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September 11, 2021

Beautiful Beloveds,

As United Methodists, we often celebrate Holy Communion once a month.  Do you know why?  There’s also a push to celebrate every Sunday.  Any idea why?  As we gather for communion, all are welcome to receive, without exception.  We welcome children, people who are not United Methodist, people who do not fully understand.  Why?  After our worship is completed, any remaining bread and/or juice is consumed by people, or “given to creation.”  You may have seen children gathered around the table, finishing the loaf, or perhaps a “hunk of bread” at a potluck dinner.  You may have been concerned someone was being irreverent or disrespectful.  Actually the opposite is true.  But why do we eat the bread, after the meal?

 Why do we gather at God’s table to celebrate Jesus’ farewell feast?  As our “Word to the Whys” series continues we’ll dive deeply into this holy meal, this gift of grace.  Gathering at God’s table is just one more way we remain, Together in Christ, Committed to Serve.            

Peace,

Heather

Mark Your Calendars

Sunday, September 12:

8:30 am:  “Gather on the Green” In-person worship around the flagpole.

Bring your own chair, use a church chair or remain in your car.  Communion will be served. —Please .register here

 9:15 am:  Refreshment and Re-connection (Fair weather only)

 10:30 am:  Worship in our sanctuary.  Communion will be served.—Please register here

10:30 am:   Livestream available on our YouTube channel

7:00 pm:  Youth Group (Fair Weather at the Church, Foul Weather Via Zoom)

Monday, September 13:

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

Tuesday, September 14:

9:00 am:     Lend-a-Hand

9:00 am:    Yoga

12:00 pm: Deadline for “A Word on Wednesday,” AND Saturday Tidings                       

Wednesday, September 15:

10:30 am – 3:00 pm Rainbow’s End Open (Donations accepted 11 am-2pm)

7:00 pm:  Nominations and Leadership  Development Meeting via Zoom (link below)

Thursday, September 16:

9:00 am: Yoga

10:30 am – 3:00 pm: Rainbow’s End Open (Donations accepted 11 am-2pm)

Friday, September 17:

10:00 am:  Al-anon Meeting

Saturday, September 18:  

10:00 am:   Yoga                       

Sunday, September 19:      

8:30 am:  “Gather on the Green” Worship Please  register here

9:15-10:15 am:  Refreshment and Re-connection

10:30 am:  Worship in our sanctuary  register here 

10:30 am:   Livestream available on our YouTube channel

7:00 pm:  Youth Group (Fair Weather at the Church, Foul Weather Via Zoom)

**Save the Date**

September 22 Church Conference at 6:30 pm followed by a Church Council meeting at 7:00 pm.  We will be voting to accept a very generous bequest from the Chute Family.  Zoom link is at the very end of this email. 

 

Together in Christ—We Worship

Worship with Us Outside, Inside, and Online:  For the health and safety of us all, please follow our safety guidelines, listed at the end of this email. This may be subject to change as our leadership team reviews this every week. If you are feeling unwell, tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please stay home and join us online.  

Get Engaged in Sunday Worship

Volunteer as a Sanctuary Shepherd: offer warm hospitality and help people enter and exit our building safely. All Sanctuary Shepherds will be trained in our new welcoming protocols. To find out more, please reach out to Wendy Lithwin or Pastor Heather.   

Sign up as a Flower Stewards.  If you’re willing to arrange flowers one week, or donate towards the cost of an arrangement, please reach out to MaryAnne Farley  (774) 487-0719. 

Read Scripture, 8:30 or 10:30:  You can indicate you like to do this on the registration form, or reach out to Pastor Heather directly,  pastorheather@umcchurches.org or call/text Pastor Heather  (774 994-3645). 

 

Together in Christ—We learn and grow

Learn and Grow with Us:  If you’d like to study scripture with others, please fill out this form.  Let us know what kind of study you’re interested in, and what times work for you.  

Grow with Us:  Prayer Groups  If you’re interested in joining a small group to learn more about and practice prayer, please fill out this form.  Let us know what kind of prayer you’re interested in, and what times work for you. 

Youth Group—Summer 2021

We gather at 7pm, weather permitting at the church and via Zoom when it’s raining.  We welcome all youth entering 6-12th grades in the fall. Please fill out this one-time registration for July 2021-June 2022.  Please fill out separate registrations for each youth. 

 

Together in Christ—We give thanks for life and love

Please submit prayer requests here or call MaryAnne Farley  (774) 487-0719 or Pastor Heather, (774) 994-3645. 

A Memorial Celebration of David Kaczmarczyk will be Sunday, September 19 at Lakefield Farms Clubhouse starting at 1:00pm.  Weather permitting it will be outside.  Please RSVP, Sharon Kaczmarczyk 774.313.0199

Carl and Sharron Riedell have donated a new evergreen bush topiary in the shape of a cross. It is planted in front of the sanctuary. This gift is in loving memory of their daughter Laura.

I wish to thank everyone who sent me cards, flowers or spoke to me by phone and encouraged me as I face a serious health issue. Thanks for all your prayers.  I surely can feel the presence of my church family!

Faith, hope, peace and love to you all. Donna Kahelin 

 

Together in Christ—Our United Methodist Connection

Our church is one of 84 United Methodist Churches in the Seacoast District, which includes Western Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Cape Cod.  The Seacoast District is led by our District Superintendent, David Calhoun. Our District is one of seven districts (574 churches), spread over 6 states making up the New England Conference.  Our Conference is led by our Bishop, Sudarshana Devadhar.

 

United Methodist Women

Since the founding of the Women’s Foreign Missionary Society by eight women in Boston in 1869, United Methodist Women has evolved to become the largest women’s faith-based service and advocacy organization.  We underwrite programs that provide life-changing opportunities for women, children and youth.

UMW is here at UMC Osterville.  Since the pandemic we have not been meeting.   Our UMW Board is led by Donna Kahelin and we will be building relationships not just among ourselves but with women and children across all kinds of differences in the work that makes mission possible.

Seacoast District – Bishop’s Day, Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Wesley United Methodist Church 55 Woodland St., Lincoln, RI 02865. This will be a hybrid meeting of both in-person and Zoom.

Schedule 
6:00PM – 6:30PM  Gathering
6:30PM – 7:00PM  Worship Service
7:00PM – 8:30PM  Meet with Clergy and Laity

Registration is now open for ‘Faith After Doubt’ book discussion Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar’s recommended reading for 2021-2022 is  Brian D. McLaren’s, “Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to do About It”. The bishop has invited Dr. McLaren to lead a series of four weekly discussions of his book Mondays at 8-9 pm Sept. 13 to Oct. 4, 2021. Clergy and laity are encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and to read a book the bishop called “important and insightful.” Registration is open; the deadline to register is Sept. 9.
Learn more and register

 

Committed to Serve—We Give to Bless Others

Bandanas for the Blind in Bo! Our church has the opportunity to provide bandanas for the children and staff of The Paul School for the Blind in Bo, Sierra Leone, West Africa.  The Paul School for the Blind serves 51 students ages 4 to 22, both boys and girls, and has a staff of 17 including resident staff, teachers, and administrators.  Our goal is to send 75 bandanas with a small team from Washington State that is going to Sierra Leone this November.

Bandanas can be used for so many things.  The girls can cover their heads with them during worship.  Both boys and girls can wear them around their necks, use them for handkerchiefs, roll them up and put them on their heads in a tight circle to support any item they are carrying on their heads as is customary in the Sierra Leone culture.  They can also use them for washing or drying hands and faces, wiping brows when it is hot, wrap or cover food, and so much more!


Sunday, September 19th is BANDANA SUNDAY!  Please bring and/or wear your bandanas to church to either service that Sunday when we will be collecting them.  If you would prefer, we can also pick up your bandanas at your home.  Please contact Patty Morell at 703-725-2773 if you would like to arrange for pick up.      

 

Local People Currently Challenged by the Economic Times on the Cape Need and Appreciate Our Support!Church Family, thank you so much for the School Supplies you donated in August!   More school supplies are still needed.   This month we are also collecting Pasta, Pasta Sauce (Please no glass containers), and Canned vegetables.  Please keep an eye out for those BOGO specials!  

Volunteers Needed:

Help is needed with the gleaning on Fridays at the Marstons Mills Stop & Shop (3900 Falmouth Road) between 10 a.m. and 12 noon on Fridays.  After the food is picked up it needs to be delivered to Faith Family Kitchen, which is located in the Faith Assembly of God Church at 154 Bearses Way, Hyannis.  Regular volunteers are needed as well as folks willing to substitute.  Please call Allen Morell, 703-725-2772, for more information and/or to sign up.

 

Committed to Serve—We are making a difference

Food for Thought: Our Justice Team offers resources for further conversation on Anti-Racism and more

Check out The General Board of Church and Society Dedicated to the work of living faith, seeking justice, and pursuing peace, the board works to change unjust policies and practices and lift up all who are oppressed.  Find out how the UMC is working for enviromental justice, health and wholeness, civil and human rights, peace with justice and economic justice.   Find ways you can advocate for justice and take action today. 

Green Tip: Bake when it’s cool

In this season of transition, some days feel like summer, while others foretell a cooler season.  If you’re planning to use the oven for your favorite fall treat, save the recipe and cook on cooler days.  Chances are the oven will heat your kitchen enough that the rest of the house will raise a few degrees in temperature, too, and avoiding baking on hot days will prevent you from having to crank the AC.

Committed to Serve—Funding Mission and Ministry

Calling all Artists!  Submit your photos and artwork to help create another beautiful calendar for 2022.   That sunrise you captured at just the right moment, share it.  The watercolor you worked on during quarantine, share it! The pen and ink sketch you did 20 years ago, share it!  Let’s share beauty and raise our spirits and some funds for our church.  Please contact Jane Gray, office@umcchurches.org, 508-428-2811 to submit your art today.

Next Yard Sale—September 25, 9am-2pm  Donations will be accepted at the Annex after setting up a drop off time with JoAnn Shrum.  Please sign up here to donate stuff or volunteer to help.   Please do not leave donations at the annex or the church without an appointment with JoAnn. 

Rainbow’s End, our church thrift boutique, is now open Wednesday and Thursday, 10:30-3pm.  We are accepting donations Thursdays between 11 am and 2 pm. The shop is in need of Fall and Winter Clothes. Bring them in on Wednesday and Thursday between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Thanks so much.

You can help.   You can volunteer once a week, once a month, or once a quarter. You can help our shop thrive.  Talk us up!  Tell your friends, neighbors, and share our Facebook updates.  Donate items for us to sell.  Or consider consigning with us. 

To volunteer, donate items, or find out other ways to support our store,  please call shop manager, Pamela Turner, at 508-548-2245.

Give online.  Visit our online giving portal, to set up your pledge, make a one time gift for a special project, support the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, make memorial contributions, and more.  You can use your credit card, bank card, or set up an electronic funds transfer.

We’re here to help.  Give Jane Gray, financial secretary, a call 508.428.2811 if you need help navigating the online giving portal. 

Worship with Us – Outside, inside, or online

If you are feeling unwell, tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please stay home.   

Register for Worship any Sunday in September here

If you prefer to not to register on line, leave a message at the church 508.428.2811 or text Pastor Heather, 774.994.3645.

8:30 am Gather On the Green (Outdoor Worship):

  • Please register here for September, leave a message at the church 508.428.2811 or text Pastor Heather, 774.994.3645.
  • If you register, you will receive an order of worship for the day, including links to scripture, hymn lyrics,our online-giving portal and a music playlist to compliment the day’s themes.   Registering also helps us with contact tracing if that becomes necessary.
  • Please stay home if you are feeling unwell, tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Masks are optional.Please honor the choices that others have made to mask or not.
  • Please continue to practice risk-reducing distancing, staying about 6 feet apart.
  • We will have one or two singers, but not congregational singing at this time.
  • If, after worshiping with us,you test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed, it is important to the health of our congregation that you let us know so we can notify others who may have been exposed.This will be treated carefully and confidentially, so that we can care for another.  Please call Pastor Heather directly, 774.994.3645.
  • In case of rain, we will move our worship into the sanctuary, and follow the guidelines below.

9:15-10:15 am  Refresh and Re-connection Time (Outdoors):

  • Stick around after our outdoor worship, or come early before our indoor gathering.
  • Masks are optional.Please honor the choices that others have made to mask or not.
  • Please continue to practice risk-reducing distancing, staying about 6 feet apart.

 

10:30 am In Our Sanctuary

  • Please register here of leave a message at the church 508.428.2811 or text Pastor Heather, 774.994.3645.
  • If you register, you will receive an order of worship for the day, including links to scripture, hymn lyrics,our online-giving portal and a music playlist to compliment the day’s themes.   Registering also helps us with contact tracing if that becomes necessary.
  • Please stay home if you are feeling unwell, tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Please wear a mask.If you forget, we’ll have plenty available to share.
  • Sanctuary Shepherds will be there to greet and guide you, as you enter and exit our building
  • Please enter through the main sanctuary doors, where you will be “checked-in,” and invited to use hand sanitizer.Communion Elements, in pre-packaged containers will be available.   You can also grab a mask if you need one, and pick up a Bible if you choose.  At this time we will not be using hymnals or paper bulletins.
  • After you are “checked in” you will be led to a seat by a sanctuary shepherd.We will be seating individuals and families six feet apart from one another from the front of the sanctuary to the back.
  • We will have one or two singers, but not congregational singing at this time.
  • Please exit through our solarium as directed by our shepherds.
  • An offering plate will be available as you enter, as we will not be “passing the plate.”Don’t worry if you forget, or are moved to give more, there will be another place to give on your way out.   
  • At this time, we will not be using our air conditioners, only fans, as we work to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19.
  • We will be livestreaming our sanctuary worship, so you catch it on YouTube, or if we need more seating at the church, in Fred Curtis Hall.
  • If, after worshiping with us, you test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed, it is important to the health of our congregation that you let us know so we can notify others who may have been exposed.This will be treated carefully and confidentially, so that we can care for another.  Please call Pastor Heather directly, 774.994.3645.

**Our COVID-19 Leadership Task Force is watching the rates of COVID-19 on Cape Cod. We will gather in our sanctuary on Sunday, and will decide week by week if we will continue to do so.  If a change is needed we will communicate quickly, clearly, and in a variety of media.

Zoom Links:

Nominations and Leadership  Development Team Meeting

7pm, September 15, 2021

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Church Conference Followed by Church Council

Time: Sep 22, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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