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What’s Happening at PUMC – weekly email 200423

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Dear Church Family and Friends,

Please stay home ;) for our Sunday worship service with Reverend Kathleene Card and her message Were Not Our Hearts Burning?
Our scriptures will include Luke 24:13-32 and Luke 24:33-35.
Our hymns will include Standing on the Promises and It Is Well with My Soul.
Our bulletin is available as a Word doc or slide PDF here: https://www.peterboroughumc.org/sunday-april-26-2020-pumc-order-worship/
Watch the stream Sunday at 10 am: http://bit.ly/pumcyoutube.

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SPECIAL UMCOR OFFERING – Sunday, April 26th
This coming Sunday, there will be a special offering to benefit UMCOR. There have been wonderful informational posts on our church’s blog and website that highlight the important work that the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Please take a look, as you contemplate any special donation.
In addition, this latest project deserves our attention. Check the link for UMCOR’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Simply copy and paste to the URL line on your computer screen. Hit enter and go … https://advance.umcmission.org/p-2025-umcor-covid-19-response-fund.aspx
Donate online here: https://donate.gcfa.org/FundDetails.aspx?ID=10000141000110002

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HUNGER MISSIONS AT PUMC
Our church-wide food offering is still happening! You can drop food donations in the drop box at the side entrance of the church. The next few weeks, donations will be earmarked for the Rindge Food Pantry. Pantry items of all sorts are welcome. Leave things in the shopping bags in which you packed them. They will be brought into the church and added to our altar basket. When the basket is full, the offering will be transported over to the food pantry.
There is still one more week of the month-long Monadnock Hunger ‘Virtual Walk’. This year, folks are asked to either send donation checks directly to a food pantry of their choice or send them to a walker in their church or civic group. Please let Susan Lindquist know of your donation, so she can keep some data for the Monadnock Hunger Walk’s planning committee. This data is being used to evaluate the efficacy of this year’s approach to the Walk and to keep tabs on total donation amount for publicity purposes. Many thanks!!! PS. Susan’s doing a three mile walk and will post some beautiful pictures of the wayside views.

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PUMC BOOK GROUP – Tuesday, April 28th @ 1 PM
PUMC book group folks, look for a ZOOM invite in your mail! It’s been a long time since we met and so this month we’ll try to do a book discussion on ZOOM. ZOOM is easy to download to your computer. Play around with it before hand to check your video and audio settings. If you can’t use your home computer, there is also a ‘call-in’ feature that enables you to attend a ZOOM meeting by using your phone. It’s a pretty easy bit of technology to use. Check it out and see if you can make the book discussion! You do not have to be a paid ZOOM subscriber to participate in a ZOOM meeting, so no worries!
This month, we’ll discuss Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of an Octopus and also Stephen Kiernan’s The Baker’s Secret.
If you would like an invite to the book group contact the church office.

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ONLINE CHURCH SERVICES – A Word About Audio Music and Video Shares –
Folks have commented about the piano accompaniment music and vocal audio files used in Our services. The vocals have been an adventure in music technology for our own Ken Constantine. He has been singing the various choral parts of hymns and downloading them through a music taping program. So cool! Then, he sends the audio files to Hiel Lindquist and Hiel places them into our services.
The piano accompaniments for our hymns are coming from a UMC website that the worship team found through the UMC District website. In an effort to keep our Gene Brochu safe and isolated, we have given him leeway to stay at home. When he has come into the church to practice on the organ and piano, we have given him the opportunity to have his hymns and prelude pieces pre-recorded on audio files so that Hiel can insert them into the hymn sings during our services.
It’s been a journey for all, learning to use technology to keep our services interspersed with music! One good thing that’s happened is that the copyright rules for all the music on the church’s website have been relaxed until the beginning of August, so there is a better variety of pieces that can be used! That’s been a blessing!
In addition, our church members have been increasingly getting familiar with video file ‘shares’. We have been able to have readers for our Eastertide Tenebrae service, some ‘Joys and Concerns’ video shares, and this week, a virtual liturgy reading by two of our church members! Our church is getting more savvy and creative in bringing worship to all! Hurray!
If you have a beautiful digital photo file that you would like to share that depicts your life and times during COVID isolation, a joy or concern, a devotional activity, or the beauty you’re finding in your ‘small world’, send the file in .jpg form to Rev Kathleene, Hiel Lindquist or Susan Lindquist. We’ll get them into the church’s weekly bulletin, What’s Happening, or on the website (if you wish).
Stay tuned!

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JOIN IN ACTIVITIES WITH “WANAKEE FROM HOME”
Wanakee’s volunteers and staff are excited to provide opportunities for connection, fun, reflection, and joy as we navigate physical distancing. Join us for games, craft projects, social lunches, devotionals before your workday, camp-style Sunday worship, connection, and much more. Login information is available at https://www.wanakee.org/wanakee-from-home and on our social media channels. New participants, ideas, and leaders welcome!

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MASSACHUSETTS COUNCIL OF CHURCHES CALL TO DAILY PRAYER
Beginning on April 15, 2020 (the anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing and “One Boston Day”), the Massachusetts Council of Churches, along with many interfaith and civic partners, invites all people to a daily, intentional, universal common prayer over their communities each day at 4:15 p.m. You are welcome to use this prayer (link below) written for Christians with broad interfaith participation. It may be adapted for other settings and states, with attribution: “May This Plague Pass Over:” A Prayer for Our Commonwealth https://www.masscouncilofchurches.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/2020.04.15-Prayer-for-the-Commonwealth.pdf

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Events this week:

Sunday Worship streaming on YouTube Sun 10a http://bit.ly/pumcyoutube
and posted online (after Sunday) http://bit.ly/pumcworshipvideo
Daily Morning Devotional 7a http://bit.ly/revcardfb
Digital Welcome Card http://bit.ly/pumcwelcomecard
Bulletins http://bit.ly/pumcbulletin
Children’s Bulletins http://bit.ly/pumckidsbulletin
Sunday School To Go https://bit.ly/sundayschooltogo
Offering http://bit.ly/pumcoffering
Online Giving http://bit.ly/pumconlinegiving

Announcements & Upcoming:
*Our calendar may be adjusted, updates to come
Apr 28 PUMC Book Group online meeting 1p
May 2 Virtual Hunger Walk

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Submissions for the What’s Happening email are due on Tuesdays.
ALL announcements and submissions should be sent to Melissa at info@peterboroughumc.org or call 603-924-4294.