Bulletin 02-September-2018

Sunday, September 2, 2018
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 AM: Worship
Childcare & Activity Time
James 1:17-27   Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
“Invisible Fencing”
Rev. Andrew W. Armstrong
Music: Mark A. Cleveland, bass baritone

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Worship Schedule

Rally Sunday, September 9
One service at 10:00 AM
Sunday School and Childcare
Cookout to follow
Join us as we begin celebrating our 333rd Anniversary Year!
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Regular worship schedule begins on Sunday, September 16.
8:30 AM: Worship
10:00 AM: Worship, Sunday School, Childcare
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Summer Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM-Noon & 12:30-3:30 PM
Closed on Sunday
Closed on Labor Day

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current 

Bring a Friend to Church/Rally Sunday is September 9. There will be one worship service at 10:00 AM with the annual cookout to follow. Invite your guest(s) to worship with you and then have them stay for the cookout! Members are asked to please bring a big salad or side dish to share so there will be plenty to go around. The Christian Education Board will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages.

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All Boards meet on Monday, September 10. The evening begins with worship at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary. No dinner this time.

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We welcome back William Ness as Sabbatical Director of Music. William will be with us until early November while Joseph is away on sabbatical working on music projects in Vienna, Moscow and Munich.

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Join Rev. Andy for “The Heaven Study” on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 AM in the parlor (just off Fellowship Hall). This ten-week course begins on September 12 and is sure to lift your soul to new heights. Please let us know you’re coming at Sign-up Central.

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Chapel Vespers – Beginning Tuesday September 18th, and continuing every Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM through mid-November, this hour-long service will take place in Shaw Chapel. Rev. Andy, Rev. Ken, and Rev. Jami will share this ministry and bring their own approach to each gathering. Services will vary week to week, but most will include scripture, meditation, a simple message, prayer, silence, music, and an invitation to healing. No need to sign up, we’ll be there. Come as you are and feel free to bring a friend.

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The NH UCC Peace with Justice Advocates presents “Keeping the Faith: Sisters of the Story” on Sunday, September 16 at 2:00 PM at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. In-Reach has 20 tickets available for the performance. A three women performance demonstrates the peace and commonalities between us all. A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew will each share their stories of their faith journey. Sign up at Sign-up Central and let us know how many tickets you would like.

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The Thank You Project 4th Annual Water Walk
Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Greeley Park

Join your First Church friends and take a walk with us. The Thank You Project wants to make a difference by providing two rural communities in Nigeria (Ututu and Achi) with the equipment and training necessary to dig and maintain fresh water wells. For more information about the walk, and to register online, go to http://thankyouproject.org/waterwalk/

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The Women’s Association fall outing to Pickity Place
October 20, 12:30-6:00 PM

Reservations need to be made five weeks in advance, so if you are at all interested in going, please fill out the information at Sign-up Central by the second week in September. The total price for the day is $28.72, which includes your meal, tax, and tip. Contact Bea Dillaby (888-2766) or Brooks Thompson (886-1476) for more information.

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United Way of Greater Nashua (UWGN)
United We Sleep to End Hunger and Homelessness
Friday, September 21-Saturday, September 22

Help the homeless residents in the greater Nashua area. Board members, Peter Chaloner and Rev. Andy, are looking for people to sleep in a box overnight on the lawn of the Nashua Community College. Contact Peter at 603-881-3657 or [email protected] to sign up. If you are unable to sleep out, please consider making a donation. For more information, visit www.tinyurl.com/uws2018.

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Fill the Box with Socks – UWGN is also running a program to collect socks for the homeless. Socks are the #1 needed item in local shelters. A laundry basket will be located at the Outreach booth area for donations of socks of all types- wool, dress, kid’s… If you would like help, please drop them off by September 21. The socks will be distributed to local agencies.

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The First Church Inaugural Golf Tournament
Wednesday, October 3, 8:00 AM at Green Meadow Golf Club in Hudson

Sign up as an individual or as teams of four at Sign-up Central. Not a golfer? You can sign up to join us for lunch, only! Proceeds from the tournament will benefit our local outreach partners including Thank You Project, Nashua’s Crop Hunger Walk, and Family Promise of Greater Nashua. Rev. Jim and Rev. Jeff will attend in anticipation of their designation as pastors emeriti.

Golf package: $125/golfer; Lunch, only: $20/person – Contact the church office for more information.

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333rd Anniversary Celebration ~ Friday, November 16, 2018
5:30-10:00 PM – Marriott Courtyard, Nashua

Join us as we celebrate our past with the designation of pastors emeriti for Jim Chaloner and Jeff Evans, enjoy the present, and look to the future of the ministry of The First Church. More information to come in September.

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The First Music Annual Ad Campaign is underway. Renewal letters have been sent out and new ad space is available in the program book. (In addition to underwriting from the Huber Trust, all ad and ticket donations offset the complete Series costs of promotional materials and Artists!)
For more information, contact Jennifer Hotham at [email protected] or call the Music Office at 882-4861 x15.

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The First Church Christmas Craft Fair – November 2nd and 3rd
Below are some ways you can help!

  • Silent Auction donations – If you have an item you wish to donate or have any questions about making a donation, please contact Sarah Creaney at 603-921-1009 or [email protected]
  • Homemade food items – If you prepare preserves and pickled vegetables this summer, consider making some extra to donate to the fair. These types of items are always popular with fair-goers. Contact Barbara Stone, 978-925-9015 for more information.
  • The craft group will meet on the following dates in the dining room at 6:30 PM: Wednesdays, September 12 and 26; October 10 and 24. All crafters are welcome! Contact Jocelyn Henning, 880-1839 with any questions.

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Summer 2018 Music – Thank you to all the musicians who enhanced our worship services this summer: Susan Cobb, soprano; Mark Cleveland, bass-baritone; Lauren Engquist, organ; Floice Lund, flute; Rev. Ken McGarry, bari/guitar; Debbie Nordyke, mezzo soprano; Harry Nordyke, tenor/guitar; Olivia Osternmiller, piano; Craig Plummer, tenor; Nicole Plummer, mezzo soprano; Matt Van Wagner, tenor

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Help keep the church records current. If you have a change of name, address, phone number or email address please let the church office know. Our mail is sent with a return request imprint. Any returned mail costs the church money!

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Hospitalizations – If you or a family member is hospitalized, please contact the church office and/or the ministers.

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Church Happenings and Outreach – Ongoing

Bereavement Calendar – The church office has created a bereavement calendar to help us better remember and celebrate the lives of church members, friends, and loved ones who have recently passed away. If your family experiences a loss, please contact the church office so that we can be sure to include you in our prayers and our records.

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The Bible, Friends, and Coffee will resume its regular schedule on Monday, September 10, 9:30-11:00 AM in room 15, in the Walker Building. Rev. Andy, Rev. Jami and Rev. Ken will lead the discussions. No sign-up is required. If you have a Bible, bring it; if not, one will be provided.

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The Caregiver’s Support Group will resume on Thursday September 13 at 2:00 PM. Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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Drop-In Hours with Rev. Ken will resume on Wednesday, September 12 at 1:30 PM at Riverwalk Café.

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End 68 Hours of Hunger provides bags of food weekly to local elementary school children who would otherwise not have food over the weekend. The following items are needed (updated list): Individually packaged snacks such as granola bars, cookies/crackers, microwave popcorn, Canned Soup, Peanut Butter 18 oz. plastic, Jelly 20 oz. plastic squeeze bottles, Boxes of Instant Oatmeal, Cans of fruit (not applesauce), Crackers (Ritz or Graham), Hot Chocolate or Carnation Instant Breakfast packets

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e-News Updates – Sign up today at Sign-up Central to receive First Church e-News. Included will be information on upcoming sermons, choirs and guest musicians, Christian Education news, brunches, classes and events. Contact Dianne Smigliani with any questions.

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First Church Cyclists invite anyone, regardless of age or ability, to join them for some fun, fresh air, fellowship and most importantly, ice cream. The next ride: Sunday, September 9, at 2:00 PM on the Reformatory/Narrow Gauge Trails at Depot Park, Bedford, MA. See the complete schedule on the First Church website. Call or text Ray Baldwin at 603-913-3974 or email at [email protected] with any questions.

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First Church serves dinner at the Nashua Soup Kitchen on the third Tuesday and fourth Friday of the month from 4:00-6:00 PM. New volunteers are always welcome to participate in this simple, but important outreach ministry. To serve on a Tuesday please contact Patricia Cooper, [email protected] or 566-1826. If you are interested in helping on a Friday, please call Cindy Staradub, 888-9561.

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The Giving Card offers an option for those folks who give electronically or monthly to symbolically participate in the offering. Cards can be found in the basket at the back of the sanctuary. Simply place it in the offering plate.

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Greet your friends and meet new people! If you would like to greet on Sunday mornings, please sign up at Sign-up Central. This is a wonderful opportunity to see familiar faces and welcome new folks before the worship service. Contact the church office for more information.

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The Ladies Lunch Bunch meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 12:30 PM. The group will dine at Fratello’s Italian Grille, 194 Main St., Nashua, on September 12. Contact Arlene Richmond, [email protected] or 943-7970 for more information.

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The Men’s Breakfast Group meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 AM at the Pine Street Eatery, 136 Pine St., Nashua. For more information, contact Ken Chapman, 603-521-7169.

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The Men’s Munchers meet on the first Tuesday of the month at noon for lunch and fellowship. The group will dine at The Common Man, 304 D.W, Hwy., Merrimack on September 4. All men of the church and their guests are welcome. Contact the Ken Chapman, 603-521-7169, for more information.

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The Prayer Shawl Ministry – Knitters and crocheters are invited to work on prayer shawls at home. Contact Karen Bianchi, 603-897-0788 or Laurel Lang 603-465-3372 to see how you can be involved in this simple but meaningful ministry.

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Pulpit Flowers – If you would like to provide flowers for the pulpit, please sign up on the chart in Fellowship Hall or contact the church office. Flower arrangements can be purchased from your favorite florist or can be created from flowers you’ve purchased or grown.

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“Sunday Mornings with Andy Armstrong” airs every Sunday morning at 7:00 AM on WSMN. A link is provided on our webpage, under Upcoming Events, so our First Church members, friends, and students can remain connected to us anywhere in the world.

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The Thrift Shop will reopen on Thursday, October 4. Donations of women’s and children’s fall and winter clothing may be left in the bin in the lobby at the courtyard entrance. Please be sure that the items are clean and are in good repair. No summer clothing!

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The Visitation Ministry will resume on Tuesday, September 11 at 2:00 PM. Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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Community Events 

24th Annual “Sweater Weather” Program
Sponsored by the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Lock St, Nashua
September 1 – October 1, 2018

New or clean, used sweaters may be left at the funeral home between the hours of 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday. Bins are located in both foyers. The sweaters will be distributed to various agencies in the Nashua area to be given to those who need them. Call 883-3401 for further information.

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Next Interfaith Prayer Vigils
September 4th -8:30 AM to 10 AM (every first Tuesday)

Norris Cotton Federal Building – 275 Chestnut Street Manchester

Join us for prayer, song and the Jericho Walk. The Jericho walk is grounded in Hebrew Scriptures when the Israelites used the power of prayer to topple the walls of Jericho. If you are unable to attend please take a moment to pray for love, peace and justice for ALL  GOD’s people.

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Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP) next meeting
September 17th (third Monday of the month)

6:00 PM at The Adult Learning Center – 4 Lake Street Nashua

This is a faith-based group that address immigrant issues affecting our brothers and sisters, hunger, and poverty. All are welcome! Come to a meeting and learn how we all can make a difference in our community.

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First Music Concert Series 2018-2019 Season Sneak Peak

POPS for PIPES – IX

a 333rd Anniversary celebration!
Stephen Hamilton, organ
November 18, 2018

 

CHRISTMAS at FIRST – Magnificat

Chancel Choir of The First Church of Nashua
Muddy Brook Chamber Players
December 23, 2018

(4th Advent Worship Services)

 

Le CHEMIN de la CROIX

a Lenten journey with music and word
Jeremy Filsell, organ
March 24, 2019

 

ORGAN MASTERS – IV

Kyle Bertulli, organ
May 5, 2019


FIN de SIÈCLE

Katharina Radlberger String Trio
June 2, 2019

 

Plus… Keep your eye out for the new “Fridays at First” Series during Advent and Lent.
Three 30-minute FREE Noontime organ recitals during each season, celebrating the “Power of 3’s”

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Looking Ahead…
Tuesday, September 4: All Choirs Potluck
Thursday, September 6: Nature Class begins
Friday-Sunday, September 7-9: Confirmation retreat
Sunday, September 9: Rally Sunday – one service at 10:00 AM – cookout to follow
Monday, September 10: Bible Friends & Coffee; All Boards
Tuesday, September 11: Visitation Ministry
Wednesday, September 12: Heaven Study with Rev. Andy; Drop-in Hours with Rev. Ken
Thursday, September 13: Caregivers Group
Sunday, September 16: Resume 8:30 and 10:00 AM services
Tuesday, September 18: Chapel Vespers begin
Wednesday, October 3: First Church Inaugural Golf Tournament

 


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