Christ is alive! Christ will be risen again!
Though we walk in this time of dark shadows, we have hope, we have peace. Because the Lord is our shepherd, we have the assurance that God goes with us. We see the evidence; we feel the presence.
Be blessed. Be safe. Be filled with the Presence of God that goes with us always.
Moultonboro UMC will be closed until further notice
Jesus said, “In this world, you will have trouble; but take heart, I have overcome the world.” Jn 16:23. And he also gently proclaimed, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” Jn 14:27
These are definitely trying times. And yet, if we spend time practicing the presence, we too will know the peace of Christ and overcome the challenges that are simply a part of this world.
I pray you will be able to breathe deeply over the next few weeks and focus on the wonders of this world and know that, if we do what’s necessary and right for ourselves and others, we will get through this together. I pray you connect with that non-anxious presence, especially by avoiding the hype that’s out there and not entering into the criticisms. I strongly implore you to find only positive and encouraging things to read and to share.
And so, in the spirit of doing what is right and necessary, I think it’s best that MUMC also close our doors for the next couple of weeks. We will suspend all church activities – worship, classes, meetings, etc. – for the next two weeks … and maybe longer, if necessary.
Yet, this doesn’t mean that we will not be here for one another. I am compiling a list of our shut-ins who don’t have relatives nearby. Some of you have volunteered to be on call to help these persons – picking up some groceries, etc. I’ll have that out today.
Also, I will be posting daily on our church Facebook page. I hope that will be a place where we can stay connected by sharing positive thoughts and encouragement. And, I will record a weekly Sunday message and have it up here on our website —you can just subscribe to the podcast and it will be “pushed” to you.
Yes, we need to practice “social distancing.” Yet, let it only be a spatial distance. Continue to stay close to God and close to one another through our technological means.
The Peace of Christ be with you.
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Shopping Cards For Missions
Since the COVID19 pandemic shelter at home orders began, MUMC world missions have raised only $10.25 for our missionaries in Nepal. Please view this video clip made on May 17, 2020 from Deirdre and Mark Zimmerman to learn what conditions are like living in Nepal with the coronavirus.
Covenant Disciple Groups
Covenant Disciples meet as a group to brainstorm covenants in four areas: worship, devotion, justice, and compassion. It takes 2 – 4 weeks of brainstorming to get all ideas on the table and then par down to two covenants in each of the four areas. Group members also create an opening and closing prayer. Wordsmithing and editing may take some time. Learn more about the Covenant Disciple Groups in the Adult Programs.
Last fall the Women’s Covenant Group shared their time and talents with the children in the Moultonboro Learning Center, our resident Daycare. This week they make cookies and read a story to the children. The children help make and decorated their own Gingerbread cookies.
The Moultonboro Learning Center shares building and classroom space with MUMC.
Sunday School is up and running at the 9:00 service. We will take children from kindergarten to 6th grade. The name of the curriculum we are using is ‘A Joyful Path’. Look here for brief intro to the curriculum. In keeping with our Safe Sanctuary policy, two adults must be present when working with children. I am looking for adults who would be interested in being the second adult with me. No preparation is necessary. Your role is to help the leader and interact with the children. We offer Sunday School every Sunday except Communion Sunday each month. If you would like to lead a lesson, just let me know.
Helpers are needed to be present during the classes and assist the teacher with the lesson. No prep is necessary. If interested, please call Linda Schneider at 603-991-4854 or or email at email@example.com.
What is happening Today?
Keep up with the daily events and happenings at the Moultonboro UMC for today, tomorrow or next week. Get the most up to date listing from our ‘Calendar of Events’ found here.