Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service

Come together with the community of faith in West Springfield to celebrate and give thanks to God for all our blessings!

Before the rush, rush, rush.  Before the cooking (OK, some of the cooking).  Before the visitors arrive.  Come together for a community service of thanks on Wednesday, November 21st at 7pm at West Springfield United Methodist Church.  The service will feature faith leaders from many congregations in West Springfield.

Feel like singing with the combined choirs?  Come at 6 pm for a quick rehearsal together.

All are welcome!


Why do bad things happen to Good People? – The Book of Job

I will admit, I am a big Job fan.  Ever since I led a 7th & 8th grade Youth Group and we performed a play on the book of Job, I became a fan.  It is a morbid, sobering book in the Old Testament that seems to tell a tale of a uncaring God delivering heaps of problems on a faithful, prosperous man, Job.  On October 7th Rev. Sam Wilde delivered an interesting look at the first section of Job and included a very interesting perspective on Job’s wife.  On October 14th Pastor Rick started us into an exploration of the poetry in the book, a tale woven like a fine, complex fabric filled with the colors of the various characters involved in Job’s story.  I have posted both on the pastor’s page so you can read each sermon.  Pastor’s Page

This coming Sunday, October 21st we will conclude our exploration of Job as we try to answer the ages long question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”  I hope you will join us Sunday, the service starts at 10am.

Pastor Rick

Teen Opioid Addiction and Effects of Family Life

Wednesday, October 10, 7pm at West Springfield United Methodist Churchopioid

West Side resident, Kirk Jonah, will discuss his family’s experience in hopes of preventing any more young people from succumbing to the same fate as his son, Jack who passed away in 2016. He hopes to help other parents identify warning signs of opioid abuse and guide them to prepare to be able to handle an addiction before it is too late. If you have teenagers please bring them to hear the discussion. Even if your children are small now this information may be invaluable to you in the future.

All Are Welcome

Mittineague Methodist Community Preschool


Wow!  50 years of providing a high quality educational environment for children in the West Springfield area.  Sometimes I wonder what those Methodist women were thinking!  We are so fortunate for their acts of Christian love back then.

The MMCP is still going strong, thanks to the hard work of all those people who could see a way forward back in 1968.  Today the preschool provides high quality education to over 60 children.  I’ve had the pleasure of observing their work, their compassion, their love for the children in our community.

It takes a lot to make a school like this happen.  Our congregation provides the foundation, through their generosity of time and money.  We believe that this school is one of the most important missions of Christian service for our congregation.  In late summer the church sexton(s) and volunteers work to clean and refurbish the school.  There’s endless hours of cleaning, painting and repairing.  As they finish and areas the teachers and administrative staff seem to swoop in to put their finishing touches on each classroom.  On opening day, they are all there, greeting each tiny smiling (and sometimes crying) face, reassuring the parents of our commitment to their children.

It gives me so much joy to have this facility as a part of our church.  Please watch for updates as we plan and announce celebration activities to honor those who brought this wonderful school from a dream into reality.

Pastor Rick



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