Family Christmas Tree: Please bring a favorite ornament from home to
decorate the family tree this Sunday morning (Dec. 3) during the
The Altar Guild will be putting up the Family
Christmas Tree in the Sanctuary on Friday, 12/1 and partially
decorating it. They will be decorating the Narthex Tree and hanging the
greens on Saturday 12/2. Both days the start time is 9:0am.
Everyone is welcome to come and help!
Dec 3 - The First Sunday of Advent
Lighting the first candle of Advent,
Decorating Family Tree,
Baptism, Mahim Rezo
New Member Reception, Scott and Cindy Boudrou
Bentley Student Gospel Ensemble: Worship with Bentley University
students, and staff. Gospel Ensemble will sing during the Sunday service.
We welcome sisters and brothers of Bentley
Each year we decorate our sanctuary and altar with
poinsettias in memory or to honor our loved ones and to give glory to
God. An alternative offering can be made to support WATCH in
Waltham. They can be ordered by using the form stapled at the back of the
bulletin or by calling the church office.
Staff Christmas Gift
It is our WUMC tradition each Christmas to thank our staff
for their loving service to our church family with a gift. If you would
like to contribute, please give a check or cash to Sally or Bob Hicks by Sunday
(Checks should be made out to Robert or Sarah Hicks... gifts should not be made out
to the church/WUMC)
Dec 17 - Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata and Church Luncheon: The Chancel Choir will perform their
annual Christmas Cantata.
Following the worship service will be a Christmas Luncheon
in the Parish Hall.
We will be having a
brunch this Sunday after the worship service.
The Fellowship committee is providing the egg casserole dishes, but you
are asked to please bring muffins or coffee cake to share.
Invitation to Worship Committee
We invite all church members to join the
Worship Committee. The Worship committee will create the order of the Worship
Service which is a biblically grounded, Wesleyan
(Methodist), culturally relevant order of worship service for the Weston
United Methodist Church. If you volunteer for the worship
committee, the church office will send “the guidelines for Worship: The Gifts
of God from the People of God (United Methodist Church).”
Celebration of Long Time
Church members (who served more than 30 years)
During Sunday service Oct 29th, we are celebrating the long term members (who have served more than 30
years at WUMC)
Parsonage Open House - Sunday Nov 5
Myung and Pastor Oh
invite you and your family to an Open House on Sunday, November 5th.
Please come to the parsonage immediately after the Sunday service.
Coffee Hosts are needed for November 12th and
Please sing up to host the coffee hour on the
12th or 26th of November. If no one signs up
there will be no refreshments on that given week.
Volunteers for Greeters
We are looking for volunteers to be greeters
before the service each week. Please sign up in the Narthex on the Greeters
signup sheet if you would like to greet people as they arrive for church.
Please be here 15 minutes prior to the start of the service.
Small Group Study: Five Practices of Faithful Congregations
Immediately after Fellowship, we will meet in the Parlor around 12:00 p.m.. It is a 90-minute session.
Myung and Pastor Oh invite you and your family to Open House on Sunday, November 5. Please come to parsonage immediately Sunday service.
Invitation to Fruitful dialogue and a Christian holy conversation with Pastor Oh
Pastor Jung Sun Oh would like to meet with, and listen to church members who would like to share his/her concerns especially caused by changes at WUMC. If you wish to make an appointment, please call the Church office or send email to Shari.
Lincoln Open Studio
Joan Seville is a member of Lincoln Open Studio and invites you to the following show:
Biennial Exhibit at the Lincoln Library September 30 - October 28, 2017. Open studio is pleased to display some of the paintings we have created over the last two years. The Artists’ Reception will be held on Thursday, October 12th from 4:30 to 7:00pm.
I would like to invite you and your family to “A Healing Service with Communion” on Sunday, October 8, 10:30 A.M.
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me. For I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Let us pray: God of compassion, you have given us Jesus Christ, the great physician, who made the broken whole and healed the sick. Touch our wounds, relieve our hurts, and restore us to wholeness of life, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Worship)
I would like to share the introduction of Healing Services and Prayers in Book of Worship of United Methodist Church.
Scripture strongly affirms ministries of spiritual healing. The root of the word healing in the New Testament Greek, sozo, is the same as that of salvation and wholeness. Spiritual healing is God’s work of offering persons balance, harmony, and wholeness of body, mind, spirit, and relationships through confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Through such healing, God works to bring about reconciliation between God and humanity, among individuals and communities, within each person, and between humanity and the rest of creation. The New Testament records that Jesus himself healed the estranged and sick and sent out his disciples on ministries of healing. (James 5:14-16a) calls us also to pray for and anoint the sick, that they may be healed.
All healing is of God. The Church’s healing ministry in no way detracts from the gifts God gives through medicine and psychotherapy. It is no substitute for either medicine or the proper care of one’s health. Rather, it adds to our total resources for wholeness.
Healing is not magic, but underlying it is the great mystery of God’s love. Thosewho minister spiritual healing are only channels of God’s love. Although no one can predict what will happen in a given instance, many marvelous healings have taken place.
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 union 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 Christian the basic purpose of spiritual healing is to renew and strengthen one’s relationship with the living Christ.
As an individual and the pastor of WUMC, I need God’s healing. I need to reconcile with God, others, God’s beloved people at WUMC. Friends! Do you need God’s healing? Do you want to be reconciled with God, others, and God’s beloved people at WUMC?
Let’s pray with Psalmist, “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you O God.” (42:1)
Dates: Wednesday, October 11 and Monday, October 30
Time: 5:30 pm – 6:40 pm
Dates: Monday, October 16
Time: 5:15 pm -- 6:20 pm
3.Invitation to Fruitful dialogue and a Christian holy conversation with Pastor Oh
Pastor Jung Sun Oh would like to meet with, and listen to church members who would like to share his/her concerns especially caused by changes at WUMC. With an open mind, and heart, Pastor will listen to your thoughts and opinions. He can meet you in Pastor's office or your house or other place. If you wish to make an appointment, please call the Church office or send email to Shari.
4.Saturday, October 7th is the Fall Church Work Day. See the October BEAMS for all the details. Work begins at 8:30am and will go until the work is finished. More hands make less work for everyone.
Coffee hosts are needed for the month of October. Please sign up in the Narthex.
6.Volunteers for Morning Greeters
We are looking for volunteers to be greeters before the service each week. Please sign up in the Narthex on the Greeters signup sheet if you would like to greet people as they arrive for church. Please be here 15 minutes prior to the start of the service.
7.Continue to pray for the people impacted by Hurricane Harvey and all those responding to their cry for help. Through our denomination's United Methodist Committee on Relief, YOU can make a difference, immediately, by donating online at http://www.umcor.org/Search-for-Projects/Projects/901670, where 100% of your donation will help survivors recover. Alternatively, you may write a check payable to WUMC with memo "US Disaster Response" or write that on an envelope with cash, and place it in the offering plate today or in the coming weeks. For more info, see: http://www.neumc.org/disasterresponsenews
8.Our next serving day at Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen in Waltham is Monday, October 9th.
Please sign up during Coffee Hour on the two sheets in Parish Hall to contribute one or more food items and/or to assist with reheating or serving the meal.
9.Installation Service and Fellowship
Myung and Pastor Oh (with their children Esther, Aiden, and Becky) deeply appreciate your preparation, participation, and prayers for the Installation service and fellowship. Pastor Oh’s family gives thanks to God and WUMC members. WUMC presented a Bible, Water, the Bread and Cup, a Hymnal and Book of Worship, a Book of Discipline, a Globe, and a Stole to Pastor Jung Sun Oh.
10.Stewardship Campaign Committee 2017 (Previously known as Finance Campaign Committee)
Pastor Oh, Joe Kerr, Nancy Mack, and Bob Hicks will begin the Stewardship Campaign 2017 with God’s guidance, blessings and your support.
11.Worship committee at WUMC
Pastor Jung Sun and church council will begin the process of adding a worship committee to WUMC. The Worship committee will develop a "Biblically faithful and Culturally Relevant United Methodist Sunday service." for WUMC.
Creating a daily
prayer practice takes discipline. The goal is not to be rigid but
faithful. Here are some hints to guide you:
Find a time that works
for you. Spend from fifteen minutes to an hour. Many people
find early mornings best, before activities take over the day. I
strongly suggest early morning.
Find a space that
works for you. Choose a quiet place where you can be uninterrupted, a
warm, and inviting place. Light a candle (if you like), open a Bible, and
consider creating an altar or table with objects that may aid you in prayer.
Find one or more
postures that work for you. Sitting is most common, but sometimes
kneeling or standing or walking may open you to deeper ways of prayer.
Sometimes you may incorporate several postures during your time of meditation.
Find a balance of
sound and silence that works for you. Allow for solitude. This is a
time not only to talk with God but also to listen. Minimize distractions
Consider using music
as an aid to prayer and as a way to move from the noise of the day into a time
Keep a Bible, a
journal for writings reflections, and this book with you as your prayer
I would like to share
a wisdom of Prayer and Practice with you. To have a life of prayer,
we must pray either in silence or spoken words. I hope and
pray that this information provides thoughts, reflections, and practices to
help you. The practice of prayer under girds the heart of people.
You can pray in the
comfort of a chair in front of a fireplace at home, or in the company of a
church member, or in the company of a choir singing or listening to “Bach’s
Matthew Passion” or Handel’s “Messiah.” I pray with Taize Songs.
Your prayer practice may involve serving God’s people at Bristol Lodge and
God’s children at Whittemore School in Waltham. My prayer
practice also involves offering God’s Blessing Station ministry at Kendal Green
Station in Weston, Lincoln Station in Lincoln, and Waltham Station in
Waltham. You as an individual, and also in a group or
community can practice various ways of prayer. Sometimes, or many times,
we as church members can be easily overwhelmed with the abundance of varieties
of prayer. However as children of God we should begin to pray
somewhere and sometime.
Friends, NOW is a good
I hope and pray that
your practice of prayer shapes your identity as children of God.
Let’s learn the lesson from the gospel of Luke. “Then, Jesus told them a
parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.” (Luke 18:1) And
“Pray without ceasing.” (I Thessalonians 5:17). I invite
you to move from saying prayers to living a life of prayer, a life constantly aware
of the presence of God, Christ Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Such
communication and communion with God can happen in the ordinary activities of
life. Our time of focused prayer helps and equips us to be able to express our
genuine and honest gratitude and thanksgiving to God and also connectedness
with others, nature as God’s creation, and to ourselves.
How to Create a Daily
- Creating a
daily prayer practice takes discipline.
fear, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by
name. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you....
Because you are precious in my sight and honored and I love you (Isaiah 43:1-4).
sisters and brothers in Christ at WUMC. With gratitude and
thanksgiving, I share this story with you. This is an amazing
story of God's Blessing Station outreaching ministry. When Carole,
Joe and I arrived at the Lincoln Rail Commuter Station parking lot around 5: 30
p.m. last Friday (September 8), a person approached us and asked for
help. After listening to her, I introduced myself and gave her my
name card (with WUMC church name and address). Carole and Joe
also introduced themselves and greeted her with a beautiful
smile. She, then, asked us "Are you from Church?" We
replied to her. "Yes. We are from the Weston United Methodist
Church in Weston." Then she responded with a beautiful smile
and shared her needs with us. We also talked to her brother
over the phone. Her brother asked me to baptize, and eventually
accept her as a WUMC member. I promised her brother I
would. Carole and Joe helped her on Friday evening
and brought her to church on Sunday morning. She worshiped with us
at WUMC. She will continue to worship with us every Sunday.
our third day of God's Blessing Station ministry, God sent a beloved God's
child to WUMC, a beloved community, and asked us to love, care and live with
her. I will start "the process to become a WUMC
member" with her. I am asking you all to continue to welcome her and pray
for her and her family. Let's continue to carry on God's Blessing
Station outreaching ministry with deep gratitude and thanksgiving. Thank
you for your prayers, support, and participation.
let's continue to remember the scripture, "... and generous hearts,
praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by
day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved."
(Acts 2:47). God adds numbers! God will
continue to send God's children to WUMC through God's Blessing Station
outreaching ministry. We believe in God who iswho was and
who is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8).
“I will extol you, O
LORD, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me.
O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O LORD, you
brought up my soul from She’ol, restored me to life from among those gone down
to the Pit” (Psalm 30: 1-3).
I prayed with this
Psalm in the morning. Walter Brueggemann, one of the most respected Old
Testament scholars and authors in our age, in his The Message of thePsalms, related the forms of Psalms to the realities of human experience.
He introduced three major themes of Psalm:
Orientation, Disorientation, and New Orientation.
This psalm is a quite
beautiful example of New Orientation and Thanksgiving song and tells the story
of going to the trouble and coming out of the trouble. You have drawn
me up (v.1); You have healed me (v. 2b); You
have lifted up my life (v. 3a); You have restored me to
life (v. 3b). With gratitude and thanksgiving, I praise God with you. God
has drawn us. God has healed us. God has lifted up us. God has
As WUMC, a beloved
community, begins our new fall season of 2017, I would like to celebrate those
who have served WUMC for over 30 years. They are “so great cloud of
witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1). And at WUMC, "we are surrounded by so many great
cloud of witnesses,” these amazing sisters, and brothers in Christ. They are
beautiful examples and witnesses of faithful commitment to God at
Let’s celebrate their
unwavering commitments and services to God at WUMC in October. Let’s
throw a great party with delicious foods and fellowship.
With Psalmist I praise
and give thanks to the living God, "When I look at your heavens, the work
of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are
human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for
them?" (Psalm 8:3-4). Psalm 8 is the first biblical text to
reach the moon when the Apollo 11 mission left a silicon disc containing
messages from seventy-three nations including the Vatican in 1969.
WUMC has become an
active, vibrant church even during the summer months. The Summer Party at
the parsonage yard was a great success. Following the first-century
church in Acts 2, WUMC had Christian fellowship with food. Serving God's
people with meals at Bristol Lodge is clear evidence that WUMC practices that
we believe and follows the teaching of Jesus "...... for I was hungry you
gave me food.... Truly I tell you, just as you did it to the least of these who
are members of my family, you did it to me." (Matthew 25: 35-40).
Station, the first outreaching ministry, is another example of a vibrant, and
growing church. We shared God's love with (about) 350 of God's
people at the Waltham commuter rail station on Wednesday, August 16th. In
early September, we will share God's love with God's people at the Kendall
Green station in Weston and in Lincoln. WUMC is following the instruction of
the Risen Lord. "..... you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea
and Samaria and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8). God will continue to send God’s people and add numbers to the WUMC, beloved community.
It's time to come back
to WUMC, beloved community. It's time to worship, attend small group study,
enjoy fellowship, plan and implement ministry and mission of WUMC with renewed
body, emotion, and spirit. My sermon
title of this Sunday is "Witnesses." Scriptures are
Acts 1:6-11, and Matthew 28:16-20.
Beloved sisters and
brothers! I pray that steadfast, unfailing love and faithfulness of the
living God enfold you and your family always.