North Salem United Methodist Church

Useful Link

Over on the Happenings Page, in the list of links, is a link to BibleGateway.com.  Bible Gateway is, in my opinion, an excellent online site for bible reading and/or study. Additionally, its content can be listened to via audio bibles.


I find that I use Bible Gateway daily.  Its tools and bible options/versions are tremendously useful in one's ongoing bible reading, study and research.  Moreover, if you are a user of a mobile device, iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Kindle Fire, the BibleGateway app is extremely useful, convenient and powerful. With its tools for searching, adding notes, pinning favorite verses, instantly switching between bible versions, and of course, audio (Max McLean is by far my favorite reader) so much can be experienced anytime, anywhere, right at one's fingertips.


I highly recommend this site and its mobile app for our mobile users. Head over to the Happenings page and check it out! 

Thoughts From our Pastor

View From the Pew

"View From The Pew" is here for you!  With this spot you, the user of this site, may write in to have posted a spiritual, social or biblical thought, an observation or an idea on just about any topic at all. The intent of this is to give voice to our membership - you.  Here it is hoped you will be encouraged to share your thoughts, feelings and/or understandings with us, your brethren.  An exchange of ideas and an understanding of the thoughts and views of others will undoubtedly edify and strengthen our church community.


To submit your thoughts, ideas or comments, fill out the from below and click "SUBMIT". (Pasting a message from a word processor is very convenient.) In a day or two your message will appear here on our Home Page following Pastor Moore's Weekly Devotional, "Thoughts From Our Pastor".

View From The Pew

North Salem United Methodist Church

A People of Faith Making A Difference in Our Community and World

Bible Reading Fellowship!

Get comfortable and experience a 21st century bible reading fellowship.  Yes, experience a 21st century, interactive, bible reading fellowship conducted entirely via e-mail!

The goal of this effort is to promote, encourage and assist in the personal and regular reading of Scripture for those desiring a knowledge, or deeper

 knowledge, of the bible, especially for those simply unable to manage traditional, real-time meetings.  Moreover, anyone can participate, church members, non-church members, family, friends - anyone.

A bible reading fellowship will consist of a group of 4 - 7 readers. Weekly bible readings and commentary will be conducted entirely via e-mail and completely at the convenience of the individual - and from anywhere on the planet 24/7 - wherever one might have e-mail and internet access.

Readings from any part of the bible may be selected by the group, but weekly topics or readings will be suggested from this site, as well, if needed.  But fundamentally, subject matter and time spent on such is entirely up to the group, itself. Commentary, thoughts, opinions, questions and/or discussion will be shared by each reader to all others in the group - again, via e-mail.

Commentary is an essential part of this reading experience.  Thus, it is hoped each reader will commit to comment on the readings to all the other members of the group at least once each week.   Commentary may be as little as one or two sentences.  Of course, the more commentary, the better to inspire and provoke thought and reflection for all.

Consider this: no meetings to attend; no inclement weather to contend with; no scheduling conflicts!  All communication and commentary conducted via e-mail, and at the reader's convenience.

Here is an opportunity to visit, or revisit, the bible of our faith, an opportunity to learn with the support of others what it is that God wants us to know of Himself and His Perfect Plan, and what He wants us to know about ourselves and our relationship with His Son, Christ.

So, once again, get comfortable, take an hour or two out of a week of hours, and with the help, support and fellowship of others seeking biblical knowledge and understanding, have a 21st century bible reading experience!


Let's explore the Bible together!


To participate in a bible reading fellowship or to make an inquiry, e-mail this site at:

umc@northsalemumc.org.

Italian Supper Success!

All indicators seem to point to the Italian Supper offered Oct 18th as a another successful endeavor for the NSUMC.  The final details are yet to be tabulated, so please check back here as they will be posted as soon as they are available.

Nonetheless, however, a big THANK YOU to all who contributed time and money to the effort -- and a lot of different folk did just that!  And, of course, a special thank you to Bill and Lois for all the effort and worry they expended in leading the NSUMC crew to another successful church supper!

From a Friend In Byfield, MA

Check this out - sent to us from a fellow Christian, John Horne, of the Byfield Parish in Byfield, MA for the viewing pleasure of the believers here at the NSUMC.   Thank you, John!

Rev. Carroll C. Moore

To Adjust Page Width!

If you are having difficulty seeing our pages on screen, if the page view exceeds the width of your screen and if you are using Internet Explorer (IE), at the lower right of your screen is a Zoom Level Control.  Set IE's zoom level to 75%.  Doing so should reduce the page view to a point  where all content is viewable on screen.  If this does not help, please let us know.    

Thank you.  

Welcome to the

10/15/14


CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE


       Usually when we think of Civil Disobedience our minds will go to Gandhi, King, or Thoreau all believers and practitioners of it. A form of civil disobedience is saying no. That is to say no when we need space, when we need to slow down, when we need to have time to ourselves. Our culture and American way of life is to fill our calendars, fill our children’s free hours with some activity, and never slowing down so we become numb to beauty and life. We look without seeing, we listen without hearing, we touch without feeling, we eat without tasting and we wonder with Alfie, “what’s it all about.”

      Some day this week sit down with your calendar and make the space for yourself and don’t fill it with anything but the presence of God who waits for us to just be.


Blessings

Carroll




The Fall -- Conclusion




10/15/14


In conclusion of this my View From The Pew regards the Fall of Man, I am convinced that the Fall of Man was planned and executed by God himself for the purpose of bringing man to glorious perfection. Furthermore, and in light of the above statement, I am also convinced the universe is not autonomous, somehow spinning on its own through time and space, going on and doing as it does with God chasing on behind constantly reacting to its erratic behaviors. Creation was initiated and is held together by God, actively and continually. Nothing happens, nothing can happen, unless God initiates and sustains it. So, once again, I hold the Fall of Man was a setup by God, a setup which continues to this day, and fully for the benefit and maturation of His Elect. And, of course, therein lies a paradox - from a human perspective.


Although we constantly face choices in our lives, choices we must make daily, in reality all that we experience, do and decide is the active manifestation of God’s preordained plan for creation and his creatures. And, we are living it out to its preordained conclusion. (Acts 4:28, Ephesians 2:10, Romans 9:22-24)


What appears to us as an ongoing, freewheeling series of events that could result in an infinite number of conclusions, the human experience at present is, in fact, a solidly determined and executed divine plan with just one predetermined outcome. Undoubtedly, it is a massively intricate, complex and mind boggling plan, a cosmic undertaking so immense in scope and so microscopically detailed, it is far greater than any man can fully fathom -- at present -- as a singularly detailed effort.


Some find that biblical fact impossible to accept. Man's persistence in reserving for himself the prerogative to be governed only with consent is, of course, fundamentally human, an ingrained characteristic of the natural man. But whether or not one holds to God's complete dominion over His creation and its creatures, neither understanding exists outside the predetermined workings of His plan.  Thusly, it is a comfort for many to know God is running this show -- and completely so.


To me it is much like this, as my parents provided me with instruction and experiences to educate me in anticipation of adulthood, at times permitting me to fail, sometimes to fail miserably, it was all done in love and care for my well being, then and for my future. Unlike our physical parents, however, God is a perfect parent, and His provided instruction and life experiences are perfect, perfectly designed and perfectly executed. As the writer of Hebrews declares: “...His works were finished from the foundation of the world.” (Hebrews 4:3) And as Isaiah stated, “God will accomplish all His purpose.” (Isaiah 46:10) Thus, God has no need to repeatedly revise His Perfect Plan, going to Plan B, C, or D because we humans seem to endlessly throw Him a curve with our rebellious back sliding and humanistic behaviors. I certainly do not precisely understand much of history or the sufferings the world endures. But I do understand and believe this, “...I consider that our present suffering cannot even be compared to the coming glory that will be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18)


From the beginning to the end, God provides perfectly for His offspring. And it was at the Fall that our divine education began, and it will culminate in God's perfect conclusion. History, all of it, all that was experienced in the garden, what we have experienced since then to now, and what is yet to be realized is undoubtedly, and thankfully, a Perfect and Divine Setup -- a setup designed and executed entirely for the conception, upbringing and eventual glorification of us -- His preordained elect.


Amen! 

Mary Did You Know?

A must see video.  Check it out!

(Please overlook any pre-video advertisements.)

From Elaine Heinrich

10/10/14


~Just looking at all the work that Mark does to make out website so wonderful. A BIG THANK YOU for all your time and hard work. It's a wonderful way to stay in contact with everyone while we are away! :)


From Elaine Heinrich

9/12/14

The Fall...


~I was so surprised at the insight of this reading. It is a totally different way to look at what God is teaching us. I always looked at the literal meaning only. Love it!


Video From John Horne...


~Just wanted to comment on the beautiful video you shared with us and would encourage everyone to watch and listen to the word. It is beautifully done.


Elaine

Be Sure to Visit...

The Happenings Page here on our site.  There you will find photos and videos of current and past activities at our church.  Moreover, posted there is the current week's sermon and an archive of past sermons listed by date. The is also a list of external links with tons of interesting info.  Check it out!  Get a gander at what is "Happening" at the NSUMC!

Please Note!

Sunday School has started up for its new season.  Be sure to visit the "Sunday School" page (see above) for all the happenings going on with our kids and with any ways you might help out the staff.  They work hard for our little ones.  Let us give them all the  support they need!