January 22, 2024 – Second Chances, Better Together, and Christian Unity

Greetings Parish,
Though brisk, it is good to see sun in the forecast! May God’s grace be with you. Tonight we will be offering our first public supper of the new year. I invite you to join us at 5 pm, UMCA, although you may wish to come by 4:30 pm to hear the Park Avenue Pickers and claim your piece of homemade pie.
Tomorrow at worship services, we will reflect on second chances in the biblical stories of Jonah’s second opportunity to call Ninevah to repentance and a second call to repentance by Jesus who builds upon John the Baptist’s message following the latter’s arrest. We will also be distributing four scholarships to recipients who have ably completed their first semester’s work for the current academic year: Koby Humason-Fulgham, Mason Brosseau, Lillyann Watkins and Cassidy Stone.
As we enter a week of Ecumenical Relationship and Christian Unity, I was delighted to hear that the 200 United Methodist African delegates who met this past week affirmed a desire to remain part of the global United Methodist Connection through regionalization, which permits some flexibility in adapting Book of Discipline guidelines to diverse regions of the Church. It is certainly a step forward in healing.
On Thursday, I invite you to a Conference Webinar on “Prayer for Christian Unity.” It will be held at 7 pm (EST), and the virtual meeting link may be accessed from the New England Conference of the UMC website. Carla Daigle will be on vacation this week, but the church office will still be open from 9 am to 12 noon, Monday through Friday, staffed by volunteers.
The Better Together team will be meeting on Tuesday to review results from our ‘all-church listening post,’ and will share a summary of findings and next steps later this month.
May your weekend be blessed with joy,
Pastor Steve Bascom