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A note from Stacey

Dear friends, In the church year, we are making our way deeper into Lent, moving towards the events of Holy Thursday and Good Friday: the confusion, sadness, anger and fear that surrounded Jesus’ arrest, sham trial and execution. Our movement through these emotions and events is, of course, tempered by our knowledge of the eventual […]

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A note from Stacey

Dear Friends, Last fall, your Leadership Team decided to designate 2016 as a year of growing deeper in faith at First United Methodist Church. Being a follower of Jesus means many things to many people and there are many ways that we can wake up to God’s presence in our lives, learn more about God, […]

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A Note from our Pastor

In the church, during January and February we observe the season of epiphany. Epiphany comes from a Greek word that means “manifestation” or “sudden appearance.” This season lasts from Jan. 6 until the beginning of Lent (very early this year – Feb. 10). In this season, the church focuses on making God’s love known to […]

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A note from our Pastor

Dear friends, Every year, we say we’re going to cut back, simplify, and have a family Christmas that focuses on the real reason for the season – Jesus. But every year, advertisements beckon, the children plead, and it seems easier just to indulge our wants and whims. Overspending, overeating, materialism, and busyness rob us of […]

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SAVE  THE  DATE!

Please  save  the  morning  of Saturday,  December  5 (in  the  range  of 8-11  am)  for  a   holiday  breakfast  at  the  church!  This  breakfast  will  raise  money  for  Bread  of  Life,   and   serve   as   the   official   start   for   Melrose’s   Home   for   the   Holidays […]

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Bread of Life Fundraising update!

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The  Liberty  Bell  fundraiser  was  on  Wednesday,  October  7  was  a   big   success   in   terms   of   fundraising   and   fellowship.   We   raised   $402 total.  $330  from  Liberty  Bell,  representing  8%  of  sales  from 5-8  pm  and  $72  from  money  donated  to  our  table. People  are […]

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Food Pantry Coordinator Needed!!

Food Pantry Coordinator Needed! Fred  and  Shirley  Hayes  have  served  as  the Food Pantry Coordinators for  FUMC  Melrose   for  over  13  years,  but  they  decided  it  is  time  to  resign.  So  the  church  needs  a  new  volunteer  to  take  up  the  role.  Luckily  Fred  has  offered  to  help  orient  the  new  volunteer. The  primary […]

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A note from Stacey

Dear friends, “If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything had become new!  All this is from God…”  (1 Corinthians 5:17,18) Sometimes I think we should celebrate the New Year on September 1 instead of January 1.  The cooler air, the start of school, new programs […]

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From the Pastor

Dear friends, “The main thing is to keep the main the main thing.” Rick Warren reminds us of this old adage. Warren is a pastor and spiritual leader and author He reminds us that it is important for a church to understand clearly why it exists (“the main thing”) and to keep that reason for […]

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Report of the Lay Delegate to Annual Conference

Report of the Lay Delegate to Annual Conference The New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church was held at Manchester, New Hampshire from June 18th to 20th. Anyone is welcome to read an official accounting of the proceedings and watch recordings of the sessions at the conference website at http://www.neumc.org/. The notes I […]

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