I can't wait for this Sunday's worship at Greeley Park for World Communion Sunday where the "world" piece includes all of creation. We're celebrating pets and blessing animals and having holy communion under the sky.
And don't forget to bring a bag lunch for our picnic following the service. So many people enjoyed the cookout at the Weirs' home this last weekend (Thanks Andrea & Mark), and this is yet another opportunity to share food and fellowship. Also bring a chair (or blanket) and your playdoh. This is our final week of our "Re-shaped" series on change and we're considering all those people who help us endure seasons of change. Sometimes it's not a person who helps, but a four-legged friend, hint, hint. Thus, the blessing of the animals. Even if you don't have a pet companion at this moment, you can celebrate the role pets have played in your life or just enough petting the other pets that show up.
Mark all items clearly if for Craft Area or Grandma's Attic. Suggested pricing for crafts is helpful.
Include name if you would like any unsold items to be returned to you.
Baked Items for Bake Table or Cookie Walk - for the city food guidelines, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Baked items can be brought in on Friday or early Saturday morning (Oct 14/15)
We appreciate your donations!
Contact Kathy Romano to sign up as a fair volunteer!
Peggy St. Hilaire (Charlie's Sister) (Margaret Alice St. Hilaire (March 3, 1939 - September 7, 2022) Funeral Arrangements have been made for: October 12, 2022 at 2:30 PM at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Hwy, Boscawen, NH 03303. All are welcome to support Charlie Flagler and his family.
Remember, you can give from your IRA Tax-Free this year!
Are you 70 1/2 or older? Do you have an IRA? A Qualified Charitable Distribution (OCD) is a tax-smart way to make an impact to Mainstreet UMC by allowing your dollars to go further. Start your end-of-calendar-year-planning early to take advantage of this opportunity for 2022 and each year thereafter.
Why Consider this type of Gift?
The value of these gifts will not be counted as part of your adjusted gross income, so you will not pay income taxes on the amount distributed directly as gifts.
Keeping your taxable income lower may reduce the impact to certain tax credits and deductions, including Social Security and Medicare.
Beginning in the year you turn 72, you can use your gift to satisfy all or part of your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD), which must be taken and/or spent each year.
The tax benefit does not depend on itemizing.
You can also name Mainstreet UMC as a beneficiary for all or a percentage of your IRA. Because MSUMC is tax-exempt, there are both income tax and estate tax benefits.
Every year, Main Street Church has thrown open its doors for the Downtown Nashua Winter Holiday Stroll. This is a perfect opportunity for us to welcome our community a give them glimpse of what we are all about. Do you know where the sanctuary is? Do you know where the restrooms are? Then you are qualified!
In order for us to register as a venue, we need a minimum of 9 committed volunteers for the evening (three two-hour shifts of three people each).This is complicated somewhat in that it would not be reasonable to enforce a mask requirement for the general public for this event, therefore volunteers would need to be comfortable in large presumably unmasked crowds though as a volunteer you are encouraged to wear a mask based up on your comfort and typical practice.
Church Venue Host/Hostess
Your presence is simply to provide assistance/directions to visitors who will be attending the entertainment hosted in the sanctuary. Help us put a good foot forward as the community visits us to enjoy our Chancel Choir and other entertainment. Direct visitors to the sanctuary venue, restrooms, and other activities in the church.
How You Can Help!
Volunteer for one (or more) of the 2-hour timeslots available during the stroll. No experience necessary. Contact Jerry Harrow to commit to volunteering and enable us to participate as a venue. For more information contact Jerry at 673-6024 or Jerry.Harrow@mainstreet-umc.org.
City Year New Hampshire is recruiting young adults to serve as tutors and mentors!
Not only will these mentors help students grow academically and socially, they'll gain valuable work experience and join an inclusive, supportive community. It's paid, fulltime, and has a $4,500 grant for future education and weekly professional development days.
Know someone? Interested in serving yourself? Fill out this form: https://bit.ly/cynhrec1 City Year would love to meet them and consider together this life-changing opportunity. They're accepting applications now for positions that start in October—apply by Sept. 27—or any future academic year. Please take a moment to nominate someone you know.
Join us this September for 30 days of antiracism. Each day we will engage in an activity that helps us to become more antiracist in the ways we think and act. Share your progress with a picture or a reflection using #30DaysAntiRacism.
GREATER NASHUA CROP Hunger Walk: "We walk because they walk." This is our 38th year! The walk will take place on Sunday, October 30th beginning and ending at Temple Beth Abraham, 4 Raymond Street in Nashua. Registration is from 12 to 1pm with opening ceremonies at 1pm and stepping out at 1:30pm. Registration and celebration are in the TBA tent to keep us safe.
The Greater Nashua Area CROP Hunger Walk has raised over one million dollars in its previous 38 years. We now have 21 teams and last year we raised $57084! Each of our 5 recipient agencies received $2849. The money raised fights hunger and poverty around the world and locally and provides refugee and disaster relief through Church World Service. The Nashua Area Interfaith Council sponsors the event.
You can also find us on Facebook! Just look for Nashua Cropwalk.
To sign up, see Mission Co-chairs, Jennifer or Maggie to make sure that you have all the tools you need to be a CROP walker! (Each team or faith community has a recruiter.) You can also "walk on the web." Your recruiter will set up a team page on the website or you can start your own team and raise money online. Just google Greater Nashua Crop Hunger Walk or go to this link: https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2022/event/nashuanh
If you can't walk, be sure to sponsor a walker, or make a team donation. We can also always use volunteer help at the event if your feet aren't made for walking!
In case any of our members know of people in the Manchester area who might be able to host:
GSOP announces that they are hosting two international community organizing fellows from Albania in October and needs host homes for the two young women who are coming to NH to learn.
They will be in NH from September 30 to October 27. GSOP needs host homes that are in Manchester or have access to public transportation to Manchester. The only requirement for host homes is that each fellow gets their own bedroom.
In the past, our hosts have developed deep and lasting relationships with the fellows they hosted.
Enkeleda has a PhD in Educational Psychology and works with vulnerable children and families in Albania. Anila is a researcher at the Albania Center for Economic Research. (For a bio, please click on a name.) Neither has been in the US before and both are fluent in English.
Please let Sarah Jane Knoy know right away if you can host one or both of these fellows for either the whole month or a few weeks.
Pastors' Sabbath days: Pastor Kelly: Tuesday Pastor Kristy: Friday