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               A weekly newsletter from United Methodist Church of Lenox
                                              Rev. Nami Yu, Pastor
Notes from our Pastor

On November 16Pastor Nami and Laurie Sturma attended the following district meeting. Below is Laurie's reflection on that session. 

                                   Vital Conversations:
                            Racism and the U.S. Church

                       Conference Commission on Religion and Race (CCORR) 

Just because our congregation has very little ethnic diversity doesn’t mean we can ignore the topic. Just the opposite. 

Two years ago, the New England Conference started a series of studies entitled Vital Conversations: Racism. Why the discussion stagnated is probably due to many reasons, but the Conference is now reviving the dialogue.

It is accurate that “White Privilege” is difficult for whites to deal with. Because I am white there are certain advantages that I take for granted. I tend to not even think that I may go to the head of the line for a job or, am living in an area with better schools for my children just because of the color of my skin. 

The discussions especially made me think about the definition of Racism. Racism = power + privilege that is centered in one ethnic group. Consequently, we find the discussion of racism difficult. No one wants to lose their perceived power and privilege. 

I say perceived because I am sure God views this in a whole different way. We need to include God much more in our Vital Conversation regarding Racism and not quit just because the topic is tough.
                                                                                                               Laurie Sturma  

                                    Thanksgiving Sunday Worship Service

In recognition of  the Thanksgiving season, this Sunday's worship service will be held as a Thanksgiving Worship Service.

                       Holiday Craft Fair: Saturday, November 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m

We are still looking for volunteers on Saturday. You can help us in many ways such as setup or cleanup. Please stop by the church during Saturday if you are able!


                                      Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service
                Sunday, November 24, 4-5 p.m., at Church on the Hill, Lenox


                            Upcoming church events:

Thanksgiving Day - No office hours (Nov. 28)
Vegan Lunch for Thanksgiving - 11am-4pm at UMCL (Nov. 28)

Memorial Service for Gerald Wergland: Saturday, Nov. 30, 1 pm at UMCL
Breakfast with Santa: Saturday, December 7, 9 am-11 am at UMCL; see the flyer below


                          Volunteers at Kimball Farms

Perhaps some of you might want to volunteer a little time at Kimball Farms.  It would be on a 1:1 basis with a few of our residents who lack a lot of outside companionship. If you are interested, please contact Julie Wood, 413-637-5011 or

                                                                                         Psalm 118:24

                                                                This is the day that the Lord has made;
                                                                        let us rejoice and be glad in it.



                        Church Schedule

            Thursday, November 21

            Craft Fair Setup & Furniture Move
            9:00 AM - 8:00 PM 

            Prayer Shawl Knitters at Church on the Hill 
            1:30 PM 

            Church Council 
            6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 

            Friday, November 22

            Craft Fair Cafe Set-Up 
            9:00 AM - 8:00 PM 

            Worship at Kimball Farms Nursing Home
            10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 

            Craft Fair Vendor Set-up 
            5:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

            Saturday, November 23

            NO Food Pantry

            The Holiday Craft Connection 
            9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

            Sunday, November 24

            Thanksgiving Sunday Worship Service at UMCL
            10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 

            Ecumenical Thanksgiving worship at Church on the Hill
            4:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

            Tuesday, November 26

            Bible Study 2
            6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 

            Wednesday, November 27

            Bible Study 1 
            10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 

            YMCA "Pie Party"
            2:30 PM - 4:30 PM 

            Gospel Gang 
            6:30 PM - 7:30 PM 

            Thursday, November 28 - Thanksgiving Day

            Vegan Lunch 
            11:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

            Saturday, November 30

            Funeral for Gerry Wergland 
            1:00 PM
            Sunday, December 1- First Sunday of Advent

            Christian Education 

            8:45 AM - 9:45 AM 

            Worship Service
            10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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                                                 The Holiday
                Craft Connection

Our 5th annual “Holiday Craft Connection” is fast approaching-- Saturday November 23, 2019 from 9 am – 3 pm!  We have 36 vendors participating in the event this year!  A great time to start your holiday shopping!!

The church will not be having it’s own craft table this year, however there are still plenty of opportunities to participate in the event.  We will need holiday baked goods to sell at our “Heavenly Homemade Pies and Breads” booth, cookies for the “Holiday Cookie Walk”, gift baskets for the “Silent Auction”, and as always lots of helping hands to assist the day of the event.

The craft fair has been our largest annual funding raising event, raising close to $6,000 each year.  Please consider helping to make it a success again this year.

For more information contact any member of the Hospitality Committee (Laurie Sturma, Laurie Kropkowski, Shirley Perkins, Judy Rufo, Judy Upton, Mary Lou Nutbrown, Lois Hill, Lisa Turner).




                 Join us for the Ecumenical
                     Thanksgiving Service
                                  at the
                  Church on the Hill in Lenox

                 Sunday, November 24 at 4 p.m.

                       Everyone is welcome!



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