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The Connection

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


 

A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis

During these difficult days, members of the Kathadin District of the New England Conference are sharing a daily prayer based on the Revised Common Lectionary for the week.

You are welcome to use these in worship or in your own devotions.

Based on Ephesians 1:15-23
 
Faithful God, each day blessings are sprinkled into our being and living.  Too often, our complacency has replaced our gratitude, as we have taken for granted these simple yet profound gifts.  Clean water, a roof overhead, food to eat, beauty to witness, have all become expectations rather than gifts to be celebrated and shared. May the reception of these daily gifts transform our thanksgiving to thanks-living, as we embrace loving you and neighbor this day and in the days ahead.  Amen.
 
Dr. Steven Smith (Bangor First UMC, Corinth UMC)

 

 

     Thanksgiving Sunday Worship Service

Thanksgiving is almost here and what a year to be thankful to our God. I wouldn’t want to have gone through 2020 without my faith. so please come to the computer, phone or the pew and worship together in our gratitude.

There is more than one way to join us for our Sunday services at UMCL: in person and virtually. 

10:00AM  Worship at United Methodist Church of Lenox takes place in the Sanctuary as well as via Zoom.  

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
        +1 646 558 8656 US 

Meeting ID: 582 771 2073 

Due to the Corona Virus we are changing how in-person services will be conducted.  These are being called the Covid Commandments.

                     COVID 10  Commandments

                 

1)    Thou shall wear a mask while on church grounds and inside church.  Only exception will be people in the altar area.

2)   Thou shall have a temperature check before entering church for service.  Anyone with elevated temp greater than 100.4 will be sent home.

3)    Thou shall maintain social distancing while entering/exiting and during service.  Minimum 6ft apart from others.

4)    Thou shall be provided hand sanitizer upon entry to church.

5)    Thou shall sit where the usher escorts you to. Social distancing can be maintained by sitting in marked spots.

6)    Thou shall not sing but enjoy the person at altar singing.

7)    No communion will be performed until the pandemic is over.

8)    The offertory will be set up to collect contributions when entering/exiting church.

9)     There will be no children’s moment, Sunday school, or babysitting.

10)   Thou shall not shake hands or hug our brothers/sisters in Christ.  

 *we take an accounting of who comes to the service for possible contact tracing. so we ask you to provide your name and contact number at the entry. Thanks for your cooperation.

 We ask your self-monitoring over health condition

                   

Now the Berkshire county is getting serious with the Covid-19 so we need to be cautious of each other to protect ourselves from getting a virus. so if you are able to join the Zoom worship service, you may stay at home to join the virtual worship service until the new case numbers are going down around us. But still tomorrow we will conduct an in-person worship service for those who need it with our safe protocol. On a weekly basis, we will keep our eyes on the circumstances and if it's getting worse, we may go back to only online worship service again for a while. But nothing decided yet. we will keep you updated through the weekly newsletter and email or phone call.
We encourage each person to review your own situation as to how much contact you have had or will have with others that may jeopardize a larger group, especially around this Thanksgiving Season. Stay safe!!

Please read below " stay at home advisory" and "new mask Mandate" in MA

1) Stay Home between 10am-5pm except for work, taking a walk, getting to groceries

2)  Wear a face mask in public, not just in stores

 

3) Restaurant Curfew at 9:30pm

This sunday is the Pickup Day!! 11am-3pm 

In an attempt to bring a little normalcy and comfort to you on Thanksgiving, The Hospitality Committee will be having a Thanksgiving Bake Sale.    We are offering apple, pumpkin, mincemeat pie and holiday cookie platters.  We are taking orders now through November 15.  Your order will be ready for pick up  on Sunday November 22.  The details are included on the attached flyer.

We are also looking for cookie bakers.  If you’re interested in contributing your favorite cookies for the cookie platters please see the attached flyer.


Let's work together to make Thanksgiving Safer!

 

we encourage you to visit the link below to prepare your Thanksgiving Holiday!

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html

 Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service is cancelled this year for everyone's safety

 

Lenox Clergy Group discussed the hoped-for Thanksgiving gathering in Lilac Park next Thursday, and we decided it’s wisest to cancel that. 

With COVID numbers up and the CDC urging people to lay low this Thanksgiving, we figured it sent a mixed message if we were to try to gather this way. It would probably be ineffective at what such a service aims to do anyway—evoke in people a sense of thanks and praise. It might be cold and depressing, which is really not what we want!


So, we’ll look forward to next year and will meanwhile, We hope you all stay safe & well. 

Arts and Faith: Virtual Advent Gathering for 4 weeks of December

                

 

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!

1) The video and prayer the First Week of Advent, Cycle B, is based on Mark 13:33–37. The art is William Holman Hunt’s The Light of the World.

2) The video and prayer for the Second Week of Advent, Cycle B, is based on Mark 1:1–8. The art is Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s St. John the Baptist Preaching.

3) 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) 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.

This group will begin on Dec 1st, Tuesday evening at 6:30pm. If participants prefer to gather another day or time, group schedule can be changed.

You will join us via Zoom and you may use the same dial number used for the worship service. If you like to join this 4 weeks session, please Contact the pastor.
(442-6314 / lenoxumc@gmail.com)

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