As we're counting down to the end of the Confirmation Class, we've been reviewing what we've learned and one of our favorite classes was with Sharon Schmidt learning about the five love languages. Using the work of Gary Chapman, we all took the online quiz (available for free at https://www.5lovelanguages.com/quizzes/love-language) and discussed its implications for how we interact with family, friends, and colleagues.
Even in a healthy relationship, trying to change another person is likely to fail. It's not only frustrating, but it can be incredibly exhausting. If we force an issue long enough, we may be able to enforce change on someone, but it will never change their heart. It's much better to focus our energy on something we have more control of: changing ourselves.
When you change yourself, you fundamentally change your relationship.
Here are three questions to help you focus on changing yourself:
What is more important to me: the relationship or my way of doing or seeing things?
Are my responses and reactions creating a healthy, positive atmosphere for effective communication and negotiation?
If they never change, is there anything I can do to alleviate my frustration over our differences?
Whenever two individuals come into relationship, conflict will inevitably happen. This is because each person comes with a set of different desires, likes and dislikes, world-views, habits, and ways of doing things. It's only when two people learn to respect each other—communicating their desires and differences in an honoring way—that they can begin to change their relationship for the better, rather than simply trying to force change on another.
Shalom, 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!
GREETERS NEEDED FOR SUNDAY MORNING We are looking for individuals (can also be couples, families) who would be interested in greeting/welcoming people to church on Sunday mornings. The requirements are that you are able to sit or stand in the lobby, direct people to worship, bathrooms and the elevator, and greet with enthusiasm. If you are interested please contact the Main Office at email@example.com or Paul Pederzani at firstname.lastname@example.org
BUILDING HOST NEEDED: SATURDAY, JUNE 11TH 3:30-6:30 PM
Looking for someone who would be willing to be a building host for a piano recital on Saturday, June 11th from 3:30-6:30 pm. This person would need to be willing to greet, and assist with families arriving for a piano recital. It would be helpful to be familiar with the building, bathrooms, elevator and other church functions, should questions arise. Training will be provided if needed. If you are interested and available, please contact the Main Office at email@example.com
Please use the following link to access the most recent letter to MSUMC from the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter:
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.
I have a few long-term volunteer opportunities available on Wednesdays from now until the end of October. I'm looking for some new volunteers to take over shifts at our Pop Up Pantries where we distribute free fresh food to people in the community. These are outdoors at Lamprey Health from 11am to 12:30pm or at Ledge Street School from 2pm to 3:30pm. This is every Wednesday, however if you need someone to fill in for you on any particular day, I'd be happy to find someone to help! I am looking for two volunteers for each location. Please let me know if you have any questions! If you'd like to volunteer for this please let me know or register here: https://www.volunteergreaternashua.org/need/detail/?need_id=673803
As always, thank you for your support of United Way's project in our community.
Honoring our Graduates
If you have a graduate that you would like to honor, please send the information and a photo to the Main Office:
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!
Let's kickoff the summer in a MSUMC way!!! Contact the Main Office to sign up or for questions: