Holy Week at Pleasant Street United Methodist Church

Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, Waterville, Maine
Looking for a church to join in Holy Week services? Here is our schedule at Pleasant St. United Methodist Church. We’d love to have you join us!

Maundy Thursday, April 21

5:30 – 8:00 pm – Visit the interactive labyrinth.
A mixture of visuals, rituals, contemplative words and music will help guide personal reflection. You may also drop in to the sanctuary to view a PowerPoint presentation of Maundy Thursday related art.

Good Friday, April 22

7:00 pm – Good Friday Cantata in the sanctuary
The story of the last days of Jesus’ life as recorded in the Scriptures will be told through narration and anthems by the Youth and Senior Choirs.

Holy Saturday, April 23

9:00 am – Taize contemplative service in chapel
Through simple and repeated chant, scripture, and quiet contemplation, we create a community of shared silence, and rest into God’s reassuring love.

Easter Sunday, April 24

6:00 am – Ecumenical Sunrise Service on the steps of Colby College Library

Easter Sunday worship at 8:30 and 10:30 in the sanctuary
No Sunday school classes. Child-care will be provided at the 10:30 am service for children through 5 years old.

Introducing Eliot Cutler at the Waterville Rotary Club

Today I had the privilege of introducing gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler at the Waterville Rotary Club. Here’s what I said (at least what was in my notes!):

I’m honored to be able to introduce Eliot Cutler today.

As I was preparing my introductory remarks, I realized I ran the risk of taking up all of Eliot’s time in the introduction! So I’m choosing to limit my remarks to why I’m supporting Eliot Cutler for Maine’s next governor.

In this club, we’ve heard from both of the party nominees. These parties are going in directions many of us consider simply too extreme. Republicans and Democrats seem to be going through a seismic shift between moderates and extremists. This is cyclical in the history of US politics and is probably healthy.

But we in Maine don’t have time for that struggle to be played out in the Blaine House.

The first two years of the next governor’s term will be very tough. The next two may well be quite good. We need a man or woman versatile enough to navigate both the cuts needed in the hard years and the judicious investments needed in the good times.

I believe Eliot Cutler is that man.

Eliot knows Maine. He knows government, and having spent my spring as the campaign manager for Peter Mills, I now appreciate how important it is to know how government works. More importantly for me, Eliot also knows how to run successful international businesses. He has a vision for not just how Maine fits in the new global market, but how Maine can be a player in the global economy.

Eliot has a plan. As the party candidates have continued speaking the primary platitudes they’ve used all spring, Eliot has shared the details of his plan. It is so detailed, Maine media are saying it is now the standard the other candidates need to meet when they share theirs. Eliot’s plan honestly shares the uncomfortable decisions that will need to be made, and the more comfortable opportunities.

Eliot is a man of action. His actions impress me the most. This summer, while the party nominees were still just talking, Eliot brought a delegation of Chinese business leaders to look at the distinctively Maine industries of lobster, blueberries, and aquaculture.

Our current governor goes overseas on trade delegations. Eliot brings those delegations to Maine.

That’s why it’s a great pleasure to be able to welcome Eliot Cutler to our Rotary Club.

During Eliot’s entire talk, the Republican Governor’s Association’s tracker, Ryan, filmed every word. Both parties are worried because Eliot’s campaign is so strong. And both are throwing negative smears his way. As an independent, he doesn’t have the parties to help finance his campaign.

Would join me in helping him? You can make a secure donation over at:
http://www.cutler2010.com/donate/

Thanks!

Would you pray with us?

Today I invited the folks of the Vineyard Church of Waterville to join me in praying this every day for our selves and our church:

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain.” So God granted him what he requested.
–I Chronicles 4:10 NKJV

To find out more of why I think this is a wonderful opportunity for us, listen to today’s sermon. Go to:
the Vineyard Church of Waterville sermon page or
click here for the direct link of the mp3 of today’s sermon “Don’t Come up Short: Abide”

Cranium

Just had 7 friends over for our Game Night. The 9 of us had a blast playing Cranium.

I think I’ll learn the tune of the Commodores “Brickhouse” a bit better so my team will have a fighting chance the next time that comes up as a humdinger!

For those that are interested (whether the Vineyard Church of Waterville is your “home church” or not), our Winter Small Groups start up. Women meet on Tuesdays in Norridgewock at 7 p.m. and are going through a great DVD curriculum by some amazing ladies. The men are meeting at our house in Waterville on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. to watch movies. I think our first will be Spiderman 3.

For more information on the Vineyard Church of Waterville’s kinships go to our web page.