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Beautiful Beloveds,

Merry Christmas!  I hope that while different, your Christmas was filled with love and light.  I’m so grateful to be able to take some time off to simply be and spend time with my family in this holy time of year.  I’ll be resting, reading, enjoying delicious treats, games, and movies with my family.  I hope you, too are finding ways to fill your heart and soul with love and laughter.  It is balm for the soul. 

Peace,  Heather

Mark Your Calendars

Sunday, December 27:  First Sunday of Christmas

            We will not gather in our parking lot, nor will we offer virtual worship on-line.

            We encourage you to check out one of the gifts of another church.  Recommendations are below. 

Monday, December 28: 

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

Tuesday, December 29:  

Wednesday, December 30: Noon—Deadline for Saturday Tidings Submissions             

Thursday, December 31: New Year’s Eve

Friday, January 1: New year’s Day

Saturday, January 2:   

Sunday, January 3:  First Sunday of Christmas

            We will not gather in our parking lot, nor will we offer virtual worship on line.

            We encourage you to check out one of the gifts of another church.  Recommendations are below. 

December 27 and January 3, we encourage you to explore other Churches offering Virtual Worship

  • Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS  One of, if not the, largest United Methodist Churches in the US, they have been offering digital content for over a decade. Pastor: Adam Hamilton
  • Floris UMC, Herndon, Va –A large and vibrant church offering a wide variety of life changing ministries, including work with our friends in Sierra Leone  Pastor:  Tom Berlin
  • Haven UMC, Providence, RI –Small urban church in our district.  Pastor: Juhee Lee.  You have seen her playing the violin in our virtual worship.
  • Union, Boston, MA  Urban, very diverse congregation in our Conference.  Pastor:  Jay Williams
  • And outside the UMC family:  Middle Church, East Village, NY, NY  (Urban, very diverse church. Their church building recently burned.  The way they are modeling rising in the midst of pain and suffering is prophetic and inspirational.  Pastor: Jacqui Lewis)

Don’t forget to tell us about it.  Let any member of our COVID-10 Leadership Task Force know what you experienced in these churches or others that you know or discover.  Let’s learn from what others are doing well. 

Together in Christ—We worship, learn and grow

Food for Thought:

Barnstable No Place For Hate to offer Bystander Intervention Training!

This virtual event will be held on  Monday, January 25th from 7:00-8:30 pm

Bystander intervention is a practice for community members to use on how to safely intervene in instances where harm is being done to an individual or a group.

Sponsored by Barnstable No Place For Hate, this training will address the underlying elements of hate and how to respond to it. It will be interactive as we discuss specific scenarios.

Committed to Serve—We are making a difference

Green Tip:  Green Resolutions

As you look ahead to 2021: how can you live more “greenly,” and shrink your carbon footprint?  Consider practices that increase your daily awareness of nature: walks, birding, gardening.  Or consider actions that reduce your energy use: replacing old light bulbs, unplugging appliances, turning down the heat, etc.  How can you be a better steward of our planet in the coming year?

Thank you to all who have donated towards Safe Harbor and CHAMP House through our BIC cards. What welcome Christmas gifts they will receive. Kathy Sandell

Year End Giving—

As 2020 draws to a close you can fulfill your pledge, make a one-time gift, or support one of our church missions by visiting our online giving portal, dropping off a check in the church mailbox, or mailing your gift to 57 Pond Street, Osterville, MA, 02655.  Thank you for investing in life-changing mission and ministries.  Your generosity is making a difference. 

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