Monday, October 25, 2010


North Church is amazing! God has worked in our lives to allow us to install a brand new boiler for the church that will serve us and our children and grandchildren for many years to come. As cold weather approaches, we will be toasty no matter what the weather is like, and we will be saving energy besides.

We appreciate the many generous donations for the boiler fund -- it demonstrates how much the church means to all of us, and that we can always count on each other in times of need. Special thanks go to Carole and Jim Williamson for their guidance and technical expertise and John Wilks for his help with the pledge drive.

Jan Miller — President, Board of Trustees

Tidings and Sermons

Our web site now has the November Tidings monthly newsletter as well as the October 24th sermon for your listening pleasure!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Increasing Our Standard Of Giving

Before John Wesley became the founder of the Methodist Church he was a teacher at Oxford University back in the 1700’s. When he began his career he was paid 30 pounds per year - in those days a lot of money. His living expenses were 28 pounds - so he gave 2 pounds away.

The next year his income doubled - but he still managed to live on 28 pounds - so he gave away 32 pounds. The third year he earned 90 pounds - lived on 28 - and gave away 62. The fourth year he earned 120 pounds - lived on 28 - and gave away 92. One year his income was a little over 1,400 pounds - he lived on 30 and gave away nearly all of the 1,400 pounds.

Wesley felt that with increasing income, what should rise is not the Christian’s standard of living but the standard of giving. Increasing our standard of giving. What a great Christian man and what a great lesson he taught, a lesson we can all learn from today.

The MACC Food Pantry

Summer has taken its toll on the MACC food pantry. With fewer food drives and a higher demand, the food pantry shelves are almost bare.

We especially need: meat soups, beef stew, canned meat, pasta sauce, cereal, corn, peas, tomatoes, baked beans, baking mixes and coffee, diapers sizes 4 and 5, corned beef hash, chili with beans, canned white potatoes, juice, rice/pasta mixes, jelly, mixed vegetables, spinach, clam chowder, peanut butter, canned pasta (ravioli, spaghetti & meatballs, etc.), condiments, tuna, dry boxed potatoes, dry red kidney beans, mayonnaise, gelatin/pudding mixes, ramen noodles, sugar, green beans, beets, beans (black, white, pinto, etc.), chicken soup, yams, snacks, hot chocolate, pasta, carrots.

Thanks to all who have been faithfully donating.

Remember: Marlene accepts monetary donations and is happy to do the shopping for the shelter if you are unable.

Thank you for your continued generosity.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Join In This Saturday

The Fall Work Day to spruce up the church and grounds is scheduled for Saturday, October 23 from 9:00-12:00 a.m. The Trustees would appreciate any help you can give to rake leaves, clean up the grounds, sort closets in the building, do some painting, etc. We want to be sure we head into winter with some of these fall chores taken care of.

Please join us even if you can only help a little or you can't stay the whole time.

If you have questions, please see or call Jan Miller, 860-646-6619.

10-Fold: Hurry to be counted today. Just one more day tomorrow.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


October 17 at 12 noon

Members are invited to walk with Pastor Laurel to raise money to feed the hungry through MACC Charities here in town and worldwide through Church World Service. Contributions can be solicited and made on line, so that members with internet access do not have to worry about tracking money. Walkers please speak with Pastor Laurel. The walk is approximately 4.5 miles, starting at South UMC and ending at MACC on Main Street. There is a shorter walk for those who cannot make the 4.5 miles. That walk is actually half a mile. Volunteers are needed for support (Traffic control, water stations etc.) To volunteer, please speak with Pastor Laurel or Florence Wollaston.


Meetings: Sundays at 6:30 pm in the Memorial Room

The Adult Bible Class spent the greater part of the 2009/2010 year studying Genesis. During the last month the class we looked at the letters of James and Peter. The class met every Sunday night at 6:30. Much time was put into discussion of what the bible meant then and how it affects us now. The average attendance was eight people.

This study covered the creation and God's relationship with man before and after the fall. It continues with God's establishment of the people of God through the lives of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We finished with the story of Joseph. This was a good story of faith and how it works in ones life to affect those around you.

The letters of James and Peter dealt with the problems of the early church. It shows how Christians have always had to fight the weakening of our faith. Then and now we have had to deal with Gnosticism and antichristian teachings. Both James and Peter spent much time in their letters defining what being a Christian means and what we must guard against.

The class felt studying the letters was time well spent and will continue with the letters of Peter this fall. After this we will take a look at the gospel of Mark.

New members always welcome!

John B. Chadwick (860-643-0943)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

10-Fold: Only A Few Days Away!

As you have heard over the last few months, 10-Fold is an online interactive event that will highlight 10 projects, supported by The United Methodist Church, that are making a difference. In just a few days, starting on October 10th, when you come to you will hear, live, from people all over the world who are working to feed the hungry, heal the sick, or help spread the Word. And with a few easy steps you will be able to trigger support for these projects on your behalf.
Here is what you need to know:
--Starting Sunday, October 10th through Tuesday, October 19th, visit and register your interest in the daily highlighted project to trigger a $1 donation on your behalf. And while you are there, take part in one of the online activities to learn more about the project.
--Visit the site daily to learn about all 10 projects and secure support for each one.
--Tell family and friends so we can multiply this effort and help secure up to $10,000 of support for each project.
It’s now up to you. Starting on October 10th, visit, register your interests, and help multiply God’s work.

Lay Speaking

Hi, my name is Cathy McNeill and I am the new CT/WMA Director of Lay Speaking.
I am reaching out to all of you because we have two Basic classes scheduled with not enough people to take them!

Dalton, MA - October 25 and 30 9:30am - 4:30pm.

Monson, MA - October 16 and 30 9:00am - 3:00pm

Please think about those in your faith communities that have been talking about, or maybe called into this exciting ministry. Now would be a great time to take the classes.
Please call or email me so we can get the books out. The registration forms are:


Cathy McNeill
(860) 230-6804