Our scripture this week invites us to remember that as followers of Jesus, we are changed constantly "from the inside out." Transformation doesn't start with the action of change itself, but a willingness within our own spirits to "lean into" the life path that is calling to us.
So what willingness within your spirit do you bring with you to worship? Because worship isn't a consumer activity where you come to be entertained or inspired. It's a community of disciples gathered seeking to be shaped into the body of Christ for the world. We lean into the word, the music, the prayers, the community gathered in order to answer the call.
Through our participation in worship and the church ministries we are shaped again and again and again. So grab your play-doh and join us on Sundays as we are re-shaped.
The Weirs would appreciate an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to have an idea of food, but it's not necessary. Friends and family welcome!
With Deepest Sympathy, we share below Charlie Flagler's sister Peggy's Obituary:
Margaret Alice St. Hilaire (March 3, 1939 - September 7, 2022) Peggy passed peacefully, in Nashua NH, after living a very full life in the Lakes Region, prior to moving to Nashua, and having called Boston home, as well as many places abroad as a young person.
Born in France to American parents, she and her family escaped the Nazi invasion of Europe in 1940's.
Married for thirty-seven years to Gerald St. Hilaire, a pilot in the US Army Air Corp during WWII, her services and burial will take place at the NH Veterans Cemetery at a later date.
Peggy enjoyed playing cards, bingo, knitting, cross stitching, doing crossword puzzles and never missed a New England Patriots game. She loved cats and had many during her life. Peggy graduated Summit High School in Summit, NJ and was a graduate of Endicott College in Massachusetts. She worked in Boston at a doctor's office as a young woman and at the Home for Little Wanderers. After a lengthy career at Coca- Cola she volunteered to help aging patients at the Lakes Regional Hospital.
Peggy is survived by her loving brother, Charlie Flagler of New Hampshire, and sister, Mary Rachau of Illinois, and her children Elizabeth and David Rachau. Other extended family includes Charlie's two children, Beth Flagler, Alex Flagler, and Alex's wife Jessica and their two children Benjamin and Abigail Flagler.
Memorial donations will go to the building and music endowment funds.
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.
UMW News for September
Speaker from Stepping Stones 7 PM Wed. Sept. 21 8 PM Fall Fair planning
Meet in vestry or via Google Meet. (Link is in church calendar on MSUMC website.)
Come learn about this organization that is helping young adults get off to a good start and ways that we can help. If you can stay after the speaker to help us wrap up details for the fair that would be greatly appreciated.
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.
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