A Wellspring United Methodist Church Newsletter

Volume 1                                                September, 2019     Number 5


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.”


    Have you ever heard the phrase, “when in Rome, do as the Romans?”  

    Well, that’s exactly what we’re doing beginning this Advent and lasting through Easter.  The Epistle of Romans in the bible is one of the most consolidated places we find an understanding of what it means to be a Christian.  Each week in the sermon we will look at another aspect of Christian theology through the eyes of the apostle Paul. Actually, the Revised Common Lectionary uses Paul’s writings to the Romans as part of the readings as we move into a new liturgical year.

    Before we get there, we have the Spirit of Shrewsbury Parade (see Peter), the opening of Living Water Family Center in October (see Pastor Nancy), bible study (see Pastor Nancy), Sunday School (see Pat Thibodeau), choirs (see Sandy), All Saints Day, and Thanksgiving!  That is a very busy schedule for this fall.

    Stewardship information will begin in September.  Your Finance Committee is already to work on a new program.  We pray that our work will bring in increases in pledges, a surge of new energy and ideas to meet all our obligations.

    Living Water Family Center has relocated to the Lower Hall of Trinity’s building.  Our task remains the same, to bring in families in the community for respite and growth in community.  The format remains the same, though there will be occasional uses of media to prompt our discussion. Plan on joining us on October 4th at 6 pm for supper, a movie, and great discussion!

    Fall Bible Study includes the books of Ephesians and Philippians.  Beginning October 15th at 7pm, we will be meeting in the Common Room at Trinity.  We will continue weekly through the 17th of December.  These two books are shorter in length but full of the teachings of Paul and will mesh nicely with our Sunday focus on Romans.  Please see Pastor Nancy for further details.  

    As we get ready for a pastoral transition next year, your SPRC will begin working with the DS in appointment season and beginning the profile update for the church this fall.  Also, we need to fill a part-time position on the SPRC and a full-time one. SPRC members must be members of the congregation. If you are interested, please see Joan Culliton or Pastor Nancy.  Please pray for them during this time.  

Serving Christ with you all,

Pastor Nancy


Floyd’s aunt who now is in hospice care; CeCe as she and her family mourn the death of her aunt;  Joan C.; Fr. John Freeman, the new priest-in-charge at Trinity Episcopal Church; Nancy’s cousin, Donna; Grace H.; Althea J.; Ruth M.; Sue H., 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; 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.


3 – Kimberly H.

5 – Chris B.

9 – Peter B.

11 – Glen H.

16 – Noah C.

22 – Ashleigh H.

22 – Julie R.

25 – Floyd H.

26 – Ed F.

28 – Maddy H.

    If you know of a birthday or anniversary that wasn’t included, please email and I will update the list.  

Thank you!



          Summer has flown by and September is around the corner.  My thanks to Kris Smith, Michelle and Floyd Harrision, Pat Thibodeau, Pastor Nancy Allen, Peter Bjork, Julie Redfern, Sean Cooper, Noah Cooper and William Cooper for providing music throughout our Summer Worship Services.

          We invited Trinity Episcopal Church to Join us in Worship  on Sunday August 4th, 2019  with the Choir doing Special Music.  Trinity also joined us at Dean Park on August 18th, 2019 to share in Summer Worship.

          As Summer winds down we look forward to a new season with the Choirs starting up again.  The Choral Choirs first rehearse will be on Sunday September 8th at 9:00 a.m.. The Handbell Choir's schedule will start at a date in October to be announced.

          Thanks to each of you who is so willing and committed to the Music Ministry of Wellspring United Methodist Church.  Wellspring is blessed.   Let us praise God at all times and Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord.


Love and Blessings,



Worship Team Meeting notes

August 11, 2019

    Roadies- August 18th worship will be at Dean Park. Hopefully. Jointly with Trinity.  If so, we will serve communion. Nancy will let Gina know to bring grape juice along.  Gina will grab the hospitality box on the way and will bring ice tea and lemonade instead of hot drinks. Peter will bring keyboard, the stand, cords, orange extension cord, music stand, chair for Sandy, speakers & mikes.  Kris will make copies of the music needed. Nancy will take care of the altar (card table, linens, cross and candle).

    Music- Until choir starts, Sandy will use simple hymns.  Choir will skip September 1st and start on September 8th.  Worship – Casual worship is Sept. 15th.  Spirit of Shrewsbury is Sunday September 29th. Nancy is out the first Sunday in October; Althea will fill in for her.  Pat has not yet let Nancy know about Sunday School start date.

    Communication – Newsletter is out next week.  Nancy will call to have copier serviced

Respectfully submitted,

Gina Saucier


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!

Fellowship Potluck

    On third Sunday of each month, we will be having a different worship service and then afterwards we will have our usual fellowship potluck.  Everyone brings a dish or beverage to share. We all get more time together to share a longer conversation and some laughter.  

The newsletter deadline for the October issue will be

Sunday, September 15th.

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

Kris Smith at

Thank you!

Trinity Fall Thrift Sale

September 21st, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Trinity is now collecting all kinds of items for their thrift sale.  Clean you closets, storage bins and bring in all the things you don’t want anymore.  It all goes to good causes.

Spirit of Shrewsbury Parade

Sunday, September 29th

Theme:  Fishers of Men

    We will gather to construct the float on Saturday evening and participate in the parade following church on Sunday.  If you would like to help or want to march with the float, please see a member of the V & L Team.

Living Water Family Center

                        Opens:    Friday, October 4, 2019

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

                        Location:  Trinity Episcopal Church, lower level

    Mark your calendars now!  We will be opening with supper, a movie and discussion.  Come join us for great family fellowship! Look for more info in the newsletter.

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!


Sunday, September 1 – 

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

Monday, September 2 – Labor Day

Wednesday, September 4 -   

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

Sunday, September 8 – 

    10:00 a.m.        Worship Service

    11:30 a.m.        Worship Team meeting, Common Room

Monday, September 9 - 

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

Wednesday, September 11 –

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

Sunday, September 15 -    

    Newsletter Deadline

    10:00 a.m.        Worship Service (a different type of worship service)

    11:30 a.m.        Potluck Luncheon

Monday, September 16 –

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

Wednesday, September 18 –

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

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

Sunday, September 22  -

      10:00 a.m.        Worship Service 

Wednesday, September 25 –

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

Sunday, September 29 –

    10:00 a.m.        Worship Service 

    Spirit of Shrewsbury Parade

Coming up:

Friday, October 4 –

      6:00 – 8:00 pm    Living Water Family Center, Trinity Episcopal Church, lower level



    Bishop Davedar gave an inspiring speech about justice and inclusion. Lots of quotes from Micah.He talked about cyber churches. "Attendance" at cyber churches had about doubled to around 1,600 since 2017.


    Resolution passed to study the "relationship of the New England Conference with the UMC". This is to determine if New England wants to remain a part of the UMC. Passed 83.39% to 16.61%.

Voted to approve minutes, etc.

Laity Session:
    George Howard talked about injustice in the third world.  He asked us to discuss with our neighbors at the table those injustices occurring as we sat. He mostly seemed to focus on immigration issues.  "What does scripture day about justice? How is the church called to be God's plan for justice?"

    Different laity from different churches read various passages and gave their impressions as to what it meant.

    Several women discussed publicly Micah 6:8 "8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

Several Lay Speakers:
    Act Justly: Stephanie Cyr
    Love Mercy: Bonnie-Jean Rowe
    Walk Humbly: Karen Cassidy
        UMW - Betty Shipper
        UMM - Tom Leach "Center for Men's Ministry"
        Mission U- Marie MacDougall
        Lay Servant Ministries & CLM - Marie MacDougall
        Deaconesses - Rene Wilbur

June 14, 2019

    The people who pushed thru a motion to set up the committee to study splitting from the Methodist Church also pushed thru a resolution that the committee should only have 30 days to deliberate. Several people from the Foundation and other UMC entities stated that they only met every other month, and that they wouldn't have time too review any decisions. A motion was passed that those churches thinking of leaving shouldn't have to pay apportionments. They then said that because the assets of the United Methodist Foundation are owned by the Conference, not the church as a whole, that the assets including the church properties, should be taken over by those churches voting to succeed.

    Attended meeting of the Wesley Covenant Association. These are one of the breakout sessions hosted by the those Methodists following the Traditional Plan as passed by the General Conference in 2016.

    Rene Perez, outgoing DS, spoke. He "apologized" for the General Conference's decision to uphold the Traditional Plan. He equated the dissolution of the church in New England as an act of love and social justice. A minority found offense at that, feeling that the ordination of and marriage of homosexuals are not in keeping with the teachings of Jesus Christ as per the decision by the General Conference. Rene equated disagreement with the social justice doctrine and agenda of the New England Conference as being evil. He stated that many of the Conference churches seem to be lacking in spirituality. Stressed that the Methodist Church must "become a church of justice". Equates the struggle of people of color with being homosexual. Said that anyone who disagrees with that position must "be afraid" of justice, God, etc. He said "white privilege must end".

    They closed six churches in New England. Central Mass has 11,822 professing members. Connecticut and Western Mass has the lowest decline in attendance. Central Mass has a 3.1% decline.

    $68 million was spent by the Conference. Mostly on salaries and operating expenses. 4% and 9% are spent on missions and mission shares respectively. Estimated value of all assets (buildings, investments, etc.) is valued at $847 million. Vermont had the most UMC members per capita, at 15 per thousand, followed by Maine at 12, with Massachusetts being last at 4 per thousand.


    We still haven't sold the Kenmore Square property. When this is sold, they feel mission shares will drop. The Conference has occupied the new center in Methuen. They acknowledge mission shares too high to be sustainable. Health insurance only went up less that 5%. They requested a 1.95%  ncrease in salaries. They've hired a real estate manager, but are decreasing the overseas aid.
    Increases: Providing a budget item for UM men. And the status and role of women. And religion and race. District housing.
    Decrease: Nicaragua covenant, the connections table, youth ministries, mission grants, Asian commission. There is now an endowment for youth ministry, which allows for continued funding. Much complaining done because of the budget cuts were directed at the youth budget cuts. Finance said that in the past, not all the youth money had been spent. Also, finance is now asking for a run down on how the money is to be spent. Finance reiterated that they would take requests for individual youth projects and evaluate them individually. Finance advised they'd try to fund projects within reason.
They've committed to replenish reserves.

Elected Amanda Bonnette-Kim, Bonnie Marden and Ralph R. R. Oduor as lay leaders to GC.

June 15, 2019

    Several clergy gave speeches, proudly announcing they were gay, or that they felt that the UMC was full of evil people for not supporting gay pastors and gay marriage. The word evil was used frequently. One woman, wearing a provocative mini skirt and sporting purple hair (who turned out to be a leader in the gay pastor movement), stated that the African bishops who voted for the traditional plan had been duped by the white privileged patriarchy. One pastor from Vermont stood up trying to state that the resolution on the floor to boycott the 2020 General Conference based on "how evil and corrupt and unjust" the Methodist Church was is inaccurate and that calling others evil just because of a difference in faith was not just. Bishop Davedar told his point was procedurally out of order.

Wellspring Core Values:

“A devoted family of faith;

All are welcome;

Growing in Christ

and Reaching out to God’s World.”