Book Club

Calling all avid readers   Join the MUMC Monthly Book Club.  We will be meeting on Monday, March 18 at 6:30pm at the church. Hope to see you there. Questions? Email Linda Schneider lindaschneidernh@gmail.com  or Call @ 603-991-4854


Special Session of General Conference

All are invited to a second gathering to discuss Human Sexuality and the Church. This gathering will follow worship on February 17. We’ll go from 10:45 until 12:00 downstairs in the Fellowship Hall.

Back on 10 & 12 October 2018, we met to discuss the Human Sexuality Policies of The United Methodist Church and calls for changes that have been coming up for many years. I shared about an imminent Special Session of General Conference (26-28 February), which will take up recommendations and vote on a “Way Forward” relative to changes being proposed. During our discussions in October, there was interest in a second gathering to talk about what Holy Scriptures say on the subject. This second gathering is for this purpose.

I ask that you take time before our gathering to study two resources that I intend to use to guide our discussions. They can be found here. Let us be in prayer for our gathering on the 17th and continue our prayers for the Special Session of General Conference.

May the Love of Jesus be with you, Pastor Bob

Regarding “A Way Forward” on sexuality
and The United Methodist Church.


The United Methodist Church has been struggling with questions related to human sexuality since its inception in 1968.  How we are to live Jesus’ commandment to love one another, while also holding one another responsible in our moral and ethical living?  Debates call into question the Church’s established laws restricting the marrying and ordaining of individuals who are actively homosexual. 

Calls to change church law have repeatedly come up over the past forty-two years.  The call will come again in February 2019.  The difference this time will be the presentation of plans for “a way forward” that will be presented and voted on. 

Pastor Bob held an information and holy conversation session related to these plans.  Slides that supported the session are included here.  As you read through these slides, please email Pastor Bob any questions or thoughts that you have. 

Pastor Bob will be hosting Scripture-based discussion sessions on this subject very soon.  Please watch this page for more information.

Finally, Pastor Bob calls us all to be in prayer and to read the book, The Anatomy of Peace, by The Arbinger Institute.  Copies will be available at the church for loan shortly.  And most importantly, let us remember that our gay sisters and brothers are always welcome in our church, at the Lord’s Table, and are invited to share in his baptism as one with us in the body of Christ.


New Sunday School Curriculum

A Joyful Path's Curriculum celebrates compassion for all, the wisdom within, and a joy-filled life.  For Ages 6 to 11 at 9:30 AM

You will find more information on 'A Joyful Path' here in our Children's Program section.

Children will meet in the Sanctuary for the start of worship and a word from Pastor Bob.  They’ll, then, go downstairs with their teachers for class.



Covenant Disciple Groups

Have you ever felt the need to stretch the daily living out of your faith and at the same time deepen your relationship with God and your fellow Christians? Consider joining a Covenant Disciple Group.  Following the example of early Methodist class meetings, Covenant Disciple groups are a way for Christians to deepen their faith by living it fully. Covenant groups meet weekly to "watch over one another in love." Based on Wesley's class meetings, the group writes their own covenants in four areas: acts of compassion, acts of justice, acts of devotion, and acts of worship. Once the group has brainstormed a list of ideas under each category, they then narrow it down to 2 covenants from each category. Covenant groups then meet once a week for no more than 1 hour. The format of the hour starts with an opening prayer. A member of the group then facilitates the conversation by asking each member how they met (or didn't meet) each of the covenants. It is not meant to be a "gotcha" conversation but rather, a way of helping each group member live out their faith privately and publicly through Works of Mercy (compassion and justice) and Works of Piety (devotion and worship). Covenants are meant to be practicable and attainable for each member. For example, in Acts of Compassion, a practicable covenant might be "to be present for someone in our paths who may look different from us" rather than "I will live as a homeless person to better understand how they cope." A Covenant group does require a commitment. Members commit to attend weekly and hold one another accountable to the group generated covenants. Covenant groups usually have 6 or 7 members and group members agree to confidentiality.

If you would like more information, see me this Sunday after the 10AM service or feel free to contact me via email: lindaschneidernh@gmail.com. A group has started the covenant process so if you would like to join us.

As you can imagine, Covenant groups develop a close bond with one another. I have been in Covenant groups in two churches and the group members became my sisters in Christ - and it was a blessing!
 
Peace,
Linda Schneider
 
If you are interested, there is a resource available: Covenant Discipleship: Christian Formation Through Mutual Accountability by David Lowes Watson.


Shopping Cards For Missions

As of this writing, $252.25 has been earned during the month of January for Dr. Zimmerman’s ministry in Nepal.  Local grocery store cards increase our proceeds quickly.  Could you buy a card to keep on hand for inclement weather shopping or for truckload meat sales and other specials?  Remember you are giving to Nepal the love and grace of Jesus Christ with each card you purchase.

The Super Bowl is February 3rd.  Shopping cards can simplify your party planning. We currently have Subway (3%) cards and local grocery store cards are always in stock.  Order pizza, wings, or take out restaurant cards by January 27th.

We have several restaurant cards in stock to help beat the doldrums of Winter or to plan ahead for Valentine's Day. Available on a first come first serve basis are some coupons and cards for: Applebee's (8%), The Common Man (10%), Ninety-Nine (13%), & Olive Garden/Long Horn Steakhouse (8%). If your sweetheart prefers to shop for his/her personal present we have Amazon (3%), Barnes & Noble (8%), Kohl's (4%), or Lowe's (4%) in stock and may more choices to order exactly what you want.  Order by February 3rd to insure arrival by the 10th.


Making disciples

Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Over the past few weeks we have learned about discipleship and how each of us is called to “Offer Them Christ”. As we grow as disciples, we offer our time, our talents, our prayers, our witness, and our gifts to God. When the church receives pledges of future financial gifts, it allows us to determine the extent to which we can continue, and hopefully expand, the ministries and missions of the church. Please prayerfully consider making a commitment to the blessing of growing as a disciple of Christ, and to the financial support of God’s mission for the church.


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