Dates to Remember
through the looking glass
June promises to be an interesting month for us. On June 3 we will celebrate the end of our student intern's year of field education with us. Claire Hoffman has completed the course and served us well. Even though her Field Education requirement is finished at Boston University School of Theology she will be staying on with us. This summer we are offering her a small stipend to help Liz with leadership in the parish in my absence.
Differently from previous years the Annual Conference will continue on Sunday this year so on June 10 I will be there. The Annual conference worship that morning will be celebrating confirmation classes from all over New England. On June 17 we will gather following worship for our own annual church conference to approve a budget for the year beginning July 1 and to elect our servant leaders.
On June 24 Barbara Ryther, one of our lay leaders, will bring the message on the first Sunday of my renewal leave. Barbara is a gifted and creative preacher and you won't want to miss what she has to say.
In July we are once again partnering with our friends at St John's in Watertown for worship. We will begin there and alternate each Sunday through August. May this be a time of renewing and strengthening our connection with our neighbors.
Summer is a blessed time, a time to recreate, to rest, to have adventures. At the same time it is a time to remember the God who blesses us with the beauty and warmth of summer, indeed with life itself. Enjoy the summer and each other. Find time for play and at the same time for your church for no matter where our summer adventures take us we belong to God and to each other. May our souls find rest and recreation in God this summer. Peace be always with you.
We are once again approaching the end of our program year—and looking forward to a summer of re-creation, rest and renewal together. This will be an unusual summer for us as Larry takes his renewal leave and we plan some “down” time together as a congregation. As we move toward summer, here are
plans for the coming month:
Sunday, June 17—Promotion Sunday, Potluck Luncheon and Annual Meeting
Promotion Sunday: We will celebrate our Church School year, present Bibles to our young readers, and recognize our graduates. If your child is in grade 2 or older and has not yet received a Bible from the church, please see Liz. If you know of anyone from our extended church family who is graduating this year, from high school, college, or grad school, please contact the church office with their name, where they are graduating from and what their plans are.
Potluck Luncheon: We will be doing our end-of-the-year luncheon a bit differently this year—instead of BBQ chicken with sides, we will all share together in a Potluck. Church will provide plates, utensils, cups and beverages; bring your favorite dish to share! If you are not sure what to bring, you can use the following suggestions:
A-F: Salad; G-P: Main Dish; Q-Z: Dessert
If you can help set up or serve at the Potluck, please see Liz!
Annual Meeting: We will review our past year and celebrate our ministries together. Reports are due June 1; contact Larry, Hilary or Liz if you have questions!
Children’s Ministries during the Summer:
We are hoping to help our kids experience worship in new ways this summer, and to give all our hard-working volunteers a time to rest.
What a month! Is it me, or have things been exceptionally busy around here lately? The Spirit is moving! How exciting it has been—and how blessed we are to be engaged in such life-giving ministries. Highlights of this last month’s activities:
BUMC Receives Hospitality Award
BUMC has been recognized by United Methodist Communications (UMCom) as an official “Welcoming Congregation.”
“Welcoming Congregations” are a select group of United Methodist congregations nationwide that meets criteria including embracing newcomers and providing opportunities in discipleship. The recognition program is part of a larger effort launched in late 2000 by UMCom, the denomination’s communications agency, to use modern technology and the common language of television to spread the Good News of Christ to a world of need.
“Open hearts, open minds, open doors” is the theme of the denominational effort, the centerpiece which is a series of national cable TV advertising, supplemented by regional and local church participation. The overall aim of the effort is to invite people, particularly those between 25 and 54 years old, to enter into connection with the Christian community as they seek meaning and purpose in their lives.
On the Mission Front
RIM (Refugee Immigration Ministry)
Remember RIM needs your help over the next few months for rent and living expenses for Marie, Edwige and Maiwenn. Please make donations out to BUMC and designate for RIM.
We have now made, provided and donated 29 blankets to the Young Mothers Clinic at Children’s Hospital, Boston. Thank you all so much for your efforts! And remember, it is perfectly acceptable to bring your quilting, knitting and crocheting to worship and meetings!
Letter from the General Board of Ministries:
Thank you for your gift to mission. We acknowledge with gratitude your gift received recently in this office. Upon review of the information contained below which identifies the amount and direction of your gift.
4/1/2007 Heifer Project International $1,110.00
Again, thanks for your generous support to mission.
Roland Fernandes, General Treasurer, General Board of Global Ministries
Youth Group Mission Trip to New Orleans
Our trip is confirmed for October 5-8, 2007! Reservation forms and a $150 deposit are due to Liz by Sunday, June 3; we will try to accommodate folks after that, but cannot guarantee that space or flights will be available. Information packets have been handed out at MYF and emailed to youth group members; if you have not received one, please see Liz. If you are not in the youth group, but would like to join us (as either a youth or adult), we would love to have you come along—just see Liz!
The May Fair was successful! We earned over $1400 which will be used for missions, including $1000 for our RIM mission. Thanks to all the people who helped us run the fair.
Louise Halstead and Lisa Tardiff, co-chairs
The Finance Committee’s Stewardship Campaign is ending soon. Please return your pledge cards and service questionnaires to the office or to Louise Halstead or Larry. These will help with planning next year’s budget and activities.
Thank you, Louise Halstead, Finance Committee Chair
Belmont Against Racism Annual Meeting
Thursday, June 14 at the First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist Parish Hall. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker, Ron Bell will start at 7:00 p.m. Ron Bell, Director, Public Liaison Office of the Governor of Massachusetts has been a voting rights and community activist for over 20 years. He is the founder of “Dunk the Vote” a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing civic participation and promoting social change. He has received numerous awards including President Clinton’s “Point of Light” Award in 1995, A & E Biography Network Community Heroes Award 2002, The Freedom House History Makers Award 2005, and the Boston Celtics Heroes Among Us in January 2006. Free and open to the public.
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 www.umcbelmont.org to subscribe. Current and back issues are posted on the website in the Newsletter section.
June Coffee Hour
As the church program year winds down to Summer, our Coffee Hour hostesses, and their families, deserve a round of thanks from all of us. The Coffee Hour team this past year consisted of Lisa Courtney, Terry Grimm, Shelle Lynch, Linda Rodi, Donna Esposito-Rosenstein, Kathy Touzjian, and Ava Walsh along with support from Carolyn Backus, Jocelyn Milton, and Laurel Wainwright. Members of the various groups also provide much needed support and food contributions. Thank you all for the hospitality, welcome, and fellowship you provide.
Coffee Hour for the Summer months is run a little differently with larger groups and volunteers solicited for set up and clean up on a week-to-week basis. To volunteer, look for sign up sheets at coffee hour or contact Linda Rodi by email, firstname.lastname@example.org You may volunteer for any week not just your letter. The schedule for the month of June is:
Congratulations to Peter Savarese, Nora Bent, Allison Colton, Caroline Marchetta, Kelly Jo Miller and Christopher LaRocque, who were all confirmed on May 20, 2007. Thank you to their mentors Jessie Queior Epstein, Sybil Fetter, Steve Savarese, Brad Stayton, Terri Stull and Sandy Thompson.
We celebrate the birth of Noah Anderson Panto to Joe and Melissa Panto on Thursday, April 26. Noah weighed 7 lbs 10 oz and measured 19 inches at birth. Congratulations to this wonderful new family!
In our Thoughts
Beverley Phillips had surgery on Monday, May 14. After a difficult week in the hospital, she is now at home recovering. Her address is: 8 Kennedy Lane, Apt. 19 Milford, MA 01757.
1: Ross Matson
12: Emily Hamilton
5: Ann and Aram Koumjian
6: Ros and Paula Paine
Robert and Trudie Hale
14: Judy and Kerry Wilson
20: Francis and Linda French
21: Bob and Sandra Pohlman
Iris and Brenton Canning
22: Alan and Stephanie White
24: Dick and Janet Coombs
28: Warren and Ginny Stockwood
30: Jim and Janet Muirhead
June 2007 Worship Services
June 3 :10:00 a.m. Worship Peace with Justice Sunday Communion Color: White
Lectionary Readings: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31, Romans 5:1-5, John 16:12-15
June 10: 10:00 a.m. Worship Color: Green
Lectionary Readings: I Kings 17:8-24, Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17
June 17: 10:00 a.m. Worship Father’s Day Promotion Sunday Color: Green
Lectionary Readings: I Kings 21:1-21a, Galatians 2:15-21, Luke 7:36-8:3
June 24: 10:00 a.m. Worship Barbara Ryther Preaching Color: Green
Lectionary Readings: I Kings 19:1-15a, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39
We are blessed today as six wonderful young people confirm their membership in our church community. None of them are strangers to us—all have been involved over the years in church school, youth activities, fundraising, mission projects, worshipping with their family and friends. All are currently in eighth grade, looking forward to high school next year, and looking forward to even deeper involvement in this community of faith. Here is just a snapshot of each of them—please take the time to speak with them and get to know them better—you will be glad you did!
NORA GRACE BENT:
A fantastic and loyal friend, wickedly funny, an entrepreneur and magician’s assistant, soccer player, bassoonist, exceptionally organized student—there is not much Nora cannot do. Sandy Thompson came out of “mentor retirement” at Nora’s request, and they have had a wonderful time learning together. Nora wants to join the church because she feels welcome and “right” here. Nora says Sandy helped her understand the importance of understanding her faith, and of service to the community. Sandy says of Nora:
“It has been a great honor for me to study with Nora in preparation of her Confirmation. Nora is a brilliant, quiet young woman who has taken this process quite seriously. From the beginning she has had to learn how to prioritize and multi-task as she not only kept up with school studies but also did an awesome history project about Japan which gained her a place in the semi-finals. Nora recalls an increased understanding about faith and believing in God from the age of 12 years. She describes the journey of faith as "something you choose to do and how you do it." She is always clear that her faith has been inspired by the example and support of her family, not only of her parents but her extended family.
Nora continues her faith journey in earnest and expresses a confident belief in God. She is invested in exploring how to incorporate her spiritual life into her relationships and everyday choices as a lifestyle.
Nora has a strong sense of commitment and is able to set goals and remain focused in achieving them, whatever the sacrifice, including saving up for a new Bassoon. Besides her musical interests, Nora is expanding her creative skills and is learning to sew. She also enjoys assisting her dad with his magic shows and is often a sounding board for him. Nora has also assisted her mother in the nursery so that parents can enjoy the church service without distraction.
Nora is already considering possible careers in either law or politics. She has already started to put her "heart and sole" into special causes by raising funds and completing the 20-mile Walk for Hunger this year. Nora is currently identified with gifts of Hospitality, Creativity, Justice and Organization. One thing she has come to appreciate during our confirmation studies is an increased understanding of the content of the bible. She believes that participating in worship is important and finds it easier to connect with the music and hymns. Nora enjoys helping others and feels it is important to teach others about what you believe. Nora does not envision herself in the pulpit anytime soon but might someday make an awesome Sunday School Teacher!”
ALLISON LOUISE COLTON:
Allison has participated in our worship, fundraisers, children’s and youth ministries for years, first coming as a friend and then finding her own home here—and how lucky for us that she has! Allison has a deeply kind and compassionate heart, and goes out of her way to serve others. Allison continued a friendship started at Belmont Day School by asking Sybil Fetter to be her mentor, and appreciates that Sybil helped her understand what it means to be a Methodist. Allison is choosing to join BUMC out of that understanding, and because she likes how she feels included in everything that happens in the church. She is committed to serving the church through the youth group and mission trips, and “any way that is helpful to others around me.” Sybil writes of Allison and their time together during Confirmation:
“When we began this journey together I already knew many things about Allison Colton. I knew that she is a dedicated, motivated student; that she is a skilled athlete; that she is confident and mature; and that she is an avid Red Sox fan. As we progressed together, I began to know more. I have learned that Allison is strong. I learned that she is deeply loved not only by her family but also by the close-knit group of neighbors and friends that she treats like family. I learned that she is a reflective and intelligent young woman-that she is willing and able to think deeply about her life's experiences and how they have shaped her and her beliefs.
Allison will bring her dedication, her commitment to community, her intellectual spark, and the same brilliant enthusiasm that she brings to each Red Sox season to our church and our spiritual life together. I am grateful for the opportunity to know her better. We are all blessed to welcome her.”
CHRISTOPHER RICHARD LAROCQUE
Chris has been a part of this community for most of his life, and this church is part of his home. When asked why he wants to join the church, his answer was typical Chris: “Because my mom told me to, in the beginning… but now it just feels right.” Chris is honest, funny, talented, completely himself, completely willing to share himself with the world. He wants to serve the church by starting a church band and bringing in other kids. Chris found a champion in Steve Savarese at age 5 when Steve was his soccer coach, and Steve was willing to join with Chris as his mentor in Confirmation. Chris says Steve gave him the gift of being able to question just about everything and still be taken seriously as a person of faith. Steve says of Chris,
“Chris is really a gracious kid. He is respectful, appreciative and genuinely a good person. He has a maturity of thought that goes beyond his age. I think it is because he is such a creative person, and his thought process is creative. He can think beyond the immediate and the superficial to the big picture. It is true in his music, and in his writing. When we read Scripture together, we would be reading the same words but he would see things in there that blew me away, that made me see the story in a completely different way. He really got what the Scripture is about.
Chris is so respectful of different perspectives. He is respectful of people who are different from him, who are interested in different things than he is. He has an ability to be himself, and to be true to himself—to be unique, and to not be afraid to show who he is. He has real strength, and he knows what is important. He’s a great kid, and I have had a great time with him.”
CAROLINE JANE MARCHETTA
Caroline has literally been part of BUMC since her birth, and is now a 3rd-generation member. She is a steadfast friend with a quick sense of humor, always surrounded by a large crowd of kids. Caroline is a champion cheerleader, a committed athlete, and a hard worker. She can always be counted on to help out—and to add fun to whatever is happening. Caroline’s Confirmation mentor was Terri Stull. Caroline says that Terri helped her learn about the importance of faith in our lives, and she wants to serve the church through teaching, helping elders and serving those who are less fortunate. Terri writes of Caroline,
“Watching Caroline grow from a baby into the beautiful young woman she is today has brought joy to me, and I'm sure to many others. The time we've spent studying to prepare for confirmation has let me know her even better. She is a quiet person who is clear on what she expects out of each day. Her family is a priority. She especially enjoys the time she spends with Jaelyn. She also enjoys playing softball, skating with friends, or practicing for cheerleading competitions. This church has been part of her entire life. She has participated in Sunday School, Bristol Lodge, nursery, and wherever help is needed. Although these years are busy ones, I sense that Caroline will always find the church an important part of her life.”
KELLY JO MILLER
Kelly Jo is a terrific young woman—enthusiastic, energetic, incredibly kind, so talented. She is an amazing cleaner and better yet, loves to do it—she doesn’t even need to be asked, she just jumps right in! She never hesitates to speak up, to ask questions, to support others, to giggle—she is a wonderful addition to our life together. KJ has been working with Jessie Queior Epstein, and they have begun a wonderful friendship. Kelly Jo describes her faith as “in process” and appreciated that Jessie has helped that process along by learning with her about the different aspects of church. KJ wants to serve the church by singing in choir and helping cook, and by welcoming new people. How lucky we are. Jessie writes of her friend,
“During the course of the confirmation process, I've been impressed with Kelly Jo's enthusiasm and diligence. She's intelligent, dependable, creative, and fun. I've found it so easy to work with her, and really enjoy her sunny, easy going manner. Working through this process with Kelly Jo has helped clarify and reinforce certain aspects of my own faith journey, and I feel so lucky to have been blessed with this opportunity. I'll miss spending afternoons with Kelly Jo, she's such a joyful spirit!”
PETER ANTHONY SAVARESE
There are things about Peter that have been true about him since he was a young child—he is a fierce competitor who loves to play, a hardworking student with a quick mind and wonderful ideas, a quiet guy (off the field) who at the same time is incredibly fun. He has grown into an amazing young man who is strong, steady, reliable and so caring. He brings these qualities to church membership, where he will serve God’s church by praying for others, caring for the building and helping with the nursery. He says that Confirmation taught him that Jesus helped many people in unbelievable ways—and that when we see someone in need, we should help them. Peter worked with Brad Stayton, and says that Brad helped him appreciate the world that God created, and to take the time to observe the peacefulness in nature and the people around you. Brad says of Peter,
“I have been blessed during the past several months to spend time with Peter Savarese in study and reflection. It became evident to me as early as our second meeting that Peter was teaching me far more than I was him. By the third meeting I suggested that he take the mentor book and I become the student. He approached our journey together with a seriousness and sincerity that one does not often find in a young man of his years. While he is hardly a bible scholar at 15, he had a wonderful perspective on the Word and, quite frankly, he consistently blew me away with his extraordinary insight. Fortunately, I wrote down several of his more sapient discernments. Peter reminded me that “while God created us in his image, it is not a perfect reflection.” And “although God rested on the seventh day, he is still creating – the world, and us for that matter, are a work in progress.” Peter Savarese is a wonderful creation of our lord. I am confident that Peter will grow in his faith and help to bring Christ’s Kingdom to this world. It has been my pleasure to take a short walk with Peter on his spiritual journey as a growing disciple.”
Saturday, June 16th
From 10 – 2
For the youth group mission trip to New Orleans
Free – donations accepted
Come Wash Dad’s Car!
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421 Common Street
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