eChurchlight March 2007
Committee for worker justice
Youth Group Schedule
Missions letter - Heifer
Walk for Hunger
Climate Rescue Day
Joys and Concerns
Easter lilies order form
through the looking glass
L. L. Wimmer
why do the babies starve
when there's enough food to feed the world
why when they're so many of us
are there people still alone
why are the missiles called peacekeepers
when they're aimed to kill
why is a woman still not safe
when she's in her home
love is hate
war is peace
no is yes
and we're all free
but somebody's gonna have to answer
the time is coming soon
amidst all these questions and contradictions
they're some who seek the truth
but somebody's gonna have to answer
the time is coming soon
when the blind remove their blinders
and the speechless speak the truth
The words of Tracy Chapman call us to a season of Lenten reflection that goes beyond the usual and the superficial to the real issue which is human sin and what can we do about it? This is the time when Wesley's famous question, "How is it with your soul?" need be at the center of our attention. It may be disturbing to have to face reality but if we never do we will never know the reality that will save us. The world is, frankly, grim but those who follow Christ will bring a gentle grace to the harsh realities not so that we can pretend they are not about us but so that we can bear what must be endured if love is to have any consequence at all in the world we know. Ours is a serious calling and should not be taken lightly yet in Christ we are lifted up and given the strength to overcome and even rejoice. Such joy is well beyond the superficial happiness of self-indulgence and may surprise us with its depth. For despite all that is before us we are who we are and it is what it is and what God wants of us is to be the best and most that we can be, that we be real, that we love and know what love is, that we endure, and never stop giving ourselves to others. 'How is it with your soul?' is a question for us all to ponder not only as individuals but as a community of faith. May God bless our reflection. May we dare to go to the deepest places of our hearts and souls. May we hear and speak the truth in love and may we not be afraid to live for Christ in a world that still is more likely to crucify him than to follow his way. Bless your hearts,
THE MASSACHUSETTS INTERFAITH COMMITTEE FOR WORKER JUSTICE was founded in 1997 and is an association of people of faith, congregations, and labor unions seeking to promote dignity and just working conditions. The issue of the moment is the continuing erosion of job security, essential benefits, and loss of income to Massachusetts working people. Of particular concern are low-wage and marginalized workers. The MICWJ believes the degrading conditions of workers, as well as the increasing disparity of wealth in our society, presents a moral crisis which affects the well being of our entire nation. The mission of the MICWJ is to address economic and social injustice and to call upon our religious values as a community of faith to act for change. On Sunday, March 4, The Reverend Manika Bowman, representing the MICWJ, will be our guest Mission Moment speaker.
Bake Sale: Youth Group Bake Sale at Coffee Hour Sunday, March 18. Please support our Mission Fund!
Wednesday Night Potluck Dinners: Come feast together at a potluck on the 3rd Wednesday night of each month at 6:30! The next potluck is March 21. You are invited to stay for the Church Council meeting, following the potluck at 7:30.
The Women’s Book Group meets on the 4th Thursday night of each month, at 7:30 PM. We meet at Imler House, just across the driveway from the church. Our next meeting will be Thursday, March 22. Watch the Sunday bulletins and the church website for our book selection! Questions? See Liz!
CPR Classes Available! Terry Grimm and Liz LaRocque have become certified instructors for American Heart Association CPR classes. We are happy to offer these classes at minimal cost to members and friends of BUMC as a ministry. There are several different types of courses available, from basic skills for family and friends to advanced skills for health care providers; we are happy to talk to you about which would be the best fit for you, and to schedule classes at your convenience! All courses offer instruction based on the new 2006 American Heart Association guidelines. If you are interested in a CPR class, you can speak to us at church, or call us at 781-648-6927 (Terry) or 617-489-5557 (Liz).
Youth Group Schedule
Sunday, March 4: 6:30-8 Mission Trip Planning – Meet in the Sanctuary
Sunday, March 11: 12:30-4:30 Tubing at Nashoba. Cost: $20 for 2 hour ticket plus money for snacks if you want them. Drivers needed – see Liz!
Saturday, March 17: 1-5 in the church kitchen: Bake-O-Rama! Come for as much of the afternoon as you can – if you can’t please bake at home.
Sunday, March 18: Youth Group Bake Sale at Coffee Hour! Help raise money for our mission trip!
Sunday, March 25: Regular meeting 6:30-8 at the church.
Dear Partners in Mission,
Thank you for your partnership with Heifer in order to eradicate hunger. Your gift of $1,110.00 will provide many families with the help they need to improve nutrition for their families.
In Guatemala, the women in the municipality of Quiche have transformed previously unusable land into orchards using native plants and soil techniques. When their Heifer goats and rabbits arrived, the women composted the manure and used it to fertilize their orchards. Today, these women make substantial contributions to their families’ income and formed a women’s group to share what they have learned with others.
Your official receipt will come from Heifer’s headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas, but I want you to know that the Heifer Northeast Office is very grateful for your support. If you need any assistance planning Heifer related events or programs, please let me know, I would be happy to assist you.
Thank you for your commitment to Heifer and the mission of ending poverty while caring for the earth.
Yours for a better world, Kate Sheehan
Community Relations Coordinator, RI, MA, NH, VT, ME
Walk for Hunger! Save the Date
Sunday, May 6, 2007 Walk for Hunger
http://www.projectbread.org/ for more information
Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue
March 16-24, Northampton to Boston, coordinated by Religious Witness for the Earth. Walk for an hour, a day, a weekend, or the whole week to stand up for a more peaceful, healthy, just, and sustainable world for all creatures, human and other-than-human.
The last segment, Climate Rescue Day, Sat. March 24, is a walk from Christ Church, Cambridge, to Copley Square followed by an interfaith service and rally for climate rescue.
· 10:00 am: registration, refreshments, welcome briefing
· 11:30 am: Walk from Cambridge to Copley Square, Boston.
· 2:00 pm: Interfaith worship at Old South Church.
· 3:00 pm: Rally in Copley Square
The Interfaith walk and climate rescue day are calls by the Massachusetts faith community for political action - not a fundraiser. Larger national events are planned to coincide with Earth Day in April. If you’d like to participate as an individual or part of a BUMC team, please talk to Larry or to Linda Rodi (617-489-1538 or email@example.com). Full information is available on the web at http://www.climatewalk.org/
Is Church Canceled?
In the event of severe weather, or unsafe conditions at the church check Channel 5! If we need to close the building, a notice will be posted on Channel 5 news (WCVB) and their website. (thebostonchannel.com). We will also continue to try to notify folks via our church website, email, the church answering machine message, and word of mouth. If there is snow but church is NOT canceled, please be sure to check whether the town of Belmont has declared a parking ban – if so, we are limited to the spaces in the lot. Questions? See Liz.
The Evangelism Team has designed snazzy blue t-shirts for you to show your spirit to the world. The shirts feature John Wesley's message of "Do all the good you can" on the back, and the BUMC logo on the front. We would be thrilled if everyone in the congregation had one so that we look like a unified team at community events. Shirts are on sale during coffee hour on the 3rd and 4th Sundays of every month and are $15 each. Youth and adult sizes are available. This is the only order we are placing, so don't miss out! Questions? Please see Nancy Kneiss at Coffee Hour.
Vendor/Craft Fair fund raiser
Finance Committee – Louise Halstead, Chair
We are having a Vendor/Craft Fair on Saturday, May 5th. Time: 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
All ideas and help are welcome. Following are some of the ideas we are moving forward with.
Lisa Tardiff will be organizing the renting of tables in March. We hope to rent 30 tables to vendors or craft persons at $30 a table. Lisa has a core of people she has contacted. If you or some one you know is interested in renting a table please talk to Lisa. Artists as well as craft people and vendors are welcome.
We will have a BAKE SALE TABLE which everyone is welcome to contribute to. Ceceila Cranmer has offered to set up the table on May 5th. She will need people to take turns staffing it. In April there will be a sign up sheet for items to bring to the table. There should be NO custard products in the bake sale – this is a Town of Belmont Health Department rule.
There will also be a CRAFTS TABLE run by the church. Louise Halstead is setting this table up on May 5th. She will need people to take turns staffing it. This table will have items made and contributed by church members for sale. It is spring so we need to think of things people may want to purchase as Mother’s Day or Graduation gifts. Also, objects people may want to use in the yard would be good. Jewelry, original cards, wooden plaques... would all be good. If you would like to work on your project or a joint project with others there will be work days on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. The dates in March are the 9th and 23rd. If there is an interest other dates and times may also be set up. If you have something to donate to the table please let Louise know. All ideas are welcome.
Anita Miller has offered to set up the PLANTS TABLE. She also will need people to take turns staffing this table. Anita is looking for house plants and seedlings for gardens to sell. If you have plants you can start in small pots that would help. The green thumbs in the congregation have a better idea than I have about what is possible.
If you have any questions please talk to me at church or call me at (617) 489-1340.
Belmont Cooperative Nursery School
Featuring Magic by Mike Bent ABRAKIDABRA!
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March Coffee Hour
March 4: VWXYZ group, coordinated by Ava Walsh (781-891-4092)
March 11: ABC group, coordinated by Lisa Courtney (617-489-5331)
March 18: DEFG group, coordinated by Terry Grimm (781-648-6927)
March 25: HIJKL group, coordinated by Shelle Lynch (617-484-1377)
3: David Coombs
16: William Newcombe
1: LoveJoy and Elliot Melendez
4: Ron and Cindi Bourque
15: Bruce and Diane Pahlm
16: William and Eleanor Newcombe
Joys and Concerns
Our thoughts and prayers are with Erdine Ellison, who is recovering from surgery she had on January 26.
We are saddened to hear of the death of Glendys Case on September 4, 2006. A memorial service was held on November 17, 2006 in Penney Farms, Florida.
Our thoughts are with the family of Ruth Johnston, who passed away on February 14, 2007. A service was held on February 21.
March 2007 Worship Services
March 4 :10:00 a.m. Worship Communion 2nd Sunday in Lent Color: Purple
Lectionary Readings: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17-4:1, Luke 13:31-55
March 11:10:00 a.m. Worship 3rd Sunday in Lent Color: Purple
Lectionary Readings: Isaiah 55:1-9, I Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9
March 18:10:00 a.m. Worship 4th Sunday in Lent Color: Purple
Lectionary Readings: Joshua 5:9-12, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
March 25: 10:00a.m. Worship 5th Sunday in Lent Color: Purple
Lectionary Readings: Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8
Please Note: Easter Plant Form at end of email. More are available in the Narthex.
The Methodist Hymnal - A Rich Heritage
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Author: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748
Music: From a Gregorian Chant
Arranged: Lowell Mason, 1792-1872
The words to this hymn were written in 1707 for use at a communion service conducted by Watts and first appeared in Watts’ collection, “Hymns and Spiritual Songs.” These early works were written in the simplest of meters in order to fit tunes suitable for congregational singing and they had a wide circulation. Born in Southampton, England, the eldest of nine children, Watts was the son of an educated deacon in a dissenting Congregational church. He showed a strong aptitude for study and by the time he was 15 years old had learned Latin, Greek, French and Hebrew. He also began to write verses of good quality. He wrote new settings of Psalms but also wrote a number of hymns based on more personal feelings. These hymns were known as “hymns of personal composure” and were very controversial during his lifetime. “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” is an example of this type of hymn. Some of his best known hymns are “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”, “Joy to the World” and “Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun.” In all he composed more than 600 hymns.
The tune was the work of Lowell Mason who has been called the father of American public school and church music. He arranged this tune in 1824 from an ancient Gregorian chant. The tune, known as “Hamburg” first appeared in Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music in 1825. It is interesting to note that the entire melody encompasses only a five note range.
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
Author: Anon., Latin
German Trans: Paul Gerhardt, 1607-1676
English Trans: James Alexander, 1804-1859
Music: Hans Leo Hassler, 1564-1612
Harmonized: J. S. Bach, 1685-1750
“O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” is taken from a lengthy medieval poem Rhythmica Oratio, in seven parts, each part addressing various members of Christ’s body as He suffered on the cross: His feet, knees, hands, side, breast, heart and face. This text is from the seventh portion of the poem and was originally titled “Salve Caput Cruentatum.” The German translation first appeared in 1656 in the German hymnal Praxis Pietatis Melica and was titled “To the Suffering Face of Christ.” The English translation first appeared in 1830 in the hymnal The Christian Lyre after James Alexander, a Presbyterian minister, had translated Paul Gerhardt’s German translation. Paul Gerhardt was born in Saxony, Germany and was ordained to the German Reformed Church ministry. He became the center of much theological and political controversy during the rule of Frederick William I, Elector of Saxony, when he refused to assent to the edict of the ruler that forbade free discussion of the differences between the Lutheran and Calvinist Reformed Churches. James Alexander was born in Virginia and received his training at Princeton Theological Seminary and later taught church history there for several years. The tune was originally a German love song (My Heart is Distracted by a Gentle Maid) in Hans Leo Hassler’s collection Lustgarten Neuer Deutscher Gesang of 1601. It first appeared with Gerhardt’s text and has been used with both English and German ever since. It would appear that Bach was fond of this melody since he used it five times in St. Matthew’s Passion. The present musical version of this hymn is really a combination of various harmonizations of the melody by Bach.
Order Easter Lilies
Once again we shall decorate our chancel with the traditional Easter Lilies, Tulips, etc. If you would like to give a plant in honor of or in memory of a loved one, please complete this form and return it to the church office with $7.50 for each plant ordered. We must have your order by Sunday, March 25, 2007. These plants will then be distributed to shut-ins after Easter Sunday.
(Please print clearly)
Your Name ___________________________________________________________
In Memory of 1.)
In Honor of 1.)
I will take my Easter plant on Easter Sunday and deliver it to:
I will leave my Easter plant at the church to be delivered to shut-ins
# ________ plants ordered $ _________ amount paid Date: ____________
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