Christmas Eve Worship Service Schedule

This year, in addition to the traditional Christmas Eve services at 7pm at Cataumet and 9pm at Bourne, there will be a Family Christmas Eve Service at 4 pm on December 24th. It will be led by Pastor Tim with the musical assistance of Tom Goux. With a focus on families and children, this service will include very singable songs, angels with harps (and, perhaps, ukuleles!) Families can, of course, include children, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, neighbors and everyone who has a family here or far away or would like to be part of a family. The celebration of Christmas is a celebration of love and joy for the gift of Jesus to us. Please come to any of our Christmas eve services to share the joy and love with our family. 4:00pm Family Service at Bourne UMC 7:00pm Traditional Service at Cataumet UMC 9:00pm Traditional Service at Bourne...

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What would Jesus like? – December 2014

It’s just a few days before Thanksgiving, as I sit to write about the coming seasons of Advent and Christmas – the brief and beautiful seasons in which we prepare for the birth of our Savior – making ourselves ready for Christ’s ongoing birth in us. And as we make ready again to celebrate the birthday of Jesus, here I am, asking again, “what would Jesus like for his birthday?” A question that seems more urgent each year, as the season that competes with Advent and Christmas goes into high gear. The season that used to start with ‘Black Friday’ – so named, because this was the day on which The Christmas Industry used to start operating in the black, financially. I say “used to” – because a recent Boston Globe article says Black Friday is now dead – the victim, the Globe says, of “Darwinian destruction.” Which sounds like good news to me. Except the bad news is that Black Friday has reportedly been replaced by Black Thursday – or, as the Globe says, “the day formerly known as Thanksgiving.” Which of course is only the next beachhead. And the story continues, saying: “…an executive at Walmart quipped recently, the new Black Friday should simply be called “November.”” And at the risk of belaboring what was once-upon-a-time considered obvious – I don’t think this is really the way God wants us to celebrate the birth of his Son. So I’m challenging all of us again to be the alternative. To live into our Advent and Christmas seasons in ways that bring us closer to Jesus – better able to communicate the love of our Savior to others. I leave it to each of us and the Holy Spirit to determine the specifics of what that means for each of us. But I hope we will all keep all our seasonal practices in prayer, and listen attentively for the Spirit’s leading. For me, the key is recovering simplicity and focus. It’s still a struggle… Traditions can help. Our family will continue our practice of giving only a few small gifts (usually one each). We’ll decorate a small tree and sing Christmas carols. We’ll help with hanging of the greens and welcoming the season in song in our churches. We’ll try especially to make extra time for appreciating the presence of God – spending time in prayer and contemplation, time reading the bible. Time reaching out in simple ways, such as helping with our annual Thanksgiving meal at Cataumet. Our Thursday bible study group will be reading Isaiah in Advent, looking especially at texts which prepare us for Jesus, such as chapters 2,9, 11, 12, 35, 40… I hope you will join us. No previous experience with Isaiah necessary. We’ll be setting aside extra time for praying for God’s people, here and everywhere. We’ll be adding a new late afternoon Christmas Eve service at 4, to go with our 7 pm service at Cataumet and our 9 pm at Bourne, to see if we can reach people and families we aren’t reaching yet. We’ll spend extra time this year in church, singing the songs of Advent and Christmas. We’ll challenge each other to make more time for giving of ourselves to Jesus and his kingdom. Which is still the one...

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Thanksgiving Dinner at Cataumet UMC – Thursday, November 27th, 2014

The 6th annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 27th at Cataumet UMC. The dinner will be served at 12:00 noon and will end at 2:00 p.m. All are invited. This is open to all at no charge. There are take-out meals available and we can deliver meals as needed. Help is needed to set up on Wednesday from 3:30 on and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. on. More info will be available as the day gets closer. Please call the Cataumet church office if you are interested in helping out: (508) 563-3555. Thank you!...

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Annual Charge Conference – Monday, November 17th, 2014

Every fall the Bourne/Cataumet Parish participates in an annual meeting or Charge Conference. Our District Superintendent, Rev. Seok Hwan Hong, comes to hear what has been happening in the life of our churches and to hear about the plans for the next year. He also brings a message from the Conference to our churches. It is an inspiring time in which, hopefully, all members of our community will come to participate. This year the meeting is Monday, November 17th. It will begin with a potluck dinner at 5:30 pm at our church in Bourne. Bourne UMC members will provide salads and desserts. Cataumet UMC members will provide the main dishes. The 5:30 pm time may be a little early for those coming from work, so if this is the case and you can’t make dinner, please feel free to join us for dessert (and any leftovers!) and the meeting, which will begin at 6:30 pm....

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Rally Day – Bourne UMC

Photos from our Rally Day worship service in September 2014. We held Sunday worship at the Mid-way Park in Bourne, followed by a barbecue.

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