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Beautiful Beloveds,

Healing can take so many forms.  A return to health, repair of relationship, courage to try again.  Our Lenten worship series explores different aspects of healing each week.  This Sunday, we’ll dive into community and economic healing.  What will healing look like for our community post pandemic?  I don’t think it’s as simple as returning to what was. 

How will we imagine and re-imagine life together?  I pray we will hold on to our sense of gratitude towards front line workers.  I dare to dream our appreciation and care for one another will continue to deepen.  What do you imagine, as you envision a healed and healing community?   

Peace, Heather

Do you or someone you know need some help getting the COVID-19 Vaccine? Please call the church office, 508.428.2811 or call Pastor Heather directly, 774.994.3645.  Let’s help one another stay healthy. 

Mark Your Calendars

Sunday, February 28: Second Sunday of Lent (Safe Keeping: Community & Economic Health)

 5:30am Worship available on our YouTube channel

 8:30 am:   Virtual Worship premier on Facebook

 11:00 am:  Worshipful Engagement in our Parking Lot.   Please register here

 7:00 pm:   Youth Group via Zoom

 

Monday, March 1

9:00 am:     Lend-a-Hand

7:00 pm:    Men’s Study Group (via Zoom)

 

Tuesday, March 2:  

 10:30 am Miracle Kitchen

 12:00 pm: New deadline for “A Word on Wednesday,” AND each weeks Tidings

 4:00 pm Welcoming and Community Meeting (via Zoom)

 7:00 pm:  Lent Movie Fest

 

Wednesday, March 3:

1:00 pm: Lenten Walk with MaryAnne Farley and Lev Malakhoff –  Old Jail Lane

6:30 pm:  Weekly Worshipful Sweet Spot:  Lenten Vespers  (Zoom link below)

                 

Thursday, March 4:

10:00 am:    Zoom Bible Study—Join us as we explore the gospel of Matthew, Zoom Link below.

           

Friday, March 5:

Saturday, March 6:  

Sunday, March 7:  Third Sunday of Lent (Stories: Mental Health)

5:30am Worship available on our YouTube channel

8:30 am :   Virtual Worship premier on Facebook

11:00 am:  Worshipful Engagement in our Parking Lot.   Please register here

7:00 pm:     Youth Group meets via Zoom (link below)

 

 

Together in Christ—We worship, learn and grow

Lent 2021:  Holy Vessels

This week, we explore economic and community healing.  Pastor Heather preaches both our virtual and drive-in worship.  Listen in to hear our scripture read this week all the way from Australia. 

 

The 3rd Wednesday Lenten Walk

Another opportunity to explore the healing powers of nature during Lent:

When: at 1:00 PM will be on March 3 over

Where: Trails at the Old Jail Lane Conservation Area. Please park at the Old Jail Lane Trailhead–just off Old Jail Lane between Phinney’s Lane and Rt. 6A.

This is a wonderful opportunity to explore outdoors with gifted guiding by Lev Malakhoff. Join other folks all safely masked and rejoice in God’s own sanctuary. Music by local bird soloists. This is a splendid chance to chat with friends, encourage one another, feel connected and be inspired in one hour. Please call or text MaryAnne Farley to join us. (774) 487-0719

 

Lenten Movie Fest

The next film in our Lenten series is “The Antidote.” This documentary was made as a response to the times we are living in. The film weaves together stories of kindness, decency, and the power of community in America. It is about everyday people who make intentional choices to lift others up, despite fundamentally unkind realities in our society that contradict the founding ideals of our country. The film is available on Amazon. Note: a film with the same name is available on Netflix BUT that is NOT recommended for this viewing and discussion series. The discussion group will be Tuesday, March 2 at 7:00PM via Zoom. Hope you can come.

 

Weekly Wednesday Worshipful Sweet Spot

Wednesdays 6:30-7:00 pm:  A Worshipful Zoom gathering with scripture, prayer, music and God sightings.  Where are you seeing God in your life, our community, and the world around us? 

 

Committed to Serve—We are making a difference

 

Food for Thought:  Understanding White Privilege

  • Got 20 minutes? Check out this video from the United Methodist General Commission on Race and Religion.   Robin DiAngelo unpacks what white privilege is and is not.   Dr.  DiAngelo is an anti-racist teach and author of White Fragility.

Green Tips Try Meatless Mondays

During the season of Lent, eat less meat to reduce your carbon footprint. Even just one day a

week without meat on your plate can reduce CO2 production, reduce methane/nitrous oxide

production, and reduce water use.

Prayer Request

Please pray for the congregation of Middlesex UMC and the community of Middlesex, VT, on the loss of this historic church. Thankfully there were no injuries. 

Please submit prayer requests here or contact Pastor Heather directly, pastorheather@umcchurches.org  and 774.994.3645.

What about pledge cards and envelopes? Envelopes and paper pledge cards will be available on Sunday or contact Jane to pick them up during the week. If you haven’t yet, please fill out your pledge/estimate of giving here or contact Jane Gray 508.428.2811 or office@umcchurches.org.

FEBRUARY Collection for Local Food Pantries:  Thank you Matthew 25: 40 Church Family for your donations last month of breakfast foods and socks for our homeless neighbors!  “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”  This month we are collecting new individual travel sizes of personal items such as shampoo, conditioner, body soap, shower gel, soft toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, deodorant, band aids, first aid ointments, feminine hygiene items, men’s shaving cream, combs, brushes, Kleenex, etc.  Thank you for putting your donated items in the large black labeled container to the right of the church front door.

Tackling Spring Cleaning Tasks?  Need a little help?

Meri Toler, Louise’s daughter, is available and is offering support with tasks, errands, projects, needs including things such as:

> cleaning

> deep cleaning/clean out/purging projects

> organization/re-organization projects

> reasonable snow removal – shovel steps, walks, manageable driveways;

> salt or sand

> spring clean ups, pruning, raking, planting

> shopping

> delivery

> errands

> painting

> creative eye consultation/assistance for redecorating, rearranging

> projects

> inventorying/organizing collections

> medium sized dump runs/recycling/redemption/donation (small car – no> truck)

Meri would of course, observe all COVID safety guidelines. 

Rather than a set fee, Meri will accept love offerings.

To contact Meri please email merideth2020@gmail.com or text: 774 327-8890.

 

Zoom Links

Lent Movie Fest

Time: Tuesdays, 7pm

Join Zoom Meeting

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Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kZqWJMFx

 

Weekly Worshipful Sweet Spot:  Lenten Vespers

Time: Wednesdays, 6:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting

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Thursday Morning Bible Study

Time: Thursday mornings, 10am

Join Zoom Meeting

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Youth Group

Time: 7pm Sundays

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 890 1603 3879

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