A weekly newsletter from United Methodist Church of Lenox
Rev. Nami Yu, Pastor
Notes from our Pastor
On November 16, Pastor 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.
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 email@example.com.
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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
Church on the Hill in Lenox Sunday, November 24 at 4 p.m.
Our mailing address is:
United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, Lenox, MA 01240 413-445-5918 Do you have an event you wish to share in The Connection? Email copy to firstname.lastname@example.org; deadline is Tuesday by 5 p.m. All art work, flyers and photos must be submitted in jpeg format.
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