Bulletin 07-April-2019

Sunday, April 7, 2019
8:30 & 10:00 AM: Worship
10:00 AM: Sunday School & Childcare
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Isaiah 43:16-21   John 12:1-8
“Calculus or Consecration”
Rev. Dr. Andrew W. Armstrong
Music: Decibells and Chapel Chimers

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Schedule of Worship Events for the Lenten Season

April 14, 8:30 & 10:00 AM:
Palm Sunday
Rev. Andy
Music: Joseph Olefirowicz & Chancel Choir 

Maundy Thursday, April 18
Walk the Labyrinth from 4:00-6:00 PM in Fellowship Hall.  Come experience a meditative, prayerful walk before attending the Family Potluck Seder.
Please plan to set aside 45 minutes to walk the labyrinth.
Rev. Jami will be available to answer any questions.

Seder Potluck – Join us at 6:00 PM in the dining room, where
we will share a family potluck supper.  We will learn about the relationship
between the Jewish Seder and our Maundy Thursday.
We will finish our meal in time to attend the Maundy Thursday service.
If you plan to attend please bring a main dish or a side dish ready to eat. There will be NO TIME for heating dishes.
Please sign up in advance at Sign-Up Central,
or by calling the church office at 882-4861.

The Service of Tenebrae, led by Rev. Andy and Rev. Ken,
will be held in the sanctuary at 7:30 PM. Music: First Chamber.

 April 21
7:00 AM: Sunrise Service, Shaw Chapel
Rev. Jami
9:00 & 11:00 AM: Easter Services
Rev. Andy
Music: Chancel Choir & First Brass

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER

Today in the Sunday School       April 7, 2019

Today is fifth Sunday of Lent. The color is purple.

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 olds-2nd grade will learn about the Entry into Jerusalem
  • Grades 3-5 will start their unit on the Seasons of the Church Year.
  • 6th grade will make a “Holy Week in a Box”.
  • MAD will remain in the sanctuary for communion. 

Just a reminder that Heifer Banks will be collected on Palm Sunday, April 14 during the 10 AM service. Children will gather in Fellowship Hall near the Grandfather Clock at approximately 9:50 and enter the sanctuary as a group with their banks. 

Horton Center Summer Camping – Registration is now open for the 2019 Summer Camp season. Horton Center is the Outdoor Ministry site owned and operated by the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ. Horton Center is a seasonal site, located on Pine Mountain in the Northern part of the White Mountains, just outside Gorham, NH.  Visit www.hortoncenter.org to view the schedule and to register. If you cannot register online, forms are available in the CE Office. 

Any students planning to attend Horton Center this summer should contact the CE office for information on First Church’s scholarship program.

First Church Scholarships and Educational Grants – Applications are now available on the church’s website: www.firstchurchnashua.org.  Scholarships are awarded largely on the basis or service to the church and only First Church members are eligible. Grants will be offered for members who are further along in their pursuit of higher education. Completed applications must be returned electronically no later than noon April 15, 2019.  Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Donations to the Scholarship Fund are always welcome.  Checks should be payable to First Church with “Scholarship Fund” in the memo, and may be dropped in the offering plate or mailed to the church office.

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current 

Membership Orientation – An orientation for all those interested in learning more about The First Church and becoming members is being offered TODAY, following the 10:00 AM worship service, in room 15 in the Walker Building. Please feel free to attend.

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Annual Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter’s
Run/Walk for Food and Shelter
TODAY – Muldoon Fitness Center at Rivier College
12:40 PM: kids sprint; 1:00 PM: 5k &10k; 1:10 PM: 3k walk.

For more information, see Dianne Smigliani at the table in Fellowship Hall, today. Register for the event online at: https://nsks.org/run-and-walk-for-food-and-shelter/.  Register under “Corporate Team”, and select “First Church Team” on the drop down list.

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Easter Flowers – Orders for lilies and chrysanthemums will be taken today and next Sunday, April 14, following the worship services. Order forms are also available in the April Messenger. Please be sure your orders are received in the church office by April 14. 

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Lenten Series: Prayer.  Tuesday April 9 at 7:30 PM in the dining room with Rev. Jami. The apostle Paul told Christians in Thessalonica, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thess. 5:16-18).” Come learn, discuss, and ponder what prayer means to you and how to do it without ceasing. 

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Easter Sunrise Service – Sunday April 21 – Shaw Chapel at 7:00 AM – Come celebrate the resurrection of our Lord with Easter liturgy and Rev. Jami. Please join us afterwards for a time of fellowship and refreshment; sharing the refrain, Christ has risen.  Christ has risen indeed!

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A Message from Safe Church Committee – To further enhance the safety of First Church members, children, friends and guests, and on the recommendation of the Nashua Police Resource Officer, beginning Sunday April 28th the Sanctuary Doors will be locked at the start of each Service.  All access after that time will be through the main door from the parking lot to Fellowship Hall which will remain unlocked but supervised.  Signs will be posted at the locked doors directing access via the parking lot door.

This action is not based on any particular incident or threat.  The Nashua Police Resource Officer was invited to First Church last summer to review our facilities and provided several recommendations which Safe Church is evaluating and implementing to better secure our safety.  Locking the sanctuary doors during services was a high priority recommendation and provides additional security at virtually no financial cost.

We remain committed to being a Welcoming Church and providing access to those choosing to seek the Word of God.  We also recognize that access should be controlled to minimize risk by those intent on inflicting harm.  The Safe Church Committee welcomes any questions or comments.

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Future Horizons Society – Through planned giving, you and your family can make lasting charitable contributions to First Church which will help the church maintain our buildings and grounds, help us provide programs, and help fund our mission.

A seminar to help you consider the best giving strategies to reduce taxes and review the many details of estate planning is being offered on May 5 after the 10:00 AM service in room 10.  Investment Advisor Lori Lambert and Attorney Brenda Smith-Weiss will lead this event.

If you have already considered First Church in your estate planning, please inform Joe Glajch, Peter Chaloner or Lori Lambert.

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Mission Trip to Puerto Rico – June 29 – July 6, 2019 – Join us this summer as we work together in Puerto Rico to help families recover from the devastation caused in 2017 by Hurricane Maria.  We will be working through the recovery efforts of the United Church of Christ’s Disaster Ministries to serve families in the Humacao region on the island’s east coast.  Adults and young people who will be 16 or older by July are welcome to participate.  To learn more about this opportunity to serve, please contact Rev. Ken in the church office.

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The thrift shop is now accepting spring and summer clothing and accessories.  Leave items (clean and in good repair) in the marked bin near the stained glass window at the courtyard entrance during office hours or on Sunday.  Items needed: boy’s and girl’s clothing up to size 14; baby clothes; women’s clothing, all sizes (jeans, pants, shirts, suits, dresses, spring jackets and sweaters), costume jewelry; pocket books and accessories; and small knickknacks

Please save your winter items for the upcoming clothing drive in May.

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First Church is holding a clothing drive fundraiser from the end of May through the end of August.  The money raised will benefit the Children’s Resiliency Retreat, a weekend program for children who have a family member struggling with alcohol or drug abuse.

Please put ALL textiles in 13-gallon trash bags.  Our goal is to collect 400 bags.

Items in any condition accepted. Anything that cannot be worn/used will be recycled.

All types of clothing, Uniforms, Costumes, Small throw rugs, Towels/ washcloths, Shower curtains, Drapes/curtains, Sheets/ bed linens, Tablecloths, Comforters/quilts, Sofa/chair covers, Shoes/boots/flip flops/slippers, Pocketbooks/backpacks/duffle bags

Single socks/mittens/gloves  For more information, contact Jessica, 978-618-2111.

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Sports Themed Items Available – Handmade by the Fair craft group:  microwave fabric bowls, gnomes, lovely women’s berets, jar openers, coffee/tea mug rugs, earrings and bracelets, and hot/cold packs. If you are interested in buying any of these items email Jocelyn Henning at [email protected] or 880-1839 (leave a message) or Deb Courville at [email protected] All proceeds benefit the Ministers Pastoral Care Fund.

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Please consider Electronic pledging.  It is a convenient way to stay current with your pledge and it allows the church a more predictable stream of income.  One way to do this is through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).  You authorize your financial institution to withdraw funds from your bank account, on a schedule that you determine, and deposit them into the Church’s account.

Another option is Bill Pay services, available through most banks and credit unions.  You simply set up the payment schedule and amount, provide the name and address of the payee, and checks are mailed automatically to the church until changed by you.  Most financial institutions offer this service free of charge.

For more information, please contact Dianne Smigliani, Church Business and Marketing Manager at [email protected] or 882-4861.

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Family Promise at Anne-Marie House – First Church’s volunteer week is April 28, 2019. Contact Beth Raymond,[email protected] or 595-0053 for more information and to sign up.

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Kitchen Training – The Kitchen Kabinet is requiring that all persons previously trained to use the kitchen undergo a refresher training to ensure continued competence and to communicate new changes in kitchen policy over the last several months.  If you have been trained in the past, watch for an email containing instructions on how to be recertified to use the kitchen.  If you have not received training in the past and are interested in using the kitchen in the future, a full training session is being planned for Monday, May 6 from 6:00–7:00 PM.  This training session is also open to those who have already been trained but feel they need an in-depth review. 

Please contact Sue in the church office to sign up for the training. Contact Don Dillaby, 888-2766, with any questions.

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What’s Happening at NHCUCC?  The New Hampshire Conference of the UCC has seven mission groups who meet monthly to address issues of social justice in our churches and communities. Attend a mission group and learn more about how our church can follow our Lord’s request: “…to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

Peace with Justice Advocates Mission    Wednesday April 10, 10 AM – Noon
Environmental Stewardship Mission       Monday April 8, 3-5 PM
Racial Justice Mission Group                 Thursday April 11, 6-8 PM
 “Whose Streets?” is a 2017 documentary film and discussion

All meetings are held at the New Hampshire Conference, UCC, 140 Sheep Davis Rd, Pembroke, NH 03275.

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Music in Worship Next Week
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Palm Sunday
8:30    Joseph Olefirowicz, baritone
10:00  Joseph Olefirowicz & Chancel Choir

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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 in the library in the Walker Building.  Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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The Christmas Fair Craft Group holds monthly craft sessions, on the third Wednesday of the month at 4:00-6:00 PM to work on items for the fair. Crafters of all abilities are welcome to join the group.  Bring your love of crafting and your ideas! Sessions are held in the dining room, through September. Contact Jocelyn Henning, 880-1839, or Deb Courville, 603-321-9592, for more information. The fair will be held on November 1 and 2, 2019. Save the dates!

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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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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 Bill Thorp, [email protected] or 236-6062.  If you are interested in helping on a Friday, please call Cindy Staradub, 888-9561.

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

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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 Mid-Week Men’s Group meets on Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 AM in the parlor, adjacent to Fellowship Hall.  Join Rev. Andy for coffee, fellowship and topical discussions.

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Rev. Ken leads the Men’s Monthly Fellowship Group.  The group will meet in the dining room at 7:00 PM on April 11. Pizza and Caesar salad will be served. Justin Munroe, director of Grow Nashua will give a presentation about urban farming and his work to establish gardens at Nashua’s schools. Sign up at Sign-up Central or contact the church office.

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The Men’s Munchers meet on the first Tuesday of the month at noon for lunch and fellowship.  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 

RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope Documentary is being shown at the Amato Center for Performing Arts on April 17th at 9:30 AM.  This is an educational opportunity designed to increase awareness of adverse childhood experiences that have the potential to contribute to long term physical health impacts, such as mental health and addiction issues, as well as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.  This event is FREE and open to the public.

 

 

 

 


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