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The Churchlight - April 2008

Posted  April 12


eChurchlight, April 2008

Contents (click on a topic to select)

through the looking glass

From Liz
New Orleans Fundraisers

Announcements
Monthly Fellowship Meals
Mayfair Fundraiser
Youth Group Schedule
Native American Sunday
Time for Spring Cleaning
Womens Book Group
Hospice Volunteers Needed
eChurchlight Signup
Coffee Hour Schedule
Stamps and Soup Labels
Lost and Found

Sunshine Page
Worship Service Schedule
 

Dates to Remember

April 13:  Monthly Fellowship Lunch, 11:30
April 20:  Deadline for May Churchlight
April 24:  Women’s Book Group, 7:30


Coming up next month
May 3:  May Fair
May 4:  Walk for Hunger




through the looking glass
L.L.Wimmer

My granddaughter came over to play Sunday afternoon. I guess she was having a good day because at one point in the afternoon she said very happily, "I'm going to remember this day for the rest of my life!" I tried to think back to see if I could remember any day when I was six years old but none came to mind. Then I got to thinking about what we had done that day to make it so memorable. Ronia had made Easter baskets for us and had one of her own. We hid fifty-five colorful plastic eggs filled with surprises and hunted for them. We read stories and played games and shared a wonderful meal together. Ronia ate more candy than vegetables. It was a wonderful afternoon but I was left wishing I could see inside her little girl's heart to understand what made her feel such joy that made her say she would remember this day for the rest of her life.

Though I could not fathom the mysteries of a six year old girls' heart I was given something too, a moment of insight into the gift of life itself and of my gratefulness that I am alive and am in the presence of this beautiful little girl so full of hope and love and joy. I expect we all need to be reminded once and a while that we are grateful. It is so easy to become so busy living that we forget that we are alive and surrounded by the many blessings that life provides.

In this season of Easter we celebrate life. We are grateful for each other and for all that we hope for as a community that seeks to live in Christ and do all the good we can. I just came across a new book that might be a place for us to see ourselves. It is written by Bishop Reuben Job and is entitled: Three Simple Rules, A Wesleyan Way of Living.  The first rule: do no harm. The second rule: do all the good you can.  And the third rule: stay in love with God.  When I read these three rules I felt like everything I had been thinking and saying (if not always doing) my whole life was being confirmed. I am grateful for the church and for the possibility to be part of a community of people who would even consider such things. I hope and pray that you will be surprised with a grateful heart as I have been and that together we will be faithful to Jesus who gave us all a day we will hopefully never forget as long as we live.

From Liz
Easy New Orleans Fundraisers

There are several ways you can support our mission trip to New Orleans:

  • Make a donation—simply note “New Orleans Donation” on the check or envelope.
  • Bring in your loose change and put it in the “Found Money” jar in the Narthex; all change collected between now and Memorial Day will be designated for the trip.
  • Bring in your redeemable soda cans and bottles. There are bins in the Narthex for them; the youth group will cash them in.
  • Come to the Benefit Concert on Saturday, May 17 – 7 p.m. in the Social Hall.  Enjoy good, LOUD music from I Am Arcane and several local high school bands.  Admission is $7; youth group will be selling snacks.


Announcements

Monthly Fellowship Meals
There will be no Fellowship Meal on April 6, as we will gather the next week for our catered Consecration Sunday celebration meal on April 13.  Our next Fellowship meal will be after worship on Sunday, May 4.

Mayfair Fundraiser
We are having the “May Fair on Saturday, May 3rd. Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  This is a fundraiser dedicated to our missions.
     We hope to rent 30 tables to vendors or craft persons at $30 a table.  If you or someone you know is interested in renting a table please talk to Louise Halstead.  Artists as well as craft people and vendors are welcome.  We already have jewelry, yard mosaics, beaded shirts, and Tupperware agreeing to come.
     We will have a “Bake Sale Table” which everyone is welcome to contribute to.  There should be NO custard products in the bake sale – this is a Town of Belmont Health Department rule.  The Youth Group will be working at this table and using the proceeds from the Bake Sale portion of the fair for their trip to New Orleans at the end of May.  Please help them have a successful bake sale!
     There will also be a “Crafts Table run by the church.  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 . . . are all of interest.  If you have something to donate to the table please let Louise know.  All ideas are welcome.
     We will again have a Plants Table.  Plants were popular items last year.  We are looking for house plants, yard plants and seedlings to sell.  If you want to thin your yard plants the Plant Table is a good place to put your excess plants.  The green thumbs in the congregation have a better idea than I have about what is possible.  Please let Anita Miller or Louise Halstead know if you have something to donate to this table.
     Please think about how you can help.  The Youth Group has agreed to set up and take down tables in exchange for the Bake Sale proceeds.  If you can help them I am sure they will accept any help.  Sat., May 3rd we will need help staffing the tables.  Please help out for an hour or two during the day.  Many hands make light work.  Fliers are available!!! Please post them in any locations you think interested people may go.  Posting in Belmont, Watertown, and Arlington is important.  Invite your friends to come enjoy the day!!!  If you have any questions please talk to Louise Halstead at church or call her at 617-489-1340.

Save the Date!
Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger  May 4, 2008

Youth Group Schedule

  • Sunday, April 6:  Youth Auction during Coffee Hour; Youth work 1-4
  • Sunday, April 13:  2-6 Laser Tag!
  • Sunday, April 20:  Bowling 12:30-2:30 at Lanes and Games
  • Sunday, April 27:  No Meeting

April 6 is Native American Awareness Sunday
Your offering on Native American Ministries Sunday enriches The United Methodist Church in many ways.  Native Americans attending United Methodist and other approved seminaries receive scholarships.  Across the United States, urban ministries reach out to Native Americans and others.  Mission with Native Americans in your annual conference and across the connection is developed and nurtured. 

Time for Spring Cleaning?
Do you need spring cleaning done?  Your gardens readied for spring?  Leaves raked that got trapped under the first snow?  Silver polished?  Windows washed?  Hire one of our fabulous, hard working youth!  There are two ways you can get a capable helper to do the work you hate to do:  1.) Bid on your favorite candidate at the Youth Auction on Sunday, April 6 at Coffee Hour—our in-demand youth spark quite a bidding war for their services!  If you win, they can work for you that afternoon, or set up another time.  2.) Some youth are choosing to be in a labor pool, and work multiple times for multiple folks.  You can hire them at a set rate, for either the afternoon of April 6 from 1-4, or another time convenient for both parties.  If you have questions, or would like to sign up for a helper, please see Liz.

The Women’s Book Group
Our next meeting is Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.  We will be discussing The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim.  Until Imler House is repaired, we will meet in the church parlor.  We are very informal; if anyone feels moved to bring food in the theme of the book, it is always appreciated but never required.  Come if you can – it is always fun.

VNA Hospice Volunteers Needed
VNA Hospice Care, Inc., formerly known as Hospice Care, Inc., is a nonprofit organization serving patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.  Hospice volunteers provide companionship to patients, respite time for family members, or help with errands.  Our volunteers are men and women who come from diverse backgrounds and range in age from their 20’s to their 80’s.  Their common bond is a desire to share their time and compassion with others.  Volunteers visit patients on weekdays, or on weekends.  As some patients speak another language, there is also a need for people who speak English and a second language.  Join us in this special opportunity to contribute to others at this most meaningful time in their lives.  No previous experience is necessary.  VNA Hospice Care provides training and ongoing support.  For more information, please call Lisa Palais at 781-569-2888.

Electronic Churchlight
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.

Coffee Hour

  • April 6: ABC, coordinated by Lisa Courtney
  • April 13: DEFG, coordinated by Terry Grimm
  • April 19: HIJKL
  • April 27: MNOPQ, coordinated by Linda Rodi

Box for Stamps and Soup Labels
The collection box for stamps is now going to the Spellman Museum of Postal History at Regis College. If you would like to donate canceled stamps, please drop them in the box in the office.  The stamps benefit programs for the girl and boy scouts and school groups.

Lost and Found
Missing: One of the large coffee carafes and the tea pots for coffee hour.  If you might have borrowed it – or have seen it somewhere please let us know!  Missing something? Please check the lost and found basket in the closet off the Narthex.

Sunshine Page
Births
Congratulations to Suzanne and Dave Francione on the birth of Alexander David Francione, on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 at 11:24 a.m. Alexander weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and 20 inches long. 

New Members
Welcome to Philip Imboywa, who joined the church on Feb. 24.

April Birthdays:

2:         Jennifer Coombs
            Jeffrey Coombs
            Noah Wimmer
5:         David Myers
6:         Jennifer Bourque
9:         Alexandra Hale
12:       Joanna Milton
14:       Bruce Pahlm
17:       Ava Walsh
            Caren Rosales
            Arthur Marchetta, Sr.
19:       Amelia Ayres

20:       Danielle Rosales
            Elizabeth Rosales
            Leah Wimmer
21:       Selima Chandler
23:       Peter Savarese
24:       Paula Paine
25:       Ryan Touzjian
26:       Mark Milton
27:       Christina Matson
            Jack Canepa
30:       Emily Savarese


Anniversaries
7:         Arty and Carol Marchetta
9:         Scott and Tanya Myers
15:       John and Nancy Montanaro
30:       Richard and Sidney Gerrold

April 2008 Worship Services

April 6:10:00 a.m.   Communion   Native American Awareness                  Color: White
Lectionary Readings: Acts 2:14a, 36-41, I Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35

April 13: 10:00 a.m.  4th Sunday of Easter   Consecration Sunday            Color: White
Lectionary Readings: Acts 2:42-47, I Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10

April 20: 10:00 a.m.  5th Sunday of Easter
                                                  Color: White
Lectionary Readings: Acts 7:55-60, I Peter 2:2-10, John 14:1-14

April 27: 10:00 a.m. 
6th Sunday of Easter  Heritage Sunday Communion  Color: White
Lectionary Readings: Acts 17:22-31, I Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21


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