Levi Sunday & Spring Concert

What a beautiful morning God has given us!
Sunday is a busy day so be sure to get a good night sleep tomorrow night.  Sunday starts of course with 2 worship services and Sunday School for all ages in between.  Newcomers always welcome!  And it is Levi Sunday!!!!!
Come Sunday morning dressed in your clean up the yard best as the grounds of the church are cleaned, raked, and otherwise spruced up.  Many hands make light work and it’s fun doing it together!  If you have equipment like rakes and wheel barrels that might help bring those along too.  The Weather Channel says the high will be 70 degrees and a bit cloudy.  Perfect!
Sunday still not is done until you’ve attended the Spring Concert at 7 p.m.:  “Is That a Hymn I Hear?”.  All the music venues of MUMC will participate and there will be a chance for you to sing along if you are so inclined.  Don’t miss that or you’ll be regretful when you hear from others how wonderful it was.
Blessings on your day.
Rev. Casey Collins
327 North River Road
PO Box 476
Milford, NH  03055
603-673-2669

Happy Mothers Day

Happy almost Mother’s day to those who have ever mothered a child which I’m guessing is most of you who will be reading this. Mothering is very different than giving birth. It is helping a child walk from infancy to adulthood and everywhere/anywhere in between. I thank all of those who have mothered me throughout my life – teachers, pastors, friends, my sister, colleagues,…Thank You and Happy Mother’s Day! MUMC was going to have an ice cream social tomorrow night for all mothering people but they must be watching their weight as there were no takers so it has been cancelled.

Another reminder of the soon to be Spring Concert. Do NOT miss this! Sunday May 21, 2017, at 7 p.m.
The theme: “Is That a Hymn I Hear?” based on hymns of faith. The MUMC Band, Praise Band, Bell Choir, Grace Notes Ensemble and the Chancel Choir, are participating sharing arrangements of familiar hymn tunes. There will also be time for an audience sing along! Plan to join in, inviting family and friends filling the sanctuary with music and enjoying refreshments and fellowship afterwards.

The YAAARD sale is around the corner! Drop offs are May 27 and June 10 and the sale on June 17, another don’t miss! And it’s not too early to be thinking about the Christmas Craft fair. join in the fun the following Saturday, May 20! – no experience necessary. For questions about the Yard Sale or Craft making check in with Pat Rafter. All volunteers are welcome!

Have a wonderful joy-filled day. See you Sunday. Casey

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

603-673-2669


Holy Hilarity Sunday

I hope you’re all planning on attending worship tomorrow! Tomorrow is Holy Hilarity Sunday, always held on the Sunday following Easter. It is a time honored day from the 1700’s when the church has celebrated the cosmic joke God played on the devil raising Jesus from the dead. The day has been brought back to the Christian church in the last 25 years and is used in many denominations and throughout the world. It has been called many names – Holy Humor Sunday, Bright Sunday and others. It is a worshipful service enveloped by laughter, jokes and fun.

And a reminder that on Tuesday, at 6 p.m. we will start out the evening with a supper of soup and bread followed by a presentation and conversation allowing Veterans’ Voices be heard, their needs, difficulties and what might be done to assist those who served this country so well. The head of the Veterans’ Liberty House in Manchester will be giving a brief talk and answering questions for us. We would love to have a head count so there is enough food so please rsvp to this email if you plan to attend. MUMC’s new group, VOICES (formerly the Welcoming Task Force) is hosting this needed conversation.

Blessings on you and this day that God has given to us.

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

603-673-2669


Holy Week

It seems impossible that Easter is just over a week away.  How often have you contemplated during this season of Lent exactly why we celebrate Easter?  It’s a far greater gift than chocolate Easter eggs!  Jesus gave his life.  What have you done for him?  One thing we can do is attend services during Holy Week to remember the journey Jesus was on that last week of his life.   Too many of us go from the celebration of Palms with Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem to the celebration of Easter without witnessing the week Jesus experienced in between.  On Sunday (April 9) we will take that walk with Jesus as we journey with him through each day of the week.  A moving service reminding us of God’s great gift to the world.  On Maundy Thursday at 7:00 join some of Jesus’ closest friends as we see their reactions at the Last Supper and contemplate his death.  And then Easter Sunday, Jesus lives!  Easter will be celebrated with the UCC congregation at 6:30 a.m. followed by breakfast.  Then make your way back to MUMC at either 8:30 or 10:30.  Glorious Day!

What TOMORROW MORNING holds is the PROM Shop!  Know anyone wanting to go to their Prom but cannot afford the clothes appropriate for the gala?  Send them to MUMC tomorrow from 9-noon to pick from a large assortment of beautiful outfits.

This Saturday (tomorrow) there is a Spaghetti Dinner beginning at 5 p.m. come for a Spaghetti Dinner in support the Youth Group’s summer mission trip!

The RED CROSS blood drive is on Thursday, April 13 from 9-2

Lots going on at MUMC.  I hope you’ll be there.

Blessings.  Casey

Rev. Casey Collins

Milford United Methodist Church

327 North River Road

PO Box 476

Milford, NH  03055

603-673-2669


Support the Youth

Am hoping you all survived the storm on Tuesday!  It’s beautiful out there – that’s the only thing I can think of that’s good about a snow storm in March!
Four of us attended a gathering on Youth this past Saturday presented by the Conference (paid for by mission shares) gathering information about supporting our kids, motivating them to become more involved in their journey with God.  Although a long day, we did glean some great information.  In that regard, let’s begin by being more supportive of them!
Did you know 16 youth attended a lock-in at the church this past weekend??  The youth group is holding a fund raising breakfast this coming Saturday, March 18 to raise money for their summer mission trip.  Breakfast will be at the MASONIC LODGE, 30 Mont Vernon St., Milford from 8-11 a.m.  Please support the youth, by getting a great meal for a meager donation of $7.00!
After breakfast on Saturday, make your way over to the church to join the Christmas Crafters from 10-1 or anytime in between.  A fun bunch of folk preparing for Christmas, no experience necessary.  The recent snow should help with the spirit!
If you know any youth who might like to get involved with the MUMC youth group please ask them to make their way to Lefty’s Lanes this Sunday in Milford from 4:30 – 6:00, meeting at the bowling alley at 4:30.   Thanks to Kerri-Lynn and Tom for being such great youth leaders.  Contact either one with questions or give me a call and I’ll get your questions to them.
Have a great rest of the week!  See you Sunday.
Rev. Casey Collins
327 North River Road
PO Box 476
Milford, NH  03055
603-673-2669

Centering Prayer

Good morning!

Some opportunities for you:

Tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at MUMC we’ll be watching the highly rated film “13th” which shows what happened after the 13th amendment was passed.  I hope you can join in.

If you are interested in MUMC kids and their future with God please consider attending a Tri-State District resource day a week from tomorrow, March 11 from 9:30-2:30 with presenters skilled in developing and maintaining an effective youth ministry.  There are 4 of us going and we’d love to add to that number.  Interested? Please let me know to carpool to Eliot, Maine which is about an hour’s drive.  Our Mission Shares have paid for this event.

As we are now on our Lenten journey, especially in that spirit, I invite you to spend extra time in conversation with God, getting to know Jesus better and what it means to have him love you so very much.  At 12:15 on Sunday Kathy Wood will be leading the topic of “Centering Prayer,” one way to do that.  The following Sunday at 12:15 will begin a 5 week study on the Prodigal Son.  I hope these are on your calendar as a way to delve into a more spiritual life.

Blessings.  Casey

Rev. Casey Collins

Milford United Methodist Church

327 North River Road

PO Box 476

Milford, NH  03055

603-673-2669

Service of Ashes

What awesome weather we’ve been having!  Hope you’ve been able to enjoy it.

A reminder that Lent begins this coming Wednesday, March 1.  There will be a Service of Ashes that evening at 7:00 beginning the journey with Jesus toward the cross.  There is a Lenten Meditation Calendar for you to pick up at church.  It looks like a child’s coloring page with a lily in the midst of it but when you read the directions underneath the picture you’ll see it is much more than that, a way to get closer to Jesus as you make your way to Easter.

At 12:15 this Sunday, Steve Rafter will be leading us in how to incorporate Breath Prayer in our daily lives, what it is and how to use it.  I hope you can join in for that.  The following Sunday Kathy Wood will lead us through Contemplative Prayer.  So many have said they want to “grow spiritually”.  This is one of any opportunities MUMC offers to do that.

Tomorrow, Saturday from 10-1 join with the CRAFTERS preparing for the next Christmas fair.  It truly does have to start this early to insure the wonderful success the fair always is.  It’s a fun group and they would love to have YOU there for all or part of that time.  No experience necessary!

And just a reminder that there is an AP for your smart phone or ipad or similar device that you can download for free with an abundance of information about MUMC including the calendar, the church newsletter, prayer requests, a way to donate online and much more.  Check it out!  Search for Milford UMC at the ap store.  See Rudy if you have any questions.

Blessings on your day!

Rev. Casey Collins

Milford United Methodist Church

327 North River Road

PO Box 476

Milford, NH  03055

603-673-2669

Will you be ready to walk that road with him?

Good winter morning to you all.  I hope you’re able to stay home, safe and warm.  It is mighty pretty out there!
White Privilege continues on Saturday, 9-10:30.  It’s had an awesome turnout and awesome conversation.  Each day is a different aspect in itself so even if you’ve not been previously, still join in!
Sunday begins a 3 week series on prayer from 12:15 to 1:30.  This first week will look at prayer from a Biblical stand point, the following Sunday will focus on Breath prayer and the last Sunday on Centering prayer.  This will be a wonderful preparation time leading into Lent as Jesus makes his way to the cross.  Will you be ready to walk that road with him?
We have someone looking for a audio version of the 2016 Christmas Concert who had planned to record it but neglected to push the “on” button.  If you are in possession of one, please let me know and I’ll see that you connect with the person in need.
Most of you perhaps already know as it was announced in church last Sunday that I have been appointed to the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church in Cape Elizabeth, Maine as of July 1.  As much as I will miss so many of you at MUMC I am excited about this move. The announcement about who will be coming to Milford could happen anytime, most likely in the next month or so.  Please keep MUMC, the Cape Elizabeth church and myself in your prayers during these next months of transition.
Blessings on your day.  Casey
Rev. Casey Collins
327 North River Road
PO Box 476
Milford, NH  03055
603-673-2669

Meaningful Time

Good Saturday morning before a snow storm to you! I hope you will all be in a safe place, warm and comfortable for its duration, and while I’m hoping, I hope the roads and driveways are all clear by early tomorrow morning so there’s no struggle getting to worship God together!

Thanks to all who made Christmas such a meaningful time; the music, the fair, worship, food, the good wishes and joy of the season. May you take this Christmas spirit with you throughout the New Year. Thanks as well for appreciated Christmas gifts, I treasure each one. My church gift will be used as a deposit on a week long quilting workshop next September. Registration opens on Monday and there’s only room for 15 so I’ll be one of the first to hold a place. It most always fills up quickly. I went to the same one this past September and am excited to take it to another level! Thank you thank you for helping make this possible.

There are many activities coming up at MUMC in the near future. Beginning Saturday, January 14 for 6 weeks from 9 to 10:30 a.m. will be a study on White Privilege. To many these words sound accusatory, yet they are not meant to be. The time together will open eyes to what brothers and sisters of color experience and what we all do to even subconsciously take part, no matter how inclusive we might be. If you’re not certain this would be meaningful, try it out for the first week or two and see.

There will be a Bible study taking place after second service beginning near the end of January. Stay tuned for more information about that one. On February 18, if you are the parent/s of a young child, MUMC will be hosting a Parent’s Night out from 5-7 p.m. giving parents a dinner time alone in honor of Valentine’s Day. Rumor has it that the kids will be viewing Finding Dory and being fed fun food.

Worship tomorrow and the following Sunday will focus on different aspects of Jesus’ baptism. I hope you can be there.

Blessings. Casey

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

603-673-2669

Salvation Army Bell Ringing 2016

Only a few days left before we usher in Christmas.  Are you ready for Jesus to be reborn into your life?

A reminder that on Sunday, Christmas Day there will be only one service at 10:30.  Christmas Eve will see services at 5, 7 and 11 p.m.

Tami asked that I forward the following information.  Please be in touch with her asap if you can lend a hand!

Salvation Army Bell Ringing 2016 ………… So far this year we have only collected a fraction of what we’ve been able to collect in past years.  This is primarily due to the number of ringers that we’ve had participate this year.  With 80 percent of the monies collected staying local, this is a great way for us to support needs in our community.  If you are able to ring for 1 hour either tomorrow or Christmas Eve please e-mail Tami Davis-Betelak (martin.betelak@comcast.net) or text/call Tami at 801-5256.  

Current Needs:

Friday at Shaws … 12-1p, 1-2p, 2-3p, 3-4p, 4-5p, 5-6p

               Market Basket … 12-1p, 3-4p, 4-5p, 5-6p

Saturday at Shaws … 9-10a

               Market Basket … 11a-12n, 12-1p, 1-2p, 2-3p, 3-4p

(The temperature tomorrow is forcasted at 43* high and Saturday 40*)

Wishes for a blessed Christmas

Rev. Casey Collins

Milford United Methodist Church

327 North River Road

PO Box 476

Milford, NH  03055

603-673-2669