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Crawford Weekly Messenger: What's In This Issue

This week's sermon is part of a series developed in response to questions raised by members of the Crawford community. If you have questions you'd like to hear addressed, let Pastor Anne know.

What are we doing during Communion?

There are people who attend Crawford with backgrounds in many different Christian traditions as well as those with little to no church background at all. That means there are many understandings of what it means to share the bread and cup as we celebrate Holy Communion. What is it, exactly, that we think we’re doing during that time?
Since this is a Communion Sunday, it seemed like a good time to lift up this question from the list of issues you have submitted. My response is that trying to think it through is probably not helpful. There is more to be gained by living it. Join us Sunday morning to learn more and Sunday evening on Zoom to talk about it!

We will have single-serve Communion elements for those who wish, or you may bring your own.

Pastor Anne
Join us Sunday at 10:00 a.m. under the tent at Crawford, or via our livestream.
Note: We stream live on both Facebook and Youtube. 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

For Children and Families This Week

Bring your kids to church!
This Sunday, if the weather is better than last, kids ages 5 and up can spend some time during worship on a nature scavenger hunt with Jessica, followed by a tour of our new garden and some seed starting activities. Kids should not dress in their finest Sunday morning attire.
Office hours resume this week through the end of May. Please contact Jessica for a time (and maybe even a place under the tent!). Since many kids are back to school now, late afternoon and evening times will be reserved for them. 

Church Conference, May 16

At 12:00 noon on May 16, we will hold a brief Church Conference via Zoom as part of our monthly Church Council meeting. The agenda includes just one item: receipt of a bequest from Sonja Lawson's sister Joan Brown. Join us to learn more about how this bequest is to be stewarded and put to use.

During the Church Conference, we will entertain a motion for Crawford to accept the bequest. All attending are eligible to vote, and we will conduct a Zoom voice vote.

If you have any questions, please contact Frank Leathers or Pam Reeve.

Join the Church Conference, May 16 at 12:00 noon
This link will be shared again, closer to the meeting date.

Missions: Dwelling Place, May 24

Our next opportunity to serve dinner at the Dwelling Place is Monday, May 24. We plan to serve up a summer cookout of hot dogs, green salad, macaroni salad, and dessert.
We will prepare 45 meals. Keiko will provide the hot dogs, but we need volunteers to provide buns, green salad, dessert, milk, and macaroni salad. You can use the macaroni salad recipe available here or use your own. Please let us know via Signup Genius (link below) what you’re able to provide. Then bring your contribution to Crawford on Monday, May 24, between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. Someone will be there to meet you. Thank you!
Help feed our friends at the Dwelling Place.

The Crawford Garden

Do you love gardening?
Those cinder blocks near the parking lot are now filled with soil, some flowers, and some carefully planted seeds. Part of a larger vision for “Crawford Park” on our property, the garden is intended to provide fresh produce for our micro pantry as well as a peaceful place for anyone who might like to sit on the bench and find some quiet. The garden allows us to focus on God's generous gift of nature and provides a tangible example of welcome and hospitality to all our neighbors.
We have several people helping to bring that vision to life, but the spot of Master Gardener remains open. If you feel called to help take the Crawford garden to the next level, contact the church office or talk with Brian Rogers, Pam Reeve, Jessica Rubenstein, or Frank Leathers to get started. 
If gardening isn’t your thing, we could use some used coffee grounds to help invigorate the soil and encourage God’s creatures to look elsewhere for lunch. If you have some used grounds to spare, please leave them in a bag on the garden wall and they will be put to good use.

Adult Study Meets Tonight

This week marks the half-way point in our study of Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Tonight at 6:00, we'll discuss Chapter 5. Join us via Zoom.
ADULT STUDY: via Zoom, Friday evenings at 6:00 Passcode: 520109

Prayer List

Please pray for Bernadette's cousin Cathy Smyth. She has advanced emphysema and is currently battling chronic pneumonia.  She's in a rehab on mega doses of antibiotics. Additional 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, contact the church office at 781-729-5058 or email us at  

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

The Crawford Chronicles

“Lucinda Mason was a gregarious person, who was actively involved in community causes and who had the ability to organize people. So it was natural that she would invite people she knew who would be interested in forming a Methodist Society to meet at her and John’s house on April 15, 1871.”
In this month’s installment of The Crawford Chronicles, Randy shares what she learned about the Winchester Methodist church’s journey from the Mason’s home, through various halls in Winchester, to a dedicated church building. Read the whole story here.

Ways to Participate in Sunday Worship

Make a Hymn Request
You are picking the sermon topics, so you may as well pick the hymns, too! If you have a favorite you’d like to sing/hear on a Sunday morning, get it to Logan or Pastor Anne and we’ll work it into an upcoming service.
Be a Liturgist
Since our services are now live and outdoors, you no longer need to be able to record a reading to be a liturgist. If you’d like to read at an upcoming service, please sign up here for the week of your choice.
Be an Usher
We could use one or two people at each service to be responsible for taking a head count, handing out whatever we might have on a given Sunday, helping with setup and pickup, and whatever else might be called for. Click here to sign up for a week.
Join the Handbell Choir
We're looking for more members. No special skills required, just a willing heart! We rehearse once a week at 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays, for approximately 45 minutes. Please contact Logan Henke for more information and safety guidelines.

More on Environmental Sustainability

Last Sunday morning, we were joined by Dr. Jed Lindholm who offered his reflections on Earth Day and how our faith might shape our actions as we face the climate crisis.

For those who would like to dive deeper into the subject, Dr. Lindholm shared some of the sources he used in developing his sermon. You can find them here.

Reminder: Aberjona River Clean Up Day Tomorrow

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 tomorrow, 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.

Celebrations in May

May is full of special days to celebrate, including Cinco de Mayo, Star Wars Day (may the 4th be with you), Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day. In addition, we have a long list of Crawford family birthdays and one wedding anniversary to celebrate:
May  Birthdays

May 1      Liz Frisoli
May 1      Christian MacDonald
May 2      Michelle Lawson
May 3      Meaghan Kelley
May 6      Nick Mammano
May 11    Lisa Miller
May 15    Irina Monk
May 18    Maggie Clayton

May 19    Larry Frisoli, Jr.
May 21    Kyle Riley
May 24    Barbara Simonson
May 26    Caitlin Murphy
May 27    Ben Scharf
May 29    Pam Donaldson

May Anniversaries
May 25    Pam and Bob Donaldson
If you would like to add someone to our birthday or anniversary lists, email at any time.

The Upper Room is Available Now

The May-June issue of The Upper Room is available to pick up this Sunday at the church. If you would like a copy but can't join us in person, let us know in the church office, and Sherry will put one in the mail to you.
You can also continue to read it online at:

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
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.
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