At the funeral for George Clements Jr. Thursday morning we celebrated his compassionate, empathetic spirit, who left us suddenly and way-too-soon. Born in 1965, several people commented on how young he was. One member said he was in college when George was born.
Spiritualist Susan Clements, his sister, provided a sage smudging ritual from the Mi'kmaq peoples, of which George was a part. She spoke of the cycle of life and how short and fragile our time is.
We also read Psalm 90 which says: Teach us how short our time is; let us know it in the depths of our souls. Show us that all things are transient, as insubstantial as dreams, and that after heaven and earth have vanished, there is only you. Fill us in the morning with your wisdom; shine through us all our lives. Let our hearts soon grow transparent in the radiance of your love. Show us how precious each day is; teach us to be fully here. And let the work of our hands prosper, for our little while.
May your living--the habits and practices you choose--reflect how short our time is that our hearts may grow transparent in love.
Be sure to join us for our Virtual Coffee Hour and Fellowship Time following the 9:30 am service. We look forward to seeing you there!
Do you know a friend or family member who may be interested in part-time childcare work during our Sunday worship?
This paid part-time staff position is every Sunday, 9 am to noon, with the possibility of added hours during some Bible studies or church-wide meetings.
Must be 18 years of age and willing to commit for at least one year.
Willingness to submit to a background check and completion of all required forms.
Must take our Child Protection training class.
We have a strong preference to locate someone outside of our church community to allow all of our members to attend Sunday worship services. If you know of someone who may be a suitable candidate, have them send their resume to:
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.
Fall and Yuletide Fair 9-2 or 3? Sat. Oct. 15 We are going live!!!
Details are still to be worked out but we hope to have our usual Holly's Kitchen, a baked goods area, fall and Christmas decorations, everyday crafts and useful items. Grandma's Attic will return and we may be adding a used book area. Crafters are already at work and have been creating great items. We are planning a silent auction which will offer quilts, baskets and maybe some other things that we be on display before the fair. Mark your calendars and save the date!
Water Walk sign-up sheets will be available in the MSUMC office, or email the office if you'd like to download and print your own.
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 your recruiter 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! For any questions or to volunteer please contact Becky Green firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you!
The Conference reminds New England clergy and laity that their courses with Dr. Brian D. McLaren and the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis will continue this fall. These self-paced online courses can be completed at any time, and you can participate even if you did not take the courses offered earlier this year. Each topic includes a live session with Dr. McLaren:
7 pm Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 — Curating Change
7 pm Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 — Your Congregation as a School of Love
To get the most out of the live conversations, you are encouraged to complete as much of the course material as possible beforehand. Supported by the Conference, the courses are free to participants. Learn more and register
Pastors' Sabbath days: Pastor Kelly: Tuesday Pastor Kristy: Friday