Bulletin 06-January-2019

Sunday, January 6, 2019
8:30 & 10:00 AM: Worship
10:00 AM: Sunday School & Childcare
Epiphany/Communion Sunday
“Off by 9 Miles”
Rev. Dr. Andrew W. Armstrong
Isaiah 60:1-6 Matthew 2:1-12
Music: Chancel Choir

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER

Today in the Sunday School     January 6, 2019
Today is Epiphany and the color is white.

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 year old class will hear about the Magi. Matthew 2:9-11
  • K- 2nd grade will hear about the Gifts of the Magi. Matthew 2:1-11
  • Grades 3-5 will start their unit on Moses, learning about his birth. Exodus 1:1-2,10
  • Grade 6 will have a lesson on Epiphany with Rev. Ken.
  • The MAD students will remain in the sanctuary for the worship service and communion.

After the Children’s Message, all classes 3 year old-6th will go to the Shaw Chapel to sing with Mr. Steve before going to classrooms.

College Seminar – All High School juniors and sophomores and their parents are invited to a seminar, Getting Started on Your College Search, led by Craig Plummer on Sunday, January 27, 11:30 AM-2:00 PM, in Room 10.

The Christian Education Board will provide lunch at no cost for students and parents. Sign up at the CE Corner in Fellowship Hall or call the church office at 882-4861 no later than January 20. PRE REGISTRATION FOR THIS FREE LUNCHEON AND SEMINAR IS A MUST. You will not want to miss this opportunity to gain from Craig’s vast experience as a high school guidance counselor and professional consultant. Many families pay a great deal of money for such services; Craig generously offers his time and expertise to you as a member of First Church. 

Sunday School Food Drive – The annual Sunday school food collection will be held on Sunday, January 27. This year’s donations will help End 68 Hours of Hunger, a program that provides bags of food weekly to local elementary school children who would otherwise not have food over the weekend. The following items are needed: 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.

Valentine Packages – Parents, it’s time to update your students’ college mailing addresses for Valentine packages. All addresses used for the Halloween mailing have been inactivated. Please send addresses to Diane Matthes at [email protected] by February 4.

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current

Help “undecorate” the church today, following the 10:00 service. If you can spare a few minutes to help, see Janet and John Steeves. Thank you!

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Game Fest – Today! In-Reach and Christian Education are holding a Game Fest at 11:30 AM in the dining room. This is an activity for the entire family. Food and games provided.

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

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Winter Retreat Reminder: the balance is due by January 13, 2019. There are a few spaces available! 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”. Contact Sue Englander, [email protected] or 882-4861, for more information.

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Annual Brunch – January 13, 2019, 11:30 AM – Hosted by In-Reach, this year we will be doing a Pancake Buffet. Bring the whole family and join us in the dining room for delicious pancakes with all sorts of toppings (whip cream, M&M’s, chocolate sauce…etc etc). A gluten-free option will be available.
We look forward to seeing you! Please sign up at Sign-up Central so that we have an idea of how many will be joining us.

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The February newsletter deadline is January 14. Please send your articles to Sue at [email protected]

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Reminder to Board Chairs: Annual Reports are due by January 15. Send them to Sue at [email protected]

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Chili Contest Set for February 3, 2019 – Calling all chili makers! Put on your Chef’s Hat and start experimenting in the kitchen! We are looking for all types- spicy, sweet, exotic, vegetarian… All proceeds benefit the Mission Trip Fund. Participants should register at the CE Corner and pick up details of the contest. Please contact Diane Matthes at [email protected] with any questions.

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Mitten Tree Drive – Mittens are being collected to benefit the children at three of our neighborhood schools: Mt. Pleasant Elementary, Broad St. Elementary and Adult Learning Center Day Care. Knitters and crocheters are hopefully hard at work with plans to fill this tree. Purchased mittens are also gratefully accepted. All children sizes are needed. Leave your donations at the In-Reach table. Contact Susan Testa, 888-0961, for more information.

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Join our In-Reach Meals Team and help provide meals to parishioners who are temporarily in need. Home cooked meals bring much healing to people as they recuperate. For when I was sick you looked after me. Mt. 25:36. Please register at Sign-Up Central and offer meals as you are able.

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Pledge Cards – The Stewardship Committee requests that you please return your pledge card as soon as possible. Cards are available at the back of the sanctuary, in Fellowship Hall and in the church office.

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Pledge Envelopes – If you have requested 2019 pledge envelopes, they are available at Sign-up Central. If you would like to have envelopes, but did not check the box on your pledge card… you are not too late! Please put your name on the sheet at Sign-up Central and they will be ready for you next Sunday.

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Christmas decorations being collected – STOP! Before you pack up your Christmas decorations, ask yourself this question: Do I really need/want to keep all this stuff? The fair committee will gladly take your items for next year’s New-to-You area of the craft fair. Leave your unwanted treasures near the elevator, and we will take care of storing them. Items are being collected until the end of January.

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

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CHOIRS IN WORSHIP NEXT SUNDAY
January 13, 2019
1st Sunday after Epiphany
8:30 & 10:00   First Folk

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January Outreach Focus on Mission

Family Promise Program at the Anne-Marie House

Family Promise is a transitional housing program for families with children who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness. The program provides shelter and meals for families while they are working on their goal to move on to their own homes there is always a waiting list of people who need this program.

Transitional housing programs require staff be present every day, all day. This makes it an expensive program to staff. The Family Promise Program relies on teams of volunteers from different faith communities to provide most of the weekly coverage. First Church coordinates a team of volunteers for an assigned week. First Church volunteers at Anne-Marie house every seventh week. Beth Raymond (595-0053, [email protected]) and Katharine Steer (889-1139 or [email protected]) are the volunteer coordinators for First Church.

We always need more volunteers! The January Outreach Focus on Mission is addressing that need with a Month long volunteer recruitment campaign. Volunteer information and sign-up will be available after each worship service in January at the Outreach Booth in Fellowship Hall.

The next volunteer week starts Sunday January 20. We hope all the volunteers will mark their schedules.

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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 will resume on Monday, January 7. The class 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 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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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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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 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 Country Tavern, 452 Amherst St., Nashua, on January 8. 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 1:30 PM in room 10 in the Walker Building. Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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Community Events 

Interfaith Prayer Vigils: January 8 and 15, February 5 and 19, 9:00 AM (note time change) – Norris Cotton Federal Building – 275 Chestnut Street, Manchester

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Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP) next Nashua meetings: January 28 and February 25 (Usually the third Monday of the month. Note date changes due to holidays)* 6:00 PM – Adult Learning Center, 4 Lake Street Nashua

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Looking Ahead…

January 7:         All Boards
January 13:       Pancake Brunch
Biddeford Retreat final payments due
January 15:       Annual Reports due
Vespers
January 21:       Martin Luther King, Jr Day – Church Office closed
January 22:       Vespers
January 25-27:  Biddeford Retreat
January 27:       College Seminar
January 29:       Vespers
February 3:       Chili Contest
February 4:       All Boards; Addresses for Valentine packages due
February 5:       Vespers
February 10:     Annual Meeting
February 11:     March newsletter deadline
February 12:     Vespers
February 13:     “Changing the World for 333 years!” (Encore)
February 18:      President’s Day – Church Office closed
February 19:     Vespers

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Music and Choirs in Worship
January 2019

January 6
Epiphany/Communion Sunday
8:30 & 10:00 Chancel Choir

January 13
First Sunday after Epiphany
8:30 & 10:00 First Folk

January 20
Second Sunday after Epiphany
8:30     First Chamber
10:00   Chancel Choir & First Chamber

January 27
Third Sunday after Epiphany
8:30 & 10:00 Elena Stabile, soprano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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