The Chimes
Church Hill United Methodist Church
11 Church Street, Norwell, MA 02061 / (781) 826-4763 /
Pastor: Rev. Nicholas Perez

Sunday Service 10:00 am

To My Church Hill Faith Family:

The act of giving thanks is central to the Christian life. The more mature in our faith we become, the more fully we recognize our reliance upon God’s grace. Many of us tend to resist grace because it conflicts with the rugged individualist American ethos which we have absorbed. We don’t like feeling that we are dependent upon someone else’s generosity. We think that we get what we deserve, and we achieve what we work for. And yet, a key component of the Christian message is that we can’t make it on our own. Scripture tells us that the depth of God’s love for us is revealed in how he gives us what we don’t deserve and what we can never do anything to earn. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have been freed from the power of sin and God has now “enabled [us] to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light” (Colossians 1:12, NRSV). Our profound thankfulness at receiving this gift from God changes how we see the world and how we treat others. Our thankfulness for the grace which God has shown us spurs us to seek to imitate God by showing grace to others. As we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this coming week, let us reflect with gratitude upon God’s gracious actions toward us and strive to show grace to others—especially those who don’t deserve it.

In Christ,
Pastor Nicholas
Tuesday, November 30th 7:00 pm

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for bankruptcy after numerous suits were filed for sexual abuse. As part of the bankruptcy process, United Methodist local churches across the country had the opportunity to file a proof of claim. Filing a proof of claim indicated, among other things, that the local church had a right to be indemnified/protected by BSA as well as BSA insurance policy coverage for any claim filed against the local church by a scout survivor. Church Hill has previously been a chartering organization and could have a lawsuit filed by an abuse survivor against us. Church Hill filed a proof of claim in November 2020 and now has the opportunity to vote on the bankruptcy plan. Because local churches' votes must be received by December 14, 2021, and because we will not know if all United Methodist local churches will be covered against BSA claims until November 23, 2021, all United Methodist local churches that filed a proof of claim must prepare now to record their vote. The congregation’s vote is critical to ensure United Methodist local churches are protected from a lawsuit filed concerning an individual claiming they were abused while in a scouting program associated with the local church. A special charge conference is set for Tuesday, November 30 at 
7 pm to record the vote.

Please be aware that this is a Charge Conference and only members of the Church Council are permitted to vote at Charge Conferences (though all members of the congregation are welcome to attend). Pastor Nicholas will preside at this Charge Conference.

We pray for justice for abuse survivors and for a fair and peaceful resolution for all involved. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter.
Our Snowflake Festival will be held on December 4 th from 9-2. Please let Rena
Lukoski know by phone or email what the theme for your basket is so there will
not be duplicates. Make sure you mention what is in the basket and the price.
There will be no bidding. In the past, people have offered baskets with themes
such as Christmas, sports, soup making, baking, Harry Potter, Fortnite, and

Please bring all baskets to the Fellowship Hall on December 3 rd when tables will be set up. If you are interested in volunteering at the Fair, please let me know.

Baskets so far: Taste of Italy, Game night, Wine basket

Thanks, Rena
Beginning on November 28, Pastor Nicholas will be offering a four week Sunday School class focusing on the traditional Advent themes of Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. The readings for each class can be found below. We will meet at 8:30 am in the fellowship center and the classes will last around an hour. All are invited to join!

November 28: Isaiah 2:1-5
December 5: Isaiah 40:1-11
December 12: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
December 19: Isaiah 9:2-7"

Due to the upcoming Charge Conference, Pastor Nicholas has one final date to offer for Pasta with the Perez's on Wednesday, December 1st at 6:30pm. Please email or call him if you would like to join them for dinner.

If you are unable to attend on this date, we will have to get together some other time. I will also have a sign-up sheet available on Sunday morning for those who do not use the internet.
The trustees had an unusual occurrence to deal with this week. A deer, apparently hit by a car on River Street, managed to limp into the parsonage yard before dying. Upon calling the town’s Animal Control Officer, we learned that a dead animal on your property is your responsibility. If it had been an immediate road kill, there are people who will take it for a delicious venison meal. However, it was over 24 hours before we learned of the death. We were given the name of several companies who might be able to help. The first one agreed to come for $500.00. We were so fortunate to receive a second call from Joe, of Clancy Brothers Pest Control in Braintree, who agreed to take the deer at no charge. By 4:00 on Tuesday, the animal had been removed. Thanks to Clancy Brothers for quick and efficient work. If you ever have such a need, we highly recommend you call this company.