Crawford Weekly Messenger: What's In This Issue

Ask The Pastor

This week's sermon is part of a series developed in response to questions raised by members of the Crawford community. *
This week’s question is: “Why did God allow this pandemic to happen and have so many innocent people die?”

This is one of those questions where we aren’t in a position to know the actual answer, but there are several opinions. Join us on Sunday morning to hear what they are and see what you think.

Pastor Anne
* If you have questions you'd like to hear addressed, let Pastor Anne know. While you're at it, send us your hymn requests, and we'll try to work those into an upcoming service, too.

Join us Sunday at 10:00 a.m. under the tent at Crawford, or via our livestream.
Note: Our goal is to stream live on both Facebook and Youtube. We've had some technical difficulties, but we're getting closer. If you try one link and it's not working, please try the other.  
Watch the Livestream on Facebook!
Watch the Livestream on YouTube!
And then, join us at 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening via Zoom for our Sunday Night Talkback, where we'll reflect on the sermon together. 
Sunday Night Talkback via Zoom, Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
Passcode:  896937

Last Call for Auction Bids!

Crawford's first ever online auction will soon come to an end!  After a slow start, we're seeing bids on items in almost all categories. The most popular items, no surprise, seem to be food related!

Get your final bids in ASAP, in support of Crawford's ongoing efforts to create a more loving and just world!  Bidding is set to close at 9:00 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, April 17).

Browse our auction items and place your bids at:

Missions: The Dwelling Place

We need your help. There are still a number of blank spaces on the sign-up to help with this month's meal for the homeless and people in need at The Dwelling Place. Please consider signing up to provide a portion of the meal, with drop-off at Crawford on Monday, April 26 (more information on the sign-up genius page, link below).
Sign up to help feed our neighbors in need
If you would like to know more about The Dwelling Place's mission and Crawford's outreach there, please contact Brian or ask about it when you see him.

Missions: Crawford's Community Garden

Spring is here! Thanks to many young and old shouldering the burden, the dirt is in the garden. We are starting to plan what will go into the garden and everyone's input is welcome. Email questions and suggestions to Brian.
"The Crawford garden is a multi-generational  project to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers. We welcome community participation in the work (weeding!) and the results (food and flowers are there for the taking come harvest time).  We celebrate the gifts of God's earth and enjoy the stewardship and fellowship this project offers."  - Pam Reeve

Adult Study Starts Tonight

Our new adult study begins tonight at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. In it, Herby Duverné will lead us through a discussion of Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility, along with relevant Bible references, in hopes of better understanding God's purpose for us. You'll find more information on our website, and the Zoom link for tonight's discussion of chapters 1 and 2 below.
Join the discussion via Zoom, Friday evenings at 6:00 Passcode: 520109
The Hand Bell Choir has begun practicing, and we're looking for more members. No special skills required, just a willing heart! We meet at 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays, and rehearse for approximately 45 minutes each week. Please contact Logan Henke for more information and safety guidelines.

Conversations: An Easter Reflection

An Easter Reflection
by Lauren Gilstrap Milley

Christians spend a lot of time at Easter focusing on Jesus rising from dead. While that’s important, it tends to overshadow the first part of the story. Jesus was – executed. Executed as a criminal. Why? Well, that’s the part of Easter that I think far too many of us “good church going Christians” conveniently overlook. Ironically, it’s exactly the part of Easter that makes it a story for absolutely everyone.

Read more.

Resources for Children and Families

Jessica will be away for the next couple of weeks, so there will be no office hours and no Sunday worship activities for kids over the age of 5, but there will be bags for kids to pick up during worship with craft supplies and coloring sheets. Childcare during the service, for kids under the age of 5, will continue to be provided on the playground. Masks and distancing required.

Prayer List

A list of prayer requests made by and for our community members can be found here. Whether we know their needs or not, God knows.  Please pray for each one as you are able.

If you would like to add someone to or update our Messenger prayer list, send an email to
If you have a confidential prayer request — one you want prayers for, but don’t want to share in the Messenger — submit it via our prayer request form, or email our Prayer Chain coordinator at

Aberjona River Clean Up Day: May 1st

Earth Day is next Thursday, April 22. But we can't limit the time we spend caring for our planet to just one day of the year! One way we can show our love for Mother Earth is by joining clean-up efforts like this. The Town of Winchester Conservation Commission and the Jenks Center Intergenerational Leadership Team invite you to spend a morning cleaning up our community. 
Clean-up day is Saturday, May 1st, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Details are available here. Please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone who might be interested in helping out. 
If you have any questions, you’re invited to contact one of the event organizers:
Elaine (,
Erin ( or
Paula (

Musical Meditation

This week's Musical Meditation was performed by
The Crossing under the direction of Donald Nally.
This week the topic for the sermon, loosely, addresses the apparent paradox of evil existing in an existence governed by a God who is Love. I have wrestled with this myself for my entire life, as I am sure many before and many after me shall.

I am left with the reality that I cannot control, or really begin to prevent, evil and suffering in the world. All I have and can control is my reasoned response to evil and suffering. I think of the work that God has given us to do, day by day.

In the 8th movement of Kyle Smith's masterpiece, The Arc in the Sky, the narrator encounters a group of fishermen:

I would stand and watch them as they sat at their work.
"what are you doing?" i’d say.
"we’re mending our nets," they’d say.
"yes. mending our nets."
"why must you mend them?"
"they’re torn. they’ve been broken into. the night-fish have leapt through them
in the sea. every night they break them; and every day, we mend."

The night of suffering will continue to fall. Every day, we mend. 


April gives us lots of reasons to celebrate, including longer days, rising temperatures, and new growth. Please join together in wishing the following members of the Crawford Community very happy birthdays or anniversaries!
Upcoming  Birthdays
April 17  Austin Rogers
April 20  Stephen Scharf
April 25  George Hamilton
April 26  Colin G. Simson
April 27  Willy Leathers
April 28  Kate Frisoli
Upcoming Anniversaries
April 26  Joanne and Peter Hobson
April 28  Susan Blomquist and Jim Clayton 

Important Links

YOUTUBE: Click anytime to view previously recorded worship services.
Missed Pastor Anne's Sermon? Click any time to visit the SERMONS ONLY page on our website.
SMALL GROUP: Click Thursday at 8:00 a.m. to join us on Zoom! Password: pray
ADULT STUDY: via Zoom, Friday evenings at 6:00 Passcode: 520109
Read the Upper Room Online Click on the link provided here, or copy and paste it into your browser:

Options for Giving
Friends and members are asked to prayerfully consider giving in support of Crawford’s ministries and operations. Now that we're meeting for worship in person each week, we invite you to bring your offerings with you to church. However, we continue to welcome online giving through our website, too. Click here to get set up, determine an amount, choose a payment method, and indicate how frequently it should recur. You can also text CrawfordUMC to 44-321. Or you can mail a check to 34 Dix St., Winchester, MA 01890. Mail is checked daily.
Call for Submissions

If you have any church announcements or news to share with our community, please send them to Stacey at by 10am Thursday. If you would like to be added to our birthday or anniversary list, email at any time.
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