eChurchlight, October 2008
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Dates to Remember
*Information about church activities, including classes, meetings, and special events, can be found on the website at http://www.umcbelmont.org/(be sure and check out the calendar section), on the bulletin board in the Narthex, and in the Sunday bulletins. If you know of a schedule change, be sure to let the office know (617-489-0730 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
through the looking glass
My little granddaughter from Kazakhstan, Yaroslava, came to visit this summer with her mommy. For weeks Rachel was preparing her for the trip by telling her that they were going to America. She is two years old and just starting to put words together in sentences. After she had been here for a week or so she suddenly blurted out: Toys, cars, ice cream, America!
After four children and 3 grandchildren, our house does have a room full of toys which she does not have back in Kazakhstan. Apparently the ice cream there is not very good either and her mommy doesn't drive so they walk a lot in Kazakhstan. She definitely noticed these three things in particular. For whatever reason, what she experienced of America was toys, cars and ice cream. It made me think.
If some one who had never been here (here being the Belmont United Methodist Church) before were to come and be among us for a while. How would they describe us? What would they see? What would their experience of us be?
Hopefully, after being here a while they would say: Love, peace, hope, BUMC! Of course, one of the reasons Yaroslava noticed the things she noticed was that she experienced these things in abundance. The best way to experience love, peace and hope in our congregation is to practice love, peace, and hope abundantly. What was it St. Francis famously said: Seek not so much to be loved, but to love.
Don't wait for others to love first, practice love now. Give yourself away. Pray for one another. Serve the Church. Be glad to be here together. The only love we get to keep is the love we give away. How do we love each other as Jesus commands? What he said: Love is when you lay your life down for each other. And what does that mean? It means that we care enough about who this congregation is and what it does that we will support it wholeheartedly with our prayers and our gifts, our service and our presence. It means that we value the church, that we understand in our mind and heart and soul the sacred mission of being Christ in the world. For God so loved the world . . .
Remembering who we are, we remember whose we are, we remember our mission, we have life when we recommit our lives to Christ and his Church. We remember that the Church is not just a building with bills and to pay and schedules to keep, but a faithful people who live for God in the world so that the world will know that indeed, God is love and when someone comes to visit and gets to know us they will say: Love, peace, hope, BUMC!
A Note From Pastor Bob
In February of 1999, I joined the Korean military as it is mandatory for every man in Korea. In April of 2001, I was discharged and found out that something became so popular in society that I had never seen before; Internet. I was surprised how much internet had become such a essential part of people’s life. Could you imagine not having internet access tomorrow? What about your email? What about your blog? Bank account? Could you imagine the mess that the lack of internet would create?
On the first day of September, I moved into a new apartment in Brighton. I called a cable company to come and set up TV cable and internet. However, I found out that there was problem with the modem system. I was told that I had to wait for another two or three days for get it fixed. I had to go to the school or coffee shop every time I needed to check my email. I became anxious wondering when the internet cable would finally work. Then, I asked myself, “If I do not talk with God everyday, would I feel nervous or inconvenient like this?” It would be disastrous if we do not have internet access tomorrow. But not many people would think that it would be horrible if we do not have any means of communicating with God. “How is your soul doing? How is your relationship with God?” John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, organized holy club when he went to Oxford University and asked each member these questions.
My brothers and sisters, is your connection with God working right? Do you experience the presence of God every day? Do you pray to God in seeking God’s guidance? God surrounds us in God’s spirit and is always ready to listen to our prayers. And I am grateful that prayer never loses its power.
Adult Education at BUMC
Our Adult Education classes have started up again – come join John Whitley in a discussion of the Sermon on the Mount, Sundays at 11:30 in the parlor. This is an ongoing series, but you’re welcome to drop in on any session. Later in the fall Rev. Wimmer will be leading a class on Methodism. We welcome ideas and suggestions for future classes – just see me on Sundays or email me at email@example.com .
Walk for RIM
October 4th is the RIM Walk. This is a fund raiser and a social event. We will be meeting participants from the other churches in our Cluster. The walk is 5.8 miles from St. John’s Episcopal Church, past the other Cluster members to BUMC and back to St. John’s. You can help by walking (part or all of the way), by welcoming people as they arrive at BUMC (half way) and/or pledging to support the BUMC walkers. Ask Louise Halstead if you have any questions.
World Communion Sunday & All Church Lunch
October 5th is World Communion Sunday and the All Church Lunch. We will take a special offering on Sunday, October 5th, for World Communion Sunday. In 1940, the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America established World-wide Communion Sunday as a global, interdenominational event. Your offering provides scholarships for U.S. racial- and ethnic-minority and international students. Stay after coffee hour to share a simple meal in fellowship together and hear about how BUMC is active in our community, our region, and our world. The food will be the same meal that our church volunteers serve at Bristol Kitchen that weekend and the brief program will be provided by the Missions Team. This is NOT a potluck – just bring yourselves and enjoy! Donations will be accepted to help cover the cost. Please note that there are no classes for Grade 5 – adult on the Sundays we have the lunches.
October Coffee Schedule
Contact Terry Grimm with questions or to volunteer – coordinators are still needed. 781-648-6927
Pumpkin Fair Fundraiser
We are having the “Pumpkin Fair on Saturday, October 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is a fundraiser dedicated to our missions.
Tables will be rented for the Mega Yard Sale at $25 each. If you or someone you know is interested in renting a table please talk to Louise Halstead. Each person brings their yard sale item on Saturday morning and removes anything they have that is left at the end of the day. We are looking for someone to run a Yard Sale table for the church as we have a few items to put on our own table. Anyone who donates to this table is asked to help by pricing their items and spending some time helping with the table.
We have a “Bake Sale Table” which everyone is welcome to contribute to. There should be NO custard products in the bake sale – this is a Town of Belmont Health Department rule. The bake sale table is always popular as we have some very talented bakers.
There will be games, bounces, pumpkin decorating and more, as well as the Mega Yard Sale. Please come help at the Pumpkin Fair and bring your friends and neighbors. There are activities for all ages.
We will be setting up the tent on Friday, October 17tth and setting up the tables beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 18th. We will be taking everything down on October 18th. If you can help any time on Friday or Saturday please talk to Louise.
Fliers are available!!! Please post them in any locations you think interested people may go. Posting in Belmont, Watertown, and Arlington is important Invite your friends to come enjoy the day!!! If you have any questions please talk to Louise Halstead at church or call her at 617-489-1340.
Would you like to be a part of a small group fellowship here at church? Do you have an idea for a one-time or ongoing group activity? Are you good at organizing people? If you answered “Yes” to any of the above, we’re looking for you! There are many ways that we can journey together, and grow in fellowship with each other, and we’d like to try some new ways of doing just that. A small group fellowship could be people at the same stage of life, facing similar events, who would like to spend time together sharing their stories and learning together. It could be a way for people from different backgrounds to get to know each other better than they could just chatting at coffee hour. It could be a way for people to explore new things in a group that they might not try on their own. It could be a way for individual actions to have an even greater impact on the world as part of a group. The possibilities are limitless… If you have an idea, we’ll help you organize it and get people, if you have a group of people, we’ll help you develop a focus, if you’re born to motivate and inspire people, we’ll put you together with a group and a focus. Interested? See me on Sundays, leave a message in the office, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Women’s Book Group
The next meeting is October 30th at 7:30. Watch the bulletin for the name of the book to be read. Everyone is welcome. Ask Louise Halstead if you have any questions.
Belmont Cooperative Nursery School Openings
We currently have openings for children who were 2.9 years of age by September 1, 2008 in our 2 day class which meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 to 11:30. We also have openings in our four afternoon class which meets Monday through Thursday from 12:15 to 3:00. We would be happy to give any church member a tour of our facility and explain our program and tuition rates. If anyone is interested, they should contact Holly Johnson at 617-484-3611 or email@example.com . Thank you.
The Churchlight is now only mailed out to a few who do not have email or access to the web. Please let the office know if you would like a paper copy mailed to you – or if you would like to pick it up at church. If you are not currently receiving the Churchlight by email please go to the Newsletter page on the church website at www.umcbelmont.org to subscribe. Current and back issues are posted on the website in the Newsletter section.
Joys and Concerns
Welcome to Kevin and Diane Ghiozzi, who joined the church on June 29, 2008.
Erica Rayna Fridmann, born 12/27/07, daughter of Diane Hutchins Fridmann and Michael Fridmann and sister of Lindsey was baptized on June 29, 2008.
In Our Thoughts
Our thoughts and sympathy to Barbara Ryther, on the passing of her father on August 18. He would have been 88 years old this fall.
3: Stephanie Muirhead
21: Virginia Jay
6: Morrie Bailey and Anita Miller
26: Brad and Kathie Stayton
27: Mike Bent and Linda Kincaid
October 2008 Worship Services
October 5th:10:00 a.m. Color:Green
Lectionary Readings: Exodus 12:1-14, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20
October 12th: 10:00 a.m. Homecoming Sunday Color: Green
Lectionary Readings: Exodus 14:19-31, Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21,Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35
October 19th: 10:00 a.m. Color: Green
Lectionary Readings: Exodus 16:2-15, Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16
October 26th: 10:00 a.m. Color: Green
Lectionary Readings: Exodus 17:1-7, Philippians 2:1-13, Matthew 21:23-32
For a few months we are going back to Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month only. On the last Sunday of the month we will experiment with different forms of worship. In addition, on the last Wednesday of each month we will celebrate Holy Communion in a service of evening prayers in the chapel at 7:30 beginning on October 29th.
Office hours at 421 Common Street in Belmont (phone: 617-489-0730) are:
Monday through Friday
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Office hours at 80 Mt. Auburn Street in Watertown (phone: 617-926-2931):are
Tuesday and Thursday
4:00 - 6:30 PM
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