Children and Youth Choir: “Sing of a Blessing”
[Rehearsal at 9:30]
Adult Choir: “Morning Has Broken”
[Rehearsal at 9am–See special note below!]
Recent Ordination of Samantha Cowan Recognized!
Baptism of Adult NewcomerSherry Chi!
The Text This Week: Jonah, Chapter Two: “In the Belly of the Fish”
The storm kept getting worse, until finally the sailors asked Jonah, “What should we do with you to make the sea calm down?” Jonah told them,“Throw me into the sea, and it will calm down. I’m the cause of this terrible storm.” They threw Jonah overboard, and the sea calmed down. The Lord sent a big fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.
Weekly Message by Pastor Doug: “Darkness Has Purpose”
Years ago I visited the hospital room of a business owner, recovering from open heart surgery. His laptop glowed at the side of his bed and a sharply dressed assistant sat in the corner, fielding a business call. I was struck by the patient wearing his characteristically enormous, chrome watch over his hospital wrist band. Business as usual. I reminded him of the childhood story of Jonah, not to say that this man’s high-powered work may well have contributed to his heart attack, but to suggest that the sailors of life do occasionally toss us overboard. God provides the fish. And we stay in the darkness of that belly long enough to crave light and a new day. We prayed that this temporary darkness could be purposeful.
What have you gained from your time in the belly of the fish? Time waiting for test results? Time camping in the wilderness or alone in a big house? Time walking the formal parlors of funeral or nursing homes? Did you bring prayer with you into that darkness?
Special Offering for Storm Damage Relief This Sunday
The Board of Outreach is challenging UPA members to raise money for the Newton CROP Walk this year by offering matching grants from the outreach budget. The Christian Relief Overseas Project (CROP) supports Church World Services, a recognized leader in disaster recovery efforts. CWS has already provided 100,000 Clean-Up Kits to victims of storms Harvey and Irma along the U.S. Gulf Coast and are seeking additional help. Checks contributed with the note “CROP” this Sunday will be matched up to $1,000 by UPA. 75% will be sent to disaster relief by CWS and 25% will remain in our local community to support the following relief efforts:
The Newton Sanctuary and Solidarity Collaborative The Brighton Alston Food Pantry Citizens for Affordable Housing
Please bring a snack to share for our time of refreshments! The Community Board will provide coffee and tea.
Special Church Conference Following Worship
Bill Hoch presented Sunday as a candidate for ministry.
We will gather in the sanctuary around 11:20 for a special church conference called for the purpose of voting on a recommendation by the Staff Parish Relations Committee that UPA member Bill Hoch be approved as a candidate for ministry in the United Methodist Church. We hope a large crowd is on hand to commemorate this important moment! Other business will include updates from six clergy affiliated with our church and plans for two important studies taking place this fall at UPA.
Pictured above: Sheryl Ellis, Director of Religious Education
This is an EXCITING new year for Sunday School! Our nursery will be staffed by three new, warm and engaging childcare workers ,Kia ,Jill, and Maddy! Youth classes are NEW and improved, tackling real questions young people ask of religion. The new Whirl Sunday School curriculum for elementary students is awesome! See SAMPLE lesson HERE!
HERE IS WHERE FOLKS WILL MEET for Class This Sunday, September 17th
Infant to Pre-k :Two child care workers are available for fun in the Nursery.
Lambs – Pre-k to 2nd grade: Meet downstairs in the Classroom LL7 to the right of the kitchen
Doves – 3rd grade to 5th grade: Meet downstairs in Classroom LL2. You go through the Dinning Room and out the door to the right and continue going to the end of the hall all the way down to the right.
6th to 8th grade: Meet in the Centenary Room (near the parish hall.)
8th to 12th grade: Meet in the Dining Room (big hall downstairs.)
We still need volunteers for this Sunday, September 17th. Please consider helping us. Can’t help out this week how about next week or next month? All you have to do is choose a day, time and grade that works best for you. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4aacab2babf49-sunday1
Changes in the UPA Music Program
As many of you know, the Staff Parish Relations Committee has been working with UPA program staff to address recommendations made by 2016 worship consultant Cathy Townley and other sources, which included evaluating and restructuring the music programs at UPA.
Many ideas are being discussed, including introducing new voices to the UPA music scene and working in a broad variety of musical styles to stimulate choir growth and energize the overall worship experience.
We would like to share that as a part of the changes to the music programs at UPA, Jane Leikin has been released from the position of UPA Soprano Section Leader. This decision came after several months of discussion and was not an easy one to make. Jane has been in this role for twenty-five years, leaving us with wonderful memories of stirring solos, duets and choral leadership. We are sincerely grateful for Jane’s years of service to UPA.
The Nine o’Clock Parish Choir
This fall at UPA we will offer a different approach to adult choir rehearsals. Weekly Thursday rehearsal attendance has been low in recent years, and we are hoping that a shift emphasizing Sunday morning rehearsals will be more conducive to regular participation from a larger number of singers.
Rehearsals for the “Nine o’Clock Parish Choir” will be from 9:00 – 9:45am Sunday mornings before the 10:00am service. Child care will be provided from 8:45am through the end of the worship service. It will be a “drop-in” choir; anyone is welcome to join us on any Sunday. A rehearsal the last Thursday of each month from 7:30 – 9:00pm will also be held for those who want an opportunity to preview upcoming anthems. Next Choral Preview night will be Thursday, September 28th.
Please join us! Drop in any Sunday. -Allen LeVines
United Parish of Auburndale
64 Hancock Street, Newton, Massachusetts 02466