al James' mother Geraldine. Her Celebration of Life service will take place on Saturday, May 21st at the 2nd Baptist Church in San Antonio, TX. Al will be traveling on May 19th. Geraldine was 99 years wonderful!! We pray for peace and safe travels for Al.
The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive on Saturday, May 14. You may have received a reminder postcard in your mailbox! Please leave your bag of nonperishable food near your mailbox so that your letter carrier can take it on the 14th. Since Main Street's Third Sunday Food Pantry is May 15, from 2 to 4, there may be food for us to sort or put on shelves that day from the food drive.
And if you forget to put the food out for your letter carrier, you can always put the bag in the Food Pantry bin in the lobby. Thank you!
Missions Work Area
At the GFWC NH Annual Meeting last weekend at the beautiful Wentworth By The Sea in New Castle, NH, Phyllis Appler, GFWC Hudson President, received the Jennie June Award, the highest award and the only one given to an individual! So well-deserved! Well done good and faithful servant! Congrats to Phyllis.
Please use the following link to access the most recent letter to MSUMC from the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter:
Meet on the band stand side of Concord St. (south side) to the right of parking and in grassy area near trees. Bring your own lawn chair and wear bug spray! Contact Pam Breniser at 603-566-2632 email@example.com of time if you will need a virtual option. We will try to have someone whose phone you can call at the park and will need to make arrangements before hand. NOTE: If weather looks rainy or too cold, we will meet in the church vestry, so watch your email ahead of time for instructions.
We will have some spiritual renewal time and enjoy being outside without masks. We will go over plans for the Spring Fling for senior members of the congregation scheduled for June 5th. Some time will be spent remembering women of the church who have passed on. If you are fairly new to Main Street, you may want to think of a special woman or two you would like to share about from a previous church.
All are welcome, hope to see you there.
The church can NOW can be identified from the back at our main ramp door. Thanks Paul Pederzani and the Welcoming Team for increasing our welcome!
FOUNDATION FORUM EDUCATIONAL SERIES
AMPLIFY YOUR IMPACT! Women in Faith & Philanthropy ________________________________________________________
Did you know that 86% of women have yet to seek advice as they create a legacy of personal meaning? Only 14% of women have spoken to a financial advisor about charitable gift planning strategies. The history and role of women and their giving, both in the nonprofit and secular arenas, has been very different than men. Fortunately, those trends are rapidly changing.
Making an impact means understanding what is important to you and why you want to have an influence. Women are nurturing and tend to feel compelled in many directions. Which directions are most important? Finding your own personal mission will help guide your financial decisions.
This forum will:
Look at the facts as they pertain to women
Help you think strategically about your own giving
Provide tools to evaluate your personal mission
Create an action plan
Most importantly, "Amplify Your Impact".
Participants will receive a questionnaire prior to the presentation to assist with the mission evaluation process.
For more information, please use the following link:
United Way of Greater Nashua's annual "Community-Wide Food Drive" is coming up on Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th and we're looking for volunteers to help us collect 2 tons of food for our local soup kitchens and food pantries. The summer months are the time of year when food donations are at their lowest, and we'll be helping fill soup kitchens' and pantries' increased need of donations with our drive at nearly 15 stores during the first weekend in June.
The drive will take place from 10am to 2pm on both days at supermarkets and convenience stores in Nashua, Hudson, Merrimack, Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, and Milford. Volunteers will be distributing flyers to interested shoppers and encouraging them to purchase extra items to donate. We'll be assigning teams of 6 to 8 people to supermarkets and up to 4 people at smaller stores. If you or your group would like to participate please register at the link below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (603)438-2173.
Graduates will be honored during the June 12th Worship Service. Please have information turned in by June 9th so that slides can be prepared for the service and names listed in the bulletin. Thank you!
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.
Lone Wolf Landscaping is looking for staff. Pay is $20/hr. For more information, use the following link: