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Hi Everyone,                                                                        May 2017

Grace and peace. May has always been a favorite month of mine because my birthday is May 15th. When I was young I always thought May was a good month for a birthday because everything was so green and lush. The flowers are blooming and the birds are singing! Just the other day I was visiting someone who had numerous blue birds at a bird feeder and I was amazed how beautiful and happy they were. Jesus tells us to ‘look at the birds of the air’ and think about how the Lord provides. Jesus wants us to have each person know that they are special and loved. That God will provide for them in life- just like the blue birds. One way the Lord provides is to give us a church family to be a part of. On Sunday May 7 we will celebrate the 100th birthday of Dorothy Zwicker ( whose 100th birthday is May 9) who has been a member of our church since 1938. Dot is one of the happiest people I know and she will tell you that it is because of her faith in Jesus and being part of a loving church family. Dot is a hero of mine because she knows the importance of being a member of a church where she can be nurtured and loved as well as be given the opportunity to serve and care for others. Her life is to be celebrated not only because she reached 100 years but also because of her testimony of faith that brings ultimate joy and purpose. Dot has a smile and a laugh that is contagious as her faith in Jesus enables her to see the good in life even in the midst of challenges.

On May 21 we will be welcoming new members to our church family and I encourage you to consider officially joining. We have a number of people who are attending regularly that I invite to come forward to profess their faith and make vows. I ask each person if they will support the church with they prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. The entire church family also makes a vow to surround the new members with a community of love and forgiveness. When you join you will be officially part of Dot Zwicker’s church family. Amen!  

When we travel to Africa- to Rwanda and the Congo- one thing that always touches my heart is how we are called brothers or sisters. Once they know you believe in Jesus as your Savior you are part of the family. Please consider professing your faith and joining the First UMC family on May 21. You can join at either the 9am or 10:30am Crossroads Service. Just email or call the church office to let us know. You are invited to come to a membership class on Tuesday May 16 at 6:30pm to learn more about becoming a member of the United Methodist Church.

We celebrate how God has blessed us through Dot Zwicker. Please send her a Birthday Card to let her know how blessed we are that she has been a sister of the faith for so many years and that she is an inspiration to us all.

On May 14th we will celebrate Mother’s Day in Church- and that is where Mother’s Day began on May 10, 1908 at Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton West Virginia. Anna honored her mother and all mothers on this day and Mother’s Day was born. Carnations were chosen for the day because it was her mother’s favorite flower. Here is what Anna Jarvis said about the symbolism of carnations on Mother’s Day…..”Its whiteness is to symbolize the truth, purity and broad-charity of mother love; its fragrance, her memory, and her prayers. The carnation does not drop its petals, but hugs them to its heart as it dies, and so, too, mothers hug their children to their hearts, their mother love never dying. When I selected this flower, I was remembering my mother’s bed of white pinks.”   We lift up all women who love with a sacrificial motherly love and show us the love of God.  

On Memorial Day Weekend Saturday the Christian Motorcycle Association will be holding a Motorcycle Blessing at First UMC. All motorcycle riders are invited to have their themselves and their bikes blessed. 

I invite you to read the Messenger Newsletter carefully so you can know all that is happening at First UMC and become involved. On May 3rd we are connecting to a new United Methodist Church on south Main Street in Worcester- The Jesus Life Center. It is primarily a Brazilian- portuguese speaking- congregation that is based in the area where many people are in desperate need. We have pledged to love and support this new church- and its Pastor- Thiago Rieviera. You are invited to visit the Jesus Life Center on Wednesday May 3rd at 6:30pm for a time of food, fellowship and some praise worship. We will car pool from the First UMC parking lot - leaving at 6pm. Bring a side dish or a dessert to share.

We thank God for Dot Zwicker and her life of faith! Thank you Dot for being a role model of the faith for us- for the way the light of Jesus shines through you! Amen!

In Christian Love,

Pastor John

Sunday Worship Schedule  

Join us for a traditional worship service @ 9:00am with age appropiate Sunday School classes for kids ages pre-k through high school.
If you enjoy a worship service with a more contemporary feel, please consider our 10:30am service.  We offer a one-room Sunday School format for children ages pre-k through second grade. 
Come early and join us for a hymn sing at 8:45 am.  
 
Refreshments and fellowship time at 10 am.