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Dates to Remember
through the looking glass
God of all, source and goal of community,
whose will is that all your people enjoy
fullness of life, may we be builders
of community, caring for your good earth
here and worldwide, that we may delight
in diversity and choose solidarity, for you are
in community with us, our God, for ever. Amen.
Let us begin our new season with a prayer. It is a prayer that is both anonymous and universal. It is a prayer for full and abundant life in community. My prayer for us is that we will be a healthy and faithful community following the way of Christ, serving the world where we are. We will learn and practice the three simple rules, do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God. Do no harm simply means that we will disagree but we will not hurt those with whom we disagree. Do good means we will do all the good we can. And we will stay in love with God through the disciplines of worship, prayer, and holy conversation.
This is a new day for us, another new beginning. We begin a new season of ministry together with new faces, new hopes, new challenges and new opportunities. We do not know what will happen next but we do know that if we seek God we will surely find God and when we do we will find ourselves as well. God does have something in mind for us and we will discover what it is by discovering what it is together, by being present, by serving, by offering ourselves to the work at hand. I am optimistic about what will happen here in the days and weeks ahead. God is calling us in Christ to community, the community of the beloved, where life is celebrated and where grace abounds. Larry
For the last three weeks I was in Korea visiting my family and friends. “Time flies.” Yes. I did many things during my visit; such as preaching as guest preacher, celebrating the birthday of my uncle, watching movies, eating ice creams, chatting in coffee shop, playing basketball…etc. While enjoying my time in Korea, I realized that there was something missing in my heart; all those whom I love and care about in Boston.
I am sure that you also have some people whom you love; your family, friends, relatives…etc. What do you do when you are separated from them? You miss, expect, and hope to meet them soon. In Out of Solitude, Henry Nowen says, “A student from California, who had to leave all her friends behind in order to come to school in East coast, told me ‘It was hard to depart; but if the good-bye is not painful, the hello cannot be joyful either.’” Do you have some people you deeply love and care about to the extent it is painful living in distance from them.
How about Jesus? Do we expect to meet Jesus in our daily lives? Or we don’t need Jesus because we are busy with our work, study, or social life? Jesus came to this world for us, lived with us, died because of us, and was raised for us. But we often forget his presence among us because we are too busy with going to work, studying at school, shopping at mall, or meeting our friends. Do you feel something missing in your life? Why don’t we set aside a special time today to talk with Jesus? Bob
Staff Changes Announced
We are sad to announce that Hilary Baldwin is leaving her position as our Office Manager this month. She has served not only these many years but has served well with excellence and grace. She will be missed not only for her efficiency and competency but for her calm and gentle presence. We are happy, however, to announce that Amanda D'amato will step in as our new Office Manager and continue Hilary's good work. Amanda grew up in Connecticut and attended Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. Following college she took a job at the BU Law Library in the evenings. In 2005 she was looking to fill her morning hours and was hired as the Administrative Assistant at St. John's and found that she enjoyed the work and the environment and started attending services there. Amanda lives in Belmont and has enjoyed getting to know our congregation through the joint services and she is looking forward to her new work with us. Amanda begins on September 1. With the change, the hours that the office will be open are also changing. Amanda will be serving both our congregation and St. John's. She will be present in our office from 1-5 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 9-1 on Tuesday and Thursday.
Also new this year on staff is long-time member Barbara Ryther who it was announced at the annual church conference in June has joined the staff as our program coordinator to help us with organization and communication. She will bring her creative gifts as well as she helps us keep track of each other and what we are doing in this new year of ministry together.
With Pastor Bob Jon who was appointed to be our associate pastor by Bishop Peter Weaver, Casey Hannan continues to direct the Choir and play the organ and piano and Kevin Cassidy continues as our custodian. Rev. Wimmer, of course, was also re-appointed by the Bishop to Belmont and begins his tenth year with us. This is our staff and they are prepared to serve. Together we go forward in faith to discover where God will lead us in this new day.
Our new program year has arrived…
…and our committees and work areas are gathering renewed steam! Committee members were voted in at the Annual Church Conference in June, (pick up a copy of the Annual Report in the church office for the complete list) and have already been contacted by the committee leaders, who are:
Church Council: Laurel Wainwright
Trustees: Diane Gore
Finance: Terri Stull
Staff Parish Relations (SPRC): Morrie Bailey
In addition, we have four active work areas, which are headed up by:
Education: Heather Sullivan
Mission: Brad Stayton
Evangelism (E-Team): Steve Courtney
Worship: Rev. Wimmer
Interested in a work area? Meetings are open to all, and times and dates are posted on the calendar portion of our website (www.umcbelmont.org) and on the Narthex bulletin board, and are printed in the weekly bulletins and included in announcements. Your participation and ideas are most welcome!
Questions? Contact the committee or work area leader, or email email@example.com.
Not sure what area you’re interested in? Come to Church Council, you’ll get a great overview!
Welcoming? Homecoming? New Beginnings? No matter what you call it, it’s September 14th. Come one, come all, and invite a friend! It’s our official start to the program year, and many special things will be happening, including Sunday School Registration for the coming year, and The Return of the Choir. Our Christian Education program will then start the following week.
Starting September 21, the Sunday morning schedule will be:
10:00 –11:00 Worship, with nursery care available and classes for age 4 through grade 4
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee, Tea and Fellowship
11:30 - 12:15 Classes for grade 5 through adult, and supervised activities for age 4 through grade 4
Upcoming Special Events
Chamber Music Concert September 28 at St. John’s UMC in Watertown -- for info call 617-926-2931.
RIM walk October 4 to raise money for the Arlington/Belmont cluster of the Refugee and Immigration Ministry. Leaves St. John’s Episcopal Church in Arlington at 9:30, and travels 5.8 miles round trip to Belmont UMC and back, stopping at other cluster churches along the way. Volunteer to walk all or part of the way, to help with a refreshment stop at BUMC, or to raise money! See Louise Halstead for details.
All Church Lunch October 5: Come join us after church on Sunday the 5th to share a meal, fellowship, and program. No need to bring anything, the wonderful volunteers who will be preparing the meal for Bristol Kitchen that weekend will make enough for us as well.
Pumpkin Fair October 18: Put it on your calendar now --food, crafts, games, yard sale, and of course pumpkins! Details to come…
Welcome For New District Superintendent
Please join us as we gather at Parkway UMC on Sunday September 7th at 3:00 pm for the Welcoming service for our New District Superintendent Rev. Martin McLee.
All are welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you all there. Please help by bringing your favorite dish for our time together in fellowship after the service.
Please contact Josephine Sierra at the district office to confirm your attendance.
Rolling Ridge To Celebrate 60 Years
Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center in North Andover is celebrating 60 years with a grand Festival and Celebration Lunch on September 20, 2008 from 10 am to 3 pm. Over a half million youth and adults have drawn closer to God through programs and camps at Rolling Ridge and the new Master Plan calls for renovation and expansion of the facilities and grounds for a new generation of seekers. Come see what is planned and tour the grounds and refurbished manor house. Come meet friends from years past. Come to our first Wellness Expo and try yoga or drumming, receive a massage or walk the labyrinth, color a mandala, enjoy a time of meditation and worship at Point of Pines. The Festival and activities are free. A gourmet lunch under the tent costs $15 and former director, Rev. Jim Todd and current director, Rev. Larry Peacock and board chair, Rev. Cynthia Good will reflect on the glorious tradition and the bright future of rolling Ridge. Call or email for lunch reservations - 978-682-8815, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks Cast and Crew
Thanks to everyone who helped with stage set up and refreshments for Magic and Song on the Lawn. And a special thanks to magician Mike Bent who donated his performance for the 7th consecutive year and to Louise Halstead who coordinated refreshments.
Rain forced the show into the Social Hall but we still had 160 parents and children who turned out. Recording artist Wayne Potash had the kids singing and dancing for the first 45 minutes and Mike Bent followed with a terrific magic-comedy set that had everyone laughing and cheering. Both performers are top notch children’s entertainers and put on a really first rate show. Thanks again!
E. J. Johnson, show coordinator
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.
Women’s Book Group
The next meeting is September 25th at 7:30 in Imler House. We will be discussing “Barefoot” by Elin Hilderbrand.
Belmont Cooperative Nursery School Openings
We currently have openings for children who will be 2.9 years of age by September 1, 2008 in our 2 day class which meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 to 11:30. We also have openings in our four afternoon class which meets Monday through Thursday from 12:15 to 3:00. We would be happy to give any church member a tour of our facility and explain our program and tuition rates. If anyone is interested, they should contact Holly Johnson at 617-484-3611 or email@example.com. Thank you.
Joys and Concerns
Welcome to Kevin and Diane Ghiozzi, who joined the church on June 29, 2008.
Erica Rayna Fridmann, born 12/27/07, daughter of Diane Hutchins Fridmann and Michael Fridmann and sister of Lindsey was baptized on June 29, 2008.
In Our Thoughts
Our thoughts and sympathy to Barbara Ryther, on the passing of her father on August 18. He would have been 88 years old this fall.
1: Catherine Grimm
2: Sirann Touzjian
3: Natasha Wimmer
5: Malcolm Ellison
7: Carolyn Eurdolian
9: Jessica Mosher
10: Ian Ashford
23: James Buck
29: Carol Marchetta
30: Anita Miller
6: Mark and Lisa Tardiff
8: Ron and Jane Albert
11: Aaron and Nancy Kneiss
15: Beverley and Ed Phillips
16: Neal and Kathy Touzjian
17: Ronald and Sybil Fetter
21: Everett and Margaret Wicks
26: Doug Teeter and Terri Stull
September 2008 Worship Services
September 7:10:00 a.m. Color:Green
Lectionary Readings: Exodus 12:1-14, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20
September 14: 10:00 a.m. Homecoming Sunday Color: Green
Lectionary Readings: Exodus 14:19-31, Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21,Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35
September 21: 10:00 a.m. Color: Green
Lectionary Readings: Exodus 16:2-15, Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16
September 28: 10:00 a.m. Color: Green
Lectionary Readings: Exodus 17:1-7, Philippians 2:1-13, Matthew 21:23-32
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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