October 19,2014 Order of Worship

Chilmark Community Church
October 19,2014
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost/Laity Sunday
Laity Sunday is an invitation for the whole church to remember that all the baptized, lay and clergy together, are the people of God. Our English word “laity” comes from the Greek word “laos” meaning, “people.” That same word lies at the root of another “worship word”liturgy“— , which means “work of the people” (plus the Greek work, —work). Worship every Sunday is to be “the work of the people”—a people of many gifts and differing roles.
Gathering Music
Welcome and invitation to be quiet.
Prelude  :     Chorale “Be Content” J.S. Bach


Hymn 2027 “As A Deer Thirst for the Water”

Call to Worship
Psalm  96 page 815

Hymn p.558  “We Are the Church”

Prayer    (unison)
You know each of us by name, O God, and in your sight we have found favor, yet our minds cannot comprehend the vision of your glory or the vastness of your love. Grant that as we glimpse your greatness, reflected in your many gifts, we may always return to you the praise that is yours alone. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Passing the Peace  ( Without leaving your pew, please greet your neighbor with the Peace of Christ.

Musical Interlude   : Aria “When Thou Art Near”

Lessons for this date:  Exodus 33:12-23; Thessalonians 1:1-10

Discussion  :

Hymn 103 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Concerns and Celebrations
God of mercy and healing, you who hear the cries of those in need, receive these petitions of your people that all who are troubled may know peace, comfort, and courage.
silent prayer
Life-giving God, heal our lives, that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds and offer you thanks from generation to generation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn 95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow”

Prayer of Dedication (unison)
Mysterious God, Thank you for drawing close to you. Help us, through these gifts to bring You to others.
God of all who wander in the wilderness,  you go before us as beacon and guide. Lead us through all danger, sustain us through all desolation, and bring us home to the land you have prepared for us. Amen.

*Closing Hymn # 671 “Lord Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing”
Benediction:   Rev. Arlene Bodge

Postlude : Praise for Peace Frederich F. Flemming

Organist:  Carol Loud
Worship leader: Emily Broderick
Discussion leader:  Pam Goff

Steeple and Cross Repair Completed

1-DSCF0002Steeple repaired, scraped and painted.  No leaks!  Cross gilded and reattached to top of spire with new bracket.  Below are photographs of the cross being replaced.

image-13image-17image-291-DSCF0002image-15New base of cross.

Steeple repaired, scraped and painted.  New wood on bell chamber and roof at base sealed.  Cross repaired and new bracket constructed to replace it on top of steeple.  Lightning rod attached.


“Spirit Song a Triumph”

DSCF0008Lia Kahler entertained a full house with her fabulous voice on Sunday, September 14.Also performing were her friends Phil Dietterich, organ, and Richard Gordon, piano. P1010010

Phil played his original arrangements of two spirituals, Ride On King Jesus and There is a Balm in Gilead.

DSCF0006Richard played a stirring piano concerto, Allegro de concierto por piano by Enrique Granados,  that made the church instrument sing and shout.      But simultaneously to the concert was a silent auction which raised over $2,500.
DSCF0001 DSCF0004And prior to the concert Lia had fund raised for the steeple fund.
Lia’s good friends manned the auction:

DSCF0003…and the “Door”.

DSCF0005Not shown: Lia’s sister, Ann Nelson who was the usual backbone to the day’s proceedings.    Fabulous refreshments were provided by church members with their grateful hearts for this beautiful occasion that raised enough funds to repair and paint the steeple and replace the 80 year old cross that was damaged in Hurricane “Sandy”.

Steeple and Cross Repairs begin

September 8 at 7:30 Francis Allard and John Leecock arrived to begin work on steeple restoration.  Remember Lia Kahler’s concert “Spirit Song”  on Sunday at 3  to raise funds for this project.

The riggers access the roof.

DSCF0001DSCF0003Frank shows John the cross.  They will take it home with them for repairs.

DSCF0002Francis Allard measures for new bracket for cross.

DSCF0008John Kevin Leecock continues scraping after initial power wash.

A prayer from August 24

God our holy Parent, the magnitude and mystery of the universe is a simple thing to you; help us to come to you with both awe and trust.  Christ Jesus our holy Brother, the wonder of the Gospel of love is a free gift from you; help us to come to you with open hearts.  Spirit-Truth, our holy Friend, the power that sustains all things is contained in your intimacy; help us to come to you with high expectations.  Please bless us, most loving God, for in your blessing is our health and our happiness.  AMEN

THE NET: Youth group beings in Sept.

Stay posted for further information.

Island churches are forming an ecumenical youth group. Its proposed name is The Net. Please read the guiding principles and goals below and then sign off on this memorandum if you wish to participate. Each participating church is expected to provide financial support and assist a paid youth group leader.


Guiding Principles:

  1. The goal is to provide a safe place where students can grow and share their faith.
  2. The Net will serve students in grades 7-12, beginning September, 2014.
  3. Character education and faith development will be stressed. Though we may not study scripture, this will be a faith-based program (for example, we expect to end each meeting with The Lord’s Prayer).
  4. At least one clergy person from a participating church will be present at every meeting. Participating churches will also be asked to provide adult lay leaders on occasion (for regular meetings and special events or trips), who will also be asked to contribute to the life of the group (e.g., get to know the students and take and active role in the group).
  5. There will be no “discipling” and no proselytizing.
  6. Safe Church policies will be followed. Leaders and volunteers will be CORIed.


Proposed Format:

The Net will meet on Sundays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm from September 14 – May 17. If school is not scheduled for Monday, the Youth Group will not meet, therefore meeting dates are:

September 14, 21 and 28 (3) February 1, 8 and 22 (3)

October 5, 19 and 26 (3) March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 (5)

November 2, 9, 16 and 23 (4) April 12 and 26 (2)

December 7 and 14 (2) May 3, 10 and 17 (3)

January 4, 11 and 25 (3)

There will be 28 meetings, plus a winter ski trip, and a mission trip in the spring.

We will hold meetings at Island churches on a rotating basis. One church will host in September, October and November. A second church will host in December, January and February. A third church will host in March, April and May.

We will hire and pay one leader, who will be supported by clergy and lay people from the participating churches. Details about staffing and accounting for paid position are available upon request.


Ghana trip invitation May 26-June 9

 October Update:  Plans may change due to health issues in Africa.  Please contact Carol and David for current information.

August 2, 2014

  Dear Friend:  At one time you indicated interest in possibly travel with us to Ghana. Enclosed is our next proposed trip scheduled for May 26- June 9, 2015.  Although, it is still about 10 months away, tentative bookings are being made with British Airways. Reservations have been made at the

. There is room for the first 8 people to sign up. Please consider this as an invitation to join us on this venture. 


Proposed 2015 Mission Trip to Ghana

The Following Are Approximate Costs for the Following Itineraries

Depart Boston, Miami, New York, or Toronto –Tuesday, May 26. 2015. Transfer in Heathrow, London, England for 7 hour flight to Accra, Ghana, West Africa. Arrive at Accra, the next evening and immediately depart for Ho.

This trip presupposes a group of not less than six, nor more than twelve (First come, first served)

During our Ghana stay, we will primarily be housed at the Kekeli Hotel, the Social Center of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in the city of Ho. Clean and comfortable, with air-conditioning, each room will be for two guests and will have an in-room bathroom, cold water shower, and sink. Bottled drinking water will be available for in-room use. Meals will be prepared and served in the dining room of the hotel and will feature a mixture of Ghanaian and continental food, sensitive to our dietary needs. Three meals a day are included in the cost. All fees, tips, lodging and ground travel as well as admissions are covered. This includes 12 days in Ghana, departing May 26, 2015 and arriving back June 9, 2015

Lodging for the trip to Cape Coast-Elmina area is still in the process of being settled.

The Ghana experience will include a Worship opportunity in a village in the region of Ho each Sunday. We will join the people of the villages and communities of the Volta Region. All participants on the trip will participate in age/skill appropriate mission projects to include such things as physical labor at a work site, teaching in a school in the Ho district, work in a medical clinic, presence in a hospital, or with the EP Church. During the time in Ghana, we will try to arrange daily cultural presentations to arts, dance, drum, song, fabric making, culture, and/or history.

We will make a four-hour trek to Cape Coast area where we will visit a Slave Fort and Kakum National Park which has a canopy walk over the rainforest.

Afternoons will be reserved for periods of rest and relaxation or free time for exploring the city and market of Ho and perhaps a visit to Tafi Monkey Sanctuary, Wili Waterfall or Keta Sea Defense.

Ghana (Estimated): $3,150 Boston, Toronto, New York, or Miami

Plus Visa Required: $60-100 Plus Shots required:Yellow fever, malaria meds, etc.

Contact:The Rev. David Christensen telephone: 1-860-759-0791

Box 50, West Tisbury, MA 02575 email: dgcatbcc@aol.com


Send Deposit of $200 by September 25, 2014 for air and trip mailed to Rev. Christensen

Send Payment of $1,000 by November 30, 2014 mailed to Rev. Christensen

Send Payment of $1,050 by March 15, 2015 - mailed to Rev. Christensen

The first checks should be made out to “The Federated Church” with the notation “Ghana Travel.”

Balance Due $900 by May 1, 2015

The final check should be made out to David Christensen with notation “Ghana travel.”

Note: Payment details on  attached Proposed Form


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“Spirit Song” September 14

On "stage"

On “stage”

September 14 at 3, the concert of songs, arias and spirituals sung by mezzo-sooprano, Lia Kahler with friends.
Silent auction at 2.
Info about “Spirit Song”

What: Catalyst Concert of songs, spirituals, arias and solo works for piano and organ

Why: To raise funds for the estimated $20,000 repair of the steeple and cross of the Chilmark Community Church damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Who: Lia Kahler, mezzo-soprano, with fellow artists and friends, pianist Richard Gordon, organist Philip Dietterich, and readers Arlene Bodge and Dan Cabot

When: Sunday afternoon September 14, 2014, 3:00 p.m. Preceded by Silent Auction at 2:00, during intermission and at the reception following the concert

Where: Chilmark Community Church, Menemsha Crossroad

Other info:

Arlene and Dan will be readers of the English texts of Brahm’s “Four Scriptural Songs”

Silent auction: Special item up for bid: a ride for up to 5 to a private picnic on the North Shore chauffeured by Bob Ganz at the wheel of his 1926 Lincoln convertible; other items – dining certificates, prints, jewelry, stocking stuffers and other surprises.






Chilmark reaches goal of $500 for Imagine No Malaria

As of Sunday, with the help of Bob’s matching funds,   Chilmark  Community Church surpassed it’s goal of $500 for the campaign.  We’ll be sending the New England Conference $571 toward the goal. See below.

Can We Catch a Killer?

Every 60 seconds, malaria claims a life in Africa. The people of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church are unified in the fight against a needless killer with Imagine No Malaria.

Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary effort of the United Methodist Church as we put our faith into action all across the denomination to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother. Our goal in the New England Annual Conference is to save 150,000 lives by raising $1.5 million for Imagine No Malaria.

New England Campaign Progress:

Achieving the goal of ending preventable deaths by malaria requires an integrated strategy against the disease. As a life-saving ministry, Imagine No Malaria aims to empower the people of Africa to overcome malaria’s burden. We in the New England Conference join with other United Methodists to fight malaria with a comprehensive model.

In 2006, we entered into the fight with Nothing But Nets program. Imagine No Malaria will continue to support Nothing But Nets and build partnerships, because bed nets are an effective tool against the disease.

We are making a difference

But there is still more work to do

Just a few short years ago, statistics showed a child died every 30 seconds of malaria. Today, because of your dedicated and generous support by United Methodists, malaria’s impact has been cut in half.

According to the World Health Organization (World Malaria Report 2011), this disease now claims a life every 60 seconds. We seek to end all preventable deaths from malaria, so our journey continues….

Now, Imagine No Malaria helps us take the next step in this fight (think of it as Nets Plus). We’re doing more and addressing this issue on a variety of fronts, including Prevention, Education, Communications, and Treatment.

To date, Imagine No Malaria is responsible for the distribution of 1.2 million insecticide-treated bed nets throughout the continent.
We know that local people are the most credible and trusted source for information about malaria. We have trained more than 5,400 community health workers to personally deliver mosquito nets and measure usage rates. Recent efforts in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo have produced net usage rates exceeding 80 percent.
Behavior-change communication includes how to use and care for a bed net, and when to seek treatment for the disease. In addition to word-of-mouth outreach, the United Methodist radio station in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) broadcasts messages about malaria to thousands of listeners each day.
The United Methodist Church operates more than 300 hospitals, clinics and health posts throughout Africa. This vital healthcare infrastructure is a critical part of how we will overcome the disease. In order to be effective, however, these facilities must have life-saving resources like rapid diagnostic tests and malaria medication.





Generous Lobster Roll, chips and drink:  $15

Big, fresh baked cookies $1

The Lobster Crew at Chilmark Church, June 26,2012

The “cooks”.

“Money Changers”

Prized repeat customer!


August 7, 2012