A weekly newsletter from United Methodist Church of Lenox
A NOTE FROM THE PASTOR
"For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith." Romans 4:13
Do you really promise that we will inherit the world?
What do you mean by entailing such a gift, such a weight, upon us?
I was the executor of Aunt Joyce's estate, and I know that inheritances can be both blessings and burdens.
I didn't treasure every nook and cranny of things in her house, but I did treasure the little box of buttons her mother had saved from her childhood dresses.
What can it mean that from you we inherit a world, the world, this world, God?
And what are we inheriting? Blessings and burdens.
You entail this gift, this weight to us not through laws and contracts and wills, but through faith.
We try to have faith in you, God. Do you have faith in us?
Faith that in the nooks and crannies of the world, we can find the little boxes of treasure?
Faith that in the messes we inherit (and create, and inherit, and create), we can find and make and nurture beauty and hope and future?
We try to have faith in you, God. Do you have faith in us?
You promise that we will inherit the world.
Remembering our genealogies and histories, re-membering our descendants, our futures, we accept what you give. By faith.
By Rev. Beth Quick (she/her/hers), PhD Student, Religion & Society
The Second Sunday in Lent 2021
How spiritually fit are you today? In order to answer this question, we need to know the standard, the goal of our spirituality. Then, it can be assessed how spiritually in shape or out of shape we are. Lent is a perfect time to access our spiritual health – as individuals and as a church. Lent is a perfect time to ask ourselves important, hard questions: Where am I? How close am I to God or how far am I from God? How spiritually fit am I? How spiritually fit are we? Come and explore together!!
Are you missing time with your UMC of Lenox community where you can chat and catch-up with them? We are too! That is why we are starting a Virtual Coffee Hour on Sundays at 9:30am and 11:00am through Zoom Video/Audio Conferencing!
Before and after the worship service, you can join the virtual coffee hour via zoom to check in folks from church. Let’s catch up with newcomers and friends. Bring your coffee for time to chat and check-in!!
From this room, people will be grouped into smaller groups, if we have many folks at once. Let's stay connected!! you may find the zoom link above which is the same one with worship service.
* Bible Study - Wed 10am ( Gospel of the Mark )
* Office Hours
. Pastor Nami working from home ( Tue-Fri, 9am-5pm and Sat 9am-2pm) - available to reach out phone call (442-6314) or email ( email@example.com)
.Kathy, Administration Assistant working in the church office Tue (11am – 2pm) and Fri (9am – 12pm) Hours are flexible so please call church office (445-5918) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make sure she is working
Lenten Book Study
The book is called "why easter matters", it has 4 sessions, video and group discussion. Please sign up if you like to participate and let Pastor or Jill Wehry know and the church will offer the book for you. It will be held via Zoom on Tuesday night at 6:30pm-7:30pm. If you want to join this group, a zoom link will be sent to you for that day! Next Gathering will be on Mar 2, we will read chapter 2.
Small Group Ministry
In the church council, we started talking about having a small group in our church to be connected to each other well.
The Pastor is looking for the people who may have an interest in or commit to small group ministry as a participant. Before extending this group to the entire congregation, we want to create one small group (5-6 people) to discuss the purpose of our small groups and how that might define how we operate them. small groups should be a chance to get to know a smaller group of folks on a more personal level and be involved in praying for them, sharing our spiritual journeys, and discussion of how to be more faithful in our daily lives. This group will be different with the bible study or book study group. so there will be no typical form for this gathering and we want to make it a casual/social group. The main purpose of this group will be a fellowship by building a relationship together.
Depending on the participants, we will discuss the schedule of this gathering. If you like to join this small group, Please let Pastor know.
Congregational Prayer Concern and Celebration
* MaryLou Nutbrown : MaryLou's surgery went well and she is home now. she is going to rest tonight ( Thursday, 25) and if you want to contact her, tomorrow will be ok. Thanks for all of your prayer for her successful surgery and let's continue to pray for her quick recovery.
Conference Resource Day
Hosted by Commonwealth West District
Jason Moore 'Telling the Old Story in a New Time
Saturday (27th) 9-noon
About “Telling the Old Story in a New Time”
Almost overnight, we found ourselves in a new, unfamiliar world. The COVID-19 virus has changed everything about our lives, including how we worship. What is the church to do in such a time as this?
With the social distancing practices preventing our physical gatherings, how do we connect and make our message resonate with a world in chaos? Now more than ever, the church has the opportunity to lead the charge in a world looking for spiritual answers. In order to lead effectively, we have to tell the old story in a new way, for a new time and with a new medium.
In the same way a book has to be consolidated and adapted for the screen in movie form, so must the worship we offer virtually. We can’t continue with a “business-as-usual” approach where Sunday morning worship is concerned.
Join author, creative worship and guest readiness coach Jason Moore for a two-hour webinar for how to face these unique challenges to worship. Jason will lead your church into a deep dive through the questions and answers that must be asked and addressed as we worship today.
Here’s what you can expect to take away:
A primer on shifting practices from in-person to virtual
How to offer worship beyond online (for the technologically challenged)
Best practices for creating worship that lasts beyond the moment
A guest readiness guide and tips for how to offer a deeper sense of community
Technology tips (including what to do when things fail)
Equipment options, and how to achieve a good looking (and sounding) stream
20 Page PDF handbook filled with resource links and exclusive offers
Extensive Q&A time
30 Days to re-watch the recorded stream
Optional follow up coaching opportunities
The webinar is free. Click on the registration button above to register (you will be emailed the Zoom link).