Can You Hear Me Now?, a reflection by Tish Poulter

I have been in a process of discernment, and Aida has asked me to share it with you. I do not often speak of such personal feeling or events, so please bear with me.

Some would say I received a call, but for me it is more like being shoved, pulled, and dragged to this realization. At first it was a gentle nudge, “No, not me.” I thought. Then it was a little shove. “No, this is just a feeling. It will pass.” It did not pass, and I thought, “No, I am so imperfect. I am a broken vessel with many flaws, not me.” Then the dreams started, and the wonderful coincidences and this amazing warmth, this closeness to God and Jesus, this absolute peace in my whole being when I contemplated ”is this really real?” Of course, the practical person I am, again the, “No, not me. I’m just going a little mental. I am not worthy.” This went on for a while, until Aida, one Sunday announced, “If anyone has a call, please see me.” Well, I was thinking, “Nooo,” and then it came out, “Yes, it is true! THANK YOU GOD, I truly hear You.” I went to Aida and told her I felt called, and that I would like to have a discernment group to confirm what I have come to believe. I did not presume and do not presume that God was or is talking to me without the discernment of others.

With the help of others, Aida, George, Joanna, and Pat, the process began. We did a study called Women Called to Ministry. Also, the Spiritual Gifts Survey that George uses to help people see what their gifts are, and the best areas to use their gifts, helped me see what path I should take.

According to the survey, my gifts are supporting people in worshiping God and gifts that sustain all ministries. Some of it I see and some I don’t, but, nobody sees everything about themselves. I will believe George. He has been doing this for a long time. So, with this wonderful help, and with faith and prayer, I would like to start the process of becoming a local pastor, pending approval, of course. I would appreciate your support, your love and your prayers.

Blessings, and may the Peace of God be with you,

Holiday Bazaar

A big thank you to Joan and Ginny, our bazaar organizers and to everyone who pitched in to help in some way.  The day was a a great success and lots of fun!

Our annual Holiday Bazaar is coming soon!  Saturday November 8th is the date to save on your calendar.  We will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Come and do your holiday shopping for special craft items from our church’s crafters as well as outside vendors.  Our cookie shop will be returning this year after rave reviews and other delectable goodies will be available at the food table.  The famous Conkey family jams and jellies will be here of course and we are hoping for some of Jeff’s sauerkraut!  Stop in around mid-day, take a break from shopping and stay a while for a delicious warm lunch served right in our Fellowship Hall.

For our own church family:  Please consider helping out with this exciting event.  People are needed for set up, working that day and clean up.  We also need many cookie bakers to make the Cookie Shop a great success.  Clipboards are available at church to sign up or get in touch with Joan McManus.

Quilts and crafts, jams and jellies,

Yummy lunch for our bellies.

What surprises will you bring?

Can you guess?  What is this thing?

The Holiday Bazaar is coming,

November 8th, so let’s get humming.

What can you bring?  What can you do?

We’ll need help from all of you!

Be creative and have some fun,

Come join in, see what can be done.


Sunday November 2, 2014 Service

This week’s service included a wonderful message on Gratitude, the choir sang “Sing a New Song” and there was a baptism!   A busy Sunday at Hope!



Installation of new District Superintendent

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On Sunday, October 19th, Rev. Dr. David V. Calhoun was installed by Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar as District Superintendent for our district (CT/WMA).  Rev. Calhoun shared with all who were there his call to ministry and his commitment to serve.

November Mission Collections

Warm, winter clothing is being collected on Sunday, November 2nd to be distributed to those in need through the Amherst Survival Center.  Please separate your used clothing into men’s, women’s and children’s and bring to church with you on Sunday or drop off during office hours this week, Tuesday through Friday 9:30 to 12:30.  Check your closets to see what you no longer wear or what the children have outgrown and donate it so that someone else will stay warm as the temperatures drop.

For the remainder of November we will be collecting new pairs of warm socks.  These will be donated to the Springfield Rescue Mission, a Christian based Emergency shelter and Transitional Living facility that serves the Greater Springfield area.  Warm socks are always needed in the cold weather months ahead!  Let’s see how many pairs we can gather by the end of the month!


Hope’s Place

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The next free community meal at Hope’s Place will occur on October 28th from 6 to 7 p,m. at the church.  Everyone is invited to a fall soup and artisan bread meal.  The meal, which takes place in the Fellowship Hall of the church, will be followed by a presentation by guest speaker State Rep. Thomas Petrolati.

Our free community meals have in part been due to a generous Loaves and Fishes grant awarded by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and are supplemented by donations from church members and the community.

So come, enjoy a delicious hot meal and fellowship with friends and neighbors.  This is a time to meet up with old friends and make new friends in a welcoming atmosphere.  No reservations required – just come and enjoy!