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                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Flaming Times     April 2013

          Houlton United Methodist Church

By the power of God’s Holy Spirit, we are bridging the gap between young, old,
      the broken, the lost and Jesus Christ so that Christ’s love is experienced,
    Christ’s teaching is understood and Christ’s healing is a reality.

Dear Church Family,

The story is told that Mario Cuomo, one time Governor of the state of New York, was invited to speak before the New York Press Club.  As he was leaving the Governor’s mansion, his wife of many years, Matilda, offered him some well-meaning advice that went something like this:  “Now Mario, the New York Press Club is a very tough audience. Don’t try to be witty or charming, or intellectual.  Just be yourself.”

I can’t vouch for the veracity of that story, but it sounds kind of similar to the advice that the Apostle Paul gives to believers in his first letter to the Corinthians.

In addressing believers about their calling from God in I Corinthians 1: 26, the Apostle Paul writes the following words: “Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth…”  Paul is reminding us here that we are not chosen by God because of any particular merit that we might possess, but according to our willingness to serve.  We don’t have to charm people with our wit, or dazzle them with our brilliance, to be used by God.  We just need to be our best selves – selves that are yielded to God and enabled by His Holy Spirit.

Paul goes on to explain in the next few verses that this is so that we should have no reason for boasting in our own right, but that “let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

We are called by Christ to a life of love. We are simply called to be ourselves - that is, to lead sincere and authentic lives.  The genuineness of our faith will be revealed, Paul tells us, by how we respond to the trials that will inevitably come in our lives.  Someone has said that “God does not call the qualified, but qualifies the called.”

Let us take heart then, and serve God with confidence, for it is He that empowers and enables.                                                    

Blessings, Pastor Pat

    

April’s ‘Share the Harvest’ is the Salvation Army’s Fuel Fund. Thank you for your generosity in helping your neighbors stay warm.

     Out of the Office: Pastor Pat will be away Monday, April 1.


The Houlton Cancer Prayer & Support Group will meet Tuesday, April 2, at 1:30 p.m. at Houlton Regional Hospital. Ask at the information desk for the room number. All patients, caregivers, and concerned individuals are invited to attend.

 

Worship Committee: Wednesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. The Worship Committee welcomes and encourages any interested persons to attend committee meetings and share any input.


The Hope Circle will meet Thursday, April 4, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the dining room and kitchen. Our first mission is to bake and pack items for gift boxes for our college students and for small gift bags to our members in the nursing homes. All women are invited to attend and bring something to put into the boxes or bags or just come and help bake and pack. Thank you!                   ~Meg Scott  

 

       Northern Maine District UMW Spring Retreat

“Come to the Well”

 

April 5 and 6 at People’s UMC, Baileyville, Maine
Cost of $30 per person covers registration, Friday’s supper, Saturday morning snacks and lunch. For more information or a registration form, contact the HUMC church office.

                                  

United Methodist Women:  Saturday, April 6, at 10:00 a.m. in the parlor. All women are invited to attend.

Roast Pork Supper:  Saturday, April 6, 4:30–6:00 p.m. Homemade pies and all the fixin’s! Adults $9, under age 12, $5. Everyone is welcome to attend! 

Bishop to Visit:  You are invited to share dinner with the Bishop on Monday, April 8, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the dining room.


Jeremiah’s Corner, a Christian support group for those affected by addictions, will meet Monday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Patten United Methodist Church. Tracey Tarr, LADC from AMHC, will speak on "Substance Abuse, Treatment and Recovery." Music provided by Carter & Theresa. Everyone is invited. For more information, call Ellen at 528-2684.

 

 

Education Committee Meeting:  Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m.

There will be a four-week class beginning Sunday, April 21, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., for anyone desiring membership or a refresher course on Methodism.

 

God’s Crafters Children’s Arts and Crafts classes for children ages 8 and up will be held Monday, April 22, through Thursday, April 25, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (no Friday classes).  Jon and Meg Scott will share about vegetables, planting, and forestry. There will be a daily snack and fun activities. There is no fee, but a supply list will be given. To register your child to participate, see Jane Milton for a permission slip. The final classes of the school year will meet Monday, May 6, through Thursday, May 9. Activities will include tie-dyed t-shirts and cooking. There will be a pizza party on Thursday, May 9.

 

                                      Advanced Lay Servant Classes -- Lay Speaking Ministries is now Lay Servant Ministries. “You Can Lead in Evangelism” classes will be held at Gray Memorial UMC in Caribou on Tuesdays, April 23, 30, and May 7, 14, and 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Registration is $25 payable to Northern Maine District.  Contact the HUMC church office for a registration form.

 

Veggie Tales DVD Lending Library

Looking for children’s DVDs for an afternoon or evening at home or to use for a sleep-over or birthday party? The 30 volumes in HUMC’s Veggie Tales DVD collection are family-friendly, Bible-centered, and include activities for children and their parents in addition to the shows children love. The collection includes the ‘Jonah’ movie and ‘The Ultimate Silly Song Count-down.’ You may sign out one DVD at a time for one week from the church office (open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. - noon). Please make sure to complete the sign-out sheet.

 

    Happy Birthday!

                                                                                      April  2                 Fred Hagan, Kathy Hutchinson                                                             

                                                                                      April  7                 Marie Hutchinson, Glen Tracy                                                               

                                                                                       April 8                 Priscilla Clark                                                                                           

                                                                                      April 10                Donald Woods                                                                                         

                                                                                            April 17                Aileen Smith, Galen Wilde                                                                            

                                                                                            April 22                Mitchell Hardy                                                                                               

                                                                                         April 23                Gerald Wilson                                                                                             

                                                                                      April 25                Paula Gendron                                                                                        

                                                                                    April 26                Jean Stover                                                                                              

                                                                April 28                James Cumming                                                                  

 


Happy Anniversary!

                                   

                                                                                              April  1                 Rhonda and Bob Foss                                                                                     

                                                                                   April  7                 Ethel and Don Brushett                                                                          

                                                                                    April 18                Barb and Larry Tonzi                                                                              

                                                                                   April 19                Brenda and Eric Richards                                                                      

                                                                         April 29                Leitha and Gerald Karnes                                                           

                If any information needs to be included or deleted from this list, please email the church office at secretary@houltonumc.org or call 532-3332.

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Out of the Office: Pastor Pat will be out of the office on Monday, April 1.

Worship Committee:  Wednesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. All interested persons are invited.

Hope Circle:  Thursday, April 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the dining room.
All women are invited to attend. For more information, contact Meg Scott.

United Methodist Women:  Saturday, April 6, at 10:00 a.m. in the parlor. All women are invited.

Roast Pork Supper:  Saturday, April 6, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Adults $9, under age 12 $5. Everyone welcome.

Dinner with the Bishop:  Monday, April 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the dining room.

SPPRC Meeting:  To be announced.

Education Committee Meeting:  Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Finance Committee Meeting:  Monday, April 15, at 10:00 a.m.

Trustees Meeting: Tuesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Ad. Council Meeting:  Thursday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Class Starting:  Sunday, April 21, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. for four weeks
for anyone desiring membership or a refresher course on Methodism.


WEEKLY/MONTHLY EVENTS

Chancel Choir Rehearsals
:  Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

 Sunday Worship and Sunday School (grades pre-K – 6):  10:00 a.m.

Jeremiah’s Corner: Christian group for those affected by addictions. Monday, April 8, 6:30, Patten UMC.
Tracey Tarr, LADC from AMHC, will speak on "Substance Abuse, Treatment and Recovery."
Music provided by Carter & Theresa. 528-2684

The Houlton Cancer Prayer & Support Group:  Houlton Regional Hospital. Ask at information desk for room number. Tuesday, April 2 (first Tuesday/month), 1:30-3 p.m.

Thursday Gardiner Nursing Home Bible Study: weekly at 2:00 p.m., led by Pastor Pat.

Children’s Arts & Crafts: Ages 8 & up. Monday-Thursday, April 22-25, 3:00-4:30 p.m.,
(no classes on Fridays). Vegetables, planting, and forestry. See Jane Milton for more information.

Quiet Quilters: Fourth Thursday, 9 a.m. No experience needed. Bring small scissors & a sandwich.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 

TO KEEP IN PRAYER

Jeanette Anderson, Christine Beaton, Joanne Esse, Esther Orr Faulkner, Marc Fuller, Patty Johnson, the Mike LaBlue family, Anita Lambert, John Lane, Annie Lorrigan, Cole Lundquist, Mary Ann Lutz, Hannah Mooers, Jay Nadeau, Mike O’Hara, Lorraine Parker, John Porter, Glen Tracy, Bob Trickey,
Dr. Donald and Helen Woods, Dorothy Worthey.

 

 

 



Continued Healing:  Judy Adamowicz, Tessa Albert, Stan Ballard, Terry Brayall, Irene Burton,

Dylan  Campbell, Don Collins, Zachary Cowperthwaite, Mary Cummings, Pam Davis, Grace Decker, Jean Decker, Steven DeWitt, George Erff, Delores Farrell, Norma Folsom, Jean Garcelon, Evelyn Goding, Audrey Green, Timmy Green, David Green Jr., Mark Hemingway, Linnwood Hersey, Carol Howe, Jessica Hutchinson, Clarence Jones, Gil Karnes, Dr. Stanley Konefal, David Long, Michael McCluskey, Toni-Lynn Miles, Janice Mooers, Irene Quinn, Jim Ritchie, Phyllis Ritchie, Lawrence Sanders, Marcia Simon, Lonai Slater, Angela Stiles, Danny Toby, Raymond Webb, Malana Webster, Zane Wetzel, Meadow Whittaker, Samantha Wortman, Donald Woods.
Gardiner Nursing Home:  Edna Karnes. 

Madigan Estates:  Dorothy Adams, Winifred Seiders.
Homebound:  Charlotte Currie, Lillian Currie. 
All those serving in the Armed Forces and their families at home. All those who have been touched by the economic downturn in some way, laid-off, unemployed, or under-employed. Un-saved loved ones, all those battling hurts, habits, & hang-ups.
Prayer Chain:
  If you or someone you know is in need of prayer intervention, please notify the prayer chain by calling Rhoda Veysey at 532-6418.

For Prayer List changes, contact secretary@houltonumc.org or call 532-3332.

 

                                                                                                 

The Flaming Times – April 2013                                

Houlton United Methodist Church                                                                           

57 Military Street                                                                                                 

Houlton, ME 04730                                                                         

(207) 532-3332                                                                                                    

PASTOR:  Reverend Patrice Goodwin

pastorpat@houltonumc.org

SECRETARY:  Susan Lee

secretary@houltonumc.org

Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon

 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Flaming Times     March 2013

          Houlton United Methodist Church

By the power of God’s Holy Spirit, we are bridging the gap between young, old,
      the broken, the lost and Jesus Christ so that Christ’s love is experienced,
    Christ’s teaching is understood and Christ’s healing is a reality.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                      “DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME.”

These words were spoken by Jesus on the very night of His betrayal.  Mere hours before He would be arrested, tried, convicted and crucified, He shared a final meal, a last supper with His followers.  Jesus tells them.  It was no ordinary meal.  It was a Passover meal, a meal of remembrance, a ritual meal that God had commanded His people to observe in commemoration of their deliverance from slavery in Egypt. “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer,” Jesus tells them.

You know the rest of the story.  You know how Jesus took the bread and broke it and gave it to His disciples.  You know how Jesus shared the cup with His beloved followers.  You’ve seen Leonardo daVinci’s portrayal of this scene with the twelve reclining around the table with Jesus at the central place.  What you may not have realized is that Jesus was speaking of you as well when He expressed His earnest desire to commune with His followers around the table.

As our Holy Communion ritual reminds us, “Christ our Lord invites to His table ALL who love Him who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another.” That famous picture is incomplete until you are there in it!

Undoubtedly, most of you who read this have received the elements of Holy Communion many times. You’ve kneeled at the communion rail, usually on a Sunday morning.  You’ve received the bread and the cup.  You’ve been strengthened and nurtured spiritually.  You’ve remembered the sacrifice of Christ
for you.

In a few weeks, on Maundy Thursday, you will have the opportunity to join Christ on the very night that we remember His betrayal, the very night when Jesus instituted the sacrament of Holy Communion.  There is no more sacred time to join Christ at the table.  I invite you to be there as Jesus’ guest.  He eagerly desires your presence.

In Christ’s love,

Pastor Pat

National Guard Family Readiness Group -- Wild Katahdin Trust Snow Run

Submitted by Larry Tonzi

We raised $1161.00 for the National Guard Family Readiness Group at the Wild Katahdin Trust Snow Run. Thanks to all who participated as runners, walkers, and volunteers (Chuck Taylor from our church).  I also would like to thank all the businesses that provided door prizes and especially the Katahdin Bank and Trust Company for their great support over the 29 years of the race's existence.  The Guard and families REALLY appreciate the funds for their supportive activities.


                                                                    ________________________________________________

Just a reminder from your Finance Committee that there is still time for anyone who wishes to fill in an ‘Estimate of Giving’ card for 2013 with what they might intend to give to the church this year.  In the past, these have been called ‘Pledge Cards,’ and anyone who wishes may still fill in a card for 2013.  So far we have received cards totaling more than $10,000 over last year’s total.  Our total pledged at this point is $73,500!!!!  Thanks so much for your dedication. (If you can't find your card, please call the church office at 532-3332 and ask Sue to mail you one.)                                                                     

Sincerely, Your Finance Committee

    

Found:  a piece of jewelry. Call the church office if this item might be yours.


March’s ‘Share the Harvest’ is the Salvation Army’s Fuel Fund. Please give generously to help those in our community who are having difficulty keeping their homes and families adequately warm.

    
The HUMC United Methodist Women will meet Saturday, March 2, at 10:00 a.m. in the parlor. All women are invited.

Out of the Office: Pastor Pat will be away from the office beginning Monday, March 4, and will return to the office on Wednesday, March 13.
If you need pastoral care during this time, please call Rev. Dale Holden at 532-7165.

Jeremiah’s Corner, a Christian support group for those affected by addictions, will meet Monday, March 4 (first Monday of the month), at 6:30 p.m. at the Patten United Methodist Church. Lois Flewelling, LCPC, will speak on "Changing Perspective - Moving from Impossible to Possible." Music by The Good News Singers. Everyone is invited. For more information, call Ellen at 528-2684.



The Houlton Cancer Prayer & Support Group will meet Tuesday, March 5 (first Tuesday of the month), from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m. at Houlton Regional Hospital. Ask at the information desk for the room number. Patients, caregivers, and concerned individuals are invited to attend.


You’re invited to a “church family” event at HUMC on Saturday, March 16, at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy fellowship, hymn-singing, and a pot-luck dinner. Feel free to bring your favorite pot-luck delight and bring your family, a friend, or just yourself to join us in celebrating our church"family"!

                     

God’s Crafters Children’s Arts and Crafts classes, led by Jane Milton and Paul Porter for children ages 8 and up, will be held Monday, March18, through Thursday, March 21, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (no Friday classes).  Activities will include scrapbooking. Nancy Kirkpatrick will teach origami. Any adults wanting to learn origami along with the children on Wednesday, March 20, and Thursday, March 21, please let Jane Milton know. There will be a daily snack and fun activities.There is no fee, but a supply list will be given. To register your child to participate, see Jane Milton for a permission slip.

                                         

You can save lives by participating in the American Red Cross Blood Drive, Monday, March 25, at the Houlton Regional Hospital Education Center on the third floor. Donor hours are 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or 941-2900. Walk-in donors are always welcome!


Thanks to your generosity, Souper Bowl Sunday at HUMC totaled $67 and 88 cans of soup. Great job, everyone!

 

                                                
•   WORLD DAY OF PRAYER  Friday, March 1, at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. Food and fellowship at 10:00 a.m., service following at 10:30.

•   AROOSTOOK COUNTY UNITED METHODIST CLUSTER WORSHIP SERVICES  Sundays at 4:00p.m.: March 3, Mars Hill UMC; and March 17, Hodgdon UMC.
 


•  HOLY WEEK  Maundy Thursday service, March 29, 6:30 p.m.at HUMC; Good Friday service at noon at the Salvation Army

• EASTER SUNDAY  March 31, Sunrise Service, St. Mary’s Porch at 6:30 a.m. Breakfast to follow at the Unitarian Universalist Church.

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Northern Maine District UMW Spring Retreat

“Come to the Well”

April 5 and 6 at People’s UMC, Baileyville, Maine
Earlybird registration $25 per person by March 22, then $30. Cost covers registration, Friday’s supper, Saturday morning snacks and lunch.
For more information or a registration form, contact the HUMC church office.

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Advanced Lay Servant Classes:  Lay Speaking Ministries is now Lay Servant Ministries. “You Can Lead in Evangelism” classes will be held at Gray Memorial UMC in Caribou on Tuesdays, April 23, 30, and May 7, 14, and 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Registration is $25 payable to Northern Maine District.  Contact the HUMC church office for a registration form.

 
 
                         Happy Birthday!

                        March 1                   Jo-Ann Barton

                        March 2                   Nicholas Hardy, Robert Barton

                        March 3                   Justus Scott

                        March 7                   Heather Fagnant

                        March 10                 Jane Milton
                                                        Helen Woods

                        March 12                 Reita Briggs   

                        March 18                 Lauren Hogan

                        March 19                 Finn Mead

                        March 21                 Danny Lilley

                        March 22                 John Woods

                                                                 


                        Happy Anniversary!

 

                        March 2                   Edwin & Priscilla Clark

                        March 24                 Chet & Linda Husted
                                                       

                                                            

                If any information needs to be included or deleted from this list, please email the church office at secretary@houltonumc.org or call 532-3332.


UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS

World Day of Prayer:  Friday, March 1, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church,10:00 a.m.

United Methodist Women:  Saturday, March 2, at 10:00 a.m. in the parlor. All women are invited.

Out of the Office:  Pastor Pat will be away beginning Monday, 3/4, and will return Wednesday, 3/13.
If you need pastoral care during this time, please call Rev. Dale Holden at 532-7165.

SPPRC Meeting:  To be announced.

Worship Committee:  Wednesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. All interested persons are invited.

Education Committee Meeting:  Thursday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m.

‘Church Family’ Event & Potluck:  Saturday, March 16, 4:30 p.m.

Finance Committee Meeting:  Monday, March 18, at 10:00 a.m.

Trustees Meeting: Tuesday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Lenten Service:  HUMC, Wednesday, March 20, at 7:00 p.m.

Ad. Council Meeting:  Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday Service: March 28, at 6:30 p.m. at HUMC

Sunday, March 31:  Happy Easter!


WEEKLY/MONTHLY EVENTS

Chancel ChoirRehearsals
Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

 Sunday Worship and Sunday School (grades pre-K – 6): 10:00 a.m.

Jeremiah’s Corner: Christian group for those affected by addictions. Monday, 3/4, 6:30, Patten UMC.

Lois Flewelling, LCPC, "Changing Perspective: Moving from Impossible to Possible." 528-2684

The Houlton Cancer Prayer & Support Group: Houlton Regional Hospital. Ask at information desk for room number.
Tuesday, March 5 (first Tuesday/month), 1:30-3 p.m.

Thursday Gardiner Nursing HomeBible Study: weekly at 2:00 p.m., led by Pastor Pat.

Children’s Arts & Crafts: Ages 8 & up. Monday-Thursday,  March 18-21, 3:00-4:30p.m.,
(no classes on Fridays). Scrapbooking & origami. See Jane Milton for more information.

Quiet Quilters: Fourth Thursday, 9 a.m. No experience needed. Bring small scissors & a sandwich.

                                                                                          To Keep In Prayer
Jeanette Anderson, Christine Beaton, Joanne Esse, Esther Orr Faulkner, Marc Fuller, Patty Johnson,

the Mike LaBlue family, Anita Lambert, John Lane, Annie Lorrigan, Cole Lundquist, Mary Ann Lutz,

Hannah Mooers, Jay Nadeau, Mike O’Hara, Lorraine Parker, John Porter, Glen Tracy, BobTrickey,
Dr. Donald and Helen Woods, Dorothy Worthey.

Continued Healing:  Judy Adamowicz, Tessa Albert, Stan Ballard, Terry Brayall, Irene Burton,

Dylan  Campbell, Don Collins, Mary Cummings, Pam Davis, Grace Decker, Jean Decker,

Steven DeWitt, George Erff, Delores Farrell, Norma Folsom, Jean Garcelon, Evelyn Goding,
Audrey Green, Timmy Green, David Green Jr., Mark Hemingway, Linnwood Hersey, Carol Howe,

Jessica Hutchinson, Clarence Jones, Gil Karnes, Dr. Stanley Konefal, David Long, Michael McCluskey,
Toni-Lynn Miles, Janice Mooers, Sandi Petro, Irene Quinn, Jim Ritchie, Lawrence Sanders, Marcia Simon,

Lonai Slater, Angela Stiles, Danny Toby, Malana Webster, Zane Wetzel, MeadowWhittaker, Samantha Wortman, Donald Woods.

Gardiner Nursing Home:  Edna Karnes. 
Madigan Estates
:  Dorothy Adams, Althea Lloyd, Winifred Seiders.
Homebound:  Charlotte Currie, Lillian Currie. 
All those serving in the Armed Forces and their families at home
.

Please pray for all those families who have been affected by factory closings, especially in our area. 

Unsaved loved ones; all those battling hurts, habits, & hang-ups.

Prayer Chain:
 If you or someone you know is in need ofprayer intervention, please notify the prayer chain by calling Rhoda Veysey at532-6418.
For Prayer List changes,contact secretary@houltonumc.orgor call 532-3332.

 

 

Houlton United Methodist Church                                                                             

57 Military Street (corner of Military and School Streets)                                                                                                              

Houlton, ME 04730                                                                                         

(207) 532-3332                                                                                                                         

PASTOR: Rev. Patrice Goodwin

pastorpat@houltonumc.org

SECRETARY: Susan Lee

secretary@houltonumc.org

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9-noon

 

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                                                                                  The Flaming Times     February 2013

          Houlton United Methodist Church

By the power of God’s Holy Spirit, we are bridging the gap between young, old,
      the broken, the lost and Jesus Christ so that Christ’s love is experienced,
    Christ’s teaching is understood and Christ’s healing is a reality.

 


                                                          WORSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR LENT 2013

Lent is a solemn time for personal reflection and repentance as we prepare ourselves to enter into the commemoration of our Lord’s sacrifice on the cross and the celebration of His resurrection on EasterMorning.  The Lenten season is a time for special worship, study and fellowship opportunities in Christian churches.  I want to invite you to make this a meaningful Lenten season in your personal spiritual life by the practices of personal prayer and Bible reading.  There are also special opportunities for worship, fellowship and study within the life of the local congregation and within the ecumenical and denominational communities.  I urge you to make these opportunities a priority during the season of Lent 2013.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Pat

WORSHIP

•  ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE OF ASHES  Wednesday, February 13, at 6:30 p.m. at HUMC.

•   WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday, March 1, at 10:00 a.m. at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

•   AROOSTOOK COUNTY UNITED METHODIST CLUSTER WORSHIP SERVICES There will be three of these services taking place on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. on the following dates and locations: February 17, Washburn UMC; March 3, Mars Hill UMC; and March 17, Hodgdon UMC.

•  SOUTHERN AROOSTOOK MINISTERIAL ASSOCIATION These ecumenical worship services will take place on the Wednesdays of Lent at 7:00 p.m. in the following locations: February 20, St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church; February 27, Military Street Baptist Church; March 6, First Baptist Church; March 13, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church; and March 20, Houlton United Methodist Church.
 
•  HOLY WEEK  Maundy Thursday service, March 29, 6:30 p.m.at HUMC; Good Friday service, noon at the Salvation Army

•  EASTER SUNDAY March 31, Sunrise Service, St. Mary’s Porch at 6:30 a.m. Breakfast to follow at the Unitarian Universalist Church.

FELLOWSHIP

•  FUN AND FELLOWSHIP Saturday, February 9, at 4:30 p.m. at HUMC.  Singing, games, and a pot-luck dinner.  Sponsored by Christian Education for EVERYONE!  Come and invite others.

•   WOMEN’S WINTER UPLIFT Saturday, February 23, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  A time for fellowship, sharing, study, and fun at the home of Mary Taylor, 58 Elm Street, in Houlton.  ALL WOMEN are invited.  Lunch will be provided.

   As requested, here is the address of Pastor Pat’s sister who was recently involved in a serious car accident.

Your cards and prayers are appreciated.

                                                                                                      Mrs. Lorinda Hurt

                                                                                                     Watson Wellness Center, Room 129

                                                                                                      2003 Cobb St.

                                                                                                     Farmville, VA 23901

 

   February’s Share the Harvestis the Salvation Army’s Fuel Fund. Please give generously to help those in our community who are having difficulty keeping their homes and families adequately warm.

    

      The HUMC United Methodist Women will meet Saturday, February 2, at 10:00 a.m. in the parlor. All women are invited.

     Watch your mail for the UMW Love Offering letter and support your local UMW!

     Ebbett Circle met to elect officers, create annual goals and share fellowship. In a fun meeting, Helen Hagan was elected Treasurer; Helen Bloise, Secretary; and Peg Coolong, President. We made a schedule for Kitchen Captains and a list of the K.P. duties. The kitchen continues to take much care as we try to keep it clean and stocked for the congregation. We decided to support We Care Baby Center with continuing contributions and give $50 to the church heating costs. We are continuing to update members' names and addresses to keep in touch. Helen Woods was welcomed to the group.

 

Sunday, February 3, is Souper Bowl Sunday! To participate, bring a can or cans of soup and one dollar. The soup benefits St. Mary’s Food Pantry, and the money will be used by the Outreach Committee to benefit a local missions project. In 2012, over 9 million dollars in money and food items was raised nationwide, including Maine’s contribution of over $20,000. The soup can is ready for your donations. Thank you for your generosity in helping to fight hunger!

 

Jeremiah’s Corner, a Christian support group for those affected by addictions, will meet Monday, February 4 (first Monday of the month), at 6:30 p.m. at the Patten United Methodist Church. Guest speakers Phil and Diane Cyr will speak on their experiences of "22 Years of Group." Music by John Birmingham. Everyone is invited. For more information, call Ellen at 528-2684.

                                                                                    

God’s Crafters Artsand Crafts Classes

Submitted by Jane Milton

The Houlton United Methodist Church is holding Arts and Craft classes, Monday through Thursday, one week a month after school for ages 8 and up.

We are trying to teach children different arts and crafts.  Some of the classes have included sewing, knitting, making blankets, and cooking. We did gingerbread houses in December. In January, Paul Porter taught carpentry to the children.  They made bird houses and small tool boxes.  In February, we are very proud to have Bob Cowperthwaite coming from the Southern Aroostook Cultural Arts Project to teach drawing and art.

Everything is so high tech that we came to the conclusion that children should learn Arts and Crafts – things our parents and grandparents taught us and we take as second nature.

You really stop and think about it:  Everything is an art or a craft. From a small project a child may find his or her life’s work.  We have had great success with this program.  We started with two children and have grown to seventeen children. They seem to be really having fun, including myself and my helpers.

The classes are free to all.  All we ask for is occasionally some supplies from each child and maybe a snack, every now and again, for the children.  Classes run from September to May, with the summer off, and they will start back up next September.  Children are brought to HUMC by their school buses and can be returned home by the HUMC van or picked up by a parent or other designated adult. 

The next set of classes will run from February 4 through February 7, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (no Friday classes).  If anyone is interested in participating or has a talent that they would like to teach to the children, please call the church office.

 

It’s fun and easy to support the Pregnancy Care Center of Aroostook through its annual Baby Bottle Drive. Just take a baby bottle from the display in the fellowship area and use it for change, dollar bills, or checks. The bottles need to be returned by Sunday, February 24, whether empty or full, so they can be reused for next year’s Baby Bottle Drive. The Pregnancy Care Center of Aroostook also asks that you keep the Center, its staff, and its clients in prayer throughout the year.

 

Maine National Guard Family Readiness Group Fund Raiser

Submitted by Larry Tonzi

Think about this:  1% of Americans eagerly accept 100% of the burden to protect the freedoms we enjoy. The Maine National Guard Family Readiness Group’s main purpose is to support the families of soldiers who are deployed. A major activity is a party for the children at Christmas and on the Fourth of July.

The Wild Katahdin Trust Snow Run/Walk will be held Saturday, February 16, with all proceeds going toward this group. Registration will be at the Millar Civic Center in Houlton from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The fee is $12.00 (American or Canadian). Dress warmly.  

Barb and I are well into the preparations for the run but could use your help as follows: 
                   
               --  road guards,
               --  timers,
               --  finish line help,
                                                       --  photographer,
                                                       --  and small door prizes.

If anyone wants to help, I will need to teach them their role. You are invited to run, too. This is our one small gift for the sacrifices made by our soldiers AND their families so we can bask in the freedom they protect. I can be contacted at my email address tonzimaine@gmail.com or call 532-7548 after 5:00 p.m. You can also see me after church services at coffee time.

 

A report from your Finance Committee.......To bring you up to date with our annual 2013 pledge (Planned Giving) program, we are pleased to report that as of Jan. 17, 2013, we have received "Estimates of Giving" cards totaling $69,028, which is already $7,581 more than was pledged in total for 2012 !!!  This is a good improvement, and we hope that more cards will be forthcoming which will go a long way toward reaching our preliminary budget of $139,000 for 2013.  This budget should be finalized very soon, as we are awaiting confirmation on our Missions Shares apportionment from the New England Methodist Conference for 2013.  If you have been "on the fence" about making a commitment to our church finances for the new year, please take a look at our various church programs and outreach areas, and please pray about how you can help in the upcoming efforts.  Jesus taught us to "Love" and to "Give".....  It makes us who we are as Christians and Methodists....trying to make this world and community a better place.  Please consider helping with this effort in the coming year.  

Sincerely, Your Finance Committee:  Jerry, Reita, Shirley, Paul, Moose, Mark, Danny, Jim and Rev. Pat. 

 

School vacation is coming up! You won’t hear “I’m bored” when you borrow VeggieTales DVDs from the church office. Please make sure to sign out the DVDs.

Found:  a piece of jewelry. Call the church office if this item might be yours.
            

It’s a BIRTHDAY CARD SHOWER

for LILLIAN CURRIE!

Let’s celebrate Lillian Currie’s 93rd birthday by placing birthday cards in her mail folder in the fellowship area.
These cards will be delivered to Lillian in time for her birthday on February 28.

 

                                                                                                  

 

 

                        February 1            Aidynn Woods

                        February 8           Alice Husted, Lisa Woods

                        February 15         Peggy O’Kane
                                                    Marguerite Russell    

                        February 16         Elwood (Chip) Wilde

                        February 17         Paul Porter

                        February 21         Mike Swallow

                        February 27         Blake Woods

                        February 28         Lillian Currie

                                                                                                      

Happy Anniversary!

                         February 15        Galen & Sharon Wilde

                        

 If any information needs to be included or deleted from this list,

please email the church office at secretary@houltonumc.org or call 532-3332.

 

UPCOMINGMEETINGS AND EVENTS

 

United Methodist Women:  Saturday, February 2, at 10:00 a.m. in the parlor. All women are invited.

SPPRC Meeting:  Sunday, February 3, at 2:00 p.m.

Worship Committee:  Wednesday, February 6, at 6:30 p.m. All interested persons are invited.

“Church Family” Event & Pot-luck:  Saturday, February 9, at 4:30 p.m.

Education Committee Meeting:  Thursday, February 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Finance Committee Meeting:  Monday, February 18, at 10:00 a.m.

 Trustees Meeting:  Tuesday, February 19,at 6:30 p.m.

Ad. Council Meeting:  Thursday, February 21, at 6:30 p.m.

      

  WEEKLY/MONTHLY EVENTS

Chancel Choir Rehearsals
Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

 Sunday Worship and Sunday School (grades pre-K – 6): 10:00 a.m.

Jeremiah’s Corner: Christian group for those affected by addictions. Monday, February 4, at 6:30.
“22 Years of Group” by Phil & Diane Cyr. Patten UMC. For information, call 528-2684.

The Houlton Cancer Prayer & Support Group: Houlton Regional Hospital. Ask at information desk for room number.
Tuesday, February 5 (first Tuesday of the month), 1:30-3 p.m.

SundayBible Study:  Everyone is welcome to join this Book of Acts Bible study.
Meets Sundays at 4:00 p.m. at the parsonage. The cost of the workbook is $3.

Thursday Gardiner Nursing Home BibleStudy: weekly at 2:00 p.m., led by Pastor Pat.

Children’s Arts & Crafts: Ages 8 & up. Monday-Thursday,  February 4-7, 3:00-4:30p.m.,
(no classes on Fridays). See Jane Milton for more information.

Quiet Quilters: Fourth Thursday, 9 a.m. No experience needed. Bring small scissors & a sandwich.

                                                                                          To Keep In Prayer

Jeanette Anderson, Christine Beaton, Joanne Esse, Esther Orr Faulkner, Marc Fuller, Patty Johnson,

the Mike LaBlue family, Anita Lambert, John Lane, Annie Lorrigan, Cole Lundquist, MaryAnn Lutz,

Hannah Mooers, Jay Nadeau, Mike O’Hara, Lorraine Parker, John Porter, Glen Tracy, Dr. Donald and Helen Woods, Dorothy Worthey.

Continued Healing:  Judy Adamowicz, Tessa Albert, Stan Ballard, Terry Brayall, Irene Burton,

Dylan  Campbell, Don Collins, Mary Cummings, Pam Davis, Grace Decker, Jean Decker,

Steven DeWitt, George Erff, Delores Farrell, Norma Folsom, Jean Garcelon, Evelyn Goding,
Audrey Green, Timmy Green, David Green Jr., Mark Hemingway, Linnwood Hersey, Carol Howe,

Jessica Hutchinson, Clarence Jones, Gil Karnes, Dr. Stanley Konefal, David Long, Michael McCluskey,
Toni-Lynn Miles, Janice Mooers, Sandi Petro, Irene Quinn, Jim Ritchie, Lawrence Sanders, Marcia Simon,

Lonai Slater, Angela Stiles, Danny Toby, Malana Webster, Zane Wetzel, Meadow Whittaker, Samantha Wortman, Donald Woods.

Gardiner Nursing Home:  Edna Karnes.
Madigan Estates:  Dorothy Adams, Althea Lloyd, Winifred Seiders.
Homebound:  Charlotte Currie, Lillian Currie. 
All those serving in the Armed Forces and their families at home
.

Please pray for all those families who have been affected by factory closings, especially in our area. 

Unsaved loved ones; all those battling hurts, habits, & hang-ups.

Prayer Chain:
  If you or someone you know is in need of prayer intervention, please notify the prayer chain by calling Rhoda Veysey at 532-6418.
For Prayer List changes, contact secretary@houltonumc.org or call 532-3332.

 

Houlton United Methodist Church                                                                             

57 Military Street (corner of Military and School Streets)                                                                                                              

Houlton, ME 04730                                                                                         

(207) 532-3332                                                                                                                         

PASTOR: Rev. Patrice Goodwin

pastorpat@houltonumc.org

SECRETARY: Susan Lee

secretary@houltonumc.org

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9-noon

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                                                                                        The Flaming Times     January 2013

                Houlton United Methodist Church

By the power of God’s Holy Spirit, we are bridging the gap between young, old,
      the broken, the lost and Jesus Christ so that Christ’s love is experienced,
    Christ’s teaching is understood and Christ’s healing is a reality.



Dear HUMC Family,

    As I write this, it is the last week of 2012.  2013 is fast approaching.  Though they are only numbers, they measure out the span of our earthly existence. Because we serve an eternal God, we view time differently than those who think that this time here on Earth is the sum total of existence.  We know that life is more than meets the eye.  We know that the mystery of God’s presence is with us for both time and eternity.

    Once again we have heard the familiar scriptures and sung the familiar hymns that speak of Emmanuel – God with us –and been reminded of God’s presence in a powerful way.

    As the New Year approaches, it is natural that we should look back on the year just finished.  As all years do, it has held a mixture of joys and sorrows, blessings and challenges, accomplishments and perhaps some regrets.  We would do well to heed the words of the writer of Hebrews, who describes the Christian life with the metaphor of a race well run.

    “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance that race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

    May the presence of Emmanuel be with you on your journey of faith this year and for all time and eternity.  Go with God.


Yours in Christ,

Pastor Pat

                    

Theresa Cameron and Zella MacDonald passed away in December. Please remember their families and loved ones in prayer.

     January’s Share the Harvestis the HUMC Van Fund. Thank you for your generosity in helping those in need of transportation attend HUMC services.

Email saves stamps! If you have an email address on file at HUMC, your Flaming Times newsletter will be sent to you via email. If you would like to add or change an email address, please contact the office.

Date Change:  Due to the Tuesday, January 1, New Year’s Day holiday, the Houlton Cancer Prayer and Support Group will meet Wednesday, January 2, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the Houlton Regional Hospital. Ask at the information desk for the room number. Patients, caregivers, and concerned individuals are invited.

The HUMC United Methodist Women will meet Saturday, January 5, at 10:00 a.m. in the parlor. All women are invited.

God’s Crafters Children’s Arts and Crafts classes (ages 8 and up): Monday through Thursday, January 7-10, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (no classes on Fridays). Led by Jane Milton and Paul Porter. Daily snack and fun activities. No fee, but a supply list will be given. To register your child to participate, see Jane Milton for a permission slip.

Jeremiah’s Corner, a Christian support group for those affected by addictions: Monday, January 7 (first Monday/month), 6:30 p.m. at the Patten UMC Fellowship Hall. Guest speaker Lynn Rush will speak on "Addiction....There is Hope." Music by John Birmingham. Coffee and fellowship. Everyone is invited. For info, call 528-2684.

American Red Cross Blood Drive:  Tuesday, January 8, at the Houlton Regional Hospital Education Center. Donor hours are 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or 941-2900. Walk-in donors are always welcome!

The Worship Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 9, at 6:30 p.m. The Committee welcomes and encourages any interested persons to attend committee meetings and share any input.

The Thursday Bible Study at Gardiner Nursing Home, led by Pastor Pat, will resume Thursday, January 10, at 2:00 p.m.

Sunday Books of Acts Bible Study: Part Two of this study on chapters 7-15 of Acts begins Sunday, January 13, at 4:00 p.m. at the parsonage. There is a sign-up sheet in the fellowship area. The cost of the workbook is $3. Everyone is welcome to join.

Courses sponsored by the Northern Maine District UMC
     -- Basic Lay Ministries Refresher Course: Opening Ourselves to Grace: 
Saturday, January 12, 2013, at Limestone UMC, 1:00-4:00 p.m. This course is for Local lay speakers to be re-certified, which is required every 3 years.  This is a new requirement.  Registration fee is $25 payable to NME District; contact HUMC office for registration form.

                                --  Advanced Lay MinistriesCourse:  Living Our UM Beliefs: Saturdays, January 19 & 26 and February 2 & 9 at Limestone UMC, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Registration is $25 payable to NME District; contact HUMC office for registration form.

 

Please empty your mail folders by Sunday, January 13. Anything remaining in the folders will be discarded afterthat date.

                                               

Maine National Guard Family Readiness Group Fund Raiser

Submitted by Larry Tonzi

    Think about this:  1% of Americans eagerly accept 100% of the burden to protect the freedoms we enjoy. The Maine National Guard Family Readiness Group’s main purpose is to support the families of soldiers who are deployed. A major activity is a party for the children at Christmas and on the Fourth of July.

    The Wild Katahdin Trust Snow Run/Walk will be held Saturday, February 16, with all proceeds going toward this group. Registration will be at the Millar  Civic Center in Houlton from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The fee is $12.00 (American or Canadian). Dress warmly.  

    Barb and I are well into the preparations for the run but could use your help as follows: 

                                      --  road guards,

                                      --  timers,

                                      --  finish line help,

                                      --  photographer,

                                      --  and small door prizes.

     If anyone wants to help, I will need to teach them their role. You are invited to run, too.

    This is our one small gift for the sacrifices made by our soldiers AND their families so we can bask in the freedom they protect.

    I can be contacted at my email address tonzimaine@gmail.com or call 532-7548after 5:00 p.m. You can also see me after church services at coffee time.

 
 

                        January 2              Charlotte Currie

                        January 6              Barb Tonzi
                       
                        January 7              Sandy Karnes

                        January 10            James Coolong, Andrew Larson

                        January 11            Phyllis Ritchie

                        January 14            Mary Miller

                        January 15            Carl F. Hutchinson, Michael Matthews

                        January 16            Emma Sanders, Edna Karnes

                        January 21            Ellen Hogan, Justin Hogan

                        January 23            Julia Craigs

                        January 24            Sharon Wilde

                        January 28            Jack Tonzi

                        January 30            Elizabeth Howe

                        January 31            Robert Woods                                   

                                       
Happy Anniversary!

                         January 11         James & Ann Brown

                        

 If any information needs to be included or deleted from this list,

please email the church office at secretary@houltonumc.org or call532-3332.

 

UPCOMINGMEETINGS AND EVENTS

Church Office Closed:  Monday, December 31, and Tuesday, January 1.

United Methodist Women:  Saturday, January 5, at 10:00 a.m. in the parlor. All women are invited.

Worship Committee Meeting:  Wednesday, January 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Education Committee Meeting:  Thursday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m.

SPPRC Meeting:  Monday, January 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Trustees Meeting: Tuesday, January 15, at 6:30 p.m.

Ad. Council Meeting:  Thursday, January 17, at 6:30 p.m.

Finance Committee Meeting:  Monday, January 21, at 10:00 a.m.

      

  WEEKLY/MONTHLY EVENTS

Chancel Choir Rehearsals:
  Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

 Sunday Worship and Sunday School (grades pre-K – 6): 10:00 a.m.

Jeremiah’s Corner: Christian group for those affected by addictions. Jan. 7, at 6:30,

“Addiction…There is Hope” by Lynn Rush. Patten UMC. For information, call 528-2684.

The Houlton Cancer Prayer & Support Group: Houlton Regional Hospital. Ask at information desk for room number. Wednesday, January 2
(due to New Year’s Day holiday), 1:30-3 p.m.

SundayBible Study Part Two of the Book of Acts Bible study begins January 13.
Everyone is welcome to join. Sundays, 4:00 p.m. at the parsonage. Sign up in fellowship area.

Thursday GardinerNursing Home BibleStudy: resumes Jan. 10, at 2:00 p.m., led by Pastor Pat.

Children’s Arts & Crafts: Ages 8 & up. Monday-Thursday,  January 7-10, 3:00-4:30 p.m.,
(no classes on Fridays). See Jane Milton for more information.

Quiet Quilters: Fourth Thursday, 9 a.m. No experience needed. Bring small scissors & a sandwich.

                                                                                          ToKeep In Prayer
Jeanette Anderson, Christine Beaton, Joanne Esse, Esther Orr Faulkner, Marc Fuller, Patty Johnson, the Mike LaBlue family, Anita Lambert,
John Lane, Annie Lorrigan, Cole Lundquist, Mary Ann Lutz, Hannah Mooers, Jay Nadeau, Mike O’Hara, Lorraine Parker, John Porter,
Glen Tracy, Dr. Donald and Helen Woods, Dorothy Worthey.
Continued Healing:  Judy Adamowicz, Tessa Albert, Stan Ballard, Terry Brayall, Irene Burton, Dylan Campbell, Don Collins, Mary Cummings, Jeannie Cunliffe, Pam Davis, Grace Decker, Jean Decker, Steven DeWitt, George Erff, Delores Farrell, Norma Folsom, Jean Garcelon, Evelyn Goding,
Audrey Green, Timmy Green, David Green Jr., Mark Hemingway, Linnwood Hersey, Carol Howe, Jessica Hutchinson, Clarence Jones, Gil Karnes,
Dr. Stanley Konefal, David Long, Michael McCluskey, Toni-Lynn Miles, Janice Mooers, Sandi Petro, Irene Quinn, Jim Ritchie, Lawrence Sanders,
Marcia Simon, Lonai Slater, Angela Stiles, Danny Toby, Malana Webster, Zane Wetzel, Meadow Whittaker, Samantha Wortman, Donald Woods.
Gardiner Nursing Home:  Edna Karnes.
Madigan Estates:  Dorothy Adams, Althea Lloyd, Winifred Seiders.
Homebound:  Charlotte Currie, Lillian Currie. 
All those serving in the Armed Forces and their families at home
.

Please pray forall those families who have been affected by factory closings, especially inour area. 

Unsaved lovedones; all those battling hurts, habits, & hang-ups.
Prayer Chain:
  If you or someone you know is in need ofprayer intervention, please notify the prayer chain by calling Rhoda Veysey at532-6418.
For Prayer List changes,contact secretary@houltonumc.orgor call 532-3332.

 

Houlton United Methodist Church                                                                             

57 Military Street (corner of Military and School Streets)                                                                                                              

Houlton, ME 04730                                                                                         

(207) 532-3332                                                                                                                         

PASTOR:Rev. Patrice Goodwin

pastorpat@houltonumc.org

SECRETARY:Susan Lee

secretary@houltonumc.org

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9-noon

                                                                          ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                                                                                       The Flaming Times     December 2012

                Houlton United Methodist Church

By the power of God’s Holy Spirit, we are bridging the gap between young, old,
      the broken, the lost and Jesus Christ so that Christ’s love is experienced,
                      Christ’s teaching is understood and Christ’s healing is a reality.


 

Advent & Christmas at Houlton United Methodist Church

Everyone is welcome to attend!

--    Saturday, December 1: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. United Methodist Women’s

annual Christmas Bazaar including Grandma’s Attic and a chicken stew lunch (11:00 a.m. –12:30 p.m.)

--    Monday - Thursday, December 3 - 6, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, December 8: “God’s Crafters” after school arts and crafts program for children ages 8 and up.

--    Sundays, December 2, 9, 16, and 23: 10:00 a.m. Sunday of Advent worship services; Sundays of HOPE, PEACE, JOY, and LOVE.

--    Saturday, December 15, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Ham supper with all the fixings, hosted by the Men’s Club, to benefit the Christmas boxes program. $9/adult, $5/ages 12 and under.

--    Sunday, December 16, 10:00 a.m. Third Sunday of Advent worship service

--    Sunday, December 16, 2:00 p.m. Meet at the church for Christmas caroling in a horse-drawn wagon. A light supper will follow.

--    Sunday, December 23, 10:00 a.m. Fourth Sunday of Advent worship service and Children’s Program; the Sunday of LOVE.

--    Monday, December 24, 7:00 p.m. “Candlelight and Carols” Christmas Eve service.

--    Sunday, December 30, 10:00 a.m. Worship service

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

  December’s Share the Harvestis the Salvation Army’s Fuel Fund. Days and nights are getting colder as winter approaches. Please give generously to help those in our community who are having difficulty keeping their homes and families adequately warm.

Email saves stamps! If you have an email address on file at HUMC, your Flaming Times newsletter will be sent to you via email beginning with this issue. If you would like to add or change an email address, please contact the office.

The HUMC UMW will host their annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 1, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with a chicken stew lunch from 11:00 to 12:30. Come enjoy the bazaar and support your local UMW!


The Sunday, December 2, worship service will include the

                         ‘Hanging of the Greens.’

                     

HUMC Children’s Arts and Crafts Classes forages 8 and up, led by Jane Milton and Paul Porter. will meet daily Monday-Thursday, December 3-6, and Saturday, December 8. There will be a daily snack and fun activities. There is no fee, but a supply list will be given to the attendees. See Jane Milton for a permission slip.

The Houlton Cancer Prayer and Support Group will meet Tuesday, December 4, from 1:30-3:00 p.m.at the Houlton Regional Hospital. Ask at the information desk for the room number. Patients, caregivers, and concerned individuals are invited.

Please note:  The January meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 8, due to the New Year’s Day holiday.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Saturday, December 8,at the Oakfield Community Center Gym.
Donor hours are 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or 941-2900.
Walk-in donors are always welcome!

Ham Supper: A ham supper with all the fixings, hosted by the Men’s Club, will beheld on Saturday, December 15, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at HUMC to benefit the Christmas boxes program. The cost of the meal is $5 for age 12 and under, and $9 for over age 12. Come enjoy a great meal for a great cause!      

Jeremiah’s Corner, a Christian support group for those affected by addictions, invites you to experience a “Christmas Celebration of Music”with Chuck Loucka in concert, Monday, December 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Patten United Methodist Church. There will be a carol sing-a-long and a special birthday party downstairs. A love offering will be accepted. Everyone is invited. For information, call 528-2684.

 

                                                                                              TWELVE DAYS OF GRACE

A partridge in a pear tree… Jesus Christ, the Son of God

Two turtle doves… The Old and New Testaments

Three french hens… Faith, Hope and Charity, The Christian Virtues

Four calling birds… The four Gospels

Five golden rings… The first five books of the Old Testament, The Pentateuch

Six geese a-laying… Six days of creation

Seven swans a-swimming… The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit

Eight maids a-milking… The eight Beatitudes

Nine ladies dancing… The nine Fruit of the Holy Spirit

Ten lords a-leaping… The Ten Commandments

Eleven pipers piping… The eleven faithful apostles

Twelve drummers drumming… The twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed

~ Author Unknown ~

 

 

* * * * *     Christmas School Break is coming up!     *****

If you’ve got kids

(children,grandchildren, nieces, nephews…)

then you need HUMC’s
VEGGIETALES DVD LENDING LIBRARY!

 

If you like to talk to tomatoes…if asquash can make you smile,

If you like to waltz with potatoes…upand down the produce aisle...

Have we got some DVDs for you!

 

 

The VeggieTales DVDs in this 30-DVD collection are Bible-centered and include activities for children and their parents in addition to the shows children love. They are available in the church office Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until noon.You may sign out one DVD at a time for one week. Please make sure to complete the sign-out sheet. Enjoy!

               


Happy Birthday!

                                December5         Emily Gendron

                                December 6         Eric Richards
                                December 9         Anna Hogan

                                December 10       David Hutchinson

                                December14       Daniel Cottle

                                December17       Brenda Richards
                                                             Heather Gomm

                                December 21        Bill Collins

                                December24       Dawn Matthews

                                December26       Alexandra Tonzi
                                                             Susan Richards

                                                            Donald Brushett, MD

                                December 27       Ann Brown

                                December 28       Lori Stiles
                                                             Rhonda Foss

                                December30       David Brushett

                                                                                                           

Happy Anniversary!

                               December 30        Mary Miller & MikeSwallow

                        

 If anyinformation needs to be included or deleted from this list,

please email the church office at secretary@houltonumc.orgor call 532-3332.

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS

United Methodist Women Christmas Bazaar:  Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chicken stew lunch from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Worship Committee Meeting:  This meeting has been cancelled.

SPPRCMeeting:  Monday, December 10, at 6:30 p.m.

Church Office Closed:  The secretary will be out of the office December13, 24, 25, 31, and January 1.

Education Committee Meeting:  Thursday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m.

Finance Committee Meeting:  Monday, December 17, at 10:00 a.m.

Trustees Meeting: Tuesday, December 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Ad. Council Meeting:  Thursday, December 20, at 6:30 p.m.

      

  WEEKLY/MONTHLY EVENTS

Chancel Choir Rehearsals
Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

 Sunday Worship and Sunday School (grades pre-K – 6):  10:00 a.m.

Jeremiah’s Corner: Christian group for those affectedby addictions. Mon., Dec. 17, 6:30,

Christmas Concert with Chuck Loucka at Patten UMC. For information, call 528-2684.

The Houlton Cancer Prayer & Support Group: Houlton Regional Hospital. Ask at information desk for room number.
Tues., Dec. 4, (first Tues./mo.) 1:30-3 p.m. Next meeting: Tuesday, January 8.

Sunday Bible Study Part Two of the Book of Acts Bible study begins in January.
Everyone is welcome to join. Sundays, 4:00 p.m. at the parsonage. Watch for more information!

Thursday Bible StudyGardiner Nursing Home, weekly at 2:00 p.m., led by Pastor Pat.

Children’s Arts & Crafts: Ages 8 & up. Monday-Thursday, December 3-6, 3:00-4:30 p.m.,
and Saturday, December 8. See Jane Milton for more information.

Quiet Quilters: FourthThursday, 9 a.m. No experience needed. Bring small scissors & a sandwich.

 

                                                                                          To Keep In Prayer

Jeanette Anderson, Christine Beaton, Joanne Esse, Esther Orr Faulkner, Marc Fuller, Patty Johnson, the Mike LaBlue family, Anita Lambert,
John Lane, Annie Lorrigan, Cole Lundquist, Mary Ann Lutz, Hannah Mooers, Jay Nadeau, Mike O’Hara, Lorraine Parker, John Porter,
Glen Tracy, Warren Tweedie, Dr. Donald and Helen Woods, Dorothy Worthey.
Continued Healing:  Judy Adamowicz, Tessa Albert, Stan Ballard, Terry Brayall, Irene Burton, Dylan Campbell, Don Collins, Mary Cummings, Jeannie Cunliffe, Pam Davis, Grace Decker, Jean Decker, Steven DeWitt, George Erff, Delores Farrell, Norma Folsom, Jean Garcelon, Evelyn Goding,
Audrey Green, Timmy Green, David Green Jr., Mark Hemingway, Linnwood Hersey, Carol Howe, Jessica Hutchinson, Clarence Jones, Gil Karnes,
Dr. Stanley Konefal, David Long, Michael McCluskey, Toni-Lynn Miles, Janice Mooers, Sandi Petro, Irene Quinn, Jim Ritchie, Odessa Rogers,
Lawrence Sanders, Marcia Simon, Lonai Slater, Angela Stiles, Danny Toby, Malana Webster, Zane Wetzel, Meadow Whittaker, Samantha Wortman,
Donald Woods.
Gardiner Nursing Home:  Edna Karnes, Zella MacDonald.
Madigan Estates:  Dorothy Adams, Theresa Cameron, Althea Lloyd,Winifred Seiders.
Homebound:  Charlotte Currie, Lillian Currie. 
All those serving in the Armed Forces and their families at home
.

Please pray forall those families who have been affected by factory closings, especially inour area. 

Unsaved loved ones; all those battling hurts, habits, & hang-ups.
Prayer Chain:
  If you orsomeone you know is in need of prayer intervention, please notify the prayerchain by calling Rhoda Veysey at 532-6418.
For Prayer List changes,
contact secretary@houltonumc.org or call 532-3332.                                      

 

 

Houlton United Methodist Church                                                                             

57 Military Street (corner of Military and School Streets)                                                                                                              

Houlton, ME 04730                                                                                         

(207) 532-3332                                                                                                                         

PASTOR:Rev. Patrice Goodwin

pastorpat@houltonumc.org

SECRETARY:Susan Lee

secretary@houltonumc.org

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9-noon

 

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                                                                                 The Flaming Times     November 2012

          Houlton United Methodist Church

By the power of God’s Holy Spirit, we are bridging the gap between young, old,
the broken, the lost and Jesus Christ so that Christ’s love is experienced,
 Christ’s teaching is understood and Christ’s healing is a reality.


Dear HUMC Family,

    Autumn is a beautiful season in New England.  The colors of the leaves against the blue sky remind us of the creativity of the God we serve.  One of the features of fall in the north is the sight of flocks of geese coming into formation in preparation for the long journey south.  Though sometimes we may belittle geese by using the term “silly goose,” the reality is that geese have a God-given wisdom that we would do well to emulate.  It is not surprising that we can look to God's creatures as example of how we as humans can live together.

    I've seen various versions of these"Lessons Learned from Geese."  I just want to share a few of them with you.  These facts about geese can serve as lessons for those of us who have "ears to hear."

    As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an "uplift" for the birds that follow.  By flying in a"V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each flew alone.  The obvious lesson for us in the church is that we need each other.  We can do much more for Christ when we seek to serve in community than when we try to go it alone.

    When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone.  It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird ahead of it.  We were created by God to live in relationship with God and others.   We abandon those relationships at our own peril.

    When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.  Shared leadership is the way to go. 

    When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it.  They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again.  Then they launch out with another formation to catch up with the flock.  We need to follow the example of the geese and care for one another in times of trouble. In Romans we are told to "rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep."

    The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.  They honk to encourage.  We need to make sure that we are always honking to encourage and not simply to criticize or find fault.  Like Barnabas in the book of Acts, we are called to be "sons and daughters of encouragement."  

    Finally, on another note, I would like to remind you that one of the ways that our congregation wants to minister to the needs of our seniors is to make the church van available for seniors who need transportation for shopping or appointments.  To make arrangements for this, you are encouraged to call Mr. Phil Hutchinson at757-7707.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Pat

 

  November’s Share the Harvestis the Salvation Army’s Fuel Fund. Days and nights are getting colder as winter approaches. Please give generously to help those in our community who are having difficulty keeping their homes and families adequately warm.

 

                                                          HUMC Van Ministry:  Any HUMC member without transportation to church, or any senior member without transporation to medical appointments (including Presque Isle, but not beyond) or necessary grocery shopping, please contact Phil Hutchinson at 757-7707 to arrange transportation using the HUMC van.

 

Megan Leavitt, Joyce Tingley’s granddaughter, wishes to thank you for your generosity. During her recent eyeglasses drive, 58 pairs of used eyeglasses and reading glasses were donated for the Kuna people of Panama. You have literally ‘brightened’ someone’s world!

                     

  HUMC Children’s Artsand Crafts Classes forages 8 and up, led by Jane Milton and Paul Porter. will meet daily Monday-Thursday, November 26-29, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 1. The December classes will be Monday-Thursday, December 3-6, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, December 8. There willbe a daily snack, sewing, knitting, crocheting, carpentry, fly-tying, and more. Classes are held through May. There is no fee, but a supply list will be given to the attendees. See Jane Milton for a permission slip.

 

Using email saves on stamps! If you havean email address on file with the church office, your “Flaming Times” newsletter will be sent to you via email beginning with the December issue. If you would like to add or change an email address, please contact the office at 532-3332, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – noon. Let the office know if you have any problem opening the attachment. 

Do you have any coats, jackets, or other winter accessories you no longer need? There are many who could use them! Please bring any clean, gently used items to HUMC by Sunday, November 11. They will be donated to the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church for their Winter Giveaway on Saturday, November 17.

COMING UP IN 

Sundays at 4:00 p.m. (new time) – An on-going Bible study on the Book of Acts meets at the parsonage.  All are welcome toattend.

Saturday, November 3: Remember to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed. Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 4, at 2:00 a.m.

Come enjoy the “HeavenlyHoe-down” during the November 4th Sunday service!

Kindred Harps Concert: The Kindred Harps will hold a free concert at HUMC on Sunday, November 4, at 3:30 p.m., to promote their CD entitled “All Creatures…” with all profits benefitting Animal Ark and the Houlton Humane Society. CDs will be availablefor purchase. A basket will also be available for donations.

Jeremiah’s Corner, a Christian support group for those affected by addictions, will meet Monday, November 5, (first Monday of the month) at 6:30 p.m. at the Patten UMC Fellowship Hall. Guest speaker Dave Tuttle will share his personal testimony and information on Celebrate Recovery and Resting Arms Ministry. Music by Benita and Friends. There will be coffee and fellowship. Everyone is invited. For information, call 528-2684.

The Houlton Cancer Prayer and Support Group will meet Tuesday, November 6, from 1:30-3:00 p.m.at the Houlton Regional Hospital. Ask at the information desk for the room number. Patients, caregivers, and concerned individuals are invited.

Sunday, November 11:  HUMC’s2012 Charge Conference will be held at noon. (SPPRC members will meet at 9:00 a.m.)

The 2012 School of Congregational Development will meet on November 16 and 17 in Lexington, Massachusetts. For information on $25 and $50 scholarships, visit www.newenglandschool.org.

Sunday, November 18: The UMC Cluster will host a Thanksgiving service open to the public at Grant Memorial UMC at 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 20:  Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Military Street, Houlton.

Sunday, November 25: Join your HUMC church family at HUMC at 3:00 p.m. to make Christmas decorations for thechurch.

 


SAVE THESE DECEMBER DATES!

The HUMC United Methodist Women will host their annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 1, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with a chicken stew lunch from 11:00 to 12:30. Come enjoy the bazaar and support your local UMW!


The Sunday, December 2, worship service will include the ‘Hanging of the Greens.’

Ham Supper to Benefit ‘Backpacks for Kids’ Program:  A ham supper with all the fixings will be held on Saturday, December 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.at HUMC to benefit ‘Backpacks for Kids.’ The cost of the meal is $5 for age 12and under, and $9 for over age 12. Everyone is welcome to come enjoy a great meal for a great cause!      

              

           You are invited to the “Candlelight & Carols”
     Christmas Eve service,
         Monday, December 24, at 7:00p.m.

    

 Happy Birthday!

                         November 1         Pete Howe, Jennifer Tonzi

                         November 2         Jessica Hutchinson, Madelene Anderson

                         November 4         Patty Crawford

                         November 6         Travis Hardy

                         November 7        Tessa Lilley

                         November 8         Marc Gendron

                         November 9         Evelyn Goding, Bob Trickey, Amy Russell

                         November 14       Gloria Jones

                         November 16       Nathanael Lilley

                         November 21       Mildred McIntosh, Allen Larson

                         November 22       Sara Tonzi

                         November 23       Don Collins

                        November 24       Lindsay Boutilier, Chet Husted, Chris Anderson

                        November 26       Larry Tonzi

                        November 28       John Goodwin                                                                      

           

                                                                                                        

Happy Anniversary!

                                                                                           November 4       Perry & Paula Lilley 

                                                                                           November 6       Bernard & Susan McMann

                                                                                           November 12     Chris & Liz Anderson

                                                                                           November 17      Mark & Lisa Hermann

                                                                                           November 24      David & Kathy Hutchinson                  

                        

 If any information needs to be included or deleted from this list,

please email the church office at secretary@houltonumc.org or call532-3332.


UPCOMINGMEETINGS AND EVENTS

United Methodist Women:  Saturday, November 3, at 10:00 a.m. in theparlor.

Daylight Saving Time ends:  Remember to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday night, Nov. 3

Heavenly Hoe-down:  Sunday, November 4, during the 10:00 a.m.service

Kindred Harps Concert:  Sunday, Nov. 4, 3:30 p.m., to benefit Animal Ark & Houlton Humane Society

Meeting Cancelled:  Worship Committee Meeting:  Wednesday, November 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Education Committee Meeting:  Thursday, November 8, at 6:30 p.m.

HUMC 2012 Charge Conference:  Saturday, November 11, at noon.
(SPPRC will meet with Rev. Dr. Pat MacHugh at 9:00 a.m.)

SPPRC Meeting:  Monday, November 12, at 6:30 p.m.

Finance Committee Meeting:  Thursday, November 15, at 10:00 a.m.

Ad. Council Meeting:  Thursday, November 15, at 6:30 p.m.

Trustees Meeting: Tuesday, November 20, at 6:30 p.m.

 'Church Family' Event:  Help make Christmas decorations for HUMC on Sunday, November 25, at 3:00 p.m.

      

  WEEKLY/MONTHLY EVENTS

Chancel ChoirRehearsals
Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

 Sunday Worship and Sunday School (grades pre-K – 6):  10:00 a.m.

Jeremiah’s Corner: a Christian group for those affected by addictions. Meets the first Monday of the month, Nov. 5,
at 6:30 p.m. at the Patten United Methodist Church. For more information, call 528-2684.

The Houlton Cancer Prayer & Support Group: meets at Houlton Regional Hospital.
Ask at information desk for room number. Tuesday, November 6, (first Tues./mo.) 1:30-3 p.m.

Sunday Bible Study:  The Book of Acts, Sundays at 4:00p.m. (new time) at the parsonage.

Thursday Bible Study: at Gardiner Nursing Home, 2:00 p.m., led by Pastor Pat.

Children’s Arts & Crafts: Ages 8 & up. Monday-Thursday,  Nov. 26-29, 3:00-4:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 1;
and Monday-Thursday, Dec. 3-6, 3:00-4:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 8

Quiet Quilters: Fourth Thursday, 9 a.m. No experience needed. Bring small scissors & a sandwich.

The Umbrella of Care dinner program has ended.

 

                                                                                                        

                                                                                                   ToKeep In Prayer


Jeanette Anderson, Christine Beaton, Joanne Esse, Esther Orr Faulkner, Marc Fuller, Patty Johnson, the Mike LaBlue family, Anita Lambert,
John Lane, Annie Lorrigan, Cole Lundquist, Mary Ann Lutz, Hannah Mooers, Jay Nadeau, MikeO’Hara, Lorraine Parker, John Porter, Glen Tracy, Warren Tweedie, Dr. Donald and Helen Woods, Dorothy Worthey.
Continued Healing:  Judy Adamowicz, Tessa Albert, Stan Ballard, Terry Brayall, Irene Burton, Dylan Campbell, Don Collins, Mary Cummings, Jeannie Cunliffe, Pam Davis, Grace Decker, Jean Decker, Steven DeWitt, George Erff, Delores Farrell, Norma Folsom, Jean Garcelon, Evelyn Goding,
Audrey Green, Timmy Green, David Green Jr., Mark Hemingway, Linnwood Hersey, Carol Howe, Jessica Hutchinson, Clarence Jones, Gil Karnes,
Dr. Stanley Konefal, David Long, Michael McCluskey, Toni-Lynn Miles, Janice Mooers, Sandi Petro, Irene Quinn, Jim Ritchie, Odessa Rogers,
Lawrence Sanders, Marcia Simon, Lonai Slater, Angela Stiles, Danny Toby, Malana Webster, Zane Wetzel, Meadow Whittaker, Samantha Wortman,
Donald Woods.
Gardiner Nursing Home:  Edna Karnes, Zella MacDonald.
Madigan Estates:  Dorothy Adams, Theresa Cameron, Althea Lloyd, Winifred Seiders.
Homebound:  Charlotte Currie, Lillian Currie. 
All those serving in the Armed Forces and their families at home
.

Please pray for all those families who have been affected by factory closings, especially in our area. 

Unsaved lovedones; all those battling hurts, habits, & hang-ups.

Prayer Chain:
  If you or someone you know is in need of prayer intervention, please notify the prayer chain by calling Rhoda Veysey at 532-6418.
For Prayer List changes, contact secretary@houltonumc.org or call 532-3332.

Houlton United Methodist Church                                                                             

57 Military Street (corner of Military and School Streets)                                                                                                              

Houlton, ME 04730                                                                                         

(207) 532-3332                                                                                                                         

PASTOR:Rev. Patrice Goodwin

pastorpat@houltonumc.org

SECRETARY:Susan Lee

secretary@houltonumc.org

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9-noon

 

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                                                                                         The Flaming Times     October 2012

 

                Houlton United Methodist Church

 

By the power of God’s Holy Spirit, we are bridging the gap between young, old,
      the broken, the lost and Jesus Christ so that Christ’s love is experienced,
                      Christ’s teaching is understood and Christ’s healing is a reality.

 

Dear HUMC Family,

Autumn is always a busy time in the life of the congregation.  I want to take this opportunity to remind you of some of the upcoming events.

       Sunday, October 7, is WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY.  We will be celebrating the sacrament of Holy Communion in solidarity with brother and sister Christians throughout the world.  As an expression of Christian love, each person will receive a loaf of bread which you will be asked to give to someone as a gesture of Christian love and caring.  Be thinking and praying about who you might share the loaf with.

       Sunday, October 14  You are invited to an AUTUMN OPEN HOUSE AT THE PARSONAGE from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Please be our guests and join us for a time of fellowship at our home at 28 School Street.

       Sunday, October 28 In celebration of Reformation Sunday, we will be observing ONE GREAT DAY OF SINGING.  We will be singing our “Top Ten” favorite hymns as determined by your voting on October 7, 14, and 21.

       Sunday, November 4, HEAVENLY HOE-DOWN.  We will be enjoying some great country music and celebrating the ministries of our congregation.  There will be an opportunity to make a financial commitment to the ministries of this church.


I hope that you will want to be part of these events and enjoy the fellowship of the community.  May God be with us as we seek His guidance for our future ministries. We can live out our faith with confidence, assured that we serve a faithful God.  When God guides, God will provide!

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Pat

 

                                                               From the Administrative Board -- Expansion of Our Van Ministry

     I am pleased to report that our church van has been transporting members to our worship services for several months.

    Thanks to the generosity of a growing number of people, financial support of this ministry is making it possible for us to expand the use of the van to include providing transportation to seniors within our church to doctors’ and other medical appointments should a need arise.

    On Tuesdays and Fridays, Phil Hutchinson has graciously volunteered to drive seniors to and from medical appointments. We will be able to transport seniors as far as Presque Isle for appointments.

    On Tuesdays and Fridays, our van will also be available to our seniors in the event an emergency need for food arises.

The generosity of some of our church members has made it possible for us to offer this service at no charge. Anyone using this service who may wish to make a donation to the van operation fund may do so; however,donations are not required.

    Any senior within our church wishing to use this service is encouraged to contact the church office at 532-3332, Mondays-Fridays, between 9 a.m. and noon.

    As you may also be aware, we are nearing the end of the first three months of service of our new pastor. God has blessed us by bringing Pastor Pat to our church. If you have not had the opportunity to attend our worship services recently, I pray that you will be able to do so soon. I am confident that once you have met Pastor Pat, you will want to visit our church often.

In His Service,

Jim Blois for the Administrative Board

 

HUMC Van Ministry  If any church member does not have a ride to church, please call the church office at 532-3332, 9:00 until noon,Monday - Friday.


Jeremiah’s Corner
, a Christian support group for those affected by addictions, will meet Monday, October 1, (firstMonday/month) at the Patten UMC Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. Claire Desrosiersfrom ASAP (Aroostook Substance Abuse Prevention) will present “Strategies to Prevent Teen Drug Abuse.” The St. Benedict’s Youth Group will present a shadow drama of the Stations of the Cross. There will be coffee and fellowship.Everyone is invited. For information: 528-2684.

New Location:  The Houlton Cancer Prayer and Support Group will meet Tuesday, October 2, from1:30-3:00 p.m. at the Houlton Regional Hospital. Ask at the information desk for the room number. Patients, caregivers, and concerned individuals are invited.

Found: pairs of eyeglasses and a lipstick. Call the church office if one of these items might be yours.


                                                                            October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Houlton area Hope and Justice Project (formerly the Battered Women’s Project) will host their annual vigil and a“Chalk It Up” event to remember victims of domestic violence Wednesday, October3, at 5:00 p.m. (rain date Thursday, October 4) in Market Square. Purple chalk will be available to draw peaceful, hopeful messages on the sidewalk. To learn more about Hope and Justice Project, call 532-4004.


October’s Share the Harvestwill bless Hope and Justice Project (formerly the Battered Women’s Project) as they help area men, women, and children affected by abuse and violence. The following items are especially needed. Thank you for your generosity and your prayers for Hope and Justice Project and the families they serve.

--Twin size sheets, quilts, comforters (regular/flannel)

--Towels (bath and kitchen)

--Diapers(all sizes, including Pull-Ups)

--Laundry detergent

                            --Disinfectant wipes

                           --Personal care items (shampoo, body wash, tooth paste, deodorant, etc.)

                           --Cleaning supplies

                          --Gift cards (grocery, Walmart, gas, phone)Sometimes families come to Hope and Justice Project with only the clothes on their backs and no money.  These gift cards allow them to get the necessities and some comfort items for the children.  Since Hope and Justice Project can only provide non-perishable food, grocery cards allow these families to buy meat, dairy products, and bread.

United Methodist Women:  During September, the UMW sent $1,342 in coupons for military familes in Italy and Germany andmailed 17 cards. 

All HUMC women are invited and encouraged to attend the following:
   --  The Northern Maine UMW Annual Meeting will be held Saturday, October 6, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Bangor First UMC. The cost is $15 at the door, which includes registration and lunch. For carpooling information, contact Barbara Kelley or Peggy Coolong     
  -- The regular HUMC UMW meeting will be held Saturday, October 13, at 10:00 a.m. in the parlor.


Everyone is invited to the Karnes’ camp
for hot dogs provided by the Men’s Group on Sunday, October 7. Meet at the church; we will all leave together at noon. If you’d like, bring a dish to share. After lunch, there will be a trip to Bible Point.

Forms and reports for the 2012 Charge Conference must be submitted to the church office no later than Friday, October 12 (no docx files, please). The Charge Conference will be held Sunday, November 11, at noon. Thank you for your prompt attention.

      

Turkey Supper to Benefit ‘Backpacks for Kids’ Program:  Edited:  The turkey supper, originally scheduled for Saturday, October 13, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.                

       

New Bible Study: A Bible study on the Book of Acts will begin on Sunday, October 21, at 6:00 p.m. at the parsonage.

                     

Children’s Arts and Crafts Classes:  HUMC offers monthly, week-long Arts and Crafts classes for children ages 8 and up, led by Jane Milton and Paul Porter.Classes will be held daily from Monday, October 22, to Friday, October 26, from3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (new time). There will be a daily snack, sewing, knitting,crocheting, carpentry, fly-tying, and more. Classes are held monthly through May. There is no fee, but a supply list will be given to the attendees. If your child is interested in joining the fun, see Jane Milton for a permission slip.

Special Music for Sunday Morning Services in October:  A chart at the rear of the sanctuary is available for anyone volunteering. Choir members (that is,anyone who likes to assist in leading the service music) will meet at 9:00 a.m.on Sundays to know the order of worship music. Feel free to join us. Feel free to offer a special number for any of the October dates.

The 2012 School of Congregational Development will meet on November 16 and 17, 2012, in Lexington, Massachusetts. The District Ministry Team has announced that scholarships will again be available in the amount of $25 and $50.  Visit www.newenglandschool.org for more information.

 

Happy Birthday!

                            October 1             Mary Cowperthwaite

                            October 2             Marcus Russell

                            October 5             Amanda Wilson Howe, Mark Hermann

                            October 6             Gerard York, Kaye Trickey

                            October 7             Bob Lyons

                            October 9             Adam Tonzi, Danny Milton,
                                                        Doug Hatfield

                            October 14           Amanda Brown

                            October 24           Lucas Anderson, Sarah Jones

                            October 25           Rachel Mead

                            October 27           Linda Husted, Marie Lynn

                            October 30           Elizabeth Anderson

                                                                                                                                         

Happy Anniversary!

                            October 16           Jim & Peg Coolong
                                                        Bob& Kaye Trickey

                            October 22           Carl& Patty Crawford

                                            

If any information needs to beincluded or deleted from this list,

please email the church office at secretary@houltonumc.org or call532-3332.

 

UPCOMINGMEETINGS AND EVENTS

Worship Committee Meeting:  Wednesday, October 3, at 6:30 p.m.

Trip to the Karnes’ camp:  Sunday, Oct. 7. Hot dog lunch, trip to BiblePoint. Leaving HUMC at noon.

Church Office Closed:  Monday, October 8, for the Columbus Dayholiday.

SPPRC Meeting:  Monday, October 8, at 6:30 p.m.

Education Committee Meeting:  Thursday, October 11, at 6:30 p.m.

United Methodist Women:  Saturday, October 13, at 10:00 a.m. in theparlor.

Turkey Supper for ‘Backpacks for Kids’:  cancelled.

Autumn Open House at the Parsonage:  Sunday, October 14, 3:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Trustees Meeting: Tuesday, October 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Finance Committee Meeting:  Thursday, October 18, at 10:00 a.m.

Ad. Council Meeting:  Thursday, October 18, at 6:30 p.m.

      

  WEEKLY/MONTHLY EVENTS

Chancel ChoirRehearsals:
  Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

 Sunday Worship and Sunday School (grades pre-K – 6):  10:00 a.m.

Jeremiah’s Corner: Christian group for those affected by addictions. Monday, Oct. 1. 528-2684.

The Houlton Cancer Prayer & Support Group: New location:  Houlton Regional Hospital. Ask at information desk for room number.
Tuesday, October 2,(first Tues./mo.) 1:30-3 p.m.

New BibleStudy The Book of Acts, Sundays starting Oct. 21, 6:00 p.m. at the parsonage.

Thursday Bible Study: Gardiner Nursing Home, 2:00 p.m., led by Pastor Pat.

Children’s Arts & Crafts: Ages 8 & up. Monday-Friday,  Oct. 22-26, new time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Quiet Quilters: Fourth Thursday, 9 a.m. No experience needed. Bring small scissors & a sandwich.

Free Umbrella of Care Dinner: Last Sunday of the month (10/28) at 4:30 p.m., Houlton Rec. Center, 128 Main Street,
on the corner of Main and Summer Streets. Everyone is welcome to attend.

                                                                                          To Keep In Prayer

Jeanette Anderson, Christine Beaton, Joanne Esse, Esther Orr Faulkner, Marc Fuller, Patty Johnson, the Mike LaBlue family, Anita Lambert,
John Lane, Annie Lorrigan, Cole Lundquist, Mary Ann Lutz, Hannah Mooers, Jay Nadeau, Mike O’Hara, Lorraine Parker, John Porter, 
Glen Tracy, Warren Tweedie, Dr. Donald and Helen Woods, Dorothy Worthey.
Continued Healing:  Judy Adamowicz, Tessa Albert, Stan Ballard, Terry Brayall, Irene Burton, Dylan Campbell, Don Collins, Mary Cummings, Jeannie Cunliffe, Pam Davis, Grace Decker, Jean Decker, Steven DeWitt, George Erff, Delores Farrell, Norma Folsom, Jean Garcelon, Evelyn Goding,
Audrey Green, Timmy Green, David Green Jr., Mark Hemingway, Linnwood Hersey, Carol Howe, Jessica Hutchinson, Clarence Jones, Gil Karnes,
Dr. Stanley Konefal, David Long, Michael McCluskey, Toni-Lynn Miles, Janice Mooers, Sandi Petro, Irene Quinn, Jim Ritchie, Odessa Rogers,
Lawrence Sanders, Marcia Simon, Lonai Slater, Angela Stiles, Danny Toby, Malana Webster, Zane Wetzel, Meadow Whittaker,
Samantha Wortman, Donald Woods.
Gardiner Nursing Home:  Edna Karnes.
Madigan Estates:  Dorothy Adams, Theresa Cameron, Althea Lloyd,Winifred Seiders, Dorothy Wilde.
Homebound:  Charlotte Currie, Lillian Currie, Zella MacDonald. 
All those serving in the Armed Forces and their families at home.
Please pray for all those families who have been affected by factory closings, especially inour area.
Unsaved loved ones; all those battling hurts, habits, & hang-ups.
Prayer Chain:
  If you or someone you know is in need of prayer intervention, please notify the prayer chain by calling Rhoda Veysey at 532-6418.
For Prayer List changes, contact secretary@houltonumc.org or call 532-3332.

 

Houlton United Methodist Church                                                                             

57 Military Street (corner of Military and School Streets)                                                                                                              

Houlton, ME 04730                                                                                         

(207) 532-3332                                                                                                                         

PASTOR:Rev. Patrice Goodwin

pastorpat@houltonumc.org

SECRETARY:Susan Lee

secretary@houltonumc.org

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9-noon

 

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                                                                                       The Flaming Times     September 2012

                Houlton United Methodist Church

By the power of God’s Holy Spirit, we are bridging the gap between young, old,
      the broken, the lost and Jesus Christ so that Christ’s love is experienced,
                      Christ’s teaching is understood and Christ’s healing is a reality.

 

A word from our pastor, Reverend Patrice Goodwin

 

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the long-awaited days of summer pass by.  It seems like we have hardly celebrated the Fourth of July when September is upon us.  It's time to leave the “lazy, hazy" days of summer behind and return to a more normal schedule.  I must say, though, that the days of summer have been anything but lazy around Houlton UMC.  Thanks to lots of time and effort on the part of lots of people, the lower level of the church building is getting back in shape.  Things are beginning to return to normal. 

We trust that everything will be ready for the 9th of September when Sunday School resumes.  We will be celebrating the beginning of the school year with the "Blessing of the Backpacks."  Please invite any children you know to come to Sunday School and bring their backpacks with them.  We want to let all our students know that we pray for, support, and encourage them as they begin a new school year.  We also want to pray for and support our college and non-traditional students and seek God's blessing for them.  Just as importantly, we want to pray for, recognize, and support all those who work with students, including teachers, administrators, aides, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and anyone else connected with education. 

Speaking of education, I hope you realize that we are all called to be disciples of Jesus Christ.  We are always to be in‘learning mode’ because that's what a disciple is -- a life-long learner. With that in mind, I will be starting a Sermon Series and Study beginning on September 16th.  It's called "The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations."  It is based on the work of Bishop Robert Schnase of the United Methodist Church.  During the sermon time we will view a brief DVD featuring Bishop Schnase, followed by the sermon.  After worship and a brief time of fellowship, anyone who would like is invited to come together fora more in-depth time of reflection and discussion.

I hope I have whetted your appetite and you are eager to learn what these so-called Five Practices are!  If you would like a sneak preview, you can go to www.fivepractices.org or you could simply think about your own experiences and try to guess!  In the meantime, would you pray with me?

"O God, as we enter a new season of ministry here at Houlton United Methodist Church, we pray that your Holy Spirit would guide and direct us and help us to use all the gifts and graces with which you have blessed us in mission and ministry for Jesus Christ.  We pray this in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen."


Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Pat

              
                                                     September’s “Share the Harvest”
is the Van Fund,
                                         a transportation ministry helping HUMC reach out to the Houlton area.



HUMC Van Ministry  If any church member does not have a ride to church, please call the church office at 532-3332, 9:00 until noon,Monday - Friday.

The 2012 School of Congregational Development will meet on November 16 and 17, 2012, in Lexington, Massachusetts. The District Ministry Team has announced that scholarships will again be available in the amount of $25 and $50.  Visit www.newenglandschool.org for more information.

The Friends of Aroostook grow food that feeds the needy. To donate a couple of hours of your time to help harvest crops that might otherwise go to waste, email friendsofaroostook@yahoo.com or call the Aroostook Agency on Aging at 1-800-439-1789 or 764-3396.


Thursday Bible Study:
  Pastor Pat will lead the Thursday Bible Study at Gardiner Nursing Home when it resumes on September 13 at a new time of 2:00p.m.

In a partial August total, the UMW has sent $594.00 in coupons to Japan and $581.40 to Germany for military families. Also, 24 cards have been sent to members and associates of our congregation.

The next UMW meeting will be Saturday, September 8, at 10:00a.m. in the parlor. All HUMC women are invited to attend.

Jeremiah’s Corner, a Christian support group for those affected by addictions, will not meet in September. For more information about this group, call 528-2684.

You can save lives! There will be an American Red Cross blood drive at Houlton Regional Hospital on Tuesday, September 4, from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m.

  

The Houlton Cancer Prayer and Support Group will meet Tuesday, September 4, from 1:30-3:00p.m. Patients, caregivers, and concerned individuals are invited to attend.


Sunday, September 9, is a Special Day for HUMC Children and Parents!

                Children and their parents are invited to a continental breakfast at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, September 9,
                         followed by a Blessing of the Backpacks and the School Year during the 10:00 service.
                                            Remember to bring your backpacks to church on September 9!

                   Sunday School for Pre-K through Grade 6 will resume on September 9 during the 10:00 service.


Do you have mail?
Please check your mail folder. Any items left in your folder after Sunday, September 9, will be discarded.


                                                        Please pray for the families, friends, and loved ones of the victims of September 11, 2001.



Children’s Arts and Crafts Classes to Begin at HUMC

                     

Monthly, week-long Arts and Crafts classes will be offered at HUMC for children ages 8 and up by Jane Milton and Paul Porter. The first week of classes will be held from Monday, September 17, to Friday, September21, during the hours of 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. daily. There will be opportunities for sewing, knitting, crocheting, carpentry, fly-tying, and more. An after-school snack will be provided each day.

Classes will be held each month from September through May.There is no fee, but there will be a supply list given to the attendees. If your child is interested in joining the fun, see Jane Milton for a permission slip.

  

Roast Pork Supper: The HUMC Men’s Group will host a roast pork supper with all the trimmings on Saturday, September 22, from 4:30to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $4 for ages 12 and under, and $8 over age 12. Come enjoy great food and great fellowship!

Walk for Life! The Pregnancy Care Center of Aroostook has combined the Presque Isle and Houlton Walk for Life events and will hold the 2012 Walk in Houlton on Sunday, September 23, at the Greater Houlton Christian Academy, located at 27 School Street. Registration will beheld from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., with the walk beginning at 3:30. During the registration time, there will be a bounce house (weather permitting), a lemonade stand, cotton candy, popcorn, games for the kids, and the live band‘Common Ground.’ If you would like a sponsor pledge form, please contact the church office at 532-3332.

Found: an assortment of eyeglasses and a lipstick. Call the church office if one of these items might be yours. 

 

 

Happy Birthday!

                            September 2                Janice Cottle

                            September 4                John Carter Cumming

                            September 6                Nicole Hutchinson

                            September 9                Helen Hagan

                            September 10              Joe Husted

                            September 13              Barbara Kelley

                            September 22             Timothy Wilde, Alexander Wilde

                            September 23              Sarah Howe

                            September 24              Ethel Brushett

                            September 26              Glynn Porter

                            September 28              Harold Lycette, Alixandria Bell                                                        

                            September 30              Eben Thompson

                               

                                                                               

Happy Anniversary!

                            September 7               Charles & Aileen Smith

                            September 8                Travis &Karen Hardy

                            September 15              Danny & Jane Milton

                           September 21              Robert & Jo-Ann Barton

                          September 23               Joe & Heather Fagnant

If any information needs to be included or deleted from this list,

please email the church office at secretary@houltonumc.org or call532-3332.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Church Office Closed:  Monday, September 3, for the Labor Day holiday.

Worship Committee Meeting:  Wednesday, September 5, at 6:30 p.m.

United Methodist Women:  Saturday, September 8, at 10:00 a.m. in theparlor.

Children and Parents:  Sunday, September 9, continental breakfast at9:15 a.m., followed by the ‘Blessing of the Backpacks & School Year’
during service. Sunday School resumes, Pre-K - Grade 6.

SPPRC Meeting:  Monday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m.

Education Committee Meeting:  Thursday, September 13, at 6:30 p.m.

Children’s Arts & Crafts:  Monthly, week-long classes for ages 8 & up.Monday through Friday, September 17 through 21, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
See Jane Milton for a permission slip.

Trustees Meeting: Tuesday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Finance Committee Meeting:  Thursday, September 20, at 10:00 a.m.

Ad. Council Meeting: (Now on the third Thursday of the month) Thursday, September 20, at 6:30 p.m.

Roast Pork Supper:  Saturday, September 22, 4:30-6:30 p.m. $4/12& under; $8/over age 12.

      

  WEEKLY/MONTHLY EVENTS

  Sunday Worship10 a.m. year-round

Sunday School (grades pre-K – 6): Resumes Sunday, September 9, during the 10 a.m. service.

Jeremiah’s Corner: Christian group for those affected by addictions. No Sept. meeting. 528-2684.

The Houlton Cancer Prayer & Support Group: Tuesday, Sept. 4, (first Tues./mo.) 1:30 p.m. HUMC

Quiet Quilters: Fourth Thursday, 9 a.m. No experience needed. Bring small scissors & a sandwich.

Thursday Bible StudyGardiner Nursing Home, begins Sept. 13 at 2:00 p.m., led by Pastor Pat.

Free Umbrella of Care Dinner: Last Sunday of the month (9/30) at4:30 p.m., Houlton Rec. Center, 128 Main Street,
on the corner of Main and Summer Streets. Everyone is welcome to attend.

                                                                                          To Keep In Prayer

Jeanette Anderson, Christine Beaton, Maureen Bird, Joanne Esse, Esther Orr Faulkner, Marc Fuller, Patty Johnson, the Mike LaBlue family,
Anita Lambert, John Lane, Annie Lorrigan, Cole Lundquist, Mary Ann Lutz, Hannah Mooers, Jay Nadeau, Mike O’Hara, Lorraine Parker,
John Porter, Glen Tracy, Warren Tweedie, Dr. Donald and Helen Woods, Dorothy Worthey.

Continued Healing:  Judy Adamowicz, Tessa Albert, Stan Ballard, Terry Brayall, Irene Burton, Dylan Campbell, Don Collins, Mary Cummings,
Jeannie Cunliffe, Pam Davis, Grace Decker, Jean Decker, Steven DeWitt, George Erff, Delores Farrell, Norma Folsom, Jean Garcelon, Evelyn Goding,
Audrey Green, Timmy Green, David Green Jr., Mark Hemingway, Linnwood Hersey, Carol Howe, Jessica Hutchinson, Clarence Jones, Gil Karnes,
Pat (Spellman) Kinney, Dr. Stanley Konefal, David Long, Michael McCluskey, Toni-Lynn Miles, Janice Mooers, Mike O’Hara, Sandi Petro, Irene Quinn,
Jim Ritchie, Odessa Rogers, Lawrence Sanders, Marcia Simon, Lonai Slater, Angela Stiles, Danny Toby, Joel Trickey, Malana Webster, Zane Wetzel,
Meadow Whittaker, Samantha Wortman, Donald Woods.

Gardiner Nursing Home:  Edna Karnes.
Madigan Estates:  Dorothy Adams, Theresa Cameron, Althea Lloyd, Winifred Seiders, Dorothy Wilde.
Homebound:  Charlotte Currie, Lillian Currie, Zella MacDonald. 
All those serving in the Armed Forcesand their families at home.

Please pray forall those families who have been affected by factory closings, especially inour area. 

Unsaved lovedones; all those battling hurts, habits, & hang-ups.
Prayer Chain:
  If you or someone you know is in need of prayer intervention, please notify the prayer chain by calling Rhoda Veysey at532-6418.
For Prayer List changes,contact secretary@houltonumc.orgor call 532-3332.

 

    Drive carefully!
      School is in session.

  

The Flaming Times – September 2012

Houlton UnitedMethodist Church                                                                             

57 Military Street(corner of Military and School Streets)                                                                                                              

Houlton, ME 04730                                                                                         

(207) 532-3332                                                                                                                         

PASTOR:Rev. Patrice Goodwin

pastorpat@houltonumc.org

SECRETARY:Susan Lee

secretary@houltonumc.org

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9-noon                                             


 

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                                                                                      The Flaming Times     August 2012

                Houlton United Methodist Church

By the power of God’s Holy Spirit, we are bridging the gap between young, old,
      the broken, the lost and Jesus Christ so that Christ’s love is experienced,
                      Christ’s teaching is understood and Christ’s healing is a reality.

 

A word from our pastor, Reverend Patrice Goodwin

 

    "The gifts He gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and
teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ.”  Ephesians 4: 11 - 12

As a pastor and teacher within Christ's church, I take these words of Paul in his letter to the Ephesians very seriously. He's reminding the church that it is the role of the pastors and teachers in the church to be about the business of body building.  We are called to be those who build up the Body of Christ by equipping the saints for the work of ministry.  Notice the phrase there: "to equip the saints for the work of ministry."  Now you might be tempted to think that you are not a saint.  It's a word we often think of as applying to someone else - someone different from us, someone who lived long ago, lived a perfect life, and belongs on a stained glass window.  We might be tempted to think that there is no way the scripture is talking about us when it speaks of saints.  We might feel relieved at that.  But the reality is this:  by virtue of being followers of Jesus Christ, we are saints!  It's as simple as that! This scripture reminds us that it is the purpose of saints to be about the work of ministry. 

It also gives a job description for pastors and teachers.  We are to be those who "equip the saints for the work of ministry" so that the body of Christ might be built up. This can be done in many ways - through preaching the Word, teaching the Bible, offering words of encouragement, and challenge and opportunities to serve Christ in ways that are suited to the spiritual gifts of individuals and groups.  The work of ministry rightly belongs to the saints.  In other words, the work of ministry rightly belongs to the laity - men and women, boys and girls who have heard and responded to the call of Christ on their lives.  If you are a follower of Jesus, you have a call to ministry. It is the job of the pastor to help and guide (equip) you to find and embrace your own spiritual gifts and the ministry that God has for you.

We are a gifted people to whom Christ has offered the joy of partnership in the gospel.  I'm happy to be called the "minister" of this congregation.  Just remember that you, too, are called to be a minister of Jesus Christ and to serve Christ in the world.  Let us pray that God's Holy Spirit will enable us to serve in partnership with Christ and one another.


In the Love of Christ, 
Pastor Pat                              
                                          

                August’s “Share the Harvest” is the Van Fund, a transportation ministry helpingHUMC reach out to the Houlton area.

HUMC Van Ministry  If any church member does not have aride to church, please call the church office at 532-3332, 9:00 until noon,Monday - Friday.

Summer Music: If you would like to sing a song or play an instrument, please sign upfor one or more Sundays in the vestry.

The 2012 School of Congregational Development will meet on November 16 and 17, 2012, in Lexington, Massachusetts. The District Ministry Team has announced that scholarships will again be available in the amount of $25 and $50.  Visit www.newenglandschool.org for more information.



The Friends of Aroostook grow food that feeds the needy. If you would like to donate a couple of hours of your time to help harvest crops that might otherwise go to waste, call the Aroostook Agency on Aging at 1-800-439-1789 or 764-3396 or send an email to friendsofaroostook@yahoo.com.


From the HUMC Lending Library

    The Death of Josseline, by Margaret Regan, is a new book in our church library that depicts illegal immigration stories from the Arizona border with Mexico.  The death of this 14-year old girl is especially tragic.  However, the reader wonders how these illegals can raise hundreds of dollars to pay a stranger to "guide" them supposedly to safety.  Even the names of these "guides"should be suspect: "coyotes."

     Recommended by the UMW reading program under the ‘nurturing for community’  category, this author mimics many liberal writers in the unsublte blame on the U.S. policies for the problems on this border while casually mentioning the heavy burdens placed on many humanitarian agencies in the American cities and countryside closest to the border.  Whatever one's outlook on illegal immigration, this book is an easy read on a current topic.


 

Congratulations to Mrs. Phyllis Nelder, who will reach her 100th birthday on
August 5, 2012!  Mrs. Nelder is a former member of HUMC, where she was active with the Sunday School and the young people of the church. She is also the sister-in-law of Mrs. Mildred McIntosh. If you would like to send Mrs. Nelder a birthday card, her address is:

Mrs. Phyllis Nelder
Mount Pleasant Home
301 South Huntington Ave.
                                                                               Jamaica Plain, MA  02130




                        Dear Pastor Pat and all of my church family,
                                                            I can’t find words to express all the kindness shown to me in the past weeks. Thanks so much for the prayers, visits, cards, phone calls, and food. I miss you all and hope to be back in church soon.
                 
                                                     With love, Shirley Ward

 

 

Please remember Jeannie Cunliffe in your prayers. She is recovering from injuries sustained in an accident in July.If you would like to send her a note of encouragement, her address is:

Jeannie Cunliffe

P.O. Box 23

                    Smyrna  ME 04780                   

 

 

Change of Plans forVacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School will not be held this summer
due to the on-going renovation of the dining area.

                              


                                                                                        News from the United Methodist Women

Many thanks from the UMW to the consistent coupon clippers who neatly cut coupons (only 1 month expired) and send them to church. This helps the sorters, counters, and senders tremendously. Special thanks to individuals who cut their own inserts. The UMW will continue this mission through December, 2012.

             
               June coupons to Italy and Germany:                                  $1,001.00

              July (sofar) to Turkey, UK, Italy, Germany, and Japan:     $4,676.35

        The UMW also sent 20 cards to people associated with our church. They also received a “thank you” from Cody Woods for his graduation quilt and from Warren Tweedie for our donation to his expenses in treatment for cancer.

        The UMW met in May to discuss the farewell reception for Pastor Naomi to take place on June 2nd. The reception was well-attended, and the UMW ladies did an excellent job providing their wonderful food. On June 3rd, the UMW served coffee and desserts after the service, and this also was well-attended.

       The new drapes were hung in the parlor,and we owe special thanks to Paul and Glynn Porter. On June 9th, the UMW held their annual indoor yard sale.

       Due to the needed repairs to our church, we, unfortunately, had to postpone the welcoming reception for Pastor Pat. Hopefully, we will be able to do a special welcome very soon.

       Several UMW members also assisted with the cleaning of the parsonage prior to Pastor Pat’s arrival.

 

 

Happy Birthday!

                                       August1             Rev. Don Brushett

                                       August2             Steven Karnes

                                       August4             Margaret Anne Richards

                                      August 8              Tiffany Karnes

                                       August9             Karen Beaulieu

                                       August10           Brielle Boutilier

                                       August11           Kathy McLaughlin

                                       August14          Brandon Boutilier

                                      August16           Roman Karnes

                                      August 18           Rhoda Veysey

                                      August 19           Shirley Ward, Jacob Jones,

                                                                Brian McMann, Samuel Liley

                                      August 22           Gerald Karnes, Formann Swallow,

                                                                 Chalmer Karnes

                                      August 28           Leitha Karnes

                                      August 30           Dick York

                                                                                    

Happy Anniversary!

                                       August8             Lindsay & Laurie Boutilier,

                                                                James& Deborah Cumming

                                      August20           Karl & Lisa Woods

                                      August 22           Robert & Angela Cowperthwaite

                                                                Donald& Marion Collins

                                                     

If any information needs to be included or deleted from this list,

please email the church office at secretary@houltonumc.org or call532-3332.



UPCOMINGMEETINGS


Worship Committee Meeting:  Wednesday, August 1, at 6:30 p.m.

Education Committee Meeting:  Thursday, August 9, at 6:30 p.m.

SPPRC Meeting:  Monday, August 13, at 6:30 p.m.

Finance Committee Meeting:  Thursday, August 16, at 10:00 a.m.

Ad. Council Meeting:  Monday, August 20, at 6:30 p.m.

Trustees Meeting: Tuesday, August 21, at 6:30 p.m.

There will be no UMW meeting in August.

      

  WEEKLY/MONTHLY EVENTS

  Sunday Worship10 a.m. year-round

Sunday School (grades pre-K – 8): Will resume in the fall, Sundays at 10 a.m.

Jeremiah’s Corner: Christian support group for those affected by addictions.

There will be no meetings in August or September. For more information, call 528-2684.

The Houlton Cancer Prayer & Support Group: Tuesday, August 7, (first Tues./mo.) 1:30 p.m. HUMC

Quiet Quilters: FourthThursday, 9 a.m. No experience needed. Bring small scissors & a sandwich.

Thursday Bible StudyThe study at Gardiner Nursing Home will resume in the fall.

Free Umbrella of Care Dinner: Last Sunday of the month (8/26) at4:30 p.m., Houlton Rec. Center, 128 Main Street, on the corner of Main and Summer Streets. Everyone is welcome to attend.


                                                                                          To Keep In Prayer

Jeanette Anderson, Christine Beaton, Maureen Bird, Joanne Esse, Esther Orr Faulkner, Marc Fuller, Patty Johnson, the Mike LaBlue family, Anita Lambert, John Lane, Annie Lorrigan, Cole Lundquist, Mary Ann Lutz, Hannah Mooers, Jay Nadeau, Mike O’Hara, Lorraine Parker, John Porter, Glen Tracy, Warren Tweedie, Dr. Donald and Helen Woods, Dorothy Worthey.

Continued Healing:  Judy Adamowicz, Tessa Albert, Stan Ballard,Terry Brayall, Irene Burton, Dylan Campbell, Don Collins, Mary Cummings, Jeannie Cunliffe, Pam Davis, Grace Decker, Jean Decker, Steven DeWitt, George Erff, Delores Farrell, Norma Folsom, Jean Garcelon, Evelyn Goding, Audrey Green, Timmy Green, David Green Jr., Mark Hemingway, Linnwood Hersey, Carol Howe, Jessica Hutchinson, Clarence Jones, Gil Karnes, Pat (Spellman) Kinney,
Dr. Stanley Konefal, David Long, Michael McCluskey, Toni-Lynn Miles, Janice Mooers, Mike O’Hara, Sandi Petro, Irene Quinn, Jim Ritchie, Odessa Rogers, Lawrence Sanders, Marcia Simon, Lonai Slater, Danny Toby, Joel Trickey, Malana Webster, Zane Wetzel, Meadow Whittaker, Samantha Wortman, Donald Woods.

Gardiner Nursing Home:  Edna Karnes.
Madigan Estates:  Dorothy Adams, Theresa Cameron, Althea Lloyd,Winifred Seiders, Dorothy Wilde.
Homebound:  Charlotte Currie, Lillian Currie, Zella MacDonald. 

All those serving in the Armed Forces and their families at home.

Please pray for all those families who have been affected by factory closings, especially in our area. 

Unsaved loved ones; all those battling hurts, habits, & hang-ups.

Prayer Chain:  If you or someone you know is in need ofprayer intervention, please notify the prayer chain by calling Rhoda Veysey at532-6418.

For Prayer List changes,contact secretary@houltonumc.orgor call 532-3332.

 

 


The Flaming Times – August 2012

Houlton United Methodist Church                                                                              

57 Military Street (corner of Military and School Streets)                                                                                                             

Houlton, ME 04730                                                                                         

(207) 532-3332                                                                                                                         

PASTOR:Rev. Patrice Goodwin

pastorpat@houltonumc.org

SECRETARY:Susan Lee

secretary@houltonumc.org

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9-noon


 

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The Flaming Times     July 2012

           Houlton United Methodist Church

By the power of God’s Holy Spirit, we are bridging the gap between young, old,
      the broken, the lost and Jesus Christ so that Christ’s love is experienced,
                      Christ’s teaching is understood and Christ’s healing is a reality.

 

A word from our new pastor, Reverend Patrice Goodwin


 

Dear Church Family,

By the time you read this, with God's help, we will have arrived safely in Houlton and will be busy unpacking and settling in.  Right now I am sitting here surrounded by boxes and bins containing all our worldly goods.  We have said our good-byes to the wonderful people in Vermont.  They graciously received us and are now sending us on in the love of Jesus.


We have received various responses when we tell folks that we are moving to Houlton, Maine.  My favorite was the enthusiastic response from the friend who lived in Houlton when her husband served the Congregational Church.  "Oh, Pat," she said, "you're going to love Houlton.  It's a great community!"   Some inquire exactly where in Maine Houlton is located and some comment about how much snow we will get in the winter.  This amuses me, especially when it comes from people who live in Northern Vermont!


A few people have mentioned that they cross the border at Houlton when they go to the Canadian Maritimes, and others say that they have hunted or fished in the region.  More than one person has had relatives or friends who were stationed at the Air Base in Limestone.


All of them are happy for us because they know that we have wanted to return to Maine.  One of the things that we have enjoyed most about living in Vermont is that we've had more family and friends come to visit here than anyplace else we have lived.  Since Vermont and Maine are both places that people want to visit, we are hopeful that this trend will continue.  We were pleased when we toured the HUMC parsonage to find that it is a large and inviting home.


As Elders in the United Methodist Church, my husband and I made a covenant to go wherever we are sent.  We are thankful to God that He has sent us to live among you in a place we would have chosen ourselves.  We look forward to being with you and working and living together.  We are praying that our ministry together will honor Jesus Christ and that the Holy Spirit will work through each of us to bring glory to God.

                                                                              

Yours in Christ,                                                                           

Pastor Pat

                   
                                      From the Music Department


Many thanks to all who gave time and talents to lead in worship this past fall, winter, and springtime. Too many to name, but I’m sure the congregation truly appreciated the music for many have told me this.

Now if you know how you may help, please sign up for one Sunday this summer and invite someone who might lead in worship. Just call Heather Fagnant at 532-0671or call Susan at the church office at 532-3332 on the Tuesday prior. She needs this information for the order of worship and for the organist.

Anyone willing to take home a Chancel Choir robe to launder it would be appreciated. Wash the robe in cold water on gentle cycle, hang to dry, low-temperature iron if needed. Please mark the cleaned ones or place a plastic cover over the robe.

Thanks again for all the support this past year.

~Kaye Trickey                



Interested in lay speaking? Advanced Lay Speakers Preach, Stetson Memorial UMC, Patten, on Wednesdays, August 1 – 29. The cost is $25. Call 532-3332 if you are interested.


HUMC Van Ministry  If any church members cannot provide a way to church for themselves and need a ride, please call the church office at 532-3332, 9:00 until noon, Monday - Friday.

The UMW report that store coupons in the amount of $3178.50 were sent to the military in Germany, Japan and Italy during May and June.  Also, 31 cards were sent for birthdays, anniversaries, shut-ins, and get-well wishes.  Four quilts were given to four high school graduates from the Quiet Quilters.


From the Trustees

    We apologize for the mess of the basement.  As most of you know, we had a bad leak from the sprinkler system which flooded the small room where the controls are and overflowed into the dining room, into the hall, and into the elevator entrance room. We have insurance coverage for the complete removal of all the tile in these rooms and for their replacement.  Unfortunately, the tiles in the elevator room contain asbestos which entails a rather complicated procedure for their removal.  While the Abatement people were here, we had them remove the tiles in the kitchen which also contain asbestos.  Some of them are also water damaged.

    Our sprinkler system has its complications, but everyone should be aware that a very loud horn will sound if there is a malfunction or a fire.  We have posted directions beneath the horn which is located in the North West corner of the dining room, behind which is the control room of the sprinkler system.  If you hear the alarm, follow the directions to the letter. It is especially important that someone on the list be notified as soon as possible.

    Meanwhile, we will try to have things back to order and we hope even better, as soon as possible.

    From Paul Porter, for the Trustees


                      July’s“Share the Harvest”is the Van Fund,
     a transportation ministry helpingHUMC reach out to the Houlton area.



I would like to thank all those who made the End of the Year Sunday School Program a great success: the Quiet Quilters for their awesome quilts; the Mens Group for hosting the BBQ; Amanda Howe for pulling together some great music on short notice; Kaye and the choir for, once again, great music; Hannah for a song that made many cry; SPPRC for recognizing all paid staff and volunteers; Pete Howe for handling the sound and video; and most of all, for the children and graduates for all they did to make the service what it was.  I would also like to once again thank the teachers, Brenda, Meg, and Amanda, for all they did this past year during Sunday School.  I hope everyone has a great and a safe summer.

                                                          ~Audra Cowperthwaite, Education Chairperson



American Red CrossBlood Drive

Tuesday, July 17, atthe Millar Civic Center in Houlton
Donor hours are from 11:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or 941-2900.
Walk-in donors are always welcome!



The New England Conference
School of Christian Mission for 2012

Theme: That All May Have Life

                                                       An opportunity for you to learn more about the world without leaving New England!

Date: Friday, July 27, 1:30 p.m. to Sunday, July 29,at noon

Place: Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH

The School of Christian Mission is for EVERYONE: pastors, lay men and women, families, youth, and children. There are classes for both youth and children. Childcare will be available. Pastor Naomi is one of the speakers at this conference. For early bird rates, register before July 10. There is more information, including a registration form, on the bulletin boards and on the table near the church office.

 

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

will meet Monday, August 20, through Friday, August 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with free dinner served each night. Watch for more information as VBS approaches, and please keep the children, teachers, and everyone involved in your prayers.   



The 2012 School of CongregationalDevelopment
will meet on November 16 and 17, 2012,

in Lexington,Massachusetts.

Visit www.newenglandschool.org for more information.                   

  


Happy Birthday!

 

                                      July 1                   Matthew Karnes

                                      July 4                   Daniel Hermann

                                      July 5                   Karen Hardy

                                      July 8                   Jim Brown

                                      July 9                   John Gravelle

                                      July 12                 Laurie Boutilier, Joe Fagnant

                                      July 13                 Martha Bell

                                      July 14                 Bernard McMann

                                      July 16                 Melanie Wilson

                                      July 17                 Paula Lilley

                                      July 18                 Lowell Matthews

                                      July 19                 Carl Crawford

                                      July20                 Patrice Goodwin

                                      July 21                 Linda Williams

                                      July 25                 Colin York

                                      July 26                 Brian Cottle

                                      July 27                 Jordan Russell

                                      July 30                 Irene Burton

                                      July 31                 Georgia Mailman

                                                                                               

Happy Anniversary!

                                      July2                   Donald & Helen Woods

                                      July7                   Carl & Janice Cottle

                                      July15                 Clarence & Sarah Jones

                                      July 30                 Donald & Janet Brushett,
                                                                  Adam & Jennifer Tonzi


           If any information needs to be included or deleted from this list,

please email the church office at secretary@houltonumc.org or call532-3332.



UPCOMINGMEETINGS

On Sunday, July 1st, we welcome our new pastor,
Reverend Patrice Goodwin.

The SPPRC Meeting scheduled for Monday, July 9, has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

Worship Committee Meeting:  Wednesday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Finance Committee Meeting:  Thursday, July 12, at 10:00 a.m.

Education Committee Meeting:  Thursday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m.

Ad. Council Meeting:  Monday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Trustees Meeting: Tuesday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m.

      

  WEEKLY/MONTHLY EVENTS

  Sunday Worship10 a.m. year-round

Sunday School (grades pre-K – 8): Will resume in the fall, Sundays at 10 a.m.

The Houlton Cancer Prayer & Support Group: Tuesday, July 3, (first Tues./mo.) 1:30 p.m. HUMC

Quiet Quilters: FourthThursday, 9 a.m. No experience needed. Bring small scissors & a sandwich.

Thursday Bible Study: The study at Gardiner Nursing Home will resume in the fall.

Free Umbrella of Care Dinner: Last Sunday of the month (7/29) at 4:30p.m., Houlton Rec. Center, 128 Main Street,
on the corner of Main and Summer Streets. Everyone is welcome to attend.


                                                                                          To Keep In Prayer

Jeanette Anderson, Christine Beaton, Maureen Bird, Joanne Esse, Esther Orr Faulkner, Marc Fuller, Patty Johnson, the Mike LaBlue family, Anita Lambert, John Lane, Annie Lorrigan, Cole Lundquist, Mary Ann Lutz, Hannah Mooers, Jay Nadeau, Mike O’Hara, Lorraine Parker, John Porter, Glen Tracy, Warren Tweedie, Robert Watson, Dr. Donald and Helen Woods, Dorothy Worthey.

Continued Healing:  Judy Adamowicz, Tessa Albert, Stan Ballard, Terry Brayall, Irene Burton, Dylan Campbell, Don Collins, Mary Cummings, Pam Davis, Grace Decker, Jean Decker, Steven DeWitt, George Erff, Delores Farrell, Norma Folsom, Jean Garcelon, Evelyn Goding, Audrey Green, Timmy Green, David Green Jr., Mark Hemingway, Linnwood Hersey, Carol Howe, Jessica Hutchinson, Clarence Jones, Gil Karnes, Pat (Spellman) Kinney, Dr. Stanley Konefal, David Long, Michael McCluskey, Toni-Lynn Miles, Janice Mooers, Mike O’Hara, Sandi Petro, Irene Quinn, Jim Ritchie, Odessa Rogers, Marcia Simon, Lonai Slater, Joel Trickey, Malana Webster, Zane Wetzel, Meadow Whittaker, Samantha Wortman, Donald Woods.

Gardiner Nursing Home:  Edna Karnes.
Madigan Estates:  Dorothy Adams, Theresa Cameron, Althea Lloyd, Winifred Seiders, Dorothy Wilde.
Homebound:  Charlotte Currie, Lillian Currie, ZellaMacDonald. 

All those serving in the Armed Forces and their families at home.

Please pray forall those families who have been affected by factory closings, especially in our area. 

Unsaved loved ones; all those battling hurts, habits, & hang-ups.

Prayer Chain:
  If you or someone you know is in need of prayer intervention, please notify the prayer chain by calling Rhoda Veysey at 532-6418.

For PrayerList changes, contact secretary@houltonumc.org or call 532-3332.

 

          

The Flaming Times – July 2012                                 

Houlton United Methodist Church                                                                             

57 Military Street, Corner of Military and School Streets                                                                                                         

Houlton, ME 04730                                                                                          

(207) 532-3332         
                                                                                                              

PASTOR:  Rev. Patrice Goodwin

pastorpat@houltonumc.org

SECRETARY:  Susan Lee

secretary@houltonumc.org

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9-noon

 

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The Flaming Times     June 2012

Houlton United Methodist Church

                                 By the power of God’s Holy Spirit, we are bridging the gap between young, old,
                                the broken, the lost and Jesus Christ so that Christ’s love is experienced,
                             Christ’s teaching is understood and Christ’s healing is a reality.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  (Joshua24:15)

Dear Church Family,

All too soon we are saying good-bye.  One of the precious things I have found inthis northern Maine faith community is the love and strength of the family.  I delight to hear of your family outings, strength, heritage and accomplishments!  You are a close-knit community, and this will serve as a point of reference in my remembrances of you!

Joshua has a shared heritage with the Israelites.  In this passage, he is leaving a legacy.  In the natural, our heritage speaks of our origin, while our legacy speaks of the benefit or gift we pass on from one generation to another.  We have no say in our origination, but the legacy is ours to work on, shape and claim for those who follow us.

May it be that I, too, leave you a Godly legacy.  May your heart rest in God when facing societal complexities, or when your world is upended.  Trusting God with all your hearts, not depending on your own understanding, allows God to direct your path (Proverbs3:5, 6).  God says to the trusting heart, Fear not, I am with you.  Be not dismayed, I am your God.  I will help you, yes! I will strengthen you,Yes! I will uphold you with my righteous right hand! (Isaiah 41:10)

When life changes come, you will find that there is no shadow of turning in God (James 1:17). God can be trusted.  When Joshua knew that he couldn’t lead the Israelites any more, he determined that whatever choice others might make in worship, they’d know that his determination would be to lead his family to serve the Lord! 

As I leave you, I hope you receive from me the gift of daily honoring God in every season of life.  May you recognize the faithful power of God through Christ in your lives through the knowing and exercising of your faith in God’s Word and in believing prayer that changes circumstances and situations, but most of all—changes you!

Our times are in God’s hands.  May He keep us in Christ so that, whether here or in the sweet fellowship of the eternity that God has planned for us, we will meet again.

Because of God’s amazing love and awesome grace in Christ,

Pastor Naomi

 

                       June’s “Share the Harvest” is the Van Fund, a transportation ministry helping HUMC reach out to the Houlton area.



The New England Conference
School of Christian Mission for 2012


Theme: That All May Have Life

An opportunity for you to learn more about the world
without leaving New England!

Date: Friday, July 27, 1:30 p.m. to Sunday, July 29,at noon

Place: Southern New Hampshire University,Manchester, NH

The School of Christian Mission is for EVERYONE: pastors, lay men and women, families,youth, and children. There are classes for both youth and children. Childcare will be available. Pastor Naomi is one of the speakers at this conference. For early bird rates, register before July 10. There is more information, including a registration form, on the bulletin boards and on the table near the church office.

 

Interested in lay speaking? 
Call the HUMC office for information.

    --  The District Lay Speakers Workshop that was to have been held at Hampden Highlands UMC, has been postponed until fall.

    --   Basic Lay Speaking Course,Stetson Memorial UMC, Patten, on Tuesdays, June 12 - July 3, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.$25

    --   Advanced Lay Speakers Preach,Stetson Memorial UMC, Patten, on Wednesdays, August 1 – 29. $25

 


                                                   You are invited! All HUMC members are invited to a drop-in farewell reception for Pastor Naomi
                                                         on Saturday, June 2, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the HUMC dining room. Hope to see you there!

                   

The UMW will host an indoor yard sale on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Come support our United Methodist Women!

                                                                   

You are invited to join us for an End-of-the-year Celebration on Sunday, June 10, in honor of our graduating seniors and our Sunday School children. The Men’s Group will host a barbeque after the morning service.

 

CODY WOODS, RECIPIENT OF THE
HOULTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 2012 SCHOLARSHIP


The Scholarship Committee of the Houlton United Methodist Church is proud to announce that this year’s recipient of a $1,000 scholarship is Cody Woods, son of Karl and Lisa Woods. Over the years, Cody has acted as an usher, liturgist, choir member, instrumentalist, and lay speaker delivering the sermon. Cody was also involved in the youth group and has volunteered at church suppers and activities as well as helping to direct youth services. Cody is this year’s valedictorian at Houlton High School and will be attending Bowdoin College this fall, where he will major in biochemistry. Congratulations, Cody!

 

 

Jeremiah’s Corner, a Christian support group for those affected by addictions, will meet Monday, June 4, (first Monday of the month) at 6:30 p.m. at the Patten UMC Fellowship Hall. Guest speaker will be Nancy Benn with "My Name is Nancy." Music by Shane Mack. Come learn and listen to a "new song." There will be coffee and fellowship. Everyone is invited. For more information, call 528-2684.



Annual Conference will be held at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, Wednesday, June 6, through Saturday, June 9. Please keep this conference in prayer.


Drive carefully!

Area schools will dismiss classes this month for summer vacation.

 

HUMC Van Ministry  If any church members cannot provide a way to church for themselves and need a ride, please call the church office at 532-3332, 9:00 until noon, Monday - Friday.

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
will meet Monday, August 20, through Friday, August 24,
from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with free dinner served each night.
Watch for more information as VBS approaches,
                             and please keep the children, teachers, and everyone involved in your prayers.                               

  


Happy Birthday!

                                June 1              Marion Collins, Anessa Wilde

                                June 6              Robert Ellis

                                June 9              Katie Brushett

                                June 12            Zella McDonald

                                June 13            Jasen Hutchinson, Dellie Mailman,

                                                        Christopher Mead

                                June 14            Peter Merbach

                                June 18            Perry Lilley, Addison Woods

                                June 19            Jeanette Anderson

                                June 20            Irma Hess, Michael O’Hara

                                June 22            Eric Cowperthwaite, Gilbert Karnes,Jr.

                                June 23            Theresa Cameron

                                June 24            Scott W. Briggs, Bruce Clark

                                June25            Lisa Hermann

                                June 28            Bob Matthews

                                June 30            Edwin P. Clark, Audrey Green

                               

                                                                                                       

Happy Anniversary!

                                June 8              Gerald & Melanie Wilson

                                June 14          Eric & Audra Cowperthwaite

                                            

                                                                     If any information needs to be included or deleted from this list,

please email the church office at secretary@houltonumc.org or call532-3332.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS
Daily Prayer:  Monday-Thursday, 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. in the parlor. All are welcome.

Farewell Reception for Pastor Naomi:  Saturday, June 2, drop in between 1:00 and4:00 p.m.

Worship Committee Meeting:  Wednesday, June 6, at 6:00 p.m.

United Methodist Women Indoor Yard Sale:  Saturday, June 9, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sunday School/Graduating Seniors Celebration:   Sunday, June 10, 10:00a.m. BBQ to follow.

SPPRC Meeting:  Monday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Finance Committee Meeting:  Date to be announced.

Education Committee Meeting:  Thursday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Ad. Council Meeting:  Monday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Trustees Meeting: Tuesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m.

      

  WEEKLY/MONTHLY EVENTS

   
Chancel ChoirRehearsalsSundays, June3 and 10, at 8:45 a.m.

  Sunday Worship
10 a.m. year-round

Sunday School (grades pre-K – 8): Will resume in the fall, Sundays at 10 a.m.

Adult Bible StudyPrayer, key Bible passages, Sundays at 1:00 p.m. in the lounge.

Jeremiah’s Corner: Christian support group for those affected by addictions. Monday, June 4,
(first Monday of the month) at 6:30 p.m. at the Patten UMC Fellowship Hall.
Guest speaker Nancy Benn, "My Name is Nancy." Everyone is invited. Fellowship and coffee.
Music by Shane Mack. Come learn and listen to a "new song." Questions?  528-2684

The Houlton Cancer Prayer & Support Group: Tuesday, June 5, (first Tues./mo.) 1:30 p.m. HUMC

Quiet Quilters: Fourth Thursday, 9 a.m. No experience needed. Bring small scissors & a sandwich.

Thursday Bible StudiesThe Book of Luke study (Immersion series), led by Paula Lilley, 1:30p.m. at Gardiner Nursing Home; book $6.
The Book of Daniel, led by Pastor Naomi, at HUMC at 6:30 p.m.

Free Umbrella of Care Dinner: Last Sunday of the month (6/24) at4:30 p.m., Houlton Rec. Center, 128 Main Street,
on the corner of Main and Summer Streets. Everyone is welcome to attend.


                                                                                          To Keep In Prayer
Jeanette Anderson, Christine Beaton, Maureen Bird, Joanne Esse, Esther Orr Faulkner, Marc Fuller, Patty Johnson, the Mike LaBlue family, Anita Lambert,John Lane, Annie Lorrigan, Cole Lundquist, Mary Ann Lutz, Hannah Mooers, Jay Nadeau, Mike O’Hara, Lorraine Parker, John Porter, Glen Tracy, Warren Tweedie,Robert Watson, Dr. Donald and Helen Woods, Dorothy Worthey.

Continued Healing:  Judy Adamowicz, Tessa Albert, Stan Ballard,Terry Brayall, Irene Burton, Dylan Campbell, Don Collins, Marion Cowperthwaite, Mary Cummings, Pam Davis,Grace Decker, Jean Decker, Steven DeWitt, George Erff, Delores Farrell, Norma Folsom, Jean Garcelon, Evelyn Goding, Audrey Green, Timmy Green, David Green Jr., Mark Hemingway, Linnwood Hersey, Carol Howe, Dr. Chet Husted, Jessica Hutchinson, Clarence Jones, Gil Karnes, Pat (Spellman)  Kinney, Dr.Stanley Konefal, David Long, Michael McCluskey, Toni-Lynn Miles, Janice Mooers, Mike O’Hara, Sandi Petro, Irene Quinn, Jim Ritchie, Odessa Rogers, MarciaSimon, Lonai Slater, Joel Trickey, Malana Webster, Zane Wetzel, MeadowWhittaker, Samantha Wortman, Donald Woods.
Gardiner Nursing Home:  Edna Karnes, Juanita Lilley.
Madigan Estates:  Dorothy Adams, Theresa Cameron, Althea Lloyd,Winifred Seiders, Dorothy Wilde.
Homebound:  Charlotte Currie, Lillian Currie, ZellaMacDonald. 

All those serving in the Armed Forces and their families at home.

Please pray for all those families who have been affected by factory closings, especially in our area. 

Unsaved loved ones; all those battling hurts, habits, & hang-ups.
Prayer Chain:
  If you or someone you know is in need of prayer intervention, please notify the prayer chain by calling Rhoda Veysey at 532-6418. For Prayer List changes,contact secretary@houltonumc.orgor call 532-3332.

 

Houlton United Methodist Church                                                                           

28 School Street                                                                                                 

Houlton, ME 04730                                                                         

(207) 532-3332                                                                                                    

PASTOR:Rev. Naomi Sam-Kpakra

pastornaomi@houltonumc.org

SECRETARY:Susan Lee

secretary@houltonumc.org

Hours:  Monday-Friday 9-noon

 

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The Flaming Times     May 2012

Houlton United Methodist Church

By the power of God’s Holy Spirit, we are bridging the gap between young, old,
the broken, the lost and Jesus Christ so that Christ’s love is experienced,
                      Christ’s teaching is understood and Christ’s healing is a reality.


Dear Church Family,

A great revelatory moment came to me over the past weeks when I was reading for the umpteenth time the accounts of the appearances of the Risen Lord to His disciples.  Every recorded time He appeared (except for Mary Magdalene and the two on the Emmaus Road) the disciples were terrified! 

My questions to the Lord were:  Why did You show Yourself just to the disciples?  Why not to Pilate, who gave an unjust judgment,or the High Priest and the Sanhedrin, who were mocking, skeptical and blasphemous?  Why not before Herod, who thought he was the King of the Jews?  Or the High Priest’s guard who presumed to strike You, spit on You and pull out Your beard?  Lord, why not in the barracks of the soldiers who flogged You mercilessly and crucified You without pity?

My thinking was:  If anyone was to be frightened, why not some of those who despitefully used Him?  The revelation of what God was doing in and through the disciples didn’t come to me all at once.  Maybe the Lord just wanted me to savor what I was asking and why. Then I began to understand.  Our gentle, loving God does not work spite or scare tactics on those who don’t know or love Him.  He didn’t need to scare them out of their minds.  It would have never served His purpose of demonstrating that Love that came down to save and restore!  There would have been total chaos, and all Christ had planted during His earthly walk would have been uprooted! 

May God be praised forever!  Christ meant for true believers to lovingly, joyfully tell the story of what happened on that cross on Calvary from their experience of love so that mankind is not shamed or manipulated into loving Him or wanting Him, but they are drawn to His side when they recognize the depth of His sacrifice!  This story will be told to the praise of His glory and grace throughout all eternity!

Love came down from heaven and humbly clothed Himself in human garb!  Love went to Calvary to pay a debt He did not owe because the debtors were bankrupt!  Love stayed on Calvary’s tree when He could have called legions of angels!  Love redeemed forever all those who would be saved!  Only love could tell the story!

So the task of the disciples of Christ then and now is to tell the story with love and compassion for a world that is callous, indifferent, self-absorbed, treacherous,murderous, blasphemous, unloving, ungodly and unholy…because God so loved the world that He sent His only Son so that whoever believes on Him would not perish but have everlasting life!

As we stand in the light of the Risen Lord, may the Spirit of the Lord fill you continually with His love so you conscientiously tell the story!

Because of God’s Amazing Love and Fulfilling Grace in Christ,
Pastor Naomi

 

 

              May’s “Share the Harvest” is the Van Fund, a transportation ministry helping HUMC reach out to the Houlton area.

 

Mission Shares/Benevolences

The New England Conference thanks the churches for giving of what God has already given us. Our giving has:

1)    allowed continued efforts to help Haiti recover from the 2009 earthquake that took at least 220,000 lives and affected 3.5 million people,

2)    made it possible for the number of United Methodist churches in Vietnam to grow from 150 to 244 this past year,and

3)    closer to home, funded clean-up and restoration efforts for victims of recent floods and tornado and hurricane damage.

 

       Did you know…?

--    Did you know that 3.5 million people die each year from water-related disease?That’s equal to the entire city of Los Angeles.

--    Did you know that 884 million people lack access to clean water? That’s almost 3times the population of the United States.

--    Did you know that in just one day, 200 million work hours are consumed by women collecting water for their families? That is equivalent to building 28 Empire State buildings each day.

--   Did you know that each day a child dies every 20 seconds from a water-related disease? That’s 270 children who will die while we are in church on a Sunday morning.

--    Remember:  The problem is enormous, but we can make a difference. For more information, visit www.water.org.


TheSchool of Christian Mission for 2012


Theme: That All May Have Life

Date: Friday, July 27, 1:30 p.m., to Sunday, July29, at noon

Place: Southern New Hampshire University,Manchester, NH

The School of Christian Mission is for EVERYONE: pastors, lay men and women, families, youth, and children. There are classes for both youth and children.

Childcare will be available. More information will be in your bulletin this month.

                                                      
                                                       United Methodist Women

The Ebbett Circle met April 12 and fixed its calendar for greeters/coffee hour for the month of May,made tentative plans to help with church-wide food and rummage sale on June 9, and spent time creating greeting cards to send for birthdays, shut-ins etc.  Members discovered creativity unknown before, to everyone's pleasure. Look for their work in the coming weeks. The UMW coupon committee sent coupons totaling $3070.05 in March and $731.70 (so far) in April to military families overseas; thanks to all who "clip to ship." 



                      Please remember the families and friends of
                                         Christine O’Hara
                                                     and
                                     Randall Woods
                                 due to their recent passings.

                       

Please note:

                                                        The Houlton Cancer Prayer and Support Group will not meet this month.



The 2012 National Day of Prayer
will be held on Thursday, May 3,from noon until 1:00 p.m.
at Empowering Life, located at 144Military Street in Houlton.



A roast pork supper to benefit the Backpacks for Kids Program will be held Saturday, May 5, from 4:30 until6:00 p.m. at HUMC. Homemade pies will also be served. The cost is $8/adult and$4/under age 12.


Jeremiah’s Corner, a Christian support group for those affected by addictions, will meet Monday, May 7, (first Monday of the month) at the  Patten UMC Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. Mike Bruning of Calvary Chapel (Seven Oaks in Bangor) Residential Discipleship Programs will speak on "Renewing of Minds Through Residential Discipleship." There will be a time for questions and discussion. Music will be by Theresa Schmidt and Carter Heath. There will be coffee and fellowship. Everyone is invited. For more information, call528-2684.

                                                                    

   YOU CAN SAVE LIVES!



          An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held
Monday, May 21, from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
     at the Houlton Elks Lodge.
  You may call 1-800-RED CROSS or 941-2900
        to make an appointment. 
        Walk-in donors are always welcome. Thank you!


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
will meet Monday, August 20, through Friday, August 24,
from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with free dinner served each night.
Watch for more information as VBS approaches,
and please keep the children, teachers, and everyone involved in your prayers.

                                                            

  

 

Happy Birthday!

                                May 1              Karen Mead

                                May 3              Andrew Gendron

                                May 4              Aaron Anderson                             

                                May 5              Roger Hagan

                                May 6              Charles Smith

                                May 7              Aimee Cottle

                                May 9              Claire Thompson

                                May 11            Janet Parker Brushett

                                May 12            Carissa Miller

                                May 15            Amanda Miller, Brianna Miller,

                                                        Robert Cowperthwaite

                                May 17            Karl Woods

                                May 19            Cody Woods

                                May 23            Angela Cowperthwaite

                                May 24            Bob Foss, Clarence Jones

                                May 26            Christopher Brushett, Helen Blois

                                May 27            Susan McMann

                                May 29            Peggy Coolong, David Wilde

                                                                                                                 

Happy Anniversary!

                                May26            Amy & Marc Russell

                                                            

If any information needs to be included or deleted from this list,

please email the church office at secretary@houltonumc.org or call 532-3332.



UPCOMINGEVENTS

Daily Prayer:  Monday-Thursday, 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. in the parlor.All are welcome.

Worship Committee Meeting:  Wednesday, May 2, at 6:00 p.m.

National Day of Prayer:  Thursday, May 3, noon until 1:00 p.m.,Empowering Life, 144 Military Street

United Methodist Women Meeting:  Saturday, May 5, at 10:00 a.m. in the parlor

Backpacks for Kids Program Benefit Supper: Saturday, May 5, 4:30-6 p.m. Roast pork, homemade pies.
$8/adults, $4/under 12.

Education Committee Meeting:  Thursday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m.

SPPRC Meeting:  Monday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Finance Committee Meeting:  Tuesday, May 15, at 11:30 a.m.

Trustees Meeting:  Tuesday, May 15, at6:30 p.m.

Out of the Office:  Pastor Naomi will be away beginning Monday, 5/21, & will return to the office on Tuesday, 5/29.

Red Cross Blood Drive:  Monday, May 21, 1:00-6:00 p.m., Houlton Elks Lodge

Ad. Council Meeting:  Monday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m.

      

  WEEKLY/MONTHLY EVENTS

   
Chancel ChoirRehearsalsNew timeSundays at 8:45 a.m. (No rehearsal on May 27.)

  Sunday Worship
10 a.m. year-round

Sunday School (grades pre-K – 8): Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

Adult Bible StudyPrayer, key Bible passages, Sundays at 1:00 p.m. in the lounge with Pastor Naomi                 

Jeremiah’s Corner: Christian support group for those affected by addictions. May 7 (first Mon./mo.),
Patten UMC Fellowship Hall, 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited. For more information, call 528-2684.

TheHoulton Cancer Prayer and Support Group: There will be no meeting this month.

Quiet Quilters: Fourth Thursday, 9 a.m. No experience needed. Bring small scissors & a sandwich.

Thursday Bible StudiesThursday, May 3, will be the last "Final Words from the Cross" study. On Thursday, May 10, Paula Lilley will begin a new 8-week study on the Book of Luke using the Immersion series. The cost of the book is $6.

The Book of Daniel, led by Pastor Naomi, atHUMC at 6:30 p.m.

Free Umbrella of Care Dinner: Last Sunday of the month (5/27)at 4:30 p.m., Houlton Rec. Center, 128 Main Street,
on the corner of Main and Summer Streets. Everyone is welcome to attend.


                                                                                          To Keep In Prayer

Jeanette Anderson, Christine Beaton, Maureen Bird, Joanne Esse, Esther Orr Faulkner, Marc Fuller, Patty Johnson, the Mike LaBlue family, Anita Lambert,John Lane, Annie Lorrigan, Cole Lundquist, Mary Ann Lutz, Hannah Mooers, Jay Nadeau, Lorraine Parker, John Porter, Glen Tracy, Warren Tweedie, Robert Watson, Dr. Don and Helen Woods, and Dorothy Worthey.

Continued Healing
:  Judy Adamowicz, Tessa Albert, Stan Ballard, Irene Burton, Dylan Campbell, Don Collins, Marion Cowperthwaite, Mary Cummings, Pam Davis, Grace Decker, Jean Decker, Steven DeWitt, George Erff, Delores Farrell, Norma Folsom, Jean Garcelon, Evelyn Goding, Audrey Green, Timmy Green, David Green Jr., Mark Hemingway, Carol Howe, Jessica Hutchinson, Clarence Jones, Gil Karnes, Pat (Spellman) Kinney, Dr. Stanley Konefal, David Long, Michael McCluskey, Toni-Lynn Miles, Janice Mooers, Mike O’Hara, Sandi Petro, Irene Quinn, Jim Ritchie, Odessa Rogers, Marcia Simon, Lonai Slater, Joel Trickey, Malana Webster, Zane Wetzel, Meadow Whittaker, Samantha Wortman, Donald Woods.

Gardiner Nursing Home
: Edna Karnes, Juanita Lilley

Madigan Estates: Dorothy Adams, Theresa Cameron, Althea Lloyd, Winifred Seiders, Dorothy Wilde  

Homebound: Charlotte Currie, Lillian Currie, Zella MacDonald

All those serving in the Armed Forces and their families at home.

Please pray for all those families who have been affected by factory closings, especially inour area. 

Unsaved loved ones; all those battling hurts, habits, & hang-ups.

Prayer Chain:
  If you or someone you know is in need of prayer intervention, please notify the prayer chain by calling Rhoda Veysey at532-6418.
For Prayer List changes,contact secretary@houltonumc.orgor call 532-3332.

     

The Flaming Times – May 2012                           

Houlton United Methodist Church                                                                           

28 School Street                                                                                                 

Houlton, ME 04730                                                                         

(207) 532-3332                                                                                                    

PASTOR:Rev. Naomi Sam-Kpakra

pastornaomi@houltonumc.org

SECRETARY:Susan Lee

secretary@houltonumc.org

Hours:  Monday-Friday 9-noon

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