God calls us to be disciples of Jesus, building community through
service and fellowship and sharing the love of Christ with all.
“The publican went home to his house justified. The other man did not.” For the Pharisee represents well the piety of the temple and the publican represents well the secular world. It is a shocking news to religious insiders and readers. The sacred has moved to everyday life. The kingdom of God is no longer to be found in the temple when they become self-righteous. When we are self-righteous, then we forget we are forgiven people; and we are looking down on other people; and we cannot know how much God really loves us. The publican at least knows “He is broken, a sinner, and needs Jesus!”
During the month of January, we are asking for donations of new and/or gently used books to support the Brighter Bahamas Foundation (BBF). BBF focuses on promoting literacy for Bahamian children. Sadly, some of these children do not have even one book of their own. Islands that were devastated by the hurricane will eventually receive books from BBF when they have the facilities to accommodate them. We are accepting children’s books for all ages (including picture and chapter books), as well as adult books (fiction or nonfiction novels). Please no dictionaries, textbooks, magazines, or encyclopedias. A donation box will be available at the back of the sanctuary through Sunday, January 26 . Monetary donations to help with the cost of shipping books to the Bahamas are graciously being accepted and are tax deductible. Please make check payable to “Westford Rotary Endowment Foundation” with “Book Project” written in the memo line and give to Bev or Dave Welsh. For more information about Brighter Bahamas Foundation go to www.brighterbahamas.org.
Our Openness Statement
“The United Methodist Church of Westford is an open and welcoming community of Christian Faith. Without any exceptions, we welcome anyone who seeks to love and to serve God.”
Please click here for “A Statement of Our Openness”