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Dear Church Family and Friends,
Worship with us on Sunday at 10 am EST on YouTube at https://bit.ly/joinpumcyoutube.
Please stay home 😉 for our Sunday worship service with Reverend Kathleene Card and her message Truly, this Man Was God’s Son.
Our scriptures will include Mark 11:1-10 and Mark 15: 25-39.
Our hymn is All Hail the Power of Jesus.
Our bulletin can be found here: https://www.peterboroughumc.org/sunday-march-28-2021-pumc-order-worship/
The Palm Sunday worship stream can be found here at 10am Sun: https://youtu.be/WDdQ4nq8neM (direct link). So please do watch the stream Sunday at 10 am EST.
The Good Friday worship stream can be found here at noon Fri the 2nd: https://youtu.be/FrhSU5r1_m8 (direct link)
PALM SUNDAY PALMS ARE HERE!
The palms have arrived at the church, are trimmed and ready for your pick up! Just stop by the church and find large floral buckets at the front and side entrances. Help yourself to as many as you need for your family and anyone worshiping with you on Sunday! Hosanna!
Palm Sunday service will be special! Holy Week arrives!
FLOWERS FOR THE CROSS
Andy Wallenstein has made us a beautiful cross which is at the front of the church. You are invited to bring cut flowers on Easter Sunday to help decorate this cross.
PUMC BOOK GROUP DISCUSSION COMING NEXT WEEK – March 30th @ 1:30 PM
The church book group will discuss The Beekeeper of Aleppo – Christy Lefteri’s novel about civil war, loss, flight, trauma, and recovery. If you have read the book and want to be in on the discussion, let the church know or message Susan Lindquist. Get into the loop, and ZOOM info will be sent your way. If you haven’t read the book, but would like to be a fly on the wall to see if book group might be for you, you’re welcome!
Contact the church office to join. Tag your email subject line – PUMC Book Group Info. We get back to you!
Book group folks! Look for your ZOOM invite on Monday! See you all on Tuesday ZOOM! Bring a suggestion for our next read!
FOOD OFFERINGS UPDATE
Wow! Another stellar collection of food for our regional food pantries! Thank you so much for your generosity! Helping Hand Center in Troy will have a huge donation coming their way! The April food offerings will be gathered for the Faith Food Pantry at the Congregational Church in Temple, NH.
AVENUE A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Pool Group Volunteers – Every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm high school students come to Avenue A to play pool, foosball, and chat together! The group is limited to 10 teens at the moment. Masks are required and we temperature scan at the door. We’ve heard from many parents that this group is their teen’s only social outlet outside of school! Each week a volunteer helps me lead this program by supervising, checking in with teens as they arrive, asking teens how their week is going, and playing pool and foosball when another player is needed. Volunteers can help once a month or more frequently depending on their schedule.
Virtual Baking Society Volunteers – Our baking society is a bubbly group of about 8 teens in 7th-11th grade (quite the spread, but they all seem to get along!). We meet on Fridays from 7-8:30pm and bake a recipe together via Google Meet video call! I send the teens the recipe ahead of time, so they can get the ingredients. The teens also keep the recipe on-hand during our video calls so they can work at their own pace and refer to the recipe. Each week we invite a guest volunteer who shares a recipe with us, bakes with the group, and helps guide them through the recipe (sharing tips and tricks if they have any)! It’s a fun, chatty group!
If anyone is interested in volunteering, they can contact Jacqueline Roland at Avenue A, or contact the church office for details.
A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP DEVADHAR: BOULDER SHOOTING
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I bear pain in my soul,
and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and answer me, O Lord my God!
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
and my enemy will say, “I have prevailed”;
my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.
But I trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me. – Psalm 13
Beloved in Christ,
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Another day opens with unanswered questions about a mass shooting in an ordinary place in an ordinary town that brings extraordinary pain and devastation.
How long, we wonder, will we suffer the unbearable pain of racism, a pandemic that continues to threaten life and our way of life, hatred and violence that takes precious life and strikes fear in us?
I am reminded that we are coming to the 22nd anniversary of the day young shooters killed 12 peers and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, about 30 miles from Boulder where the shooting happened yesterday. How long, O Lord, will our enemies prevail?
The realization that this could be any of us in any place strikes fear; the ripple effects, the triggers of trauma, are real.
It has only been a week since another young man killed eight in Atlanta. Since then, we have shared and heard so many stories of abuse, hatred, and violence fueled by xenophobia and racism. We are shaken.
And while all this is happening, we are reminded of children traveling alone on a treacherous journey from places of danger toward the hope of welcome and a better life in the U.S. How long will they wait for a place to lay their head down and call home?
In times like these, especially, I lean on my faith, the powerful words of scripture, and my trust in the one whose love will not let us go.
It is good to sing with the psalmist … crying “how long?” But let us also remember that God does not leave us alone in our pain. God answers our cry, shines light on us, and offers bountiful love.
How do we as baptized Christians respond out of both our pain and our faith?
May we seek to understand our neighbors, to know them by name, to build relationships of respect, to honor them by treating them as we seek to be treated.
Let us pray for all those who live in fear and those who are re-traumatized with each act of terror that makes the news. Let us also pray for those whose stories are never told but who silently live in fear each day.
Pray for our leaders as they strive to find solutions to gun violence and global migration.
And, may we commit our lives to shining the light of God’s love everywhere.
The Lenten journey takes us from challenges to grief to salvation. May we look to the day we can all sing to the Lord who has dealt bountifully with us all.
In Christ’s Love,
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar
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Announcements & Upcoming:
*all times are in EST
daily 7a Daily Devotional online via Rev Card’s Facebook
daily 7a Grand Sweep bible study online via Rev Card’s Facebook
Sun 10a Worship service online via YouTube
Sun 1p Fellowship hour online via Zoom
Mar 28 Easter Basket contributions due
Mar 28 10a Palm Sunday service online via YouTube *palms available at the church
Mar 30 Newsletter submissions due
Mar 30 10a Savior Bible Study online via Zoom
Mar 30 1:30p PUMC Book Group online via Zoom
Apr 1 7p Maundy Thursday service online via YouTube
Apr 2 12p Good Friday service online via YouTube
Apr 3 Easter flower pickup
Apr 4 6a Easter Sunrise service @Cathedral and later YouTube
Apr 4 10a Easter Sunday Service online via YouTube
Apr 4 3p Hundred Nights Dinner
ONLINE FELLOWSHIP HOUR
Please join our hosts this Sunday at 1pm on Zoom for online fellowship with the PUMC church family.
Consult your What’s Happening email or contact the church office for Zoom meeting details.
Stay Involved with PUMC:
Sunday Worship streaming on YouTube Sun 10a https://bit.ly/joinpumcyoutube
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Online Fellowship Hour Sun 1p https://bit.ly/pumcfellowship Zoom meeting ending in 8974 *contact the church office if you need meeting details
Daily Morning Devotional & Grand Sweep Bible Study 7a http://bit.ly/revcardfb
Book Group online https://bit.ly/pumcbookgroup
Digital Welcome Card http://bit.ly/pumcwelcomecard
Children’s Bulletins http://bit.ly/pumckidsbulletin
Sunday School To Go https://bit.ly/sundayschooltogo
Online Giving http://bit.ly/pumconlinegiving
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