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2023 Chili Cook-Off

2023 Chili Cook-Off

We are happy to announce the date for our 6th annual (though not consecutive, thanks to Covid) Chili Cook-Off, benefitting New England Justice For Our Neighbors! The cook-off will be held:

Saturday, February 11, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
at Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church
34 Dix Street, Winchester, MA

Bring  your family and friends, and your appetite! Good will offerings will be accepted at the door, and we will sell “ballots” for $1 each — tickets you can use to vote for your favorite chili(s).

Support an important cause.
There is no charge at the door, though good will offerings are welcome. The money we raise through this event helps support free legal counsel for immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees in the area, provided by New England Justice For Our Neighbors, in their clinics located across Massachusetts (Lawrence, Lowell, Springfield, and Worcester). Visit newenglandjfon.org for more information.

Take the night off from cooking.
Taste as many chilis as you like and accompany them with extras including salad and corn bread to round out your meal!

Enter the competition!
Do you have a favorite chili recipe? We’re hoping for a wide variety of entries — from sweet and mild to flaming hot. To enter, sign up here, or contact the church office by calling 781-729-5056. On the 11th, plan to bring your chili in a slow cooker (Crock Pot) and serving spoon to Crawford by 5:15. Please also bring a description of your chili including all ingredients, for those who may have food allergies. Everything else (bowls, utensils, napkins, etc.) will be provided.

Winter Clothing Drive

Winter Clothing Drive

Winter is upon us and we are all feeling the chill in the air. Help us to help those who have insufficient protection from the icy cold.

Crawford is collecting gently used or new coats, sweatpants, sweatshirts or hoodies, backpacks, and winter hats, gloves, & masks which we will distribute to those who need them most in the new year.  Bring your donations of cold-weather wear to Crawford (34 Dix Street, Winchester, MA) any time between now and January 31. Please place them in the large plastic tote outside of our parking lot door. Thank you!

Christmas at Crawford

Christmas at Crawford

Please make Crawford part of your Christmas celebration. We welcome one and all to either or both of our Christmas Eve services of Lessons and Carols at 5pm and 11pm. Both of our services will feature music by Occasional Brass and Strings: at 5pm we’ll be joined by the Occasional Brass Quintet and at 11:00 we’ll be treated to music by a string quartet plus trumpet. You won’t want to miss any of it. Join us as we listen again to the story of Jesus’ birth, and sing together the Christmas carols we know so well.

Stay with us after our early service (or join us in between services) to sing a selection of favorite carols, led by choir member Kate Frisoli, and accompanied by the Occasional Brass Quintet, at 6:30pm. The predicted extremely low temperatures have forced us to move the caroling inside.

Or join us at 10:30 for music by Occasional Brass & Strings (string quartet plus trumpet).

Christmas Eve 5:00pm
Service of Lessons and Carols, Children’s Message, Occasional Brass Quintet

Christmas Eve 6:30pm
Community Carol Sing-Along (moved inside due to predicted cold)

Mini Concert 10:30pm
A short (30 minute) concert of Christmas favorites performed by a professional string quartet and trumpet player

Christmas Eve 11:00pm
Service of Lessons and Carols, music by our Chancel Choir and Occasional Brass & Strings

Christmas Day 10:00am
Celebrate Christmas with us on Christmas Day!

 

Refugee Resettlement Update

Refugee Resettlement Update

In the early months of 2022, Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church joined with other members of the Winchester community to form the Winchester Interfaith Resettlement Partnership. Our goal was to provide support to a family of Afghan refugees – two parents and five children – resettling in the area. One of the Partnership’s co-leaders provided this heart-warming update in mid-November.

“Many wonderful things have happened with this lovely family including improving their medical and dental care, providing childhood healthcare immunizations and assessments (including in one case physical therapy and adaptive equipment), moving forward with advanced immigration status which will enable them to more easily integrate into American society, educational and language opportunities for the children and parents, recreational and social programs in the community, two jobs for Ihsanullah to contribute to the household and friendship from our over 70 volunteers.

“Your financial support of the family has allowed us to continue in reasonable housing, managing educational, food and household purchases and working toward self-sufficiency as the family begins to stand on their own over the next several months.

“One of the greatest miracles of this whole journey from Afghanistan to America has been the arrival on Monday, November 14 of a baby girl to the proud parents. Aisha Rawan has just now returned home to the embrace of her five siblings with lots of kisses and hugs. She is the first US citizen of the family with hopefully more of them to follow.

“We invite your faith community to offer prayers of thanksgiving and safe delivery for Aisha and Zahida. We look forward to continuing our Interfaith partnership with each of your communities in the next critical months of transition and self-reliance for the Rawan family.

“Betty Stone and I as the co-leads of our Winchester Interfaith Resettlement Partnership give thanks for God’s many blessings during this season of Thanksgiving,”

– Bob Davidson

2022 Holiday Faire, Nov. 12

2022 Holiday Faire, Nov. 12

Our annual Holiday Faire is coming up soon! The members of Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church are hard at work preparing for this year’s Holiday Faire, to be held Saturday, November 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We’ve made one hundred delicious apple pies which now fill our freezer. Our crafters have been knitting, crocheting, and sewing handmade treasures to sell all year. And to the relief of many repeat fair goers, the WHITE ELEPHANT SALE is back! Our bakers and soup makers are getting ready to fill our baked goods table and snack bar, so you’ll have plenty of tasty options if you get hungry while shopping. See you on the 12th!
Crawford Presents: Sindy Skinless and the Decomposers

Crawford Presents: Sindy Skinless and the Decomposers

You’re invited to a holiday concert like you’ve never seen, for Halloween! On Saturday, October 29, Sindy Skinless and her skeleton pals will perform “live” on stage from 7 to 8pm. Young and old will enjoy their parodies of popular tunes (eg Elvis Deadly, O Zombie Boy, and Cannibal Girl) as well as new songs for this season presented for the first time! Doors open at 4:30 with Halloween crafts and spooky activities for all ages. Costumes encouraged! Have your photo taken with Sindy and her pals! Donations at the door, free popcorn for all and, at the Crawford Cafe, hotdog (or vegan dog), chips and drink for $5.

Blessing of the Animals, Oct. 2

Blessing of the Animals, Oct. 2

Please join us for our third annual Blessing of the Animals, outdoors, under the tent in front of our church at 34 Dix Street, Winchester, MA, on Sunday, October 2, at 10am. Our prayer time will include moments to give thanks for our animal companions, to acknowledge the holes in our hearts left by pets who are gone from us too soon, to honor animals that serve in public safety and wellness, to mourn the loss of species, and to celebrate those who have taken on the difficult work of animal rescue, shelter, and care. All are welcome (people and animals), so please join us and bring your critters, big or small. “If you can control it, you can bring it.” (Along those lines, please read these tips for keeping the peace keeping the peace between our blessed pets at the service.)

Get Screened for Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Get Screened for Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Life Line Screening is coming to Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church on Thursday, October 20. Sign up to assess your risk for cardiovascular disease.

Why should I screen? Life Line screening has the potential to provide benefits including:

  • Early detection of serious conditions
  • Prevention of disease progression
  • Peace of mind so you can enjoy life
  • Savings with more affordable screenings
  • Control, no insurance required

What tests are run at a Life Line screening?

  • Carotid Artery Disease: An ultrasound is performed to screen the carotid arteries for buildup of fatty plaque.
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease: An Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) test is performed using blood pressure cuffs on the arms and legs.
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: An ultrasound is performed to screen the abdominal aorta for the presence of an enlargement or aneurysm.
  • Atrial Fibrillation: A 6-lead electrocardiogram (EKG) is performed by placing sensors on the arms and legs to screen for irregular heartbeat.
  • Osteoporosis Risk: An ultrasound is performed to measure the shin bone for abnormal bone mass density.

For more information, download a flyer about the October 20 event here.

This event is open to the public and appointments are limited, so make your appointment today. To reserve your time, call 1-800-690-0323, or visit LLSA.SOCIAL/HS.

Musical Guests: Sunday, Aug. 7

Musical Guests: Sunday, Aug. 7

This Sunday, we will be joined by Asako Shibata (piano) and Kevin Owen (French horn). They will provide our prelude and postlude, as well as some special music during communion. All are welcome… join us if you can!

Kevin Owen and Asako Shibata have been performing together throughout New England for about 15 years. Kevin is a professional French horn player, arranger and conductor. Asako is a performer and piano teacher with students throughout Winchester. They are married and live in Medford. When the Red Sox are losing, they often retire to their music studio and sing, play recorder and piano duets as well a piano/horn repertoire, for the entertainment of their two cats, Luna and Julius.

Back 2 School Supplies Drive

Back 2 School Supplies Drive

Again this year, we are supporting Housing Families by contributing to their annual school supplies drive. On Sunday, August 7 and Sunday, August 14, we’re collecting ball point pens, pencils, highlighters, magic markers, loose leaf paper, rulers and more. (Click here  for a complete list of items needed.) If you can’t bring your donations to church on Sunday morning, the church office at office@crawfordumc.org or 781-729-5056 to arrange a time to drop them off. Thanks so much!