Moultonboro UMC

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Palm Sunday
A Joyful Path, Year One
Inner Wisdom Series
Spiritual Curriculum for Young Hearts and MInds

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.

Shalom,
Pastor Bob
pastorbob@roadrunner.com or 603-915-1047

 

The March-April Bell Ringer is here

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Shopping Cards For Missions

Gift card sales and a donation check totaled $711.00 for Christian Missions during the month of February for Dr. and Mrs. Zimmerman in Nepal. During March $123.25 was raised for world missions.
 

It’s time to Think Spring renewal projects for both inside and outside your home.  Locally we have Ace Hardware (EM Heath Hardware @ 10%)  $25/$50/$100 cards in stock.  Some Lowe’s (4%)  $25/$50 and Home Depot (4%)  $25 cards are also available.   For larger purchases, cards can be ordered up to $1,000 in value from the home improvement stores.

 

Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter Tea

SAVE THE DATE!
Moultonboro United Methodist Church Annual Spring Tea SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2-4 PM, TICKETS $20
Call Enid at 253-9861 for tickets.

Daycare Update

Last November the Moultonborough Learning Center (MLC) took occupancy of the Peter Rand Building, formerly called the Emerson Property, and the classrooms on the ground floor of the church. MLC cleaned and repainted the inside of the Rand Building and installed equipment, toys, etc. in both buildings. They also strengthened and enlarged the fenced area at the Rand Building as it is used as a play area.

On the Monday after Thanksgiving the children going to MLC moved into their new home. The Rand Building houses children aged 6 weeks through 2 years and the ground floor of the church has children aged 3 to 12 years. Nine kids who attend Moultonborough public schools go to MLC as part of an after-school program.

Eight infants and 13 toddlers use the Rand Building while 8 early preschool, 10 preschool, and the after school program are in the church main building. A total of 48 children currently use MLC,.

The staff at MLC consists of 7 full time people, 6 part time high school students and 3 substitute teachers. Bridget Lyle who owns and runs MLC said the transition from their old building went very well. Her students and their parents enjoy the church facilities. She said, “we are all enjoying our new space. We have been able to access the town library weekly. Our outdoor space is amazing for outdoor play. We have thoroughly enjoyed having members of the church community come in to read, bake cookies and be a part of our classroom.”

 

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

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 lindaschneidernh@gmail.com.

 

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