Taking Faith Home || week beginning September 19, 2021

Life Together

“Taking Faith Home” is a weekly spiritual formation resource for you to use in your daily personal or family devotions and/or with a small group. Use it creatively in a way that fits your context. You can view/download/print this week’s “Taking Faith Home” by clicking the picture below.


Worship Together || Sunday, September 19, 2021

Join us as we worship together on Sunday at 10 am ET. You are invited to join this service in-person or virtually.

In-person participants must wear a mask over their nose and mouth while inside our facility.

You can join this service virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (http://meet.google.com/ens-kcoq-bgg) or by calling 1-262-885-7027, the PIN is 172 874 072#.

You can download the bulletin for this service below. To add this event to your Google calendar, click here.

All are welcome!

This post will be updated to include music and other videos from our Worship Together. Use the videos below in your devotions to worship asynchronously. Hymn videos will premiere on our YouTube channel following worship together.

Can’t join us virtually/in-person?

This post will be updated after the “live” service, with a recording of our worship together.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities || September 15. 2021

Midweek Discussion w/ Pastor Jacob

Join Pastor Jacob on Wednesday at 7pm as we discuss upcoming readings and themes for Sunday worship.  This group meets in-person in the vestry and virtually.

Virtual participants can  join the gathering by going to https://meet.google.com/txp-ndfa-ivu) or by calling 1-440-467-1448, the PIN is 220 679 745#.


Community Cookout

Join the Franklin United Methodist Church for a FREE Community Cookout on September 25 from 5:30-7pm.  Burgers, hotdogs, chips, and lemonade will be provided.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit in the garden and grassy lot behind the church and enjoy the company of your neighbors.


Harvest Festival

Franklin United Methodist Church and its ministry partners, Tri-Valley Inc. (Meals on Wheels) and Aprende Spanish Immersion will have a booth at this year’s Harvest Festival on October 2.  Volunteers are needed to setup, staff, and teardown the booth.  We need at least two persons for three different two hour shifts (11:30a-1:30p, 1:30-3:30p, and 3:30-5:30p).  If you would like to help, please contact Pastor Jacob (jacob@franklinumc.org).


Book Club

The Book Club meets monthly on the second Monday of the month at 7pm. The Book Club will meet (virtually) on October 11 at 7pm. We will be reading The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides . 


Trunk or Treat

Franklin United Methodist Church is organizing a Trunk or Treat for Saturday, October 30 from 4-6p.  We need volunteers to decorate their trunks and handout candy.  We also need volunteers to help setup, teardown, and grill “hallo-weiners.”  If you would like to help, please contact Pastor Jacob (jacob@franklinumc.org).

In Support of COVID-19 Vaccination: A Statement by the Franklin Interfaith Council

“Love your neighbor as yourself” is a key principle of the religions we practice.  We believe it’s what God calls us to do.  But while it’s an easy phrase to remember and recite, it can be challenging to actually live it out in our daily lives. 

We are in the middle of a pandemic.  To state the obvious, it has been a stressful, scary, exhausting, grief-filled year and a half, and it’s not over yet.  The advent of the Delta variant is ramping things up again.  In the middle of our own stress, can we stop to consider what our neighbors might need from us?  How might we, practically, treat them with love?

One way to answer that question: 
Please get the Covid 19 vaccine!     (if you are eligible)

Here are some reasons we would like everyone who is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • It drastically reduces the possibility of you contracting the virus and spreading it to others.
  • Even if a vaccinated person does get a breakthrough infection, they get a MUCH milder case, as the vaccine is highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death.  
  • Since vaccinated people are less likely to contract the virus and pass it on, it protects the people around them, particularly children and the immunocompromised who are not eligible for the vaccine. 
  • More vaccinated people means fewer hosts for the virus, thus less virus present in the community.
  • Fewer people infected with COVID means fewer people dying, fewer people hospitalized, and therefore less risk for healthcare workers, and fewer people missing work and school.
  • Since the vast majority of people hospitalized with COVID are unvaccinated, if everyone chose to get vaccinated, that would free up ICU’s, doctors, and nurses to treat people with other conditions.

If you are fearful about the vaccine, talk with your doctor.  Read up on the science behind the vaccine on the websites of the Centers for Disease Control (cdc.gov), the World Health Organization (who.int), Massachusetts Department of Health (mass.gov/covid-19-updates-and-information), or other local governments.  We hope that everyone will use their God-given powers of reason, discernment, and understanding to make an informed decision to get vaccinated and care for their neighbors as well as themselves. 

Signed by the following Franklin Interfaith Council representatives:   

Rabbi Tom Alpert, Temple Etz Chaim
Susan Borchard, Franklin Federated Church
Rev. Eric Cherry, Minister, First Universalist Society in Franklin
Mary Diehl, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Rev. Maggie Geller, Deacon, St. John’s Episcopal Church
Rev. Dr. Jacob W. Juncker, Pastor, Franklin United Methodist Church
Rev. Brian Manning, Pastor, Saint Mary Parish
The Rev. Kathy McAdams, Rector, St. John’s Episcopal Church
Rev. Dr. Marlayna Schmidt, Interim Pastor, Franklin Federated Church


For those who may be interested in knowing more about the ways The United Methodist Church is providing care and support through the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the video below to learn more.

If you would like to contribute to UMCOR’s COVID-19 Response Fund, click here.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities || September 9, 2021

Midweek Discussion w/ Pastor Jacob

Join Pastor Jacob on Wednesday at 7pm as we discuss upcoming readings and themes for Sunday worship.  This group meets in-person in the vestry and virtually.

Virtual participants can  join the gathering by going to https://meet.google.com/txp-ndfa-ivu) or by calling 1-440-467-1448, the PIN is 220 679 745#.


Book Club

The Book Club meets monthly on the second Monday of the month at 7pm. The Book Club will meet (virtually) on September 13 at 7pm. We will be reading When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal. 


Community Cookout

Join the Franklin United Methodist Church for a FREE Community Cookout on September 25 from 5:30-7pm.  Burgers, hotdogs, chips, and lemonade will be provided.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit in the garden and grassy lot behind the church and enjoy the company of your neighbors.


Harvest Festival

Franklin United Methodist Church and its ministry partners, Tri-Valley Inc. (Meals on Wheels) and Aprende Spanish Immersion will have a booth at this year’s Harvest Festival on October 2.  Volunteers are needed to setup, staff, and teardown the booth.  We need at least two persons for three different two hour shifts (11:30a-1:30p, 1:30-3:30p, and 3:30-5:30p).  If you would like to help, please contact Pastor Jacob (jacob@franklinumc.org).


Trunk or Treat

Franklin United Methodist Church is organizing a Trunk or Treat for Saturday, October 30 from 4-6p.  We need volunteers to decorate their trunks and handout candy.  We also need volunteers to help setup, teardown, and grill “hallo-weiners.”  If you would like to help, please contact Pastor Jacob (jacob@franklinumc.org).

Worship Together || Sunday, September 12, 2021

Join us as we worship together on Sunday at 10 am ET. You are invited to join this service in-person or virtually.

In-person participants must wear a mask over their nose and mouth while inside our facility.

You can join this service virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (http://meet.google.com/ens-kcoq-bgg) or by calling 1-262-885-7027, the PIN is 172 874 072#.

You can download the bulletin for this service below. To add this event to your Google calendar, click here.

All are welcome!

This post will be updated to include music and other videos from our Worship Together. Use the videos below in your devotions to worship asynchronously. Hymn videos will premiere on our YouTube channel following worship together.

Can’t join us virtually/in-person?

This post will be updated after the “live” service, with a recording of our worship together.

Midweek Discussion (IMMEDIATE CHANGE)

Dear friends and members,

I misspoke on Sunday.  I need to move the midweek discussion to Wednesdays at 7pm beginning immediately (tonight!).  We will meet in-person at the church and in-person virtually.  The link and phone number to join virtually have not changed (https://meet.google.com/txp-ndfa-ivu or 1-440-467-1448, the PIN is 220 679 745#).

I apologize for any confusion this may cause and for the late notice.  I have sent this message three times as an email through the church database (around 11am, 2:20p, and 2:30p). The database is experiencing some issues sending emails. It has been reported and is being fixed.

If you have any questions, or you just want to chat, don’t hesitate to reach out. I hope you’ll consider making it to one of our midweek discussions, maybe even this evening!  We are beginning a new discussion series on the proposed new vision statement.  This week we are discussing the first clause of the statement: “we seek to be a community.”

If I don’t see you this evening at 7pm, I look forward to joining you in worship on Sunday at 10am.

Peace.
Pastor Jacob

Life Together || week beginning September 5, 2021

Life Together

The Christian life is meant to be lived in community, together with others. Utilize the resources and opportunities below to share life and grow in faith together.


“Taking Faith Home” (Daily Devotional)

“Taking Faith Home” is a weekly spiritual formation resource for you to use in your daily personal or family devotions and/or with a small group. Use it creatively in a way that fits your context. You can view/download/print this week’s “Taking Faith Home” by clicking the picture below.


Midweek Discussion

Join Pastor Jacob on Wednesday at 7:00pm as we discuss upcoming readings and themes for Sunday worship. This group will meet in the vestry.

Virtual participants can  join the gathering by going to https://meet.google.com/txp-ndfa-ivu) or by calling 1-440-467-1448, the PIN is 220 679 745#.

Book Club

The Book Club meets monthly on the second Monday of the month at 7pm. The Book Club will meet (virtually) on September 13 at 7pm. We will be reading When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal. 

You can join the Book Club virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (https://meet.google.com/feq-yjgp-xoq) or by calling 1-405-534-5197, the PIN is ‪552 165 644‬#.

Worship Together || Sunday, September 5, 2021

Join us as we worship together on Sunday at 10 am ET. You are invited to join this service in-person or virtually.

In-person participants must wear a mask over their nose and mouth while inside our facility.

You can join this service virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (http://meet.google.com/ens-kcoq-bgg) or by calling 1-262-885-7027, the PIN is 172 874 072#.

You can download the bulletin for this service below. To add this event to your Google calendar, click here.

All are welcome!

This post will be updated to include music and other videos from our Worship Together. Use the videos below in your devotions to worship asynchronously. Hymn videos will premiere on our YouTube channel following worship together.

Can’t join us virtually/in-person?

This post will be updated after the “live” service, with a recording of our worship together.