December 2, 2018 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS On December 6th, Steve Bryant, from the Upper Room Ministries, will lead a workshop: Living from the Center: Prayer Practices for Strengthening your Spiritual Core. East Greenwich UMC, 1558 South County Trail, East Greenwich, RI  02818 Please let Pastor Tim know if you would like to attend. Rides to be available. Order forms for Christmas poinsettias are in this week’s bulletin. Please return them to Caryn White today. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Bourne Food Pantry Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed! The cupboards are low at Peebles Elementary School! Donations ASAP are greatly appreciated. Bible Study meets Thursdays at 1:00 pm.   EVENTS EVERY WEEK   Sunday                         8:00 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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November 18, 2018 -Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Order forms for Christmas poinsettias are in this week’s bulletin. Please return them to Caryn White. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Bourne Food Pantry Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed! The cupboards are low at Peebles Elementary School! Donations ASAP are greatly appreciated. See the October Circuit Rider for a list of needed items. Bible Study meets Thursdays at 1:00 pm. EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday                         8:00 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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November 18,2018 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, November 18th:                            11:00 AM     Worship Service                                                                           12:00 PM     Stewardship Luncheon                                                                                    3:00 PM     Girl Scouts Monday, November 19th                             6:00  PM     Finance Committee                                                                             7:00 PM     Church Council Wednesday, November 21st:                       5:30 PM     Brookside Sunday,  November 25th:                            11:00 AM     Worship Service PLAN TO STAY today after church for lunch and fellowship.  Gary Melville from the United Methodist Foundation will be preaching and will join us after the service. FAMILY TO FAMILY holiday gift/food tags will be available today, November 18th. Any leftover tags will be put out on the following Sunday, November 25th. THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT will be Sunday December 2. HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Our volunteers provide conversation, play cards, read stories, share a prayer or even just sit quietly holding a hand.  On-line training is available and we ask for a minimum of one hour weekly of your time.  If interested please contact Lisa Regan at (978) 912-7842 Ext: 1002. PRAYER GROUP meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the downstairs nursery at 10 am.      ...

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November 11, 2018

Pentecost 25  November 11, 2018   Psalm 42, Mark 12:38-42: Ruth 1:1-18,3:1-5, 4:13-17 ********************************************************** In the days of the Judges, one of Israel’s darkest times, a period of chaotic social break-down and deep divisions leading finally into civil war – a time of utter disregard for the law of God and the way of righteousness – a time when leadership fluctuated between useless and blatantly disobedient to God… In the time of the Judges, a certain Israelite family migrated to the nearby nation of Moab to the Southeast. The husband, Elimelech, whose name means “my God is king” died there, leaving his wife an impoverished widow. Naomi’s name means “sweetness” but as our story opens she is feeling bitter and forsaken. Her sons Mahlon (the name means “sickness”) and Chilion (the name means “spent” or “perishing”) have also died in Moab. Now, with no visible means of support, Naomi hears the famine that caused her family to migrate is over, so she starts home, bidding her daughters-in-law to stay in Moab and seek husbands for security. She refers to the early Israelite custom of a brother marrying his brother’s widow to raise up children for her, the closest thing then to social security – saying she’s too old to have sons who they could marry. Her daughter-in-law Orpah (whose name means “back of the neck”) turns back to Moab. But Ruth, whose name means “friend” or “companion” insists on accompanying Naomi as she returns to Bethlehem in Israel… Ruth insists she will go wherever Naomi goes, saying “where you go I will go, where you live I will live – your people will be my people, your God will be my God.” And she lives the words she speaks, as she journeys to Bethlehem with Naomi. Back in Naomi’s hometown, Ruth goes to work gleaning, gathering leftover grain in the wheat and barley fields, working behind the harvesters. The humblest kind of farm work, at the bottom of the economic ladder. Every day she’s first to arrive, last to leave, working hard all day. Winning the praise of Boaz, owner of the field, who, as it turns out, is a relative of Naomi. His name means “in God is strength.” Like all the characters in the story, Boaz acts out the meaning of his name, doing what the word of God says to do – welcoming the stranger, treating Ruth as a neighbor – instructing his workers to treat Ruth well, ensure her safety, let her harvest extra grain… He shares his lunch with her… and doesn’t make anything out of her being a Moabite – a member of a despised nation that Israel’s had a long and troubled relationship with. Back in Exodus days, Moabites tempted and troubled Israel in the wilderness. As a result, Deuteronomy forbids Moabites from entering the temple. But now Moabite Ruth serves as a stellar example of the Hebrew word hesed, meaning steadfast love and faithfulness – a Hebrew word often used to describe God. As now Ruth, loyally following Naomi’s instructions – seeking security for both Naomi and herself – takes the initiative with Boaz – an honorable man, a nice guy with a good heart – who seems a bit slow in figuring out how to act on his obvious admiration for...

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November 11, 2018 -Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS The Book of Joy discussion group will continue on Monday, Nov. 12 at 6:30. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Bourne Food Pantry Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed! The cupboards are low at Peebles Elementary School! Donations ASAP are greatly appreciated. See the October Circuit Rider for a list of needed items. Bible Study meets Thursdays at 1:00 pm. EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday                         8:00 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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