THANKSGIVING UPDATE

Dear Friends, A few brief updates regarding Thanksgiving. Full Thanksgiving Dinner will be available this Thursday at John Wesley United Methodist in Falmouth, served by the Falmouth Service Center, from 12 to 4. All welcome. (Need not be Falmouth residents.) As we get inquiries and if people show up on Thursday we will let people know this option exists. And a few of us will be gathering at Cataumet UMC for potluck from noon till roughly 2 pm. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy, pie and cake and whatever you might choose to bring if you should choose to come will be available… Feel free to bring a dish and join us at noon. Even if you can only come for half an hour or an hour, please come if you can share in this event. Which continues to grow in significance the more I ponder… We have just this week learned that technically potluck suppers are against the law (and have been, we’re told, for about thirty years). Though till now no one has tried to enforce this that we know of. Right. Hot food brought from home is against state food code regulations, unless kept heated to mandatory minimum heat at all times. So… We will be eating together in the church as a revolutionary act. Author Bill McKibben calls potluck supper “the Methodist form of communion.” And speaking for myself, I’m willing to go to jail, like Arlo Guthrie of old, on Thanksgiving Day — for the sake of our inalienable right to do church potluck meals together. So… Do pray for us, and join us if you feel so led. As always — All Are Welcome. Grace and peace, Pastor...

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November 20, 2016 – Giving thanks in all seasons

Thanksgiving Sunday       November 20, 2016   Psalm 65,  Deuteronomy 8:7-18, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Luke 17:11-19     Give thanks in all seasons ***************************************************** I wasn’t there to hear his tone of voice, so I really can’t say for sure – but it sounds to me as if Jesus is pretty ticked off and disappointed – with these nine of ten lepers who don’t say thank you – to the One who has healed them…. I can guess some of the possible reasons why they don’t praise God and give thanks… Maybe they were so thrilled to be healed they didn’t think – just made a dash for home. Maybe they were so focused on getting certified cleansed from leprosy so they could go home and reenter society that they forgot to say thank you – as their parents probably taught them to do from birth. Or maybe they were strict literalists. They heard Jesus say “go show yourselves to the priests.” They didn’t hear him say “and praise God.” Or, perhaps all nine fully intended to go home, clean up, dress up, come back quick to say a proper formal thank you… We don’t know… But whatever their reasons, we do know – only one of ten comes back to say ‘Thank you Jesus!’ And I can relate… I’ve been one of those nine. I’ve been known to forget to say thank you. And this is not a good defense – but – It’s pretty easy to be thankful…when everything’s going well… Easy to be thankful when we’re feeling good, surrounded by family and friends, feasting, enjoying good company… Like in a Norman Rockwell picture. Turkey on the table, everyone gathered round together, saying grace… Of course those wonderful Normal Rockwell moments are usually not the times when I forget to say thank you to God. And in fairness, I don’t think any of these  lepers are feeling like they’re in a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving picture… They’ve been kept outside society for as long as they’ve been diagnosed with leprosy. The term leprosy in those days covered a multitude of skin diseases. (Check out the middle chapters of Leviticus for details, but the term leprosy usually didn’t mean the illness we call leprosy today.) But having any form of leprosy did mean being excluded from the wider community – not allowed even to live in their own homes or move about freely even in their own home towns… So maybe these lepers have forgotten the good manners their parents taught them… Because of being away from home for too long. It is harder to be thankful when our family and friends are far away… As would have been the case for these lepers, who were required to live outside the city gates and identify their presence by shouting “Unclean! Unclean!” whenever they approached other people…Their condition was considered highly contagious. I haven’t had to experience that extreme form of exclusion. And even on occasions when I have been far away from family and friends during holidays, I’ve usually had some kind of community backup available. I have pleasant memories from my seminary years in Boston, of being invited to share Thanksgiving dinner once in the home of one of our teaching assistants, who warmly welcomed me and made me feel like...

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Thanksgiving Dinner at Cataumet UMC – November 24, 2016

The 8th annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 24th at Cataumet UMC. The dinner will be served at 12:00 noon and will end at 2:00 p.m. This is open to all at no charge. There are take-out meals available Please call Tom Spence at (508) 759-4856 for more info....

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Thanksgiving Community Dinner – Cataumet UMC

Please join us for our annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner at Cataumet United Methodist Church, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th, 2015. Free to all- Everyone is welcome! To-go meals are also available. For more information, or if you need a ride, please call Tom Spence at (508)...

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Cataumet Thanksgiving Dinner 2013

Each year on Thanksgiving Day, the Cataumet UMC holds a Thanksgiving Dinner. All are welcome to...

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