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Steve Garnaas-Holmes at Rolling Ridge..

Has the change of seasons got you down?

Is the turmoil and chaos of our current political environment left you hopeless?

Do you wonder where God is in these uncertain times?

Have you lost your spiritual groove and would you like to get it back?

Join retreat leader Steve Garnaas-Holmes  on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 9:30am-3:30pm for this truly special Day Apart Retreat.

Come and be set free to discover hope and encounter the Beloved.

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Peace Quilts “Pop Up ” at coffee hour.

Sunday, Sept 16 saw coffee hour  cheered up with beautiful quilts and hand made products from Haiti. 20180916_10071420180916_100719During the “Mission Moment” in the service, Carolyn Stoeber had described her work with Peace Quilts which offers women jobs and future economic stability as part of this co-operative. The work was received enthusiastically. DSCF0171DSCF0172DSCF0173

Carolyn is also our contact for the Lilivois School project near Port au Prince to fund afternoon instruction for children and adults  who cannot afford to go to school during regular tuition class hours.

Offerings of Music and Light

2017 Music and Light signDecember 3/10/17  Sundays 5 p.m.  Free music and light.

December 3.. 60 or more people came to see and hear:

Symphonietta:sinphoniettaFlute:  Holly Wayman

Merrily Fenner and “Serendipity”

Aaron Jackson and The Baptist church band.

Harriet Ottesen

Jesse Keller and Leah Crosby

Adele Dreyer

Lia Kahlerlia 2017Followed by a reception fueled by Claire Ganz1203171654_resizedclaire and the coffe cups Dec. 10..ever more fabulous concert..

dec 17 phil dietterichPhil Dietterich on organ..

second try Chris CarrollChris Carroll and friends.  Not pictured: Jan Heyer – cello,  Armen Hanjian – musical saw, Avi Lev – Irish pipes, Lia Kahler – mezzo soprano, Sean McMahon – singer/songwriter, Atzic Marquez -violaatzik 2

Church World Service Harvey Response

Church World Service
With a lull in the rainfall, people begin to clean out their flooded homes in Houston.
“Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.”
Song of Solomon 8:7
Dear friends,

Your congregation has always been attentive to the least of these – and we’ve been so grateful that you include us as a partner in your mission to care for others. Through your CWS Blankets gifts, you’ve faithfully provided warmth and stability to those in need over the past years.

Given your heart for ministry, we wanted to keep you posted about our most recent response to Hurricane Harvey. It is yet another humbling example where, because faith communities like yours mobilize, we are able to respond quickly. Even now, we are getting ready to send well over 100,000 CWS Kits and Blankets to people who have experienced sudden and sweeping loss.

As we move to action, we invite you to pray with us. There is strength when we petition for and lament with our neighbors in one voice.

If your congregation is looking for a hands-on way to help, here are two meaningful ways you can do so:

Thank you for serving as the backbone of these initiatives – our response to crises like Hurricane Harvey has always been guided and empowered by congregations like yours.

Gratefully,

Matthew Stevens
Director of Congregational Giving
Church World Service

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Church World Service is a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster.

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“Wisdom” from the new D.S.

DS Rev. Foster’s Monthly Devotional for August

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Greetings RISEM District…
Below is a District Devotional that can be shared with your leadership or small group ministries… The Devotional is adapted from “Dare2B Wise” by Joe White and Kelli Stuart.  Enjoy…
August 2017 – Wise Up
Read Together: “The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young – let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance – for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.”  Proverbs 1:1-6
An older bumper sticker that was popular in Texas read, “If you don’t have an oil well, get one!”  The obvious joke was that everyone would like to have an oil well, but getting one is a lot easier said than done.  The message of the book of Proverbs is similar:  If you don’t have wisdom, get some!  But unlike the bumper sticker, the message of Proverbs is no joke.  And unlike the humorous slogan, Proverbs doesn’t tell you to get something – without telling you how.
The highest goal you can set for yourself, the best use you can make of your time and the smartest choice you can make in life is to follow the advice of Proverbs and get wisdom.  But what is wisdom?  The meaning of that word is fuzzy, isn’t it?  That’s because people use the word wisdom to mean all sorts of different things.  In the Bible, the word means the skill to live God’s way.  It comes through gaining understanding about how God wants you to live and then applying that understanding by putting it into practice in your daily life, if you do that over the course of your life, you’ll be wise!  And being wise is better than being rich, popular, and famous, a great athlete, or any of the other earthly goals we set for ourselves.  So, if you want to get wisdom, where do you start?  Next month, we’ll look at the first step on the exciting, lifelong journey of becoming wise.
Discussion Starters:  What does wisdom mean to you?  How is being wise different from being smart?  Why do you think it’s important to God that we get wisdom?
Lifeline:  Pray that God will give you wisdom as you study together as a family/church/district and ask him to help you apply the things you learn in your daily life.
Reflections:
Let us seek God’s wisdom for our local church, our district, and our conference.

Blessings Always, (Numbers 6:24-26)

Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Foster, III.
RISEM District Superintendent

 

 

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Lia Kahler & Friends Concert

Save the date:  September 10.  Silent Auction at 2.  Concert at 3.

Lia Kahler & Friends

Lia Kahler, mezzo-soprano; Philip Dietterich, organ; and Richard Gordon, piano. Songs, arias and spirituals with solos for piano and organ. Silent Auction starts at 2 p.m. and the concert at 3 p.m.

Benefits Island Clergy Homeless Fund and Chilmark Community Church.Lia Kahler SS

Rising Tide Therapeudic Horse Program

Rising Tide Expands Equestrian Programs

On a recent afternoon, five people tended to Noble, a 27-year-old, large gray Percheron cross horse, in the barn at Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center in West Tisbury. While 10 hands weren’t necessary to prepare Noble for an upcoming riding lesson, his pull drew everyone in the barn.

Volunteer Ashley Loehn brushed his coat.

“You get the benefit of the connection while you’re doing it,” she said. “You can’t take your hands off of them once you’ve started, you know, and that’s their magic.”

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Sally Snipes and Ashley Loehn. — Maria Thibodeau

Rising Tide’s mission is rooted in the idea that everyone can benefit from this ineffable connection between humans and horses. In keeping with this belief, the center recently expanded their programming.

Founded in 2007 by Vicky Thurber as a therapeutic barn, Rising Tide’s operations previously catered primarily to riders with disabilities. Now they have a wide variety of offerings for riders of all experience levels and abilities.

Hot to Trot is a recent addition for riders aged 55 and over. A Hatha yoga program will incorporate horses in both mounted and un-mounted poses. Trail rides and private and semi-private lessons are available to all.

“It’s not just for people who need special solutions in their lives . . . it’s for everyone, and our horses are able to give to everyone, which is what makes them remarkable,” said program director Linda Wanamaker.

Ms. Wanamaker is certified as a therapeutic riding instructor. She said horses have the ability to mirror the energy of those around them. To approach and interact with horses, riders have to settle themselves first. “So it helps you to center yourself, to calm yourself,” she said.

Lucy Menton said Rising Tide is a unique light in her son John’s life. John is 34 and has schizophrenia.

“He shuffled around to different group homes and day programs and never really fit in,” Ms. Menton said. She found Rising Tide in 2015 and John got involved shortly after. He volunteers twice a week.

“For 34 years he’s had nothing. But this program, just him going a couple days a week and volunteering with these gentle horses . . . has totally changed his life,” Ms. Menton said.

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Linda Wanamaker, Joan Richards, and Susan Fieldsmith. — Maria Thibodeau

Frances Pizzella feels similarly. Ms. Pizzella started volunteering at Rising Tide in January 2016 because she rode horses as a child and wanted to reintroduce them to her life.

“I go out there, I’m scooping poop, it’s happy, I’m happy to do it,” she said.

In August, she began taking riding lessons with Ms. Wanamaker.

“I started to feel what the riders were feeling, just like a sense of accomplishment, and really just becoming close to the animals,” she said.

She added that riding and volunteering at Rising Tide helped with her winter blues. “In riding them, they’re protecting and helping you out. I just started feeling such a sense of trust with the animals, and I just wanted to be over there more and more, helping with the animals.” It’s hard to explain, she added, but the animals have a calming, non-judgmental presence that she finds incredibly relaxing.

Staff and volunteers at Rising Tide have countless stories about the healing powers of the five equines in their stables: a nonverbal autistic child spoke her first words on horseback, riding helped a grieving woman through her loss.

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Staff and volunteers have countless stories about the healing powers of their horses. — Maria Thibodeau

For those with physical disabilities, Ms. Wanamaker says the movement of horses is most similar to walking. She pairs riders with horses based on their unique physical needs. Camp Jabberwocky sends groups to the barn each summer. Rising Tide also works with groups from Windemere and the Center for Living.

To keep up with the center’s expanding programming, they have begun a series of fundraising events this summer. On Saturday, July 15 a Rock Your Boots event held at the Sailing Camp Park in Oak Bluffs from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be live music, dancing, auctions, food and drink. Tickets are $70.

“We can’t offer what we want to offer without outside funding,” said board president Susan Fieldsmith, looking out at the arena.

Noble was in the ring with 10-year-old Emily Gilley on his back. Emily was just starting to get the hang of trotting — a big accomplishment for her. All eyes followed the pair as they kicked up dusty circles together.

For more information, visit risingtidetec.org.

Fall Work Day a success

Gutters on Fellowship Hall cleaned:  Pam and Clark Goff and Julie Flanders

Terrace shrubs pruned: Katy Upson

Terrace raked:  Kathie Carroll and Pam

Leaves Blown off driveway and handicapped ramp:  Tim Carroll

N.E. boundary walls weed whacked: Clark

MORE LEAVES TO HANDLE.  “One Day at a Time”.

Letter from the Bishop November 12,2016

A message from Bishop Devadhar

 

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Nov. 12, 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Just last Monday, I wrote you a letter in which I quoted John Wesley’s words from Oct. 6, 1774:

“I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them, 1) To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy; 2) to speak no evil of the person they voted against; and, 3) to take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”

Wesley’s words are no less pertinent after the voting is done. The results of this election have brought a wide range of responses and emotions. We, United Methodists, were divided before the election, and we continue to be divided now. I have heard from many people this week expressing fear, distrust, disappointment, and anger as well as joy and hope. I have been in prayer for all of us during this emotional week.

In the midst of our differences and feelings, let us remember the words of Paul who said, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)

May we hold our elected officials and leaders across the nation and each other in prayer as we strive to uphold the principles Jesus shared with us. As builders of community, peace makers and seekers of justice for all, let us continue our work and be beacons of light across New England and beyond.

Tomorrow as we gather together for worship, may we reflect on the Prayer of St. Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.
In Christ’s love,


Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar


 

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