Posted October 7
eChurchlight, October 2009
Coming up this month
Oct 4: All Church Lunch, 11:15am, social hall
Oct 8: Coffee Circle, 10:30am, parlor
Oct 12: Belmont Service Day
Oct 17: Pumpkin Fair, 10:00-3:00
Oct 29: Women's Book Group, 7:30pm, parlor
The deadline for the next edition of the Churchlight is
Sunday, October 25th
through the looking glass
As we form community around the three simple rules, do no harm, do good, and stay in love with
God we hope to somehow breakthrough business as usual and take steps that draw us all closer
to God. As we go down that path, questions may arise in our hearts, things that we hadn't thought
of in a long time, things buried deep within us beneath past disappointments and
discouragements, things that we have given up wondering about because we just never seem to
go there. As we join in community at a deeper level we also hope to be able to share the deepest
questions of our heart about life and God and the Church: Who are we? Why are we doing this?
What does God want? What is the nature of our hope in this sad and broken world? These are
some questions, there are many others. They are the questions of our hearts and souls. As we
venture forward in our journey this year we invite you to ask the questions of your souls that we
might address them from the pulpit in Lent. That seems a long way off but it gives you and us
time to ponder these things and to seek understanding not only of what the questions ask but of
the questions themselves. We do not promise easy answers or any answers at all but we do
promise an in-depth exploration of the human journey with God in these days. Your questions do
not have to have your name on them if that helps you to ask what you really want to ask. We will
not use all the questions that come but we will do our best to wrestle with them and find a way to
voice not only the questions of the community but also our response as a community to the cries
of our hearts as human beings in the world in these days.
Also, please make note that on Sunday morning November 1 we will light candles for our loved
ones who have died. All are welcome to come forward light a candle and call out the name of the
one we want to remember, the bell will be rung in honor of each name and prayers said as we
celebrate the unbroken circle of the faithful.
Bless your hearts, Larry
All-church lunches begin Sunday, October 4! Six times a year, we gather as a community and
share a simple meal and a time for fellowship together. The food is prepared by our volunteers
who cook and serve a monthly meal for Bristol Kitchen in Waltham the first Saturday of every
month – they make a couple of extra casseroles which we then heat and serve right after coffee
hour on the next day. Donations toward the cost of the Bristol Kitchen meals are gratefully
accepted, just look for the big plastic jars on the table. Our thanks to Terri Kolenbrander and all
the volunteers who give their time and effort to making this meal, so that all the rest of us have to
do is show up and eat! Everyone, including visitors, is welcome at our table.
Check out the calendar section for meetings of committees and other groups.
Did You Know?
Have you ever wondered what the Board of Trustees
does? According to guidelines established by
the United Methodist Church:
The board of trustees supervises and maintains all local church property so that the ministries of
the congregation can be effective. The committee is entrusted to see to the proper keeping of
God's house as a way to honor God and to facilitate the ministry of the local church. Good
stewardship, common sense, and prudence dictate that the church, parsonage, facilities,
property, equipment, furnishings, and other physical property be well maintained. A physical plant
that is "well groomed" and attractive is much more welcoming, safe, and hospitable than one that
shows signs of benign neglect. We honor God when we care for what has been entrusted to us...
Specific tasks include:
- Overseeing and maintaining all local church property, including conducting an annual inspection and inventory.
- Reporting annually to the charge conference on the state of the church's property, equipment, investments, and resources.
- Receiving and administering all gifts made to the congregation; making certain that all trust funds of the congregation are invested properly. Developing guidelines for receiving and managing wills, trusts, bequests, and other investments given to the church.
- Submitting to the committee on finance the annual budget requests for insurance, property maintenance and improvement, and new property purchases.
- Being accountable to charge conference and to the church council.
Trustees are nominated by the Committee on Lay Leadership, voted in at a charge conference,
and generally serve for 3year terms. They meet quarterly, or more often if necessary. For 2009-
2010, our trustees are:
Joel Grimm, Chair
Class of 2010: Dick Coombs, Emily Farnsworth, Terry Skelton
Class of 2111: Joel Grimm, Sharon Hamilton, Neal Touzjian
Class of 2012: Stephanie Schaffhausen (Trustee Treasurer), Harry Busteed (property care)
Please Help With Missions
BUMC encourages our members and friends to participate in mission.
The Belmont Religious Council is sponsoring a service day
on Monday October, 12th. Participants
from religious organizations in town will work in groups to serve around Belmont. Please consider
joining the service day. Contact Barbara Ryther if you want to help.
One of the ways we raise funds for missions is through our annual Pumpkin Fair. This year the Fair
is Saturday, October 17th from 10 – 3. We will have bounces, pumpkin decorating, and games for
children. There will be a bake sale and Bar-B-Q Express will come again for lunch. Also, there are
yard sale tables for rent ($25 per table).
We will be setting up the tent on the lawn and tables inside on Friday the 16th in the evening
(around 6:00p.m.) and on Saturday morning at 8:00a.m. The people renting the tables start
setting up at 9:00a.m.
Please consider baking something to donate to the bake sale. Cookies, cupcakes and brownies
are all good items to make. Because of Health Department concerns we cannot have pies or
custard types of baked goods. Peet’s in Lexington has agreed to donate coffee.
Baby Blankets 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
If you want to sew a quilt or make a fleece blanket they are also acceptable.
Here are some missions you can perform at home
during your daily routine:
Shopping at Amazon? Go to www.umcbelmont.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.
October 2009 Coffee Hour Schedule
Date Food Providers Coordinator
Oct 4 VWXYZ Terry Grimm
Oct 11 ABC Carolyn Backus
Oct 18 DEFG Terry Grimm
Oct 25 HIJKL Terry Grimm
Nov 1 MNOPQ Linda Rodi
Hey everyone, did you notice that Terry Grimm's name appears three times on the above table!
We need a couple more coffee hour coordinators. It's an easy way to contribute to the church.
Your turn is only every six weeks. Let Terry know if you'd like to take a shot at coordinating one of
the groups or even just doing the occasional coffee hour. You can do any group, your name
doesn't have to match the group lettering.
October 2009 Worship Services
October 4, 2009 [Green]
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, World Communion Sunday
Job 1:1; 2:1-10
Psalm 26 or Psalm 25 (UMH 756)
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
October 11, 2009 [Green]
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, (Children's Sabbath)
Job 23:1-9, 16-17
Psalm 22:1-15 (UMH 752)
October 18, 2009 [Green]
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, (Laity Sunday)
Job 38:1-7 (34-41)
Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c (UMH 826)
October 25, 2009 [Green]
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
Job 42:1-6, 10-17
Psalm 34:1-8 (19-22) (UMH 769)
October Sunshine Page
3: Stephanie Muirhead
8: Margaret Wicks
10: Brian Pahlm
12: Scott Koumjian
14: Kerry Wilson
17: Robert Montanaro
21: Virginia Jay
24: Pamela Vershbow
25: David Blaisdell
26: Joel Grimm
29: Sally Schear
30: Jane Albert
31: Ronia Peterson
6: Morrie Bailey and Anita Miller
26: Brad and Kathie Stayton
27: Mike Bent and Linda Kincaid
Aaron, Nancy and Isaac Kneiss recently moved from Belmont to Winchester, where they
purchased their first home. Nancy and Aaron also celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary on