Thursday, April 4, 2024

Mainstreeter Weekly Blast April 4, 2024

New in this Issue:


    • Lego Donations Needed for LYNC Coalition at General Conference

    • UWF (UMW) District Meeting Registration Deadline - April 6th

    • UMM Meeting postponed till April 20th

    • Safe Sanctuaries Online Training - Register Now

    • Granite State Ringers Concert - Ticket Link

    • Annual Golf Tournament - sign up now!

    • Donate for a Cause - Savers Fundraiser!

    • Annual Conference Registration - now available.

    • 2024 MISSION POSSIBLE Leadership Academy Register Now!

Click Here to Donate Today to MSUMC

"Our Hometown" is an award-winning series on New Hampshire PBS that highlights our state's towns and tells their unique stories. Hosted by Rebecca Rule, the episode that featured Nashua was premiered at the Nashua Center for the Arts last June. Not only is the episode itself fascinating but there are additional videos online by student filmmakers that go deep in this city's welcome of immigrants and refugees, the Brooklyn Dodgers Black Heritage Trail history, and the efforts to develop young community-minded leaders. Part of our church's mission aligns with this work to make Nashua a welcoming, equitable, vibrant and creative place to live. (bonus points if you watch the video that mentions our church and the mural beside us).

We're excited to welcome the PBS host, Rebecca Rule, to Main Street UMC's sanctuary on April 13 from 11-12 as part of the United Women in Faith District meeting. Rule is also a children's book author so I imagine she'll appreciate Andrea's new display in the lobby advertising Camp Firelight (the VBC program the last week of June). Our ministries (and our town's efforts) to engage children and youth are critical to their own development and that of our city. We want to create a fun, faith-filled and safe environment for them. Which is why I'll be attending the New England Conference Safe Sanctuary Training (I'm registered for the Maine training on May 6 on zoom). There are multiple dates available to make it convenient (scroll below for more information on how you can register). The Conference is encouraging laity to attend.

At a meeting this week on youth homelessness, we learned that there are currently 280 Nashua high school students who are homeless. And the next age group 18-24, those young people served by Stepping Stones, have even higher numbers. It was good to see so many agencies work collaboratively to address these youth's needs. Several of the case workers were themselves homeless at one point and these agencies helped them find resources and education and now they're helping others. It's a story heard often of Nashua -- how we come together across differences and difficulties to work together and make things better.


Pastor Kelly    

Here's the link to the PBS story of Nashua:

Watch Jelly Roll's Resurrection Story
Resurrection Stories Guided Journal
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The family requests privacy during this time, and services will be family only, however, condolences can be sent to:

Penny & Dave Solomon

47 Dogwood Dr Apt 106        

Nashua, NH 03062-4411

Donations can also be made in Lou's name to the New Hampshire Veteran's Home in Tilton where Lou called home for the last 8 years and the care he received was truly appreciated by the family.

New Hampshire Veteran's Home

139 Winter St,

Tilton, NH 03276

United Methodist Women (UMW)

District Meeting Registration Deadline

Saturday, April 6

Registration Form Click Here

Don't wait, get your tickets now for the Granite State Ringers concert here at MSUMC on May 18th at 2:30 PM.  

Buy Tickets Here

This month's UMM Meeting has been postponed until Saturday, April 20th.  The usual hot breakfast will be served at 8:30 am with the meeting beginning at 9:00.  Please plan to attend as we will have a guest speaker to review the possibility of solar here at MSUMC.  Your support, questions, comments and attendance is greatly appreciated.

Please RSVP to Kent Swanson if you plan on attending so we can coordinate food for all.

Register for Golf Tournament as a player/foursome
Golf Tournament Sponsor Form

Donate for a Cause!

Savers Fundraiser

Hello, church family! The local, faith-based moms' group I am a part of (MOPS) has partnered with Savers in Nashua for a fundraiser, and we need your help! We are collecting gently used items to donate and in turn, Savers will make a financial contribution to MOPS. As you Spring clean, please keep us in mind and let us take your items to Savers for you. I will be collecting items through Sunday, May 12th. You can bring them to church on Sunday mornings or contact me, and I can come to pick them up from you. Please note that we are not collecting furniture.

Please leave items in the small conference room off the Vestry.

Thank you,

Andrea Weir

Nora noticed that the space where she attends a theater summer camp at Wasserman Park is lacking an adequate dressing area for the campers and stage wings to hide the actors when they're not on stage.  Nora also wants to update the entry to be more inviting.  

Nora presented her project proposal at the Town Council meeting in December for approval to make the necessary renovations to the space.

Nora recites the pledge of allegiance at the beginning of the meeting and then her presentation starts at minute mark 11:10.

Since the project approval in December, Nora has acquired the necessary funds and has started construction of the dressing area and stage wings in addition to making improvements to the entry.    

Nora is hosting a Project Help Day on Saturday, April 20th from 1-4pm to paint the stage wings and dressing room walls, and create a feature wall in the entry.  All volunteers are welcomed to help Nora with this community project!

Register now for Safer Sanctuaries

Online training

While we have a safe sanctuary policy in place, this new information will help you to expand your understanding of how to keep everyone safe in a new era – both digital and in person.  You can attend any one of the following sessions, even if it is not being held for our district:

May 4   Granite District 9 am to noon
May 6   Many Waters District 5-9 pm (includes breaks)
May 7   Seacoast District 6-9 pm
May 8   Green Mountain District 6-9 pm
May 18 Commonwealth East District 1-4 pm
May 20 Commonwealth West District 6-9 pm

Register Here


Register Now for VBC
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2024 MISSION POSSIBLE Leadership Academy
April 6, 2024 - 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wesley UMC, 79 Clinton St., Concord, NH 03301

The Granite District Congregational Spirituality Impact (CSI) Team is sponsoring this event. Pastors and laity are invited to join this encouraging journey toward understanding our role in the church in these new and changing times. Participants may choose from a variety of breakout sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. These sessions are in-person only.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Bishop Peggy A. Johnson (AM) and Dr. Mark & Deirdre Zimmerman (PM) 

Register Below.

Register Here

2024 New England Annual Conference

Annual Conference Registration is Open
Early bird registration deadline is May 1. Registration closes May 22.

When:  Thursday, June 20, 2024 to Saturday, June 22, 2024

Where:  Hybrid /

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore
50 Ferncroft Road
Danvers, MA 01923

Register Here
Click Here to Donate Today to MSUMC

Church office hours:  

Mon - Weds - Thurs - Fri from 9:00 - 2:00

Closed on Tuesdays.

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