Dates to Remember
through the looking glass
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. . . .There is wisdom in these words from Ecclesiastes. There is a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and time to reap the harvest, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to hold on and a time to let go, a time to speak and a time to be silent. This list could go on for a while but I will add just one more: There is a time for work and a time for rest. In rest we are renewed. After 30 years in the ministry my District Superintendent and the Staff/Parish Relations Committee and the Church Council have offered me the gift of a rest for renewal. I am grateful for this recognition of the needs of my soul. It is my hope that the renewal time will also be an opportunity for a renewal in the congregation too. We have worked hard and now we need rest and recreation. Hopefully you will find ways to enjoy this interval and will not take it on as a burden but as an opportunity to come together as a community and that we will all come back together refreshed, renewed and ready to carry on.
My renewal leave will begin on June 18 and return on September 18. I will travel, study, and rest. I will connect with family, learn to play the saxophone again, I will read and listen to others to see what new thing I can learn, I will paint and write and do nothing at all. The assistant to the pastor, Liz LaRocque will be present to keep things going and provide pastoral care and the lay leadership of the congregation will step up as well to help her. Claire Hoffman, our student intern this year, may also be around to help out. One purpose of the renewal leave is to help the congregation grow and all help each other. It has been said that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Certainly it is in the absence of each other that we learn to appreciate what we have in each other. It will be an opportunity to find ourselves and to strengthen and deepen our shared ministry. Thank you for your love and support and being you, a community of faith that is strong and ready and doing all the good you can.
On Saturday, May 12 at 9 a.m. we will gather at the church to make plans about our life together while the pastor is away on renewal leave. All are welcome.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thanks to all of you who have supported the many youth group fundraisers this spring. Thanks to your generosity, our mission fund is well on its way to $2000.00. Special thanks to Lisa and Steve Courtney, who took charge of the Good Friday sleepover on a moment’s notice and helped the kids make several batches of delicious Easter breads to sell, raising almost $250 for the trip.
Is your car feeling the effects of this long-lasting winter? Treat it to a lovely wash and dry right here at the church on Saturday, June 2. Watch the Sunday bulletin for details!
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!
Youth Group Mission Trip Update: Unfortunately, we were not able to send a scouting team to our sister church in New Orleans over April vacation. We do have firm dates set for our October trip: we will be going over Columbus Day weekend, departing Friday October 5 and returning late Monday October 8. All youth grades 5-12 and interested adults are welcome to join us; reservations need to be made by Sunday, June 17 so that we can get the cheapest airline tickets. More details will be made available at our youth group meeting May 20. Questions? See Liz LaRocque or Linda Kincaid.
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 May 16. 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, May 31. Questions? See Liz!
Youth Group Schedule
Saturday, May 5: 5-10 PM
The Youth Group is invited to an evening of fun and fellowship at the Calvary Church, United Methodist in Arlington on Saturday, May 5th 5-10 p.m.! This event, planned by the newly organized Metro Boston Hope Youth Leadership Council welcomes all district youth grades 6-12 to gather together and hang out at an awesome dinner/dance/movie extravaganza.
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
Regular Meeting—Planning New Orleans
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!
On the Mission Front
Habitat for Humanity House
On April 6th we sent a team of 9 people to the Habitat for Humanity house in Belmont. We were able to install exterior facings under the eves and on the front gable. We were also able to sand and caulk around the lower part of the house. Thank you to everyone who was on the team and to the people who helped finance our day. Louise Halstead.
Letter from Louisiana United Methodist Disaster Recovery Ministry
April 7, 2007
Thank you so much for your generous donation of $12,000.00* to assist Cornerstone UMC in its hurricane recovery efforts. Your partnership with Cornerstone is so important to the ministers and congregation, not only for the physical assistance you have given, but also through your prayers, concerns, and encouragement. You have been a blessing to them, and we hope that your partnering relationship will continue to be a positive force, not only for Cornerstone, but for the congregation of Belmont, as well.
Although there is still so much work to be done, by working together we can accomplish great things. Thank you for being our partners, supporters, and friends.
In His Name,
Kathy Masey, Church Partnering
Louisiana Unite Methodist Disaster Recovery Ministry
* Last year when we were collecting pledges for the Together for Tomorrow Campaign we designated 25% of our share to help a sister congregation destroyed by Katrina to rebuild. After expenses the share of what we raised in the campaign that will be returned to our congregation over the next five years is approximately $60,000. This $12,000 is drawn from that promise. Thank you for your pledge and for your faithfulness.
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
Saturday, May 5th 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The May Fair is on Sat., May 5th. We need people to help with the Fair. On Friday evening at 7:00 we will be setting up tables in the Social Hall and preparing for Sat. Sat. morning at 9:30 we will move tables into the Gym and set up our tables. We will have a Bake Sale Table, a Crafts Table and a Plant Table. If you can contribute to any of the tables your contribution will be appreciated. We also need people to work during the day. People can sign up to help with the tables during the day. We also need someone to sell tickets for food from Bar-B-Q Express. Finance Committee – Louise Halstead, Chair
Mothers Day Breakfast
Sunday, May 13, 2007
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Annual Mothers Day Breakfast honoring the women of the church
Fluffy scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, cornbread muffins, oatmeal, juices, coffee, tea and milk. Also featuring Home-baked goods by the men (!) of the church
*Women and children under 12 are free men – a silent contribution
*a complimentary long-stemmed rose for every woman to take home
Want to help or have questions? Call Joel Grimm at 781-648-6927
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.
May Coffee Hour
May 6: MNOPQ group, coordinated by Linda Rodi (617-489-1538)
May 13: RSTU group, coordinated by Kathy Touzjian and Donna Esposito
May 20: ABC group, coordinated by Lisa Courtney(617-489-5331)
May 27: DEFG group, coordinated by Terry Grimm (781-648-6927)
Committee chairs note – submissions for the annual report book are due on June 1, 2007
1: Casey Hannan
16: Giancarla Perugini
4: Ann and Kevin McClaughry
17: Dave and Debbie Myers
23: Mark and Jocelyn Milton
24: Bert and Louise Halstead
May 2007 Worship Services
May 6 :10:00 a.m. Worship Communion Color: White
Lectionary Readings: Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35
May 13: 10:00 a.m. Worship Color: White
Lectionary Readings: Acts 16:9-15, Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5, John 14:23-29
May 20: 10:00 a.m. Worship Ascension Sunday Color: White
Lectionary Readings: Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53.
May 27: 10:00 a.m. Worship Pentecost Color: Red
Lectionary Readings: Acts 2:1-21, Romans 8:14-17, John 14:8-17 (25-27)
Office hours at 421 Common Street in Belmont (phone: 617-489-0730) are:
Monday through Friday
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Office hours at 80 Mt. Auburn Street in Watertown (phone: 617-926-2931):are
Tuesday and Thursday
4:00 - 6:30 PM
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