Bulletin 04-November-2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Communion Sunday
8:30 AM: Worship
10:00 AM: Worship,
Sunday School & Childcare
John 17:17-23
“Like a Bag of Rocks”
Rev. Dr. Andrew W. Armstrong
Music: First Chamber

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER

Today in the Sunday School     November 4, 2018
Today is the 24th Sunday after Pentecost and the liturgical color is green.

NURSERY CARE – The church nursery opens at 9:45 AM to care for children under the age of 3 during the 10:00 AM worship service. Nursery coordinators are on hand to greet parents and explain the procedure for checking in and picking up your child. 

WHAT STUDENTS WILL BE LEARNING TODAY

  • 3-4 yr. olds will learn the story of Jonah. Jonah 1-4
  • K and First grade will learn the story of the birth of Samuel. 1Samuel 1:1-28; 2:1-11
  • 2nd grade will learn about the call of Moses. Exodus 2:23-4; 17
  • Third-Fifth graders will continue their Unit on Bible Heroes, with the story of Job. Job 1:1-2, 13; 42:7-17
  • 6th grade will learn about prayer.
  • 8th grade will remain in the sanctuary for communion.

If you see a student in coffee hour, ask them what they learned in class today! 

NURSERY CAREGIVERS NEEDED – Adult volunteers are needed to join the team of caregivers in the nursery. Volunteers serve on teams, rotating on duty every sixth Sunday. If you would like to spend some quality time with the youngest members of our church family, contact Diane Matthes at 882-4861 or [email protected]

CONFIRMATION – The Confirmands will meet for class today, at 11:30 AM, in the Fireside Room.

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current

The Holiday Fair continues today. Following both worship services, shop for decorations, ornaments, wreaths, baked goods and more. The silent auction closes at 11:30 AM. Be sure to bid on some of the wonderful items! Remember, all proceeds go to the ministers’ discretionary fund.

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Thank you to William Ness for filling in as Sabbatical Director of Music these past several weeks. Joseph returns next Sunday, November 11.

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All Boards meet tomorrow, November 5. The evening begins with worship at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary.

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A kitchen training will be held on Thursday, November 8, 7:00-9:00 PM. Anyone wishing to use the kitchen is encouraged to attend. Sign up at Sign-up Central. Contact Don Dillaby with any questions, 305-5523.

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The church office will be closed on Monday, November 12, in observance of Veteran’s Day.

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333rd Anniversary Celebration ~ Friday, November 16, 2018
5:30-9:00 PM – Marriott Courtyard, Nashua
Tickets are on sale today and next Sunday, November 11, following services.

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Thanksgiving Meal for Title 1 Preschool – On Monday, November 19, we will be working with some of the teachers of the Title 1 Preschool to serve a Thanksgiving meal to their students.  Meal preparation will begin in the kitchen on Sunday, November 18, and will continue on the following morning; lunch will be served at 11 AM. If you’re available to help prepare and/or serve the meal, please contact Rev. Ken in the church office.

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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service – At 7 PM on Tuesday, November 20, members of the Nashua Area Interfaith Council will be leading their annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.  This year, the service will be held at the Main Street United Methodist Church and will feature the preaching of our own Rev. Ken McGarry.  Please join us for this wonderful celebration of gratitude and fellowship.

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Talent Sunday- Everyone in Mission! We would like you to share your talent(s) in a way that is meaningful to you. Please return the card to the church, describing what you did with your “talent” and/or what you did to be a blessing to others. Return the card to the basket at the Outreach booth, place it in the collection plate, or return it to the church office. The Talent Sunday initiative will conclude on November 18, Stewardship Sunday. All filled out cards should be returned by that date.

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The 333rd Celebration Golf Tournament was a huge success. An amazing $4,130.28 was raised for the benefit of the following: Thank You Project, Nashua’s Crop Hunger Walk, and Family Promise of Greater Nashua.

Thank you to the members who gifted us their time and talents to organize the event. Organizers and volunteers: Joe Glajch, Lee Hauenstein, Mike Winton, Eli Whitney, Doug Brenner, Andy Armstrong , Dianne Smigliani, Susan Testa, Mary Beth Glajch, Chris Guild, and Peter Chaloner (omitted from the newsletter article).

Thank you to the Sponsors:
Gold: Viking Roofing
Silver: Eaton & Berube; Weissman, Tessier, Lambert, and Halloran; Gagnon’s Electrical Service (incorrectly named in the newsletter); Brenner Family; Glajch Family
Corporate: Dalton Heating and Electric; Open Book Learning; Ripano Stoneworks; Great North Property Management; The First Church Outreach Board; Specialty Kitchens; Crosby Bakery; Hudson Trophy

See the November Messenger for more information and pictures.

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“The Heaven Study” with Rev. Andy meets on Wednesday mornings, through November 14, at 7:30 AM in the parlor (just off Fellowship Hall). This course is sure to lift your soul to new heights. New participants are always welcome!

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Chapel Vespers meets every Tuesday evening at 7:30-8:00 PM through November 13 in Shaw Chapel. Rev. Andy, Rev. Ken, and Rev. Jami will share this ministry and bring their own approach to each gathering. Come as you are and feel free to bring a friend.

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Annual Winter Retreat Registration – Rev. Ken and Rev. Jami will lead this year’s winter retreat on the weekend of January 25-27, 2019 at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford Pool, Maine. The theme is “Presence and Peace: An Exploration of Devotional Classics”. This retreat is the perfect time for reflection, relaxation, prayer, worship, and fellowship. This popular retreat fills up quickly, so don’t delay in registering. The cost for the weekend is $235.00 per person. This includes lodging for 2 nights and 5 meals. A non-refundable deposit of $117.50 per person is due by November 15, 2018 with the balance due by January 13, 2019. Scholarships are available. To register, contact Sue Englander, [email protected] or 882-4861, or stop by the church office.

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Charles Dickens – The In-Reach committee has purchased 20 tickets for a performance by Charles Dickens’ great grandson. The presentation will be held at the Nashua Senior Center on November 27, 2018 at noon. Sign up at Sign-up Central to secure your reservation. Tickets are $18.00. Any questions, contact Sue Haas at 889-1326. Join us in welcoming this great performer to help us open up the holiday season.

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Friday Night at the Movies, November 30, 7:00 PM – Join Rev. Jami for the showing of “Come Sunday” a drama film based on the true story of Rev. Carlton Pearson’s excommunication. More information to follow, or you may speak with Rev. Jami.

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Hurricane Relief – If you would like to make a donation to support victims of Hurricane Florence or Typhoon Mangkhut go to: http://www.ucc.org/disaster
Gifts may also be mailed to the United Church of Christ:
Attn: Financial Services, United Church of Christ
700 Prospect Ave. 6th Floor, Cleveland, OH 44115
Please write “2018 Hurricane Relief” in the memo line.
Your donation helps the UCC respond quickly to immediate disaster and long-term recovery needs. One hundred percent of UCC disaster relief funds are used for direct service to individuals and communities, and rehabilitation programming.

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Music in Worship Next Week
Sunday, November 11, 2018
8:30   First Folk
10:00 Joyful Noise, Chancel Choir & First Folk

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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 Bible Study meets every Monday (except holidays), 9:30-11:00 AM in room 15, in the Walker Building. Rev. Andy and Rev. Ken facilitate the discussion group. No sign-up is required. If you have a Bible, bring it; if not, one will be supplied for you.

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The Caregiver’s Support Group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 3:00 PM (note the time change) in the library in the Walker Building. Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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Drop-in hours with Rev. Ken – Join him at Riverwalk Café (35 Railroad Square) on Wednesdays, from 1:30-3:30 PM for 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 (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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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 pews and in the basket at the back of the sanctuary. Simply place it in the offering plate.

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The Ladies Lunch Bunch is looking for a new coordinator. Please contact the church office 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. Contact Ken Chapman, 521-7169, for more information.

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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 Arbor, 57 Palm St., Nashua, on November 6. All men of the church and their guests are welcome. Contact Ken Chapman, 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. 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 Visitation Ministry meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 2:00 PM in room 10 in the Walker Building. Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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Community Events 

Next Interfaith Prayer Vigil: November 6 (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)
Annual statewide meeting: November 18, 2-5 PM
Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church 10 Elm St. Manchester, NH

Next Nashua meeting – December 10 (Usually the third Monday of the month. Note date change due to holidays)  6 PM @ Adult Learning Center   4 Lake Street Nashua

We are 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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