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Thanksgiving greeting from Rev. Belisle

Chi l mark Community Church

9 Menemsha Crossroad

Chilmark ,  MA 0 2535

Dear Friends in Christ,

I believe most of us know the song , entitled : “What a Wonderful World?”

It says:   “I see trees of green, red roses too .   I see them bloom, for me and for you.

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue, and clouds of whi te . 

The bright blessed day, and the dark sacred night.

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world .

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow, they’ll learn much more, than I’ll ever know.

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world . 

Yes, I think to my self, what a wonderful world. ” (Louis Armstrong)

For me this song expresses an “attitude of gratitude.” The song is hopeful and optimistic.  The author found

joy, life and love in the green trees, the red roses, the blue skies, and even the dark sacred ni ghts.  What

brings joy, love , blessing and thankfulness to you? What are the things for which you are grateful? Are you

thankful for blue skies, red roses and dark sacred nights? Are you thankful for a home, for love d ones,  for  live ,

health and strength ?  I am sure we all  have many things for which we are thankful ! What and who  will you  giv e

thank s for  this thanksgiving ? Kindly  remember your f athers and m others who migrated to these parts and

create a place where we  are able to live, work and worship  in freedom.

Let us  not  forget  the many families who have lost love d ones to COVID 19. Let us remember those who are, in

one way  or the other, are  suffering because of the pandemic . Let us remembe r  the many caregivers in o ur

hospitals and nursing homes who are over worked and over stressed in caring for the sick and  dying.  Please

remember to say  a special prayer for them all.

We give God thanks for who we are and what we have, remembering that all comes from God:

“All  are Thine; no gift have we, Lord of all gifts, to offer Thee: and hence , with grateful hearts today,

Thine own before Thy feet we lay.” (John G. Whittier)

I wish you and yours, a blessed  t hanksgiving!


______________________________ November 202

Ernest Belisle (Minister)

Please see a thanksgiving prayer below .​

Chi l mark Community Church

9 Menemsha Crossroad

Chilmark ,  MA 0 2535

Thanksgiving Words and Prayer

Words before the Prayer

We live in a land rich in harvest.

Yet, many have no bread.

We choose our clothes from many changes.

Yet, many cannot afford our rummage sales.

We live in comfortable houses.

Yet, many have no place to call home.

We have work that feeds mind and body.

Yet, many have jobs that feed neither mind or body

Lord,  we have been richly blessed.

Let us Prayer

Lord, we remember that to those who

much is given, much is expected.

We give you praise and thanksgiving for

all the blessings of this life: for food, for

family, for friends and for love d ones.

On this Thanksgiving Day, bless all our

relationships and keep us health and safe

from all illnesses especially during this

time of COVID 19. Thank you Lord.  Amen

Update from Haiti Oct 27, 2020

Lilavois School where we help support an afternoon teacher.Haiti oct 27Churches were first to open in Haiti, about 2 weeks before the schools.  Most church buildings are reminiscent of the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs and many people wear masks to attend services. Schools then reopened in August. Political instability in the fall and then pandemic closings in the spring caused a delay in the administration of the national exams.  The required classes just sat for the the 2019-2020 national exams in mid-October and schools are on break until the new academic year begins November 9th.  Lack of widespread electricity and technology did not allow for online learning during the shutdowns.  Even learning by television was impossible.
The school in Lilavois opened in August as well.  Sr. Cadet, the principal, reports that the children were so excited to return to school and see friends and resume studies that the students lined up in perfect rows to sing the national anthem without any direction from the teachers.  It is wonderful to see the activity return to the campus! All schools were allowed to open in August and as parents became more confident of their children’s safety, the enrollment in Lilavois slowly returned to pre-pandemic levels.  The children wear masks when they are in class.  Most of the classrooms are well-ventilated and/or three-sided due to the heat and the lack of electricity for fans or air conditioning.
The classes that take the national exam have been focused on studying and reviewing material from the previous academic year since August, trying to catch up from months of closures due to political demonstrations shutting down the country in the fall, followed by pandemic closings from March until August.  As the schools were allowed to open, but the new year had not officially begun, the Lilavois students dd not need to wear their uniforms to attend class.  PeaceQuilts donated masks they made so that any student without a mask could be supplied with one. Those classes not taking the national exam finished the prior school year before beginning their new classes in September.
Officially, the new academic year will begin in November and the state was not paying teachers for August, so the students attending schools with no instructors began to demonstrate and even ransacked one of Lilavois’ sister schools in Lalue in September, damaging desks and chairs, in order to draw attention to the inequality in their education.  They did not feel they could be as prepared for the national exams as students attending private schools where the teachers were being paid and children had been learning since August.
Sr. Cadet initially combined the afternoon school students with the regular school classes for those who were able to attend since the class sizes were smaller when everyone was not back to school.  The afternoon school will begin again in November with the start of the new school year with the help of the teacher sponsorship given by the Chilmark Community Church.  Sr. Cadet sends her thanks on behalf of the school for your support.
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Virginia Stone

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Virginia Stone joined the church as an associate member.  She’s been an active seasonal member for years, always helpful, often sketching, singing and making a joyful noise here in Chilmark. We’re feeling blessed to have her become an associate member.  Virginia And Cliff 2020Virginia with her husband, Cliff.Virginia 2020Outdoor worship during Covid.  The congregation is also on zoom. Here, the worshipers are departing .

M.V. Crop Walk

Please photograph your walk and we’ll post it here!  Collection envelopes are inside the right hand vestibule door at the church.

Walk. Give. Change the world. Join us for the 30th Annual Martha’s Vineyard CROP Hunger Walk-A-Thon, October 1 – 18, 2020! In this time of COVID, the needs of hungry people around the world, in our nation, and on Martha’s Vineyard are so much greater now– the pandemic has threatened the decades-long advances against hunger everywhere.

Examen..R.R. Meditation for 7/28/20

Take Your Time Tuesday        

Balance.  With all that presses upon us, many of us seek balance, a place where we are centered, that spiritual space where we can hold together the blessings and challenges of 2020 and find peace.  In this week’s Take Your Time Tuesday video, author and retired pastor, Steve Garnaas-Holmes, offers us the Examen as a spiritual practice to find balance and embrace a greater consciousness of the situations in our life.

Based in Ignatian spirituality, the Examen asks us to be aware of moments of light and dark, gratefulness and regret, consolation and desolation, and without judgement, to notice them and to move on.  It is a simple practice to find peace in a complex and ever changing world.

Sacred Ground: film and dialog on race

The churches on MV are viewing this movie, SACRED GROUND, for island discussions.Below you will find a description of the program. To register, visit:

Sacred Ground is a film (and readings) based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.

The series is open to all, and specially designed to help white people talk with other white people.  Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope, and love.