eChurchlight, January 2009
Dates to Remember
Jan 21: Church Council meeting
through the looking glass
A New Year always calls for some new direction. Ginny Jay passed these words on to me and I think they serve very well to give us a direction for the new year. They are the words that were found on the wall of Mother Teresa’s room. If you have seen them before, look again. They are called “Words to Live By” and so they are:
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
be successful anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, others may be jealous;
be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will forget tomorrow;
do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
give your best anyway.
For you see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
It sounds like she might know something worth knowing. May we discover such wisdom as we practice the three simple rules from our Wesleyan tradition: Do No Harm. Do Good. Stay in Love with God.
Happy New Year. Oh, and bless your hearts! Larry
In Worship, Fellowship, And Service…
Did you know these words are in our mission statement? Even if you didn’t, I’ll bet you all have seen them come to life as we travel on our journey together as a church family. This has been especially true for me during the Christmas season. I have been cheered, encouraged, and sometimes downright amazed by the number of people who have willingly contributed their time and talents, volunteered when a job needed doing, and opened their hearts to each other and to a world in need. Thanks to:
We have been not just a busy church, but a caring and Spirit-filled church! God be with you all.
Sunday, January 4, 2009 is the first All Church Lunch of the new year! Join us after coffee hour in the Social Hall for a time of fellowship and celebration. Our thanks to Brian and Heather Sullivan and family, who will be preparing the meal for Bristol Kitchen the night before, and will make extra for all of us.
Agenda for the Church Council Meeting on Wednesday, January 21st will include a review and discussion of research done so far on potential uses of Imler House. Everyone is welcome to come and participate in this ongoing process.
Women’s Book Group
Schedule and Books for 2009 for the BUMC Woman’s Book Group:
January 29th The Seed of Sarah by Judith Magyar Isaacson
February 26th The Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
March 26th The Shack by William P. Young
April 30th Sarah’s Daughter by Ruth Bass
May 28th Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbary Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, & Steven L. Hopp
Everyone is welcome! Please ask Louise Halstead if you have any questions.
Our newest fellowship group meets on the second Thursday of the month for coffee and conversation at 10:30 am in the parlor. The next meeting is January 8.
All are welcome! For more information see Linda Rodi.
January 2009 Coffee Hour Schedule
January 4th – RSTU, coordinated by Kathy Toujian & Donna Esposito
January 11th –VWXYZ
January 18th – ABC, coordinated by Lisa Courtney
January 25th – DEFG, coordinated by Diane & Kevin Ghiozzi
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January 2009 Worship Services
January 4th: 10:00 a.m. Epiphany Sunday Color: White
Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 (UMH 795); Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12
January 11th: 10:00 a.m. Baptism of the Lord Color: White
Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29 (UMH 761);Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11
January 18th: 10:00 a.m. Second Sunday After the Epiphany Color: Green
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20); Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 (UMH 854); 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51
January 25th: 10:00 a.m. Third Sunday After the Epiphany Color: Green
Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-12 (UMH 787); 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20
2: Devin LaRocque
14: Sarah Kolenbrander
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