~ A View from the Pew ~
A View from the Pew is a spot that is presented here on our website from time-to-time to provide a place where you, the user/visitor to this site, may share any thoughts, ideas or stories that you might find relevant to the purpose and nature of this site. Following is a submission from our own Noreen Nadeau. (Thank you, Noreen!) It is unknown who the author is of the story presented. But no matter, it's a great story!
A TRUE STORY !!!
(Or so we are told!)
They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two students filing into the already crowded auditorium. With their rich maroon gowns flowing and the traditional caps, they looked almost as grown up as they felt.
Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and Moms freely brushed away tears.
This class would NOT pray during the commencements, not by choice, but because of a recent court ruling prohibiting it. The principal and several students were careful to stay within the guidelines allowed by the ruling. They gave inspirational and challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance and no one asked for blessings on the graduates or their families. The speeches were nice, but they were routine until the final speech received a standing ovation.
A solitary student walked proudly to the microphone. He stood still and silent for just a moment, and then, it happened. All 92 students, every single one of them, suddenly SNEEZED !!!!
The student on stage simply looked at the audience and said,
'GOD BLESS YOU!' And he walked off the stage.
The audience exploded into applause. This graduating class had found a unique way to invoke God's blessing on their future with or without the court's approval.
The mission of the Benevolence ministry is to provide assistance, as we might be able and as funds are available, to any who find themselves with an urgent need on an immediate, short-term basis and/or until larger and more established charities can be brought in to provide aid should a situation prove to be long term.
Of course, such a ministry is only as effective as the resources at its disposal. So with that, available funds are always an ongoing concern. That is where YOU can help make a difference in this ministry at the NSUMC. Please consider making a donation from time to time to the NSUMC Benevolence Fund. A dollar here and a dollar there might be enough to help someone where there is no other immediate help available.
To make a donation of any amount to the Benevolence Fund, please donate via our Online eGiving portal located near the top of this page, see the NSUMC Lay Leader, Mark Johnson, the NSUMC Finance secretary, Tom Kinney, or drop an envelope into the collection basket with the words: "Benevolence Fund" written across it so our counters know where to direct it.
Please consider helping this new NSUMC ministry and let us all take part in fulfilling the directive of our Lord Jesus when He said:
"Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it (a kindness) to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’' (Matthew 25:40)
Laura Story - Blessings (Live)
Over Three Hours of Contemporary Christian Music
Two Continuous Hours of Traditional Christian Hymns
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Yes, come join in on some Biblical Exploration with others also seeking a greater understanding of the Written Word of God. A Zoom Meeting will be conducted every Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. where anyone and everyone may come to investigate selected scriptural topics. We have completed our investigation of the first creation narrative (Gen. 1-31 & 2:1-3.) But before moving on to other biblical topics, Rev. Mentzer will spend some time enlightening all on the particulars of the United Methodist Church, itself.
This Thursday, Sept 9th, will be a bye date for our meeting. However, the following Thursday, Sept. 16, Rev. Mentzer will complete his presentation concerning the beliefs and doctrines of the UMC. After which, and in the following weeks, we will again visit the Scriptures to explore select biblical topics. Check back here frequently for updates on what topics will be explored. Click on the link below to join in on our Thursday evening Zoom Meetings, and let's engage in a bit of:
Lauren Daigle -- I Believe!
The NSUMC has recently instituted an Online Giving Portal where anyone may electronically make a gift or offering to the NSUMC via Credit Card or directly from a bank through a Checking Account or Savings Account. To make an electronic donation, for any purpose -- Benevolence Ministry, Building Fund, Pledge offering or whatever, please click the secure link below and follow the prompts to make a one-time or reoccurring donation.
Thank you ever so much for your support!
There are some things new and enjoyable on our website that all should take a gander at. One is a link below to the Merrimack Valley Life website and to a story about the Stickney brothers of Salem, NH. Anyone who has a history with the North Salem United Methodist Church should find the story presented at the link very interesting. Please check it out and be sure to take note of our own late and great Wally Stickney!
And two, check out the "Happenings" page to see who have just received their first new Sunday School Bibles!
Additionally, click the link below to see an article published on the website
"The Conversation" that may be of great interest to those familiar with the story of the destruction of Sodom and the rescue from the city of Abraham's nephew, Lot. Both events are depicted in the Book of Genesis. The article is thought provoking indeed. And so with that, everyone is encouraged to give it a read.
NSUMC Worship Service
Recordings of Sunday worship services at the NSUMC may be viewed below on or after the day of the actual Sunday service. Recordings of services will be available either late the Sunday of the service or the Monday following.
We hope you will visit the NSUMC website regularly to view the recordings of our pastor,
Rev. Dr. James G. Mentzer, lead all in attendance in our sanctuary at the NSUMC in the praise and worship of our Lord, God, and His Son, Jesus Christ