March 18th, 2018

Just an update on the Escapology and Pizza night next Saturday, March 24.  There are still slots available for the evening.  Come join us and invite a friend!  Please contact Julia Leary at for details and to RSVP.  The event is from 6-8 pm.

PRAYER LIST – Father Tom/Nancye/Trevor Van Brunt, DUMC Congregation, David Denton, Barb Voshefski, Lanie Voshefski, Drewry Voshefski, Dani Packard,Richard Garrison, Glennis Lautzenhiser, Karen Mandel, Bill Gruber. John Link & Family.




Lenten Bible Study -- The joint congregations of DUMC and St. Mary Magdalene are having a Lenten study group on Wednesdays during Lent at the church from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  A light dinner is available at 6 pm followed by a study of the following Sunday's gospel.  Remaining date is March 21st.  Child care is available.  All are welcome!


Escapology and Pizza – March 24. Bring your keen minds and team up with your fellow parishioners to solve time-travel related missions. You and your group will have 60 minutes to escape the room and complete the mission. For additional information, go to


Spring Clean-Up – Saturday, March 24, 10 AM to 2 PM.


Maundy Thursday -- Deerfield UMC and St. Mary Magdalene Church will be telling the story of Jesus’ Last Supper this March 29 with a drama, and you are invited to be in the drama! We are looking for men and women to portray Jesus’ disciples. If you are interested in participating or learning more, contact DUMC office.


Good Friday – Traditional service at 7:00 PM 


Annual Easter Egg -- Saturday, March 31 from 11 AM to 1 PM. We will be “stuffing” eggs for the hunt


The Exodus Colloquium: A capstone event of our Big Read – Saturday, April 7, 10 AM to 3 PM at All Saints, New AlbanyJoin us as we end our study of Exodus with a day of brilliant scholarship, calls to action and articulations of hope for our life as a diocese and the life of the world. 


Ronald McDonald House Outreach – Sunday, April 15.  We will be packing the To-Go bags immediately following church service.  Something for everyone – kids can decorate the bags


Upcoming IHNWC Dates – April 18, August 22.


Jesus' Family

I HAVE A HUNCH that if Jesus were to walk down the streets of your town or city today, he would look around at all those who are isolated and disconnected and say something like this:

“Come to me, all you who want to belong, and I will give you a table to sit around. Come to me, all you who feel disconnected. Come to me, all you who are lonely, cut off, rejected, and marginalized. Come to me. Come home. Come be part of the family that I want to share with you.”

– Trevor Hudson and Stephen D. Bryant
The Way of Transforming Discipleship 


TO LISTEN TO SOMEONE with the heart is to listen with empathy and with care to them and their stories. The heart of good listening is authenticity, genuine curiosity, and caring. No matter how good our technique is, the other person will know if we do not really care about what they are saying. Listening is not about judging, diagnosing, appraising, or evaluating. … Listening with the heart is also about hearing the feelings and emotions that lie beneath the words.

– Thomas Porter Jr.
The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation 



Feast Day!

Mary Magdalene was the first witness to Jesus' rising from the dead. Before and after his death she was one of his most devoted and active disciples.  The church celebrates her life and ministry on Sunday,July 24.    Note to all girls named Madeline--this is your name day too.  You have the french version of Mary Magdalene's name.