We are committed to help people grow in their faith in Christ;
to care for the needs of those in the Lakes Region and
beyond as we make disciples and live the Word of God.

 






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Do you need a ride to church?
We will try to help you find a ride to church if you are unable to drive for any reason. Contact Theresa LaTulippe at 936-3287 with a 24 hr. notice and we will see if we can accommodate you. We’ll do our best!

Moultonborough Academy
Baccalaureate at MUMC
MUMC and the UMW will once again host a Baccalaureate for the 2015 Moultonborough Academy graduates and their families on Sunday, May 31.  The service will begin at 2PM in the Sanctuary, followed by refreshments downstairs in Fellowship Hall. 



Hope Auction
Items Needed to Benefit
Lakes Region Food Pantry

It’s time for the 7th Annual HOPE Food Pantry Auction to benefit the Lakes Region Food Pantry. Silent and live auctions will be held at the Moultonborough Lions Club beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Individuals can support the auction by donating items such as gift certificates, new merchandise, handmade crafts or art work, used furniture or household items in very good condition, antiques, personal services (e.g. cleaning time, boat rides, dinner at your home) and other items that have a minimum value of $20. Used mattresses, appliances, computer or stereo equipment, entertainment centers, exercise equipment and televisions cannot be accepted.

Please call Kate and Mike Lancor (Home 476-8409) or Mike’s cell (204-8409) if you have items to donate. Arrangements can be made to pick up donated items in advance. HOPE Auctions, a NH nonprofit organization with the sole purpose of raising funds for charity organizations, will conduct this auction. Every dollar taken in from the auction will go directly to the Lakes Region Food Pantry. Visit the Lakes Region Food Pantry on Facebook to see updates on this year’s auction.


Welcome to “Hope Keepers
Meets every other week with the next meeting Wednesday June 3 at 7 pm

HopeKeepers is a support group that is designed to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of the person who lives with chronic illness or pain. This is accomplished through small groups and to even explore how Biblical study can provide comfort and understanding. Group leader is Michele Sawyer of the Moultonborough UMC who will guide small groups in the process of bringing participants together within a faithbased environment. Should you have questions feel free to contact Michele at michele@lakesregioncomputer.com

Join us; come and join us for our opening gathering and explore together the Hope we can find together through Christ.


Annual Summer Fair
The 2015 Summer Fair will take place on June 27, 2015.  Every church member and friend is invited to participate and enjoy this year’s event.  Start saving your White Elephants, old tools, sporting equipment and other fine items to donate.

Save your pennies for goodies at the bake table, a new flowering plant or one of Charlie’s sausage concoctions.

Oh, by the way, we’ll need your help:
Baking items for the bake table
Helping with the Silent Auction
Working in the kitchen
Set up and tear down
Donating time for parking
Donating time to work at a booth

Please contact Paul Worth at pworth8150@aol.com or call 603-253-9553 for information and to donate your time and talents. Remember, the Church Fair is a fund raiser for our church, but, more importantly, it is part of our Mission and Outreach in, and, to our community. We can all be a part of the power that is alive in the Holy Spirit.



Pastor Sharon to be with us in July

Effective July 1st, the Rev. Sharon L. Baker will be our new pastor.
 
Pastor Sharon hails from the Midwest and is currently serving the Marquette Park UMC in Gary, Indiana.  She has been in ministry in Indiana for more than 10 years serving churches in both rural and urban settings. She believes in the need for a personal relationship with Christ nourished by scripture, worship, study and prayer. She is a Stephen Minister and while caring for her mother prior to her death, has been the recipient of a Stephen Minister’s care.  She is familiar with and supports the Walk to Emmaeus.  She is committed to taking God’s love outside the church walls and to meeting the needs of people where they are.

Prior to answering the call to ministry, Pastor Sharon practiced law in Chicago, specializing in divorce and custody litigation.  She jokingly says that she went from the dark side to the light! She is a certified mediator and a skilled and successful grant writer.  

Pastor Sharon has fallen in love with New England!  She requested a move to the New England Conference to be closer to family in the Boston area and is thrilled to be moving to Moultonborough.   Indiana’s loss is our gain.  Pastor Sharon brings with her a faithful canine companion, Maggie, with whom she enjoys taking long walks. Other leisure-time passions are watching football – Yes, she cheers for the Patriots; cooking and baking – think potluck suppers; collecting antique kitchen ware; and having coffee with friends.

The Shepherd’s crook will soon be passing from Pastor Paul to Pastor Sharon.  Let us welcome her with prayerful anticipation, loving and joyful hearts, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.









SENIOR NEWLYWEDS MAKE HONEYMOON STOP AT BILLY GRAHAM LIBRARY
 
by Tiffany Jothen

It’s not unusual for a young couple to get engaged at the Billy Graham Library. But last month, the Library got to be part of the flip side of marriage when a couple in their 80s paid a special visit on their honeymoon.

David Nystedt never thought he’d marry again. After 62 years of marriage to the same woman, he assumed that part of his life was over when his wife passed away.

Things changed last fall when he attended a senior meal hosted by the local Lions Club.

“There was an empty seat beside me and this lady came by and asked me if this seat was taken,” he said. “I said, ‘No, but it is now.’”

That lady was Florence Shealy.

The pair soon learned that they lived only a couple of streets apart. They had attended the same Christian college years before—he was graduating as she was getting started—and there was one other thing they had in common. A woman Florence had worked with at a New Jersey church turned out to be Dave’s sister.

“Little did we know that one day we were going to be family,” Florence said.

Dave and Florence were married on April 11 at a church in New Hampshire, just six months after they met. A week later, they wrapped up their honeymoon with a trip to the Billy Graham Library. It was Dave’s first time in North Carolina.

As a college student, Dave was in a Christian concert band that played at Billy Graham’s 1950 Crusade in Boston. He said he was “amazed” to go through the Library’s Journey of Faith tour and see Crusades like that come to life through its many exhibits.

The tour follows the ministry of Billy Graham and highlights how God has used him to reach millions around the world.

Florence first heard of the Library from a friend.

“She came back raving about it. And she said, ‘Florence, you gotta go there!’”

That was before Florence met Dave, but both agreed it would be a great pit stop on their honeymoon. It brought back memories for Florence who sang in the choir and counseled new Christians at some of Billy Graham’s earliest Crusades around New York and New Jersey. She remembers one day in particular when she was going through training to be a counselor. Billy Graham stopped by.

“I was so ecstatic because he stopped to shake hands with me,” she remembers.

While Dave grew up as a pastor’s kid, Florence came from a non-Christian home. In high school, she walked around with her Bible, thinking she’d get “brownie points with God,” but when a friend invited her to a Christian youth meeting at age 16, that Bible became truth and she acknowledged Jesus as her Savior.

She walked a couple miles home that day and “it was like walking on cloud nine.” She told her alcoholic mother about her decision when she got home and eventually, her mother and most of her family committed their lives to Christ, too.

Fast forward several decades and Florence said her relationship with Christ is still growing. Throughout 30 years of singleness following her first marriage, she said she developed “a wonderful relationship with the Lord.” And after two back surgeries forced her to look for a more manageable home, God led her straight to Tamworth, New Hampshire—population under 3,000.

“Tamworth is way up north in the sticks and I wasn’t too happy about that,” she said, but God had it all figured out. That’s where Florence met Dave.

“God uses bad circumstances to bless us,” she said.

That’s the kind of hope other Library visitors experience day in and day out as the Journey of Faith tour leads more and more people to Christ—just like those Crusades Dave and Florence remember from years ago.

“Throughout his ministry, so many souls came to know about the Lord,” Florence said, “and yet even at the Library, they’re still continuing to bring souls to Christ.”

The newlyweds hope to return soon.


The Zimmerman Family
in Nepal
Dear friends,
Here is a letter which I hope will answer and direct your congregation's concerns and prayers for Nepal.  We are very grateful for all your support.

Electricity and water services are now restored to our home...it may be some time till we have Internet service there.

Sincerely,  Deirdre.

Nepal Donations
Donations to support the earthquake in Nepal and other international disasters can be made through UMCOR Advance #982450. Checks can be made out to MUMC memo line UMCOR Advance #982450 and place in the offering plate. Gifts can also be made on line at UMCOR Advance 982450




South Tamworth UMC Presents!
Bean Supper Schedule
(First Saturday each month except July /August)
First supper on May 2nd at 5:00 & 5:45 p.m.
at the Union Hall on Route 25 by the South Tamworth United Methodist Church.  The cost is
$8.00.  More than 12 items served “family style”.
No reservations required.