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Dear Church Family and Friends,
Worship with us on Sunday at 10 am EST on YouTube at bit.ly/joinpumcyoutube or in-person.
Please join us Sunday for our worship service with Reverend Kathleene Card and her message Bidden or Not Bidden, God is Present
.Our scriptures will include Psalm 124 and Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22.
Our hymn will be Just As I Am Without One Plea.
The bulletin is available here: https://www.peterboroughumc.org/sunday-july-25-2021-pumcorder-worship/
The Sunday worship stream can be found here at 10am Sun https://youtu.be/3wEa1QLrHMA (direct link). So please do watch the stream Sunday at 10 am EDT.
GREETINGS FROM REV CARD
A moment of encouragement
RE-ENGAGING WITH COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
All are invited to join us on Tuesday, July 27 at 6:30pm in fellowship hall for a discussion about re-engaging with the church and surrounding community as we begin to make the transition back to a more normal life from the Covid-19 pandemic. The last year and a half living through the pandemic has presented a wide array of challenges and opportunities for growth to us all. Currently, navigating how we return to normal life consists of a unique set of challenges of its own.
Join us for a conversation where we can share some of the struggles we have encountered as we re-engage with the community, discuss goals for the future, and look to find how the church can be a supportive presence through this journey of re-engaging with both the church and outside world. We will take time to talk through a list of prepared questions regarding how we have been interacting with the community. We welcome people to come with questions of their own. The meeting will last 45 minutes and the windows will be open. We request those who attend to be fully vaccinated.
What has your experience transitioning to a more normal life from Covid been like?
What has been the most difficult part of that transition?
Do you feel any different now from before the pandemic, and if so how?
What do you do when you suddenly find yourself in a social situation and have forgotten what you are supposed to be doing?
What is something that helped guide you through the pandemic?
What is something that has helped guide you now? Is there a particular activity that has helped?
How has your faith helped you through the pandemic and helped you to re-engage with society now?
What are some future goals that you have?
How can the church support you both in the present and looking to the future?
What can the church and the church community do to be a positive presence in your life?
How different does your life feel now from before the pandemic?
What did you miss the most during the pandemic?
What is something in the future you are looking forward to?
Main St UMC in Nashua has some thought-provoking quotes along the same lines, which you can read here: https://www.peterboroughumc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/From-Crisis-to-Opportunity-.pdf
PEACE WITH JUSTICE SUNDAY
Please join us this Sunday in supporting Peace with Justice.
Peacemaking, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding
The gospel is a message of redemption but also of peace and freedom. As Christians, we are called to spread peace, do good and stand for justice.
Take a look at the scriptures:
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)
Not much has changed when it comes to peace and justice from the culture and context of those Scriptures to today. We still need to work to encourage peace and seek justice. As United Methodists, Peace with Justice Sunday is one way we are working together to seek justice.
While we recognize that no nation or culture is absolutely just, we believe that we are called to love our enemies, seek justice, and serve as peacemakers. It is necessary to work together to resolve conflict peacefully because it is in that resolution where work such as eliminating poverty, caring for orphans, and kickstarting health initiatives can be successful.
So what does being a peacemaker, peacekeeper or peacebuilder look like?
Peacemaking is defined as the process of creating a settlement between differing parties. If you have children, we are sure that you have played the role of peacemaker many, many, many times. Even if you don’t have children, perhaps this is a role that has been played by you or a friend to help settle a dispute.
Peacekeeping is keeping people from attacking one another by creating a buffer of neutrality between them. On a global scale, we’ve seen the UN or neutral nations act as peacekeepers. At a local level, this could mean involving a mediator to help.
Peacebuilding is a process that establishes peace through resolution, institution building or at the political level with the goal of preventing recurring violence.
Like any good lesson, it is never enough just to learn it. We must now act on what we know.
Peace with Justice Sunday is based on these ideas that the way to stand for justice is to simultaneously create pathways for peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. It is a day to take action by funding peace with justice programs in our communities.
One such program we want to highlight is the Peace with Justice Network. This network provides resources and legislative actions to support peacemaking and peacebuilding.
Learn more by visiting their website:
Give now: https://donate.gcfa.org/FundDetails.aspx?ID=10000141000110003
GUEST PREACHER IN AUGUST
During COVID restrictions, we have all missed worshiping in person. Peterborough United Methodist Church is now worshiping in person on Sunday Mornings at 10 am. We open all the windows, ask people to be vaccinated or to wear masks if not. And we meet outside after church on the lawn.
August will be an incredibly special time as The Reverend Dr. David Pierce of Rindge, NH will bring the message most of the Sundays. Here is his bio and the schedule. Come and be inspired. Everyone is welcome.
(Michael Robidoux will preach on August 8.)
David has pastored churches in Michigan, Florida and recently in New Hampshire. He and his wife, Jenny, live in Rindge along with Dr. Andrea Moore (daughter), Josh (son-in-law), Evie (granddaughter) and Ellie (granddaughter).
Dr. Pierce brings a wide range of professional experiences to the pulpit. Along with his divinity degree (M.Div.) he holds a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in both psychology and religion. As a clinical psychologist he practiced psychotherapy and was a university professor of psychology. His research and publications centered around neurophysiology and how the human mind makes meaning. After being ordained within the Presbyterian Church (USA), he also served as a tenured professor in a theological seminary, as the dean of a graduate school of theology, and as a college president, all within the Presbyterian (USA) denomination. Nonetheless, in spite of his love for teaching and the academy, David reports his highest calling has come within his pastoral roles during the past 39 years.
David enjoys being a recently retired pastor with his interests in RV camping, snow-skiing, sailing, riding his motorcycle, and pulpit supply.
August 1: John 6:24-35 No Refrigeration Needed After Opening
August 8: Michael Robidoux will speak.
August 15: Psalm 34:9-14, “Oh, Fear the Lord . . .” Really?
August 22: Joshua 24:1-2a; 14-18 What Happened to “Leave it to Beaver?”
August 29: Philemon 8-21, The Touch of the Master’s Hand
September 5: Exodus 3.1-15 “If God Were the Boss!”
INTRODUCING LOL – LOVE OF LITERATURE CHILDREN’S LIBRARY BY JASPER
In the Peace Room we now have a bookcase full of children’s books that are available to borrow. Jasper has curated a collection of children’s books for all to enjoy.
See photos here: https://www.peterboroughumc.org/introducing-lol-love-of-literature-childrens-library-by-jasper/
Thank you Jasper!
WORDS OF LIFE BIBLE STUDY
Topic: Words of Life Bible Study 10am
Time: Jul 22, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
on Thursdays, until Oct 28, 2021, 15 occurrence(s)
Jul 22, 2021 10:00 AM
Jul 29, 2021 10:00 AM
Sep 16, 2021 10:00 AM
Sep 23, 2021 10:00 AM
Sep 30, 2021 10:00 AM
Oct 7, 2021 10:00 AM
Oct 14, 2021 10:00 AM
Oct 21, 2021 10:00 AM
Oct 28, 2021 10:00 AM
You may attend the study in-person or via Zoom. Contact the church office for Zoom details.
JOIN US TO SEE THE FISHER CATS
The Lindquists and Classons are planning on attending the Fisher Cats vs Binghamton baseball game in Manchester on Aug 25. Game starts at 7:05 and we will leave the church at around 5 pm. Tickets are around $12. Let Hiel or Susan know if you would like to go along.
TASTE OF MONADNOCK AND BEYOND
to support Shelter from the Storm Sunday, August 15, 5-8
Linda Wallenstein has tickets available. If she sells 10 they are only $35 each! If not $40.
-ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPCOMING-
*all times are in EST
daily 7a Daily Devotional Bible Study online via Rev Card’s Facebook
Sun 10a Worship service online via YouTube, or in-person
Tue-Thu 9-12 Office Hours
Jul 27 6:30p Re-engaging with Community Discussion
Jul 29 10a Words of Life bible study begins
Aug 25 7p Fisher Cats game
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