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Beautiful Beloveds,

            May I confess I have mixed emotions about Valentine’s Day.  And yet, I love a good celebration of love, real love.  If you enjoy the day, in all its sweet glory, live it up, and share the love.  If you prefer a raucous Galentine’s celebration, may joyful gratitude be yours.  And if you, like me, find it a sometimes difficult day, allow yourself to be wrapped in grace and love.  Love it or lump it, be gentle with yourselves and those around you.  We are each doing our best in this uncertain season.  Let’s offer each other an extra measure of love and light.    

            This Sunday, we’ll observe Transfiguration Sunday, the story of Jesus being changed by God’s presence and announced by God’s voice.  It is also the last Sunday before the start of Lent. As we prepare ourselves for this holy season, may I repeat myself?  Be gentle with yourselves this year.  Choose Lenten practices carefully.  Choose practices, fast or feast, that nourish your soul and your relationship with God.  Lent doesn’t have to be a dreary drudge to count as “holy.”  Rather, it is your intention to draw closer to God that makes for a holy Lent.  So, choose carefully practices that invite healing and wholeness. 

                       Peace,  Heather

PS: 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 14:  Sixth Sunday of Epiphany

            8:30 am:   Virtual Worship premier on Facebook (also available on YouTube after 5:30am)

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

            Youth Group will not gather until February 21.  

Monday, February 15, Presidents’ Day:

            9:00 am:     Lend-a-Hand

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

Tuesday, February 16:  

            12:00 pm:  Deadline for “A Word on Wednesday,” our midweek mailing

 Wednesday, February 17, Ash Wednesday:

             Virtual Worship for Ash Wednesday on Facebook and on You Tube

              (You can view at your convenience)

              12:00 pm:  Deadline for Saturday Tidings Submissions

               1:00  pm: Lenten Walk with MaryAnne Farley and Lev Malakhoff

Thursday, February 18:

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

Friday, February 19:

Saturday, February 20:  

Sunday, February 21:  

               8:30 am :   Virtual Worship premier on Facebook (also available on YouTube after 5:30am)

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

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

           

Looking Further Ahead:

            Lent Movie Fest, 7pm, February 23

            Lenten Vespers, 6:30pm February 24

            Church Council meeting, 7pm February 24

            Welcoming and Community Meeting, 4pm, March 2

 


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Together in Christ—We worship, learn and grow

Lent 2021:  Holy Vessels

Our Virtual Worship will feature a variety of voices, both familiar and new to us, as we encounter the healing stories of Jesus. Pastor Heather will lead our virtual worship, and guest preachers will provide  sermons.  Pastor Heather will be preaching weekly in our worship in the parking lot. 

Lent-in-a-bag: Available for pick up Sunday February 14,  and Wednesday February 17, and by delivery.

You can register here to  let us know when you’d like to pick up, or have your bag delivered.  Each bag will include pre-blessed ashes and oil, so that you can safely impose ashes on yourself on February 17, a Lenten devotional, and a few small gifts to help you observe this holy season.

 

Ash Wednesday Options

Tune in to our virtual, pre-recorded worship on Facebook or our YouTube channel, anytime after 5:30am on February 17. 

Join Pastor Heather at the church, for a few moments of personal prayer, and pick up your “Lent-in-a-bag” for each of our families.  You can register here to select a time

Lent Film Fest Begins February 23, 7pm via Zoom (Link below)

During Advent a film series based on our worship series was offered. Several members enjoyed watching, gathering and discussing the films. We will try a similar format for Lent. All are welcome to join in whenever they are available or when a film peaks their interest. Discussion will be led by Wendy Lithwin.

The first film for the series will be Molokai: The Story of Father Damien. Based on a true story, this drama focuses on Father Damien (David Wenham), a Roman Catholic priest from Belgium who takes up a post at a Hawaiian leprosy settlement. Appalled by the conditions that he finds the lepers living in, Damien works tirelessly to aid the stricken people. In addition to making the colony more habitable, Damien tries to act as a spiritual guide for the beleaguered islanders, always selflessly putting the well-being of others first.

The first discussion group will be Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00PM via Zoom. Hope you can come.

Mother Nature Heals! 

To begin our Lenten journey healing with our environment physically, join us Wednesday, February 17 at 1 PM to walk in the West Barnstable Recreation Area. Lev Malakhoff will lead us on a gentle hike in this beautiful space.

Wear a mask, hiking shoes or boots, warm clothing, layering if possible. As long as the weather is fine, we’ll walk up to an hour.

We will gather at the West Barnstable Recreation parking lot–at the end of Crooked Cartway off Race Lane.

Please sign up with MaryAnne Farley either by email booklover126@comcast.net

or phone (774) 487-0719 by President’s Day.

Every Wednesday at 1PM during Lent we’ll have a walk to center us in our Lenten journey. If Lev is leading, you know it’s going to be interesting, and fun!

In the Fire: A Homily by John Greene

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego faced a hard decision. The royal decree had required every person to bow down to the statue of Nebuchadnezzer. Anyone who failed to bow down to this statue would be thrown into a fiery furnace. When the horns sounded the crowd around the statute immediately dropped to the ground to pay allegiance to King  Nebuchadnezzar.  But all of the crowd was not on the ground.  Three young men were left standing alone in the plaza.  In that moment as the horns called on the gathered people to bow down, they had already made their decision.  They had decided that their love and obedience to God was greater than any fear of retribution. When they were brought before the king to explain their refusal to bow down to the statue, they calmly said that they had no need of a defense for their actions.  They believed that their God who they served would deliver them safely from the fire.  A rebuked king is an angry king so they were bound up and thrown into the fiery furnace.  But when Nebuchadnezzar looked into the furnace he saw four men; one who seemed to be protecting the others.  When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were taken out of the furnace they were unharmed.  Their faith in God had saved them. In their time of need they were not alone.

When we feel troubled, when we feel that the world is closing around us,

we are not alone.  In the past year when the isolation, the discomfort, or the frustration made us fearful we were not alone. When we have to deal with illness or the death of loved ones, we are not alone. When we face the fires in our life, remember that we are not alone. He has promised not to leave us alone.

Joshua 1:9. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

John Greene

Committed to Serve—We are making a difference

Food for Thought:  Conference-wide Lenten Bible Study ‘Roll Down, Justice’

Are you “attending” the Conference-wide Bible Study?  Let Carole Eichner know if you are interested in joining a follow up conversation.  Please reach out to pastorheather@umcchurches.org if you need contact info for Carole. 

February 13: Be more “Methodist” for Lent

Take a look at our Social Principles. Choose one as a focus for fasting or practicing a new habit.  You might be led to fast from unnecessary driving or practice daily star gazing.

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.

 

Zoom Links

Lent Movie Fest

Time: Tuesdays, 7pm

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Weekly Worshipful Sweet Spot:  Lenten Vespers

Time: Wednesdays, 6:30pm

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Thursday Morning Bible Study

Time: Thursday mornings, 10am

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Youth Group

Time: 7pm Sundays

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