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The Connection

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

Do you know the mission statement of our church?
We seek to be Disciples of Christ by:
Striving to be a welcoming body of God's people,
Encouraging one another on their spiritual journey;
Embracing the world with God's love;
Keeping God's presence alive in our hearts.
Vision Statement

We are a mission-oriented church focused on the two commandments that Jesus stated were the most important, Matthew 22:37, 39: 
                37 Jesus replied "Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with your mind."
               39 And the second is like it: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
We will strive to fulfill these commandments through developing our spiritual growth and connecting with all our brothers and sisters in Christ.

                                                         Key Objectives

*          We seek to be a leadership that is actively developed, leading to a more missional church – one that exists for those 'that are not here yet'.
*          We seek to be a church that embraces the opportunities offered through its place in the Berkshires.  We strive to be a church that focuses on its mission to reach new people, make disciples of Jesus Christ, nurture and care for one another, and seek the transformation of the community.
*          We seek to be a church with everyone involved in a life group, with a more diverse, a more unified and more involved Parishioners.  We strive for deeper spiritual relationships with each other; more youth opportunities, while becoming more receptive to generational differences.
*          We seek a steady growth of reaching new people, better resources, more worship opportunities, better and more ongoing ministries and events, and more enhanced facilities.
=> It is reformed by The UMC of Lenox Strategic Plan Team during the summer.

Contemporary Worship Service
    This Sunday, September 29th  10 a.m.

Sunday will feature a contemporary Worship Service led by the Choir. Instead of having traditional liturgy such as the call to worship, hymns, and responsive reading, the Choir offers modern hymns for about 20 minutes. You may learn a new Gospel song during this worship. Please come and be filled with the Holy Spirit!

Psalm 118:24
This is the day that the Lord has made;
  let us rejoice and be glad in it.



                                     Church Schedule

          Thursday, September 26

          Prayer Shawl Knitters at UMC
          1:30 PM
          Church Council
          6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
          Friday, September 27

          Worship at Kimball Farm Nursing Home
          10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
          Saturday, September 28

          Resource Day of the CT/WMA District
          9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
          Sunday, September 29

          Christian Education
          8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
          Contemporary worship
          10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
          Our collection for Peace with Justice will continue this week
          Nomination Committee Meeting
          11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Hospitality Meeting
              Following the worship service
          Tuesday, October 1
          Bible Study 2
          6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
          Wednesday, October 2

          Bible Study 1
          10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  
          Gospel Gang
          6:30 PM - 7:30 PM  
         Thursday, October 3, 2019
          SPRC Meeting
          6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
          Sunday, October 6

          World Communion Sunday
          Worship Service
          10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
          Christian Education
          8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

                                Christian Education

Join us as we read and discuss
"How Happiness Happens”
October 13--November 17 at 8:45 a.m.
before our worship service
Do you feel happy? How long has it been since you felt a level of contagious, infectious, unflappable, unstoppable happiness? Maybe your answer is, "All the time." If so, God bless you. For many of us the answer is, "Well, it's been a while. I used to be happy, but then life took its toll. "Only one-third of Americans surveyed said they were happy. How can this be? Education is accessible to most. We've made advancements in everything from medicine to technology, yet 66 percent of us can't find an adequate reason to check the "yes" box on the happiness questionnaire. Worldwide, people profess that happiness is their most cherished goal. Marketers get this. "Want to be happy?" they ask. Eat at this restaurant, drive this car, wear this dress. Happiness happens when you lose the weight, get the date, find the mate, or discover your fate. It's wide, this way to happiness. Yet, for all its promise, it delivers a fragile joy; here one day, tomorrow scattered by the winds of comparison, disappointment, or unmet expectations. In this book Max shares the unexpected path to a lasting happiness, one that produces reliable joy in any season of life. Based on the teachings of Jesus and backed by modern research, How Happiness Happens presents a surprising but practical way of living that will change you from the inside out.

                             For more information, contact Jill Wehry
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