Calling all avid readers!

The MUMC bookclub is a monthly meeting open to anyone interested in reading some great fiction and taking part in a book discussion with other avid readers. Come join us on Monday, Sept. 24 at 6:30PM in Fellowship Hall for a lively discussion on The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kinsolver. Questions? Call Linda Schneider, 603-991-4854.

Sunday at Geneva Point Center


On October 14 we will be holding a single worship service at the Geneva Point Center.  We will be gathering at "The Meeting House' at 9:30 AM.  Fellowship and good food will follow the service. Come to the worship and plan to stay after to enjoy the beautiful facilities at the Geneva Point Center.


Shopping Card News

As of this writing, $214.87 has been added to Missions proceeds for the month of August. We have exceeded the half-way mark of our goal with a total given to date of $1,686.08 to Dr. Zimmerman in Nepal. The holiday ordering will begin shortly for our summer church family that leave before the snow arrives.This is the time of the year we make the most profit from gift cards.

Hopefully, with your help, we can reach our goal of $3,000 for Missions and exceed the amount to help our church Outreach Program locally. If you have questions about our program, please take a brochure or talk to a team member at our Shopping Card table in the Fellowship Hall after church services. Here are some examples of how purchasing shopping cards can help Missions: (Coupons are available on a first come-first choice basis.)
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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, we are meeting Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 9:15 - 10:15AM at church and then again on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 9 - 10AM.

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.

The September Bell Ringer is here.

The latest Moultonborough United Methodist newsletter, The Bell Ringer,  is available for download.  Get your full color digital copy of the September Bell Ringer here.  Past issues of the Bell Ringer are also available.  Get on our emailing list to receive your own copy of the Bell Ringer each month by sending your request here


A Book Discussion

  Pastor Bob recently read the book,The Anatomy of Peace. He feels that its message is extremely important for our day and that it is not only the best book written on the topic, but that it’s also very well written.

“Thankfully, it’s not a college textbook and it’s not political. It’s simply real, really accessible, and a joy to read!”


He will facilitate a 4-week book discussion to be held on Wednesdays from 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon in the Moultonborough Public Library. Books will be available from the library. Otherwise, they may be ordered in paper or as e-books from Amazon.

Background:
Very few people actually want to be in conflict! Yet, conflicts are inevitable. We each have differing wants, desires, and ways that we would prefer things to be. This opens the door to conflict. The challenge, then, is how to handle conflict in a peaceful and constructive way that maintains and even strengthens the relationship.

Through a moving story of parents struggling with conflicts with their own children, we learn the way to transform our thinking and  approach to personal, professional, and even global conflicts. This is not a recipe book, but a discussion about the way we humans are and how we can be. It’s a book that offers hope where we need it most.

Come to discuss, come to share, come to learn, and come to meet someone new.


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