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The Connection

A weekly newsletter from United Methodist Church of Lenox
A NOTE FROM THE PASTOR

                                   Today’s prayer

Psalm 126
Isaiah 61:1-4

We yearn for the place of dreams, O God;
For a place where deserts stir with the rushing of water;
For a place where the dry bones of death rise up with new flesh
Able to breathe.

We search for the place of dreams, O God;
For a place where tears of brokenness become shouts of joy;
For a place where the crops of young seedlings have all they need to grow
Into the sheaves of adulthood;

We hope for the place of dreams, O God;
For the day when our “How long?” becomes “This is the day!”
For the day when laughter joins our hearts as kinfolk
At no one’s expense.

In the tears of our yearning;
In the fears of our searching;
In the years of our hoping;
Your Spirit is within us; your anointing is upon us.
Move us from our bed of dreams to join the waking prophets
And become the Good News we proclaim.
Amen.

Rev. Anne Robertson, Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church (Winchester, MA)

 

Closing the in-person worship service and ministryTemporarily and go back to ONLY ONLINE

The church council at the United Methodist Church of Lenox makes tough decisions again to keep all the congregation safe, especially around the Holidays.
We are going to close the in-person worship service temporarily until our area is categorized as a low-risk area and we can revisit the decision. We hope to see you all on Zoom this Sunday!!

Third Sunday of Advent 

Why do we decorate our homes or our sanctuaries? It could be argued that it is to show off, or to make us happy, to feel good about where we live and worship. That’s certainly not untrue. But the real impetus for decoration is invitational. How do we include others? How do we draw them in?


And what does all of this have to do with decorating? We reflect our inner experience with our outward appeal. When we are a place of joy and invitation and inclusion, our environment reflects that. When we are a place that understands the depth of pain and suffering, of the ugliness in our world, then our doorways open to a place of comfort and beauty and welcome. Having reflected on our need to address the mess, we now set about bringing beauty and light into the world.
 

Join us for our Sunday services virtually at 10:00AM  

If you visit the link below or dial this number by your phone, you can join the worship service

                      


 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5827712073
 

Meeting ID: 582 771 2073
Password: 298223

*Dial by your location
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Meeting ID: 582 771 2073 

 

 Weekly Church Calendar

 

* Every Wed morning bible study at 10am

* Thursday(10th) at 6:30pm, Finance Committee Meeting

* Book study following the Sunday worship service at 11:15am

 

If you like to join us anything above, please visit the zoom link that you have for the worship service. you may find it above.

 Christmas Worship Service

 

1) Christmas Eve Worship Service at 6pm via Zoom

Although Christmas Services may look and feel different this year it's important to stay connected with each other.  It's more important now during these uncertain times that we need to feel connected with our church community. 

Gratefully, the Bishop and Cabinet with local churches will offer the virtual worship service to celebrate Christmas Eve. Thankfully, the service is shaping up to be a wonderful telling of the holy story and celebration of the gift of the Christ child.  There will be a variety of music played by clergy and parishioners. And also the Messengers of UMCL are going to sing a special song for us!!

so we will enjoy it together via Zoom by lighting the candle together at our own places. If possible, I encourage you to wear the red outfit or accessories for the worship service.

 

2) The Christmas Sing Along Worship Service on 27th

As the Contemporary worship service of December, Tom Cairns, worship band leader, is going to have everyone pick no more than 5 of your favorite Christmas Songs and the ones chosen the most and If Tom can play that song, he could do it during the worship service. he wants to do just something different and also letting everyone be involved in the worship service. please come and bring your favorite Christmas hymns for that worship on 27th at 10am.

Also, John Allen will give us a testimony for that day! Let's pray for Tom Cairns and John Allen who will prepare and lead the worship service.

During the four weeks of Advent, we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth through prayer and reflection. We contemplate the First Coming of Jesus as Savior, and anticipate his promised Second Coming. And amid the flurry of Christmas preparations, we look for practical ways to observe the holiness of the season in our everyday lives.

Ignatian contemplation and reflective prayer encourage us in the season of Advent. 
We will Enjoy video commentary about works of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures of Advent. Use videos to take a new look at this season of preparation through the lens of sacred art. Accompanying reflections on using the art as a means of Ignatian prayer and we will share our own reflections together.


If you are an artistic person who likes  to appreciate artwork, you will love this group!

 

*3 week- Dec 15th:  The video and prayer for the Third Week of Advent, Cycle B, is based on John 1:6–8, 19–28. The art is Saint John the Baptist Preaching by Anton Raphael Mengs.
 

*4 week- Dec 22nd : The video and prayer for the Fourth Week of Advent, Cycle B, are based on Luke 1:26–38. The art is John Collier’s The Annunciation.


You will join us via Zoom at 6:30pm Tuesday (Dec 15th) and you may use the same link used for the worship service. 

 

The mission and ministry at UMC

The Missions Team got 1000 medium/large crew socks donated from Bombas to hand out to people in need.  These socks are wonderfully made and meet the needs of people who don’t have the luxury of putting on clean clothes every day.  It is such a blessing and we are able to hand them out to many organizations to be passed out to the homeless and others in need.  You may have seen the commercials on TV that say a “pair is donated for every pair purchased”.  Many people in our area will benefit from Bombas’ generosity through our church ministry.  Here is some feedback from those who have received our donations.




Operation warmth is in full effect! Thanks to
United Methodist Church of Lenox
for donating hundreds
Bombas
to give out.
-From Officer Darren Derby at Pittsfield Police Department

Covid update

According to the Tri Town Health Department's report, Lenox was categorized as high-risk on 11/27 and has remained RED. Most new cases came out of the nursing homes. so let's pray for the resident and staff safety in the hospital, nursing home and assisted living facility. 

on 12/9 Baker-Polito Administration Announces Statewide Rollback to Phase Three, Step One, Additional Restrictions Effective December 13th. Governor Baker Announces New Restrictions Statewide for Capacity, Mask Compliance and Distancing Due to Increased Cases, Hospitalizations.

Phase III, Step I:

 

Effective December 13, all communities will roll back to Phase 3, Step 1 of Massachusetts’ re-opening plan, including the following restrictions:

  • Outdoor gatherings at event venues will be limited to no more than 50 people
  • Hosts of outdoor gatherings of greater than 25 people will be required to provide advance notice of the gathering their local board of health
  • Indoor theaters and performance venues and higher contact indoor recreation businesses will be required to close to the public
  • Outdoor theaters and performance venues will be limited to 25% capacity, and no more than 50 people

In all communities, capacity will be reduced from 50% to 40% for the following sectors:

  • Arcades/Indoor and Outdoor Recreational Businesses
  • Driving and Flight Schools
  • Gyms/Health Clubs
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Retail
  • Offices
  • Places of Worship
  • Lodging (common areas)
  • Golf facilities
  • Movie Theaters (Maximum 50 people per theater)

For the detailed information, please go to the link below.

https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-statewide-rollback-to-phase-three-step-one-additional



The church is collecting hats and mittens for this Christmas 

with a mitten tree. Drop off boxes

 are placed on the bench between inside door and outside door at church entry.

 Drop off your items at any time.

*Cookbook is still available for Christmas Gift*


FROM THE HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE
If you're looking for a holiday gift for family or friends, we still have our "Salvation From Hunger" cookbooks for sale.  The books can be purchased at the church, during office hours (Tues & Fri 11am - 2pm) or call the office (445-5918) and we can arrange to put them in the mail.  The books are $16.50.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact Judy Upton at judyupton1@gmail.com or 201-

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