A message from our Pastor – March 2024

Worship Time
10:00 AM
1 Church Street
East Harwich, MA 02645
Tel: 508-432-3734
harwichumc@gmail.com

To the People of God at Harwich UMC,  

Are you feeling deflated?  We have had 2 high-flying helium-filled “Hot Air Balloons” in the sanctuary since Ash Wednesday on February 14th this year.  Every Sunday recently I was concerned that one or both may have “landed”.  On March 1st the worst happened – one of the balloons was down.

Have you been checking in on your ability to weather the challenges of 2024 and keep UP – keeping up with your mundane and spiritual endeavors – taxes, chores, meetings, and the assignment for our Lenten season:  Being Up to Something Good? For the Lord.

Depression is sometimes our response to the “Bad News” litany broadcast about the upcoming political elections, our annual medical review, and the state of the economy….  Jesus said that we would know the Lord is always near to lift us UP when we are feeling weighed down. 

Journeying through Lent we arrive this month at Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and finally Christ triumphant over the bondage to death: Easter!  March 31st.

My prayer is that you rise every day with the Good News that you are precious to me and the Lord.

On the Journey!

Pastor Dianne

Worship Time

9:30 AM

Harwich UMC

1 Church Street East Harwich, MA 02645 Tel: 508-432-3734

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A message from our Pastor – February 2024

I started to write about that “rare day in May – – – I know, I know, its June, so you will hear it next month. This month will bring Mother’s Day, another festive time (Easter Sunday saw a full church and great message from you know who), good fellowship hour, too. How about a repeat for Mother’s Day? Another May fund-raiser activity MAY come to fruition – a few months ago, Leslie Albee (she is Chairperson of Administrative Council – all are welcome, bring your good ideas or come and listen to others) proposed we do a flea market – rent a table for $50, sell your own stuff, when you’ve made $50 you have broken even and anything over that is gravy! You can do whatever you like with the money – pay a bill, buy groceries or donate it to anything you want. We set up tables for you and take them down at end of sale! No work for you – just make some money and have a good time. I think it’s great and hope to participate! And we hope crafters and good cooks and flower lovers etc in the neighborhood and wider community will be clamoring to rent a table! Speaking of crafters – I said, last month, that I would remind you of “The Tale of the Quilt.” More than ten years ago, a dirty, shabby, woebegone quilt was donated to us – we tried our best to hang it so the lettering would be visible and tried to interest people in its uniqueness – 1862 (when it was made, during the Civil War when it was common to send quilts to the front-fighting area, or for family wedding gifts.) We were so very disappointed that somebody didn’t grab it up. So, one day I was trying to arrange it on a larger hanger. I started looking carefully at the embroidered names and was shocked and amazed to see that the people represented were very familiar to me from Rockland County, New York and Bergen County, New Jersey – the church I was married in, 68 years ago – Greenbush Presbyterian Church, Mt. Tappan, New Jersey – the Blauvelt family I knew well and lots of Dutch names. So, I took the quilt home with me – entreated a Colorado friend on her way to New York to take it. No luck there. Two/three months later, Claudia and I went “home” for a function and I took the quilt (now becoming an albatross!) to a friend’s house. They were hosting a Sunday after-church party – a quilter-person was there, she was astounded at our find and took it to the local Historical Society, who were equally astounded. End of tale coming up – Historical society renewed and cleaned and patched up this pathetic looking marvel, hermetically sealed it in queen sized glass case, had newspaper coverage of opening display, etc. When the Historical Society president called me to tell me of the “hoopla” he said their exhibits were all donated! I said “we are selling it to you” – I said “We want $100, please” end of conversation. Check in the mail to our little Thrift Shop an few days later. The end. Dot is back from R & R in Florida, rarin’ to go – to accept any of you who would like to apply to be a volunteer. Also, due back in May, hopefully, Carolyn, another hard worker, from her winter home in Florida. Wendy S. has been a real plus during the dark days of winter and now will be returning to upstate New Yorki for the summer. So many of our customers were sick recently with pneumonia and or bronchitis, including our own, Bill and Maryanne – he with pneumonia and she with bronchitis. Shalom and see in you worship, JW

A message from our Pastor – December 2023

Worship Time
10:00 AM
1 Church Street
East Harwich, MA 02645
Tel: 508-432-3734
harwichumc@gmail.com

Christmas Past, Present and Future,

Beginning in 2012 I had the opportunity to accompany Al LePage on the organ as he took on the role of Englishman Thomas Hutchinson, Traveling Thespian, and did a dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol in the style of Charles Dickens.

We met when Al was asked to perform in Franklin for the Historical Society and since Franklin UMC was next door LePage asked to use the Victorian style Methodist church as the venue. LePage regularly came home from the Pacific Northwest to visit family and perform for the benefit of local Food Pantrys in the Middlesex County area and at the Parker House in Boston.

Providing music for the scene changes and featuring Bach’s Toccata in D minor https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=shared&v=erXG9vnN-GI for Marley’s ghost, I joined him until 2018. We played at the Wayside Inn Chapel, the Old South Meeting House, the Sherborn Unitarian Church, Providence RI and several other venues during those years.

This year members of Harwich UMC have the opportunity to use A Christmas Carol as our Advent/ Christmas study and devotionals.

Al’s father died near Thanksgiving in 2019 and Al no longer comes East from The Pacific Northwest where he is a park ranger who regularly portrays historic persons. Others have taken up the role and provide dramatic readings of A Christmas Carol but in Christmases Past Al filled an important niche in providing an historic entertainment and funds for Food Pantrys in the area.

Your contributions to the people of Harwich and neighboring communities thru your capabilities, our Thrift Shop and our presence here at 1 Church St changes lives. Thank-you for the Christmases Past, present and – God willing- for many years to come.

Your pastor,

Dianne

Worship Time

9:30 AM

Harwich UMC

1 Church Street East Harwich, MA 02645 Tel: 508-432-3734

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A message from our Pastor – November 2023

Worship Time
10:00 AM
1 Church Street
East Harwich, MA 02645
Tel: 508-432-3734
harwichumc@gmail.com

To the People of God at Harwich UMC,

Gratitude is the attitude of the season and as the year has whizzed by I often forget what has been overcome by God’s grace and a committed community of God’s people.  We have so much to be grateful for …

Personally, I am grateful that the church helped me recover from what was a serious fall – it took most of the spring to resume driving myself to church.  After 10 weeks of people bringing Zoey and myself to church and back to Centerville, on May 13th I drove to Jo Buess’ Memorial Service and regained a measure of independence!  Thank-you for Pastors David and Ed who led worship during the month of February, for meals and company, tending the parsonage and so many prayers!

__The church and the community appear to be emerging from the effects of Covid though there are still outbreaks.

__The Thrift shop has continued to serve the community thru faithful volunteers. 

__As a church family we have continued to have steady attendance as people come and go with busy lives!

__We anticipate a new day for the United Methodist Church around issues of inclusion. 

It is easy to feel the loss of Saints who have left us because of the need to relocate near family.  We lament the passing of loved ones who have served long among us.  Gratitude includes the sober recognition of a goodly heritage and the opportunity to answer God’s call to service “where we are planted!”

As we anticipate our All Church Conference on November 26th , my prayers are that your Thanksgiving 2023 gratitude list is long and your challenges few.

With sincere gratitude for God’s bringing us to this place to be in ministry together I am Yours in the Love of the Lord.

Pastor Dianne

Worship Time

9:30 AM

Harwich UMC

1 Church Street East Harwich, MA 02645 Tel: 508-432-3734

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A message from our Pastor – October 2023

Worship Time
10:00 AM
1 Church Street
East Harwich, MA 02645
Tel: 508-432-3734
harwichumc@gmail.com

To the People of God at Harwich UMC

The month of October has at least 2 well-known dates, “Columbus Day” and Halloween!   And like recent Covid history, they both feature Masks….

The  Halloween excuse to “become something else” for a day has a long association with CANDY for young people and some fun as well as some darker associations with the macabre.  For the Music Teacher it is the opportunity to have the class listen to Camille Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre:  FYI:   https://youtu.be/YyknBTm_YyM?feature=shared

The night before the Holy Day of All Saints is the recognition that we are mortal – a time for prayer, remembering, and centering.  Like so many holy days it has secular connotations that some people resist.  While we stand “unmasked” before God, we tend to have a “public” face for the world and a more vulnerable experience of our “real” selves.  We wear many masks! For many reasons.

Columbus Day has traditionally been recognized as a Day when we celebrated the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492.  However, upon the 500th anniversary of that date in 1992 people started to acknowledge that Indigenous Peoples populated these lands long before Columbus arrived!  There was no need to “discover” and conquer these lands except for the Europeans – and some people made that discovery even before Columbus.  Is it a mask that history wears that refuses to be inclusive of everyone’s reality?

It is said that there is YOUR truth and MY truth and THE TRUTH.  God knows the truth of the masks we wear.  And God Loves all of us equally.  As for me – I love a holiday, a reason to be joyful and take a break.

This year we can pause to remember that God’s history with the world includes all people and God has a history with Indigenous Peoples as well as the invading Europeans who came to live here.  God has an agenda for us to embrace one another instead of hiding behind masks and misconceptions.

Enjoy October 2023 and celebrate that God is Good – All the Time!

Pastor Dianne

Worship Time

9:30 AM

Harwich UMC

1 Church Street East Harwich, MA 02645 Tel: 508-432-3734

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