August 20, 2017 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study group is taking a break until early in September. Prayer Group will meet with Sandra Smith at the BourneUMC on Wednesday, August 30th at 10:00am. All are welcome. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Bourne Food Pantry has been helping Bourne residents for 25 years, serving over 300 families each month. Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed! EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday  8:00 am  Choir practice Sunday  9:00 am Worship Sunday  7:00 pm  AA Meeting Monday  7:30 pm  N/A Meeting Tuesday 9:00pm  Exercise Tuesday  7:00 pm AA Meeting Thursday  9:00 am Exercise Thursday 7:00 pm N/A Meeting Friday  7:30 pm Adult Children of Alcoholics Meeting Saturday  9:00 am  Osteo Exercise  ...

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August 20, 2017 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, August 20th: 11:00 AM  Worship Service Monday, August 21st: 6:00 PM     Finance Committee                                              7:00 PM     Church Council Sunday, August 27th: 11:00 AM Worship Service THE WOODS HOLE CANTATA CONSORT will be presenting a concert on Sunday August 20th at 4pm at the church of the Messiah in Woods Hole. BIBLE STUDY is taking a break until September. THE DEADLINE FOR THE SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER is August 24th. THE NEXT MEETING OF THE PRAYER GROUP will be on Wednesday, August 30th at 10:00am in the nursery. A box for prayer requests has been placed on the table in Crain Hall. If you would like our newly-formed prayer group to pray for a special need, please write it down and place it in the box. Feel free to sign your name or make the request anonymously. RALLY DAY: will be Sunday, September 10th. Mark your calendars! SUNSET CRUISE:  Join the Upper Cape Chaplaincy for their annual Sunset Cruise on the Cape Cod Canal on Sunday, September 10th 5:30-7:30 pm. Tickets are $35.00 and includes the cruise, Lobster Roll, potato chips and dessert. See Susan Goux for tickets and more information HELP THE HOMELESS: Our church has been asked to collect new white socks, caps/hats, and bug spray/sun block. The collection box is on the landing at the entrance to Crain Hall. Thank you for your support! FREE CHILDREN’S CLOTHING EXCHANGE: We continue to accept gently used children’s clothes, sizes 0-14, which may be dropped off at the Thrift Shop. The exchange is open the first Saturday of each month at 10am....

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Week of August 13, 2017 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS  Bible Study group is taking a break until early in September. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Bourne Food Pantry has been helping Bourne residents for 25 years, serving over 300 families each month. Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed! EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday                        8:00 am                        Choir practice Sunday                        9:00 am                        Worship Sunday                           7:00 pm                      AA Meeting Monday                          7:30 pm                       N/A Meeting Tuesday                         9:00pm                           Exercise Tuesday                        7:00 pm                        AA Meeting Thursday                       9:00 am                         Exercise Thursday                        7:00 pm                          N/A Meeting Friday                           7:30 pm                        Adult Children of Alcoholics Meeting Saturday                      9:00 am                       Osteo Exercise    ...

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Week of August 13, 2017 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, August 13th: 11:00 AM Worship Service Monday, August 14th: 4:00 PM Worship Committee Meeting Thursday, August 17th: 9:30 AM Men’s Breakfast Club Sunday, August 20th: 11:00 AM Worship Service Monday, August 21st: 6:00 PM Finance Committee                                            7:00 PM Church Council BIBLE STUDY is taking a break until September. MEN’S BREAKFAST CLUB : The next meeting of the Men’s Breakfast Club will be Thursday, August 17th at 9:30am at the Corner Café in Pocasset. THE DEADLINE FOR THE SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER is August 24th. THE NEXT MEETING OF THE PRAYER GROUP will be on Wednesday, August 30th at 10:00am in the nursery. A box for prayer requests has been placed on the table in Crain Hall. If you would like our newly-formed prayer group to pray for a special need, please write it down and place it in the box. Feel free to sign your name or make the request anonymously. RALLY DAY: will be Sunday, September 10th. Mark your calendars! SUNSET CRUISE:  Join the Upper Cape Chaplaincy for their annual Sunset Cruise on the Cape Cod Canal on Sunday, September 10th 5:30-7:30 pm. Tickets are $35.00 and includes the cruise, Lobster Roll, potato chips and dessert. See Susan Goux for tickets and more information. HELP THE HOMELESS: Our church has been asked to collect new white socks, caps/hats, and bug spray/sun block. The collection box is on the landing at the entrance to Crain Hall. Thank you for your support! FREE CHILDREN’S CLOTHING EXCHANGE: We continue to accept gently used children’s clothes, sizes 0-14, which may be dropped off at the Thrift Shop. The exchange is open the first Saturday of each month at 10am.    ...

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August 6, 2017

Pentecost 9  August 6, 2017   Tobit 6:1b-6a, 8:1-3; Romans 8:26-30, Matthew 13:44-53          Buy the field *********************************************************** The book of Tobit features a very strange fish in a supporting-actor-role. Tobit’s one of the very fishiest books of the bible. And since all of Jesus’ top-four-first-round-draft-choice-disciples are fishermen, we can bet they knew the story of Tobias, son of Tobit, who’s been sent on a mission of redemption to marry Sarah, a lovely, virtuous woman of faith, whose family has suffered from a strange demon, that’s killed all seven previous husbands-to-be of this woman on their wedding night. Tobias’ mother is more than a little nervous about her son going on this perilous journey. Tobias, however, has a huge advantage over all previous husbands-to-be, in that he is escorted on his mission by an angel named Raphael. And to greatly-over-simplify a marvelous story of true love and strange fishing… When Tobias goes to wash his feet in the river, a very big fish comes out of the water and tries to bite his foot off. Tobias shouts in fear. But the angel tells him, “pull that fish up on shore – cut it open, take out its gall, heart and liver. They’ll come in handy later…” Tobias does as he’s told. They reach their destination. Wedding arrangements are finalized. Sarah’s parents are so afraid Tobias will die that night, as the other seven husbands have all died on their wedding night – that the parents secretly dig a grave, hoping to keep the expected-next-and-latest-death a secret from neighbors. (Who by now are thinking this is a very strange family we live next door to…) But Tobias follows the angel’s instructions carefully–and burns the liver and heart of the fish – and the demon flees far, far away – where he is then bound, hand-and-foot by the angel… And the couple lives happily ever after… The book of Tobit is one of the so-called Apocryphal books of the bible included in Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, and Anglican bibles but not in most Protestant bibles. Tobit was part the Septuagint Greek-language translation of the Old Testament, the everyday bible of the early church. And we’re reading from this story today mostly because (along with one of the parables Jesus is about to tell) – this is the only other bad-fish story in the bible.  And I like this story because… here even the baddest of fish in the bible… is working for the good, as a good-fish should… in the end… (Listen again for the word of God as we read from Matthew’s gospel… 13:44-53– ) *** The kingdom of heaven is like treasure we find hidden in a field. We may not even be looking for treasure.. But…suddenly here it is. Wow! Better hide that treasure again, and go! – calculate the cost of the field. Figure out what this treasure’s worth! Make haste, sell all we have! Buy the field! We may need to put on an estate sale – or hold an-all-summer-long-yard- sale – or just take our stuff down to the pawn shop. Whether we have a little or a lot, once we know what we’ve found, we gladly do whatever it takes to pay the price and buy the field… Again the kingdom of heaven is like the...

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