A Wellspring United Methodist Church Newsletter

Volume 1                                                      November, 2019   Number 7


Worship and Office at

440 Main Street

Shrewsbury, MA  01545

Worship Service:

Sundays at 9:45 a.m. in Lawrence Hall at Trinity Church

Church Phone:  (508) 842-4665

Church E-mail:

Pastor Nancy Allen -

Music Director:   

Sandra Tilander -

Secretarial Support and Newsletter Editor:   

Kris Smith -

Vision & Leadership Chairperson:  

Peter Bjork -

Staff-Parish Relations Committee Chair:  

Joan Culliton

Finance Committee Chair and Financial Secretary:  Jean Folsom - jafolmach@aolcom


Kris Smith -

Christian Education Director:  

Patrice Thibodeau -

Worship Committee Chair:  

Gina Saucier -

Roadies Team Leader:  

Peter Bjork -

Wellspring Core Values

“A devoted family of faith;

All are welcome;

Growing in Christ and Reaching out to God’s World.”

Pastor Nancy’s Office Hours

                        Monday:    10:00 a.m.            Café noir

                                    11:30 – 2:00 p.m.        Church office

                        Tuesday and Wednesday:

                                    9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.    Church office

                        Days off:        Thursday and Friday


        November is a season when we give thanks.  We give thanks and honor our elected leaders, we give thanks to our ancestors in the church, we give thanks to our veterans, we give thanks to those who risked their lives to seek freedom to worship God in a manner they discerned was pleasing to God, and we give thanks for Christ the King.

    In the 4th chapter of Philippians, Paul writes this:

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!  Let your [b]gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

    But do we do this?  Do we give thanks in all circumstances with thanksgiving?  Part of our giving thanks is not only in prayer; also in what we do for others and for the church.  As I give thanks throughout the month for each of the things listed above, I also must give thanks to God for all that God has given to me and especially for the church and the work she is called to do.  What does this look like? I think I’m already doing this!  

    Let’s take a look.  Do you complain when things don’t go your way?  I do. How about when you feel like things are out of control?  I do. Do you forget to give thanks to God in the midst of a difficult season?  I do. You see, it’s not necessarily the big things in life for which we forget to say thank you; for me, usually, it’s the everyday things or the hard things.  Increasing my giving to the church is one of those challenges for which I forget to say thank you to God.

    God challenges us every day to grow in our faithfulness to God and to the church and each other.  Let us each examine ourselves, our level of thanksgiving, and our level of giving back as we look forward to the month of giving thanks.

Serving Christ with you all,

Pastor Nancy


Standing in the Need of Prayer …  Marilyn; Jésus, who is dealing with medical issues due to diabetes; Debbie, Michelle’s friend; Grace H. and her family, and also Maddie, who will  be having surgery in the near future; Sue H. as she is showing progress with her rehab; Katie, who has a date for her surgery in May; a friend’s adult children who are being harassed by ICE agents in Boston; three women known to the Culliton family, two of whom have passed away after being diagnosed with antibiotic resistant infections; Althea J.; Ruth M.; Sandy T.; Melissa; Richard; Julie’s sister-in-law; Falynne; Cindy; Colin B.; Sybil and Bob; Marie; Michael; Diana; Dyla; the Bongiovi family; Amanda; Todd H.; Jean L.; Margaret; Roger; Lillian A.; Marion C.; Sandy M.; Rev. Agunwamba; Sharon and Alden; Norma and John; Jack; Kimberly; Marion S.; for special needs children – may those with autism find acceptance; for those battling cancer and their friends and family who battle it with them; for those in mourning; for those in transitions; for the lost and lonely, the homeless and hungry…          

    Sue H. is now at Care One at Millbury, 312 Millbury Avenue, Millbury, MA  01527. I know that she would be thrilled to hear from her Wellspring Church family.  She misses everyone so very much!

It’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.

Not my brother, not my sister, but it’s me, O Lord,

 standing in the need of prayer.


5 – Dave Harkins

21 – Emma Fanjoy

26 – Isaac Cooper

29 – Lisa Harrison


    If you know of a birthday or anniversary that wasn’t included, please email Kris Smith at with your date, so that I can update my list.  Thank you!

A quote from Archbishop Desmond Tutu on stewardship.

    "I've sometimes joked and said God doesn't know very much math, because when you give to others, it should be that you are subtracting from yourself.  But in this incredible kind of way, you gave and it then seems like in fact you are making space for more to be given to you.

    And there is a very physical example.  The Dead Sea in the Middle East receives fresh water, but

it has no outlet, so it doesn't pass the water out.  It receives beautiful water from the rivers, and the water goes dank.  I mean, it just goes bad. And that's why it is the Dead Sea. It receives and does not give.  And we are made much that way, too. I mean, we receive and we must give. In the end generosity is the best way to becoming more and more joyful."

Submitted by Jean Folsom, Financial Secretary



    As we move into November we are thankful for a wonderful fall season with many nice sunny days and leaves turning colors everywhere we go into a picture painting landscape.  We give thanks to God for His beautiful creation.  Being that I love photography, this Season of fall is one of such beauty.

      We also give thanks for the gift of Music.  Wellspring is so fortunate to have a Handbell Choir and Choral Choir.

      The Handbell Choir will rehearsal after church on Sunday, November 3rd and will ring in Sunday morning worship on November 10th.

     The Choral Choir will rehearse before church on Sunday, November 3rd and will sing in Worship on Sunday, November 10th.

      Looking forward to praising God with the wonderful sounds of Music.

Blessings and Love,




We need your help!

    There are many aspects of a successful, meaningful church service and we need everyone’s help to make things flow smoothly. The monthly Sign-up sheets are on the back tables. It would be awesome if folks would take a look and sign up to serve as Greeter, Liturgist and Refreshments. Thank you for your continued support!

Living Water Family Center

                                Dates:        Friday, November 1 & 15

                                Time:          6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

                                Location:  Trinity Episcopal Church, lower level

    Mark your calendars now!  Come join us for great family fellowship!

Sandy Tilander’s 30th Anniversary!

November 10, 2019

10:00 a.m. worship

    We are celebrating the 30 years of committed Christian service that Sandy has given to Wellspring Church (and its predecessor church, Fairlawn UMC).

    Our worship service begins and 10:00 a.m. and will include lots of music by all the groups that Sandy directs.  We will conclude with a gift to her and an extended time of fellowship. If you would like to participate in the gift, please see Pastor Nancy.  Also please bring goodies to help the party along after worship.

    If you can help set up that morning, please come around 8:30 a.m..

The newsletter deadline for the December issue will be

Friday, November 15th.

If you have any news to share, please send it to

Kris Smith at

Thank you!


    Our new  District Superintendent, Rev. Megan Stowe will be preaching in worship that morning.  The meeting will be held immediately after church.  It is also potluck Sunday so please make sure you bring something to share; the DS will be with us for lunch.  

    The SPRC will meet with her an hour before worship.  Please make sure you have all these times on your calendars. 

Can't Get to Church?  Missing the sermon?

    No need to anymore.  Your church family worship is live streamed for the sermon portion of the worship service every Sunday.  Simply sign onto our Facebook page at Wellspring Church.  Please make sure you have the Shrewsbury location as there are several churches with the same name.  We are live at about 10:30 a.m..  

    We look forward to having you join us.  You can also rate us if you like.  We use this technology to reach those who cannot get to church for whatever reason.  We welcome you, whoever or wherever you are!


Friday, November 1 -    ALL ANNUAL REPORTS FOR THE CHARGE CONFERENCE ARE                         DUE TO KRIS!  Please email them to  

                        Thank you!

      7:00 p.m.            Living Water Family Center, Trinity Church – lower level

Sunday, November 3 –     All Saint’s Sunday

      9:00 a.m.            Choral Choir rehearsal

    10:00 a.m.            Worship Service, with Holy Communion

    after the service     Bell Choir rehearsal

Wednesday, November 6 -   

      3:00 p.m.            Tea at 3, Folsom’s 

Sunday, November 10 – 

    Bell Choir rehearsal

    10:00 a.m.            Worship Service, with Bell Choir playing and Choral Choir singing

    11:30 a.m.            Reception 

Monday, November 11 -  

      7:00 p.m.            Finance Committee meeting, Folsom’s

Wednesday, November 13 –

      3:00 p.m.            Tea at 3, Folsom’s 

Friday, November 15 - Newsletter Deadline

      7:00 p.m.        Living Water Family Center, Trinity Church – lower level

Sunday, November 17 -      

      9:00 a.m.            Choral Choir rehearsal

                        SPRC to meet with District Superintendent

    10:00 a.m.            Worship Service, with District Superintendent Rev. Megan Stowe   

    11:30 a.m.            Annual Charge Conference, with potluck


Monday, November 18 –

      7:00 p.m.            Women’s Book Club, Panera Bread

Wednesday, November 20 –

      3:00 p.m.            Tea at 3, Folsom’s

      7:00 p.m.            Vision & Leadership Team, Common Room

Sunday, November 24 –

      9:00 a.m.            Choral Choir rehearsal

      10:00 a.m.            Worship Service 

Wednesday, November 27 –

      3:00 p.m.            Tea at 3, Folsom’s

Thursday, November 28 -    Thanksgiving

Wellspring Core Values:

“A devoted family of faith;

All are welcome;

Growing in Christ

and Reaching out to God’s World.”