West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Monday, September 24, 2018

Weekly Church Bulletin


242 Main Street, North Chelmsford, MA  01863

 Telephone – (978) 251-4834  email:office@wcumc.us

Web Address: wcumc.us


18th Sunday after Pentecost                                      September 23, 2018

9:30 a.m.


   Opening Reading

  Prelude – “Take My Life, and Let It Be”            Bradbury/arr. Hughes

*Processional Hymn – “From All That Dwell Below the Skies”     

                                                                                                 UMH 101

*Call to Worship

Those who are truly happy do not follow wicked advice, or stand on the road of sinners, sit with the disrespectful.

Instead of doing those things, we try to follow God’s way.

We want to be like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit at just the right time.

We want to serve God.

So come, friends – let us worship our God!

       Handbell Introit – “Celebration No. 2”                                       Keller

  Prayer of Confession

Gracious God, source of wisdom and insight, we know you see us as we are, and we know how often we try to pretend we are something we are not. We put other people down so we can look better. We stretch the truth of our accomplishments and push off to others our failures. Loving and forgiving God, help us not to shrink from your gaze. Give us the courage to put our trust in you. Set us free from pride and arrogance and bring us home. Amen.


  Words of Assurance


  Sharing of Joys and Concerns

  Silent Prayer

  Call to Prayer

      The Lord be with you.

      And also with you.

      Let us continue to pray.

  Pastoral Prayer /Lord’s Prayer                                             UMH 895


  Handbell Offering – “My Life Is In You, Lord”                        Kent


  Offertory – “In Pastures Green”                                               Hutson

*Presentation of Gifts with Doxology                                 UMH   94

*Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn – “Jesus, United by Thy Grace”                                UMH 561

                           (Sunday school teachers and students leave.)

  Old Testament Reading – Psalm 1** (page 463)

  Gospel Reading – Mark 9:30-37** (page 42)

  Sermon – “What Kind of Greatness?”  

*Closing Hymn – “Make Me A Servant”                           TFWS 2176



  Benediction Response – “O Master Let Me Walk With Thee”

                                                                                             arr. Callahan

  Postlude – “March in E Flat”                                                   Medlock


            *Those who are able please stand.


**After each scripture reading please respond, “Thanks be to God”


We extend a warm greeting to all who worship here today. We especially greet those persons who are visitors. Please sign the friendship pad.


The Flowers on the altar this morning are given to the glory of God by Nancy O’Neil in loving memory of my mom, Alice Robinson-Eastwood.


UMH refers to The United Methodist Hymnal

TFWS refers to the black hymnal supplement called, The Faith We Sing.



Today – Festival Ringers

Lay Reader – Erin Stewart             Server – Emily Weirich

Minister of Music – Karen Leonard    

Pastor - Reverend Mack Hagins



Financial News – Many members are utilizing their bank to direct payments automatically to the church. It is a simple process that your bank can explain to you to have funds sent weekly or monthly for your predetermined amount. The use of electronic services is typically free to the user.

In order to create the automated payment, simply contact your bank and ask them to set up a recurring payment from your bank account.  Inform the bank to remit payments to West Chelmsford United Methodist Church 242 Main Street North Chelmsford MA  01863.  Ask the bank to include your account number and name on the check.  If they have any questions please direct them to contact Financial Secretary Steve Kirby at steve.kirby.sk@gmail.com or 978 502-8106.

The church benefits from receiving a consistent amount of collections for the operating budget each month.  With automated payments when you are away from a service the payments are still being received. In addition to the steady stream of operating funds, better budgeting and expenditure of church funds can be performed.


Fiscal Counters Wanted – I would like to offer an opportunity to volunteer a brief amount of your time that will inevitably help our church in a significant way. Are you interested in assisting the church in processing the weekly offerings?  We are in need of a few individuals that are willing once a month to stay after worship on Sunday and help account for the weekly offerings.  No experience required, training will be provided.  No computer experience required. Counters work in teams to account for the funds and allocate the funds to appropriate fiscal accounts.  If Interested please contact Financial Security Steve Kirby at steve.kirby.sk@gmail.com or 978 502-8106.


New church Webmaster needed - December 1st or sooner

We are looking for an individual or individuals to take over our Church Website responsibilities. This includes keeping the site updated and maintained and improved. It would be a benefit if this person has some creative capabilities. The site is worked on using any of the popular web browsers. Our website is hosted by a company named E-zekiel that gives the Methodist church special pricing. We currently subscribe to a plan that provides many tools and page managers that makes it easy to update.

Please see Bob Hill or contact the church office for more details






Sunday September 23rd 9:30am – Worship Service and Nursery care

            9:30am – Sunday School       10:30am – Coffee/fellowship

   11:00am – Celebration Ringers and Singers

      4:30pm-Boy Scout leaders meeting               7pm – Brazilian UMC


Monday    7pm-Divine Readers       7pm – AA         7:30pm – Boy Scouts

Tuesday 6:30pm – Ant-Racism Task Force meeting

                   7:00pm - Brazilian Bible Study (Living Stones UMC)

WednesdaySt. Paul’s Meal at Eliot Presbyterian

                       7:30pm – Festival Ringers

Thursday – 6:30pm – Children’s Choir          7:30pm – Sr. Choir

Saturday  6:00pm – Pot Luck supper and Movie night


Sunday September 30th 9:30am – In Gathering for Open Pantry

                              Worship Service and Nursery care

            9:30am – Sunday School       10:30am – Coffee/fellowship



Youth in Skit this morning:


   Ringmaster - Jefferey Laflamme

   Tippy - Julia Weirich

   Toppy - Emily Weirich

   Mrs. Foster - Angela McAlister

   Strongman - James Weirich

   Jack - Tom Laflamme

   Grace -  Abby Przybylowicz

   Schwinn - Erin Stewart

   Jo - Josie Hoyt

   Dave - Gavin Lambert

   Child - Kaylee Laflamme

   Marcelle - Michaella Weinbeck


This Saturday, September 29th - Fall Movie Night and Potluck Supper

The Christian Education Committee invites you to our Fall Outdoor Movie Night and Potluck Supper at 6pm this coming Saturday.  After the potluck supper we will show a movie about a man and his penguins which is also a book!  As always concessions will be on sale during the movie!  Don’t forget a chair or blanket (or two) to sit on and keep warm with!



West Chelmsford is having its fall food in-gathering for the Open Pantry of Greater Lowell On Sunday, September 30.  The Pantry provides short-term food assistance to those in need who reside in the Greater Lowell area.  The reasons for need are numerous, but for many persons it is a choice between food, heat or medications.  Over 1,500 people are served each month. More than 1/3 of those we help are children. The Open Pantry is always in need of non-perishables which could be considered a nutritious part of a meal.   These include:  Canned vegetables, canned fruits, fruit juices, canned beef, turkey or chicken, canned soups and stews, tuna, pasta, cereals, powdered milk, macaroni & cheese, rice, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, and beans.  In addition, they distribute toiletries including: soap, toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, toothpaste, and shampoo.  At times, they may also provide diapers, wipes, baby formula, baby food, and cat/dog food when available.  They appreciate any of these items and also monetary donations. Please, if you choose to give a monetary donation, write the check to WCUMC with a notation that it is for the Open Pantry. 

     Thank you - The Missions Committee



The Missions Committee invites you to a Spaghetti Supper.

Come share fellowship, listen to Italian music and enjoy the cuisine.

When: Saturday October 13th at 5:30 PM

Menu: Pasta, sauce-meatless or meatballs and/or sausages (gluten free options available), salad, bread and dessert.

Price: Adults $10.00, children 8 and under $5.00, 4 years old and under free.

Tickets will be on sale after Sunday services starting September 23.

Also you can contact Robin Orford at orfrobin@gmail.com, 978-692-1087 or

Lori Evans, levans45@verizon.net, 978-319-5690.

*Proceeds are going to help both the new Lowell/Lawrence area JFON (Justice for Our Neighbors) clinic which provides high quality and no cost immigration legal advice and The Tree of Life Ministries which serves to improve the health, housing and graduation rates of the Lakota Nation in the Dakotas.



Annual Rummage Sale will be held on Thurs., Oct. 18 to Sat., Oct. 20 - New this year; we will have an Early Bird Sale on Thurs., Oct. 18, from 7-9 pm.  Admission will be $5/person, plus cost of items purchased.  Additional hours are Fri., 10/19/18, 10 am-2 pm & 7-9 pm; & Sat., 10/20/18, 10 am-2 pm, $2/bag, bags provided. 


Table setup begins Sun., 10/14/18 after coffee hour.  Donation drop off begins Sun. 10/14 until Wed. evening, 10/17/18.  We take gently used clothing, linens, home decor, dishes, small appliances, books, toys, games, etc.  (If you would throw it out, we probably would too, so only clean, useful items please!)  Please do not donate TVs, monitors, computers, textbooks, or ski equipment.  These items cost us money to dispose of.


Volunteers needed for setup during the week before sale & sale days.  Sign-up sheets are located in Education Building lobby.  Donations of baked goods, soups, stews, & chilies are also needed for sale days.  Please contact Andi Hoff at 978-455-3005 or ahoff@hoffcpa.com; Holly Cerullo at 978-256-3927; or Elaine McIlvenna, Kitchen Manager, at 978-761-6486 with any questions.  Thank you.



The Anti-Racism Task Force is holding a meeting on Tuesday, September 25 at 6:30 PM.  Anyone is welcome to join us!



On-Going Prayer Requests:

  For all affected by Hurricane Florence

  Victims of violence of all kinds

  Victims of racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance

  Pray for a peaceful resolution with North Korea