Posted September 15
eChurchlight September 2009
Sept 10: Coffee Circle, 10:30am, parlor
Sept 20: New Beginnings Sunday
Sept 24: Women's Book Group, 7:30pm, parlor
The deadline for the next edition of the Churchlight is be
Sunday, September 27th
through the looking glass
Are you ready? Here we go! Another September has arrived. I always think September will never come and next thing I know it is already here. In golf they say if you can envision your shot before you hit it you will have a better chance of hitting where you envision it. I think this is true though I know for a fact that when I am playing golf sometimes something happens between the envisioning and the shot that causes the ball to go astray. And of course there are some shots that I don't bother to envision. These are the ones where the only vision left is 'ah, just hit it' but you know what I mean. Actually this is not about golf. You are probably thinking I play golf all the time. In fact I played exactly twice this year which was probably enough for all involved.
This is about envisioning. Prepare thyself! I have a vision. It is a vision of the congregation taking shape and forming itself around the Three Simple Rules for the Wesleyan life. Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God. You have heard me speak of these rules while preaching this summer both directly and indirectly. This is only the beginning. My vision is that the three simple rules will become so familiar that we will be able to use them to guide our life together, the work we do, the decisions we make, not legalistically, but as an attitude of love and thanksgiving for all we have been given and for all that is expected of us. There are after all layers of meaning in each the discovery of which will take us deeper into the heart of God. We have already ordered studies for all ages to go deeper into the three simple rules. You will continue to hear about them in the sermons. They will be present at meetings and gatherings. It is as if we are to surrounded by the light of these sweet words until they become part of who we are until who we are is a light of peace shining in the world where we are.
I really believe that the focus of our life together in community as a congregation of the United Methodist Church in this time and place might be focused on the quality of life not only for ourselves as a congregation but for all those in need who we can help. Let us be a place of peace in restless times by practicing peace and what is peace but the presence of love and what is love but the self-giving servant love of Jesus who not only shows us the way but is the way not only as a direction to follow but as the power to take us there. May God bless our hearts with a vision of peace. Come and be the church with me.
Sunday September 13 – Registration for Sunday School begins
Sunday September 20 – New Beginnings Sunday, our regular Sunday schedule begins:
- 10:00-11:00: Worship in the Sanctuary. After the Time for the Children, all children age 4 through grade 4 are invited go upstairs to the Yellow Room for class until the end of worship. On the first Sunday of every month, when we have communion, the children start in the classroom at 10:00 and come down to join their parents toward the end of the service, before communion is served. Childcare is available for infants and toddlers.
- 11:00-11:30: Coffee and fellowship in the Social Hall (see later in this newsletter for information on how you can help)
- 11:30-12:15: Classes for grade 5 through adult, with activities for children age 4 through grade 4.
- 6:30-8:00: Youth Fellowship
Tuesday September 22 – Charge Conference
: this is our annual visit from our District Superintendent, Rev. Martin McLee, to discuss our church’s ministries. All are welcome!
Don’t forget! Wednesday Vespers
continue every week at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Join us for this restful interlude during the week.
Did You Know?
Have you ever wondered what the Church Council
Tasks listed in the United Methodist Book of Discipline for the Council include:
1. Serve as the primary administrative body, and oversee the management and programming of the local church.
2. Plan and carry out programs that fulfill the congregation’s ministries.
3. Lead the visioning and strategic planning process within the church.
4. Approve the church budget and ensure that the financial needs of the church are met.
Major agenda items for the coming year for our Council include:
1. Discussions of ongoing uses of Imler House beyond this year.
2. Discussions of how we might use the Newton Bequest.
3. Setting the budget for the 2010 fiscal year.
4. Other church business as it arises.
The Council works cooperatively with the other committees of the church, particularly with the Staff/Parish Relations, Trustees, Finance, and Lay Leadership committees.
The church council model reflects and continues a historic tradition within the Church. Jesus called twelve disciples to be together in the leadership of the early Christian movement. Following the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, leaders of "the Way" often convened in groups to make decisions and to support each other in the work of mission and disciple- making. Throughout the letters of Paul, leadership in the congregation is described as the shared work of spiritually graced men and women-the body of Christ. A church council is greater than the sum of its parts. Gifted individuals-knit together in faith, love, and commitment and empowered and guided by the Holy Spirit-can accomplish much more than any individual. We honor and glorify God best when we become the body of Christ together.
[Adapted from the Book of Discipline.]
Everyone is welcome to come to Church Council meetings, although if there is a vote required, elected members of the Council are the ones who will vote. For 2009-2010, our Church Council members are:
Laurel Wainwright, Chairperson (3rd year )
- 2010 - Janet Coombs, Ken Scott/Laurel Scott, Laurel Wainwright
- 2011 - Cecelia Cranmer, Lynn Monahan, Kevin Ghiozzi
- 2012 - Marilyn Matis, Diana Kelley, Calista Diehl/Nora Bent (youth)
reps from program ministries (Missions, Evangelism, Worship, and Education); Chair and/or rep of SPRC; Chair and/or rep of Finance; Chair and/or rep of Trustees; Church Treasurer; Lay Member of Annual Conference; Lay Leader; and Pastors
Meetings will be held on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7:30 in the church parlor, with the exception of November and December, when meetings will be the 3rd Wednesday to avoid conflicting with Thanksgiving and Christmas. The next few meetings are:
Thank you for Your Support
Thank you to everyone who has made donations for the Belmont Food Pantry
. They welcomed all donations throughout the summer.
Thank you to everyone who helped with Bristol Kitchen
cooking during the summer. The problems of the people who use Bristol Kitchen continue year round and they are thankful we are there for them.
Please Help With Missions
BUMC encourages our members and friends to participate in mission.
for the Young Parents Clinic at Children’s Hospital, Boston.
We deliver knitted, crocheted, tied fleece, and sewn baby blankets to the Young Parents Clinic at Children’s Hospital. Any blanket donations may be left in the office for delivery to Boston. We have newly donated yarn in the office to create baby blankets
Make a blanket about 25 x 25 inches or 30 x 30 inches. You can make the blanket by casting on 30 inches of one side and knit until you have a 30 inch square. Also, you can knit from a corner, starting by casting on 2 stitches and increasing rows you knit until the sides are 30 inches long. Then you decrease the rows until you are down to 2 stitches. Other people have made squares or rectangles of different colors which they then sew together.
This project is small enough you can carry it with you. Knit or crochet while you watch TV, sit in a meeting, or wait for a child after school. Take your knitting anywhere you wait for someone or something.
Here are some missions you can perform at home during your daily routine.
Shopping at Amazon
? Go to www.belmontumc.org – (our website) and link to Amazon from the Amazon icon. The church receives a percentage of sales when you link through our site.
Do you use a computer
? Go to www.freerice.com – There you can practice vocabulary, math, geography…. And more. At the same time you are feeding the poor through the United Nations World Food Program. Take a look and explore the web site.
Women’s Book Group
The Women’s Book Group is reading Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas in preparation for their next meeting on September 24th at 7:30p.m. Everyone is invited.
Need a coffee break during the day? The Coffee Circle will start up again on September 10th at 10:30a.m. in the parlor. Everyone is welcome.
Finance Comm. Fund Raising
Our annual Pumpkin Fair is occurring again this year. Please keep October 17th available. Come enjoy the Bake Sale, Games, Bounces, Mega Yard Sale…. Participate by helping with the fair and by enjoying all our available activities. Bring your family and friends. Watch for more information around the church and on the web site.
September Coffee Hour Schedule
Coffee Hour refreshments are provided by people whose last initial falls in the indicated category. Coordinators provide coffee creamer and cold drink plus set & tend the tables. Group members handle the clean up. If you'd like to help with Coffee Hour, please contact Terry Grimm.
September Worship Services
September 6, 2009 [
- September 6: Group ABC, coordinated by Carolyn Backus
- September 13: Group DEFG, coordinated by Diane & Kevin Ghiozzi
- September 20: Groups HIJKL and MNOPQ, coordinated by Terry Grimm and Linda Rodi
- September 27: Group RSTU, coordinated by Kathy Touzjian & Donna Esposito
- October 4: Group VWXYZ, coordinated by Terry Grimm
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Psalm 125 or Psalm 124 (UMH 846)
James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17; Mark 7:24-37
September 13, 2009
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 19 (UMH 750)
James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38
September 20, 2009
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 1 (UMH 738)
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37
September 27, 2009
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
Psalm 124 (UMH 846)
James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50
September Sunshine Page
1: Catherine Grimm
2: Siraan 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 & Lisa Tardiff
8: Ron & Jane Albert
11: Aaron & Nancy Kneiss
15: Beverley & Ed Phillips
16: Neal & Kathy Touzjian
17: Ronald & Sybil Fetter
21: Everett & Margaret Wicks
26: Doug Teeter & Terri Stull