From The Pastor's Desk

 


Blog: From The Pastor's Desk

August 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I know a lot of you have been asking how you can help out Tom and me.  This afternoon I have an appointment with Hospice and Elder Services to see what services they can provide for us.  After this appointment I will know better what we will still need.  We thank you for all your prayers and those of you who have offered to make a meal or two of us.  It is a blessing to have family like this.

Beginning this coming Sunday for the whole month of August we will be going back to our roots of John Wesley.  I hope you will find this as interesting as I have found it. 

Let’s look back at how we all became Methodists and what that truly means to us.  Let‘s see how John Wesley used to preach on his circuit rides and how he presided over communion. 

We have been invited to a community picnic with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ on August 21 at Pittsfield State Forest.  Look for all the information in this newsletter.  Also our family church picnic has been rescheduled to August 26th from 12:30-5:00 at Pinegrove Park.  If it happens to rain again we will hold it at the church, so no food goes uneaten.  I will provide hamburgers and hot dogs for the picnic.  Everyone who is attending should bring a dish to share and their own drinks. I hope to see you there.  This is open to all of our family and friends.

 This is a short letter this month.  I hope you are all enjoying your summer and the beautiful sunshine.  We will resume regular church hours on September 9th.  Also our annual Come As You Are Sunday will be held on September 16th at 10am.  There will be an 8am service that day.  It will be a small worship gathering for those who wish to attend. 

God of many names, Lover of all peoples, we pray for peace, in our hearts,

in our homes, in our nations, in our world, the peace of your will, the peace of our need.

I’m asking you to pray this prayer each day of August.  Let us pray together as a family for peace.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Stephanie

 

2018-08-01 18:48:48
 

July 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As I sit here at my desk writing this to you, my mind is wandering off.  I’m thinking about summer and all the things that I could be doing if only things were different.  How many of you are thinking the same thing?

As I think about what I could be doing and what I’m not doing, I am reflecting on my sermon series Are You Kidding?  Jesus states that unless you become like a child you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. So if I was a child right now what would I be doing?

I know what I would like to be doing and that is sleeping in till noon most days, like my teenager and not having a care in the world.  But I think back to when I was younger and still living at my parent’s house.

Every day I had chores that I had to do, whether it was cleaning my room (which I hated doing), taking care of the animals or cleaning house. I did it, reluctantly, but it was done. Then I could do whatever I wanted to do. 

One of the things I liked doing was helping out at Deming Park with the younger kid’s summer camp.  Then I would go up to my grandparent’s house and I would work in the garden to help them out or help out the other older people in our neighborhood.  I really enjoyed helping others when it was my idea.

If only I could go back in time when things were not so stressful and I could just be doing things I like to do.  But reality sits in and I have responsibilities and a job as a mother, wife, daughter, grandmother and pastor. 

So how can I be more like a child so I can enter the kingdom of heaven?  I’m really trying my best to do just that.  I’m trying to be like a child, to be nice and to say please and thank you.

Our sermon series will continue this week with Play Fair, and then followed by “Share and Share Alike, Say Nice Things and Mind Your Manners.”  Come to our 9am worship and listen to what scripture has to do with these titles.

In the mean time, I am asking you to go out and do something for one of your neighbors or do something here at the church or the parsonage.

There is a lot of work that needs to be done and we need your help.  Our food pantry Loaves and Fishes are always looking for help on Tuesday’s to bring the food into the pantry.  They are also looking for food donations, kid friendly foods, pantry staples like cereal, canned veggies, mac and cheese, etc.

If you are handy with your hands the church and parsonage has plenty of work for you.  Just contact me, Dave Badeau or Bernie Klem to find out what needs attention.

Let’s make this summer a summer of being a like a child and helping out a neighbor.

We are called to be people of faith in the midst of the world, and so we mix our worship and our work, our faith and our life.  We gather here as people who live in the world and yet, we gather as people who have been called to see the world from a different viewpoint.  God has called us together; God has called us to be part of a community.  God challenges us to consider questions of priority as we engage with the world.  In this time together, may God open our hearts, minds and eyes, allowing us to see deeper, helping us to live in the world while still offering a challenge to the ways of the world.  We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Stephanie

2018-07-02 10:23:17
 

June 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I do believe that summer is finally here.  This Sunday I will be starting a new sermon series called “Are You Kidding Me?”  We are going to take a look at how our children see Jesus.  At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom.”  In this series we’ll look at Jesus’ parables through the eyes of children, discovering a surprising wisdom in them that adults frequently miss….until they become like children.

Our Youth Sunday will be held on June 17th (Father’s Day).  We will only have one service that day and it will be at 9am.  So please join us as we celebrate our youth and their leaders.  The youth will be doing the whole service.

For the past two weeks I have been asking for your help with repairs around the church and the parsonage.  If you can help out please see myself, Dave Badeau or Bernie Klem.  If we can’t find people to help us out with these repairs then we will have to pay an outside company to do them and it will cost so much more money.  So please help us!

Our summer hours for worship will be starting July 1st and running through September 2nd.  We will have only one service for these months and it will be at 9am.  I hope you will join us.

I would like to thank John Williams for helping us out the other day when the water main at the parsonage broke.  He immediately came over and called the town to shut off the water. Then he called the plumber who came to fix it the next morning.  Also a shout out to Brenda Provencher who let the 2 Suns players staying with us, shower at her house till the water was fixed at the parsonage.

With my schedule being crazy taking care of Tom and his needs, I want to thank you all for being patient.  If you would like a visit from me, please call my cell phone and I would be happy to come and visit you.  We do have a visitation team that does regular visits to our homebound parishioners.

Watch out for some exciting things happening this summer!

Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

                                                                    Romans 12:13

Blessings,

 

Pastor Stephanie

2018-06-01 10:21:28
 
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