July 30, 2020 Thursday Newsletter
Note: Evening Vespers may resume in the fall. Thanks to all who attended, and do let us know if you're interested in continuing.
FROM DEACONS: Outdoor Worship at Merryspring
We have scheduled an outdoor worship service
August 30 at 11 am and another most
likely on September 27 at 11 am. We need to keep the number of participants to 50 and require masks. As
attendance is limited, and a list is already forming (40 at this point for August 30), please
send your requests for each date as soon as you can to Becky at the office (firstname.lastname@example.org). On both Sunday mornings Aug. 30
& Sept. 27 there will also be a Zoom service at 9:30 am.
NEWS FROM SUNDAY SCHOOL
Our Sunday School student Aaron Dowd has returned home from
a week of hospital treatment for leukemia. He will be based at home
with his family, taking trips to hospitals for treatment and assessment
as he continues his health journey. The family invites you to sign up
for their CaringBridge
where you can receive updates written by his parents. (See link below.)
Cards are welcome and can be sent to their home address.
Here is a link to the CaringBridge Website for Aaron.
Sign up for an account to take part in a CaringBridge website.
Site Link: www.caringbridge.org/visit/aarondowd
Site Name: aarondowd
Our church is funding CaringBridge for a month@$30 to help
defray costs not only for Aaron but for other families facing medical
challenges. Please keep Aaron and the whole family in your prayers along
with all others who struggle with this disease.
Ute and Elizabeth
EXPLORING THE UCC CURRICULUM ON
We have the great fortune
that our denomination is committed to raising awareness and promoting racial
justice from a faith perspective. Mimi Benedict and Ute Molitor will offer a
six-part program on White Privilege starting in mid-September. This
program will use excellent video and written materials produced by black and
white leaders of our denomination. Topics will include Spiritual
Autobiographies through the Lens of Race, Whiteness as Norm, Whiteness
as Cash Value and On Being Allies. The course will be offered twice a month
on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00. Dates will be released soon. Please contact Becky
in the office to express your interest: email@example.com or 236-4821.
~ WEEKLY TREATS FROM MATT & NATHAN ~
Sunday Hymn History "God is Here"
Pratt Green wrote this text early in 1978 in Norwich, England at the
request of Rev. Russell Schulz-Widmar, who wanted a hymn that could be
sung at the closing
service of an eight-month festival on worship, music, and the arts,
held at the University United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas. In that
service, the church dedicated its new chancel furniture, and the people
rededicated themselves to God. Schulz-Widmar
wished the text to be set to the tune "Abbot’s Leigh” because he'd
heard in England and wanted to introduce it to his congregation in the
"God Is Here" helps us celebrate
what it means to be a church: to offer praise and prayer to God with
"all our varied skills and arts", to preach the Word and participate in
the sacraments, to foster faith and service,
and to live lives that bring glory to our Lord. It seeks to forge a
connection between Sunday worship and daily living.
Matt’s Hump-Day Ditty
Bach’s Schübler Chorales, BWV 645-650
Bach died 270 years ago this week, I thought I would share a recording
of one of my favorite Bach compilations––the
Schübler Chorales. Many of you will have heard the first of the six
chorales, his famous "Wachet Auf” or "Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying”
(often played during Advent), but the other five are every bit as
lovely. So named "Schübler" in honor of a former student
who Bach hired to engrave the music, each of the six chorales are organ
transcriptions of his cantata movements for chamber orchestra. This
transcription of chamber
music for organ set the trajectory for the next generation of
organ composers, many of whom were among the 80+ private students Bach
mentored throughout his lifetime.
FROM NATHAN (Matt’s husband, culinary instructor at EMCC)
Nathan’s Friday Fixings: Blueberry-Maple Monkey Bread
It’s unknown how
Monkey Bread got its name, but I have a theory. Have you ever seen a
monkey delouse its mate? It picks
the bugs off with its fingers and eats them. And since this bread is
meant to be eaten with your fingers, I suspect that whoever named this
dish was inspired by either a delousing chimp or a hairy man eating with
his fingers …
OPEN KITCHEN with NATHAN SCOTT
This bread is best the day it's baked. Luckily, it's so tasty that eating it all in
a day shouldn't be an issue.
one 10-inch loaf
1 packet (¼-ounce) active
½ cup milk, warm (105ºF - 110ºF)
4 large egg yolks
¾ cup granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted
butter, melted, plus more for greasing
½ cup dried blueberries
½ cup pecan halves, toasted
and coarsely chopped
½ cup pure maple syrup ¼ cup light brown sugar,
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the
dough hook attachment, dissolve the yeast in the milk. Beat in the yolks, ¼ cup
granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt. With the mixer
running on low, incorporate the flour and ½ cup melted butter. Increase the mixer speed to
medium and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the
blueberries. Transfer the dough to a
greased bowl and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap.
Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, grease a 10-inch Bundt pan.
Combine the pecans, maple syrup, and brown sugar. Spread the mixture into an even layer at the bottom of the prepared Bundt
pan. Set aside.
Sift together the
remaining ½ cup granulated sugar and ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon into a
shallow baking dish. Punch down the dough
and divide into 24 equal pieces. Roll
each piece of dough into a ball and dip each in the remaining melted
butter. Then, roll the balls in the cinnamon sugar and arrange in the
reserved Bundt pan. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and allow the
Monkey Bread to rise until almost doubled in bulk, 30 to 40
Preheat the oven to
375ºF. Bake the bread in the preheated
oven until golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Then, remove from the oven
and carefully invert the bread onto a serving tray. Copyright © 2011 by Nathan Scott. All rights reserved.
LOTS OF CLOTHING NOW AT HEAVENLY THREADS!
Heavenly Threads Thrift
Shop is OPEN Wednesday-Saturday from 12-3pm. We have a large amount of great summer
clothes, many of them only $1 each! And as always.........you can find
linens, artwork, books, crafts, games, jewelry and so much more! Every Tuesday
is Donation Day from 10-3pm. No appointment necessary. Give us a call if you
have any questions about what we accept and don't accept. 236-3203. Hope
to see you soon!
A Community message from
our local Census Representative, Greg Dorr:
If you have not done so,
please consider filling out the 2020 Census soon either online, by phone, or by
mail. Visit 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020. From August through October,
census takers will visit homes that have not been counted, because responses are required by law.
Final data from states and US territories will be sent to Washington in
December. Why does
this matter? Our local census results affect the amount of Federal funding sent
to our area for the next 10 years: for education, school lunches and preschool programs, for highways,
wildlife protection, for firefighters, disaster relief, hospitals and
more. Data from the 2020 Census has social consequences and will be used
to help enforce anti-discrimination laws, like the Voting Rights Act and
the Civil Rights Act. #YourVoiceMatters #GetCounted.
On these hot humid days, please remember to take
many refreshing sips of cool water. Stay well!
Cheers from your church office,