Pastor's e-Note
December 29, 2020
Dear Church Family,

Hope you all had a truly blessed and joyful Christmas!  We had three wonder-full Online Christmas Eve services. My heartfelt thanks to all of our children, youth, bell choirs, musicians, singers, pastors, staff, lay readers, ushers, greeters, and many other volunteers. Thank you all very much for your support and prayers. 

As we bring closure to this pandemic year of 2020 and prepare to welcome a New Year, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to so many of you, including our pastors, church leaders and members, lay servants, all our choirs, all musicians, all ministry teams, church staff, volunteers, children, youth, and many more who have served as “quiet angels” behind the scene.
 
You know who you are and what you have done for your beloved church this year. In fact, God knows better than any one of us. Please know that we appreciate you and celebrate your ministry at BUMC. Thank you for making a difference and sharing the Good News of our Lord in many vibrant, relevant and transforming ways.

As we welcome this New Year, may we all grow in our faith! May each of you have a Happy and Healthy New Year! God bless you all.
 
With Gratitude and Joy,
 
Rev. Jennifer
This Week's Scripture - Isaiah 61:11
"For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations."
Worship With Us
No Midweek Evening Service
Please note that we will not hold our weekly Midweek Evening Services on December 30th or January 6th. We will resume our Midweek Service on January 13th.
Epiphany Sunday Online Services
January 3 & January 10
The Greater NJ Annual Conference (GNJAC) will provide you with Online Epiphany worship services on January 3rd and 10th, 2021. Bishop John Schol will preach his sermons, District Superintendents will read scriptures and lead prayers, and pastors and musicians of the GNJAC will present various musical pieces.  

You can view this worship service through our Facebook page or through a link on our website.
Clergy Renewal
Rev. Jennifer Cho and Rev. June Tamburro will take a two-week special Covid-19 renewal leave from December 27 through January 11. Bishop John Schol recommended this renewal leave to all clergy in the Greater NJ Annual Conference due to the prolonged stress and pressure of ministry during COVID-19 this year. For pastoral emergencies, please contact the church office via email or by calling 908-526-1414, and one of the pastors will be available to provide pastoral care for you and your family. 
Small Groups: Coming in January
Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times
Are you exhausted from the toxic and hate filled behaviors and speech that seem to have taken over our society? Do you wonder how you can make a difference as a follower of Jesus Christ? 

Join us for a 2-part discussion based on the recent best selling book by Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in America. Discover how the way of love that Jesus taught and modeled can change the world. Please read the book ahead of the first session. It can be purchased here.

The group will be facilitated by Annabelle Suarez and meet from 7:30-9:00 pm via Zoom on January 19 & 26. Register with Rev. June to receive the Zoom link.
Prayer Requests
Please join us in praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are in need of prayers.
We share prayers of thanksgiving for the birth of Norah Grace Krynicky. Norah is the daughter of one of the childcare assistants in our church nursery, Elizabeth, and her husband Andy.

We offer special prayers for Joseph Cirona, who has gone on to God's eternal rest. We pray that God will comfort the Cirona and Lalevee families during this difficult time.

Let us also share prayers of comfort and healing for Kelly Armstrong, sister of Jerry Velmer.
Missions
Food Drive Donations
Thank you for donating food to our neighbors. BUMC has been donating an average of 350 pounds of food weekly to the Somerset County Food Bank since this fall. During these challenging times, a growing number of our friends in the community are in need of food for themselves and loved ones. Please bring your non-perishable/non-expired items to the church, and place them in our “Food Bank” containers.

If you would prefer, you can bring your items to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County located at 9 Easy St, Bound Brook, NJ 08805. Thank you very much.
News from the Grant Dittman
Memorial Library
Come meet with a librarian and browse the collections. Appointments are available on the following days:
Mornings – Tuesday and Thursday
Afternoons – Monday through Saturday
Contactless curbside circulation service continues. Search the catalog to find what wonderful books and media are in the library. Send an email to the librarian listing the items that you wish to borrow. You will be notified when they are ready to be picked up at the doors to the church.

Featured Items
For Christmas, The Three Wise Women of Christmas, by Dandi Daley Mackall. This is the story of Elizabeth, Mary and Anna who recognized Jesus as their promised Savior and shared their knowledge of this great gift with all who would hear. (For Grades K – II, in the Children’s Holiday Collection.)
A Boardbook, Count Your Blessings, by Kathleen Long Bostrom. The illustrations and simple rhyming text of this book relate how we thank God for everything that is good in our lives. (For Grades Pre-K – K, in the Nursery Boardbook Collection.)
For Race Relations, An Indigenous Peoples’ History Of The United States For Young People, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. The Doctrine of Discovery, Manifest Destiny and the myth of the US as a “nation of immigrants” are challenged in light of the roles of European colonialism and indigenous genocide. The voices that have not been silenced continue to re-educate those who would listen for the history of more than broken treaties and promises. (For Grades VI - VIII, in the Young Adult Collection.)
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