The Methodist Messenger October , 2014 Londonderry United Methodist Church Volume 28, Issue 8 What are we about ? вЂњLoving God, Loving People, Making a DifferenceвЂќ Dear Friends, Loving God. Loving People. Making a Difference. What a joy it is to have a new vision statement for LUMC! And what wonderful opportunities for mission and ministry await as we explore new ways to live into this new vision. Of course, itвЂ™s not completely new вЂ“ it represents the culmination of all vision statements that have gone before and it will be a jumping off point for our next statement. What? The ink is barely dry on this one and I dare mention the next? Of course. A vision statement is like the tiller on a sailboat вЂ“ constantly adjusting the direction of the vessel, correcting for wind and weather, ready to change course if necessary -- ever serving to guide sailboat and passengers safely onward and home at last. Vision statements change over time because the people, the purpose, and the conditions of the journey all change as well. As we prayed and worked together over the summer, we learned that vision statements need to be short enough to be easily remembered (and fit on a t-shirt!), and focused enough to inspire people and guide their decisions going forward. One of the worst examples is a full 249 words! (About the length of this letter so far.) Another bad example belongs to a newspaper chain: вЂњGetting It Right the First Time вЂ¦ More Often.вЂќ Gee. The best vision statements are simple, honest and motivating. Like DisneyвЂ™s вЂњTo make people happyвЂќ -- and now ours. But the time will come when weвЂ™ll need to rethink and refresh. And thatвЂ™s OK. Vision statements are common among churches and businesses, but have you ever considered writing one for yourself? A personal vision statement can inspire and guide your decisions as well. It can inspire you to live up to your calling as a disciple of Jesus. It can remind you that you belong to God and that God has big plans for your life. It can guide you to take time for prayer and reflection, study and sharing with others. So IвЂ™d like to encourage you now to spend a little time in prayer, asking God to reveal a personal vision statement for your life. And remember, it will change over time as you grow deeper in faith and further along in your walk with Jesus вЂ“ and in it will be the seeds of the next one. Only God is constant. And only by GodвЂ™s grace will we learn to love and trust and become the people God created us to be: Loving God. Loving People. Making a Difference. Peace and Grace, Rev. Lynne Campbell Th e M eth odistM esseng er October Mission of the Month Our Mission of the Month for July is our ongoing Support for the Juckett family who serve in вЂњTo strengthen families and a mission relationship with Campus Crusade for Christ in their Family Life ministry. The marriages for church has supported the Jucketts since they stepped into this ministry over 22 years ago the futureвЂќ from this church family. Lynn and Karen continue to make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where their ministry is headquartered. The focus of the JuckettвЂ™s ministry is to strengthen families and marriages for the future. Lynn has held many positions in the ministry of Family Life over his tenure there. He is now working with the Events Management Group. If you would like to make a gift to support their important work, please use the mission of the month envelopes found in the pews and mark your gift for the Jucketts. Your gifts can be placed in the offering plate on any Sunday morning, or mailed to the church office at 258 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, NH 03053. Pancake Breakfast Our Church sponsored, Troop 109 will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, October 5th from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM in Fellowship Hall. Come and enjoy a yummy breakfast prior to your respective church service and help the troop in the process! Book Club starting on October 5th! Another fun event starting from the FUN Team is a Book Club, hosted by Tami and Matt Hoffman. The group will meet on Sunday evenings at 6:30 pm, starting on 10/5 at Tami and MattвЂ™s home, 38 Brickyard Drive in Litchfield.. The first book will be вЂњThe Time KeeperвЂќ by Mitch Albom. Contact Tami at [email protected] or 886-0156 if you are interested in participating. Laity Sunday-October 12th Laity Sunday will be on Sunday, October 12th this year and we are looking for readers and worship leaders. If you are feeling called to help in this way, please speak with Tammy Tenney, Lay Leader, Pastor Lynne, or call the church office at 432-7083. How about going to a Corn Maze! Another event sponsored by our вЂњFUN TeamвЂќ will be a trip to a local Corn Maze. This is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, October 19th. Plans are in process for a quick lunch either at LUMC or a local restaurant, and then a fun time at the Corn Maze. Stay tuned for further details and confirmation of the date for this fun event! Th e M eth odistM esseng er Prayer Group WeвЂ™d love to have YOU join us for our weekly Prayer Group-our always meaningful (and generally fun) schedule for October is as follows: 10/7 10/14 п‚· 10/21 п‚· 10/28 п‚· п‚· Sharing of Prayer Concerns (Library) ChildrenвЂ™s Prayers-please bring a prayer by a child to share (Room 11) Praying with Color (Library) Hearing and Learning the LordвЂ™s Prayer in French (Room 11) Please note the location of each weekвЂ™s meeting. Any questions about Prayer Group may be directed to Betty Poole at 425-6498 or Cyndy Cleary at 537-0595. Blessing of the Animals -October 4th Once again this year, a blessing of the animals service will be held on Saturday, October 4th at 10:00 am in front of the church. Yes, you are invited to bring your вЂњwell-behavedвЂќ animals to be blessed at this special outdoor service! We held this service last year and it was well attended with pets from dogs to cats, chickens, bunnies, a goat, and many others. Any kind of pet animal is welcome. We hope to make this a community-wide event, so spread the word to your friends and neighbors. Annual Fall Clean-Up It is time for the LUMC annual Fall clean-up of our parsonage & churchвЂ™s facilities, Saturday November 8th from 9am вЂ“ 12 pm. Please join us as we prepare for the many upcoming events to be held at LUMC over the coming Fall and Winter!! Bring any of your favorite lawn utensils, such as rakes, forks, clippers, etc. One last use for these tools for the Season! No RSVP required вЂ“ just show up with a sunny disposition. the [email protected] with any questions! Please contact New Member Class Pastor Lynne is beginning plans for our next new member class. See her for more details, or call the office at 432-7083 to let us know of your interest. Random Acts of Kindness In one of her ChildrenвЂ™s Messages at the late service, Pastor Lynne challenged us all to complete at last 3 Random Acts of Kindness during the upcoming week. Those who did so, found that the giver got as much, or even more, than the recipient. Showing GodвЂ™s love to another, just plain feels good! Very appropriately, the following story appeared that next week in an AARP publication: Random Acts of Kindness вЂ¦..from our Readers By Denise Gregory, Lakewood, NJ My dad, George Degethoff, was a talented mechanic and handyman. One day when I was about 4, he took my hand and off we went to the Lockwood house two doors down. After her husbandвЂ™s death, it became a daily pleasure for вЂњold Mrs. LockwoodвЂќ to come out the screen door onto the big houseвЂ™s wrap around veranda and watch the neighborhood children play. Only we hadnвЂ™t seen much of her lately. Instead, she stayed inside, looking wistfully out the window. Dad figured her screen door hinges must have shifted, preventing the 90-year-old from opening the door. Outisd, Dad made repairs. He then packed up his tools, grabbed and hand and started down the porch steps. вЂњBut DaddyвЂќ I said, вЂњyou didnвЂ™t tell the lady!вЂќ вЂњThatвЂ™s OK,вЂќ he said. вЂњSheвЂ™ll see itвЂ™s fixed.вЂќ вЂњBut she wonвЂ™t know itвЂ™s you!вЂќ I replied. I then learned a life lesson. вЂњPumpkin, I donвЂ™t need her to know that. ThatвЂ™s between God and me. And you, too. I didnвЂ™t do it for the praise.вЂќ This humble, gentle man then took my hand, and off we went to the next good deed. Trustees looking for Technology Committee The Trustees are looking to set up a Technology Committee. We are seeking individuals to help make recommendations concerning acquisition, implementation, maintenance, and upgrading of technologies here at LUMC. If you are interested please email: [email protected] or find a Trustee member вЂ“ Chris West, Nancy Morgan, Maureen Sherwin, Kevin Young, Brandin Swisher, Paul Marone, Michael Costello, Tim Wade or Pastor Lynne. Thank you so much! New Sermon Series From October 19 to November 23, we will have a six-week sermon series on Adam HamiltonвЂ™s new book study titled вЂњRevivalвЂќ and stewardship series on UMC views on generosity as we prayerfully prepare to complete our 2015 pledges. Th e M eth odistM esseng er JacobвЂ™s Ladder Pre-School Preschool is off and running at JacobвЂ™s Ladder! The students have enjoyed meeting new friends, adjusting to the daily schedule, and having lots of fun! Our 4 year olds played lots of name games to help remember our new friends. We also made a classroom book about our new friends which is currently circulating its way through each studentвЂ™s home. During вЂњAвЂќ week we sang songs about apples and made tissue paper apples for our classroom bulletin board. We experimented with different apples to see which color apple was the most popular with each of our groups. It was a split decision вЂ“ with everyone agreeing that apples sprinkled with a bit of cinnamon tasted best! The students also made red playdough, got messy making handprint apple trees, and made birdfeeders to hang outside. Our 3 year olds began their вЂњAll About MeвЂќ unit with full length body tracings, body awareness games, and fun movement songs. We read lots of books about beginning school, with the class favorite being Froggy Goes To School. We did some apple counting activities and made a beautiful torn paper apple with a handprint stem. Apple picking at MacвЂ™s was great fun for the students and their families, who had a chance to mingle with one another. We are looking forward to October, with lessons about autumn leaves and the five senses. We will explore pumpkins and have some seasonably spooky fun вЂ“ Happy Fall! Parsonage Open House You're invited! There will be an Open House at the parsonage for church members and friends on Saturday, November 15th, from 2 PM to 4 PM. Please come to share this time of fellowship and light refreshments. The parsonage is located at 8 Adams Road in Londonderry, first house on the right across from the Shady Hill Nursery entrance on Adams Road. Feel free to stop by the parsonage any time between 2 PM to 4 PM on Saturday, November 15th. Questions? Call the church office at 432-7083 or the parsonage at 434-0379. Usher Ministry The role of ushers in worship is more important than the average church goer may realize. ItвЂ™s not just about passing out bulletins, showing people where to sit, and then passing around the collection plate. Ushers are on the frontline of Sunday ministry: newcomers will encounter an usher before they meet anyone else at church, and how they are greeted and made to feel at ease are critical ministries of hospitality. The usherвЂ™s tasks help guide people and assist the flow of worship, which are all part of playing a role as вЂњhostвЂќ or вЂњhostessвЂќ. We have been blessed at LUMC with friendly and welcoming ushers, and we need to continue to pay attention to this ministry. We can always use new ushers at any of our three services. Please consider joining the ranks of the ushers at LUMC. ItвЂ™s simple and it can provide you with a new perspective on Sunday worship, and you get to meet people in the process! If you are interested in joining, please call the office at 432-7083 and speak with Brenda, or email the office at [email protected] Church Council Minutes - August 18, 2014 7:30 PM Those present: Sue Ahrens Lynne Campbell Liz Costello Betty Poole Tammy Tenney Paul Marone Brian Axtell Brenda Clark Mike Costello Karen Rhan Barb Towne Chris West Mark Brennan Don Clark John Curtis Leslie Rompa Jeff Towne Mark Buttarro Cyndy Cleary Troy Neily Theresa Simkevich Bethany Costello OPENING: Mark Brennan called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM. Pastor Lynne opened with prayer. Bethany Costello agreed to be Youth Representative to Church Council. Welcome Bethany and thank you! MINUTES OF 6/16/14 MEETING: Minutes reviewed and motion to approve made/seconded by Karen Rhan/Mike Costello and passed. FINANCE: Troy Neily/Mark Brennan/Karen Rhan - Year-to-date deficit stands at $6,139 - things getting better vs. June deficit. Troy agreed to give update at next meeting re: 15% deficit in giving. Loan balance stands at $51,525. TRUSTEES: Mike Costello/Mark Brennan - Will be converting to Halle Oil for church and parsonage. Lengthy discussion re: potential future conversion from oil to natural gas with potential savings of approximately 50%. Talking with Liberty Utilities re: natural gas. Requested that Trustees and Finance Committee work together to determine how to finance conversion from oil to natural gas. YOUTH LEADERSHIP: Liz Costello, et al - After discussion in which Bethany Costello said youth prefer not to have parents as youth leaders, Lynne suggested a gathering of youth, parents and pizza to generate ideas about what youth want to see regarding leadership. Gathering would also include Lynne and Amy Ciraldi. Mentioned that Youth did an excellent job working at Old Home Days. EDUCATION: Cyndy Cleary/Leslie Rompa - VBS week was successful, numbers were low and steps will be taken next year based on this year's learning curve. Still looking for a few Sunday School teachers. Rally Day is 9/7/14 at 9:00 AM. It was suggested that Christmas Pageant be held at 2:00 on 12/14/14 to allow attendance by those who might not want to drive at night. Council in agreement. VISION STATEMENT TEAM: Liz Costello/Lynne Campbell - Vision statement defined as direction to guide the church, agreed to share the 4 options team has generated with congregation thru bulletin and newsletter, voting will be on Rally Day (9/7), Mission Statement tabled for now. FALL RETREAT: Mike Costello - Date suggested is Saturday, 11/1/14 at Camp Carpenter. Motion to approve was made/seconded by Mike Costello/Karen Rhan. Motion carried. Mike agreed to reserve Camp Carpenter for retreat. CLOSING: Mark Brennan - Mark closed with prayer at 9:30. Next meeting Monday 9/15/14 at 7:30. Respectfully submitted by Betty Poole OCTOBER 2014 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 2 Friday 28 29 30 1 7:45 AM Traditional W orship 9:00 AM Children' s Choir 9:00 AM Living W ell Service 11:00 AM Traditional W orship 6:30 PM Dan Schall Concert 10:45 AM JL Gym 2:00 PM JL Gym 9:30 AM JL Gym 3:00 PM Private Event 6:30 PM Prayer Group 6:30 AM Men' s Breakfast 6:00 PM GS Troop 11177 6:30 AM Men' s B' fast 10:00 AM Jubilee Circle 7:00 PM Education 10:45 AM JL Music 3:30 PM GS Troop 10377 7:30 PM W orship Choir 2:00 PM JL Music 7:00 PM HS Youth 7:00 PM Middle High Youth 7:00 PM Trustees 3 Saturday 4 8:30 AM LW Rehearsal 10:00 AM Blessing of the Animals 5 6 10 11 10:45 AM JL Gym 9:30 AM JL Gym 2:00 PM JL Gym 3:00 PM Private Event 6:30 PM GS Service Team 6:30 PM Prayer Group 7:00 PM Knitting Group 7 6:30 AM Men' s Breakfast 9:00 AM W omen' s Bible 10:00 AM Jubilee Circle Study 3:30 PM GS Troop 10377 7:30 PM W orship Choir 7:00 PM HS Youth 7:00 PM Middle High Youth 6:30 AM Men' s B' fast 10:45 AM JL Music 2:00 PM JL Music 6:00 PM Night Out 8:30 AM LW Rehearsal 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 7:45 AM Traditional W orship 9:00 AM Children' s Choir 9:00 AM Living W ell Service 11:00 AM Traditional W orship 6:30 PM BookClub 7:00 PM Venture Crew #145 10:45 AM JL Gym 2:00 PM JL Gym 6:30 PM GS CVT Team 9:30 AM JL Gym 3:00 PM Private Event 6:30 PM Bereavement Group 6:30 PM Prayer Group NEW LETTER DEADLINE 6:30 AM Men' s Breakfast 10:00 AM Jubilee Circle 3:30 PM GS Troop 10377 7:00 PM Finance 7:00 PM HS Youth 7:00 PM Middle High Youth 9:00 AM W omen' s Bible 6:30 AM Men' s B' fast Study 10:45 AM JL Music 6:00 PM GS Troop 11177 2:00 PM JL Music 7:30 PM W orship Choir 8:30 AM LW Rehearsal 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 7:45 AM Traditional W orship 9:00 AM Children' s Choir 9:00 AM Living W ell Service 11:00 AM Traditional W orship 6:30 PM BookClub 10:45 AM JL Gym 2:00 PM JL Gym 7:30 PM ChurchCouncil 9:30 AM JL Gym 3:00 PM Private Event 6:30 PM Prayer Group 7:00 PM Knitting Group 6:30 AM Men' s Breakfast 9:00 AM W omen' s Bible 10:00 AM Jubilee Circle Study 3:30 PM GS Troop 10377 7:30 PM W orship Choir 7:00 PM HS Youth 7:00 PM Middle High Youth 6:30 AM Men' s B' fast 10:45 AM JL Music 2:00 PM JL Music 8:30 AM LW Rehearsal 26 27 28 29 31 1 7:00 AM Troop 109 Breakfast 7:45 AM Traditional W orship 9:00 AM Children' s Choir 9:00 AM Living W ell Service 11:00 AM Traditional W orship 4:00 PM GS Troop 12604 6:30 PM BookClub 7:00 PM Venture Crew #145 7:45 AM Traditional W orship 9:00 AM Children' s Choir 9:00 AM Living W ell Service 11:00 AM Traditional W orship 6:30 PM BookClub 10:45 AM JL Gym 2:00 PM JL Gym 9:30 AM JL Gym 3:00 PM Private Event 6:30 PM Bereavement Group 6:30 PM Prayer Group 8 6:30 AM Men' s Breakfast 10:00 AM Jubilee Circle 11:00 AM JL Halloween 2:15 PM JL Halloween 3:30 PM GS Troop 10377 7:00 PM HS Youth 7:00 PM Middle High Youth 9 30 9:00 AM W omen' s Bible Study 11:00 AM JL Halloween 7:30 PM W orship Choir 6:30 AM Men' s B' fast 10:45 AM JL Music 2:00 PM JL Music 8:30 AM LW Rehearsal 11:00 AM Private Event Sunday Morning Ministries DATE 10/05/14 Communion Sunday 10/12/14 USHERS Liz Costello 434-6959 READERS Don Clark 424-2771 7:45 Volunteers Needed 9:00 11:00 Frances & Aaron Kenison Dick Hinkley Wade Family Larry Simpson 7:45 Volunteers Needed Marilyn Taylor 9:00 Frances & Aaron Sue Ahrens ACOLYTES Betty Poole 425-6498 Janice Greene Anya Petravicz Kenison 11:00 Tammy Williams Betty Poole Nicholas Rompa & Larry Simpson 10/19/14 7:45 9:00 11:00 10/26/14 7:45 Cyndy Cleary Barbara Nolin Frances & Aaron Kenison Karen Rhan & Tammy Williams Matt Bernard Skov Family Sally Haroldsen Brenda Clark Volunteers Needed John Curtis 9:00 11:00 Frances & Aaron Kenison Lee & Dayle Moulton Barb Towne Don Clark Nadia Rompa Londonderry United Methodist 258 Mammoth Road Londonderry, NH 03053 Rev. Lynne Campbell Phone: 603-432-7083 E-mail: [email protected] вЂњLoving God, Loving People, Making a DifferenceвЂќ WeвЂ™re on the Web! http://www.LondonderryUMC.org The Methodist Messenger is published monthly by the Londonderry United Methodist Church. Deadline for articles for each edition is the 15th of each month. Our worship schedule includes traditional worship at 7:45 and 11:00 am, and contemporary worship at 9:00 am. Sunday School for all ages is at 10:00am. Nursery care is provided during all 3 services, and Sunday School. LUMC DIRECTORY Bishop: Sudarshana Devadhar Londonderry District Superintendent: James McPhee Pastor: Lynne Campbell United Music Director/Organist: Beverly Mattson Worship Choir Director: Dana Fontaine Methodist Church intentionally strives to be a warm, friendly and supportive community of faith open to all. We share the love of Jesus Christ and spiritually nurture one another. We seek to connect with the greater community through ministry, which meets many diverse interests and needs. ChildrenвЂ™s Choir Director: Beverly Mattson Living Well Music Director: Graeme Greenhill Church School Superintendent: Stephanie De Bonis Asst. Church School Superintendent: Open Youth Directors: Open Stephen Ministry Leaders: Barb Towne, Mike Kaake JacobвЂ™s Ladder Director: Office Manager: Christine Weston Brenda Clark Financial Secretary: Nancy Morgan Prayer Chain: Barb Towne (440-8001) Troop Scoutmaster: Lay Leader Ministers: Mike Fish 7:45 John Curtis 9:00 Liz Costello, Barb Towne 11:00 Tammy Tenney, Karen Rhan Everyone! Th e M eth odistM esseng er Welcome home!
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