Church Updates

COVID-19 Church Updates

(Wednesday, November 25, 2020 –  11:00 am)

Dear Friends,

I wanted to send you a combined update and thought for the day, since the office will be closed Thursday and Friday.

First I want to say how thankful I am for all of you!  To see our church come together in so many ways is awe inspiring.  You have continued to participate, to pray, to reach out to one another, and to keep the faith during these strange and difficult times.  Your support for me and for John Wesley and most of all for God fills me with such joy and feeling of gratitude.  Thank you very much!!

Here are a few updates:

⦁ Attached is the bulletin for Sunday.  We will be livestreaming from the sanctuary with the worship team only.

⦁ Also attached is the church conference booklet in preparation for next Monday’s meeting.  I will send out the Zoom link and agenda first thing Monday morning.  That way you don’t have to keep it in your “inbox” all weekend!

⦁ Thank you to Josh Leonard who completed his Eagle Scout project by building us a Gaga Ball Pit!  Gaga Ball is a popular game similar to Dodge Ball, and our youth groups love playing it.  He and his team built it in the back lot, not far from Josh Cribben’s Eagle Scout project – the fire pit.  We congratulate Josh on this incredible achievement and thank him for giving us something that will bring fun to our children and youth.

⦁ Communion elements are in the narthex to be picked up for Church Conference and also for Sunday, December 6th.  Or, you can have a piece of cracker or bread and juice or water, and God will bless all our elements.

⦁ If you would like to participate in our Christmas Canticles program on Wednesday, December 16th – please contact Linda at lindabrouder5@gmail.com or 781-385-0084.

⦁ Here is the latest prayer list for you:  And if you would like someone added, please contact the office.
-Our Church Conference next Monday night
-Those who cannot be with family and friends this Thanksgiving
-Continued prayers for all the concerns around COVID-19 new cases, those who are ill, kids and teachers who are struggling, those who have lost their jobs, businesses which are struggling, for the presidential transition and a sense of hope for the future.

And now, for your thought for the day – in honor of Thanksgiving, I share with you this poem by Nancy J. Carmody, entitled, “I Am Thankful For”

I am thankful for
​…the mess to clean up after a party

because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
​…the taxes that I pay

​because it means that I’m employed.

…the clothes that fit a little too snug

because it means I have enough to eat.
​…my shadow who watches me work

​because it means I am out in the sunshine.
​…the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot

​because it means I am capable of walking.
​…all the complaining I hear about our government

because it means we have freedom of speech.
​…that lady behind me in church who sings off key

​because it means that I can hear.
​…lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing

because it means I have a home.
…my huge heating bill

because it means that I am warm.
​…weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day

​because it means that I have been productive.
…the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours

​because it means that I am alive.

Indeed, let us all be thankful!

To hear “Now Thank We All our God” written by Martin Rinkart, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s99dNPKYtHk

Happy Thanksgiving!
Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, November 19, 2020 –  11:00 am)

Dear Friends,

“Blessed are they who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.  But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.”  Psalm 1:1-2

Take a few moments, and think about your favorite Bible verse – what is it saying to you today?
Here are some updates for you:

⦁ There will be no Backyard church on Sunday due to the low temperatures that are forecast.  Maybe we’ll still have one more Sunday of moderate weather – we’ll see.  But for this Sunday it will just be the Worship Team in the sanctuary.

⦁ Thank you to everyone who supported the Alternative Gift Market!  While there was some apprehension about having to put the Market on-line, so many people joined in, and raised $35,000 for local, national and global causes!  Totals the last few years has been $40,000+, so to have raised this much on-line during a pandemic is wonderful!  Thank you also to Bobye Anderson and Kate Finemore for coordinating our efforts here at JWUMC!

⦁ Advent is almost here!  You have seen the information for our Advent Study – Incarnation.  We are offering one additional option – to either be in-person or Zoom for the Tuesday morning study.  If you would like to Zoom, please contact me, and I’ll share the link with you.  Just a reminder, here are the times:

Monday night Zoom meeting at 7:00, beginning November 23rd, led by Jenn Linton (No meeting on Nov. 30th, due to our Church Conference)
Tuesday mornings in person or Zoom at 11:00am beginning December 1st led by Pastor Rebecca
Thursday mornings in person at 10:30 beginning November 19th led by Betty Smith (No meeting on Nov 26th, due to Thanksgiving)

Please hit the Ctrl button and click here to sign up.  Books are $12.00 and can be picked up in the office.

⦁ Join us on Saturday, November 28th from 10:00-11:30 am for a Family Christmas Celebration! There will be Christmas Cookies to decorate, ornaments to make, and Advent wreaths to design!  As of right now, this event will be inside, with masks and social distancing required. Please RSVP by emailing Hannah by Tuesday, November 24th at Hannah.jwumc@gmail.com

⦁ Hanging of the Ornaments! In our determination to continue to move forward rather than cancel our traditional events because of the pandemic, Hanging of the Greens has been transformed into Hanging of the Ornaments.  The Worship Ministry Team will be putting up a Christmas Tree in the Sanctuary and invite each member/family to create an ornament to be placed on the tree.  The materials have been supplied for you – you just need to add the finishing touches. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Stop by the church anytime next week (November 23-28) and head to the Youth Room. There you will find ornaments, a paint pen, ribbon and other various craft supplies.
  2. Select an ornament and a paint pen.Use the paint pen to write your name(s) on the ornament.  You can stop there if you’d like or you may select other decorative items to bring home and add to your ornament.
  3. Once your ornament is complete – head to the sanctuary and place it on the tree. Our goal is to have an ornament from each member/family. You will be able to see the tree during our live streamed services throughout Advent and Christmas Eve.

If you are not interested in creating an ornament, please feel free to bring in your own special ornament and place it on the tree.  Just be sure to put your name on it so that it can be returned after the Christmas Season. If you need assistance in any way, please contact Diane Huban at dhuban@comcast.net or 860.841.3952.

We are also still looking for a few creative people to help with our outside lighting displays.  Please contact Diane Huban at dhuban@comcast.net or 860.841.3952 if you are interested.

⦁ Christmas Canticles!  Linda Brouder, our Director of Music Ministries, is putting together an evening of Advent Inspiration.  It will be livestreamed on Wednesday, December 16th at 7:00 pm.  It is similar to the “Make a Joyful Noise” we did in May.  Various people will sing, read, tell stories, share poems or anything that focuses on the joy of Advent and Christmas.  And, you are invited to join in!  If you would like to participate in this fun event, or have any questions, please contact Linda at lindabrouder5@gmail.com or 781-385-0084.  Performers will be on a timeline, so that we can limit the number of people in the building.  There will be a schedule once she knows who will be participating.  Please let Linda know by Saturday, November 26th if you would like to participate.  Let’s bring each other joyful hope and inspiration this Christmas season!

⦁ Our annual all Church Conference will be held via Zoom on Monday, November 30th at 6:30.  Everyone is invited to join in and share in the good news of John Wesley.  I will send out the link next week.

⦁ Here is the latest prayer list for you:  And if you would like someone added, please contact the office.
-Leadership Team Meeting next Monday night
-Finance Team Meeting next Tuesday
-Continued prayers for all the concerns around COVID-19 new cases, kids and teachers who are struggling, families that can’t be together, as well as the election issues, the social and political unrest, and the need for calm, for wisdom, for right decision-making, for peace.

And let us keep our church and one another in prayer, as well!

God bless you all.
Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, November 12, 2020 –  11:00 am)

Dear Friends,

“Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healing for the bones.”  Proverbs 16:24
Today, may you be encouraged by these words to be aware of what you say and how you say it.  Be kind, and be blessed!

Here are some updates for you:

⦁ We are monitoring the weather for Sunday morning and hope to have Backyard Church.  But we will not make that call until Sunday morning.  We will send out a Constant Contact email and post a notice on the website – so keep your eyes and emails open!

⦁ Just a few days left to shop at ThAlternative Gift Market.  It runs until Sunday, and there are a variety of organizations that provide much needed help to so many people.  Visit the Alternative Gift Market website at  https://alternativegiftmarketcapecod.org/ and see how you can be part of making a difference!

⦁ Dress a Live Doll.  We are again participating in this popular program sponsored by the Salvation Army, which provides clothing, a toy and a filled stocking to children in need on Cape Cod.  We have chosen 10 children and 5 teens, and if there is more interest, we can sponsor more kids.  Please see the attached flyer for information on how you can help.  Or contact Julie Immelt Whelden at jimmelt11@aol.com or 508-221-4958.

⦁ Are you looking for a “handyman” to do some work around the house? You may have seen David Crookes, a member of John Wesley on our prayer list, but he is feeling much better, and looking to help anyone from church who needs some help, like light bulbs or smoke detector batteries changed, minor repairs to be done, or general help with a project.  David will come to your home and help in whatever way he can. He isn’t charging anything – this is his ministry. You can reach David at 508-237-3849.

⦁ Advent is only a couple of weeks away!  And this year especially, it is important for us to reflect on Jesus Christ, and open our hearts and minds as to what the real meaning of Christmas is all about.  We have chosen a study by popular author and pastor, Rev. Adam Hamilton, entitled “Incarnation. Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas.”  We will examine the names of Jesus Christ as we explore the historical and personal significance of his birth.  This is an up to date study, as one of the chapter titles is “Emmanuel in the Midst of a Pandemic.”  It will be offered both virtually and in person (in either the Fellowship Hall or Fitzgerald Room, where we will be spaced out).  Times are as follows:

Zoom study Monday nights at 7:00, beginning November 23rd, led by the Lintons (No meeting on Nov. 30th, due to our Church Conference)

Tuesday mornings in person at 11:00am beginning December 1st led by Pastor Rebecca

Thursday mornings in person at 10:30 beginning November 19th led by Betty Smith (No meeting on Nov 26th, due to Thanksgiving)

If you prefer a Zoom study, and Monday night does not work, please let Pastor Rebecca know.

Please click here to sign up.  Books are $12.00 and can be picked up in the office.

Also – choose your own group with friends or others from church, either in person or virtually, and discuss the book yourselves.  This could be an opportunity for you to reach beyond the church walls to help others learn more and understand who Jesus is and how he can make a difference in our lives.  Certainly, people are in need of hope right now, and this is one way you can be a disciple and share the good news of Christ.  If you have questions or thoughts about how you can do this, please don’t hesitate to give me a call.

⦁ Christmas Canticles!  Linda Brouder, our Director of Music Ministries, is putting together an evening of Advent Inspiration.  It will be livestreamed on Wednesday, December 16th at 7:00 pm.  It is similar to the “Make a Joyful Noise” we did in May.  Various people will sing, read, tell stories, share poems or anything that focuses on the joy of Advent and Christmas.  And, you are invited to join in!  If you would like to participate in this fun event, or have any questions, please contact Linda at lindabrouder5@gmail.com or 781-385-0084.  Performers will be on a timeline, so that we can limit the number of people in the building.  There will be a schedule once Linda knows who will be participating.  Please let Linda know by Saturday, November 26th if you would like to participate.  Let’s bring each other joyful hope and inspiration this Christmas season!

⦁ Here is the latest prayer list for you:  And if you would like someone added, please contact the office.

Prayers needed for:
-Continued prayers for all the concerns around COVID-19 new cases, kids and teachers who are struggling, families that can’t be together, as well as the election issues, the social and political unrest, and the need for calm, for wisdom, for right decision-making, for peace.

And let us keep our church and one another in prayer, as well!
God bless you all.

Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, November 5, 2020 – 11:00 am)

Dear Friends,

Okay – take a moment and breathe in….. and breathe out…..  And again – breathe in…. and breathe out…
And know that surely the presence of the Lord is with us all!

The weather looks good for us to be outside at Backyard Church on Sunday!  Hope to see you there!

Here are some updates for you:

⦁ Our sanctuary is open today from 9 am – 1 pm, for quiet meditation and time with God.  Everyone is welcome.  Please sign in and wear your mask.  Times again are Monday noon – 6 pm, and Thursday 9am to 1 pm.

 ⦁ The Alternative Gift Market starts Saturday, November 7th and runs through the 15th.  This year, instead of giving something tangible to someone who may already have enough, this is an opportunity to donate to a charitable cause that directly affects the lives of those in need, and do it in honor of your loved one.  Attached is a flyer. You can visit the Alternative Gift website at  https://alternativegiftmarketcapecod.org/ to learn more.  Or contact Kate Finemore, at bfinemore36@comcast.net or Bobye Anderson at bobye.anderson@gmail.com who are the JW representatives to the Cape Cod Alternative Gift Market and will be happy to answer any questions.

⦁ The Advent and Christmas season will soon be upon us, and what a perfect time for us to examine and deepen our faith.  This year we have chosen a study by popular author and pastor, Rev. Adam Hamilton, entitled “Incarnation. Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas.”  God came to earth in the form of Jesus, and he was called by many names.  In this study we will learn the meaning behind the names of Jesus Christ and explore the historical and personal significance of his birth.  This is an up to date study, as one of the chapter titles is “Emmanuel in the Midst of a Pandemic.”  It will be offered both virtually and in person (in either the Fellowship Hall or Fitzgerald Room, where we will be spaced out).  Times are as follows:

  • Zoom study Monday nights at 7:00, beginning November 23rd, led by the Lintons (No meeting on Nov. 30th, due to our Church Conference)
  • Tuesday mornings in person at 11:00 am beginning December 1st led by Pastor Rebecca
  • Thursday mornings in person at 10:30 am beginning November 19th led by Betty Smith (No meeting on Nov 26th, due to Thanksgiving)

To sign up, please email Ruth at jwumcfalmouth@comcast.net.  Books are $12.00 and can be picked up in the office.

Also – consider starting your own small group with friends or others from church, either in person or virtually, and discuss the book yourselves.  This could be an opportunity for you to reach beyond the church walls to help others learn more and understand who Jesus is and how he can make a difference in our lives.  Certainly, people are in need of hope right now, and this is one way you can be a disciple and share the good news of Christ.  If you have questions or thoughts about how you can do this, please don’t hesitate to give me a call.

Cherylann Randall would like to express her deep thanks for all the prayers, cards and the altar flowers she has received over the past week during her recuperation.

⦁ We believe in the power of prayer!  If you would like to put someone on our confidential prayer chain, please contact Karen Camp at karencamp13@yahoo.com or 508-737-1636.  If you would like someone on the church prayer list, please contact Ruth in the office and 508-548-3050.

⦁ Here is the latest prayer list for you:  And if you would like someone added, please contact the office.

Prayers needed for:
-Staff Parish Relations Ministry Team meeting today
-Our country, and the election process, outcome, and future.  May peace and acceptance and hope for the future prevail.
-Continued prayers for all the issues surrounding COVID-19, the social and political unrest, and the need for calm, for wisdom, for right decision-making, for peace.

And let us keep our church and one another in prayer, as well!
God bless you all.
Love,
Pastor Rebecca

(Thursday, October 29, 2020 – 1:00 pm)

Dear Friends,

“He provides rain for the earth and water for the countryside.”  Job 5:10
Let us thank the Lord for the much needed rain we are having today!

Here are a few updates for you:

⦁ I know the weather forecast looks iffy for Sunday, but I will wait until tomorrow to make the call whether we are inside or outside.  Stay tuned!!

⦁ This Sunday is All Saints Sunday, where we will name and honor those who have entered God’s kingdom in the past year.  It is also Communion Sunday, and if you would like to pick up elements, they are in the narthex.  They will be available at the service if we are outside.  Or, you may have your own piece of bread or cracker and water or juice, and God will bless all our elements.

⦁ Youth Group Halloween Party!  The Middle School Youth Group will have their party from 4-5:00 pm today in the Fellowship Hall.  The High School will have their party this Sunday from 4-5:00 pm also likely in the Fellowship Hall.  There will be candy, games, costume contest and more!

⦁ We believe in the power of prayer!  If you would like to put someone on our confidential prayer chain, please contact Karen Camp at karencamp13@yahoo.com or 508-737-1636.  If you would like someone on the church prayer list, please contact Ruth in the office and 508-548-3050.

⦁ Thank you to everyone who has turned in their pledge card!  I sincerely appreciate your generosity and support of our church!  If you have not turned it in, please do so by Sunday if possible.

⦁ New John Wesley Facebook group!  This group is for the community of John Wesley United Methodist Church. The purpose of this group is to share with our community our requests, praises, and more.  One of our core values is connection. We not only want to connect to God, but we want to connect with each other. We know that God created us to live life together in community.  Facebook is a great place to meet people and learn more about God, especially when we are unable to meet in person.  The name of the group is John Wesley United Methodist Church Community – Falmouth.  Any questions – see Hannah.

⦁ Here is the latest prayer list for you:  And if you would like someone added, please contact the office.

Prayers needed for:
-Prayers for our country around the election and the potential ramifications and outcome
-Continued prayers for our country and the pandemic, the social and political unrest, and the need for calm, for wisdom, for right decision-making, for peace.

And let us keep our church and one another in prayer, as well!
God bless you all.
Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, October 22, 2020 – 2:00 pm)

Dear Friends,

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.”  Nahum 1:7

These words of the prophet Nahum are as powerful for us now as they were for the Israelites in 600 BC.  Let us trust in the Lord!

Here are a few updates for you:

⦁ It’s on!  Our Christmas Fair in the fall – this Saturday October 24th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Wooden specialties, fine jewelry, boutique clothing and gifts, jams, jellies, seasonal wreaths, knitted and crocheted items, baked goods, homemade chocolates, hardware store, attic treasures, toys and puzzles and more!  Come do some early Christmas shopping, and help our church in this exciting fundraiser!  Thank you to Aline Ward for coordinating everyone and making this happen during a pandemic!

⦁ Trunk or Treat!  This Sunday from 4:00 – 5:00 pm Hannah has organized a community drive thru! Families will stay in their cars, but drive through our parking lot, and see all the decorated cars, and stop at 4 different points along the way to get candy!  We still have empty parking spaces available, so if you would like to decorate your car, contact Hannah at hannah.jwumc@gmail.com.

⦁ Pledge letters and cards went out last week, as we are planning now for our 2021 budget.  Thank you to everyone who has already sent in your card pledging your donation for next year.  I appreciate your response and your generosity!  We are asking the cards be returned to the office by November 1st.  We do have an on-line giving option, and if you choose to do so, we still need a pledge card to make sure you are properly in our system so that you receive a statement for your taxes.  If you did not receive a pledge card, and would like to give, please contact the office, and we will get you information and a card.

⦁ One of the issues confronting our country right now is the topic of racism.  The Lintons led a study on the book “Jesus and the Disinherited” by Howard Thurman, which looks at ways to reach past anger and distrust toward a vision of unity by looking at the life of Jesus.  There are a few copies available for you to purchase for $15.  Please see Ruth in the office.

⦁ Thank you to Pat and Bob Dinsmore!  For many years they have been “counters” who have counted and recorded the money received from our worship services, pledges, gifts, rents and other sources of donations.  And now it is time for them to step back and take a well-deserved break.  Which means we are looking for new volunteers to count the money.   Two counters work together and are responsible for one week out of the month, in which they count the money, record it to the proper category and deposit the money in the bank.  Please consider if this might be a ministry you feel would be right for you.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact our Financial Secretary, Carrie Leonard at  love2growcc@aol.com or 774-836-2512.

⦁ New John Wesley Facebook group!  This group is for the community of John Wesley United Methodist Church. The purpose of this group is to share with our community our requests, praises, and more.  One of our core values is connection. We not only want to connect to God, but we want to connect with each other. We know that God created us to live life together in community.  Facebook is a great place to meet people and learn more about God, especially when we are unable to meet in person.  The name of the group is John Wesley United Methodist Church Community – Falmouth.  Any questions – see Hannah.

⦁ Don’t forget our Alternative Gift Market is coming up.  Shopping will begin on November 7th and run through the 15th.  This is an opportunity to give not only to your loved ones, but to those in need.  Visit the Alternative Gift website at  https://alternativegiftmarketcapecod.org to learn more.  Or contact Kate Finemore, at bfinemore36@comcast.net or Bobye Anderson at bobye.anderson@gmail.com who are the JW representatives to the Cape Cod  Alternative Gift Market and will be happy to answer any questions.

⦁ Here is the latest prayer list for you:  And if you would like someone added, please contact the office.

Prayers needed for:
-Our Christmas in the Fall Fair
-Trunk or Treat
-Finance Ministry Team meeting on Tuesday
-Continued prayers for our country and the pandemic, the social and political unrest, and the need for calm, for wisdom, for right decision-making, for peace.

Looks like it will be good weather for Sunday, too! Hope to see you then.

God bless you all.
Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, October 15, 2020 – 1:00 pm)

Dear Friends,

Here are a few updates for you:

DUE TO THE FORCAST FOR RAIN ON THIS SATURDAY, THE FALL CHRISTMAS FAIR HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 24TH!

⦁ On Sunday, we welcome Rev. James Large as our preacher.  Pastor Rebecca will be at the service, but has asked Rev. Large to give the message.  Here is some information about him:

He was born and raised in New Mexico.  He graduated from the University of New Mexico and Perkins School of Theology at SMU.  He was ordained Deacon in 1977 and Elder in 1979 in the New Mexico Annual Conference.  His appointments included 3 small membership churches, 2 medium sized churches and 1 large church.  In addition to the local churches, he served for 10 years as the Director of Connectional Ministries and 5 years as the Albuquerque District Superintendent before retirement in 2018.  He and his wife Marilyn (46 years of marriage in December) split time between a home in Albuquerque and a home in Mashpee.  They have 3 grown sons, Colin who is the Associate Director of the Center of English Language and Orientation Programs at Boston University and his wife Sara (Assistant  English Professor at Lasalle College), and children Fiona and Oliver live in Ashland, Ma.  Son Nathan who is a Junior High World History teacher and Track and Cross Country coach and his wife Erin (an ObGyn physician) and their daughter Alexandra live in Fayetteville Arkansas.  Son Scott who is the Northeast Fisheries director for NOAA at Woods Hole, Ma and his wife Lauren (Johnson and Johnson) and their children Owen and Emery live in North Falmouth, Ma.

⦁ Calling all youth and children!  If you are interested in playing handbells, please join Linda on Sunday at 10:30 am after church.  We will begin to learn how to ring our new set of bells!  Anyone elementary age through middle school is welcome to join.  We have some musical parts that will be easy for the younger children, and more challenging for the older children.  Masks required! Meet in Sanctuary.

⦁ Christmas Fair in the fall! Outside on Saturday, October 24th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Wooden specialties, fine jewelry, boutique clothing and gifts, jams, jellies, seasonal wreaths, knitted and crocheted items, baked goods, homemade chocolates, hardware store, attic treasures, toys and puzzles and more!  Come do some early Christmas shopping, and help our church in this exciting fundraiser!  Thank you to Aline Ward for coordinating everyone and making this happen during a pandemic!

⦁ Instead of a traditional Trunk or Treat that we have had in the past, we are going to be having a drive thru Trunk or Treat on October 25th from 4 – 5 pm! Each family will stay in their car for the duration of the drive around the church, where they will get to see a variety of different trunks. At four points throughout the drive, the children will be allowed to hold their bags out of the car to receive some treats from volunteers who will be wearing masks. We invite everyone to wear their costumes and even decorate their car if they would like to!

This event is going to require a good amount of volunteers and I would appreciate any help that you can give! I am looking for people to decorate their trunks, monitor traffic/parking, and pass out candy. If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to sign up! We are also in need of lots of candy if you are willing to donate a bag or two (no nuts, please). For safety reasons, please bring only individually wrapped candy, and put them in the bin in the narthex. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

⦁ Do you have a prayer request for our confidential prayer chain?  Please send to Ruth at jwumcfalmouth@comcast.net   Phyllis Clough will continue to participate in the prayer chain but needs to step back from coordinating the prayer requests. Thank you, Phyllis, for all you have done!

⦁ Alternative Gift Market is coming up, but will be very different this year. Since last spring, the committee has struggled with the best way to raise much needed funds for a variety of fantastic nonprofits on local, national, and global levels. Not to do it would be unthinkable, especially in these times of need. So, we thought outside the box and imagined a virtual market. Currently the AGM website is under development, and it will showcase our featured and vetted non-profits. Our website will link you to an online shopping site where it will be totally safe for you to shop! The site will be available for shopping from November 7th to the 15th . (And if you are not comfortable with online shopping, you will be able to print a shopping list and send your choices with your check to UUFF/AGM.) We have been very cognizant to select organizations addressing areas of greatest concern during this pandemic. You will find organizations tackling issues such as hunger, health, racial justice, climate, children at risk, immigration, and more! Shopping will be available from November 7- 15. During this difficult time, we hope you will give gifts to your loved ones which are also a gift to the world! Be on the lookout for more information, or contact Kate Finemore, bfinemore36@comcast.net or Bobye Anderson, bobye.anderson@gmail.com who are the JW representatives to the Cape Cod Alternative Gift Market and will be happy to answer any questions.

⦁ Here is the latest prayer list for you:  And if you would like someone added, please contact the office.

-Continued prayers for our country and the pandemic, the social and political unrest, and the need for calm, for wisdom, for right decision-making, for peace.

Hope to see you on Sunday!

God bless you all.
Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, October 8th, 2020 – 12:30 pm)

Dear Friends,

I hope are enjoying these beautiful fall days!  Praise God!

Here are a few updates for you:

⦁ John and I will be travelling to Indiana after church on Sunday to see my Mom and bury my Dad’s ashes, so I will be out of the office next week.  Also – just a reminder, Monday is a holiday and the office will be closed.

⦁ Calling all youth and children!  If you are interested in playing handbells, please join Linda on Sunday at 10:30 am after church.  We will begin to learn how to ring our new set of bells!  Anyone elementary age through middle school is welcome to join.  We have some musical parts that will be easy for the younger children, and more challenging for the older children.  Masks required! Meet in Sanctuary.

⦁ Christmas Fair in the fall! Outside on Saturday, October 17th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Wooden specialties, fine jewelry, boutique clothing and gifts, jams, jellies, seasonal wreaths, knitted and crocheted items, baked goods, homemade chocolates, hardware store, attic treasures, toys and puzzles and more!  Come do some early Christmas shopping, and help our church in this exciting fundraiser!  Thank you to Aline Ward for coordinating everyone and making this happen during a pandemic!

⦁ Drive Thru Trunk or Treat!  On Sunday, October 25th from 4:00-5:00 pm, John Wesley is going to be hosting a drive thru Trunk or Treat! Volunteers will park their cars and decorate their trunks in both parking lots. Families will stay in their cars as they drive through the parking lots and will be able to admire the decorations from the safety of their vehicles. At four different points throughout the drive, the children will be able to hold their bags out of their car window to receive individually wrapped candies from volunteers who will be wearing masks. This event is going to require lots of volunteers and I would appreciate any help that you can give! This includes trunk decorators, parking monitors, and candy distributors. If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to sign up! We are also in need of lots of candy if you are willing to donate (no nuts, please). For safety reasons, please bring only individually wrapped candies and put them in the bin in the narthex.

⦁ Are you looking for some “handyman” work to be done around the house? Light bulbs changed, minor repairs to be done, help with a project? By someone you can trust? David Crookes, a member of John Wesley who is a pilot by trade, is also a handyman and has offered his services to come to your home and help in whatever way he can. He isn’t charging anything – this is his ministry. You can reach David at 508-237-3849.

⦁ Do you have a prayer request for our confidential prayer chain?  Please send to Ruth at jwumcfalmouth@comcast.net . Phyllis Clough will continue to participate in the prayer chain but needs to step back from coordinating the prayer requests. Thank you, Phyllis, for all you have done!

⦁ Alternative Gift Market is coming up, but will be very different this year. Since last spring, the committee has struggled with the best way to raise much needed funds for a variety of fantastic nonprofits on local, national, and global levels. Not to do it would be unthinkable, especially in these times of need. So, we thought outside the box and imagined a virtual market. Currently the AGM website is under development, and it will showcase our featured and vetted non-profits. Our website will link you to an online shopping site where it will be totally safe for you to shop! The site will be available for shopping from November 7th to the 15th . (And if you are not comfortable with online shopping, you will be able to print a shopping list and send your choices with your check to UUFF/AGM.) We have been very cognizant to select organizations addressing areas of greatest concern during this pandemic. You will find organizations tackling issues such as hunger, health, racial justice, climate, children at risk, immigration, and more! Shopping will be available from November 7- 15. During this difficult time, we hope you will give gifts to your loved ones which are also a gift to the world! Be on the lookout for more information, or contact Kate Finemore, bfinemore36@comcast.net or Bobye Anderson, bobye.anderson@gmail.com who are the JW representatives to the Cape Cod Alternative Gift Market and will be happy to answer any questions.

⦁ Here is the latest prayer list for you:  And if you would like someone added, please contact the office.
-Staff Parish Relations Ministry Team – meeting today
-Continued prayers for our country and the pandemic, the social and political unrest, and the need for calm, for wisdom, for right decision-making, for peace.

Hope to see you on Sunday!
God bless you all.
Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, October 1, 2020 – 11:00 am)

Dear Friends,

“The heavens proclaim the glory of God.  The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.”  Psalm 19:1-2

On this beautiful day, let us revel in God’s creation and give thanks!

⦁ Our sanctuary is open today for personal worship from 9am – 1pm.   You are welcome to come and meditate, pray, or just sit and listen to the quiet music.  Please wear your mask, sign in and sit in a pew that has the Bible and hymnal available for your use.

⦁ This Sunday, October 4th,  is Communion Sunday.  We will have the elements available at the 9:30 backyard church service.  However, if you would like to pick them up ahead of time or will be watching the livestream, they are on a table in the narthex.  Or, you can have a piece of bread or cracker and juice or water from home, and God will bless all our elements.

⦁ From Linda Brouder, our Director of Music Ministry: Good news! The Music Ministry department has purchased a new set of children-youth friendly handbells!  These lovely instruments are on pitch, and with color-coding very easy for youth to play.  We will be having a “try it” on this Sunday, October 4th, after church for anyone to try! Children encouraged to touch!!! We will have hand sanitizer.  I am so excited that we can offer this as a singing alternative for our children and youth.  Good things to come!

⦁ Middle School Youth Group is today at 4:00.  There will be a Bible story, activity, games and more.  High school youth group meets Sunday from 4-5pm, and WOW Bible Club for K-4th grade meets Tuesday from 4-4:45pm.  If you know of any children and youth who might be interested, please contact Hannah at 508-548-3050 or hannah.jwumc@gmail.com

⦁ Join the study, Jesus and the Disinherited tonight from 7 – 8:15pm.  This book will help us as Christians look at the issues of poverty, racism and spiritual disengagement in the 21st century. The book is available as a free eBook through public libraries, on Kindle, or in hard copy in the church office ($15, check or correct change only please). Meets four times via Zoom starting Thursday, October 1, 7:00-8:15 p.m.  For more information, or for the Zoom link, contact Jenn Linton at  jennifer.v.linton@gmail.com or call 508-548-2792.

⦁ We are thankful to FCTV for broadcasting our worship services on Monday’s at 3:00pm, Wednesdays at 6:00 pm and Sundays at 10:00am (previous Sunday service).  And we would like to inform you about a special event they are hosting.  Falmouth Community Television (FCTV) and the Rotary Club of Falmouth invite everyone to join them for the First Annual FCTV Rotary Auction on Sunday afternoon, October 4th from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The auction will take place live on FCTV Public Channel 13 and www.fctv.org  The auction features dozens of valuable items, artwork, and crafts as well as a half-day sail on Buzzards Bay with lunch aboard a 28’ Pearson sloop, a two-night stay in a one-bedroom suite at the RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire, personalized virtual comedy show hosted by a professional New York City stand-up comedian, golf packages, gift cards to popular local merchants, and much more. All bidding and browsing takes place virtually through a secure online auction platform. To register, browse the auction items, and place a bid, go to fctv.org/bid.  New items are added daily, so check back often for the latest additions. All bidding will end during the live broadcast on FCTV Public Channel 13.  The Rotary Club of Falmouth sponsors community service projects as well as  provides a variety of philanthropic grants and scholarship awards to local students. Recent recipients include Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS), Wings for Falmouth Families, Belonging to Each Other, Friends of Nobska Lighthouse, Falmouth Service Center, and many more. Funds raised will be shared evenly in support of Falmouth Community Television and the Rotary Club of Falmouth,

⦁ Here is the latest prayer list for you:  And if you would like someone added, please contact the office.
-One of our high school youth members who sprained her ankle in gymnastics
-Outreach/Missions Team meeting on Monday
-Students and teachers and parents and the issues surrounding education for students at all levels
-For our country and the pandemic, the social and political unrest, and the need for calm, for wisdom, for right decision-making, for peace.

Hope to see you on Sunday!
God bless you all.
Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, September 24, 2020 -11:45)

Dear Friends,

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.”  Isaiah 30:15

Don’t forget your Christian Challenge to hear Jesus say “Come away with me!”  Find ½ hour to spend quiet time with him, listening, reflecting and finding renewal.  You will find rest for your souls.

⦁ Thank you again to Aline Ward and everyone who helped with our Yard Sale last Saturday.  God blessed us with a beautiful day and many customers, and we made over $3,000!  What a great outreach to our community, and an opportunity to help fund the ministries of our church.  And mark your calendars for our “Christmas Fair in the Fall” on Saturday, October 17th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

⦁ Our Children and Youth Ministry Programs are beginning!  WOW – a Bible Club for K-4th graders will meet starting Tuesday, September 29th from 4-4:45 pm.  The Middle School Youth Group for grades 5-8 will meet Thursday, October 1st from 4-5:00pm and High School Youth Group for grades 9–12 will meet this Sunday, September 27th from 4-5:00pm.  There will be Bible story, activity, games and more.  If you have questions, please contact Hannah at 508-548-3050 or hannah.jwumc@gmail.com

⦁ See the Gospel From a New Perspective.  Howard Thurman was the first Black dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University, and his book Jesus and the Disinherited (1949) has become a modern Christian classic. In it, Thurman invites us to see Jesus standing with the poor and disenfranchised of his own day, defeating fear and hatred, advocating love of self and others to overcome anger and distrust. The message of Jesus and the Disinherited helped shape the civil rights movement of the 1960s. It can help current-day Christians as we struggle with issues of poverty, racism and spiritual disengagement in the 21st century. The book is available as a free eBook through public libraries, on Kindle, or in hard copy in the church office ($15, check or correct change only please). Meets four times via Zoom starting Thursday, October 1, 7:00-8:15 p.m. Led by Brian & Jenn Linton and Betty Smith. Questions:   jennifer.v.linton@gmail.comcampingkat@comcast.net or call 508-548-2792.

⦁ Personal Worship in the Sanctuary.  We know that many of you are missing being in the sanctuary to worship God.  So our Worship Ministry Team has put together a special opportunity for you to have time for personal worship.  Beginning September 28th, the sanctuary will be open Mondays from noon – 6:00 pm and Thursdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  There will be devotional material and soft music playing, and you can sit, pray and meditate as long as you wish.  We do ask that everyone wear masks, and keep them on while you are in the sanctuary.  We will have a Bible and hymnal in designated places for you to sit, which will allow everyone to adhere to the social distancing guidelines.  Sanitizers will be in the pews for you to wipe off anything you touch.  We invite you to come and find rest in the presence of God in our sanctuary.  If you have any questions, please contact Diane Huban at 860-841-3952 or dhuban@comcast.net, or myself.

⦁ Here is the latest prayer list for you:  And if you would like someone added, please contact the office.
-Students and teachers and parents and the issues surrounding education for students at all levels
-For our country and the pandemic, the social and political unrest, and the need for calm, for wisdom, for right decision-making, for peace.

Looks like this weekend will be nice weather – hope to see you on Sunday!
God bless you all.
Love, Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, September 17, 2020 – 11:30 am)
Dear Friends,
There are a lot of exciting things happening at John Wesley, so please read through carefully!
 
⦁ Our final outdoor yard sale is this Saturday, September 19th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm! This is not only a fundraiser for the church, but a service to our community. We have a wide variety of items for personal and household use that we sell at more than reasonable prices. If you are willing to help in this important project, please contact Aline Ward at 508-444-6038 or aw7050@comcast.net.
 
⦁ Blessing of the Backpacks is this Sunday, September 20th. At the 9:30 backyard church service, we invite kids to bring their backpacks and Hannah will have goodies to put in the backpacks and I will offer a blessing – all from our socially distanced spots. Or, between 10:30 – 11:30, we will have a drive through in the front parking lot, and families will remain in their cars I will offer the blessing through the window, and Hannah will hand you the goody bag. Anyone who would like to have their backpack blessed is welcome to attend! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!
 
⦁ Thank you very much to Maryellen Geoghan for filling in for Ruth during her knee surgery and recovery! Ruth will be back in the office beginning Monday.
 
⦁ See the Gospel From a New Perspective. Howard Thurman was the first Black dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University, and his book Jesus and the Disinherited (1949) has become a modern Christian classic. In it, Thurman invites us to see Jesus standing with the poor and disenfranchised of his own day, defeating fear and hatred, advocating love of self and others to overcome anger and distrust. The message of Jesus and the Disinherited helped shape the civil rights movement of the 1960s. It can help current-day Christians as we struggle with issues of poverty, racism and spiritual disengagement in the 21st century. The book is available as a free eBook through public libraries, on Kindle, or in hard copy in the church office ($15, check or correct change only please). Meets four times via Zoom starting Thursday, October 1, 7:00-8:15 p.m. Led by Brian & Jenn Linton and Betty Smith. Questions: jennifer.v.linton@gmail.com, campingkat@comcast.net or call 508-548-2792.
 
⦁ Hannah and our Children and Youth Ministry Team have planned outdoor activities for kids of all ages this fall. WOW – a Bible Club for K-4th graders will meet Tuesdays from 4-5:00 pm. The Middle School Youth Group for grades 5-8 will meet Thursdays from 4-5:00pm and High School Youth Group for grades 9–12 will meet Sundays from 4-5:00pm. There will be Bible story, activity, games and more. If you have any questions, or are interested, please contact Hannah at 508-548-3050 or hannah.jwumc@gmail.com
 
⦁ Personal Worship in the Sanctuary. We know that many of you are missing being in the sanctuary to worship God. So our Worship Ministry Team has put together a special opportunity for you to have time for personal worship. Beginning September 28th, the sanctuary will be open Mondays from noon – 6:00 pm and Thursdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. There will be devotional material and soft music playing, and you can sit, pray and meditate as long as you wish. We do ask that everyone wear masks, and keep them on while you are in the sanctuary. We will have a Bible and hymnal in designated places for you to sit, which will allow everyone to adhere to the social distancing guidelines. Sanitizers will be in the pews for you to wipe off anything you touch. We invite you to come and find rest in the presence of God in our sanctuary. If you have any questions, please contact Diane Huban at 860-841-3952 or dhuban@comcast.net, or myself.
 
⦁ We have been partnering with Cape Cod Healthcare to use our fellowship hall for their Blood Drives. The next two drives on September 21st and 29th are filled. There will be another blood drive on Tuesday, October 27th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. There are still some openings that day. If you would like to donate click here: https://www.capecodhealth.org/classes-events/search-results-detail/?eventId=f2c6eb7c-e4ee-ea11-a835-000d3a611c21
 
⦁ Here is the latest prayer list for you:
-Yard Sale this Saturday – for good weather, for the volunteers and the people in our community who will attend
-Blessing of the Backpacks – and indeed all the kids as they adjust to school and what that looks like for them
-The Leadership Team meeting on Monday, Sept 21st
-Finance Ministry Team meeting – moved to Tuesday Sept 22nd
-For those affected by the wildfires in the West, including the firefighters, first responders and those who have lost their homes.
-For those affected by Hurricane Sally
-Continued prayers for our country – COVID issues, social issues, political issues, pray that the Holy Spirit would bring forth the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
 
Enjoy the rest of the week, and God bless you all.
Love,
Pastor Rebecca

(Thursday, September 10, 2020 – 12:30pm)

Dear Friends,

“The Lord is my strength.”  Habakkuk 3:19

At those times when you feel down or weary or frightened, repeat these five words – the Lord is my strength!  And see what peace comes to your soul.

Here’s what’s happening around JWUMC.

⦁ Our final outdoor yard sale will be Saturday, September 19th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  This is not only a fundraiser for the church, but a service to our community.  We have a wide variety of items for personal and household use that we sell at more than reasonable prices.  If you are willing to help in important project, please contact Aline Ward at 508-444-6038 or aw7050@comcast.net.

⦁ From Hannah:

We know that the start of school can bring so many emotions, so we are hoping to offer comfort and peace during this time. On Sunday, September 20, we will be offering a backpack blessing. The first option for the blessing will be during the 9:30 Backyard Service on September 20th.  During the service, Pastor Rebecca will say a blessing over the backpacks while the kids remain in their seats.  After the service, from 10:30-11:30, Pastor Rebecca will be offering drive by backpack blessings. You will remain in your car the whole time and Pastor Rebecca will offer the blessing through the window of your car. We will also be handing out a few treats to help fill your backpack! Anyone who would like to have their backpack blessed is welcome to attend! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

⦁ Also – Hannah is working with her Children and Youth Ministry Team and our families to find times to have “Wow – a Bible Club” for K-4th graders, as well as Middle School Youth Group and High School Youth group.  These will be outdoors for as long as possible.  If you have any questions, or are interested, please contact Hannah at 508-548-3050 or hannah.jwumc@gmail.com

⦁ As we think of end of summer and anticipate our fall routine, consider joining the Monday Night Zoom Bible Study at 7:00 pm.  Brian and Jenn Linton lead the study, which uses the lectionary – a preselected set of Bible readings that churches around the world can use each week for worship and study.  For more information, please email Jenn at Jennifer.v.linton@gmail.com, or call 508-548-2792.

⦁ Here is the latest prayer list for you:
-Continued prayers for Ruth Moulton’s recovery which is going well
-For all affected by the wildfires on the west coast
-Continued prayers for the issues around the pandemic, for people to work together, for a vaccine to be developed, for those who have it or lost loved ones, for the future
-Continued prayers that leaders, politicians, all people, would work more intentionally to have peace, calm, tolerance and understanding in our country

God bless you all.
Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, September 3, 2020 – 12:00pm)

Dear Friends,

Here’s what’s happening around JWUMC.

⦁ I want to thank you all for your prayers, cards, emails, love and support, which has been overwhelming and has meant so very much to me, John and my family.  And I am grateful to Diane Huban, Matt O’Connor, Bob Hansen, Bob McIntire, Linda Brouder, Mirela Chisbora, Tom Hoke, Betty Smith, and Eileen & Ted Burt for stepping in and leading such a beautiful and meaning worship service at the beach and for the livestream.  We were able to watch from Indiana, and it was so comforting and consoling to know that John Wesley continues to be “church” and worship God no matter what the circumstances.

At the funeral home, we received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from John Wesley UMC, and my Mom wanted me to send you this from the Family of John Brown:

            “Thank you very much for the beautiful flower arrangement in John’s honor.  Your thoughtfulness and generosity are so much appreciated.  We are grateful for your expression of sympathy at this time of sorrow.  With love, the Family of John Brown.”

We returned late yesterday, and I am back in the office.  We will be travelling to Indiana a number of times this fall to continue to help my mom through this transition.   And, to ease your mind, I did get tested for COVID and the results came back negative.

My heart is filled with love, as I quote the Apostle Paul once again, “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.”

⦁ This Sunday, September 6th we will celebrate Holy Communion at the 9:30 backyard church service.  There will be Communion elements in the narthex today until 5:00, and tomorrow until 4:00.  I realize this is short notice, but you are also welcome to have your own piece of bread or cracker and water or juice, and I will ask God to bless all our elements as they symbolize for us the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

⦁ This Sunday will be our final beach service at 7:30.  It’s hard to believe the summer is over!  We will continue with our Backyard Church at 9:30 for as long as the weather allows.

⦁ As we think of end of summer and anticipate our fall routine, consider joining the Monday Night Zoom Bible Study at 7:00 pm.  Brian and Jenn Linton lead the study, which uses the lectionary – a preselected set of Bible readings that churches around the world can use each week for worship and study.  For more information, please email Jenn at Jennifer.v.linton@gmail.com, or call 508-548-2792.

⦁ Choir practices to begin next week.  Our choirs will be part of our livestream services when we are back in the sanctuary.  Handbell Choir rehearsal will begin Wednesday, September 9th from 6-6:50 pm.  (With set up at 5:45 pm).  There will be a Choir meeting on September 9th from 7:15-8:15 pm.  We will discuss our options for singing in groups and creating a game plan at the first meeting.  If you have any questions, please contact Linda Brouder at 781-385-0084 or lindabrouder5@gmail.com.

Prayers needed for :
-Continued prayers for the issues around the pandemic, for people to work together, for a vaccine to be developed, for those who have it or lost loved ones, for the future
-Continued prayers that leaders, politicians, all people, would work more intentionally to have peace, calm, tolerance and understanding in our country

God bless you all.
Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, August 27, 2020 – 11:00 am)

Dear Friends,

Here’s what’s happening around JWUMC.

⦁ I want to again say thank you to everyone who has expressed concern and support while my dad has been in the hospital. He will be going into Hospice today, so at some point I will be going to Indiana to be with my family. I will keep everyone informed when that happens. I am very grateful to Worship Ministry Team Leader, Diane Huban, and Bobye Anderson for having prepared a wonderful worship service for both the beach and backyard, in the event I have to be gone on a Sunday. And I thank Matt O’Connor for learning how to do the livestream, so that we can continue to broadcast our services. This is just another example of how our congregation is still working together to be in ministry to each other and to our community!

⦁ Ruth Moulton, our Office Administrator will be having knee surgery on Monday, August 31st. So please keep her in your prayers! She will be out of the office for at least three weeks. While she is out, Maryellen Geoghan will be in the office from 10:00 – noon each day to handle phone calls, emails, bulletins and anything else that may come up. So feel free to contact Maryellen if you have any questions.

⦁ Vacation Bible School was such an exciting event this year! We had over 30 kids and parents come and have their own place in the back yard, where they learned Bible stories, danced, and used their imagination with fun games, enjoyed snacks and more. Hannah did a great job of adjusting to these times while still providing quality programming for the kids of our community. To see for yourself, check out the pictures on our Facebook page!

⦁ Choir practices to begin. Our choirs will be part of our livestream services when we are back in the sanctuary. Handbell Choir rehearsal will begin Wednesday, September 9th from 6-6:50 pm. (With set up at 5:45 pm). There will be a Choir meeting on September 9th from 7:15-8:15 pm. We will discuss our options for singing in groups and creating a game plan at the first meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Brouder at 781-385-0084 or lindabrouder5@gmail.com.

⦁ Here is the latest prayer list for you:

Prayers needed for :
-Those in the path of Hurricane Laura
-Those affected by the California wildfires – homes, lives, firefighters, may it be contained
-Continued prayers for the issues around the pandemic, for students and teachers, for people to work together, for a vaccine to be developed, for those who have it or lost loved ones, for the future
-Continued prayers that leaders, politicians, all people, would work more intentionally to have peace, calm, tolerance and understanding in our country

God bless you all.
Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, August 20, 2020 – 1:30 pm)

Dear Friends,

“Don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.”
James 1:22

This exhortation by James, the brother of Jesus, reminds us that it is not enough to just know about God and hear about God – we must be about doing God’s work.  Jesus said we are to be the “light of the world.” What is one thing you can do today that puts your faith into action?

Here’s what’s happening around JWUMC.

⦁ We will be sending out a September newsletter at the end of next week.  If you would like anything included, please send to Ruth by Monday.

⦁ Vacation Bible School is going great!  We have 30 kids and parents, plus volunteers who are learning Bible stories, dancing, using their imagination with fun games, enjoying snacks and more.  Thankfully the weather has been good, and everyone is enjoying it being outdoors.  The kids are learning that “Jesus’  power pulls them through tough times.”  You can check out the pictures on our Facebook page!  And keep Hannah and the volunteers in your prayers the next two days!

⦁ Choir practices to begin.  Our choirs will be part of our livestream services when we are back in the sanctuary.  Handbell Choir rehearsal will begin Wednesday, September 9th from 6-6:50 pm.  (With set up at 5:45 pm).  There will be a Choir meeting on September 9th from 7:15-8:15 pm.  We will discuss our options for singing in groups and creating a game plan at the first meeting.  If you have any questions, please contact Linda Brouder at 781-385-0084 or lindabrouder5@gmail.com.

⦁ We will have an additional class for those interested in learning a little more about reading music for choir and bells on Wednesday, August 26th at 6:15 pm.  Everyone is welcome – no prior experience necessary!

⦁ The Bourne Food Pantry is accepting non-food donations and we would love to help them. If you are able please bring in Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, & soap/toiletries to fill the bin in the Fellowship Hall. This food pantry serves on average 700 individuals (304 families) to the most vulnerable in our community.

⦁ Here is the latest prayer list for you:

-Continued prayers for the issues around the pandemic, for students and teachers, for people to work together, for a vaccine to be developed, for those who have it or lost loved ones, for the future
-Continued prayers that leaders, politicians, all people, would work more intentionally to have peace, calm, tolerance and understanding in our country

God bless you all.
Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, August 13, 2020 – 1:00 pm)

Dear Friends,

Jesus said to them, `Come away with me. Let us go alone to a quiet place and rest for a while.’   Mark 6:31

Jesus gives that invitation to all of us, for he knows that we need quiet, alone time with him to listen, learn and renew our souls. That’s what I did the past couple of days, and I invite you to take just an hour or so and do the same. Spending alone time with the Lord will steady us in the midst of our anxieties, and remind us we need not fear anything! It will make a difference, I assure you!

Here’s what’s happening around JWUMC.

⦁ Many are wondering what we will be doing regarding worship services in the fall. Our Worship Ministry Team and Leadership Team have discussed the many issues surrounding this decision, and have come up with a plan for the time being. We will continue to hold our Beach Services (7:30) and Backyard Church Services (9:30) through Sunday, September 6th.  Beginning Sunday, September 13th, we will have only one Backyard Church Service at 9:30. This will continue as long as weather permits, hopefully through September 27th and maybe beyond. When the weather becomes too cool, we will return to having only the Worship Team livestream from the sanctuary. There will be no in-person indoor worship for the immediate future. I know this is extremely disappointing to some of you, and others are greatly relieved. With all the protocols that are required, including social distancing, masks, capacity limits, cleaning mandates, and more, our leadership felt that the worship experience would not meet the hopes or expectations of our congregation. The livestream option worked well for us in the beginning, and there is discussion around ways of enhancing this service even more. Once the Sunday service moves inside, the Worship Ministry Team is considering other ways of offering worshipful experiences in the sanctuary, so that you can be physically present at some point during the week. More details will follow at a later date.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Diane Huban, Worship Ministry Team leader or Larry Ward, Leadership Team Chairperson.

⦁ Our Outdoor Yard Sale is on for this Saturday, the 15th from 9am – 2pm! There are household items, bedding and linens, hardware, kids toys and clothing, $5 bags to fill with men and women’s clothing and more! Tell your friends!

⦁ Vacation Bible School begins next week! If you haven’t signed your children up yet, or for more information, please contact Hannah.

⦁ Choir practices to begin. Our choirs will be part of our livestream services when we are back in the sanctuary. Handbell Choir rehearsal will begin Wednesday, September 9th from 6-6:50 pm. (With set up at 5:45 pm). There will be a Choir meeting on September 9th from 7:15-8:15 pm. We will discuss our options for singing in groups and creating a game plan at the first meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Brouder at 781-385-0084 or lindabrouder5@gmail.com.

⦁ We will have an additional class for those interested in learning a little more about reading music for choir and bells on Wednesday, August 26th at 6:15 pm. Everyone is welcome – no prior experience necessary!

⦁ The Women’s Book Club is starting a new book tonight at 8 pm, called “Love Warrior” By Glennon Doyle. If you are interested in joining please email or call Julie Immelt Whelden at jimmelt11@aol.com  or 508-221-4958. Books are available for $10.  They will finish the book on August 27th at 8 pm.

⦁ The Bourne Food Pantry is accepting non-food donations and we would love to help them. If you are able please bring in Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, & soap/toiletries to fill the bin in the Fellowship Hall. This food pantry serves on average 700 individuals (304 families) to the most vulnerable in our community.

⦁ Here is the latest prayer list for you:

-Finance Ministry Team meeting on Tuesday the 18th
-Continued prayers for the pandemic and resurgences, the economy and people affected, schools and students, decisions that need to be made,  people to work together, for those affected, and for the future
-Continued prayers for the divisiveness, lack of respect, tensions that exist in our country – may peace and unity prevail

God bless you all.
Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, August 6, 2020 – 1:15 pm)

Dear Friends,

“Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”  Psalm 33:22

May this be our prayer, that in the midst of all the change, the unknown, the questions, we would feel God’s love upon us.  Because once we embrace God’s love, we feel assured that we can put our hope and trust in him – no matter what the future brings.

And now – here’s what’s happening around JWUMC.

⦁ Due to the threat of thunderstorms and rain, the Outdoor Yard Sale scheduled for this Saturday, has been moved to next Saturday, the 15th from 9am – 2pm. There are household items, bedding and linens, hardware, kids toys and clothing, $5 bags to fill with men and women’s clothing and more! So tell your friends, and we’ll see you on the 15th!

⦁ Many of you remember our dear brother, Dan Fraunfelter, who entered God’s kingdom last December. Dan put our church in his will, and gave us a very generous gift. The Leadership Team met last Monday night, and discussed an appropriate use for the money. Since we are currently using an older, borrowed keyboard for our backyard church services, the Leadership Team approved using part of his gift to purchase a new high quality portable keyboard that can be used not only for our outdoor services, but for special services throughout the year. Also, Hannah plays piano, and this unit can be taken on youth mission trips, events, etc. We are hopeful we will have it here to play on Sunday. Thank you, Dan!

⦁ I will be out of the office Monday, Tuesday and part of Wednesday, as I am going on a personal spiritual retreat to Rolling Ridge Conference Center. During this time I will be in prayer for you and for our church as we seek to discern God’s call to us during this pandemic and in the future. I will send out the sermon on Monday, but will not have a Thought for the Day on Tuesday or Wednesday. I will resume with our updates next Thursday.

⦁ The Women’s Book Club is starting a new book called “Love Warrior” By Glennon Doyle. If you are interested in joining please email or call Julie Immelt Whelden at jimmelt11@aol.com  or 508-221-4958. Books are available for $10 and our first Zoom on half of the book will be August 13th at 8PM and finishing the book up August 27th at 8PM.

⦁ The Bourne Food Pantry is accepting non-food donations and we would love to help them. If you are able please bring in Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, & soap/toiletries to fill the bin in the Fellowship Hall. This food pantry serves on average 700 individuals (304 families) to the most vulnerable in our community.

 ⦁The Falmouth Service Center Back to School Back Pack Program is only accepting monetary donations, so we will not be collecting actual school supplies.  We are waiting to hear back from them, so if this changes we will let you know.

⦁ Here is the latest prayer list for you:

Continue to pray for:
– Victims and families of the Beirut explosion
– Continued prayers for the pandemic and resurgences, the economy and people affected, schools and students, decisions that need to be made,  people to work together, for those affected, and for the future
– Continued prayers for the divisiveness, lack of respect, tensions that exist in our country – may peace and unity prevail

God bless you all.
Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, July 30, 2020 – 1:20)

Dear Friends,

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”  2 Corinthians 1:3-4

These words from the Apostle Paul say it all!  As Christians, we can be assured that God will indeed comfort us in our need, our trials, our difficulties. But let us also remember that God expects us to share that same comfort with others who are in need or going through difficulties. These are trying times – who can you comfort today?  Make a call, send a card, reach out to someone, offer to pray with someone.

Here’s what’s happening around JWUMC.

⦁ This Sunday at the 9:30 service, we will share in Holy Communion. Individual elements will be available at the 9:30 service, or if you are joining us from home, you can pick them up in the narthex this week. Or, you can have a cracker or piece of bread and water or juice, and I will ask God to bless all our elements.

⦁ Reading Music for Singers & Ringers. Come join in a socially-distanced workshop on what it looks like to “Sing and Ring” in worship! Our Director of Music Ministry, Linda Brouder will be show-and-telling what music looks like to the choral singer, and to the bell ringer as well!(Very similar!) We may try a few bells or chimes for fun, and learn a bit along the way about the history and traditions of sacred music in worship-as well as shortcuts in learning how to read music. No experience necessary! Please wear your face covering! We will meet from 6:15 – 7:15 on Wednesday August 5 &12th !

⦁ Joy Stosz has put together another of her wonderful poetry booklets for sale. They are $10 per booklet, and all proceeds go to the church. They are on a table in the narthex along with the Communion elements, with a container to put your money in. So feel free to come by and pick one up.

⦁ Calling all Youth and families! Come out and meet our new Director, Hannah Duclos, while enjoying ice cream and games this Sunday, August 2, from 4:00-5:00! Masks are required when not eating or drinking and the games will be socially distanced.

⦁ Here is the latest prayer list for you:

Continue to pray for:
-Hannah as she has her first meeting with VBS volunteers tonight
-Allison as she prepares to leave for New York City tomorrow
-For the pandemic and resurgences, schools and student, decisions that need to be made,  people to work together, for those affected, and for the future
-For the continued tension and division in our country – that peace and unity may prevail

God bless you all.
Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, July 23, 2020 – 1:20 pm)

Dear Friends,

“Keep my steps steady according to your promise, and never let iniquity have dominion over me.”  Psalm 119:133

This is a good prayer for all of us to pray in these times.  With many different voices directing our thoughts in many different directions, we need to stay steady on the path of right living, and not fall into temptations that would lead us away from our mission: Love God, Love Others, Serve the World.

Here’s what’s happening around JWUMC.

⦁ We welcome Hannah this week!  She is already planning VBS and other events and reaching out to families.  If you stop by, please introduce yourself, or if you would like to reach out by email, you can contact her at hannah.jwumc@gmail.com or 850-445-4842.

⦁ There has been a good response to the Implicit Bias study – thank you to the Lintons and Betty Smith for leading it.  Workbooks are available in the office for you to pick up.  There are two opportunities during the week to join in: Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m.  The first week was a general check in with one another, so if you would like to join, you are more than welcome.  They will be looking at the first chapter of the workbook.  Please contact Jenn (jennifer.v.linton@gmail.com), Brian (blinton75@gmail.com), or Betty (campingkat@comcast.net).

⦁ Hannah and Allison have worked together on this year’s Rocky Railway Vacation Bible School, for kids ages Kindergarten – 5th grade, and will be August 17th – 21st.  Due to the pandemic, VBS will be different this year – it will be a family event, with parent (s) and kids meeting each evening from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in our backyard.  There will still be Bible stories, skits, songs, experiments and more.  To sign up, visit our website at www.johnwesleyumc.org or for more information, contact Hannah.  And tell your friends!

⦁ Hannah is having a meeting of volunteers for VBS next Thursday, July 30th at 6:00.  It will be outdoors, weather permitting, or in the fellowship hall, with proper social distancing if raining.  If you would like to help, please feel free to attend!

⦁ Mark your calendars for the next Outdoor Yard Sale – Saturday, August 8th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  In case of rain, the sale will be on Friday, the 7th.  If you are able to help, please contact Aline Ward at aw7050@comcast.net or 508-444-6038.

⦁ Here is the latest prayer list for you:
-Allison as she prepares to leave for New York City
-Hannah as she settles into her new position and learns our families and Falmouth
-For the COVID-19 crisis and decisions that need to be made, people to work together, for those affected, and for the future
-For the continued tension and division in our country – that peace and unity would prevail

God bless you all.
Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, July 16, 2020 – 1:15 pm)

Dear Friends,

Here’s what’s happening around JWUMC.

⦁ Just a reminder that Sunday is Allison’s last day.  She will be at the beach service, and we will acknowledge her ministry and offer a prayer.  At the 9:30 service, we will have a few more things to say in appreciation for all she has done.  If you are at the service, you will have a little time to speak with her personally, and then from 10:30 – noon, she will be in the back parking lot of the church, and we will sponsor a drive by, where you will have the opportunity to spend a few minutes talking with her from your car.  We ask that you enter the parking lot from the front entrance, and work with each other to queue up to enter the back parking lot.

She is also having an “Open House” from 12:15 pm – 4:00 pm at the beach for families, friends, students to come hang out and spend a few minutes or a little more time to say goodbye.  She will be at the section of beach on Surf Dr. between the Beach houses and Elm Road.  You’ll see balloons to help indicate the location.  Feel free to park in the dirt parking lot by the Beach houses.

If you would like to give Allison a card, gifts or donations, we will have a basket at both the 7:30 and 9:30 services, or you can drop off something to Ruth in the office, who will hold them until Sunday when we will give them to Allison all at once.

If you would like to send her a card, her address is 240 Sandwich Rd. #3, East Falmouth, MA  02536.  She will be in Falmouth until July 31st.

⦁ Our Prayer Group met yesterday at 11:00 am at the fire pit, to share in prayers for our church, our church family and friends, and our country and world.  Everyone is welcome to join any Wednesday.  In the event of rain, we will meet in the sanctuary.  If you have prayer requests you would like us to pray for, please let me know.

⦁ Just a reminder about a new study led by Jenn & Brian Linton and Betty Smith: Implicit Bias:  What We Don’t Think We Think This study will examine how we, as humans, carry hidden biases around in our minds to which we are completely blind.  These unconscious biases can lead us to sin against our neighbors and our God, no matter what our conscious good intentions are. The group will use free materials prepared by the United Methodist Church’s General Commission on Religion and Race, “Implicit Bias:  What We Don’t Think We Think.”    A copy of the workbook will be provided and for the weekly meetings we will use the online meeting platform Zoom, which is free to download, very user-friendly and compatible with any computer, tablet, or smartphone.  (Yes, you can still participate while traveling!)  The meetings will begin the week of July 19 and run for five weeks.  There is no specific meeting time set yet.  Once we have a group of interested people, we will find group meeting time(s) that work for everyone, so that anyone who is interested can participate. Contact Jenn (jennifer.v.linton@gmail.com), Brian (blinton75@gmail.com), or Betty (campingkat@comcast.net).

⦁ Mark your calendars for the next Outdoor Yard Sale – Saturday, August 8th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  In case of rain, the sale will be on Friday, the 7th.  If you are able to help, please contact Aline Ward at aw7050@comcast.net or 508-444-6038.

Here is our updated prayer list for this week. Due to individuals’ confidentiality, we will not be posting individual prayer requests online here. Please refer to the email sent out today to pray for those individuals’ names. Here are non-confidential additions for this week:

Prayers needed:

– Allison as she prepares to leave for New York City
– Hannah as she begins her new position and learns Falmouth
– For the COVID-19 crisis and decisions that need to be made, people to work together, for those affected, and for the future
– For the continued tension and division in our country – that peace and unity would prevail

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)  Let us look beyond the trials and difficulties we are going through, and look to Christ, trusting that his strength and peace and love can help us also overcome.

God bless you all.

Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, July 9, 2020 – 12:35 pm)

Dear Friends,

“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble.  He cares for those who trust in him.”  (Nahum 1:7)

These words of the prophet Nahum were spoken to the Israelites who lived in fear of being conquered by their enemy, the Assyrians. And this is a good verse for us to remember, as we continue to deal with our current enemy – COVID -19. Let us be faithful to turn to God, to trust in God, and to know that, indeed God loves us.

Here’s what’s happening around JWUMC:

2020 Youth Group Mission Team (minus two students)

⦁ Our Middle School and High School Youth Groups came together to have a local “Mission Trip!” Twelve kids worked together on local projects all day Tuesday, spent the night at the church and then worked on local projects Wednesday.  They put together back packs for Children’s Cove, picked up trash on Gifford Street, put together “Bags of Hope” for hospitalized children, and weeded 10 rows of strawberries at Pariah Dog Farm (a local organic farm working on sustainability). They were also able to squeeze in a mini golf game, swimming at Old Silver Beach, a trip to Dairy Queen, devotions at the fire pit and more. Our Outreach/Missions Ministry Team provided the necessary funds to make the purchases for the backpacks and “Bags of Hope.” What a great way for Ministry Teams to work together. Thank you to Allison for being creative in coordinating a Mission Trip and to Henry Brown and Richard Bolinder for helping chaperone.

⦁ The weather for Sunday looks questionable for us to hold our Beach and Backyard Church services. We certainly hope to be able to be outside, but in the event of inclement weather, we will cancel both outdoor services. You will receive a Constant Contact email and we will announce the cancellation on the website. If we have to cancel the outdoor services, only the members of the Worship Team will go into the sanctuary for the 9:30 am livestream service.

⦁ Our Prayer Group met yesterday at 11:00 am at the fire pit, to share in prayers for our church, our church family and friends, and our country and world. Everyone is welcome to join any Wednesday. In the event of rain, we will meet in the sanctuary. If you have prayer requests you would like us to pray for, please let me know.

⦁ St. Barnabas Episcopal Church is sponsoring a “Letters from a Birmingham Jail” series, talking about the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  It is a four week series on Wednesdays beginning July 15th via Zoom from  6:00 to 7:30 pm. For more information, click here.

Here is our updated prayer list for this week. Due to individuals’ confidentiality, we will not be posting individual prayer requests online here. Please refer to the email sent out today to pray for those individuals’ names. Here are non-confidential additions for this week:

– Hannah Duclos, our new Children & Youth Director – starting on Monday and training with Allison
– For the tension and division in our country – that peace and unity would prevail
– Continued prayers for all affected by COVID-19 and the future

God bless you all.

Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, July 2, 2020 – 1:20 pm)

Dear Friends,

“Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature.” (Romans 12:2)

This is certainly a verse for all of us to take to heart these days!

Here’s what’s happening at John Wesley!

⦁ Just a reminder – this week starts our 7:30 am Beach Service at Surf Drive Beach and our 9:30 am Backyard Church Service at the church. We will livestream the 9:30 service on our website. There will be no 10:30 am service. As I’ve mentioned, things will be different, and I will send out the Outdoor Worship Protocol again tomorrow. Or you can visit our website and click on “summer services” to learn more. In the event of inclement weather, we will cancel both outdoor services. You will receive an email and we will announce the cancellation on the website. If we have to cancel the outdoor services, just the Worship Team will go into the sanctuary for the livestream service.

⦁ This Sunday we will be celebrating Holy Communion at the 9:30 am Backyard Church Service only. I will have the individual elements available at the service when you come to back parking lot. Or, if you would like to pick them up ahead of time, or you will be watching from home on the livestream, they are available in the narthex today and tomorrow 8:30 to 4:30 pm. You can also have a cracker or piece of bread and juice or water, and I will ask God to bless all our elements.

⦁ A Mediterranean Summer Vacation! Travel with Jenn and Brian Linton through ancient Mediterranean lands via your Bible, all in the comfort of your own home! With the changing Sunday morning Worship schedule, Sunday Morning Online Bible Study is now combining with Monday Evening Online Bible Study for the rest of the summer. Everyone is welcome to join us on Mondays at 7:00 pm, to read and discuss the Bible passages from that week’s Lectionary. Contact Jenn Linton at jennifer.v.linton@gmail.com to be added to the email list so you receive each week’s Zoom link. (Zoom is a free, easy-to-use online application that can be used on any computer, smart phone, or tablet.)

⦁ The Falmouth Clergy Association, of which I am a member, has put together a Public Service Announcement entitled “Masks,” to run on FCTV. Our goal was to provide a faith based statement of hope and understanding in the midst of what we are going through in this country.  You can view it by clicking here.

⦁ Our prayer group will gather once again to say prayers for our church, one another, our country and our world. Beginning next Wednesday, July 8th, we will meet at the fire pit in back of the church at 11:00 am. Please bring a chair, and wear your mask.  Once we are socially distanced from one another, masks are optional. This will last half hour, and you can pray out loud if you like, or not, as you choose. In the event of rain, we will move into the sanctuary where there is more space to sit apart.

⦁ Some people have inquired about resources from the United Methodist Church regarding racism and other pertinent topics. You can visit the United Methodist Church Discipleship by clicking here to learn more about responding to racism, COVID-19, even topics such as, “How to connect with someone living with dementia.”

Here is our updated prayer list for this week. Due to individuals’ confidentiality, we will not be posting individual prayer requests online here. Please refer to the email sent out today to pray for those individuals’ names. Here are non-confidential additions for this week:

Good news:

– Bill Brydon’s COVID- 19 test came back negative
– Thanks for the Outdoor Yard Sale that raised $1,500 for the church

Prayers for:

– For the tension and division in our country – that peace and goodwill and wisdom would prevail
– Continued prayers for all affected by COVID-19 and the future
– And let’s pray for good weather on Sunday!

God bless you all.

Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Tuesday, June 23, 2020 – 11:35 am)

Dear Friends,

As you are aware, our long awaited time to worship together again is coming soon! It will be outdoors only, beginning Sunday, July 5th. I’m so excited for us to be able to do this and hope you are too.

However, since we are still in the midst of a pandemic, there are certain protocols we need to follow in order to maximize the safety and protection of each other. I ask that we all be patient and flexible as we work through this. Please know that the worship experience will be different than you are used to, or that you might be expecting. Things have changed right now, and we must change as well. But remember, our purpose for coming together is first and foremost to worship God. And that we will do!

The Beach service will be at Surf Drive Beach at 7:30 am, and Back Yard Church will be at 9:30 am in the grassy area and back parking lot right behind the Education Wing. There will be no 10:30 am service – we will livestream the 9:30 Back Yard Church service.

I understand that not everyone will want to come to a service, and that is perfectly acceptable. It’s each person’s own individual choice as to whether or not you want to attend. That is why we will continue to livestream. In addition, at both services you will have the option of staying in your car and listening to the service on the radio.

Both services will be exactly the same, with one exception – we will have Communion at the 9:30 service on the first Sunday of the month. I will have the individual Communion elements available at the service for you to pick up, and they will also be in the narthex the week before, in the event you want to have Communion at home during the livestream service.

OUTDOOR WORSHIP SERVICE PROTOCOLS

For both services:

  • Bring your own chairs that will work comfortably on the sand or grass
  • There will be places marked off for you to sit – driveways stakes at the beach service and painted marks on the grass at the church.
  • Wear face masks when entering and exiting the service. When you get to your sitting place, you may remove them, since you will be properly socially distant from one another.
  • As you enter the worship space, please maintain a six foot distance from the person in front of you. This will mean that getting to your seats and exiting from the service will be a longer process, as we wait for each other. You may want to arrive early to help us be able to begin on time.
  • Ushers will be at each service to help direct traffic and to give you a bulletin. They will wear gloves and masks.

For the 7:30 am Beach Service:

  • If you are planning to bring your chair and sit at the service, please consider leaving a few parking spaces near the front so that those who want to remain in their cars can also see what is happening.
  • If you plan to stay in your car, please park as close as you can, and turn your radio to FM channel 92.5. We’ll try to leave spaces available for you, but there’s no guarantee.
  • Please wear masks and practice social distancing as you wait to get onto the beach. Cones will be placed at appropriate spots to help you. Tom Hoke will be there explaining the process and an usher wearing mask and gloves will hand you a bulletin and answer any questions.
  • There will be a center walkway which will be marked, for you to get to the seating area. Several rows of stakes will be placed at 10 foot intervals in the area. People will be asked to place their chairs next to one of the stakes. Couples will place their chairs on either side of the stakes. Families can spread their chairs between two stakes.
  • We will ask everyone to fill in the area closest to the parking lot first before expanding beyond the beach house. This will help us set the sound system so everyone can hear. There will be an usher inside the beach area to help guide people in finding spots.
  • It is recommended that you come a little early to give everyone adequate time to get seated prior to the service.
  • At the end of the service, ushers will dismiss people by rows starting with those closest to the center walkway. Masks must be put back on when exiting. People will be asked to move directly to their cars, and not stop to chat with the pastor or other parishioners.
  • In case of inclement weather, the beach service will be cancelled, and notice given on the website. The service will not be moved indoors to the chapel.

For the 9:30 am Back Yard Service (and Live-streamed service):

  • If you are planning to bring your chair, please park in the front lot and access the worship area via the walkway between the playground and education wing. Some parking will be available in the back, should the front lot get filled.
  • If you plan to stay in your car, please go to the back parking lot, and an usher will direct you to a parking spot. Turn your radio to FM, and turn to channel 92.5
  • Please wear masks and practice social distancing as you wait to get to your seat. Several areas will be marked off on the grass, and an usher will be near the playground with bulletins, and directions as to where to sit. Chairs will comfortably sit on the hillside, and there will also be spaces on the pavement to put your chair. There will also be ushers in the back parking lot to help facilitate seating.
  • Families will sit together – nursery care will not be provided.
  • It is recommended that you come a little early to give everyone adequate time to get seated prior to the service.
  • We will share in Communion on July 5th, August 2nd and September 6th (9:30 service only).
  • There will be no formal dismissal procedures after the service, however, we ask everyone to wear masks, practice social distancing and move directly to your cars and not stop to chat with the pastor or other parishioners.
  • In case of rain or inclement weather, the outdoor service will be cancelled, with notice given on the website. The pastor and worship team will go to the sanctuary to livestream the service. The service will not be moved indoors to the sanctuary for in-person worship.

As we chart our way through these new waters, we ask for your patience and flexibility. This is not ideal, nor is it what we are used to, but we feel this is a way for us to be able to worship together and to keep everyone safe and healthy. I know that some will feel we are not doing enough, others will feel we are doing too much, and others will feel this is just right. So please respect each other and respect the decisions to either attend or not attend.

If you have any questions, please contact me or our Worship Ministry Team leader, Diane Huban at 860-841-3952 or dhuban@comcast.net

Blessings,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, June 18, 2020 1:20 pm)

Dear Friends,

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

I am so happy to say that we will be able to worship together again, albeit in a different way – outdoors, with specific outdoor worship protocols in place for the safety and protection of everyone. The Falmouth Select Board approved our summer beach worship services, and our Worship Ministry Team has come up with plans for Back Yard Church, which will also be livestreamed. Our Beach service will be held at 7:30 am at Surf Dr. Beach, and our Back Yard Church (and livestream service) will be held at 9:30 am on the back lawn of the church.  (Please note the change of times – there will not be a 10:30 service.) People will be asked to bring their own chairs to each service. Or, you can stay in your cars and hear the service through your FM radio. This will begin on Sunday, July 5th and go through Sunday, September 6th. Both services will be exactly the same, with the exception of Communion being offered at the 9:30 service on the first Sunday of the month. There are a few details to be worked out, but next Tuesday I will send out the protocol and procedures which we will need to follow.

At both services we will mark off spots to ensure proper social distancing. We understand that not everyone will want to venture out at this point, and that is perfectly acceptable. It is each person’s own individual choice as to whether or not you want to attend. That is why we will livestream our 9:30 service, and offer the option of staying in your car and listening to the service on the radio. More information will be coming to you next week, so stay tuned!

We are in need of driveway marker stakes – like the ones used for snowplow markers – we will use these at the beach to identify places to sit. If you have some we can borrow for the summer, please email Tom Hoke at tomhoke@att.net

Here are additional updates for this week:

⦁ John and I will be visiting my parents in Indiana next Wednesday, June 24th through Saturday, June 27th.  So you will not be receiving a “Thought for the day” or update on those days. But please know you will continue to be in my prayers.

⦁ We have a new opportunity for you – a “Mediterranean Summer Vacation!”  travel with the Lintons through ancient Mediterranean lands via your Bible, all in the comfort of your own home! Use the online portal Zoom on any computer or smart-phone to join us at 9:00 am Sunday mornings (beginning this Sunday June 21st) or 7:00 pm Monday evenings (this Monday, June 22nd). To keep it simple, we’ll study the Bible passages in each week’s Lectionary -the traditional passages assigned for each week in the liturgical year. Email jennifer.v.linton@gmail.com or blinton75@gmail.com to get the Zoom link, for help getting into Zoom if you’re new to it (we promise it’s very user-friendly!), and the Bible passages to read for the upcoming meeting (also available online at https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/calendar/lectionary).

⦁ I’m sure you all saw the email from Aline regarding Outdoor Yard Sales. The first one will be next Friday, June 26th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. There will be attic treasures, hardware, clothing, linens, books, kids toys, puzzles, DVD’s, games. If you would like to help at any of these sales, please contact Aline Ward at aw7050@comcast.net. Or 508-444-6038 (house), 603-566-3482 (cell). Or, just come shop! All monies will go toward our operating budget.

Here is our updated prayer list for this week. Due to individuals’ confidentiality, we will not be posting individual prayer requests online here. Please refer to the email sent out today to pray for those individuals’ names. Here are non-confidential additions for this week:

Good news:

– Congratulations to Mel Trott on his retirement from the Falmouth Fire Department effective tomorrow, June 19th.  He served for 5 years with Bourne FD and 28 years for Falmouth FD. Thank you, Mel.

Prayers for:

– Continued prayers for all affected by COVID-19 and the future
– For the continued tension and division in our country – may peace and clear thinking prevail

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)

God bless you all.

Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, June 11, 2020 – 11:45 am)

Dear Friends,

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

May this be a prayer for all of us as we go through our days!

Here is what is going on at JWUMC!

⦁ Tonight, is All-Church Virtual Bingo! From 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Karyn and Larry Briggs will be calling the numbers, and everyone can play together via Zoom. To join the ZOOM Conference, click here or enter in ID #: 886-6819-8423. You can pick up BINGO cards from the church today or click here to use a computer-generated, interactive card to either print out or play with that night.

⦁ Allison will be on vacation from Sunday, June 14th to Sunday, June, 21st. Her last Sunday with us will be July 19th, and we will do something special for her before she leaves.

⦁ Celebration Sunday will be livestreamed on Sunday, June 28th. There will not be in person worship, but there will be special music, including the bells and vocalists and Allison will have a year-end recap of the Sunday School and Youth Group and more. While we will not be together, we still have much to celebrate as a church, and so let us give thanks and rejoice in all we are doing!

⦁ Our Worship Ministry Team will be meeting next week to determine our summer plans for worship. As soon as the plans have been finalized, we will let you know via email, website, Facebook and post office for those who do not have internet.

⦁ Don’t forget, facemasks are available at the church – please see Ruth or Pastor Rebecca

Here is our updated prayer list for this week. Due to individuals’ confidentiality, we will not be posting individual prayer requests online here. Please refer to the email sent out today to pray for those individuals’ names. Here are non-confidential additions for this week:

Good news:

– Orville, Heather, Olivia and Jada have purchased a new home and will be moving in this weekend

Prayers for:

– Worship Ministry Team who will be meeting on Wednesday and discussing summer worship plans
– Finance Ministry Team meeting on Monday
– Continued prayers for all affected by COVID-19 and the future
– For the tension and division in our country – that peace and goodwill and wisdom would prevail

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

God bless you all.

Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, June 4, 2020 – 11:45 am)

Dear Friends,

I hope you read the newsletter that was sent on Monday – you can see there are many things happening at church. Here is your latest update.

⦁ This Sunday, June 7th is Communion Sunday. If you haven’t yet picked up your elements, they are on a table in the narthex, which can picked up today or tomorrow before 3:00 pm. Or I will be in the parking lot this Saturday, June 6th from 9:00 to 10:00 am to pass them to you in your cars. Like last time, if you are unable to come and pick up the elements, you are invited to have a cracker or piece of bread, and juice or water with you on Sunday morning, and I will ask God to bless all our elements, that they may be for us the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

⦁ Virtual Bingo Night! Thursday, June 11th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Participants will play electronically via a Zoom gathering, so we recommend one device per participant (phone, iPad, computer, etc.) Larry and Karyn Briggs will be calling the numbers. Click here to join to the ZOOM the night of or enter in ID #: 886-6819-8423. You can stop by the church to pick up a BINGO card on the table near the mailboxes, or click here to use a computer-generated card. Let’s share in this creative way of playing together!

⦁ The Outreach/Missions Ministry Team is active: they are collecting bras and menstrual hygiene products again this summer – there is a bin in the fellowship hall for you to drop them off. There is a Mom’s Support Group on Thursday nights and a Women’s Book Club on Tuesday nights. See the newsletter for more details. You can find the newsletter on our website by clicking here.

Here is our updated prayer list for this week. Due to individuals’ confidentiality, we will not be posting individual prayer requests online here. Please refer to the email sent out today to pray for those individuals’ names. Here are non-confidential additions for this week:

Good news:

– Prayers of thanks that Hannah Duclos has accepted the position of Director of Children & Youth. Pray for her and for Alison as they each prepare for new ministry.

Prayers for:

– Members of our Scholarship Committee who will be meeting via Zoom next week to review applications from some of our students who plan to go to college this fall
– For the tension and division in our country – that peace and goodwill and wisdom would prevail
– Continued prayers for all affected by COVID-19 and the future

And as you enjoy these next few days, remember to:“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually. Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles and the judgements he pronounced.” (Psalm 105:4-5)

Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, May 28, 2020 – 1:25 pm)

Dear John Wesleyans,

I have had several people inquire about when we will begin to gather again in person for worship. And, as I have said many times, I want nothing more than to be able to see you, be with you, and worship with you. However, I feel strongly that right now, with all the restrictions, it would not be the worship experience we would want or expect. Let’s wait just a little longer and see what Governor Baker says about the Phase 2 strategy for re-opening. After that has been announced, we will come up with a plan for our summer worship. There are various options we are considering that will allow us to offer both a safe and meaningful time of worship. Thank you for your patience as we continue to chart new waters.

Here is what’s happening at JWUMC:

⦁ Thank you to everyone who volunteered to work, or who purchased plants at our plant sale! As you heard on Sunday, we made a record $7,000 for our operating budget! Praise God! It was a wonderful weekend, and not only because we made money for our church, but also because there was a joyful atmosphere throughout the sale. Even though people had to wait, wear masks, stay separate, there was a sense of camaraderie and willingness to be patient and work together. Surely, the Spirit of the Lord was there! Thank you especially to Tom Hoke for organizing this event, and for making sure we followed all the proper protocols!

⦁ This Sunday, May 31st is Pentecost. This is when we celebrate the Holy Spirit coming with “wind and tongues of fire,” upon the disciples and followers of Jesus Christ. Pentecost is considered to be the birthday of the Church, because from that day on, people began to meet together, to worship together and to spread the good news about Christ.

In honor of Pentecost, our children have colored special pictures that will adorn our altar on Sunday. It is good to have our children “participate” in our services! Allison will deliver a Children’s Message, so you may want to encourage your children and youth to watch this Sunday. Also, I encourage all of you to wear red that morning, even your John Wesley t-shirts, as a way of being connected in Spirit!

⦁ Thanks to everyone who has brought or sent in your pledges and contributions. Because so many of you are keeping your financial commitment to John Wesley, we have been able to continue to pay staff, continue the ministries of the church, continue to keep our building in good repair and our grounds looking beautiful, anticipating the time when we will all be back together. In this way we stand as a testament of faith and hope to our community.

⦁ We will celebrate Holy Communion on Sunday, June 7th. Beginning next Monday, June 1st, there will be a table in the narthex with the individual communion elements we have been using. And I will be in the parking lot on Saturday, June 6th from 9:00 to 10:00 am to pass them to you in your cars. Like last time, if you are unable to come and pick up the elements, you are invited to have a cracker or piece of bread and juice or water, and I will ask God to bless all our elements.

⦁ Our wonderful ladies continue to make facemasks which are available for people in our congregation, including children and youth, so feel free to stop by and see Ruth in the office.

Here is our updated prayer list for this week. Due to individuals’ confidentiality, we will not be posting them online here. Please refer to the email sent out today to pray for those. Here are non-confidential additions for this week:

Good news:

– Thank you for the plant sale – both the money and the fellowship

Prayers for:

– Continued prayers for all affected by COVID-19 and the future

⦁ Our drive-by hymn singers had such a good time last week making visits to sing favorite hymns to people in our congregation, and they received such wonderful responses, that one of the groups will be going out a second time today. Thank you for making a joyful noise to Lord and spreading love!

My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, May 21, 2020 – 2:35 pm)

Dear John Wesleyans,

“Jesus said to his disciples, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and Falmouth, and Mashpee, and to the ends of the earth.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:8-11)

Today is Ascension Day in the calendar of the church. It celebrates the day Jesus ascended into heaven, to take his rightful place as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. As St. Paul said, “God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” So today, I encourage you to say a prayer of praise to Jesus Christ, acknowledging him as Lord of your life.

Here is what’s happening at JWUMC:

⦁ Thank you to everyone who participated in our “Drive By Hymn Sing” yesterday! We had thirteen people go around and share the joyful gift of music with some of our parishioners. God blessed us with a beautiful day, and we heard so many wonderful comments – both from the singers and those being sung to! Thank you especially to Diane Huban for coordinating this event.

⦁ Our Plant Sale is here! Tomorrow, Friday, May 22nd from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday, May 23rd from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. It’s perfect planting weather, and we have several varieties of plants, vegetables and herbs to choose from. Everyone will be wearing masks and practicing social distancing. We hope to see you there – and tell your friends. All proceeds go to the missions and ministries of our church.

⦁ One of the popular activities during this pandemic is doing crossword puzzles. Aline Ward has put several items, including puzzles, for sale in the fellowship hall, and several of the puzzles have gone. If you have any you would like to donate, please bring them in and put in the spirit closet or give them to Ruth in the office.

⦁ We still have some facemasks available for people in our congregation, including children and youth, so feel free to stop by and see Ruth in the office.

⦁ Here is our updated prayer list for this week. Due to individuals’ confidentiality, we will not be posting them online here. Please refer to the email sent out today to pray for those. Here are non-confidential additions for this week:

– Plant Sale this weekend
– Continued prayers for our Staff Parish Relations Ministry – Team, in the process of interviewing for Children & Youth Director
– Continued prayers for all affected by COVID-19 and the future

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend! The office will be closed on Monday.

Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, May 14, 2020 – 1:50 pm)

Dear John Wesleyans,

“Whatever you do, whether in speech or action, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus and give thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)

This verse speaks to what so many of you are doing right now – speaking words of encouragement to one another, sending uplifting notes, emails, phone calls, and planning and participating in activities designed to share the love and hope of Jesus Christ to others. And I give thanks, both to God and to you! Just look at all that is going on at our church, even as we maneuver our way through guidelines and restrictions.

⦁ Our Plant Sale is only a week away – next Friday, May 22nd from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday, May 23rd from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. As I mentioned last week, we consulted with Police Chief Dunne and Falmouth Health Agent Scott McGann, and they gave us approval, as long as we comply with all of the preventative measures, which, of course, we will. We will have face masks, marked lines for people to stand as they check out, gloves, sanitizer, etc. The weather is getting nice, and what a great way to lift our spirits by planting vegetables and flowers!

Announcement from Allison:

⦁ We are hoping all children, youth and families will help decorate our church altar for Pentecost, Sunday, May 31st by coloring a Pentecost Coloring sheet (click here to print the coloring sheet or pick up at the church). Color on your own or join us for a ZOOM Coloring Party next Wednesday, May 20th from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Click here to join the zoom or enter in the ID # 856-7734-9980. Once your coloring sheet is complete, drop it off at the church or mail it to us (270 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA 02540). We do ask that we receive the coloring sheets by Wednesday, May 27th so we can make sure the church is decorated for her “Birthday!” Thank you!

Two announcements from Diane Huban, our Worship Ministry Team Leader:

⦁ Now that we have been sheltering at home for longer than we ever expected, most likely our houses are clean, basements and garages are organized, and all the books we have been hoping to read have been read. So…now what? If you have some time and have missed talking with others at coffee hour, why not join the John Wesley Cares Team? We are hoping to connect those of you who love picking up the phone and chatting, with those of you that would love to be on the receiving end of a phone call. After doing some investigation, we have determined that this amazing congregation has managed, for the most part, to stay connected. However, it appears that while things are looking up, in all likelihood, services will not look or feel exactly like they did way back in February at least for a while. So we want to make sure we continue to stay connected as a church family. If you would like to join our JW Cares Team, and make a few calls or send a card or email to other folks in the congregation, please contact Pastor Rebecca or me at dhuban@comcast.net. Or, if you would enjoy hearing from other members of the congregation, or know of anyone that would benefit from a call, please reach out to Pastor Rebecca or me as well.

⦁ Drive By Hymn Sing: as another way to show that John Wesley Cares we are planning a Drive-By Hymn Sing on Wednesday, May 20th at 1:00 pm. Here’s how it will work. We will all gather at church at 1:00 pm then divide into groups of 4 -6 people. You will be provided with a hymnal, a list of suggested hymns and a route to follow. You will drive caravan style to your destination, get out (someone will have to ring the doorbell), stand an acceptable distance apart, sing a few hymns, maybe take a request, then end with a prayer and move onto your next destination. Just like you would if you went Christmas Caroling but we will be Hymnoling! If you are interested in coming, it would be helpful if you could let Pastor Rebecca or Diane Huban know in advance. In fact, the ideal scenario would be for you to form your own groups of 4 to 6 people and then let us know who will be in your group.

We are working with Atria, JML and Dillingham to see if we will be able to sing there – perhaps at people’s windows. We will also try to visit people who do not have access to the live-stream services and others who we have determined could use a pick-me-up. If you have suggestions for someone who might benefit from a visit, please do let us know.

No auditions are necessary to participate! Nor does your group have to be a quartet with a soprano, alto, tenor and a bass. We just need people who want to share the love of God and music with others. The more the merrier!  Please join us!

⦁ Now, in addition to live-streaming our worship service on our website, we are also streaming on Facebook and YouTube. If you have a smart TV that has applications, you can watch on your TV’s bigger screen. If you don’t already have the YouTube app on your TV, download it for free. Then open the app by clicking on the icon. Go to the search icon and type in “John Wesley Falmouth.” Videos we’ve uploaded will appear as well as our account/channel. Click on our logo and the live-stream service will appear. It’s as easy as that!

⦁ Looking for something to do? Aline Ward, Marti Jeglinski and Tamra Roark have been working hard going through the donations we’ve received for our various sales. There are several items to help keep you busy: puzzles, CD’s, Xbox 360 games, PlayStation games, VHS tapes, books, DVD’s, and exercise DVD’s. They are displayed in the Fellowship Hall, and you are welcome to come take a look, and purchase.

⦁ We still have some facemasks available for people in our congregation, so feel free to stop by and see Ruth in the office.

Here is our updated prayer list for this week. Due to individuals’ confidentiality, we will not be posting them online here. Please refer to the email sent out today to pray for those. Here are non-confidential additions for this week:

Prayers for:

– Good weather for our plant sale
– Continued prayers for our Staff Parish Relations Ministry Team, in the process of interviewing for Children & Youth Director
– Continued prayers for all affected by covid-19 and the future

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, May 7, 2020 – 12:35 pm)
Dear John Wesleyans,
 
“This is the day that the Lord has made – let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24)
Yes, this is a new day we been given! Let us make the most of it!
 
Here’s what’s going on with our church:
 
⦁ Thank you to everyone who participated in our “Make a Joyful Noise” program yesterday! Especially to our Director of Music Ministries, Linda Brodeur, and to Eileen and Ted Burt, Karen Camp, Mirela Chisbora, Danna Dimock, Tom Hoke, Diane Huban, Betty Smith and Joy Stosz. It was uplifting, inspirational and fun! Click here to watch it on our website or watch it on Facebook.
 
⦁ This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and Allison has a special Mother’s Day children’s sermon she is going to give during our 10:30 service this Sunday. So have your kids come watch Allison as she shares her message!
 
⦁ Our Plant Sale is scheduled for Friday, May 22nd and Saturday, May 23rd. Because of the current situation, we wanted to confirm with local authorities that we were allowed to hold the sale. I spoke with Police Chief Dunne, who consulted with Falmouth Health Agent Scott McGann, and they gave us approval, as long as we comply with all of the preventative measures, which, of course, we will. We will have face masks, marked lines for people to stand as they check out, gloves, sanitizer, etc. Whether people want to volunteer and shop during this time is an individual decision we will honor and respect. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Tom Hoke at 617-834-8124 or tomhoke@att.net.
 
⦁ Linda Duane, Jan Dahl and Ruth Moulton have been working hard and have replenished the facemask supply. They are on a table in the narthex if you would like to come pick one up. Again, there is no cost – this is a ministry of our church and these ladies who have generously given of their time.
 
⦁ Here is our updated prayer list for this week. Due to individuals’ confidentiality, we will not be posting them online here. Please refer to the email sent out today to pray for those. Here are non-confidential additions for this week:
 
Good news:
Congratulations to Eileen and Ted Burt on the purchase of their new home!
 
Prayers for:
– Continued prayers for our Staff Parish Relations Ministry Team, in the process of interviewing for Children & Youth Director
– Continued prayers for all affected by COVID-19 and the future
 
⦁ I want to personally thank all of you who have been so faithful to bring or send in your pledges, or who have set up your on-line giving. Thankfully, we are in a good financial position due to your willingness to fulfill your commitment to our church.
 
⦁ Even though these are different times, there is still work and ministry happening:
 
– Allison is keeping up with the youth through Zoom meetings, with their parents through weekly emails, and is now reading a bedtime story to the young children once a week.
– Sharon Mulchay and Milt King have gotten the Community Garden up and running and looking good. Which, by the way, there is one plot left for $20. If you would like it, please contact Sharon at 508-274-9127.
– Diane Huban has been working hard, landscaping around the property, weeding, trimming, and planting beautiful flowers.
– We are now putting our Sunday livestream worship service on Facebook live during the service, which has expanded the number of people we are reaching.
– Our playground fence now makes a statement to the community. It’s designed with white cups that spell out the words: faith, hope and love.
 
Enjoy the sunshine, and please know I keep you all in my daily prayers!
 
Love,

Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, April 30, 2020 – 1:20 pm)

Dear John Wesleyans,

Well, this has certainly been an April for the books, hasn’t it! The Bible tells us, “There’s a season for everything and a time for every matter under the heavens.” And this has been a new season for us. A season that will continue for a while longer. And so we persevere with trust and hope and a commitment to live out our Christian faith as fully as we can. Both as individuals and as a church.

Here are our latest updates this week:

⦁ Please keep our treasurer, George Cary and his family in your prayers. His wife Ida entered God’s kingdom on Tuesday. A service will be held at a later date.

⦁ We will share together in Holy Communion this Sunday at the 10:30 am live stream service, using the individual Communion elements we used last time. I will be in the church parking lot on Saturday, May 3rd, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am if you would like to come by and I will pass them to you in your car. Or, they are also on a table in the narthex where you can pick them up either today or tomorrow until 4:30 pm. You can find more information in the newsletter.

⦁ Make a Joyful Noise! Livestream on Wednesday, May 6th from 4:00 to 5:15 pm. We have 10 people signed up to bring us much needed inspiration during this period of isolation and separation, with songs, music, poems, and readings. And more are welcome to join! If you would like to volunteer for a 5-7 minute time slot, please contact our Music Director, Linda Brouder by tomorrow, Friday, May 1st at lindabrouder5@gmail.com or 781-385-0084. And don’t forget to join us next Wednesday on the website or Facebook Live!

⦁ We are still planning to have our annual Plant Sale on Friday, May 22nd and Saturday, May 23rd.  We will, of course, adhere to all the guidelines for safety and social distancing, and will monitor the situation as we go forward.  I’m sure we will all be ready to plant flowers and gardens and be ready to welcome summer! More information is in the newsletter.

⦁ Are you in need of a face mask? Linda Duane, Marie Syverson, Eileen Burt and Ruth Moulton are spread out in the Fitzgerald Room today wearing masks and gloves, making face masks for those who need one. The masks are made of quilting fabric and special mask elastic and a bendable nose piece. It is recommended to wash the mask once a week. The masks are being placed in individual bags and put in the narthex for you to pick up. There is no cost – this is a ministry of our church and these ladies who have generously given their time.

⦁ Here is our updated prayer list for this week. Due to individuals’ confidentiality, we will not be posting them online here. Please refer to the email sent out today to pray for those. Here are non-confidential additions for this week:

Continued prayers for our Staff Parish Relations Ministry Team, in the process of interviewing for Children & Youth Director
Continued prayers for all affected by COVID-19 and the future

⦁ As you probably know, the Falmouth Board of Selectmen have cancelled all special events through August 31st. Some of you have asked about our beach services, and certainly we want to hold them. However, we will have to wait a few more weeks to see what the town decides about beaches, social distancing, and more. We need to be both flexible and hopeful during this time, and I will keep you informed.

As we go forward, let us heed the words of the Apostle Paul: Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, April 23, 2020 – 2:14 pm)

Dear John Wesleyans,

“God didn’t give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but one that is powerful, loving, and self-controlled.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

Paul wrote these words to his protégé, Timothy, from a prison cell in Rome. He knew that his time of death was approaching, and that Timothy would have to carry on where Paul left off. Paul had suffered much persecution during his ministry – floggings, imprisonment, stoning, shipwreck and more, and he had been able to remain strong and faithful, trusting in God through it all. And he knew that Timothy would likely experience the same. So he encourages Timothy by reminding him that God’s Spirit is not one of fear or anxiousness, but one of strength and love and fortitude. And we need to be reminded of this too during these times of uncertainty. So pray that God’s Holy Spirit will fill you, leading you to be strong and faithful, trusting in God through it all.

Here are our latest updates this week:

⦁ Holy Communion

On Sunday, May 3rd, we will once again celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion. Jesus said, “My flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in them.” Communion is a spiritual meal that we share together. And although we cannot be together at a common table, we can be together in a common spirit – of fellowship, love, mercy and in remembrance of all that Christ has taught us and done for us.

In the narthex I have put out the same individual Communion packets we used last time, which I have handled with gloves and mask. You are welcome to come pick them up any time Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Or, I will be in the church parking lot on Saturday, May 2nd from 10:00 to 11:00 am, and will happily drop them in your car. During our live stream service on May 3rd, we will share in this holy meal.

The Communion elements are consecrated during the liturgy, when I ask God to pour out His Holy Spirit on the gifts of bread and fruit of the vine, and on us, that we might be one as the Body of Christ.

These are unusual times, which I believe call for unusual measures. Because I know some of you are unable to come pick up your Communion elements, I would like to offer this option. Have a cracker or piece of bread, and juice or water available. And as I say the Communion liturgy we will trust that the grace and presence of Jesus Christ’s Spirit will bless your elements at home so that you also can partake of this special meal. This is not ideal, nor will I want to continue this practice when we are able to worship together again. Because I do believe it is important for us to be a gathered community, acknowledging our sins, and sharing in the one bread and cup of forgiveness together as the Body of Christ. However, our separation right now is unavoidable and I believe that God honors our intention and the spirit in which we seek his grace and forgiveness and our desire to heed our call to be the Body of Christ for the world.

⦁ Make a Joyful Noise! Live-stream on Wednesday, May 6th from 4:00 to 5:15 pm

Every Sunday we continue to be inspired, uplifted and comforted by joining together online for our worship services with Pastor Rebecca. But there are times when 7 days just seems too long to go without that spiritual boost we all need. We all appreciated the Prayer Vigil, so the Music Ministry Team would like to organize a mid-week vigil of words, songs and music on Wednesday, May 6th. We are looking for volunteers to participate in 5-10 minute increments, by singing, playing an instrument, sharing poems or inspirational readings, or in any other way that will bring joy and hope to each other during this time.

Each person (or persons, if duet or accompanist) would have a set time slot to come into the sanctuary and share their gift. This will allow us to maintain social distancing. And of course, there is plenty of hand sanitizer and the sanctuary will be deep cleaned that day. If you are interested in sharing an artistic expression of hope on May 6th, please contact Linda Brouder, at lindabrouder5@gmail.com or 781-385-0084.

⦁ Many of you commented about the pictures in the pews on Sunday, and indeed – wasn’t that fun! So we wanted to share a link to pictures from past events at John Wesley for you to enjoy.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/jwumcfalmouth/photos/?tab=albums&ref=page_internal

⦁ Here is our updated prayer list for this week. Due to individuals’ confidentiality, we will not be posting them online here. Please refer to the email sent out today to pray for those. Here are non-confidential additions for this week:

Continued prayers for our Staff Parish Relations Ministry Team and interviews for Children & Youth Director
Continued prayers for all affected by COVID-19 and the future

⦁ Linda Duane and some of our “crafty” ladies are putting together a plan to make face masks. You will hear more about this next week, but this is just another way our church is working to be the Body of Christ to the world.

⦁ There is one plot left in the Community Garden. If you would like it, please contact Sharon Mulcahy at 508-457-0950 or smulcahy1@comcast.net

To end, I’ll quote Paul once more: “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.”

Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, April 16, 2020 – 1:52 pm)

Dear Friends,

“This is the day the Lord has made – let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24)

Yes, this day is another gift from God! And it is up to each one of us to decide what we will do with this gift. Will you rejoice and be thankful? What will you do to bring a smile to someone else today? How might you say “thank you” to God for this gift of a new day. As St. Paul says, “Be careful how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are difficult.”

Here are some updates for you:

⦁ I want to thank Mirela, Linda, Diane, Betty and Tom for making our Easter service so special with their music! I heard many wonderful comments, and we had 556 viewers watching just our live stream on Easter morning. In addition, people watched us on Facebook Live and on FCTV. Hallelujah!

⦁ We had 75 cars, and over 150 children come get our Easter Goody Bags this past Saturday!  Plus Allison delivered another 30 to families who couldn’t make it, as well as to some of our youth group students. There were lots of smiles (though hidden behind masks), John Wesleyan’s holding signs and waving, and the Easter Bunny came to spread joy! You can click here to see the photos.

⦁ Also, Allison is staying in contact with our families and youth groups. Each week she sends out a “Resources for Families” email with ideas for families to play, learn and work together during this time. If you know of a family that might like to receive this, please contact Allison at allison.jwumc@gmail.com or 508-566-2000. They are also posted on our Facebook page and can be shared easily. She also has a Zoom Bible Study on Tuesday afternoons, a Middle School Youth Group Zoom meeting on Wednesdays and a High School Youth Group Zoom meeting on Thursdays. So ministry to our families continue!

⦁ I want to say thank you to all our staff! Ruth comes in every day to work on special projects, send out my emails, stay in touch with people, work on our newsletter and more. Mirela and Linda are working to make sure our Sunday morning worship is joyful, and looking ahead for the future when we are able to worship together again. John Loewen is faithfully keeping our building clean and sanitized, and George Cary is keeping our finances in order. We are blessed to have our staff, and I ask that you keep them in your prayers!

⦁ I hope you have kept the list of people to pray for each week. Due to individuals’ confidentiality, we will not be posting them online here. Please refer to the email sent out today to pray for those. Here are non-confidential additions for this week:

The family of Brenda Rodenhizer – Brenda entered God’s kingdom today, and her family knows that she is “thrilled to be with her Lord” (a memorial service will be held at a later date)
Those affected by the deadly tornadoes in the south last weekend
Continued prayers for all affected by COVID-19 and the future
New Director of Children and Youth Ministries – we are beginning to interview candidates

⦁  Tom Hoke is planning our plant sale, scheduled to be May 22nd and 23rd. Obviously, we will be attentive to what the authorities tell us, but for now, it’s outside, we could maintain distances, and so we will keep it on the calendar and will keep you informed. I know everyone will be ready to beautify their yards by then!

⦁ Ruth is planning to put out another “mini” newsletter, so if you have information you would like to share, please email her at jwumcfalmouth@comcast.net by next Monday.

Remember – this is the day the Lord has made!  Rejoice and be glad in it!

Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, April 9, 2020 – 11:33 am)

Dear Friends,

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

Today is Maundy Thursday. The word Maundy is from the Latin, mandatum (mandate), meaning a command. On the Thursday night, before he was to be crucified on Friday, Jesus gave his disciples this new commandment – to love one another. As Jesus loves us – unconditionally and sacrificially, that is how we are to love others. And we are in a time when it is even more important to show our love to as many people as we can. And I have been filled with such love and joy because in talking and emailing with you, I’ve heard how so many of you are making phone calls to people in our church, writing letters, sending cards, video chatting with one another, sharing funny emails, offering to run errands, chatting from a distance and even picking up sticks in a neighbor’s yard. These are all ways of showing love and supporting one another through this crisis! “By this, everyone will know that you are disciples of Jesus Christ!”

Here are some updates for you:

⦁ Tonight,  I encourage you to turn off the news for a little while, and tune in to our Maundy Thursday Service beginning at 7:00 pm. This will be a shortened service with hymns, scripture, and some thoughts I’ll share as we consider the sins that put Christ on the cross. Click here to join us for this meaningful service.

⦁ On Friday, we will offer an ecumenical Good Friday Service, where different pastors will offer a short meditation on each of the Seven Last Words of Jesus. It will begin at 12:00 pm noon on our website and will include music as well as the spoken word.

⦁ On Saturday, we will offer an Easter Goody Bag Drive-Thru from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Families can pull up to our front parking lot and receive one goody bag per child (toddler – 4th grade). Inside the goody bag will be individually-wrapped pieces of candy, activities, craft items and more! All the bags have been filled by Allison only, wearing gloves and a face mask, in a separate, appropriately sanitized room. Please share this information with any family you know. For some who may be worrying about spending extra money, this could serve as a Sunday morning Easter Bag.

⦁ I hope you have kept the list of people to pray for each week. Due to individuals’ confidentiality, we will not be posting them online here. Please refer to the email sent out today to pray for those. Here are non-confidential additions for this week:

Prayers for:

  • Our Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter services – that they go well and will touch many lives with the love of God.
  • Pray for the families who will be receiving Easter Goody Bags and for the people helping Allison, that joy and love would abound.
  • New Director of Children and Youth Ministries – we’ve put out ads for the position, reviewing candidates

⦁ I want to say thank you to everyone who has mailed or brought in your pledge and donations. Several came in the mail today, and this is so important for us to be able to pay the staff, and continue to provide the ministries we can during this time. Just a reminder, you can donate online by clicking here. Thank you for your stewardship!

⦁ Also, we continue to deliver food bags to the children of our community through the school’s “Cape Kids Meal” program. We’ve delivered the past four weeks, and we thank Karyn and Larry Briggs, Amy and Russ Brown, Ted and Eileen Burt, and Bobye Anderson for their participation. Deliveries are made on Thursday, and we have six families, one of which has two children. People drop the bag at the door, ring the doorbell and leave, since the families know they are coming. This program will continue for the foreseeable future, so if you would like to help, please let me know.

⦁ Our online services are going well, and we are blessed to have had it in place prior to this pandemic. This past week, statistics showed we had 446 viewers on Sunday morning! From all over the country. So praise God as we try to spread the Good News!

⦁ And of course, I wish we could all be together on Easter morning! But I trust that God will bind us together in spirit and in love as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ! And so may the rest of your Holy Week be blessed, and may you be filled with joy on Sunday morning, as together we rejoice that “Christ has risen. Christ has risen indeed!!”

Love,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, April 2, 2020 – 2:10 pm)

Dear Friends,

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 42:11)

As we face not only another day, but at least another month, of social distancing and curtailed activities, it can be easy to feel downcast. But as the Psalmist says, we must put our hope in God, and praise him. And we do that when we worship. So we have put together a plan for Holy Week, which will give you the opportunity to worship, to praise God, and to remember and reflect on what our Lord Jesus Christ went through for our salvation.

⦁ This Sunday, April 5th is Palm Sunday. While we will not be able to wave our palms together, you will have the opportunity to pick up a palm to have with you on Sunday. I will have them in the narthex on Friday, April 3rd from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm for you to pick up. Also, there will be a table with palms on it outside in the front parking lot near the entryway on Saturday, and you are welcome to come by any time to pick some up for you and your family.

⦁ Next Thursday, April 9th, we will live stream a shortened Maundy Thursday service beginning at 7:00 pm. There will be hymns, scripture, and some thoughts I’ll share as we consider the sins that put Christ on the cross. I encourage you to go to the website and join us for this meaningful service by clicking here.

⦁ I know many of you have felt moved by our ecumenical Good Friday service, and we will live stream this shortened service as well, on Friday, April 10th. We have seven pastors, including myself who have agreed to be socially distant, yet present to offer a short meditation on the Seven Last Words of Jesus. It will again, be on our website beginning at noon, and will include music as well as the spoken word.

⦁ Although we are unable to have our regular Easter Egg Hunt, Allison has come up with a wonderful alternative – an Easter Goody Bag Drive-Thru. So on Saturday, April 11th from 10:00 to 11:00 am, families can pull up to our front parking lot and receive one goody bag per child (toddler – 4th grade). Inside the goody bag will be individually wrapped pieces of candy, activities, craft items and more! All the bags will be filled by Allison only, wearing gloves, face mask and being put together in the youth room which has been appropriately sanitized. We will get the word out via Facebook, our website and Constant Contact, but please share this with any family you know.  For some who may be worrying about spending extra money, this could serve as a Sunday morning Easter Bag. And, if you feel comfortable doing so, Allison could use a few more bags of individually wrapped candy. Please put in the bin in the narthex by this coming Monday, April 6th.

⦁ In order to protect individuals’ privacy we are not publicizing our Prayer List. Please refer to Pastor Rebecca’s email (4/2/20) to pray for those who are needing our intercession.

⦁ Continue to use your prayer guide to pray for COVID-19 and all the people/issues affected. This is a time we must remain diligent in bringing all things to God.

⦁ Even though things have changed, there are still wonderful happenings at John Wesley.  Attached is a mini version of our newsletter. Enjoy!

I also want to say thank you for all the emails of support and encouragement you have given me during this time. I am blessed to be your pastor!

Grace and peace,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, March 26, 2020 – 12:37 pm)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

“Peace be to the whole community, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 6:23)

Yes, peace and love and faith to all of you – the community of John Wesley United Methodist Church! As we continue to try to stay connected and in touch with each other, I want to share a few updates with you.

⦁ I am filled with joy that so many of you were willing to sign up for our Prayer Vigil. The response has been so tremendous that we will be able to make it a 48 hour Prayer Vigil if only 7 more people sign up. The link to sign up is: https://ttsu.me/thgj4j Our Youth Group has taken an hour, and committed to praying, so I am grateful they also understand the need for and power of prayer. For those who want to come to the chapel, the front door closest to the chapel will be open, and we will have sanitizer, wipes and gloves available for you. Prayer guides will also be on a table as you enter. For those praying at home, click here to read the guide, it has thoughts and tips and some specific things to pray for. I truly feel that you will find the time you spend with God to be very meaningful. And if you were not able to sign up, I encourage you to pause over the next couple of days and spend a few minutes praying for our country, our world and for each other.

⦁ As I mentioned last Sunday, one of the most important things that feed our soul is Holy Communion. And while it is preferable that we are all together as a Body of Christ to take this Sacrament, this is an unusual time, and one in which I believe we need to find creative ways to keep spiritually nourished. I would like for us to be able to share in Communion this Sunday, March 29th during the live stream of the 10:30 am service. I have located individually wrapped communion elements which contain a small wafer and a vial of grape juice. I will be in the church parking lot this Saturday, March 28th between 10:00 to 11:00 am, and you can drive up and I will pass you the elements. I will have on gloves, and will pass them through the passenger side window and drop them into the seat or into your hand. I will also have a table outside, you can park and pick them up yourself if you prefer. In addition, they will be available in the narthex today and tomorrow until 4:30 pm, and you are welcome to stop by and pick them up. Please keep them unwrapped until Sunday morning, when I will go through the liturgy, and direct us as we take Communion together in our new virtual existence.

⦁ One of the ways John Wesley is helping the community during this time is by participating in the Falmouth School Kid’s Meal program, and delivering food to kids in need the past two weeks. Thank you to Karyn and Larry Briggs and Amy and Russ Brown who dropped off 11 bags to homes provided to us by the school. We will continue to help, as the school system is committed to this program for foreseeable future.

⦁ There are those in our church family and friends in need of prayer. In order to maintain their privacy, we will not be posting their names on our website. You however can reference the email that was sent out in order to be praying for them.

⦁ Also, just a reminder that our church still has expenses and bills to pay, so please consider putting your pledge envelope in the mail or drop it off at the church. You can also give online by clicking here.

Again, please know I hold you all in prayer, and I am in the office and willing to meet with you (at a distance!) or speak with you on the phone any time.

Take care of yourselves, be healthy, and God bless you,
Pastor Rebecca


(Monday, March 23, 2020 – 4:40 pm)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Starting this Friday, March 27th at 12:00 am, our church will be conducting an-going Prayer Vigil. We will have members from our church praying for 1 hour around the clock. Anyone is welcome to participate whether it be from home, or in our chapel. This is your individual decision.

The reason I am opening the chapel for this vigil is because some feel strongly about wanting to be in God’s house during this time of crisis. I know Governor Baker issued a “stay at home advisory,” (not a “shelter-in-place order”) through April 7th. However, he also said: “We will always allow all grocery stores, pharmacies, and other types of businesses that provide essential goods and services to Massachusetts residents to continue to operate.” Some of the other businesses the Governor listed as “essential” were package stores and medical marijuana stores.

It is my firm belief that the church provides an essential service. Prayer and worship are vital to our spiritual health and well-being, as well as the nation’s. Keep in mind that if you do come to the church to pray, you will be alone so you will meet all the social distancing criteria. Furthermore, we will have wipes and hand sanitizer available.

The bottom line is that I want us to remain in prayer. Max Lucado says, “Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” So join us in praying and sign up today by clicking here.

Blessings,
Pastor Rebecca


(Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 1:00 pm)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

“You who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God and I trust him.” (Psalm 91:1-2)

Yes, friends, in these times of uncertainty, where we hear about dangers, risks, threats and more, we must remember that our refuge and place of safety is found in our trust in Almighty God. While we must be attentive to the voices that give us sage advice on what we should do to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, we must not listen to the voices that instill fear and panic. We must not listen to the voices which cause us anxious moments and sleepless nights. We must listen to the voice of God who says, “I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God.” (Isaiah 43:1-3)

As we move forward, I will continue to update you and share any news that affects our beloved church family:

⦁  Gov. Baker has prohibited gatherings of over 25 people through April 5th. This means that for the next three Sundays – March 22nd, 29th and April 5th, we will cancel both the 8:30 and 10:30 am services at the church, unless he lifts the ban. However, we will live stream our 10:30 service on our website at 10:30 am Sunday mornings. You can worship with us live by clicking here. If you can’t livestream on Sunday mornings, you can visit our website later and view the service by going to the “Watch Past Services.”

 ⦁ You can also watch the service on FCTV Channel 13 on Monday at 4:00 pm, Wednesday at 6:00 pm and Sunday at 10:00 am (previous Sunday service)

⦁ Our Lenten Study, “Entering the Passion of Jesus,” will resume when we are able to gather together again. We will resume with Chapter 3.

⦁ Please pray for those affected by the coronavirus, our health care workers, first responders and decision makers. Pray that we would all remain calm and patient during this difficult time.

⦁ For now, the church remains open for you to use the chapel or sanctuary for prayer and meditation. We have sanitizer bottles in the narthex and sanctuary for you to use.

⦁ Our church still has expenses and bills to pay, so please consider putting your pledge envelope in the mail or drop it off at the church. If you are comfortable, you can conveniently give online. Click here to get started.

⦁ I know that some of you, particularly our elderly folk, may wish for help in picking up something at the grocery or pharmacy, or even need a meal. We have a group of people willing to help, so if you are in need, please call me at 508-548-3050 and we will work with you.

And finally, I know we all have some extra time on our hands. Events have been cancelled, restaurants are closed, doctor’s appointments are postponed and more. So, in this season of Lent, when we are encouraged to set aside time to take stock of our lives, and examine ourselves, I encourage you to do just that. Unplug from the news for an hour or so, and do something that nourishes your soul. Spend some time with God – pick up your Bible, pray, read a religious book (we have several in the library if you want to come borrow one.) Take a walk and enjoy nature. Clean out something in your home and rid yourself of clutter and needless items. Talk to a friend you haven’t spoken with in a long time. Consider an area of your life you’d like to work on, and put together a plan. Do something you’ve been putting off. As St. Paul reminds us: “Be careful how you live, not as unwise people, but as wise, making the most of your time in these evil days.”

Please know I hold you all in prayer and anticipate the time when we can meet together again. Until then, I am in the office and willing to meet with you (at a distance!) or speak with you on the phone any time.

Take care of yourselves, be healthy, and God bless you,
Pastor Rebecca


(Saturday, March 14, 2020 – 12:17 pm)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in time of trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.” (Psalm 46:1-3)

And, I might add, “though a viral pandemic sparks anxiety and alarm.”

Friends, I know that there are fears and worries over the outbreak of coronavirus, however, I would ask us to pause – breathe in and breathe out, and DO NOT PANIC! We are not at that stage yet. Currently, thankfully, there are no coronavirus cases on Cape Cod, the South Shore or the Islands. And we must remember that, as Christians, we are governed by faith, not fear. Our response should be to act with wisdom, prudence and awareness. God has told us, “Have I not commanded you – be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” And Jesus said, “My peace I give you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”

With that being said, after prayerfully considering guidance from health officials, state government and our New England Conference, I have decided to cancel worship services at the church tomorrow, and all activities scheduled for this week.

However, we will have a short, simple service that will be live-streamed tomorrow at 10:30 am. There will be music, prayers, scripture and a short meditation. I will address some of our concerns and fears during this service. You can watch by clicking here.

We will not have the Afternoon Tea, Men’s Breakfast, Sunday or Tuesday Lenten Studies, Soup for the Soul or Family Game Night. These will all be rescheduled at a later date.

This has been a difficult decision, as I know we all cherish our time and fellowship together. But I believe it is the prudent and wise thing to do, since loving each other means we want everyone to be safe and healthy.

We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions on future events. But for now, let us echo the Psalmist: “When anxiety was great within me, your comfort brought me joy.”

Blessings,
Pastor Rebecca