On Sunday, we told the stories of our church. Stories of challenges and resilience. Stories of fellowship, food, witness, and compassion. Stories of struggle and resources to overcome. Stories of the saints who mortgaged houses to build this place, who gave sacrificially of money and time to care for this place and add the connector and elevator, stories of generations of caring and concern for our neighborhood. And we heard stories of welcome, hospitality and faithfulness of so many like Phil & Betty Hall, Bill Hebel, Phil Stolz, and people like Cynthia Stevens whose donation in memory of her parents, the Browns renovated our spaces. And of course, many people talked about the wonderful welcome they received from Louise Thompson (we certainly missed her and Redding's presence on Sunday).
Carl Quimby and I met with Gary Melville of the NE Foundation this week to set up an endowment fund to support, in part, social justice ministry at MSUMC in memory of Carl's mother Laura May Quimby. And we told the stories of her struggles through the depression and her hard work at the bank and the variety of roles she held at Main Street UMC. Through this permanent fund, her story will be remembered and the income from the fund will help support our mission. What a powerful witness. Memorial gifts made in memory of Rajean Lester are donated to this fund to build it for future use.
Gary reminded us that through the Cares Act, those who are over 70 1/2 years old, have, in 2023, a one-time opportunity to purchase a gift annuity through a donation from your IRA accounts up to $50k. Such an annuity provides a guaranteed annual payout to the giver throughout their lifetime and then after their death, any remaining funds go to the church (or whatever charity you have designated). It's a great option for those who don't like the variability of the market going up and down. It provides a predictable, guaranteed return which is higher than other investments based on your age. We have the information on these funds in the office or you can reach out to Gary Melville at the UM Foundation (where Phil Hall used to serve on the Board). It's a full circle thing :)
Please join us for an upcoming important meeting of UMW. We have some planning to do for the Spring Fling on June 4 and other discussions about meeting topics and project plans going forward, especially setting a date for the fall fair. We need input from everyone. We will share some information about "response, the magazine of women in mission", and have a short study of the Lord's Prayer from the May/June issue. If you haven't been involved with UMW before, this is a great opportunity to get to know us.
We can all meet at Main Street UMC at 2 and drive over together
to visit the mosque and be good, welcoming neighbors.
This summer, we're BLASTING OFF! To Mars and Beyond... we'll learn how God can empower us to GO BEYOND with faith, boldness, kindness, thankfulness, and hope. We're on a mission, and we'd love to have you voyage with us!
Monday, July 31st through Friday, August 4th
9:00AM until 12:00PM
(Ages 3 years through 6th Grade)
Register your space below.
Interested in helping us out? There are a variety of ways to volunteer your hands, time, and heart! Click below to fill out the volunteer form or contact Andrea Weir to find your perfect fit!
A new Vestry Class is starting April 2nd at 9:00 a.m., running through June 11th.
Hearing a lot of buzz about the "end times" these days? Join us as we explore Craig C Hill's study, "In God's Time," which explores the way the Bible talks about the future from a perspective of mainstream Biblical scholarship. (Hint: the Bible does not give a roadmap for predicting the end of the world!) (Second hint: the Bible does not predict an end to the world!)
For those who wish to supplement their personal study (not required), the accompanying book is available. A copy or two will be available on Sunday, with three more on order, and you can order your own (new or used) on amazon or through a bookseller of your choice.