January 19, 2020 Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, January 19th:          11:00 PM  Worship ServiceMonday, January 20th:         10:00 AM  MeditationWednesday, January 22nd:  10:00 AM  Prayer GroupThursday, January 23rd:        1:00 PM   Bible StudySunday, January 26th:          11:00 PM   Worship Service WEST FALMOUTH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH would like to extend an invitation to you to join in fellowship at our church, Sunday January 19th at 4 pm for the following: Homemade soup, Movie: “Heaven is Real” and make your own Ice Cream Sundaes RISEM DISTRICT EPIPHANY GATHERING on January 26 at 3PM. Please join us for food, & fun , friends and family are welcome and encouraged to attend! For more info contact Jen Jordan at risem.layregistrar@gmail.com or call the office at 508-759-4898. THE MEN’S BREAKFAST group is taking a break in January. We plan to resume meeting on another day of the week to be determined. PRAYER GROUP meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the downstairs nursery at 10 am. SOUPER SUNDAY is February 2nd after Worship...

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August 18, 2019 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, August 18th:                      11:00 AM    Worship Service Thursday August 22nd:                   5:30 PM    Brookside            Sunday, August 25th:                     11:00 AM    Worship Service        BIBLE STUDY will be on recess for July and August. PRAYER GROUP will meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month JOIN US August 26th at 7:00PM for our 2019 Pumpkin Patch meeting. PLEASE REMEMBER TO RVSP by 9/6  for our Dinner 9/7, you can do so by calling 508-759-4898 or speaking with Susan Goux, Tracy Jaekel, Connie Soper, or Joan Davis....

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June 16, 2019 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Tim will report back from New England Methodist Annual Conference, on Sunday, June 23rd at the Bourne church after their service. A light lunch will be served. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible study continues to meet every Thursday at 1:00 pm. The group discussion of the Book of Joy will meet again on Monday, June 17 at 7:00 pm (new time). 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 Thursday                       9:00 am                       Exercise Thursday                        7:00 pm                      NA Meeting Saturday                       9:00 am                        Osteo Exercise  ...

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June 16, 2019 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, June 16th:                           11:00 AM     Worship Service Monday, June 17th:                              6:00PM     Finance Committee                                                                 7:00 PM     Church Council Thursday, June 20th:                          9:30 AM     Men’s Breakfast                                                                 1:00 PM     Bible Study        Sunday, June 23rd:                           11:00 AM     Worship Service OFFICE HOURS will be on Monday 6/17 only this week from 9-1. THE NEXT MENS BREAKFAST is June 20th at 9:30am, at the Corner Café in Pocasset. BIBLE STUDY meets this Thursday at 1pm. SUNDAY JUNE 23rd after church please stay for Report backs from New England Methodist Annual Conference, a light lunch will be served. PRAYER GROUP meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.                     ...

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Easter 5, May 19, 2019

Easter 5, May 19, 2019 (Ps 148, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35) Acts 11:1-11 ************************************************************* The church in Jerusalem hears the news – a whole bunch of new believers have just come to God! – So we’re all singing alleluia – right? Well, not exactly. Actually, the first thing we hear from the church council is a rebuke of the apostle Peter – (Like–) “What were you thinking? Visiting uncircumcised men – and eating with them?” Which should certainly have us asking – what’s going on? Why is the church not enthusiastically unanimously welcoming newcomers to the faith and the table of fellowship? Of course we weren’t there at the time… so we’re listening close, now, as Peter re-tells the story, step-by-step – recounting events that take up the whole previous chapter in the book of Acts… As Peter tells a condensed version of the story – starting with his vision of a blanket full of kosher and unkosher animals all mixed together – and a voice from heaven saying “Get up Peter, kill and eat.” Peter replies “no way, Lord, I never eat unkosher food.” But the voice says “Don’t call profane anything God has made clean.” And the vision repeats three times in all. (And we see yet-another happening-in-triplicate-thing-with-Peter – who famously said he didn’t know Jesus three times in one night –  then at breakfast on the beach told the risen Jesus “yes, Lord I love you” –  three times…) And as Peter now retells the story for the church, he says “as soon as I got this vision, here comes three men (– yes, three again – ) sent to fetch me to share the gospel. And the Spirit told me to go with them and not make distinctions between us and them.” So what’s with this strange vision of foods on a blanket? And what’s this got to do with making distinctions between people?  A biblical background note may be in order: The ancient food laws described in Scripture in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 list foods that Jews can and cannot eat. Fish with fins can be eaten. Shell fish, shrimp and lobster cannot. Animals with a cloven hoof that also chew their cud you may eat. Animals that don’t chew their cud, like pigs and camels – you may not eat. Chickens and ducks you may eat – but eagles, buzzards, osprey, cormorants, hawks or any bird of prey you may not eat. No eating of reptiles of any kind – nor insects – except for the locust and the grasshopper – you may eat them if you choose. But – What’s the purpose of all these food rules? Many theories have been elaborated over the centuries. Some teachers of the Law have said foods like pork and camel are bad for our health and-or subject to contamination, that’s why we don’t eat them. Others have pointed out pigs were often worshiped by local pagans, so we don’t eat them, partly to show we’re not pagans. Some rabbis of old said the food rules are either arbitrary or so mysterious that only God knows what they’re for – but either way, they’re given by God – so we keep them – even when we don’t understand why. The explanation I like best –...

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