There's something to be said for going through the motions. Practicing a golf swing, perfecting a powerful serve, showing up and practicing matter. We are grateful for your presence in the family of faith on Main Street. Nowhere is the "family" part of this congregation better seen than in the efforts for this Sunday's All Saints Service.
When members of our congregation died during the pandemic, restrictions on gathering meant couldn't have funerals, and we had to mourn their passing in isolation. Those remaining in this congregation wanted the opportunity to come together and celebrate those lives who perhaps didn't have a funeral or had a smaller graveside service. So this Sunday, as part of our All Saints Service where we will ring the bell for those members who have died this last year, we will also invoke the memory of all those who have passed since March 2020. We'll have a chance to offer a story about those we miss, name a characteristic we hope to carry on, light a candle for family who died beyond this congregation. And because our pets are part of the family, Carolyn Ekle has put together a list of our pet companions who have "crossed the rainbow bridge."
I hope you will join us this Sunday for this important gathering of the great cloud of witnesses around the table hosted by Christ.
Showing up as part of the family matters; practicing your faith matters. Your pledge of financial support for 2023 also matters. Whatever the amount, please prayerfully consider how you invest in the work of this congregation.
Be sure to attend or worship online this Sunday, Nov. 6, for the All Saints worship service. This is a chance to share memories of friends and loved ones who died during Covid while we weren't able to celebrate their lives. Also we will dedicate the lovely paraments Beverly Fazio made on behalf of UMW in memory of women of the congregation who died over the last 10 years.
Our next UMW meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7 PM in person in the church vestry or virtually using the Google Meet link. (Go to the calendar on the church website. Click on the UMW meeting, then click on "details" to get the link.)
review our experiences with the October fair,
take a look at past ornaments we have given out to the children on Christmas Eve to help decide what we would like to do this year
discuss ideas for the December meeting and when in the new year we would like to have the Children's Sabbath service.
Come share your ideas.
All are welcome!
Community Food Drives - Volunteers of all ages are invited to help United Way of Greater Nashua collect food donations from shoppers at local supermarkets. Food Drives take place every Saturday from 10am to 2pm as well as on the day before some major holidays. Food collected benefits pantries like the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, SHARE Outreach in Milford, and Hudson Food Pantry. Volunteer to help at one or many drives. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Contact United Way firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 882 -4011 for more information or register here:https://tinyurl.com/UWFoodDrives.
Did you realize that one of every three people served by food banks are children? It is reported today nearly one of four people in soup kitchen lines is likely to be a child. More than one in three households being helped by local food banks and pantries includes children. This year's "Scouting for Food" effort will benefit more than 150 pantries, kitchens and closets throughout New Hampshire.
Each year on the first weekend of November, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturers, Explorers and their leaders will deliver Scouting for Food door hangers throughout their neighborhoods and state. On the next Saturday, Scouts will return to collect the donated non-perishable food items left outside with and take them to a convenient drop-off location within their local communities.
Our very own Nora Campbell's Dance Studio, Broadway Bound, will join the Saving Grace Dance Ensemble for a Dance Show "A Journey Through Christmas."
Broadway Bound will perform 3 of the dances, Nora is in 1 of the 3 dances - a Lyrical dance. This is Nora's first year joining this event.
Best wishes to Nora and her team as they prepare for this exciting event. Let's see if we can get them a cheering section!
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.
Pastors' Sabbath days: Pastor Kelly: Tuesday Pastor Kristy: Friday