Week of June 18th, 2017 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study on Thursdays at 1:00pm at Bourne UMC every week. 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...

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Week of June 18, 2017 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, June 18th: 11:00 AM Worship Monday, June 19th: 6:00 PM Finance Committee 7:00 PM Church Council Thursday, June 22nd: 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Friday, June 23rd: 10:00 AM Nimble Fingers Craft Group Saturday, June 24th: 11:00 AM BHS Strawberry Festival if rain Sunday, June 25th: 11:00 AM Worship Conference Feedback Luncheon OUR CHURCH SECRETARY is on vacation this week. Sarah Bach will be filling in for her in the office. THE NIMBLE FINGERS CRAFT GROUP will meet this Friday, June 23rd at 10:00am in the downstairs classroom. All are welcome to join! Please speak to Susan DeWitte for more information. INVITATION TO PRAYER from Sandra Smith. I invite you to join with me for a time of prayer for loved ones and friends, for the ministries of our churches, and for our country. Our first gathering for prayer will be Wednesday, June 28 at 10:00am in the nursery. If you are interested but would prefer an afternoon or evening schedule, please let me know. COMMUNITY YARD SALE: Join us here at Bourne UMC on Saturday, July 1st from 9am to 2pm for a community yard sale!  Spaces are still available. Please see Susan Goux for a registration form. 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. LOOKING AHEAD: The annual Pool Party at the Jensen’s will be after church on Sunday, July 9th. Mark you calendars for this fun event!  ...

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Week of June 11, 2017 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study on Thursdays at 1:00pm at Bourne UMC every week. 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! Kids Backpack Program   Please leave your items for the kids backpacks in the bin in the office. Relief Kits for UMCOR.  We will be providing relief kits to UMCOR at annual conference in June. 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...

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Week of June 11, 2017 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, June 11th: 11:00 AM Worship Monday, June 12th: 7:00 PM Worship Committee 7:00 PM Outreach Committee Thursday-Saturday, June 15-17th: Annual Conference Sunday, June 18th: 11:00 AM Worship Monday, June 19th: 6:00 PM Finance Committee 7:00 PM Church Council The altar flowers today are given to the glory of God by Dick & Betty Anderson, “In memory of Axel Anderson.” CLEANING BUCKET PROJECT: Donations are due today. BACKPACK PROGRAM UPDATE: Please see the list in Crain Hall or the  newsletter for a complete list of what we still need. Last day for donations is Sunday, June 18th. YARD SALE APPLICATIONS are available in the church office and there are a few on the table in Crain Hall. They are due back by June 16th. The Yard Sale will be Saturday, July 1st. See the newsletter for more details. THE MEN’S BREAKFAST CLUB will meet June 15th at 9:30am, at the Corner Café in Pocasset. See Mike Eden for details. INVITATION TO PRAYER from Sandra Smith. I invite you to join with me for a time of prayer for loved ones and friends, for the ministries of our churches, and for our country. Our first gathering for prayer will be Wednesday, June 28 at 10:00am in the nursery. If you are interested but would prefer an afternoon or evening schedule, please let me know. 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. LOOKING AHEAD: The annual Pool Party at the Jensen’s will be after church on Sunday, July 9th. Mark you calendars for this fun event!  ...

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June 4, 2017 – Pentecost

Pentecost    June 4, 2017   (Psalm 104, 1 Corinthians 12:4-13, John 7:37-39) Acts 2:1-21, 37-42 *************************************** All-at-once – almost-as-if-by-magic – a wild-wind is blowing inside the house, loud-as-a-hurricane – flaming-tongues-as-of-fire are blazing and dancing upon those gathered – who, now, are all speaking-in-languages-they-didn’t-know-they-knew – great crowds of Pentecost festival pilgrims now also are gathering… to listen to the sounds of their native languages spoken – asking “What’s going on?” None of this is magic. None of this is accident or coincidence. And… disciples know what’s going on, because they have been preparing. Making ready for this gift of the Holy Spirit. Doing what Jesus said to do. Gathering together for worship, prayer and study. Practicing faith together in community, day-by-day. There’s no way they could have known what to expect. But when the Spirit of the Living God comes upon them… They’re ready… (and…) Now here’s the apostle Peter, who famously had many difficulties keeping his focus…while Jesus was with the disciples in person – now preaching the good news of Jesus boldly. Preaching from the prophet Joel, re-working key phrases. Joel, many hundreds of years earlier said “In those days, says the Lord, I will pour out my Spirit…” Now Peter says “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit…” Signaling the last days of the old order have begun… And these last days we’ve been in ever since… Are also the first days of the kingdom of God on earth… (And if it doesn’t feel as if we’re living in the kingdom, remember – Jesus told us the kingdom comes along with many birth pangs…) Peter also doubles down now on the phrase “And they shall prophesy” – adding a repetition of this phrase that’s not there in the original text of Joel. Highlighting the all-inclusive giving of the Spirit, for men and women, old and young, slave and free – saying again,  “and they shall prophesy” to add yet-more emphasis… And in making these and several other modification to the text of Joel, Peter is faithful to the word of God… Since he’s doing all this under the supervision and guidance of the same Holy Spirit who inspired Joel’s prophecy in the first place. The same Spirit who now inspires creative adaptation of the prophet’s words for a new situation in time and place … and… Guided by the Holy Spirit, Peter now is able to interpret both the word of God and also the needs of the gathered crowd. Able to help the questioning crowd progress  from their first question: “What’s going on?” – on to the even better question – “What should we do now?” (And…) It’s not that Peter’s suddenly smarter than he used to be. It’s just that he’s learned to be responsive to the leading of the Spirit working in him, helping him come up with the right words at the right time… Perhaps we may remember times when we’ve been thinking and praying hard about something…And someone comes along and names exactly what we’re concerned about, without us even saying a word. (Now we’re not talking about driving by an ice cream stand on a hot day and everyone spontaneously saying “ice cream!” in unison. Nothing against ice cream – but – not every craving for ice...

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