A Wellspring United Methodist Church Newsletter

Volume 1                                                    December, 2019       Number 11


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:  

Paul Culliton 

Trustees Chair:

Peter Bjork –

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.”


A Present for Christmas!

    Wow!  It’s almost December!  And this is my last December newsletter article to you all.  Where has the time gone? Yesterday, I was talking about next year or two years and now I am facing down the last 6 months of ministry.

    What do I need to say this December?  What do you need to hear? Do you see what I see in the world?  Do you hear what I hear? There’s a song with those words, written by Noël Regney and music by Gloria Shayne.  It was written in 1962 as a cry for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    While the song was written 57 years ago, the message that it carries still makes it not only popular but valid today.  What do we see when we see with the eyes of Jesus? What do we hear when we hear with the ears of a loving God? What do we perceive when we lose ourselves and focus on others?  The view of Haiti this year in particular is one that breaks God’s heart. Do we see it? The sounds of children in the streets of America’s big cities crying out as they are kidnapped and used as sex slaves do not fall on deaf ears of God.  Do we hear them?  The hungry wait at the door for something to eat; God’s heart feeds them.  Do we know enough to feed and care for them?  

    Christmas you see is not about how many gifts we get, it’s about the Christ gifts we can be or give.  Sometimes to be Jesus we just need to be “present.” So let’s look at the story of a child born in the most obscure circumstances.  He IS the present that God sent to us for all time and for all seasons of life. It’s that Present we share!    Do you know what I know?  That the world is dying for some hope?  You and I, my friends, know this Hope who is Jesus Christ.  Be the Christ-present in someone else’s life who really needs Him.

    Then we can praise His name and give Him all the glory.  Thanks be to God.

Serving Christ with you; Merry Christmas,

Pastor Nancy

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


Clem F., who had heart surgery;  Norell S., who suffered a stroke and is now in assisted living at the Lutheran Home;  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 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.


9 – Lucy W.

13 – Norma C.

13 – Cindy G.

22 – Paul C.

29 – Kalie F.

30 – Bob L.



    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!



    I just want to thank everyone again for honoring me for my 30 years   as Music Director of Fairlawn / Wellspring UMC.  My gratitude to all who helped make it an incredible and memorable day.

         We now head into Advent and the Coming of Jesus into the world.  This is a time to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas. Let is sing and give thanks as we wait for the coming of the Christ Child.

         Our Choirs will prepare Music for the Season of Advent. The Handbell Choir will rehearse after church on Sunday December 1st .  They will play on December 22nd which is the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

      The Choral Choir will continue to rehearse before church at 9:00a.m. on Sunday mornings.

         Let us prepare our hearts to receive the gift of the Christ Child.


With Blessing 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, December 6th and 20th 

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

                                Location:  Trinity Episcopal Church, lower level

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

The newsletter deadline for the January issue will be

Sunday, December 15th.

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

Kris Smith at

Thank you!

Blue Christmas Service

                                When:    Saturday, December 21, 2019

                                Time:    Supper at 6:00 p.m., worship at 7:00 p.m.

                                Where:    440 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA

                                Supper downstairs, worship - Lawrence Hall

                        Supper:    Hot soup and bread

                        Why:    Because some people are in pain, lonely, sad, sick, or                         otherwise not feeling the joy of the season.  We all need Jesus!

                        Who:    Everyone

Christmas Celebration at Wellspring

    This year we will celebrate Christmas together at the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 22nd .  There will be joy, great preaching, fantastic music and goodies to follow worship.  Come one and all and bring everyone you know! It will be a great time of fun for all!

Want to help with this service? Please speak with Pastor Nancy or Music Director, Sandy Tilander.

Merry Christmas!  See you there!

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, December 1 –     First Sunday of Advent

      9:00 a.m.            Choral Choir rehearsal

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

                        Sunday School

    after the service     Bell Choir rehearsal

Tuesday, December 3 –    Tuesday, December 3 -   

      7:00 p.m.            Ephesians Bible Study,

                           Common Room


Wednesday, December 4 -    

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

Friday, December 6 –   

      6:00 p.m.            Living Water Family Center, Trinity Church – lower level

Sunday, December 8 – Second Sunday of Advent

      9:00 a.m.            Choral Choir rehearsal

    10:00 a.m.            Worship Service, 

                        Sunday School

    after the service    Worship Team


Monday, December 9 -  

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

Wednesday, December 11 –

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

Sunday, December 15 – Third Sunday of Advent

                        Newsletter Deadline

      9:00 a.m.            Choral Choir rehearsal

    10:00 a.m.            Worship Service

                        Sunday School   

    After service        Potluck (TBA)                   


Monday, December 16 –

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

Wednesday, December 18 –

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

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

Friday, December 20 –

      6:00 p.m.            Living Water Family Center, Trinity Church – lower level

Saturday, December 21 –

      6:00 p.m.            Blue Christmas Supper, Trinity Church lower level

      7:00 p.m.            Blue Christmas Worship Service, Trinity Church Lawrence Hall

Sunday, December 22 – Fourth Sunday of Advent and Celebration of Christmas

      9:00 a.m.            Choral Choir and Handbell Choir rehearsals

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


Wednesday, December 25 -    Christmas Day

      NO Tea at 3

Sunday, December 29 – First Sunday after Christmas Day

      9:00 a.m.            Choral Choir rehearsal

      10:00 a.m.            Worship Service 


Wellspring Core Values:

“A devoted family of faith;

All are welcome;

Growing in Christ

and Reaching out to God’s World.”