UMW Meeting May 5, 2014

Are you curious about the big celebration we all will experience this summer when the Cape Cod Canal turns 100 years old in August? Join us for the May meeting of the Bourne UMW and find out all about it! Park ranger Samantha Gray of the Army Corps of Engineers has been very involved in the planning for the celebration, and she is also exceptionally knowledgeable about the history of the canal. She will be with us on Monday, May 5th to talk about it. The 1:30 program will follow the business meeting, which begins at 1:00pm. The program will be followed by dessert served by hostesses Judy Chamillard, Marge Mosher and Dot Charest. Please call Joan Davis/Connie Soper if you need a ride. See you there!...

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Resurrection, continued – May 2014

We’ve journeyed with Jesus through Lent, into Easter, welcoming resurrection life. Our sunrise service at Scusset Beach began with sun coming over the waters right on time and voices lifted in joyful song. Our later-that-same-morning-services were perhaps even more joyful, as we warmed into the good news, and sang with yet-more fervor. Now we’re several Sundays into the seven-week Season of Easter. Trees are finally opening spring leaves, forsythia are in full bloom, a few early azaleas have been spotted. Birds are in full chorus, herring are running… (I haven’t been fishing yet, but I’ve had a good two day retreat with other pastors at a Methodist retreat center…) But it’s still chilly, cool, and grey, this last day of April as I write… The chill of a long winter and the tears of Holy Thursday and Good Friday are still fresh in my heart also… Recalling those who’ve departed over the past year… most recently, three beloved parishioners – Allen Fuller, Barbara Chapin, and Marge Lyons – who have all passed away in April, just before and after Easter. We give thanks to God for the many ways they have blessed us with their lives. We mourn their passing, and pray for their families. And we acknowledge the persistence of death and sorrow, even as we celebrate new life. *** Living the resurrection life takes practice. Christ’s resurrection is a gift, given freely. But receiving it is a work of faith that takes daily practice. Fortunately we are designed by God to know how to do this practice. Salmon, with no previous migratory experience, manage to find their ways to ancestral breeding and feeding grounds thousands of miles away. “These fish may have a magnetic ‘map’ in their heads that enables them to sense and navigate using the Earth’s magnetic fields rather like a GPS…” a team of scientists recently wrote in Current Biology. Humans made in the image of God are probably hard-wired to find our way to God in much the same way. Salmon, of course, still have to swim up-river, jump falls, and keep going till they are in the right place. So do we. We pray, worship, study scripture, live in fellowship, serve God and one another together. We mourn with those who mourn, we rejoice with those who rejoice. Always our intention is to live out our love for God in our practice of being in loving community with one another. *** Bourne UMC has been holding a series of neighborhood meetings, designed to help us get to know each other better, and discern how we can better serve the spiritual needs of our parish and the communities in which we live. So far we’ve met in homes in Bourne Village, Sandwich, and Monument Beach, with a Buzzard’s Bay session set for May 18. All our discussions have been lively and fruitful. More than fifty people have attended one of the first three meetings. Here’s some of what we’ve heard so far: First of all, we’ve had lots of positive feedback. Comments heard at all three meetings include “we are a warm and welcoming church”… “the church has been there for me in times of need”… “the church is a family”… “the church is my family”… Many have remarked that our church has...

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