A weekly newsletter from United Methodist Church of Lenox
A NOTE FROM THE PASTOR
God, sometimes I sense you calling,
but I can’t see you.
I run from room to room.
Are you here? Are you there?
I mistake your voice for others,
“did you call me?”
And am confused when the answer is
Tell me again
and again and again,
“Here I am.”
Until I settle into listening space.
Speak, for your servant is listening.
In the dark, now I am listening.
In the fear, now I am listening.
In the face of challenge, now I am listening.
Do not hide the truth from me,
but make me strong to hear.
Give me words to share
with other true listeners.
For your plans are good.
And your love is real.
And you are with me.
And I hear you.
Karen L. Munson, NEAC Superintendent appointed to Many Waters 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20)
Sunday Worship service for Celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
The verse, I'm gonna' treat everybody right – until I die, from the traditional spiritual "I Will Trust in the Lord" is slowly becoming a worldwide standard for how the human family lives together. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day is coming next week. This allows us to step back from the historical person, Martin Luther King, Jr., just enough to embrace the sweeping worldwide reforms initiated by Dr. King and others during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. It also calls us to remember two things: that one person can make a tremendous difference and that when we venture forth in the name of God's justice, we will not have to stand alone for very long.
If you visit the link below or dial this number by your phone, you can join the worship service at 10am
Last Sunday, we finished reading the book " White Fragility" and most of the participants confessed it brought an eye-opening experience to them. Next session will begin at the Lenten season in the middle of February. until then, we will take a break. Thanks for the facilitator, Jill Wehry and Charlene Patton and all participants.
Pledge envelope is ready to pick up
Pledge Envelope for the new year is ready to pick up at the church. It’s placed at the pew between the inside door and outside door at church entry. You can come anytime to pick it up. If you are not able to pick up at the church, please contact Diane Chicoine (firstname.lastname@example.org / 358-2520) so we will be better to deliver it to you in person since the mailing cost is more expensive than its purchasing price. and also if you prefer using your own envelope rather than the church pledge envelope, please let us know. Thanks
Looking for altar helper
Laurie K, a chair of the worship committee, is looking for the volunteer who will help with the altar. Although we have a worship service via Zoom, still we need to take care of candles and clothes for the altar since the worship is zooming from the church. If you are able to help her, please let her know. ( 518-461-9259)
How to make a spiritual resolution for the new year
To make this covenant a reality in your life, listen to these admonitions:
First, set apart some time, more than once,
to be spent alone before the Lord;
in seeking earnestly God's special assistance
and gracious acceptance of you;
in carefully thinking through all the conditions of the covenant;
in searching your hearts
whether you have already freely given your life to Christ.
Consider what your sins are.
Consider the laws of Christ, how holy, strict, and spiritual they are,
and whether you, after having carefully considered them,
are willing to choose them all.
Be sure you are clear in these matters, see that you do not lie to God.
Second, be serious and in a spirit of holy awe and reverence.
Third, claim God's covenant,
rely upon God's promise of giving grace and strength,
so you can keep your promise.
Trust not your own strength and power.
Fourth, resolve to be faithful.
You have given to the Lord your hearts,
you have opened your mouths to the Lord,
and you have dedicated yourself to God.
With God's power, never go back.
And last, be then prepared to renew your covenant with the Lord.
Fall down on your knees, lift your hands toward heaven,
open your hearts to the Lord.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast
Monday is Martin Luther King Jr Day and there are at least two MLK Breakfasts that you could join virtually. Wesley UMC in Springfield is hosting one from 10-11:30 am. Details here: https://www.eventbrite.com/.../dr-martin-luther-king-jr... Union UMC in Boston co-hosts the oldest MLK celebration in the nation. Their speakers this year include Rev. Dr. William Barber and several teach-ins. You can register at: bostonmlkbreakfast.org.
Trainings for Laity
The New England Conference is offering online leadership training for SPRCs, Treasurers, and Local Church Trustees. Presenters are Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar (SPRC) and Conference Treasurer/Director of Administrative Services John Cardillo (Treasurers and Trustees). You will have the opportunity to ask questions and join a breakout discussion for your district. Registration is not necessary. The workshops, which will be offered via Zoom, are scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. on:
Click the event link to get more information and the Zoom link.
Directions for “Shoeboxes” Bags of Love
The agency thought that bags might be easier for the people to pack and take with them every day so we are trying it this year instead of shoeboxes. Take a 2 gallon bag and a list of things needed for the Bag. There are two list; one for a man (green) and one for a woman (yellow). Feel free to add any of your own touches to the bags to make it your own; decorations, cards, etc. Please returned the filled Bag and the list of items on or before Sunday, 9 February.
Thanks from the Missions Team; Pam, Lisa, Charlene, & Shirley