Weekly Message from Traceymay

Dear Friend,
Three times in the past two days I have found myself (in separate conversations) asking the questions “What is feeding you right now?  What is bringing you even a little bit of joy in your life?”  If I am asking this question of others, I should be able to answer it myself.  To that end, I want to share a little story with you.
On the winter break from school, at the end of February, my youngest daughter and I decided to take an overnight trip to the seacoast.  We left after church on Sunday and as we were driving east I asked her to call our usual Motel 6 in Portsmouth to reserve a room.  She was having a difficult time getting through on the phone so, on a whim, I told her to try the Anchorage Inn in York, Maine.  The Anchorage is a place we used to go when the kids were very very young because it’s across the street from the ocean, there is an indoor pool, and winter rates are reasonable (only 20 dollars more that Motel 6, it turns out).  My daughter easily got through and reserved us a room, but then she realized she had no swim suit.  She found on her phone that there was a Target store not far ahead, so we stopped there, found a suit for her, grabbed some food from the grocery section and went to the self-checkout.  There, on the self-checkout counter was a little wind-up duck, all yellow and fluffy, and it made my heart jump (literally).  I love wind up hoppy toys and this one was, in my opinion, ADORABLE.  What was it doing there all by itself?  I thought perhaps it is broken.  I wound it up and set it to hopping down the counter and in that moment I was totally hooked.  I swiped it through the scanner and out we went.
Now the little fluffy thing lives on the dash of my car and I can not tell you how many times I have wound it up and set it to hopping just to lift my spirits.
Sometimes it’s the simplest things that bring us joy.  I hope there is at least one thing in your life that is reliably bringing you joy these days.  If not, I encourage you to find something, Friend.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.     -Philipians 4:8


Makes me smile every time!

Community Supper: Dining In or Taking Out

-our first with a dining-in option (reservations requested) while also offering take-out-
Tuesday March 28th
Reserve your meal(s) or your chair(s) before Friday at 603-876-5003

Schedule for Holy Week

Maundy Thursday service April 6 at 7 p.m. in the Church Hall
-a somber service, with Communion, to remember the time of the crucifixion-
Easter Sunrise service April 9 at 7 a.m. on the church steps
Easter Morning service is at 10:30 in the sanctuary

Here is this month’s news from Monadnock Interfaith Project, of which we are a part: MIP NEWS
The Rabbi in Keene, Rabbi Dan, will lead an interfaith seder.  This is a meal shared at the beginning of Passover to remember the escape from slavery in Egypt.  Each part of the meal has a special significance.  The Interfaith Seder will be held (after Passover) at the Cohen Center in Keene on Thursday April 27 at 6:30.  I have never attended a seder so I am looking forward to it.

Scripture Discussion this Saturday over Zoom
8:30 a.m.- 10:00

Always interesting, uplifting, and meaningful.
All are welcome.
We will read and discuss our scripture for this Sunday, John 11: 1-45 (another long one!)

3 G

Go to Grow Group

will meet this Sunday after church

This group is a hub for ideas on how to spread the word about this wonderful church community.  All are welcome to drop in for a meeting or two (or twelve); it is not a committee or board. Meetings are kept to a half hour and they are notoriously FUN!

Our Friend, Leaf Seligman, is the featured guest on a podcast of  What in God’s Name.  The podcast is produced by two colleagues of mine.  Each week they examine current events in our culture through a theological lens.  Their slogan is “Be curious, go deep.”
Leaf teaches at Keene State and in this podcast she candidly discusses her classroom dynamic and the unique challenges college students are facing in this particular time in history.  Her interview sheds light on their world and gives us insight we would not otherwise be privileged to.
Here is a link to the podcast:  What in God’s Name
Here is a link to the second one, with a co-learner (student) of Leaf’s, Bryn Mulligan: What in God’s Name 2

Please join me in prayer if you wish.

Beloved God, I thank you for the bright sunshine and the nourishing rain.  May I carry the light of Christ in my heart; may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be nourishing to myself and to all those around me, I pray.  Amen.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight.   -Psalm 19:14

With a full heart,


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