Thursday, April 19, 2018


Upcoming Meetings / Events
22 April – Sunday Worship
Sermon:  "Other Sheep”
Rev. Wendell Luke

25 April - Wednesday
Church Council Meeting
7:00 PM

Rev. Luke will be at the church each Wednesday morning if you would like to meet with him.



New Bible Study

May 1, 2018 - 5:00 – 7:30 pm

Mark your calendar

Unafraid by Adam Hamilton

Dinner at 5:00, Study at 5:30.

Please reach out to Carole Kerr
if you plan on attending
Cost - $15 for the book



Order of Worship
Rev. Luke opened the 15 April Worship Service with an explanation of our Order of Worship, with particular focus on the sequence of prayers.  Each Sunday in April, he will be in the Sanctuary 15 minutes before the service to talk with people about the Order of Worship and its ecclesiastic basis.

Earth Day Sunday - April 22
In preparation for Earth Day this year, you are encouraged to watch and reflect on this Photo Prayer video, featuring stunning images of Nature along with the beautiful words of a prayer written by United Methodist Bishop Ken Carter when he was a pastor in North Carolina in 2005:
To help guide our thinking and acting about how we live in, and are in engaged in ministry in the world, The United Methodist Church has created statements to guide the church in its efforts to create a world of justice. Our "Social Principles", part of our Book of Discipline, explain how United Methodists are called to live in the world. To learn more about them, and in particular our UMC "Social Principles on The Natural World", including Water, Air, Soil, Minerals, Plants, Energy Resources Utilization, Animal Life, Global Climate Stewardship, Space, Science and Technology, Food Safety, and Food Justice, see:
Here is an excerpt...
All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings. God has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect. Economic, political, social, and technological developments have increased our human numbers, and lengthened and enriched our lives. However, these developments have led to regional defoliation, dramatic extinction of species, massive human suffering, overpopulation, and misuse and overconsumption of natural and nonrenewable resources, particularly by industrialized societies. This continued course of action jeopardizes the natural heritage that God has entrusted to all generations. Therefore, let us recognize the responsibility of the church and its members to place a high priority on changes in economic, political, social, and technological lifestyles to support a more ecologically equitable and sustainable world leading to a higher quality of life for all of God’s creation.

Water, Air, Soil, Minerals, Plants - We support and encourage social policies that serve to reduce and control the creation of industrial byproducts and waste; facilitate the safe processing and disposal of toxic and nuclear waste and move toward the elimination of both; encourage reduction of municipal waste; provide for appropriate recycling and disposal of municipal waste; and assist the cleanup of polluted air, water, and soil. We call for the preservation of old-growth forests and other irreplaceable natural treasures, as well as preservation of endangered plant species. We support measures designed to maintain and restore natural ecosystems. We support policies that develop alternatives to chemicals used for growing, processing, and preserving food, and we strongly urge adequate research into their effects upon God’s creation prior to utilization. We urge development of international agreements concerning equitable utilization of the world’s resources for human benefit so long as the integrity of the earth is maintained. We are deeply concerned about the privatization of water resources, the bottling of water to be sold as a commodity for profit, and the resources that go into packaging bottled water. We urge all municipalities and other governmental organizations to develop processes for determining sustainability of water resources and to determine the environmental, economic, and social consequences of privatization of water resources prior to the licensing and approval thereof.
(From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church - 2016. Copyright 2016 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.)

Dinner for Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen
Our next serving day is Monday, May 14th 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.
Please reach out to Bob Hout to help share Christ's love in this ministry.  You can contribute one or more food items for our serving day and/or assist with reheating or serving the meal

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Upcoming Meetings / Events
15 April – Sunday Worship
Native American Ministries Sunday
Sermon:  "You Are Witnesses”
Rev. Wendell Luke

17 April – Tuesday
Trustees Meeting

25 April - Wednesday
Church Council Meeting

Native American Ministries Sunday

Native American Ministries Sunday is a very special celebration that United Methodist churches across the country celebrate every year. With a special offering on this designated Sunday in April, we honor and empower the Native Americans in our church community. Native Americans - with many unique languages and cultures - honor Jesus and live as Christians led by a contingent of primarily Native American pastors. It is a joy to celebrate and embolden their congregations on this day!
Here are five reasons we believe in the importance of this Special Sunday:
- We are committed to racial reconciliation.
The struggles of First Americans are often invisible. As a result of historic and ongoing institutional racism, our Native communities experience high rates of poverty and suicide. As United Methodists, we have vowed to seek reconciliation with Native Americans and are committed to represent their community in a way that befits their proud heritage. This offering specifically supports Native American seminarians, strengthens, develops and equips Native American rural, urban and reservation congregations, ministries and communities and annual conference Native American Ministries.
- We believe in funding justice efforts for Native Americans.
“Social justice” is more than a buzzword for United Methodist congregations. With this offering, we are saying YES to creating programs that enrich, empower and educate. So many people want to support our First Americans but don’t know where to start. Giving generously on this Sunday is an easy way to show our support.
- When we give together, we do more.
Connectionalismis a high priority for our denomination. We believe in joining together, as congregations, to celebrate together on six Special Sundays throughout the year. This particular Special Sunday is the biggest impact we make together for Native American communities.
- We believe in taking care of our own family.
As United Methodists, we are committed to serving and giving all over the world, but we are just as committed to caring for our own communities. 1 Timothy 5:8 challenges us to take care of our own family. On Native American Ministries Sunday, we do just that.
- We want to model generosity for our community future generations.
Generosity leaves a legacy. When we give as a community, we tell our local community that we care. When we give as a community to diverse causes, we are making sure people know that our churches are externally focused. We believe in diversity, and we believe in supporting all people. On this day, we make sure to support our First Americans.
 Together, we do more! You may write a check payable to Weston UMC and in the memo line write "Native American Ministries", or write this memo line on an envelope with cash, and place it in the offering plate at Sunday worship.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Easter is almost here!

April 1 - Easter Sunday
Sermon: “The Mary In All Of Us”

Special Thanks
Special Thanks to our Music Director, Hyo Choon Lee and the members of the Chancel Choir for a very moving performance of Olivet to Calvary by J. H. Maunder o Palm Sunday.


Sunday, March 18, 2018


March 20 - Trustees Meeting

March 21 - Church Council Meeting

March 25 - Palm Sunday
Easter Cantata


 April 1 - Easter

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Reading and Prayer of the Day

Seek Your True Home
One emotion was very strong-- that was homecoming.  Jesus opened his home to me and seemed to say, "Here is where you belong."  The words he spoke to his disciples, " In my Father's house there are many places to live in. . . . I am going now to prepare a place for you" (John 14:2), became very real.  The risen Jesus, who now dwells with his Father, was welcoming me home after a long journey. 

This experience was the realization of my oldest and deepest desires.  Since the first moment of consciousness, I have had to desire to be with Jesus.  Now I felt his presence in a most tangible way, as if my whole life had come together and I was being enfolded in love.  The homecoming had a real quality of return, a return to the womb of God.

Henry J. M. Nouwen
Beyond the Mirror:  Reflection on Death and Life

Prayer
Indwelling God, you know the truth of me even before I was formed in my mother's womb, you know my thoughts even before I apprehend them, you welcome me home into the warmth of your love even when I do not realize that I am lost.  I know myself so little even as you know me so well.  I cannot fathom the future, but grant me the grace to appreciate the present in that place where I most belong -- in your heart.  Amen.

Lenten Action
Practice "letting go" of one aspect of the future which is not in your hands.  Spend this day in mindfulness of each present moment rather than letting your thoughts and plans race ahead of yourself.

Rev. Dr. Jung Sun Oh


Upcoming Meetings / Events
2 March Friday -12:00 pm
World Day of Prayer event at Weston UMC
Lenten Sermon Series
Theme:  Prayer and Justice
March 4 - The Third Sunday of Lent        
“Prayer and Full Inclusion of LGBTQ Sisters and Brothers”
Communion
Special Prayers for Church Renewal
Reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ and church members
Children and Youth at WUMC
12:00 pm – Lenten Study w/ Lunch (Week 3)
Praying in a Noisy World by Rueben Job
Leader: Bob Hout
12:00 pm - Easter Cantata Rehearsal, Chancel Choir
March 11 - The Fourth Sunday of Lent     
“Prayer and Ecological Justice”
New Member Reception, after Worship
March 12 – Monday - 5 pm
Serving at Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen in Waltham
(more information below)
March 18The Fifth Sunday of Lent
 Guest Preacher
25 March - Palm Sunday
Easter Cantata
Olivet to Calvary
By J. H. Maunder
Chancel Choir

Special Welcome
 Daniel and Janety Q. to Worship Service and Fellowship

World Day of Prayer - Suriname
For only the second time since the 1990’s, the World Day of Prayer 2018 service in our area will be celebrated at Weston UMC, on Friday, March 2nd at 12 noon. Invite your family and friends to join in a one hour inspirational service of prayer and song, this year lifting up the people of the South American country of Suriname. After worship, stay and sample the aroma and flavor of some of Suriname's tasty delicacies. No reservations are needed.

Please contact Bob Hout for more info, or if you'd like to help with the event, particularly by preparing one of the delicacies (recipes are available) - bobhoutjr@gmail.com


Please take a moment to write out a Prayer Request or Blessings to add to our new poster in the Narthex.

Prayer Requests
Betty S. (Recovering from Surgery)
Michael (travel to Uganda)

Dinner for Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen
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! As blessed children of God, please lift up in prayer each of them and their needs and concerns, including:
- For Johnny, who suffered a seizure and is in hospital.
- For Steve, Raquel, and others, thank you for those who help.
- For John, for world peace.
- For the family and friends of Justine who died from pneumonia.
- For Tony and Linda, for a job, for health, for those in harm's way.
- To bring Jesus.

After worship on Sunday, please sign up on the two signup clipboards in the church parlor 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, February 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) Coleslaw, 2 extra large bags plus bottle of dressing
(4) Potato Chips, 2 large bags
(2) Brownies or Cookies, each portion to serve 24
(2) Orange Juice 
(3) Milk, 1 gallon each

Thank you for to all those who contribute to the January and February meals


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Upcoming Meetings / Events
Sunday 25 February, 12:00 pm – Lenten Study w/ Lunch (5 Weeks)
Praying in a Noisy World by Rueben Job
Leader: Bob Hout
Friday 2 March, 120:00 pm  World Day of Prayer event at Weston UMC
Lenten Sermon Series
Theme:  Prayer and Justice
February 18 - The First Sunday of Lent:   
Lord’s Prayer and Justice:  “Your Will be Done on Earth”
February 25 - The Second Sunday of Lent:  
“Prayer and Racial Justice”
March 4 - The Third Sunday of Lent:        
“Prayer and Full Inclusion of LGBTQ Sisters and Brothers”
March 11 - The Fourth Sunday of Lent:     
“Prayer and Ecological Justice”
March 18The Fifth Sunday of Lent
 Guest Preacher
Please take a moment to write out a Prayer Request or Blessings to add to our new poster in the Narthex.


Best Wishes and Thank You to Shari Gabriele
Best wishes and thank you to Shari Gabriele, our Administrative Assistant for the past several years.    Her last day will be Wednesday February 28th.  We wish her well in her future endeavors.

Lenten Study
Please consider joining the Lenten Study group after worship on the Sunday’s during Lent.  All are welcome, whether you come for one session or the whole series.

Last Sunday, eight folks stayed following the morning worship service and fellowship time with lunch to join in a successful one hour small group discussion about "Sitting in Silence". We talked about finding a quiet place and time to help us focus on the voice of God, who is seeking our attention.

This Sunday, you're welcome to stay for a discussion about "Releasing Our Fears, Needs, and Hopes" into God's care, and inviting the Spirit to reassure us of God's love and presence.
Whether or not you attend the small group discussions, feel free to use the study's daily prayer plans as part of your Lenten observance. Please contact Bob Hout to be emailed a copy of the prayer plans -bobhoutjr@gmail.com

World Day of Prayer - Suriname
For only the second time since the 1990’s, the World Day of Prayer 2018 service in our area will be celebrated at Weston UMC, on Friday, March 2nd at 12 noon. Invite your family and friends to join in a one hour inspirational service of prayer and song, this year lifting up the people of the South American country of Suriname. After worship, stay and sample the aroma and flavor of some of Suriname's tasty delicacies. No reservations are needed.

Please contact Bob Hout for more info,  or if you'd like to help with the event, particularly by preparing one of the delicacies (recipes are available) - bobhoutjr@gmail.com

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Invitation to the Observance of Lenten Discipline

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

The early Christians observed with great devotion
The days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church that before the Easter celebration there should be a forty day season of spiritual preparation.

During this season converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism.
It was also a time when persons who had committed serious sins and had separated themselves from the community of faith were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to participation in the life of the Church.

In this way the whole congregation was reminded of the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the need we all have to renew our faith.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church
    To observe a holy Lent:
    By self-examination and repentance;
    By prayer, fasting, and self-denial,
    And by reading and meditation on God’s Holy Word.
  To make a right beginning of repentance,
  And as a mark of mortal nature,
  Let us now bow before our Creator and Redeemer.

(From United Methodist Church Book of Worship)


Rev Oh

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Welcome to the new weekly BEAMS.  
We are moving to a new weekly newsletter.

February 8, 2018
The Weston United Methodist Church invites you and your family to worship and Sunday School on Sunday, February 11, 2018.

Pastor Oh will preach the sermon, “Take Heart.” And the scripture readings are John 16:33; 2 Corinthians 6:1-4.

We also invite you and your family to Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00 P.M.

The 2018 Lenten Theme of the Weston UMC is From Beauty of Ashes to glory of Easter Morning. The Rev. Dr. Jung Sun Oh will begin a Lenten Sermon Series titled, “Prayer and Justice” on the First Sunday of Lent, February 18th.

Thank you to Cindy who has created some beautiful new bulletin boards.  Next time you are at church, be sure to stop by and look at them.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Sunday Worship February 11

Dear sisters, brothers, 

A Blessed morning

I would like to share Scripture passages for this week and the Sermon title for Sunday, February 11.

I also ask your prayers during the week.

Sermon: Take Heart
Scripture:  John 16:33; 2 Corinthians 6:4

Sermon theme is How to deal with Difficulty?   In short Living with Difficulty.

Please read the linked Scripture and pray to God:
  • For God’s kingdom on earth, you and  your family, 
  • For WUMC especially ministry and mission and new life as community of faith.   
God is with us!

Thanks for your prayers, support, and especially your faithful service to WUMC.

Praying for your blessed day and week
Peace
Pastor