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Beautiful Beloveds,

This week, we’ll take a slight break from our Beguiled by Beauty series, to join the global Pride Celebration.   As Reconciling United Methodists we are committed to welcoming all of God’s children, and helping all hear and answer God’s call.    I’ll be there to welcome you, and then our worship will be led by leaders of the Reconciling Ministries Network including laity, clergy, and some retired Bishops from around our connection.  

I’ve heard some ask why is June Pride month?  Shouldn’t we celebrate all people all year round?  Yes, and, Pride month, set in June to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising, helps us stop and notice.  It helps us remember that it is not always safe or affirming for our LGBTQIA siblings to be fully themselves, in all places, at all times, including the church.  It helps us remember that our own denomination, the United Methodist Church, continues to struggle to welcome and affirm all who hear God’s call.  In our Social Principles, you’ll find, “We affirm that sexuality is God’s good gift to all persons.”  And then, later, as we talk about the requirements for ordination, you’ll find, “The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church.”  In choosing to become Reconciling in 1992, our church has consistently stood against this exclusion, and all exclusion, based on sexual orientation, gender identity as well as race, color, national origin, status, or economic condition.  Joining our siblings in the Reconciling Movement for worship is just one of the ways we bear witness to our faith and celebrate with our LGBTQIA siblings.

I’ll “see” you on Sunday, from my screen to yours.

Peace,

Heather

Together In Christ: 

 

We Give Thanks and Pray Together

     Let’s Celebrate 50 years of Pride Celebrations!  The first Pride march was held in New York City, June 28, 1970.

Please pray for

    Our new Seacoast District, which will include churches on Cape, all of Rhode Island, and Eastern Connecticut.  Our new District Superintendent will be the Rev. Dr. David Calhoun.

    Doris Crocker, her husband Dave, and their sons, as they wait for answers and relief for Doris.

    All pastors and churches in this time of transition.  United Methodist New Year, July 1, is the start of new appointments across the country.

    All who receive and experience the hatred of racism

    Frontline workers, who continue to work hard, long hours to keep others safe and healthy

    –Please submit all prayer requests to pastorheather@umcchurches.org.

**If you’d like to receive the weekly prayers from our Conference, please subscribe to the UMCatalyst weekly e-newsletter and you’ll get the daily prayer as well. Subscribe

Read the first of a new blog post series written by members of our church family. The first post is written by Mary Ellen Nelson. Read it HERE.

 

We Worship Together–Virtually: 
Sunday:  Worship with us on-line, on Sunday through our website and facebook.  We premiere it on Facebook at 9:30 am, which allows us to watch together and greet one another, or you can watch it at your convenience.

 

 

Gatherings This Week

Sunday at 11am, join us for Virtual Coffee Hour

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Wednesday–July 1, Drive through communion–9am-12pm, 5-7pm

Let’s begin United Methodist New Year at the table of grace. Please register here  for a 15 minute time slot.  I’ll be masked, and together we’ll remember The Story and meaning of communion, we’ll pray together, and you’ll receive pre-packaged communion elements.  It won’t be the same as we’re used to, but it is a reminder that we are connected in the love of God, at the table of Christ, and by the work of the Spirit. 
Wednesday Prayer and Check In 3pm

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Wednesday Evening Vespers–7pm 
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Committed to Serve:

A Memorial Service for George Floyd and All those Who Have Died Due to Racial Injustice
On Monday, June 29th, Interfaith Ministers from around Cape Cod will host a Memorial Service for All Those Who Have Died Due to Racial Injustice from 5:30-6:30 pm.  It is a time to gather together, to grieve, to seek forgiveness for the racial violence that has been perpetrated on the Black and Brown communities and to find hope and direction for the future. The event will take place on Hyannis Village Green in downtown Hyannis at 367 Main Street. Everyone is requested to wear masks, practice social distancing and take care of themselves. For more information please email Rev. Dr. Kristen Harper at klharperuu@aol.com.

Denominational Town Hall Wednesday, July 1
1 pm EDT | 12 noon CDT | 11 am MDT | 10 am PDT

The Council of Bishops, the General Commission on Religion and Race, the General Board of Church and Society and United Methodist Women invite you to join a Town Hall conversation here at UMC.org/EndRacism where we will take a deep dive into the true (and sometimes suppressed!) history of our nation and church

**We still need three volunteers to make sandwiches for Miracle Kitchen, July 7.  Will it be you? 
Please contact Gail Bennett to volunteer today:  (508) 420-7978.

Each volunteer makes 10 bag lunches each.   1 bag lunch= 2 sandwiches, juice box or something to drink, and fruit and/or dessert (brownies are very popular).  Sandwiches must be wrapped individually.   Please place in small paper bag and label the outside of the bag with the type of sandwich inside.  Condiments are provided at the Salvation Army. 

If two people would like to partner and divide the task, that would be fine. Example: one makes the sandwiches and provides the napkin. The other prepares the dessert and/or fruit, plus drink. If two people partner, Gail would appreciate if the lunches were combined before she collects and distribute to the Salvation Army.

Drop off Tuesday, July 7:  UMC Osterville parking lot (not inside the church),  57 Pond St,  9:50-10:10am,or the Salvation Army no later than 10:30. 

PS.  Louise Toler has extra lunch bags if anyone needs them. 

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