June 11, 2022

Beautiful Beloveds,

Tomorrow, we’ll gather for a Farewell Sunday, my last Sunday leading worship as your pastor.  This will be our opportunity to say thank you, forgive me, goodbye, and God bless.  We’ll do this, reminding one another as one chapter closes and another begins, “God is Holding Our Lives.” 

As we say farewell, we’ll also be celebrating Pride Sunday.  “But Pastor,” you say, “it’s too much for one day!  How can you combine these two important events?”  How can we not?  Yesterday, our siblings in the Florida Conference denied provisional status to an entire class of 16 clergy candidates because two of them were lgbtqia+.  Our celebration of Pride is a small way to stand in solidarity with these pastors.  It is a way we claim our identity as part of a non-conforming Annual Conference through which we have affirmed that we “will not conform or comply with provisions of the Discipline which discriminate against LGBTQIA persons.”   It is also an important way to live out our identity as Reconciling United Methodists, committed to the full inclusion of God’s beloved lgbtqui+ children in the life and ministry of our church.  In a world that offers our lgbtquia+ siblings hatred, violence, and exclusion, we loudly proclaim God’s love for all.  We recommit ourselves to widening the circle of love, leadership, and inclusion.  This work is bigger than any one pastor, congregation, or conference.  And it is certainly bigger than one Sunday. 

So, wear your rainbows, and dress as your most fabulous, joyful self!  Let’s sing and dance together.  Let’s celebrate God’s love lived out through the people of the United Methodist Church.  Let’s give thanks for the last six years of shared ministry and look forward with great hope.  We remain Together in Christ…Committed to Serve.

Peace,

Heather

You can learn more about what happened at the Florida Conference here.

Mark Your Calendars
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Sunday, June 12: Pride Sunday and Pastor Heather’s Farewell

 Please register here for Worship in June

9:30 am:  Outdoor/Drive-in Worship

Bring your own chair, or park in front of the church, radio tuned to 91.5. 

9:30 am:  Livestream available on our YouTube channel

After Worship:  A Farewell Reception for Pastor Heather

Monday, June 13

9:00 am:    Lend-a-Hand
7:00 pm:    Men’s Study Group (via Zoom)

Tuesday, June 14

12:00 pm: Deadline for Saturday Tidings
12:00 pm:  Prayer Group
2:00 pm:  Transition Team Meeting

Wednesday, June 15

10:30 am:  Rainbow’s End Opens (Donations accepted 11 am – 2 pm)

Thursday, June 16

ABC (A  Baby Center) Fundraiser at the YMCA Lyndon Camp in Sandwich
9:00 am: Yoga
10:30 am:  Rainbow’s End Open (donations accepted 11 am – 2 pm)
2:00 pm:  Chair Yoga (New participants welcome.  Join us in the solarium.)
5:00 pm:  Big Book Step Group
7:00 pm:  SPRC

Friday, June 17

10:00 am:  Al-anon Meeting

Saturday, June 18

10:00 am: Yoga
6:00 pm:  Farewell to DS David Calhoun – Wesley United Methodist Church Lincoln, RI and online

Sunday, June 19

 Please register here for Worship in June
9:30 am:  Outdoor/Drive in Worship  
Bring your own chair, or park in front of the church, radio tuned to 91.5. 
9:30 am:  Livestream available on our YouTube channel

 

COVID-19 Update: We are now in the yellow or medium-risk level. 

That means: 

  • Masks are required indoors. 
  • All seating will be distanced seating.
  • All indoor in-person meetings/gatherings are permitted.  
  • All doors and at least two windows in the sanctuary will be open.
  • You may join our Livestream at 9:30 am from the comfort of your home

Please register here to worship with us in June.

 

Together in Christ—We Worship

June 12:  Pride Sunday and Pastor Heather’s farewell.  Weather permitting, we will gather outdoors, in front of the church.  Wear your rainbows!!  Bring your comfy chair or blanket to sit on.  We’ll also have chairs available.  And of course you can stay in your car with your radio tuned to 91.5.  We will also offer live-streamed worship on our YouTube Channel. 

June 19 and 26:  Rev. Ed Farrell-Starbuck will be preaching

July 3:  Rev. John Taylor’s first Sunday

It’s Summertime, and the living is…

As summer becomes a very busy time, our church grows…how would you like to help on Sundays? 

Please look at your calendar and let me know if you can be available for these dates either at the early or later service. 

July 10, 17, 24, 31 August 7, 14, 21, 28  September 4, 11, 18, 25

Be a Liturgist

Would you like to read the scripture? A liturgist (lay reader) is needed at each service. You’ll be given the verses during the week, so you can become familiar with them.

Welcome or Usher  

We are registering each person at service, much like the registration books we signed for many years. Our ushers are helping with social distancing when needed and helping all to feel comfortable in our sanctuary. We’ll pair you with someone who is very familiar with the procedures, where the light switches, where to find the coffee hour, and where the restrooms are…all the vital info!

Provide flowers for the altar

Paula Johnson, the florist who has been providing the beautiful arrangements on Sundays in exchange for using the Rainbow’s End parking area to sell from her Flower Cart each Friday, will not be using the parking area over the summer. 

She is willing to make arrangements for Sunday services for $50. You choose whom you wish to honor and suggest what colors would be most appropriate.  

Please sign up on the calendar near the sanctuary, or email, text, or call me to arrange the date you wish. 

It does take many people to have our services run smoothly each Sunday. By participating in these ways, you will become much more familiar with our wonderful congregation and our church. 

MaryAnne Farley

1 (774) 487-0719

booklover126@comcast.net

Blaine Taylor Memorial Chapel Update:  Our trustees and Lend-a-Hands are working hard to make the outdoor chapel accessible and usable again.  You can help.  Willing workers welcomed Monday mornings to dig out the benches so they can re-stabilized. 

 

Together in Christ—We Move Through Transition Together

Let’s help Rev. Taylor get to know us! The Transition Team is soliciting one-page “biographies” from our church family. These introductions will be placed in a binder so that Rev. Taylor can refer to them to help him become familiar with his new church family. You may include any information you wish. There will be a display board in the solarium of the Transition Team’s bios if you need ideas. Please include a photo or photos. These bios may be emailed to Heather Wolfe at capecodwolfe@aol.com or dropped off in hard copy at the church office any day, Monday through Thursday, between 9 and 1. You may use PDF or Microsoft Word or a handwritten 8 1/2 x 11 paper. If you include a photo that you wish to have returned to you, we will scan it and return the photo. We hope to have a bio sheet from each person or family by Father’s Day, June 19th. We will prepare the book for Rev. Taylor by July 1st. Thanks!

 

Together in Christ—We Pray

Please pray for all the victims, survivors, and loved ones of those in the Tulsa shooting.  Please pray for all elected officials who can make a difference in gun safety and legislation.

In this time of transition, please pray for Rev. John Taylor, the people of the First United Methodist Church of Westborough, MA, our District Superintendent, Rev. David Calhoun, Rev. Wanda Santos-Perez, our incoming District Superintendent, our Bishop, Sudarsharna Devadhar, Pastor Heather and her family.  Please pray for all churches who still have not heard who will be appointed to their church. 

Please pray for the people of Botseana and Zimbabwe- From the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Prayer Cycle.  Learn more here 

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

 

Committed to Serve—We are Making a Difference!

 

2022 Holiday Fair – We want to bring back the super successful fair that we have had in the past and can only do that with all of your help. We are looking for as many people as possible to help with our Fair.  There will be a planning meeting on Tuesday, June 21 at 4:00 pm in the solarium. Come to the meeting if you can, or give the office a call to sign up to help. 508-428-2811.

Welcome Basket for Pastor John The Transition Team is busy planning for the arrival of the Rev. John Wesley Taylor as our new church pastor come July 1, 2022.

One idea is a Welcome Basket from the congregation!  

Welcoming cards and notes suggesting your favorite eating place, a pastime/hobby, i.e., summer baseball leagues, a museum/playhouse, i.e., Heritage Gardens you enjoy, or a business/service you use can be shared with Pastor John and his family in the Welcome Basket.

The underlying idea behind this is to not only welcome Pastor John and his family to Cape Cod but to start a conversation and begin to build a relationship between you and Pastor John.

Here are three items already going into the Welcome Basket:  

  1. One couple has decided to write a welcome note recommending their favorite ice cream place on the Cape, Four Seas, with a small gift card included for him to try this spot.
  2. Another example is a welcome note from the Prayer Group saying, “Wimpy’s is a place we treasure as we often eat here to celebrate our birthdays and other special occasions,” with a gift card to Wimpy’s.
  3. And yet another example is a welcome note with a schedule of all the Hyannis Harbor Hawks games and some Cape League Mix from Smith Family Popcorn in Hyannis.

If we can answer any questions or brainstorm any ideas, you might have, please contact Jackie Schrafft at 908-377-4811 or Sharlene Moran at 774-487-1619.

The deadline for items for the Welcome Basket is Friday, June 24, 2022. All items can be left with Jane Gray at the church office. Sue DeMartino will work her magic and put every card, note, and item into a beautiful basket that will be delivered to Pastor John soon after his arrival.  

Thank you for helping to welcome Pastor John and his family by joining in on this Welcome Basket!

June 2022 Collection for UMCO Pantry ~   Many thanks, Church Family, for your wonderful contributions of diapers and donations for A Baby Center last month!  You are blessing our community in such amazing ways!  For the month of  June, we are collecting Individual Serving Sizes of healthy snacks, including raisins and other dried fruits, nuts, trail mix, protein bars, granola, small cereal boxes and bars, and non-refrigerated pudding mix, applesauce, and other non-refrigerated fruit cups/bowls.

The Reverend Dr. David V. Calhoun

The SEACOAST District Committee on Superintendency

Invites you to a commemorative worship service

And celebration in Honor of the ministry of our

District Superintendent

Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 6 p. m.

Refreshments to Follow

 Wesley United Methodist Church

55 Woodland Street

Lincoln, RI 02865

Directions:

Take I-95 to Exit 25 (Smithfield Ave). Follow Smithfield Ave. (rt 126) about two miles.

At Jim’s Auto Service on left and at the traffic light, take left onto Woodland St.

Follow around the two curves, and the church will be on the right.

For those who are not able to attend in person, we invite you to join us via YouTube

https://tinyurl.com/WesleyUMC-RI

 

Committed to Serve—We Care for Creation

Green Tip: The #3 most effective action for addressing climate change, according to Project Drawdown, is avoiding and dealing with food waste. Everyone can do something about food waste! Plan meals, shop with a list, organize the fridge to see use-me-first items before they perish, use up leftovers, and compost.

 

Still a few Plants Available back by the Choir Room entrance, and are $5 each. You may leave your payment in the church mailbox outside the Solarium doors or drop it by the office Mon. – Thurs. between 9 am and 1 pm. You can also use your credit card and give through our online giving portal.  

 

Committed to Serve—Giving Generously

Do you shop at Amazon.com?  Sign up with smile.amazon.com, and most purchases will support our church without costing you an extra cent.  Be sure to go to smile.amazon.com, rather than just amazon.com, whenever you shop, so our church earns every time! So far, our church has earned $218.92 in this way.  Sign up today and select Osterville United Methodist Church as the charity to support and help us earn more. 

Rainbow’s End, our church-owned and operated Thrift Boutique is Open. You can shop Wednesday and Thursdays 10:30 am-3 pm  You can also support the shop by donating items Wednesday and Thursday 11 am – 2 pm.  Please do not leave any items in or outside the shop when our volunteers and employees are not there to receive them.  They need to be able to sort and store the items carefully, sometimes in the annex.  If you cannot donate during these specific hours, please contact the store manager, Pamela Turner, at 508.428.5304.    Thank you for your kindness and generosity.  Thank you for supporting our staff, volunteers, and church missions and ministries. 

 

Worship with Us

 

Please register here to worship with us in June or leave a message at the church at 508.428.2811

See the statistics we’re tracking here.

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

Outdoor Worship, in our parking lot and on the front lawn

  • If you register, you will receive an order of worship for the day, including links to scripture, hymn lyrics, and our online-giving portal.   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.
  • A bright green offering box will be available, as we will not be “passing the plate.” You can also give through our online giving portal. 
  • 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 at 774.994.3645.
  • Musical leadership will be provided by Daniel Shinabarger and other willing musicians. You are welcome to bring a chair and sit on the lawn or stay in your cars when it is wet and/or cold. 
  • You are welcome to sing!

In Our Sanctuary

  • We strongly encourage all who attend indoor worship and activities at our church and who are able and eligible to be fully vaccinated.
  • If you register, you will receive an order of worship for the day, including links to scripture, hymn lyrics, and our online-giving portal.   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 required.
  • There will be masked congregational singing.
  • 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. At this time, we are not using paper bulletins.
  • After you are “checked in,” you will be led to a seat by a sanctuary shepherd, and we are practicing distanced seating.
  • The ionizers will be on, and two windows will be open with a fan running. Additionally, all doors will be open.  Please dress warmly and feel free to bring a lap blanket. 
  • 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.  You can also give through our online giving portal. 
  • We will be live streaming 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 at 774.994.3645.

 

 

 

 

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