West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Weekly Church Bulletin


242 Main Street, North Chelmsford, MA  01863 

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

Web Address: www.wcumc.us


3rd Sunday of Easter                                                         April 15, 2018

  9:30 a.m.


  Prelude – “Sinfonia in B-Flat”                                                   Handel

*Processional Hymn “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”      UMH  89

*Call to Worship

See how much God has loved us:

We are the children of God!

God loved us so much, God raised Jesus from the dead:

We are the children of God!

God is with us no matter what happens:

We are the children of God!

Good times and good food aren’t as wonderful as the light of God’s face shining on us:

We are the children of God! Alleluia! Astounding Good News!


  Choral Introit – “Easter Alleluia”                                       arr. Haugen


  Prayer of Confession

O God, you are the Holy One, and your faithfulness is constant. Forgive us when we spurn your love, turning from your open embrace to run to the things we think will bring us happiness and security. In your mercy, bring us back to your side, to the arms that ache to hold us and the love that longs to heal us. In Christ's name we pray. 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


  Anthem – “Christ Is Risen, Alleluia!”                      Albrecht/Althouse

  Children’s Story TIme

  Offertory – “In This Sweet Hour”                                              Rasley

*Presentation of Gifts with Doxology                                 UMH    94

*Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn – God Is So Good”                                                  TFWS 2056                

               (Sunday school teachers and students leave.)

  New Testament Reading – Acts 3:12-19 ** (page 113 )

  Gospel Reading – Luke 24:36b-48 ** (page 85)

  Sermon – “Why Are You Troubled?”


*Closing HymnThine Be the Glory”                                UMH 308



  Benediction Response – “Holy, Holy”                                      Owens

  Postlude – “Praise the Lord, Who Reigns Triumphant”            Paxton


            *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.


UMH refers to The United Methodist Hymnal


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


The Flowers this morning are given to the glory of God by Carole Wyant in loving memory of her sister, Shih-Liang Chang Lo.


Today – Senior Choir

   Lay Reader – Tom Buretta              

   Server – Kaylee Laflamme

   Minister of Music – Karen Leonard

   Pastor – Reverend Mack Hagins



4th Annual Women’s Retreat - May 5 - 9:00am to 4pm at Rivier University, Nashua, NH.  This year’s retreat will take us back in time to meet Christian women from the past! We’ll hear their stories and reflect on what we can learn from them and each other. We will meet at church 9:00 am and carpool to Rivier University. There is a $20 registration fee that will be used to help defray the cost of lunch and retreat materials.  Please contact Sarah Laflamme if you need a scholarship! Also, please see the April Newsletter to fill out a form and return it with the registration fee by April 22nd.


The Rummage Sale will be held on Friday, 10/19 & Saturday, 10/20/18. Andi Hoff will coordinate again, but would like to establish a group to help run the sale & offer new ideas to improve the sale's success. She would like to meet a few times before the sale, starting in June, to brainstorm. Please reach out to Andi at ahoff@hoffcpa.com or at 978-455-3005 if you are interested in helping and joining the fun! Thank you!


On Sat. April 28 – 9am-noon the Board of Trustees is holding our annual spring church work day. We have been inspired by the lift project and we are focusing on projects that serve to improve and maintain the inside and outside of the church buildings.  We need your help.

   The projects the Board of Trustees would like your help with include:


  1. Clean the wood in the sanctuary (floors and ceiling).
  2. Clean the walls of the education wing.
  3. Repair the gutters and downspouts by the ramp.
  4. Wash the windows.
  5. Remove the rest of the palettes in the backyard.
  6. Clean the vestry hallway
  7. Power wash the exterior of the church.
  8. Add drains to the front walk and put in a dry well.


If you have any tools or equipment that would help us accomplish these tasks, please bring it. All necessary materials will be purchased by the Trustees. If you have any questions, talk to any member of the board or email us at Trustees@wcumc.usAlso, refreshments are needed - coffee cakes, cookies, etc. they would be greatly appreciated.


We hope to see many of you at our cleanup day – Thank you


Merrimack Valley Ringers, our resident community handbell ensemble, would like to invite you to their Spring Concert on Sunday, May 6 at 4:00 pm at Chelmsford Bible Church, 128 Gorham St., Chelmsford MA.  Our spring tour is entitled “Fill My Heart With Song” and features several sing-able tunes as well as some handbell classics.  Put the date on your calendar – you won’t want to miss it!  We hope you will be with us as we kick off our 2018 spring tour.   Karen E. Leonard, Artistic Director - MVR





Sunday April 15thNative American Ministries Sunday

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

          10:30am – Coffee & Fellowship time


    11:00am – Celebration Ringers & Singers        

      4:00pm – Cub Scout leaders                   6:30pm – Sr. MYF



Monday – 4:00pm – Girl Scouts                   7:00pm – AA                        

Tuesday – 7:30pm – Occasional Ringers


Wednesday7:00pm – Boy Scouts              7:30pm – Festival Ringers

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

Friday –        6pm-Girl Scouts in hall overnight

                     7:00pm – Cub Scout den meeting  


Sunday April 22nd 9:30am – Worship & Nursery care     

                                   9:30am – Sunday School



Altar Visuals:  The fish votive represents the piece of fish Jesus ate with his disciples after the resurrection to prove to them that he was not a ghost.  The names placed behind the cross symbolize that Jesus has fulfilled the scriptures.  Act 3: 13 “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus.”


Native American Ministries Sunday is one of six church-wide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. Native American Ministries Sunday serves to remind United Methodists of the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to our society. The special offering supports Native American outreach within annual conferences and across the United States and provides seminary scholarships for Native Americans.


On-Going Prayer Requests:

  Victims of violence of all kinds

  Victims of racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance

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


Faith Works - Saturday May 12thYour hands are needed once again!  

We start with a breakfast and some fellowship and then we go out to help our neighbors with jobs they can no longer do for themselves. The sign up list is down in the vestry.  Any questions please contact Lori Evans





Sunday Morning Worship and Sunday School Schedule Evaluation


Last fall our congregation changed our Sunday morning worship and Sunday School schedule. We did that with the understanding that we would change the schedule for September through June, and then evaluate whether to continue it in coming years. With that in mind we have created this evaluation form to gather feedback from the congregation on how the new schedule is working.



  1. On a scale of 1 to 5, how does the new schedule work in general for you and your family? 

1                      2                      3                      4                       5

worse                              the same                                      better


  1. On a scale of 1 to 5, has the new schedule affected your attendance?

1                      2                      3                      4                      5

less often                       the same                                 more often


  1. On a scale of 1 to 5, how does the presence of the children affect your worship experience?

1                      2                      3                      4                      5

detracts                                   the same                                                 enhances


  1. On a scale of 1 to 5, have you experienced a change in the parking situation with the new schedule?

1                      2                      3                      4                      5

worse                           no change                                    better


  1. On a scale of 1 to 5, have you experienced a change in the seating during worship with the new schedule?

1                      2                      3                      4                      5

worse                           no change                                     better


  1. On a scale of 1 to 5, how much do you think the after worship programs (sermon talk-back discussion, “Creed” study, movie on racism, etc.) have developed your spirituality? If you have not attended any of these programs, please respond n/a.

1                      2                      3                      4                      5

Not much                                                                             a lot





The Emergency Committee at West Chelmsford UMC does many tasks – Provides light luncheons after memorial services/funerals, provides a meal to people in crisis, emergency transportation for doctor appointments. We need to have several coordinators that the pastor can call on. And we need YOU! Please prayerfully consider how you can help. Remember many hands make for light work. And we are Christ’s hands and feet!







I’m Willing to:


Coordinate a luncheon                        _______

Make phone calls                                _______

Serve/clean-up a luncheon                   _______




A bowl of Fruit                                   _______

Sandwiches                                         _______

Chips/beverage                                    _______

Finger desserts                                    _______

Paper products                                               _______

A meal for a family                             _______

Transportation                                                _______


We update this list periodically, so please sign-up even if you have done it before – If you don’t get called, please don’t think we are ignoring you. One of the blessings of our congregation is that often people call us to offer their help even before we call. If you have questions please call or speak to Elsie Wilson-978-692-8939, Phyllis Carrow-692-4206, or Bev Jones-692-6404. Please leave this sign-up slip in the offering plate or the church office.