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through the looking glass
With Holy Week upon us once again we are confronted by the state of our own commitment to the one who gave himself away for our sakes. Given his sacrifice for us all, how far are we willing to go to sacrifice ourselves for others? If you wonder what it means that his sacrifice was for our sake I would call your attention to the idea that life includes suffering and that love overcomes suffering. Because of the story of what he did for love we are enlightened. We can know that suffering, though a hard reality, is not the end of the story nor is it the only reality. Love is also real and endures all things. This is crucial information for us as we make decisions each day about what we are doing with our lives. It is easy enough to give up on love but if we do we are lost. This is crucial because the decision to give up on love is the decision to live for ourselves. When we decide to believe in love we also decide to live for others. The decision to live for ourselves or for others is the difference between life and death. Only love can save us even when it appears that love is no match for the violence of the world that resists it, still, in the words of Jesus himself as they took him away to be flogged, "Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." I have overcome the world, he said, even as the world was coming down hard on him. When Jesus suffered and died for our sakes he championed love as that which would see us through not only our own suffering but the sufferings of the world. We are seemingly surrounded by the sufferings of the world. War and disease and poverty, violence and hatred all abound yet because he suffered and died and death could not hold him, we are given a hope that abounds even more. Because he lives we can live. Therefore we can live. We can be of good cheer. We can stand fast. We can even act to bring love to the world. Dag Hammarskjöld is quoted as saying, "Life only demands from you the strength you possess. Only one feat is possible—not to have run away." If that sounds easy it should be noted that we are always running away from life and from love. It is what we do best. It is what we do every time we hold back from sharing our life for the community, every time we hold back from giving generously of our treasures for the sake of the community, every time we resist letting go of the past for the unknown future. It is what we do every time we hold back ourselves from a wholehearted commitment to go where love will take us. The Church exists to embody the love that overcame suffering in the person of Jesus Christ on Holy Week. The Church requires people who are willing to stand in community with good cheer, to believe and live out the reality of love, and to overcome the world by the grace of God. Shall we be the Church where such a love is all the reason we need to come together, to worship, to serve, to do all the good we can for the one who showed us what love is and what life could be? Don't run away, come and be the Church with me, the Church of the resurrected Jesus whose sacrificial love overcame death and suffering for ever. Bless your heart,
HELP US GET THE BUILDING IN SHAPE! Please join Joel Grimm and me on Saturday, April 14 at 9 AM in the Narthex for the first church clean-up day. We will start in the attic and work our way down from there—sorting what we will keep, sell, give away, and store and looking closely at what basic maintenance and upkeep is needed in each area of the church. If you have a vested interest in the “stuff” stored around the church or can help us save money on maintenance and upkeep by patching, painting, etc, please join us! We will call it a day by 1 PM; coffee and donuts will greet you when you arrive! (If you want this job done but can’t come yourself, hire a youth group member to come in your place—see below!)
Thanks to everyone who supported the MYF Bake Sale on Sunday, March 18. Thanks to your support, we raised over $250 for our fall mission trip!
Do you have a job around the house you’ve been putting off for too long? Hire a youth group member to do it! Youth group members are willing to clean, sort, organize, polish, baby sit, pet walk, spread mulch, rake, mow, weed—whatever you need. You can hire them for a date and time that works for you! Minimum price is $5/hour; all proceeds go to our fall mission trip fund! See Liz if you are interested!
Easter Breads: A Perfect Hostess Gift for Easter Dinner! The MYF will be selling homemade braided sweet breads at Coffee Hour on Easter Sunday. Plan to bring one to your Easter Dinner hosts or share one with your guests!
Youth Group Mission Trip Update: Well, we are learning a whole bunch! We were hoping to have a “scouting party” go to New Orleans in April, to meet folks from our sister church, do whatever work currently needs to be done, and gather information to bring back to BUMC—for the dual purpose of moving along our sister-church relationship and being better able to plan the youth group mission trip to New Orleans in October. Unfortunately, by the time we got our collective acts together, airline ticket prices had gone up enough as to be prohibitive. So now we are focusing all of our attention on fundraising and email communication to make that trip a well-planned reality!
The youth group is planning on spending Columbus Day Weekend, October 5-8 2007, in mission with our sister church. We are hoping to keep the cost per person under $350, and to have much of that cost covered by fundraising. We have raised close to $1000 to date; please watch your Sunday bulletins and monthly Churchlight for future fundraisers! Please keep the trip in your prayers—and thanks for your support!
Don’t you just love baby blankets? Cecilia Cranmer had the wonderful idea of creating baby blankets for new moms and babies in need. We are now making all sorts of baby blankets for the Young Mothers Clinic at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Blankets can be knit, crocheted, sewn, quilted, tied fleece, or bought with love! They are being collected in the plastic bin in the church office; the first batch will be delivered to Children’s Hospital during Holy Week. We have yarn available for the taking, patterns we are happy to copy, and quick instructions for making tied fleece blankets—if you are interested in helping out with this new mission project, please speak with Cecilia Cranmer (617-332-1675) or me, Liz LaRocque (617-489-5557).
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 April 18. 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, April 26. We will be reading Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder. It is the story of the work of Dr. Paul Farmer. Questions? See Liz!
Youth Group Schedule
Sunday, April 1: 5:15-7:15 PM at the church
Hosting Calvary UMC (Arlington) Youth Group for pizza and games
Friday, April 6 at 8:30 PM to Saturday, April 7 at 10 AM at the church
Good Friday Program and Sleepover
Sunday, April 8: Easter—No Meeting
Sunday, April 15: 6:30-9 PM at the church
Movie Night at the Church—Come in your comfy clothes; bring a snack to share!
Sunday, April 22: 4-6 PM at the church
Softball, Frisbee or whatever we feel like in the April Sunshine!
Sunday, April 29: 6:30-8 PM at the church
Regular Meeting—New Orleans after the flood
Saturday, May 5: 5-10 PM
Hope District Youth Rally at Calvary UMC in Arlington
Sunday, May 6: No Meeting
Saturday, May 12: 2-5 PM at the church
Mother’s Day Project
Sunday, May 13: No Meeting—Be Nice to your Mom!
Sunday, May 20: 6:30-8 at the church
Sunday, May 27: 4-6 PM
Afternoon fun at Payson Park
Saturday, June 2: Car Wash! Details to be announced!
Sunday, June 3: No Meeting—Graduation
Sunday, June 10: 6:30-8 at the church
End of the Year Ice Cream Party and Celebration!
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.
The building has been found left unlocked, with lights left on all night in many instances in recent weeks. Committee chairs, please make sure that all the doors are locked and lights are shut off when your committee leaves the building. The Children’s Church kids have colored and posted helpful reminders at each light switch and exit! All groups that meet – please have a responsible person designated to do this. Thank you for your help in keeping the building secure and to keep the costs down.
May Fair Fund Raiser
Finance Committee – Louise Halstead, Chair
We are having the May 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 is organizing the renting of tables. We hope to rent 30 tables to vendors or craft persons at $30 a table. 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. Cecelia Cranmer has offered to set up the table on May 5th. She will need people to take turns staffing it. 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. Linda Rodi is setting this table up on May 5th and Ann Koumjian has agreed to help run it later in the day. They 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 April are the 13th and 27th. 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 posts that would help. The green thumbs in the congregation have a better idea than I have about what is possible.
Bar-B-Q Express will be outside also, set up to provide a delicious lunch for sale.
We will have a special table with jars for donations to each of our missions. Small origami cranes will be handed out to people who make a donation to one of the missions. Examples of the missions jars are: Bristol Kitchen, Belmont Food Pantry, RIM, Sister Church in New Orleans, Youth Group Mission Trip, Partakers “College Beyond Bars”, UMCOR, Cooper Community Center, Habitat for Humanity (Belmont). I have several plastic jars for these donations, but if you have any they would be welcome.
PLEASE THINK ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HELP. We will need people to set up and take down tables on Sat. as well as people to staff the tables, sell tickets for Bar-B-Q Express, count money . . . If you can help in any way please let me know. Beginning on Sunday, April 15th there will be sign up sheets for various times and jobs.
Flyers will be available in the Narthex and Social Hall for posting around Belmont, Arlington, and Watertown – in any locations you think interested people may go.
If you have any questions please talk to me at church or call me at (617) 489-1340.
The Churchlight is now only mailed out to a few who do not have email or access to the web. Please let the office know if you would like a paper copy mailed to you – or if you would like to pick it up at church.
If you are not currently receiving the Churchlight by email please go to the Newsletter page on the church website at http://www.umcbelmont.org/ to subscribe. Current and back issues are posted on the website in the Newsletter section.
April Coffee Hour
April1: MNOPQ group, coordinated by Linda Rodi (617-489-1538)
April 8: RSTU&VWXYZ groups, coordinated by Kathy Touzjian (617-489-3153), Donna Esposito (617-489-4698) and Ava Walsh (781-891-4092)
April 15: ABC group, coordinated by Lisa Courtney(617-489-5331)
April 22: DEFG group, coordinated by Terry Grimm (781-648-6927)
April 29: HIJKL group, coordinated by Shelle Lynch (617-484-1377)
Bishop Weaver is coming to Metro Boston District
Where: Marshfield UMC - Marshfield, MA
When: April 22, 2007
Time: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Guests: Bishop Weaver & Wee-Li Tan – “Stewardship, Faith & Money”
2: Jennifer Coombs
19: Amelia Ayres
7: Arty and Carol Marchetta
9: Scott and Tanya Myers
15: John and Nancy Montanaro
21: Erdine and Malcolm Ellison
30: Richard and Sidney Gerrold
Maya Corine Stayton, born March 21, 2006, daughter of Brad and Kathie Stayton was baptized on March 11, 2007.
Benjamin Speed McGee, born March 27, 2006, son of Stephen and Julie McGee was baptized on March 25, 2007.
April 2007 Worship Services
April 1 :10:00 a.m. Worship Communion Palm Sunday Color: Purple
Lectionary Readings: Luke 19:28-40, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 22:14-23:56 or Luke 23:1-49
April 5: 7:30 p.m. Worship Holy Thursday Color: Purple
Lectionary Readings: Exodus 12:1-4(5-10), 11-14, I Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31b-35. Please note: We will be worshiping with St. John’s UMC in Belmont.
April 6:7:00 p.m. Worship Good Friday Color: None
Lectionary Readings: Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1-19:42.
Please note: We will be worshiping at St. John’s UMC in Watertown.
April 8: 10:00 a.m. Worship Easter Sunday Color: White
Lectionary Readings: Acts 10:34-43, I Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18 (or Luke 24:1-12).
April 15: 10:00 a.m. Worship 2nd Sunday of Easter Color: White
Lectionary Readings: Acts 5:27-32, Revelation 1:4-8, John 20:19-31.
April 22: 10:00 a.m. Worship 3rd Sunday of Easter Color: White
Native American Awareness Sunday
Lectionary Readings: Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19
April 29: 10:00 a.m. Worship 4th Sunday of Easter Color: White
Lectionary Readings: Acts 9:36-43, Revelation 7:9-17, John 10:22-30
When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the mood was blood
Then surely I was born.
With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
On all four-footed things.
The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb
I keep my secret still.
Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.
Gilbert K Chesterton, 1874-1936
Thy glory dawns, Jerusalem, awake, thy bells to ring!
Swift fashion thee a crown of gold,
And bring forth David’s throne of old;
Jerusalem, make ready, make ready for the King!
From tower and roof thy banners fling,
For down the slopes of Olivet comes riding on, the King!
A thorn-bush grows without the wall;
Of this his crown shall woven be.
For royal wine prepare we gall,
For throne a cross on Calvary.
Thy Saviour comes, Jerusalem, make haste, thine altar bring!
His body for an offering take,
The heart of all the world to break,
And on the cross uplifted our God shall own him King!
Ye lands afar, his triumph sing,
For with the love of all mankind our God shall crown him King!
John J. Moment
Seven Stanzas at Easter
Make no mistake: if He rose at all
it was as His body;
If the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the molecules
reknit, the amino acids rekindle,
the church will fall.
It was not as the flowers,
each soft spring recurrent;
it was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled
eyes of the eleven apostles;
it was as His flesh, ours.
The same hinged thumbs and toes,
the same valved heart
that – pierced – died, withered, paused and then
regathered out of enduring Might
new strength to enclose.
Let us not mock God with metaphor,
analogy, sidestepping transcendence;
making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the
faded credulity of earlier ages:
let us walk through the door.
The stone is rolled back, not papier-mache,
not a stone in a story,
but the vast rock of materiality that in the slow
grinding of time will eclipse for each of us
the wide light of day.
And if we will have an angel at the tomb,
make it a real angel,
weighty with Max Planck’s quanta, vivid with hair,
opaque in the dawn light, robed in real linen,
spun on a definite loom.
Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,
for our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,
lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are
embarrassed by the miracle
and crushed by remonstrance.
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