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St. Paul's United Methodist Church
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"Bringing people closer to Christ and to one another"
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Manchester, New Hampshire 03104
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Welcome to
St Paul’s United Methodist Church!

May 11, 2014

   Welcome to the fourth Sunday of the Resurrection.
  Our Resurrection readings for the day are filled with lessons and examples of the strength and optimism the first Christian community had, lived and shared together in the community as they recognized and celebrated the resurrected Christ. Peter makes it clear that our strength to survive in a hostile and uncertain world comes from “the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.” The reading from the Acts of the Apostles tells that their strength came because “All who believed were together and had all things in common… Day by day they spent much time in the temple….praying and  praising God and having the good will of all the people….[so] day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.”
Here is a recipe that Christians down through the ages have used in living out their faith in the world. Let us sit up and take note of how we might live out our faith in our world today. May this resurrection season bring you new optimism, joy, strength and faith to live out your devotion to Christ in the world.
  Today is also Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is a blessing to all. The day was originally intended to be a tribute to the joys of motherhood.  To achieve the observance of the day, Miss Anna Jarvis of West Virginia used every means available to her.   She wrote hundreds of letters and lobbied influential persons at both state and national levels.  In May of 1914, a resolution naming the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day was passed in both Houses of Congress and the bill was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson.
  Countries in different parts of the world have different traditions and days when they celebrate Mother’s Day, for example: in the United Kingdom, Mother’s Day has been celebrated since the 16th century on the 4th Sunday in Lent. In Latin American countries celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May, following the date used in the United States, however, there are some like Panama that celebrate Mother’s Day on December 8 (with a national holiday), and Costa Rica that celebrates it on August 15.
Mother’s Day celebrations have frequently called up different kinds of bittersweet emotions for many.  It affords an opportunity to remember the needs and challenges of mothers and women in our neighborhoods and around the world, while at the same time celebrating the sacrificial vocation of women who have loved and nurtured us.
  May this day be a day of new hope, love giving and thanksgiving for you!

In Christ’s love,
Ernest Belisle (Pastor)