October 30, 2016 – Salvation, according to Jesus

Pentecost 24 October 30, 2016   (Ps 146, Luke 18:18-30, 35-43) Luke 19:1-10  Salvation, according to Jesus ***************************** Tomorrow is Halloween.  Our pumpkin patch for the Bourne Food Pantry of course piggy backs on the association of pumpkins with Halloween… And going door to door with kids or grand-kids, and greeting children who come to our doors with candy can be good ways to meet some of our neighbors. (If it seems appropriate in the course of conversation, we might even mention – we’re part of the church that sells pumpkins for the Bourne Food Pantry. We never know – someone we meet may be thinking about coming to church, and our pumpkin patch outreach may be of interest… ) And getting dressed up in costumes is also part of our religious heritage. Our Jewish cousins in faith dress up for the holiday of Purim, where wild and oddly funny costumes are the norm. And this year we’ve already held a bible character’s costume party, last Sunday…(Some of you were there helping, thank you very much…) I’m pretty sure we all had fun, and learned some interesting things about the bible. Many adult volunteers helped immensely; and Tatsiana and Tom Goux led us all in bible sing-a-long-songs… All costumes were creative and thematic… Jacob (Martitz) came as himself – actually, rather, as his biblical namesake, Jacob, from Genesis, who wrestled an angel all night and was given a new name, Israel… Jacob’s sister Ella had a great costume, all dressed in purple, as Lydia, the dealer in purple cloth known for her hospitality, who became the first leader of the church in Philippi (Acts 16)… Marcus was marvelous as bearded Melchior, one of the three wise men… Juliana was splendid as the daughter of Pharaoh, with adopted baby Moses under her arm… Her parents Christena and Cory looked great, though a bit young for their parts as Sarah and Abraham, who had their son Isaac when she was 90, he was 100….Yan came as Noah, washed ashore after the flood…. Alexis was shining like the sun in her bright yellow solar costume, while her brother Tyler did some time travel as Harry Potter, back into the bible, perhaps to check out the Potter’s House of Jeremiah 18… Rohi and her mother Reah came as contemplative Mary of Bethany and busy sister Martha… while yours truly with them was arguably also well cast, in his role as their brother Lazarus, brought back from the dead by Jesus… And today we continue on the theme of biblical characters in their various costumes… As we consider the case of two rich men and Jesus… *** In our first reading a rich ruler comes to Jesus. And if I were designing a Halloween costume to portray this bible character, I’d be looking in our thrift shop for a tastefully-expensive-looking business suit, perhaps with a golden-cross as a tie-pin. He comes asking, politely, what he must do to inherit eternal life. He seems to have faith eternal life is for real. And he seems to think its his to inherit… (Just checking with Jesus to be sure there’s no technical issues he’s overlooked.) And Jesus doesn’t say eternal life isn’t his to inherit, he just says, “you know the commandments: don’t commit adultery, don’t murder,...

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Week of October 30, 2016 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Finance Committee and Trustees meeting, Wednesday, November 2nd at 6pm. Church Council meeting at 7pm. Pumpkins Patch Just today and tomorrow to work the Patch.  Thanks to all who have worked on this project, we are able to  support the Bourne Food Pantry again this year. Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 1:00pm, at BUMC. OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Today we are collecting for our Haitian child, Christhofe Vilme. Pledge Cards If you haven’t already filled one out would you 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. If you need a pledge card, please let the usher know. Charge Conference is November 28th at 7:00pm at BUMC. Will the chairs of our committees please give your reports for the      Annual Report to Pat by November 11th? Thanks. 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, 30, 2016 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Oct. 30th: 11:00 AM Worship Service 3:30 PM Girl Scouts Wednesday, Nov. 2nd: 10:30 AM Bourne Women’s Club Thursday, Nov. 3rd: 1:00 PM Bible Study at Bourne UMC Saturday, Nov. 5th 10:00 AM Children’s Clothing Exchange Sunday, Nov. 6th 11:00 AM Worship Service Daylight Savings Time Ends! Monday, Nov. 7th:   1:00 PM UMW Meeting DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS next Sunday, November 6th. Remember to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday night before you go to bed. THE NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER IS AVAILABLE! Please pick up your copy on the way out today if you receive the print version, or check your email if you receive the e-version. There are extra copies available in Crain Hall. If you are not on our list, please fill out a mailing address card. CHILDREN’S CLOTHING EXCHANGE: We will have the first opening of our exchange next Saturday, November 5th from 10am to 12pm. We continue to accept gently used warm winter children’s clothes, sizes 0-14, which may be dropped off at the Thrift Shop or in the church hall. BACKPACK PROJECT: 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. A complete list is available in Crain Hall. HANGING OF THE GREENS will be after worship on November 20th. Please plan to stay and help decorate our church for the Christmas season. THE THANKSGIVING DINNER at Cataumet UMC will take place again this year on November 24th, from 12pm to 2pm. It is free of charge and all are welcome! Take-out meals will be available. OUR ANNUAL CHURCH CONFERENCE will be Monday, November 28th at 7:00pm, here at BUMC. Desserts will be provided. ANNUAL REPORTS ARE DUE THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST! Please email or drop off your reports to the church secretary. Thank you!!!    ...

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