Outdoor sanctuary is shaping up!

At one of our GPYes! Monday night gatherings a couple of weeks ago, some hard-working gardeners put their skills to work and planted some beautiful flowers around the bench and birch cross in our outdoor sanctuary. Our roving photographer, Z, caught some action shots of the evening’s planting.

Susan surveys the job site.

Filling the pot with good, fertile soil.

Nancy approves of Susan's work.

The fruit of their labors.

More flowers? Of course!

John, getting creative. Love that gardening stool!

Our church, with our outdoor sanctuary to the left - before flowers.

We hope that many will come and take advantage of this quiet space to reflect and pray enjoy the bright colors and sweet smells. And the flowers are just a start – there’s been talk of wiring up some speakers so folks can enjoy some contemplative sounds while they meditate. What about you? What would make this space special for you?  We’d love to hear your ideas! Post them as a comment below or email young@midmaine.com and share them with Pastor Sue.

Peace and flower petals,

-Amy B.

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Change the World—Starting With Your Community

What if…on one weekend all around the world, United Methodists came together to work with their local communities? What if…as we serve people locally, we unite globally to eliminate a preventable, treatable disease that kills one child every 30 seconds? Would you help?

On April 24-25, 2010, faithful Christians around the world will be participating in Change the World, a weekend event that coincides with World Malaria Day on Sunday, April 25. Congregations are invited to schedule a community-based workday, and use World Malaria Day sermon starters on Sunday. A special offering is encouraged to support the fight against malaria.

“Even our smallest churches can have incredible impact when they leave their four walls to serve the needs of their neighbors, alongside of their neighbors,” says Rev. Mike Slaughter, lead pastor at Ginghamsburg UMC and author of Change the World: Recovering the Mission and Message of Jesus.

In the New England Conference, 2010 has been declared a “Mission Leap” year, where every congregation, and every person in each congregation, is encouraged to participate in one (or one additional) hands-on mission project in 2010.

“This Change the World event is the perfect opportunity for our congregations to join the effort to move outside our church walls and serve the needs of our communities,” commented Bishop Peter Weaver of the New England Conference. “Imagine the impact of more than 600 churches in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont all joining hearts and hands in their communities to work with and serve our neighbors. Multiply this by churches across the globe, and together we can truly transform the world.”

For ideas and resources on ways your congregation can leap into mission in your community, visit www.neumc.org/missionleap.  To get involved in this world day of service and to find resources for this and for World Malaria Day, go to www.rethinkchurch.org/changetheworld.

Published in: on April 11, 2010 at 9:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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Sub Sandwich Fundraiser – Nov. 2-5

It’s time again for the annual Ellsworth United Methodist Church Sub-stravaganza! This is one of our largest and most successful fundraisers every year.sub-sandwich

From November 2nd to November 4th, we’ll be taking orders from local Ellsworth businesses for freshly made Italian sub sandwiches. We’ll deliver them to you on Thursday, November 5th.

Subs contain: Ham, Cheese, Salami, Green Pepper, Pickles, Onions, Oil, Salt & Pepper on a fresh Italian sub roll, and are only $5.25.

How to Order

  1. Download an order form
  2. Fax it to 667-5966 by 10:00AM Wednesday, Nov. 4th
  3. Subs will be delivered to you by 12:00PM on Thursday, Nov. 5th

We hope you’ll take advantage of this great opportunity to have lunch taken care of for a day, and to help our church support local and global service projects. If you have any questions, call Priscilla at 667-8183 or email priscilla.ann.vail@gmail.com

Published in: on October 29, 2009 at 3:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Nothing But Nets: Send a net, save a life

Nothing But Nets: Send a net, save a lifeNothing But Nets is one of the mission programs that our church has chosen to support this fall –  http://www.nothingbutnets.net/

Nothing But Nets provides mosquito nets to communities around the world, preventing the spread of malaria and saving thousands of lives. Here’s what their website has to say:

“Nothing But Nets is a grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. While the UN Foundation has been working with the UN to fight malaria for years, it was a column that Rick Reilly wrote about malaria in Sports Illustrated, challenging each of his readers to donate at least $10 for the purchase of an anti-malaria bed nets — and the incredible response from thousands of Americans across the country — that led to the creation of the Nothing But Nets campaign.”

Their website is a treasure trove of information – with videos of net recipients, interactive maps, stories about others’ successes in raising funds and awareness. I highly encourage everyone to check it out at http://www.nothingbutnets.net/

Ellsworth United Methodist Church will have a table set up at the annual Autumn Gold celebration on the Ellsworth waterfront on Saturday, October 3rd, handing out information and taking donations for the program. Stop by to learn more or show your support!

-Amy B.

Published in: on September 3, 2009 at 12:47 pm  Leave a Comment