January 20, 2019 -Bourne

Sunday,  January 20th:                            11:00 AM      Worship Service Monday, January 21st:                               6:00 PM      Finance Committee                                                                        7:00 PM      Church Council   Wednesday January 23rd:                     10:00 AM      Prayer Group                                                                                Sunday, January 27th:                             11:00 PM       Worship Service PASTOR ATWATER AND FAMILY will be in the Philippines January 14-February 12. In the event of emergencies, pastors Sandra Smith, Joe Kim (Swift UMC in Sagamore) and Rebecca Mincielli (John Wesley UMC in Falmouth) will be on call. THE FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER deadline is Tuesday January 29th. PRAYER GROUP meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, they meet next on January 23rd. THE THRIFT SHOP is always looking for volunteers, if you have some extra time you would like to donate please contact Judy Chamillard. BIBLE STUDY will be on break until February, more information to come. THE 2019 FLOWER CHART is up, please sign up. 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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January 13, 2019 – Bourne

                       EVERY WEEK  Sunday:                                       7:30 pm, NA Mon. Tue:                                   8:00 pm, AA Tuesday:                                     6:00 pm, AWOL ; 8:00pm, AA Wednesday:                              6:30 pm, AWOL ; 7:00pm Choir Rehearsal Mon, Wed through Sat:            10:00 am, Thrift Shop (until 3pm) Friday:                                          8:00 pm, Cape Cod Twirlers   THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, January 13th:                                11:00 AM      Worship Service Monday, January 14th:                                9:00 AM      DCOM                                                                         10:00 AM      Aptucxet Sunday, January 20th:                                11:00 PM      Worship Service PASTOR ATWATER AND FAMILY will be in the Philippines January 14-February 12. In the event of emergencies, pastors Sandra Smith, Joe Kim (Swift UMC in Sagamore) and Rebecca Mincielli (John Wesley UMC in Falmouth) will be on call. THE NEXT MEN”S BREAKFAST will be January 17th at 9:30am at the Corner Café in Pocasset. PRAYER GROUP meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, they meet next on January 23rd. BIBLE STUDY will be on break until February, more information to come. THE 2019 FLOWER CHART is up, please sign...

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January 13, 2019 – Cataumet

      ANNOUNCEMENTS Pastor Atwater and family will be in the Philippines January 14-February 12. In the event of emergencies, pastors Sandra Smith, Joe Kim (Swift UMC in Sagamore) and Rebecca Mincielli (John Wesley UMC in Falmouth) will be on call. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Prayer Group will meet again on Wednesday, January 23 at Bourne UMC. Bourne Food Pantry Needs at this time include boxed cold cereal, jelly (plastic bottles), mayonnaise, snacks and hot cocoa packets. Thanks for your help.                          EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday                        7:45 am                           Choir practice Sunday                         9:00 am                          Worship Sunday                        7:30 pm                           AA Meeting Monday                       7:30 pm                           N/A Meeting Tuesday                       9:00am                            Exercise Tuesday                      7:00 pm                            AA Meeting Wednesday               7:30 pm                             NA meeting Thursday                   9:00 am                            Exercise Thursday                   7:00 pm                            NA Meeting Saturday                    9:00 am                            Osteo...

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January 6, 2019 – Sermon

Epiphany Sunday    January 6, 2019   Psalm 72, Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12         eyes on the star ************************************************************* A few weeks ago, reading the Barton Chronicle (the Northeast Kingdom Vermont weekly Joyce McLane subscribes to, and passes along to the rest of us with Vermont connections in our Cataumet church) – I got to a story about a panel discussion among journalists, about the state of the newspaper business in Vermont. I have  Vermont friends who are reporters… I read with interest… As most of us know, newspapers everywhere are hurting financially, mostly due to the internet. (Good local papers like the Chronicle may have a little advantage – since the internet’s not very interested in covering small town life – nor are most of the national media.) Anyway – one of the panelists was Chris Braithwaite, founder-and-retired-editor-publisher of the Chronicle… Another panelist asked him one of those Frequently Asked Questions – ‘How do you define the mission of the local paper?’ And, well prepared, Braithwaite replied: “If someone called and said Christ had returned, my question would be – ‘did he come to Orleans County?’” Panelist David Moats, retired editor of the Rutland Herald, immediately got the drift, chiming in… “And if he didn’t come to Orleans County…” “We’d let the dailies cover it,” Braithwaite said, completing the sentence… Which is sometimes a pattern even with The Good News. If Christ shows up in our town. We’ll be there. If not – maybe we’ll wait and see if he makes the evening news. *** The national religious leadership of the day knows exactly where the Messiah is to be born. They’ve got no trouble answering Herod’s inquiry – quoting the prophet Micah (5:2) – pointing to the little town of Bethlehem, a small village just five and a half miles from Jerusalem – small – but well-known as home town of King David – and final resting place of Rachel, wife of Jacob (whose other name is Israel) – and the setting for most of the book of Ruth. But either religious authorities are thinking so extremely local that even five-and-a-half miles away is too far off to be local news they’re willing to cover…. Or – Maybe these Magi look so out-there – so very not-from-around-here – what with turbans, funny hats, strange clothing, maybe different skin color… that our national wise men don’t trust these wise men from afar to be reliable sources. They decide, perhaps, anyone looking like this, and following a star has got to be dispensing fake news…News designed to make them look bad… And yes, possibly some cultural profiling is happening here… Because if this new king-to-be-of-the-Jews is not fake news – this is not good news for King Herod – who likes to think of himself as king of the Jewish territories – though he himself has never been anything close to a practicing Jew. And if Herod isn’t king, perhaps the resulting government shut-down will cost the religious leaders who advise him and kiss up to him their jobs… So – let the Persian Times or the Roman Herald cover the baby story. We don’t think it’s news… in Jerusalem. ******* I enjoy gazing into the night sky… (Most often I get to do this when I’m out fishing.) It’s...

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January 6, 2019 -Cataumet

  ANNOUNCEMENTS A combined Finance/Council meeting will be on Wednesday, January 09, 2019 at 6:30. Pastor Atwater and family will be in the Philippines January 14-February 12. In the event of emergencies, pastors Sandra Smith, Joe Kim (Swift UMC in Sagamore) and Rebecca Mincielli (John Wesley UMC in Falmouth) will be on call. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Prayer Group will meet again on Wednesday, January 9 at Bourne UMC. Bourne Food Pantry Needs at this time include boxed cold cereal, jelly (plastic bottles), mayonnaise, snacks and hot cocoa packets. Thanks for your help. .EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday                         7:45 am                        Choir practice Sunday                         9:00 am                        Worship Sunday                           7:30 pm                      AA Meeting Monday                          7:30 pm                       N/A Meeting Tuesday                         9:00am                           Exercise Tuesday                        7:00 pm                        AA Meeting Wednesday                   7:30 pm                        NA meeting Thursday                       9:00 am                         Exercise Thursday                        7:00 pm                          NA Meeting Saturday                       9:00 am                        Osteo Exercise      ...

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