West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Weekly Church Bulletin


242 Main Street, North Chelmsford, MA  01863 

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

Web Address: wcumc.us


24th Sunday after Pentecost                                     November 19, 2017

Thanksgiving Sunday                                                                 9:30 a.m.

  Opening Reading

  Prelude – “Lord, Revive Us”                                                        Ritter

*Opening Hymn –“We Gather Together””                               No. 131

*Call to Worship

This is the day our God is making.

Let us rejoice.

This is the time when God is present.

Let us be open.

This is the moment when forgiveness flows and life is renewed.

Let us sing.


  Choral Introit – “All Good Gifts”                                             Honore


  Opening Prayer  

O Risen and Eternal Christ, we worship you as King of Creation, Lord of all your creatures. Through your death and resurrection you have broken the power of death and sin, and united your people under your grace. Come and fill this sanctuary with your presence and power; may we worship you with the full knowledge that we are children of your kingdom. We ask this in your blessed name, Amen.


  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


  Offertory – “Raise the Song of Harvest Home”             arr. McDonald

*Presentation of Gifts with Doxology                                      No.   94

*Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn – “We Are Thankful”         (see insert)

          (Sunday school teachers and students leave.)

  Old Testament Reading – Psalm 100  (page 522)

  Gospel Reading – Luke 17:11-19 ** (page 75)

  Sermon – “ Grateful for God’s Blessings”

*Closing Hymn – “Now Thank We All Our God”                    No. 102                           



  Benediction Response – “Lord, We Come to Thank You!”         Besig

  Postlude – “Give Thanks!”                                                            Scott


            *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.


Altar Visual: Thank You, Lord, for all the blessings.


Today – Festival Ringers and Senior Choir

  Lay Reader – Erin Stewart        

  Server – Brett Gregoire                

  Minister of Music – Karen Leonard      

  Pastor - Reverend Mack Hagins







Sunday – November 19th – Thanksgiving Sunday

  9:30am – Worship  & Nursery care        9:30am – Sunday School 

   11:00am – Celebration Ringers       12:00pm – Celebration Singers

        1:30pm – MVR                     6:30pm – Sr. MYF (movie night – theater)


Monday – 4pm – Girl Scouts                            7:30pm – AA

                  7:00pm-Council on Ministries     7:30pm-Festival Ringers      

Tuesday – 6:45pm-Webelos                              7:30pm – Senior Choir


Wednesday7:00pm – Boy Scouts      


Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving!!



Sunday – November 26th – United Methodist Student Day

     9:30am – Worship & Nursery care       9:30am – Sunday School 


On-Going Prayer Requests from Rev. Mack

  Pray for the victims of Hurricane Maria, especially our fellow   American citizens in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

  Pray for a peaceful resolution to the on-going tensions with North Korea

  We pray for the victims of the terrorist attack in New York City.

  We pray for the victims of the mass shooting at the church in Texas.


United Methodist Student Day is next Sunday, November 26th
United Methodist Student Day is one of six church wide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. United Methodist Student Day calls the church to support students as they prepare for life in uniting faith with knowledge. The special offering provides scholarships for qualified United Methodist applicants that may not be able to otherwise go to the school of their choice or attend college at all. Thank you.


Visitors from Nicaragua! – Today, Santos and Joel Boza, are visiting with us!  Santos is the pastor of the Iglesia de Christo (Church of Christ) in the Sierra Maestra neighborhood in Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua.  His son Joel is the business administrator for the neighborhood school that the church operates.  In 2012, this church supported eight of its members traveling to Nicaragua through financial gifts and prayers during the trip.  With the support of WCUMC members and others, we were able to join the school community in painting the walls in multiple classrooms and a courtyard area.  Since 2012, members of WCUMC have continued to support the Sierra Maestra School through monetary and material donations to annual trips taken by Holly Cerullo and occasional trips taken by Pam Helms, Kat Arnald, and Sarah Laflamme.  We hope that you will take some time to talk with Santos and Joel after the service today!



Holiday Fair – Saturday December 2nd 

9:00 am to 3:00 pm


We have many new vendors this year – come by and shop in a joyful, stress-free atmosphere! Don’t forget to bring the kids for the Christian Ed sponsored Kids Room featuring games, crafts and fun! Stop by for a hot cup of coffee or some delicious hot, homemade lunch in our Bistro.

Candy: This year we are requesting donations of already made candy for the candy table. Please drop off at Alice Howard’s house or the church office by Thursday Nov 30th. We also need a few people to help with packaging on Friday afternoon around 2-4 pm at Alice’s home. (9 Polley Rd. Westford)

Set up this year will be split over 2 days to allow more people to participate!  1st setup is Thursday evening 11/30 from 5-7 pm. 2nd setup is Friday morning 12/1 from 8:30 – 11.

Don’t forget to bake for the breakfast or food table – especially breakfast goodies (muffins, coffee cake), breads, cookies and bars!

We are looking for helpers during the fair from 9 am to 3 pm! We especially need help in Jewelry and Elephant tables! We also would love a few to help out the vendors from 8-9 am and for clean up from 3-4 pm. Please email or call Heidi Vaughan if you can help out! Hvaughan00@gmail.com or 508-878-1589. Thank you!!!


The Jewelry Table is seeking donations of your "I don't wear this anymore" jewelry.  Pins, earring, bracelets, and necklaces are accepted.  Please give to Nancy Luscombe no later than Sunday, November 26. 



The 2018 Flower Calendar is on the bulletin board down in entryway as you come in to church.  Please choose a date and put your name and telephone number. The cost of the flowers is $30 – Any questions please see Diana Bard.


The Missions Committee is again collecting gifts for Lowell area needy children for Christmas.  The program, the “Angel Tree “is run by the Salvation Army in Lowell. Last year we were able to give approximately 60 children both clothes and toys.   Soon tags with gifts requests (Christmas ornaments) will be up decorating our “Angel Tree”.  Please keep your eyes open for our tree and take a tag or two to help support this cause. Gifts need to be returned unwrapped with tags attached by December 4. Collection boxes will be in the hallway leading up to the education wing. Any packaged re-gifts you might like to donate will happily be accepted also. There will be a separate marked box for these.   Any questions, you can call Robin Orford at 978-692-1087 or email : orfrobin@gmail.com.


Lost and Found – Have you lost a pair of sun glasses, or reading glasses? How about a set of keys or even a watch?  If these items sound familiar to you, please take a look in our lost and found box located on the table in the back of the church.


Nicaragua Journey – February 27-March  8, 2018.  Please join me on this trip to experience the wonderful people and culture of Nicaragua.  We will share their faith with the parishioners of Iglesia de Christo at Sierra Maestra, their passion for the education of the children through a workshop with the faculty at the school at Sierra Maestra, their struggles and success through retreats and visits with the sewers and artisans supported by Spirit Wind. Contact Holly Cerullo, hbcteach@comcast.net or (978) 256-3927 for more information and please share this with anyone you think might be interested.  I would dearly love some companions on this journey.