eChurchlight, May 2008
through the looking glass
One of the sayings I have heard that has stuck with me over the years is "The only thing that never changes is that things are always changing." I can't even remember where I first heard it. It reminds me of another saying, "The more things change the more they stay the same," which seems to be a contradiction but in fact is more likely part of the same truth. I have always felt though I have no way of backing it up that paradox is at the heart of truth. Reality is both simple and complex. It is what it is but what is of course not always clear. In any case we are experiencing change in our community that is not in question. I would argue that we are always changing but in these days we are changing in ways that are undeniable. When Liz goes in June the face of our congregation will change. Her presence on the staff of this congregation has been far more than just someone who works here. She has lived here and has given us life, her life. I am only just beginning to comprehend how I will miss her. What she does will be loss enough but for me it is who she is that has blessed us most for hers is a generous, open, loving spirit always ready to give more than asked, always giving herself away. Surely we have worn her out and she deserves a blessed rest. We celebrate with her a new day. We have lost her presence on our staff but we have gained all that she has given and left to us of herself. We have been changed by her presence and strengthened by her ministry to go forward and do more.
The thing with change is that you can fight it and resist it in a futile attempt to stay the same actually decreasing your possibilities or learn from it and embrace it and use it to increase what is possible. One of the great things about Liz's spirit is that nothing was impossible. There was nothing she would not take on and accomplish if it would help someone. This is her legacy to us and if we are wise we will carry on in her spirit and go into the unknown future with hope and love in our hearts that we will do all the good we can, that we will help each other, that we will pay attention to the needs of each other, that we will be there for each other and reach out in strength to whole world.
Let us be glad for the gifts we have received and let us go forward with gladness and generosity as we seek the new day together. Our commitments as a community continue as we begin the process again to recruit leaders for our congregation. Pray for how you can help. Together we will be the church, a grateful and giving people celebrating what we have had together and the changes that are the reality of life and the new life that is always promised for those who faithfully offer themselves for God's work in the world. Even as things are always changing one thing remains constant and that is God's calling to people to rise up and live for each other in love and peace, seeking always justice and the welfare of all people everywhere. Christ is alive and goes before calling us to do even greater things than he has done. Bless your hearts, Larry
The Annual Charge Conference will be held on Sunday, June 22 at 11:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Rev. Mike Clark will be presiding. Reports from committee leaders/chairs are due to the office on June 1.
Thank you all so much for your gracious and loving responses to my announcement that this will be my last year on staff at BUMC. As always, in these past two weeks you have been a kind, supportive, giving community. It is hard to imagine what life will be like without being here, day in and day out, in the thick of things, but I do know this: I have been blessed beyond measure by being in ministry with you, by working with Larry, Hilary, Casey and Kevin, and by all of us sharing our lives together.
As difficult as change is (and you know how I hate change!) this change feels like the right one for me and my family--and for the church. I am excited by the gifts that Bob Jon will bring to this place, and for the new directions in ministry which will unfold. Know I will be praying for all of you and for BUMC--and look forward to staying in touch.
New Orleans Update
We just found out that we have been done in by the American Airlines crisis and increasing gas prices--our airline tickets are about $100 per person more than we expected. If you can help us raise this extra money, we would appreciate it. Donations are always gratefully accepted, and we have many upcoming planned fundraisers:
MAY 3 - May Fair
The youth group is setting up and cleaning up the May Fair, in addition to hosting the BAKE SALE and YARD SALE that day. Here is how you can help:
- Bake for the Bake Sale--see Sarah Kolenbrander or Calista Diehl
- Bring your gently used items to church on Friday, May 2 for the Yard Sale (or call Liz at 781-229-0994; we will come pick them up if necessary!)
- Come to the May Fair and support our church missions
MAY 4 - Talent Show
Talent Show during our all-church luncheon. You can help by:
- Participating in the Talent Show: see Catherine Grimm or Emily Kolenbrander to sign up!
- Stay for lunch on May 4--enjoy the show, and show your appreciation during the free-will offering!
MAY 10: Car Wash 10-2
Come get your car clean for Mother's Day! The Car Wash is Free--Donations accepted!
The concert has been postponed yet again--sorry!
- Hire a youth to do the jobs that you hate to do--see Nora Bent or Catherine Grimm!
- Found Money--bring your spare change to church and place it in the "Found Money" jar in the Narthex
- Cans and Bottles--bring your redeemable cans and bottles to church and place them in the bins in the front entryway--the youth group will recycle them for you!
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!
New Orleans Trip Orientation/Group Building for all participants will be:
- Wednesday, April 30 at 7 PM in the Social Hall
- Wednesday, May 7 at 7 PM in the Social Hall
- Tuesday, May 20 at 7 PM in the Parlor
Please let Liz know as soon as possible if you cannot make any of these dates--full participation is expected!
Associate Pastor to be Appointed
The Staff/Parish Relations Committee has announced that Bob Jon will be appointed to Belmont United Methodist Church as an associate pastor (quarter-time) beginning on July 1, 2008. Pastor Jon has an M. Div. from Boston University and is finishing a Masters in Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) at Yale University this month. He is a certified candidate for ordination in the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church and is licensed as a local pastor. He will also be a student in the doctoral program at Boston University in the fall with a full scholarship. Pastor Jon was an intern at Union United Methodist Church in Boston. He brings a number of gifts and an enthusiastic love for the church to us. In the next Churchlight we will have more information about Bob as we prepare to welcome him to our ministry.
The Fiesta de Aida
The Committee on District Superintendency would like to announce the Celebration of Aida Fernandez and the 8 years of her ministry as our District Superintendent. The celebration will take place on Saturday, June 7, 2008 from 3-7 p.m. at St. John's Korean UMC in Lexington. For more information, or to RSVP please call the church office or see the invitation posted on the board by the office.
Monthly Fellowship Meals
Our next Fellowship meal will be after worship on Sunday, May 4 with a Talent Show!
Saturday, May 3rd 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. is our May Fair this year. Even if you can't be there to work, be sure to come and Shop, Shop, Shop! There will be great gifts for mother's day and graduations. Bring your friends, if you can't come send your friends. Even if you don't buy, we welcome everyone to come and look. All our income will help our missions. The bake sale table proceeds directly helps the youth trip to New Orleans.
Mothers' Day Breakfast
Sunday, May 11, 2008
8:30 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
May 18 is Peace with Justice Sunday
Your offering on Peace with Justice Sunday helps the children of God everywhere to live lovingly and peacefully. Half of the offering supports peace with justice ministries globally through the General Board of Church and Society, and half assists annual conference-related work such as Faith Communities Uniting for Peace in West Ohio. "Live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you," wrote the apostle Paul to the church in Corinth. Help to bring peace and justice to a hurting world. Please give generously on Peace with Justice Sunday. Your gift makes a world of difference!
Save the Date!
Project Bread's Walk for Hunger May 4, 2008
Youth Group Schedule
Saturday, May 3-Sunday, May 4 – Fundraising-O-Rama
Saturday, May 10—9 a.m – 3 p.m.—Carwash
Saturday, May 17—6:30-10:30 p.m. Benefit Concert (postponed)
Thursday, May 22-Monday, May 26—Second Mission Trip to New Orleans
Sunday, June 1–1-5 p.m. End of the Year Barbecue & Party at the LaRocques'
A volunteer is needed to help in the church office while Hilary Baldwin is away from May 28-June 3. Please call the church office if you would like to help.
You Are Invited to a Graduation Celebration for Claire Hoffman
Sunday Evening May 18 at 6:30 p.m.in the Social Hall
Please come to celebrate with Claire!
The Women's Book Group
Our next meeting is Thursday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. We will be discussing Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum. 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.
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.
May 4: RSTU, coordinated by Kathy Touzjian and Donna Espposito
May 11: Mother's Day Team
May 18: VWXYZ, coordinated by Ava Walsh
May 25: ABC, coordinated by Lisa Courtney
Joys and Concerns
Russell Owen Whitmore, born August 8, 2007, son of Laural and Don Whitmore and brother of Noelle Whitmore, was baptized on March 30, 2008.
Congratulations to Michael Powell and Desiree Baron who were married Monday, April 14, 2008 and to Caitlyn Sullivan and Jason Chisholm who were married Saturday, April 19, 2008.
In Our Thoughts
Dave Walsh is home recovering from a heart attack and a stent procedure. Marion Cushing is recovering from hip surgery she had at Mount Auburn Hospital after a fall.
Our thoughts are with Harry Northway on the passing of his wife, Irene on April 15, 2008. A funeral service was held on Friday, April 18.
1: Casey Hannan
4: Abigail Hamilton
5: Jessica Rosenstein
7: Malia Matson
8: Caitlyn Chisholm
10: Charlie Gore
12: Alan Walsh
Lisa Rosales Moura
13: Owen Grimm
14: Emil Wieher
15: Marguerite Muirhead
16: Giancarla Perugini
17: Elinor Rumery
18: Sandy Thompson
22: Jordan Pohlman
24: Robert Wainwright
26: Dorothy Backman
27: Deirdre Savarese
29: Neal Touzjian
30: Amanda Sullivan
17: Dave and Debbie Myers
23: Mark and Jocelyn Milton
24: Bert and Louise Halstead
May 2008 Worship Services
May 4:10:00 a.m. Communion Color: White
Lectionary Readings: Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53
May 11: 10:00 a.m. Pentecost Color: Red
Lectionary Readings: Acts 2:1-21, I Corinthians 12:3b-13, John 7:37-39
May 18: 10:00 a.m. Peace with Justice Sunday Trinity Sunday Color: White
Lectionary Readings: Genesis 1:1-2:4a, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, Mathew 28:16-20
May 25: 10:00 a.m. Communion Color: Green
Lectionary Readings: Isaiah 49:8-16a, I Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 6:24-34