A weekly newsletter from United Methodist Church of Lenox
A NOTE FROM THE PASTOR
Inspired by Judges 4:1-7, Psalm 123 or Psalm 76, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, and Matthew 25:14-30.
Have mercy upon us, O Lord, our God…
We, your people, ones called to be light in the darkness of a world in chaos,
have been blinded by the evil that surrounds us and have failed to be your Church.
Have mercy upon us, O Lord, our God…
We, your people, ones called to be messengers of hope in a world of despair,
have turned our eyes away from the needs of those who live without hope while praying in anguish to you for help when it is us who are in need.
Have mercy upon us, O Lord, our God…
We, your people, ones called to use our talents and the spiritual gifts you have bestowed upon us to serve our communities, bring peace, and stand for justice in a world filled with hatred and greed, have allowed our fears to overwhelm us and prevent us from giving the best of us to fulfill your call in our lives.
Have mercy upon us, O Lord, our God.
Forgive our complacency and move us to action.
Forgive our disregard for the needs of others and teach us to love.
Forgive our fears and strengthen our faith.
Help us to truly live up to our name: your people.
Maylis de la Fe-Rodriguez, Provisional Deacon, Aldersgate UMC, Chelmsford, MA
The last Sunday of Stewardship
Generosity is a matter of intentions, heart and action. One way to describe it is the grateful outpouring of gifts to others, out of our love for God. Outpouring is a terrific description since the priceless treasure of the gospel (and all the gifts of covenant, relationship and life that go with it) comes from God and is meant to be poured out, through our lives, upon others.
This coming Sunday (November 15th) is the last Sunday of Stewardship that we will dedicate our pledge cards for the next year to God. As we celebrate our thankfulness for God’s blessings through the act of Stewardship, we invite you to join our worship service.
There is more than one way to join us for our Sunday services at UMCL: in person and virtually.
10:00AM Worship at United Methodist Church of Lenox takes place in the Sanctuary as well as via Zoom.
If you visit the link below or dial this number by your phone, you can join the worship service
Annual Church Conference following the service at 11am
The new district superintendent, Rev. Megan Stowe, will preside at the meetings of the Charge Conference via Zoom. The primary responsibilities of the Charge Conference in the annual meeting shall be to review and evaluate the total mission and ministry of the church, receive reports, and adopt objectives and goals recommended by the church council that are in keeping with the objectives of The United Methodist Church. All of the congregation is expected to attend this meeting. The district superintendent, David Calhoun, will preside at the meetings of the Charge Conference. The primary responsibilities of the Charge Conference in the annual meeting shall be to review and evaluate the total mission and ministry of the church, receive reports, and adopt objectives and goals recommended by the church council that are in keeping with the objectives of The United Methodist Church. All of the congregation is expected to attend this meeting.
We encourage all of the congregations to stay in the pews or on Zoom after the benediction to join this annual meeting. Especially we want you to get to know our new DS and introduce ourselves to her.
4. Due to the Corona Virus we are changing how in-person services will be conducted. These are being called the Covid Commandments.
COVID 10 Commandments
1) Thou shall wear a mask while on church grounds and inside church. Only exception will be people in the altar area.
2) Thou shall have a temperature check before entering church for service. Anyone with elevated temp greater than 100.4 will be sent home.
3) Thou shall maintain social distancing while entering/exiting and during service. Minimum 6ft apart from others.
4) Thou shall be provided hand sanitizer upon entry to church.
5) Thou shall sit where the usher escorts you to. Social distancing can be maintained by sitting in marked spots.
6) Thou shall not sing but enjoy the person at altar singing.
7) No communion will be performed until the pandemic is over.
8) The offertory will be set up to collect contributions when entering/exiting church.
9) There will be no children’s moment, Sunday school, or babysitting.
10) Thou shall not shake hands or hug our brothers/sisters in Christ.
*we take an accounting of who comes to the service for possible contact tracing. so we ask you to provide your name and contact number at the entry. Thanks for your cooperation.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study in Person at 10-11am
Do you feel isolated or unconnected in this challenging time? If so, come and join us!
If you're interested in feeding your soul with the words of God, come and join our bible study. This is not only studying the bible, but also checking in with each other by sharing our lives. If you would like to feel connected with others, this group is the best way to give you solidarity in this social distancing period. For Wednesday morning group reading Jeremiah in the contemporary version of bible called "The Message", we started gathering in person at the church as a small group, less than 10 people by wearing a mask and with a social distancing. It is an amazing moment seeing each other face to face and listening to their true voice directly. we realized how much we missed being together in the same space. Nothing can be better than that. I hope you would continue to pray for all of our safety and gathering.
High Dose Flu Shot for Seniors ( over 65)
Hello All - It has come to our attention that Berkshire Health Systems would be willing to hold another Flu Shot Clinic at the Community Center to offer the high dose version of the flu shot. We had been previously told, in error, that it was not going to be available at the flu shot clinic that was held last week. If you are interested in receiving this shot at the LCC, please let me know, and if there is enough interest, we can can schedule another clinic.
Thanks! - Sue
Outreach/Senior Services Coordinator
65 Walker St.
Lenox, MA 01240
Thanksgiving Holiday Meal in Lenox
Outreach Community Ministry
The mission ministry team at the UMCL made the chili and dropped it off at Soldier-on last Tuesday to celebrate the Veterans Day. We wanted everyone to know that Mazzeo's Meat Market in Guidos donated about 15 lbs of ground sirloin for the chili. Stop & Shop donated a $25 gift card to help with the cost of the rest of the materials needed. Linda Lis made 3 or so batches of corn bread. We delivered the chili, cornbread along with cheese and corn chips. Jason, the staff at the Soldier-on, said all of it is greatly appreciated. Thank you to our volunteers and to all donations!! Praise the Lord who uses our church to show God's love to our neighbors.
Message from the Hospitality Committee
In an attempt to bring a little normalcy and comfort to you on Thanksgiving, The Hospitality Committee will be having a Thanksgiving Bake Sale. We are offering apple, pumpkin, mincemeat pie and holiday cookie platters. We are taking orders now through November 15. Your order will be ready for pick up on Sunday November 22. The details are included on the attached flyer.
We are also looking for cookie bakers. If you’re interested in contributing your favorite cookies for the cookie platters please see the attached flyer.
Stay alert over outbreaks of Covid in Berkshire County
As we all are aware of current status related to Covid Cases in Berkshire County, I encourage you to stay alert over possible outbreaks of Covid around you. Recently it hit the local restaurants in Lenox and the schools in Pittsfield. In the last two weeks of October, Pittsfield saw 17 new COVID-19 cases and Berkshire County 36; 97 percent of cases between Nov. 1 and Nov. 8 were in Pittsfield. On Wednesday, the city was upgraded to "green." The Health Department said that if Pittsfield keeps heading in this direction, it may become a yellow zone on the COVID-19 Community-Level Data Map. Now we're over 90 cases in the city of Pittsfield, we got 42 new cases reported in Berkshire County today.
Director of Public Health Gina Armstrong and Board of Health Chairman Dr. Alan Kulberg also strongly urged residents to get a flu shot, especially those who haven't regularly gotten the flu shot in past years.
Please read below " stay at home advisory" and "new mask Mandate" in MA
1) Stay Home between 10am-5pm except for work, taking a walk, getting to groceries