Good evening parish,
What a blustery day this was! I trust you are well by God’s grace. Tomorrow (Saturday, October 15th) we serve our first public bean supper since the pandemic began. Hurray! Dinner will be served at 5 pm, but come early to choose your pie and enjoy the music of the Park Avenue Pickers–adults, $10, children (6-12), $5, and under 5, free. Thank you to all who are cooking, serving, cleaning, etc.
This Sunday, we will combine focus on Jeremiah 31 (which describes how each of us is amenable to God for the choices we make) and Luke 18:1-8, the parable of the persistent widow who receives justice (as we do from God). We will celebrate the baptism of Jordan Denny, age 7, and light a memorial candle for Don Nason, a beloved member who died earlier this week. Pat Gardiner will share a Missional Update on the work of Calvary UMC’s City Mission programs, and Mary MacMahon will speak briefly about her bereavement work with children through Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice. After worship, 12 n, the youth group will be apple-picking at Wallingford’s Fruit House.
Naomi Circle will meet on Tuesday, 1 pm, with a program by Judy Sargent on her ‘Looking Back’ column which she continues on David’s behalf. High Street Congregational Church (106 Pleasant Street, Auburn) has invited us to their church for a musical program on Saturday, October 22nd, 7 pm, called “93.” Performed by members of Temple Shalom of Auburn, it tells the story of 93 girls who faced Nazi horror and shame, yet continued to have deep faith in God. There is no charge, but a love offering will be gathered.
Starting NEXT Sunday, October 23rd, the 10 am service will move to 10:30 am (going forward). For those who wish to attend, there is an Installation Service for our new Many Waters District Superintendent Arlene Tully at Brunswick UMC (320 Church Road, Brunswick) at 1 pm on 10/23. Please include on your calendar our UMCA/Calvary UMC combined annual church conference on Thursday, October 27th, 7 pm, UMCA sanctuary. All are invited, and all members of each church have voting privileges.
Please know that I thank God for the gift you are!