Thursday, February 1, 2024

Mainstreeter Weekly Blast February 1, 2024

New in this Issue:

  • We are looking for your creature photos!

  • Saturday, February 3rd - Ham & Bean Supper!

  • UMM Meeting, Saturday, February 17th

  • Congratulations Jim Pyle - 1st Place - Model Railroad Show

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Who are those people or quotes that have inspired you in your faith journey?

A popular one, often wrongly attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, is:
"Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words."

It points to the importance of our deeds more than just our speech, although both are necessary.
We probably all know of a few John Wesley quotes memorized like:
"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can,
in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can,
as long as ever you can."

Or maybe there's a line from a poem or from scripture that you keep in your back pocket to pull out whenever necessary.

My sister made me t-shirt of an Amanda Gorman line after her inauguration poem knocked me off my feet:

"There is always light. Only if we are brave enough to be it."

This Sunday the two new Confirmands (Ellie and Nora) and their senior advisors (the last Confirmation class) will begin our journey with holy troublemakers and unconventional saints learning about those who worked for love, compassion and justice even if that means rocking the religious boat. The world needs these stories of the diverse people of faith whose courage is an example for our own times.

We'd love to hear from you about the people, stories, and quotes you have relied on to get you through. Check out our room on the second floor in Wesley to get inspired. 


Rev Kelly

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As announced in our monthly newsletter for February, we are accepting poems, writings, photos to reflect on for our upcoming series for Lent, "Gifts of the Dark Woods".  The first of many hopefully is below, written by, Carolyn Ekle.

"At the Threshold of the Dark Wood"

a Haiku

At the Threshold of the Dark Wood


Grief enters, darkness consumes:

Odyssey toward Life.

Congratulations Jim Pyle!

Jim Pyle attended the Model Railroad show at the Big E in West Springfield on Jan 27-28. The NorthEastNtrak club held its annual contest.  Jim won first prize for his Seattle based module.

You can see all the winners and photos of the show at our club website - click button below.

See All Winners Here


Saturday, February 3rd!

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UMM will not meet this Saturday, February 4th due to the unavailability of our favorite chef, Jerry Harrow, who will be on vacation.  Instead of this Saturday, UMM will meet on Saturday, February 17th at 8:30 AM for breakfast, followed by our meeting at 9:00.  

Our intention is to follow-up on our interest in completing a feasibility study to transform our electric power use to solar.  Anyone with knowledge of how this might be done we would like you to come to discuss this power transformation!

Pleases RSVP to if you can attend, so we can plan accordingly.

All are welcome!

In Christ,

Kent Swanson

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