Church Update

(Wednesday, November 24, 2021 – 1:30 pm)

Dear Friends,

“Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.”  Isaiah 12:4

This Thanksgiving may you, by your words, your prayers, and your actions, not only give thanks to the Lord, but share with someone else what God has done for you.

The office will be closed tomorrow and Friday in celebration of Thanksgiving.  Attached is the bulletin for Sunday.

Here are some updates for this week:

⦁ Hanging of the Greens is this Saturday from 3-5pm.  It will be an open house style decorating party.  Everyone is invited to come spend some time making our church lovely and festive for the Advent and Christmas season.  You are invited to stop by any time during those hours. We will be offering light refreshments to keep us energized.

⦁ Thank you to everyone who participated in our “Dress a Live Doll” program.  Just a reminder, the items need to be brought to the church no later than November 30th, so that Julie can get them to the Salvation Army and ready for distribution to the kids before Christmas.  If you have any questions, contact Julie Immelt Whelden at jimmelt11@aol.com, or 508-221-4958.

⦁ We are offering another opportunity for anyone who would like to participate in a discussion about our statement of position on our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters.  It will be in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, December 5th at 1:00.  Or, anyone is invited to see me personally and confidentially anytime.

⦁ From our friends at Alternative Gift Market: To all those who have already shopped at this year’s Online Alternative Gift Market, our sincerest thanks!  If you haven’t had the opportunity to shop this year’s AGM website and you planned to do so – good news!  We have extended the online market through November 28th. Visit our website at www.alternativegiftmarketcapecod.org to support all the wonderful organizations who are helping so many in our community, throughout our nation, and the world. I encourage you to go on line and see the many wonderful opportunities to give this Christmas season.

⦁ Coming up – A Musical Celebration of the John Wesley UMC Music Program featuring:
– Our Great leaders: Linda and Mirela,
– Our Great instruments: NEW 7’ Steinway Piano, Allen Organ, and 3 Octave Handbell set,
– Our Great Singing and Ringing Volunteers!
Mirela will play Brahms and Debussy on the piano, Robert Potterton will play Mendelssohn and Langlais on the organ and the Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, and Organ will perform God Whose Giving Knows No Ending.
Friday, December 3 at 7:00 PM.  A free will offering will be received.

⦁ From our Worship Ministry Team:  Advent is upon us.  Isaiah 40 tells us:
“In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.  And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together.
How will you, personally, prepare the way for the Lord?  The Worship Ministry Team invites you to be part of Advent Reflections.  During the Sundays of Advent, we will be looking at the themes of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.  As a follow up, on Tuesdays beginning November 30th, the sanctuary will be open from 3-7pm for personal reflection on these themes.  Inspirational music will be playing and questions for reflection will be available.  Before you leave we encourage you to share some of your reflections by writing them down on the special slips of paper provided and placing them on the altar.  When you arrive Christmas Eve, you will find all the reflections adorning a Christmas tree in the narthex.  While it is our sincere hope that at some point during the Advent season you will be able to find time for some quiet reflection with God in the sanctuary, we know that it may not be possible for everyone.  Therefore, we will also be sending the questions for reflection out via email and then at your convenience, you are welcome to drop by the church, grab one of the special slips of paper and place it on the altar. Needless to say over the past year, our daily routines as well as our mindsets have been altered in so many unexpected ways. Advent Reflections offers you the perfect opportunity to sit quietly, worship God and reflect on messages of hope, peace, joy and love that God sent to us through his son Jesus Christ.

⦁ Jams, Jellies & Preserves: There is still quite a variety of preserves available for sale if you are still looking for holiday goodies. Feel free to contact Matt O’Connor at oconnorscapecod@gmail.com or (703) 888-8502 if you’d like to know what is available and arrange a purchase.

⦁ In December our Finance Team will be finalizing the budget for 2022.  Thank you to everyone who has made their pledge to John Wesley.  If you have not yet returned your card, we ask that you please do so by December 1st.

⦁ Our Advent Study begins on Sunday.  This study looks at questions from Biblical characters that we struggle with now.  Questions like Why Has This Happened to Me?  Why have I found favor in your sight?  What will you give me?  And others.  Times are: Sunday after church, Monday night at 6:30, Tuesday morning at 10:30 and Thursday morning via Zoom at 10:30.  Sign up after church on Sunday!  Or contact Ruth in the office at jwumcfalmouth@comcast.net.  Just a reminder to read ahead, as there is a reading for the class, but there are scripture readings and reflection exercises for 5 days of each week.  If you are not taking a class but would like to read the study book, copies are available for $5 in the office.

⦁ Would you like to gift our church with Altar Flowers in 2022?  The new flower chart is on the Altar Guild closet door across from the entrance to the sanctuary.  Flowers are $50.  You can either take them, or they will be donated to a parishioner or to Flower Angels, an organization that takes flowers to nursing home residents across the Cape.

Here is the latest prayer list for you:
– Missions meeting on Monday
– For all who will be traveling, and those be able to enjoy family and friend and especially for those who will not be able to see family or friends.
– For all the blessings we’ve been given

And one final note:
I want all of you to know how grateful I am to be your pastor.  You are very special to me, and I give thanks for who you are, and for the love and dedication you give to the work of God at John Wesley.  May your Thanksgiving be filled with the love and presence of God and his many blessings.
Love,
Pastor Rebecca