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eChurchlight November 2009

Posted  October 31
eChurchlight, November 2009
 
 
 
Coming up this month
Nov 8:  All Church Lunch, 11:15am, social hall
Nov 12:  Coffee Circle, 10:30am, parlor
Nov 19:  Women's Book Group, 7:30pm, parlor
 
The deadline for the next edition of the Churchlight is
Sunday, November 22nd.

through the looking glass
L.L.Wimmer


Well, I have to tell you that October got away from me. I cannot believe it is time for another newsletter. And November. Suddenly, as always, the seasons change and it is as if it were the first time. Yet we in the church experience the seasons each year by revisiting familiar traditions and known rituals as we have done for many seasons. there is something comforting in this, as if there were a connection between the movement of the earth and the human story. All around us we experience the signs of change but at the same time we know that the changes are themselves unchanging.

Life is hard sometimes. There is plenty of bad news and much to fear. But life is also beautiful and good and there is much to celebrate and much to do to restore the broken world to wholeness and to hope. Our business is do just that. As the seasons come and go, as life brings what it will for good and ill, we gather in faithfulness to bind up the broken-hearted and to unbind those in bondage to whatever it is that keeps them from experiencing God's love and grace.

It is a tall order but it is worth doing; for in every season we open our lives to God and seek God's presence drawing ever closer to the light that never goes out, finding in the living of this life every day our life in God and giving thanks with a generous spirit for all that is before us.

Thanks be to God.
Bless your hearts,
Larry

From Barbara…
What’s Happening?


All-church lunch Sunday November 8th – Come and share a simple meal and fellowship together, after worship.  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.  NOTE:  There will be no all-church lunch in Dec.

Education meeting Tuesday November 17th -- At this quarterly meeting, anyone who is involved (or interested in being involved) in our child, youth, and adult education program is welcome to come and be part of a discussion about where we are and where we’re going.  One of the topics will be the annual Christmas program prepared by our children and youth.

Church Council Meeting Wednesday November 18th -- Our monthly meeting will be on the third Wednesday, instead of the fourth, to allow people to attend the Belmont Ecumenical Service on Thanksgiving Eve.

Women’s Book Group Thursday November 19th – This month the group is reading Olive Kitterage, by Elizabeth Strout.  NOTE:  The meeting is a week earlier than usual because of Thanksgiving.

Ingathering Sunday November 22nd – We’ll be collecting donations of non-perishable foods to be distributed to needy families.  We’re also collecting monetary donations all month for the Belmont Food Pantry so that they can provide families with extra help this holiday season. 

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service Wednesday November 25th – This year the service is at First Congregational Church of Waverly, 471 Trapelo Rd. in Waverly Square, 7:30 p.m.

Check out the calendar section for other meetings of committees and groups.

Looking Ahead to Advent

I know, it seems much too early to even think about it!  But Advent begins on November 29th this year, the first Sunday after Thanksgiving, and it’s never too soon to start planning.  There will be a lot happening, and more information will be available as we get closer, but for now:

Cooper Community Center gifts:  We will again be collecting gifts for children from the Cooper Community Center in Boston, so look for the gift tags to appear in the Narthex.

Heifer International and other opportunities for alternative giving:  What better way to celebrate the gift of Christ than to give sustaining gifts to those in real need?  We’ll have order forms available for the purchase of farm animals and other donations to communities in the U.S. and abroad.  Look for this and other ways to have a truly meaningful gift-giving Christmas this year, at coffee hours in Advent.

Wreath decorating:  Come and join us as we decorate wreaths for the sanctuary and the outside doors of the church.  The wreaths are donated by Boy Scout Troop #304, the joy of decorating and hanging them is ours!  A weeknight in early December, exact date to be determined.

Turn on the Town:  This town-wide holiday celebration is usually held the first Thursday after Thanksgiving – watch for date and details, and be prepared to come and join in the singing.

Adult Fellowship Christmas Party:  Potluck party on Saturday, December 5th.  Details to follow.

Christmas Card Connection (OK, we may come up with a better name than that!):  Are you already wondering which people in the church you’ll be sending cards to, and what their addresses are?  Save some stamps, save your valuable time, and save a tree – we’re going to be setting up a display that will allow anyone who wishes to bring in one card for the entire church family.  We’re also hoping to collect cards and pictures from our church family members who no longer live in the area.  Merry Christmas, BUMC family!

Other events are also on the way – stay tuned for details!

Please Help With Missions
BUMC encourages our members and friends to participate in mission.

Bristol Kitchen -  BUMC continues to provide a nutritious, evening meal to the men and women at Bristol Kitchen on the first Saturday of each month.  Volunteers gather in the church kitchen at 1:30 to prepare casserole, salad, bread, and dessert for the soup kitchen located in Waltham, MA.  Those transporting and serving the meal meet at 4:30.   We provide a meal for approximately 50 men and women, for some it is their only meal of the day.  Upcoming meal dates are November 7, December 5, and January 2.   If you would like to volunteer, please talk to Terri Kolenbrander.

Belmont Food Pantry – The Belmont Food Pantry continues to distribute donated goods from their new location on Concord Ave.  They are in the old Light Department building across Concord Ave. from Town Hall.  The Pantry is open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month.  They welcome help and would like to have people who can come once or twice a month.

During the Holiday seasons of Nov. and Dec. the Food Pantry gives their clients gift certificates for food and gifts so they can get extra food and gifts at these times.  To do this they need extra cash donations.  Please consider making a donation for these gift certificates.  Make a cash donation in one of the pew envelopes and indicate it is for the Food Pantry or make a check out to BUMC and indicate the memo the check is for the Belmont Food Pantry. The church will send a check to the food pantry for the amount collected. 
Please remember to drop donations in the Narthex cart.

Hattie B. Cooper Community Center – Christmas Gifts for the center’s day care children and siblings.  Each year we purchase and wrap gifts for the Cooper Community Center’s children.  The center is in Roxbury and services the neighborhood.  There are about 125 children we purchase gifts for and deliver to the center for their Christmas Party. Please watch for the name tags which will be in the Narthex shortly before Thanksgiving.  Logistics of delivering the gifts usually require we collect them the first week of Dec.

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 something.

If you want to sew a quilt or make a fleece blanket they are also acceptable.  We plan to take blanket into Young Parent’s Clinic in the next month.

Missions through the New England Conference
United Methodist Student Day – November 29, 2009
UNITED METHODIST STUDENT DAY AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS AND LOANS TO PEOPLE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES Like many things, college costs continue to rise. Thanks to United Methodist Student Day, students attending United Methodist and other accredited colleges and universities receive scholarships and loans. Participating annual conferences receive 10 percent of the offering for merit-scholarship awards to students of their choosing.

A RICH HISTORY OF EDUCATING UNITED METHODISTS.
This Special Sunday had its beginnings in 1866, when a special fund provided for advanced education of Sunday-school children and of candidates for the ministry and missionary service. Here some missions you can perform at home during your daily routine.
Do you use a computer?  Go to www.freerice.com – There you can practice vocabulary, art identification, 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.

Christmas 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.

    Louise Halstead
    Mission’s Chair

November 2009 Coffee Schedule
Nov 1   –  Group MNOPQ, coordinated by Linda Rodi
Nov 8  –   Group RSTU, coordinated by Kathy Touzjian & Donna Esposito
Nov 15   – Group VWXYZ coordinated by Terry Grimm
Nov 22  –  Group ABC, coordinated by Carolyn Backus
Nov 29  – Group DEFG, coordinated by Terry Grimm

November 2009 Worship Schedule
November 1 [White or Red]
All Saints Sunday
Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 24 (UMH 755); Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44
      
November 8 [Green]
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17; Psalm 127 or Psalm 42 (UMH 777); Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44
      
November 15 [Green]
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
1 Samuel 1:4-20; 1 Samuel 2:1-10 or Psalm 113 (UMH 834); Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25; Mark 13:1-8
      
November 22 [White or Gold]  Ingathering
Christ the King
2 Samuel 23:1-7; Psalm 132:1-12 (UMH 849); Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37
      
November 29 [Purple or Blue]
First Sunday of Advent
Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10 (UMH 756); 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36

November Sunshine Page
Birthdays
  1:    John Canepa
  2:    Terri Stull
  6:    Diane Gore
         Elizabeth Baker
10:   Jean Husson
15:   Jerome Farnsworth
         Ryan Miller
16:   Nora Bent
19:   Jocelyn Milton
20:   Emily Farnsworth
         Stephen Rosales
         Florence Brackett
21:   Brad Stayton
22:   Janice Knight
         Andrew Duval
24:   John Montanaro
25:   Robert Nordlund
28:   Alyssa Gore
        Caitlin Sullivan
30:   Debi Rosales
31:   John Busteed

Anniversaries:
  9:    Terry & Joel Grimm
10:    Mark & Liz LaRocque
19:    Charles & Diane Gore

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