Wednesday, November 14, 2018

18 November Sunday 
Worship Service 
10:30 am 

"Living Thankful Lives" 
Thanksgiving / Pledge Sunday

Stewardship Lunch after Worship 
All are invited 
Please bring your favorite dessert to share 

Thought for your meditation 
A certain rabbi and his people had been through horrible, cruel experiences, and he said "sometimes I don't have words to be able to pray. I don't know what to say or how to say it. In those times, I pray the alphabet and trust God to rearrange the letters."

New Small Group Study 
Tuesday November 20 
10:30 am & 6:30 PM 

All are welcome. 

“Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church” – Three Week Study November 13-27. We will continue to meet on Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm for November. See Pastor Pat to get a copy of the book ($12.00 each).

"There is a lot of concern about where the United Methodist Church stands when it comes to homosexuality, same-gender marriage, and the ordination of LGBTQ persons, and what will result from the upcoming General Conference in February. Living Faithfully, a small-group study was created especially for United Methodists, to guide discussions in a way that encourages openness, humility, a spirit of grace, and above all, love for fellow United Methodists who may disagree with you. Offering multiple lenses through which to consider different perspectives, the study is based on Scripture from start to finish."

Online Directory Photo 

Please send a family picture or head shot to the church by email for the online directory being developed. A 150 dpi JPG format file is preferred.

If you need a new photo, touch base with Cindy Boudreau or Richard Lee to have your picture taken at church.

Continuing Prayer Requests 
Jason Duane, Louise R., Taj M., Bill B., Gail M. 

Stewardship Moment 

Good morning. I wasn’t exactly sure how to approach a stewardship conversation this morning. I wasn’t really thinking that there is much that I could say to try and convince you all to “dig a little deeper” this year. So instead, I thought I would tell you a story about something that I experienced this past week.

This story actually started about 50 years ago. Back in Michigan, my best friend, Ann, grew up across the street from me. Her brother Mike, her dad and mom, Bob and Martha have all been lifelong friends and neighbors to my family. Birthday parties, family vacations, a chat at the kitchen table – our families pretty much grew up together.

Almost 20 years ago, Martha passed away unexpectedly in her sleep. Of course by that time, their kids were grown and married and living far away - and Bob struggled. There were about 5 years where he dealt loneliness, depression and alcoholism before he decided to move to Minneapolis to be near his son and his grandchildren.

It still wasn’t easy but gradually things improved and Bob found a new normal – he found support, and connections, and contentment in his new community and with his family.

So now we fast forward to this past weekend. I flew to Minneapolis to meet up with my parents, my sister, and her family to attend my nephew’s college hockey debut. It was a quick trip for all of us. Out on Friday afternoon, back on Sunday morning. A lot flying and a lot of driving – from the airport to the hotel. From the hotel to the college and back. To an away game on Saturday. Just a lot of activity and shuffling around.

We had hoped to meet with Bob and his son Mike while we were in the area but they lived quite a bit further away than we had first realized. We ended up being short a car as one person had to leave early. Bob doesn’t drive. The weather was bad. They were busy, we were busy. It just wasn’t going to be convenient to get together. We all had other things going on and decided it just wasn’t going to work this time. But we would visit Minneapolis again – maybe for a game next winter. He would be back in Michigan this summer. We would catch up next time.

So on Wednesday afternoon I got a phone call from my friend Ann. She told me that her father Bob passed away early that morning. We blew it --- and we immediately regretted it. We had an opportunity and we didn’t take advantage of it. We didn’t make it a priority. We didn’t give that relationship the value that it deserved. Our actions didn’t reflect our feelings and now that connection is gone.

After the shock had faded, I began to see the similarity of this situation to what could possibly happen in our church. What if we don’t accept the opportunities that are offered here at Weston United Methodist Church? Are we making this church – both its missions and spiritual offerings - a priority? Do we place value on the relationships and the connections we find here? Do our actions reflect how we feel about this place and these friends? Or are we too busy? Is it too inconvenient? Do we have other things to do? Or do we just say “We’ll be there next time”?. Because if that’s the case, we could wake up one day and find that it’s gone.

Now I realize that in a way, I am preaching to the choir – because you are here! But you also probably know that there are things that need to be fixed. We don’t have to have all of the answers right now - We just have to be willing to take a step. A small step in the right direction is all that is being asked. Whether that step for you is one of finances, or of time in service, or of prayer – I ask you to consider the value you place on this church and its work in this community. If you believe in WUMC’s purpose then let your actions truly reflect your priorities. This is your opportunity - don’t miss it.

I found a quote on Facebook that struck me so I will share it in closing:

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. 
Do justly, now. 
Love mercy, now. 
Walk humbly, now. 
You are not obligated to complete the work, 
But neither are you free to abandon it. 

Thank you, Jennifer Hall 11 November 2018 

Blankets for the Homeless in Waltham 

On Monday night, I was approached by one of the Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen workers helping with the 5 PM dinner we provided. She said there are several who sleep outside who need a blanket.

Please bring clean, new or lightly used blankets to church to be distributed to those in need.
Thank you, Debbi Miller
Thought for the Week
Pastor Pat
A certain rabbi and his people had been through horrible , cruel experiences, and he said "sometimes I don't have words to be able to pray. I don't know what to say or how to say it. In those times, I pray the alphabet and trust God to rearrange the letters."

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

11 November Sunday 
Worship Service
10:30 am
Do You Dare to Be Generous

New Small Group Study 
Starting Tuesday November 13 
10:30 am & 6:30 PM 
All are welcome. 

“Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church” – Three Week Study November 13-27. We will continue to meet on Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm for November. See Pastor Pat to get a copy of the book ($12.00 each). Read chapter 1 for November 13th.

"There is a lot of concern about where the United Methodist Church stands when it comes to homosexuality, same-gender marriage, and the ordination of LGBTQ persons, and what will result from the upcoming General Conference in February. Living Faithfully, a small-group study was created especially for United Methodists, to guide discussions in a way that encourages openness, humility, a spirit of grace, and above all, love for fellow United Methodists who may disagree with you. Offering multiple lenses through which to consider different perspectives, the study is based on Scripture from start to finish.

Dinner for Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen 
Monday November 12, 5:00 PM 

Our hungry brothers and sisters come to the Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen, held daily in the basement of Grace Vision (formerly Immanuel) UMC, at the corner of 545 Moody Street and Cherry Street in Waltham. They are so grateful that GOD and YOU care about them!

After worship on Sunday, please sign up on the two signup clipboards in the church parlor / Parish Hall to share Christ's love by playing YOUR part in this ministry. You can contribute one or more food items for our next serving day and/or assist with reheating or serving the meal. Our next serving day is Monday, November 12th at 5 pm (the second Monday of every month). As always, please keep in your prayers this ministry of love and everyone who it touches.

(5) Sloppy Joes, 4 lbs. from each contributor, prepared
(4) Hamburger Buns, 2 dozen from each contributor
(4) Potato Chips, 2 large bags
(2) Brownies or Cookies, each portion to serve 24
(2) Orange Juice and (3) Milk, 1 gallon each

Thank you again to all those who contributed to the October meal.


Thought for your meditation: 
“God works on us in all sorts of ways. But above all, God works on us through each other. People are mirrors, or ‘carriers’ of Christ to other people. Usually it is those who know God that bring God to others. That is why the church, the whole body of Christians showing God to one another, is so important."
C.S. Lewis (edited)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018


4 November Sunday 
Worship Service 
10:30 am 
“Even Jesus Weeps” 

All Saints Sunday
"I sing a song of the saints of God, patient and brave and true, who toiled and fought and lived and died for the Lord they loved and knew."
This Sunday, November 4, is All Saints Sunday. During the 10:30 service, we will remember those members and friends of our church who have died in this past year in a special way, and then offer an opportunity to remember other loved ones who have gone before. All are invited to recognize loved ones by name and participate in a special remembrance to honor their memory. 

New Small Group Study
Starting Tuesday  November 13
10:30 am & 6:30 PM
All are welcome.
“Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality & the United Methodist Church”
Three Week Study November 13-27. We will continue to meet on Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm for November. See Pastor Pat to get a copy of the book ($12.00 each). 
Read chapter 1 for November 13th.
"There is a lot of concern about where the United Methodist Church stands when it comes to homosexuality, same-gender marriage, and the ordination of LGBTQ persons, and what will result from the upcoming General Conference in February. Living Faithfully, a small-group study was created especially for United Methodists, to guide discussions in a way that encourages openness, humility, a spirit of grace, and above all, love for fellow United Methodists who may disagree with you. Offering multiple lenses through which to consider different perspectives, the study is based on Scripture from start to finish."
  
Stewardship Moment
The choir has sung Offertory by John Beck on many occasions.  It is taken from the book of Micah.

With what shall I come before the Lord,
And bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings,
Shall I come before Him with yearling calves?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
With ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I give my first-born for my transgressions,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has shown you, O man,
He has shown you what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice and to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?
Too often we focus on what shall I give?  How much money?  What can I afford?  How shall I give is the more critical question. Our most precious gift is our love.  How can we share that love?

Do you love this church?  Is it worthy of your time, your service, your money, your prayers, your love?  This special community of faith and friendship at WUMC is at risk.  Risk of financial insolvency.  Risk of declining membership.  Risk of losing that special sense of community that binds us together, that brings people here, and that has kept Sally and me coming back each week over the years. 

We have been members of WUMC for almost 40 years.  People here have welcomed us since the day we first walked in the door.  This community has loved us.  The church has celebrated the birth and maturation of our sons and people here have been like their grandparents, as both Sally’s and my parents lived far away.  It is where we have come to celebrate and to grieve, to give praise and receive kindness.  This special community of faith has been supported over the years by many ‘saints’ who have generously given of their time and witness.  We each have the opportunity to follow their example, to be an integral part of this community, to help the congregation grow and thrive.


And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice and to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?

As members of this church, each of us pledged to support it with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness.  How we give has everything to do with our presence, our service and our witness.  It’s not just about money.  Do you give of your time to the church?  Do you serve WUMC and the church community?  Do you witness about WUMC to friends and family?  As part of this year’s Stewardship effort, I hope you will generously renew your pledge to give of your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness to this United Methodist Church.

Now, more than ever, we need your support.

FORGIVE OUR CHURCH LEADERS, O LORD
Forgive our Church leaders, O Lord, if we have said it wrong.
Help us to state clearly that our Church wants something FOR its members much more than something FROM its members all year long, not just in a Stewardship Campaign.
Poor stewardship is dangerous. Some financially-able church attenders give nothing or next to nothing. This is not a financial problem but a spiritual one. God is a giver. Our willingness to share meaningfully in return reveals our relationship to God.
Examples can be found throughout Scripture, but two of the most helpful are found in Luke 12 and Revelation 3.
In Luke 12:15–21, we see a rich farmer blessed with an abundant crop. He gives no credit to God, nor does he give thought to being a steward. He thinks only about himself. Jesus calls him a “fool,” not because he had a great many possessions, but because his possessions had him.
In Revelation 3:14–17, we get to eavesdrop on the letter to the church in Laodicea. The people in the church believed their material blessings indicated they were right with God. But God exposed the error of their lukewarm church life.
In both cases, a harmful relationship with wealth became the root of spiritual blindness.
Our church wants FOR every member a strong relationship with God, with meaningful worship, a place of meaningful service for kingdom work, and meaningful stewardship of the blessings given by God.
Stewardship includes time, talents, and money. Stewardship includes learning how to be a stronger follower of and worker for Jesus.

Annual Dinner
Justice for our Neighbors
providing legal services, advocacy & education for immigrants

Saturday, November 3, 2018; 5:30 pm

St. John’s Korean UMC/MBH District Office

2600 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, MA 02421
R Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) will hold its annual dinner on Nov. 3 in Lexington. Our church has been an active supporter of JFON. JFON is a national Methodist affiliated organization that provides free legal representation to those caught up in the immigration legal process; especially unaccompanied children. Just within eastern Massachusetts, there are JFON clinics in Woburn and Lowell, and another is scheduled to open soon in Lawrence. 
Please see either Richard or Hyo Choon to purchase the remaining seats. Have fun, enjoy a good meal with great company while supporting a great, timely cause.

Blessing of the Animals
A number of our four-legged friends assembled with their 2 legged companions for a blessing service at 2:00 pm on Sunday October 28.



Wednesday, October 24, 2018


28 October  Sunday
First informal Last Sunday Coffee and Conversation with the Pastor” in the Parlor
9:15 am – 10:00 am
This is a great opportunity to get to know our wonderful new pastor on a more personal level and to connect as a community! All are welcome! 
Traditional coffee hour will also take place after the worship service.
Worship Service
10:30 am
“Extending the Table”
Blessing of the Animals
2:00 PM
Bring your furry, feathered, and scaly friends for a blessing, fellowship and fun.
Humans also welcome!
(Please have all pets on a leash or in a carrier)

Stewardship Moment
DO YOU REALIZE YOUR BLESSINGS?
St. Paul said, “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:5-6) So, do you feel thankful?
Are you somewhat healthy this morning? If YES, you are better off than 1,050,000 who died around the world today. 
Have you personal experience in war, imprisonment, torture, or starvation?  If NO, you are better off than 9% of God’s people. 
Can you read the BEAMS articles?  If YES, you are better off than 37% of God’s people.
Are you free to attend worship without fear?  If YES, you are better off than 56% of God’s people.
Do you have some food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep?  If YES, you are better off than 75% of God’s people.
Do you have some money in savings and some in your wallet?  If YES, you are better off than 92% of God’s people.
Real stewardship of our resources (time, talent, and money) does not begin with giving. It really begins when we recognize our bounty under God’s care and can envision how we, trusting in
God’s continued provision for us, can gratefully share with others who are less fortunate and have never learned of God.
Upcoming Meetings
Thursday 10/25 – Outreach Committee 6:30 pm
Sunday 10/28 at Sudbury UMC
3:00 pm Listening Session - LGBTQ issues in the UMC
for the February 2019 General Conference
5:00 pm Discussion of Mission Shares concerns

Weston CROP Walk
October 21

In last Sunday's Weston CROP Hunger Walk, thirteen walkers from churches in Weston (see attached photo) and many more contributors and lots of prayers all came together to support Church World Service's Zero Hunger Initiative in West Timor, Indonesia, as well as Bristol Lodge, in its work with the homeless in Waltham, and the Council on Aging in Weston.
We are just $80 short of reaching the goal of raising $1,000. If you haven't contributed yet and would like to help achieve this goal to feed our hungry sisters and brothers in Indonesia and our local community, please donate a check payable to CWS/CROP to Bob Hout or one of the other walkers, or make a donation online  
(choose "General donation") at: https://www.crophungerwalk.org/westonma/Donate


Amazing Grace

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Worship Serviee
October 21 is Laity Sunday
Come to worship together and celebrate the ministry of the laity!  Lay Leader Jen Hall is leading this service, and she would appreciate hearing from anyone who would be willing to speak for 3 or 4 minutes about the gift of service – how has serving in God’s work been a gift to you as you serve? We will also be receiving a new member to the church.

Healing Service
October 21, 2018, 3:00 pm

Is any one of you in trouble?  They should pray.  Is anyone happy?  Let them sing songs of praise.  Is any one of you sick? They should call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 
James 5:13-15

All persons are welcome to these services of healing prayer, to be held generally on the third Sunday of the month at 3:00 pm. Prayers for healing and laying on of hands will be a part of these special services, sometimes accompanied with anointing with oil, and Holy Communion.

Guest Preacher for October 21st:
Robert Grindley of Branch Ministries.
Branch Ministries is the Missionary work of Robert and Mary Grindley in Botswana, Africa. Their work includes Church planting, Bible training, and several community programs reaching thousands of youth and children inside and outside the public-school systems annually. Currently they are constructing Children of Promise Orphan Center with their vision being to provide full-time care for over 200 orphaned children, including Christian Education and Vocational Training. The Grindleys travel in Africa and the United States teaching the Word of God and conducting seminars on Marriage and Parenting as well as Healing upon request.

From the United Methodist Book of Worship: “A Service of Healing is not necessarily a service of curing, but it provides an atmosphere in which healing can happen. The greatest healing of all is the reunion or reconciliation of a human being with God. When this happens, physical healing sometimes occurs, mental and emotional balance is often restored, spiritual health is enhanced, and relationships are healed. For the Christian the basic purpose of spiritual healing is to renew and strengthen one's relationship with the living Christ.”

Upcoming Meetings and Events:

Monday 10/22 – Finance Committee 7:00 pm
Wednesday 10/24 – Knitting 10:00 am
Thursday 10/25 – Outreach Committee 6:30 pm
Sunday 10/28 events:
First informal “Last Sunday Coffee and Conversation with the Pastor” – 9:15 a.m.
All are welcome
Blessing of the Animals 2:00 pm – bring your dogs, cats, ponies, etc. to the front lawn
Listening Session 3:00 pm for the February 2019 General Conference on the LGBTQ issues in
the UMC at Sudbury UMC
Discussion of Mission Shares concerns 5:00 pm at Sudbury UMC