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HOPEFEST!

Hello MUMC Friends!
Tomorrow is the long awaited HOPEFEST!  The weather forecast is perfect!  Warm, clear and low humidity.  Check out hopefestnh.org if you haven’t already or download the app on your i-phone so you’ll have all the performance times in your pocket.  Tickets are $40.00 for all of the activities beginning at 10 a.m..   There are some great vendors lined up so you won’t even have to worry about lunch or dinner.  The Music and festivities will be AMAZING!
A reminder that on Sunday MUMC is still having two services.  You do NOT have to pay on Sunday to get in to Hopefest to worship (as some thought) so please don’t let that stop you from praising our God.  The 8:30 service with the Praise Team will be outdoors on the main stage.  The 10:30 service will be in the sanctuary.
I hope to see you both days over the weekend!!!!!!! Hip Hip Hooray!!!
If you’re not able to attend (actually, even if you are!) please pray for the weekend’s success.  Thanks to ALL the people who worked so hard to make this a reality.
Blessings.  Casey

Sunday’s 10:30 combined service/ Potluck

Tomorrow is the last Saturday to prepare for MUMC’s 165th year anniversary and 10th year in this building celebrating with the Bishop during this Sunday’s 10:30 combined service followed by a Potluck, as well as for Hopefest the following weekend !  It will be wonderful to have the church and the grounds looking their very best.

Are you available to help out tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m. or any time through the afternoon?  Setting up for the Bishop and potluck is happening at 9 and outdoor work begins at 9 and goes through the afternoon.  If you can give a couple of hours to lend a hand it would be so appreciated! The more people the more fun!  There will be something for everyone to do. Inside setup and cleaning. Outside weed whacking, brush trimming, sweeping and leaf blowing, pallets to move, and various other things. We need to look our best for all those coming to visit!

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow and then again on Sunday to celebrate with Bishop Devadhar!

A reminder that Rally Day is September 11 with the kids  celebrating together the first day of Sunday School at 9:30.  Second service will continue to begin at 10:30 throughout the year.

Grace and peace, and prayers for a wonderful weekend.

Casey

Hungry and Mission Minded

Hungry?  Hungry and mission minded?  I’ll be at Texas Roadhouse this afternoon, how about you????  Texas Roadhouse in Nashua is donating 10 percent of all meals if the server is told when the guests are seated that they are there to support HOPEFEST!  Any time TODAY from 3-10 p.m.  AND look for someone from MUMC at the Roadhouse selling tickets so YOU will be able to purchase tickets at the Early Bird price of $25.00 rather than the present online price of $35!  Wish I had known that a couple weeks ago!  Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity!  You do need something HOPEFESTy to show your server so print out a page from hopefestnh.org before you go or have your smartphone geared up to do that!

AND that’s not all!  This Saturday night at MUMC, 7 – 8 p.m. the incredible MUMC Praise Band will be giving a preview of the music they will be offering at HOPEFEST, refreshments and all!!!!!!   The Praise Team has been wonderful every evening this week at VBS.  I’m hoping they’ll do a song or two that the kids have been learning this week for the kids at HOPEFEST.

Check out www.hopefestnh.org if you want more information or would like to get involved.  It’s as easy as showing up at the Oval Saturday morning between 9 and 10 to hand out flyers (hint, hint).

Sunday’s service uses the scripture that incorporates, “Eat, drink and be merry”.  Did you even know that was from scripture?  See you in church

Rev. Casey Collins
Milford United Methodist Church
327 North River Road
PO Box 476
Milford, NH  03055
603-673-2669

Sudarshana Devadhar – Re-Appointed

Looking forward on the August church calendar takes my breath away!  So much going on.  So many prayers needed.  So much for which to be grateful.

The United Methodist Church Bishop, Sudarshana Devadhar this past week was re-appointed by the Jurisdictional Conference for another 4 years serving the people of New England.  We are blessed!  Bishop Devadhar will be leading worship at MUMC on August 21 to help celebrate 10 years in this new building and the upcoming 165th year of United Methodist ministry in Milford.  I hope that’s on your calendar as a “must go!”  Check out the August newsletter for biographical information.  He has been an amazing leader within our Conference.  There will be a time to meet and greet during the potluck after the combined 10:30 service.

Vacation Bible School is right around the corner, July 25-29 from 6-8 p.m.  Thanks to all the wonderful folks at last week’s planning meeting.  The next one is Monday at 6:30.  Would love you to join us!!

Tuesday night there is a Welcoming Task Force meeting at 6:30 and a planning team meeting at 7 p.m. for HOPEFEST.  Come check those out as well.

No reason not to be involved in ministry at MUMC with so much going on!

Rev. Casey Collins

Milford United Methodist Church

327 North River Road

PO Box 476

Milford, NH  03055

603-673-2669

VBS / Hopefest

VBS is coming up!  Join in DEEP SEA DISCOVERY from July 25-29, 6 to 8 p.m. whether it’s as an attendee or a volunteer!  There will be a sign up sheet on Sunday after the services and would love to have you join in the fun in whatever capacity.    We will be coordinating volunteers and activities next week.  Feel free also to get in touch with me via email (pastor@milfordumc.org) if you’re away for the fourth of July weekend so not able to sign up yourself or kids up at church.

Another volunteer opportunity!  MUMC would love to have more greeters on the rotation list to greet for the Second Service.   What a fun thing to do – welcome people who come to worship!  Arrive a bit early (around 10 a.m.), greet them and if they are visitors introduce them to others (and to the pastor if I’m nearby) show off the sanctuary and, well, you most likely know what it takes to make people feel at home.  Please let Wendy know at (office@milfordumc.org) if that sounds like something you’d like to do.  Or try it out just once and see how it feels!  Dates currently open are July 24 and 31.

And of course volunteers of all sorts are needed for Hopefest!  It’s just about around the corner!  Steve Rafter is the one to get in touch with for that (sbrou812@aol.com).  If you don’t know what it’s about, check it out at hopefestnh.org.  As Steve says, “It’s gonna be a blast!!!!!”

Wishes for a wonderful Fourth of July as we celebrate the birth of this country (that’s probably going to be a “blast” too).

See you in church!

Rev. Casey Collins

Milford United Methodist Church

327 North River Road

PO Box 476

Milford, NH  03055

 

603-673-2669

The Youth Mission Team/ Mission Quest

What a beautiful Thursday!  I hope you’re able to get outside to experience God’s glorious sunshine.  So nice to see all the different colors of flowers, to pick a fresh strawberry, hear the birds sing and be outside without a coat on!!
That said, this may seem like a strange request (and it is!).  The Youth Mission Team will be leaving for Schenectady, New York directly after the first service.  The Mission Quest they are joining has asked if they would bring new or gently used (ready?) winter clothing for ages 10 and younger.  Anything!  Mittens, coats, sweaters, etc etc.  Tom Knapp and I were discussing this a few days ago and just went, “oh well” to each other, deciding to put the word out to you.  If you would like to contribute but do not have winter apparel at your finger tips, a $5.00 donation would be appreciated as well.  And certainly prayers.  The kids and adults on this adventure could all use prayers!
Perhaps you’ve heard that the New England United Methodist Church Conference last week voted not to abide by the discriminatory language in the Book of Discipline.  This is history making in the UMC!  Two other conferences have followed suit since then and 6 others have declared that they will consider candidates for ordination only by their call and gifts.
HOPEFEST plans continue and they are getting more and more exciting!!!!!  Please check out hopefestnh.org if you haven’t already.  Actually, even if you have checked it out, go back and look again since things are being added often including a radio spot that our own Steve Rafter did and he’s awesome!!!!!
“This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!”
Rev. Casey Collins
Milford United Methodist Church
327 North River Road
PO Box 476
Milford, NH  03055
603-673-2669

A Vigil to Support the Orlando LGBTQ Community

Please join us at the Milford United Methodist Church, Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 pm as we stand in solidarity and love with the Orlando LGBTQ community.  This will be a vigil in support of the victims, their families, friends, and community. All are welcome (327 North River Rd, Milford)

Rev. Casey Collins

Milford United Methodist Church

327 North River Road

PO Box 476

Milford, NH  03055

603-673-2669

Talented Youth

You missed a wonderful Youth led service last Sunday if you weren’t there.  Such a talented bunch of kids!!  Loved all of it, the skit, the readings, the sermon, the acolytes….  everything.  Thanks to all the teachers and volunteers who provided such wonderful leadership and mentoring.  A big huge special thanks to Susan Drew, the “leader of the pack” whose love of God and whose leadership made it such a special year.

In case you tried to find Hopefest information via the site included in this email last week, please note that the following is the one that should be used so please delete that last one!  Really really, try this out!  Especially as Hopefest gets closer and closer your input will be essential.  See what’s going on at:

http://Hopefestnh.org

 

Next Thursday through Saturday Callie (your lay representative) and I will be at the New England UMC Annual Conference in Manchester.  Always an inspiring time and an opportunity for worship, Bible study and to catch up on the business aspect of the denomination in New England.  We will be back each evening so if you need to reach me please use the church Parsonage phone number leaving your message, name and phone number and I’ll get back to you when I return.

 

See you Sunday!

 

Rev. Casey Collins

Milford United Methodist Church

327 North River Road

PO Box 476

Milford, NH  03055

 

603-673-2669

Youth Sunday

Good morning all!
Tomorrow from 7:30 to 1 is the AAAAwesome YAARD Sale!  It always amazes me how much “stuff” gathers to find a new home.  People have been working hard to put it together.  Start with breakfast and then move on to finding treasures!
FYI the Newsletter went into the Mail yesterday.  The copier broke down in the midst of printing it (yes, again!), so it’s a bit late but I predict some good reading to reach your mailbox very soon.
MUMC’s YOUTH will be leading Sunday’s service.  I can’t wait to have them be part of the morning.  Thanks to Susan Drew for organizing.  Please come and support the great kids of the church.
A reminder that beginning on July 3 the SECOND service will be starting 15 minutes earlier, at 10:30.  If you forget and come a bit late, don’t turn around, come in anyway!  The 8:30 service remains at 8:30.
And if you haven’t already it’s time to check out HopeFest, MUMC’s Christian music festival coming up in August.  www.hopefestNH.org    Tickets are on sale now.  This will be AMAZING!
Enjoy this day that God has given you!
Rev. Casey Collins
Milford United Methodist Church
327 North River Road
PO Box 476
Milford, NH  03055
603-673-2669

MUMC is now the newest Reconciling Congregation in New England

Good morning,

A few reminders:

Please bring in your items for the Awesome Yaaard Sale this Saturday, 9-11 so there is plenty of time to price everything!

HopeFest is moving forward.  It will be wonderful!  Be in touch with Steve Rafter if you’d like to help out in any aspect of this incredible event.  Tickets are now on sale!   Check it out!!!

https://hopefestnh.org/hopefest-tickets-now-on-sale/

And, if you haven’t already, please check out the new Milford UMC app that you can find on your phone or i-pad’s app store by searching for the church’s name.  It’s awesome!  Many people use it for their electronic giving as well as checking out what’s going on at the church.  There is also a Bible passage look-up and so much more.

The Administrative Council last night decided not to host a Family Movie Night in June due to the many graduations in the area the same weekend.  Stay tuned for July’s movie/game night offering!

With around 40 people at the Administrative Council meeting, last night hosted a good and respectful conversation before the team voted on whether or not to become a Reconciling Congregation.  The final recommendations from the congregation came in at 69 in favor, 33 opposed and 3 neutral. Thanks to all who participated.   The Administrative Council then took the official vote based on thoughtful discussion and the congregation’s over 2/3’s support in favor.  MUMC is now the newest Reconciling Congregation in New England. Congratulations MUMC.

Our friend Jim Lawler is leading the service on Sunday.  You’ll be learning more about the Trinity! The first Sunday in June will be led in its entirety by the youth of MUMC.  I can’t wait!  The kids have put in a lot of time into a meaningful service.  Please be there to support this generation of MUMC!

I will be away this week.  If you need pastoral assistance, call the church office and go to my extension (12) and you will get the phone number of Rev. Hank Junkin from the Episcopal Church who is covering for me.  Rev. Bob Morgan is covering as well but he won’t be available until after the weekend.

Have a wonderful morning of joy as you walk with God this day.  Blessings.  Casey

Rev. Casey Collins

Milford United Methodist Church

327 North River Road

PO Box 476

Milford, NH  03055

603-673-2669