Bulletin 04-February-2018

Sunday, February 4, 2018
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany/ Communion Sunday
8:30am: Worship
10:00am: Worship, Sunday School, Childcare
Isaiah 40:21-31, mark 1:29-39
Grasped by Something Greater
Rev. Ken McGarry
Music: Chancel Choir

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER

Today in the Sunday School     February 4, 2018
Today is the 5th Sunday after Epiphany. The color is green.

Nursery Care – The church nursery opens at 9:45 AM to care for children under the age of three during the 10:00 service. Nursery coordinators are on hand to greet parents and explain the procedure for checking in and picking up your child.

Sunday School

  • 3 yr. olds-K will hear the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Luke 10:29-37
  • 1st Grade will learn about Jesus calling Peter, James, John and Andrew as disciples. Matt.4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:1-11
  • 2nd Grade will learn about Jesus in the Wilderness. Mark 1:12-13; Matt.4:1-11; Luke 4:1-12
  • Grades 3-5 will continue their unit on The 10 Commandment, Do Not Hurt Others. Exodus 20:1-17
  • 6th grade will meet in room 10 for a discussion on parables.
  • The MAD students will remain in the sanctuary for the worship service and communion.

Valentine Care Packages – Everyone is invited to join in the effort to make Valentine’s Day special for young adults who are away from home. First Church sends Valentine care packages to college students to remind them that they are important members of the First Church family. This ministry is met with sincere appreciation. Many recipients write back telling how much the church means to them.
Donations of wrapped candy may be dropped in the Valentine boxes before 10:00 AM NEXT Sunday, February 11.

Annual Meeting Cookie Sale February 11 – The Mission Trip Committee will be holding a cookie sale next Sunday, February 11. All money will go to the Mission Trip Fund. Anyone wishing to donate cookies can drop them off at the CE Corner the morning of the 11th.

Snow Tubing for High School Students – Make today extra Super by joining us for an afternoon of snow tubing at McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester.  See Rev. Ken right after the worship service for more information or to sign up.

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current

 12th Annual First Church Chili Contest TODAY!! Join us after the 10:00 service to sample and purchase your favorite chilies! Who will be this year’s winner???

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All Boards meet tomorrow evening, February 5. The evening begins with worship in Shaw Chapel, at 7:00 PM

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An Ecumenical Service of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held on Wednesday, February 7, at 7:00 PM at Nashua Presbyterian Church, 1010 West Hollis Street.  All are welcome to participate.

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Celebration Sunday – February 11, 2018

  • There will be one worship service at 10:00 AM.
  • The 2018 Annual Meeting will follow in the sanctuary.
  • A Celebration Dinner will be held following Annual Meeting.

We will adjourn directly to the new dining room to celebrate the successful conclusion of the latest Capital Campaign. A roast beef dinner with all the fixings (alternatives also offered) will be hosted by the Kitchen Kabinet and the Capital Campaign Committee. There is no charge for this meal; however, we ask that you to sign up to ensure that we have the proper amount of food and beverage. Register at Sign-up Central, or by contacting Sue at [email protected] or 882-4861. If you have any dietary restrictions, please indicate that. We will be joined by some of the representatives of our Outreach component of the Capital Campaign, including the Front Door, Agency, the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, and the Family Promise at Anne-Marie House.Please join us in our special Sunday on February 11th. If you would like to help with the festivities, please contact Joe Glajch or Don Dillaby.

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Mission Trip Opportunity – A team of adults and Sr. High students will be working with Outreach360 in Jinotega, Nicaragua during the week of April 21-28, 2018. Today is the final day to sign up for the trip. Please see Rev. Ken immediately after the service for more information or to sign up.

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The Ash Wednesday service for confession and contemplation will be held on February 14 at 7:00 PM, led by Rev. Andy. Music will be provided by First Schola.

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The First Music Concert Series presents String-issimo II, a Symphony NH String Quartet, on Sunday, February 18 at 4:00 PM. Tickets are on sale after worship and through the church office during the week.

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Contemplative Soup and Bread Supper- You are invited to join Rev. Andy for our first Lenten event on Tuesday, February 20th at 7:00 PM in the dining room. We’ll enjoy a candlelight supper with soup, bread and contemplative readings based on the story of the prodigal son. Please sign up at Sign-up Central if you plan to attend and/or will bring soup for 10 (heated in a crock pot, please) or bread.

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Helping Disaster Victims through Church World Service (CWS) – When hurricanes devastated the United States and many of our Caribbean neighbors in the fall of 2017, cleanup kits were a vital part of the CWS response.

From now through March, the children in our Sunday School and Outreach are putting together “emergency cleanup buckets” for CWS. Please help us reach our goal of 50 buckets. Each Sunday School class is being asked to bring in specific items. The congregation is being asked to consider donating a complete bucket or working together with other families or groups to assemble one. Maybe your book club, scout troop or sports team would like to participate. You can pick up a bucket and a shopping list in Fellowship Hall. Pease return your complete bucket by March 25th. Members of the MAD (Make a Difference) Class will assemble the buckets and prepare them for shipment to areas of the country and the world that need them.

A complete list of needed items, sizes and quantities, is available at the Outreach Booth or on the church’s website.

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In-Reach is hosting a Cribbage Event on Saturday, February 17 from 1:00-3:00 PM in the dining room. If you have a cribbage board, please bring it. Light refreshments will be provided. Sign up at Sign-up Central. For more information, contact Sue Haas at 889-1326.

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Anne-Marie House – First Church’s next volunteer week at Anne-Marie House is February 11 – 17. Contact Beth Raymond, 595-0053, or, for more information or to volunteer.

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Reasons seven through nine to volunteer: #7 So your pastors, staff, and Lay Chairs won’t be the only ones having fun. #8 Because your car needs a workout. #9 Because your mom would be proud of you. #10 Because God is keeping score. First Church needs you!

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Winter Parking Reminder – Use caution when parking along the north side of the church building. Heed the posted signs. Falling snow and ice can cause damage to your cars!

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Weather Alert – Remember, Sunday services are never cancelled. Please use your discretion if there is inclement weather.

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Music in Worship Next Week – Sunday, February 11, 2018
10:00 Chancel Choir & First Folk

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Church Happenings and Outreach – Ongoing 

The Bible, Friends, and Coffee Bible meets on Mondays 9:30-11:00 AM in room 15, in the Walker Building. The discussion group is facilitated by Rev. Andy Armstrong. No sign-up is required. If you have a Bible, bring it; if not, one will be supplied for you.

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Bereavement Calendar – The church office has created a new 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 Caregiver’s Support Group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 2:00 PM. Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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Drop-In Hours – Join Rev. Ken at the Riverwalk Café (35 Railroad Square) on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 PM for a cup of coffee and some casual conversation.

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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: nutritional cereal, canned soup/pasta, 18oz. plastic peanut butter, 20 oz. plastic jelly, canned tuna/chicken, small cans of fruit, boxes of macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles (no cups), nutrition bars. Collection boxes are set up in Fellowship Hall.

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The Funeral Reception Committee is looking for people to donate cookies and/or other finger foods for funeral receptions. People will be called on an as-needed basis. If you are willing to help please go to Sign-Up Central and give us your contact information. Many hands make light work. Thank you for yours.

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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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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 Ladies Lunch Bunch meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 12:30 PM. The group will dine at Not Your Average Joe’s, 221 D.W. Hwy., on February 14. Contact Arlene Richmond, [email protected] or 943-7970, for more information. All women of the church- members and friends- are welcome.

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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 Dick Zoerb, 886-8665.

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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 Pine St. Eatery, 136 Pine St., Nashua, on February 6. All men of the church and their guests are welcome. Contact Dick Zoerb, 886-8665, or [email protected], for more information.

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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. Flower arrangements can be purchased from your favorite florist or can be created from flowers you’ve purchased or grown. Register on the sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall or call the church office.

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The Thrift Shop is open on Thursdays, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM and the first Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-Noon (except on holidays). Winter clothing for women and children, clean and in good repair, may be left in the marked bin in the lobby at the courtyard entrance. Children’s clothing up to size 14, women’s pocketbooks, jewelry, and small knickknacks are especially needed.

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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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The Visitation Ministry meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 2:00 PM. Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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Community Events 

Next Interfaith Prayer Vigils
February 6th, 8:30 AM & February 20th, 8:30 AM
Norris Cotton Federal Building
275 Chestnut Street Manchester

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Immigration Solidarity Network
February 6th, 10:30-12:30 PM
Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church – 10 Elm Street, Manchester, NH

This is a faith-based group comprised of people from all parts of New Hampshire. We stand in solidarity with all immigrants, refugees, Muslims, and others as they are impacted by an increase in immigration enforcement, heightened law enforcement or acts of hate. We believe that all individuals are God’s children, no matter what their race, creed, country of origin or immigration status. Join us for this monthly meeting and learn how we can support our immigrant neighbors.

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2018 PLUS Pride Basketball Team

The PLUS Company is looking for volunteers to join their Unified Basketball Program to play alongside their Special Olympic athletes. Practices are held on Thursday nights from 6-7:15 PM or 7:15-8:30 PM (depending on which team they are on) at St. Philip’s Greek Orthodox Church, 500 West Hollis Street in Nashua.

Contact Leni Hodgins at [email protected] or (603) 889-0652 ext. 124 for more information,

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Looking ahead…

February 11:
One Service at 10:00 AM
Annual Meeting
Capital Campaign Celebration

February 14:
Ash Wednesday

February 19:
President’s Day, Church Office closed

February 20:
Rev. Andy’s Lenten Study begins

February 25:
Pretzels

March 4:
New Member Orientation

March 11:
New Members Join; Irish Brunch; DST begins

March 18:
Youth Sunday

March 25:
Palm Sunday

April 1:
Easter

 

 


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