October 16, 2016 – Witness

Pentecost 22   October 16, 2016   Matthew 28:18-20, Colossians 3:12-17, Romans 12:9-13   Witness ***************************************************** I got an email, about a week ago, from Arne Carr, with a note saying – we saw this sign on a church here in Texas (where they were on vacation). Nathan insisted I send it to you. The sign said: Jesus is coming. Hopefully before the election. And seriously, there was a news story just yesterday, that said 52% of Americans say this election cycle is seriously stressing them out. I thought that was maybe  too low a percentage – but I haven’t taken any scientific polls, and perhaps we’re so used to high levels of stress, that some of us barely notice the increase. And indeed the stress of our election cycle with all its darkness bordering on chaos, is still pretty mild, compared to the lives of people in many parts of the world. Thinking, just over the past few weeks, of Haiti, Columbia, Venezuela, and the Carolinas, all in our own hemisphere… And Iraq, Syria, Central African Republic, Sudan, Nigeria, Afghanistan, among the many places enduring much higher levels of destruction and suffering than we are… Which is not to make light of our own very real trials and struggles… Just to keep our struggles and troubles in perspective, remembering we’re all in this together, according to God’s word. And remembering, as we pray for Jesus and his kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven… Remembering we have our parts to play in the drama of his coming kingdom. As the hymn reminds us: O Jesus, I have promised, to serve thee to the end; be thou forever near me, my Master and my friend… O Jesus, we have promised…to serve you to the end. When we join the church, and every time we welcome a new member, we pledge, and pledge yet again, to practice our faith together, as we say these words from the service of baptism and membership in our hymnal: “As members together with you in the body of Christ and in this congregation of The United Methodist Church, we renew our covenant faithfully to participate in the ministries of the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, and our service, that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” We say these words together, and together seek to be faithful in fulfilling our vows. Over the past four weeks we’ve been reviewing the topics of prayer, presence, gifts, and service. Today we’re using witness as a one word summary for the last phrase of our membership vows  – “that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” (And–) Serving as witnesses for Christ and his kingdom can sum up all the other promises we make to God and one another as members of Christ’s body. The quality of our witness for Jesus – all of our giving glory to God – really does depend on our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service…When we do all these together from the heart, God is glorified, and the church truly flourishes… And yes, it is a big responsibility to be witnesses for Jesus. Jesus tells us we’re to be his disciples – to be the light of the world. (We know the song...

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Week of October 16, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Pumpkins Patch Please sign up to work at the Patch. It’s fun! Slow Church discussion/dinner will be at Sandy Klein’s home on October 19th at 6pm. Sign-up sheet is in Handy Hall. Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 1:00pm, at BUMC. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS A Pledge Card is in today’s bulletin. If you could thoughtfully and prayerfully fill it out and return it to the collection plate, it would be deeply appreciated. If you would like to take it home to carefully consider your pledge, please do. You can return it in the coming weeks or drop it in the mail. Fall Lunch and Bake Sale at BUMC, Saturday, October 15th. Cost for lunch is $8.00. November Benefit Dinner at BUMC for Teresa Kemper, Saturday, November 19th. It will be a fundraiser to help with her medical bills. Bourne Food Pantry   Please remember to bring in your food items. They are much needed!           EVENTS EVERY WEEK   Sunday                        8:00 am                        Choir practice Sunday                        9:00 am                        Worship Sunday                           7:00 pm                      AA Meeting Monday                                     7:30 pm                       N/A Meeting Tuesday                        9:00 am                        VNA Exercise Tuesday                        7:00 pm                        AA Meeting Thursday                       9:00 am                        VNA Exercise Thursday                        7:00 pm                         N/A Meeting Friday                           7:30 pm                        Adult Children of Alcoholics Meeting Saturday                     9:00 am                       Osteo...

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Week of October 16, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Oct. 16th: 11:00 AM Worship Service Stewardship Luncheon Monday, Oct. 17th: 9:00 AM DCOM 6:00 PM Finance Committee 7:00 PM Church Council Thursday, Oct. 20th: 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC 4:00 PM Horizons for Homeless Children Sunday, Oct. 23rd: 11:00 AM Worship Service 2:15 PM Bible Costume Party   The Stewardship Campaign will be celebrated today with a luncheon of the congregation immediately after church. Please plan to stay and share the joy of God’s gifts. THE CHURCH OFFICE will be open on Wednesday instead of Thursday this week. Bible Costume Party on Sunday Oct 23, 2:15-4:15, Crain Hall. Comes as any bible character. (Be creative…) Pizza etc provided. Please let Reah or Tim know if you are coming so we can know how much to order. BACKPACK UPDATE: These items are urgently needed: Cereal-cold, any kind, Oatmeal packets, Jelly, Mayonnaise, Canned tuna, Canned chicken, Canned pasta with meat-raviolis, lasagna, spaghetti with meatballs, Hot cocoa and Microwave popcorn. THE PUMPKIN PATCH SIGN-UP is in Crain Hall. Workers are needed to cover shifts. Please sign up to help with this important outreach project! CHILDREN’S CLOTHING EXCHANGE: We are now accepting gently used warm winter children’s clothes, sizes 0-14, for our Free Children’s Clothing Exchange  opening in November, 2016. Clothes may be dropped off at the Thrift Shop or dropped off in the church hall Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings.  The Exchange plans to be open the first Saturday of each month from 9:30 am to noon starting November 6th. OUR ANNUAL CHURCH CONFERENCE will be Monday, November 28th at 7:00pm, here at BUMC. Annual reports are due by November 1st. FALMOUTH CHORALE: “Mozart 260” – celebrating the 260th anniversary of Mozart’s birth! Saturday, Oct 22nd at 4pm and Sunday, Oct. 23rd at 4pm at John Wesley UMC in Falmouth. For more details, see Joan Davis.  ...

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