A weekly newsletter from United Methodist Church of Lenox
Rev. Nami Yu, Pastor
Notes from our Pastor A letter from the Bishop
Dear Beloved in Christ:
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The name Ranu Mondal may not be familiar to you - at least not yet. Ranu was a homeless Christian who made her living singing songs on a platform in a railway station at Ranahat, India. In an interview, Ranu spoke about her life performing at the railway station, receiving gifts of food or money for her singing.
This summer, her life was completely transformed by the actions of 26-year-old Atindra Chakraborty, who stopped to listen to her and recorded what he heard. He posted the video on social media, and it went viral. It changed Ranu’s life completely. In the words of this modern-day Samaritan, this is how it happened:
"I was hanging out with my friends at a tea stall on platform No 6. A Rafi song was playing in the radio aloud. Suddenly I heard the lady humming to the tune, as she sat on the platform floor. I asked her if she could sing something for us. She sang a song and I recorded it on my mobile. We were surprised how melodious she was." (From a story on the Newshunts24 website; read more.)
The rest is history. Ranu was invited by a Bollywood producer to sing her first Bollywood song. She is no longer homeless. She's being paid for her talent, and has reunited with her estranged daughter.
Friends, countless people had passed by Ranu. They might have tossed her coins or food, but because one person took a real interest - stopped and listened to her - that engagement changed her life and world for the better.
Himesh Reshammiya, the Bollywood producer who invited her to share her talent; those who looked beyond her appearance, religion, and status in society were all important parts of this success story, but it started with the act of just one Good Samaritan.
If you want to read more of his letter, please go to this link
Pastor’s absence from
Tuesday through Thursday next week
Pastor will be out of town for three days (October 8-10) attending the provisional leadership academy in North Andover, MA. For pastoral concerns, you may email Pastor (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please pray for a safe trip!
Due to Pastor's absence, only the Wednesday morning Bible study will be held (October 9th, read the Isaiah 34-36, 10:00-11:00 a.m.); Tuesday evening group will take a break.
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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.