A weekly newsletter from United Methodist Church of Lenox
A NOTE FROM THE PASTOR
Welcoming the Spirit of God in the Scripture
Move into a comfortable position, such as sitting upright in a chair with both feet on the floor, hands resting in your lap. Take a couple “cleansing” breaths and begin.
Slowly read this passage from scripture. Pay close attention to what is being said. Focus on a word or phrase that catches your attention. Silently repeat the word or phrase to yourself.
The Reading — Psalm 111(CEB)
Praise the Lord!
I thank the Lord with all my heart
in the company of those who do right, in the congregation.
The works of the Lord are magnificent;
they are treasured by all who desire them.
God’s deeds are majestic and glorious.
God’s righteousness stands forever.
God is famous for his wondrous works.
The Lord is full of mercy and compassion.
God gives food to those who honor him.
God remembers his covenant forever.
God proclaimed his powerful deeds to his people
and gave them what had belonged to other nations.
God’s handiwork is honesty and justice;
all God’s rules are trustworthy —
they are established always and forever:
they are fulfilled with truth and right doing.
God sent redemption for his people;
God commanded that his covenant last forever.
Holy and awesome is God’s name!
Fear of the Lord is where wisdom begins;
sure knowledge is for all who keep God’s laws.
God’s praise lasts forever!
Slowly read the passage again. Think about the passage. What feelings or emotions does it stir within you? What part or parts of the passage touch your own life today?
Slowly read the passage a third time. Focus on a single word or phrase that stands out in your mind or moves your heart. Silently ask God to speak to you through that word or phrase. Avoid the temptation to say more. This is God’s time to speak to you, not yours to talk to God.
At the end of the time, take a couple slow breaths as you prepare to end the time of prayer. Remember that God will continue to be with you.
Ever present God of all beings, your child the Buddha, inspired by your Spirit said “What we think we become." May our hearts and minds be shaped by thoughts of your majesty and glory. May we come to find that your beauty is our best and truest self. May we welcome this refuge that you offer us so freely, not as a place to avoid lie as it is, but a home from which we may engage life as it is with the wise mind and loving heart of Jesus. May it be so. Amen.
Pastor Steven Notis, Hampton United Methodist Church, Hampton, NH
Transfiguration Sunday on Feb 14th
Here is the emphasis of the title for this Transfiguration Sunday: “But Only Jesus.” We are surrounded by distractions and responsibilities aplenty. We are overwhelmed by injustice and oppression; we are almost overwhelmed by needs and brokenness, our own and that which envelops us. But in the end, it is only Jesus. The source of the strength and the focus of our attention is only Jesus. To be sure, this does not mean that we don’t care about that which surrounds us. In fact, if anything, we are even more eager to be at work in the world, bringing hope and healing, bringing justice and freedom. But it is not to our own benefit that we work in the world, but only Jesus. Let our worship be that which lifts up the name of Jesus through our work and our service, through our passion and our commitment, through our songs and our prayers, through our compassion and our caring. Let us worship only Jesus.
If you visit the link below or dial this number by your phone, you can join the worship service at 10am
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 )
* Christian Education Book Study Group : The book 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 church will offer the book for you. It will be held via Zoom on Tuesday night, starting Feb 23 at 6:30pm-7:30pm.
* 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 ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
.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 (email@example.com) to make sure she is working
Children's moment for upcoming Sunday
Every Second Sunday, we will have a children's moment during the worship service. We invite all the Sunday school childrens to zoom in and let them hear about the gospel from the Sunday school teachers!!
30 Valentine bags are delivered well!!
The mission team of UMCL wanted to share the good news of how many Valentine Bags we collected. We also gave the Lee Bank bag with several smaller bags of hats and candy as we are still into winter.
Today 28 of the bags went to the Service Net Office so they could be distributed to the homeless at St. Joes. 2 of them Pam offered to hand out to people on the corner. we are amazed and thrilled at how many were donated, especially given that we are on zoom.
Updates from Nancy Olson
I am writing to tell you that Nancy can not take any more calls or reservations because her office is filled to capacity. They have more than 8,000 emails and phone calls so far! If you still want to try with her office, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
where do you want to receive the vaccine? Pittsfield or Worcester office?
Eventually someone will contact you but it may take a longer time.
So you should also try to go to this website: mass.gov/covid-vaccine. This will tell you about your eligibility, and all of the local places you can receive a vaccine. you can register to make the appointment. Nancy said that Berkshire Medical Center is giving the vaccines almost everyday at Berkshire Community College on West street, and that it is very efficient.
Fortunately many of our elderly church members have received the vaccine, and the distribution of the vaccine is improving every week. It is going faster in Berkshire county because we have fewer people than the bigger cities.
We hope this information is helpful for you.
Lenten Bible Study led by Rev. Megan Stowe
You are invited to join our DS for a Conference-wide Lenten Bible Study called Roll Down Justice tying Mark Miller hymns to Scripture as we discuss what does it mean to be an inclusive church. It starts February 14 at 7-8:30 pm and repeats Sunday evenings till March 21. It is fine if you can only make a time or two. The only items necessary are an open mind, listening ears, and a Bible in your favorite translation. Here is the link to register: https://www.neumc.org/eventdetail/14965583?month=2&year=2021&day=1&display=m