This is what 164 generous, kind and open hearted individuals look like when gathered before their mission trip. This week our youth ASP trip travels to West Viriginia for home repair and to bring the light of Christ to many families in great need. They go with our love, pride and prayers! May it be an uplifting, spirit led week for each of you.
Please join us from 6:30- 8:00 am, every Tuesday and Thursday starting this Tuesday July 12th, in the sanctuary for an uplifting and reflective start to your busy day. This ministry will provide worship, praise and prayer through music. The scripture and music theme for this week is "God is light. Jesus is light. And we who come to Christ share in the light". Feel free to come and go at any point during the worship time.
Click here to download information and registration for Westborough's Ecumenical VBS, August 8-12th to take place at St. Luke's Catholic Church.
Click here to see the list of our own FUMC grads and their future plans. Way to go class of 2016!
Summer worship (one service @ 9:00am) begins Sunday, 6/19.
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.- 2 Timothy 4:2
Dear Friends, June and July 2016
Grace and peace. I love the seasons of the year and the seasons of the church year. As we enter into the summer season It makes me think of how fast years go by and the importance of honoring the sabbath. Each time we gather on Sunday it is an opportunity to slow down and ponder what life is all about. Each Sunday we ask God to forgive us for being self centered and full of our selves. What a difference it is to make Jesus the center of your life opposed to having your self as the center. Peace washes over us when we come together- united by the Holy Spirit- to glorify God. No matter what season we are in life it is always time to empty our selves so God can fill us with His grace.
At Westborough High School there is a tradition on the last week of classes for Seniors to have the Juniors march into school together- wearing the same color shirts to proclaim that they will be the new Senior Class. You can hear the cheers from the parsonage! My sons Shaw and Ethan were part of this celebration so it reminded me of how time just keeps ticking- that it flies by- with increasing speed. Many of you can join me in thinking of how amazing it is that our babies- or grand babies- grow up so fast. It seems like yesterday that I was holding Shaw as a new born baby. To everything there is a season as it is written in Ecclesiastes 3.
In New England we are blessed to mark the seasons with our weather- which gave birth to the phrase- ‘if you don't like the weather just wait a minute it will change!’ As I write this it is a spectacular spring morning with the birds singing and everything is green and lush. Flowers are blooming with God’s glory. However, I know there will be days when it will be raining, freezing, hot as blazes or stormy. The weather is a good metaphor for our spiritual lives. We are called to be faithful in season and our of season. Through days of fruitfulness and dry times. For some strange reason there is a tradition for New Englanders to not go to church as frequently during the summer. I hope and pray that you continue to honor the sabbath during the summer months whether you are in town or traveling. I love to receive bulletins from other churches that people give me when they come home from traveling. Visiting churches when you are on vacation can be a great blessing as you unite with brothers and sisters in the faith. Please bring home any new worship or ministry ideas that you might learn from visiting another church.
This summer can be a blessing for you if you keep the Lord as your focus. The Lay Witness Mission that took place at First UMC this past April has given people a deep desire to get closer to Jesus. One way you can be blessed in the faith is to join a Small Group at First UMC. We have begun two new Small Groups since the Lay Witness Mission. We will continue to begin new one’s once we have 12 or more people sign up. The commitment is to read the book One Anothering with the other participants of the small group. It is a wonderful way to get to know others in the church and to grow in discipleship. Once the group is finished with he book participants can decide to continue to meet or not. I highly recommend joining a small group. We are blessed that Steve and Peggy Dorval have volunteered to be the Small Group Coordinators. They will be available to answer any questions and to encourage people to join in. Small Groups are designed to be a place you can be honest with where you in life- no matter the season. They are confidential groups that love and support each other while growing in faith. They are also fun to be part of. Your cup will be filled if you take part.
This summer we will also have a short term Bible Study on the Book of Acts. It will begin soon. Please email or call the office for details.
The whole Taylor family , with over 150 people , will be on the ASP - Appalachia Service Project Youth mission trip from July 9-16. Come early in the morning on Saturday July 9th to be part of the blessing before we leave. We are so blessed to be in mission with our brothers and sisters of St. Luke’s Catholic Church. We are one body of Christ in mission! The ASP Theme for this summer is Handiwork: Created to Serve. The verse that will carry that theme is Ephesians 2:10. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.” Thank you for supporting this life changing mission.
I invite you to make the summer of 2016 special by committing to getting closer to Jesus. Whatever season you might be in presently you can find Jesus close by if you look for him. Let us encourage each other to grow in faith and rejoice always- no matter what the season.
In Christian Love,
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