Bulletin 07-May-2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017 – Saturday, May 13, 2017
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
8:30 & 10:00: Worship
10:00: Sunday school & childcare (infants-age 2)
Rev. Dr. Andrew W. Armstrong
“Heroic Leadership”
Acts 2:42-47   John 10:11-18
Music: Decibells

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NOTES FROM THE CHANCEL

This morning in worship, on “Shepherd Sunday” we welcome Decibells back to worship, for their final offerings in worship for this 2016/17 program year.

The theme of their music offerings centers on Psalm 23, and the images of the shepherd and sheep.  From Bach’s beloved melody from Cantata 208, to a contemporary reflection on Psalm 23, the Prelude centers us for a time to worship together. – Over the past seasons, the music ministry has rotated every adult choir through the “Shepherd Sunday” roster, in a myriad of music offerings unto God’s glory.  This morning is no exception!

During the Offertory this morning, the newest Division of the renovated pipe organ (the “Solo” Division) is utilized to play together a piece with the bells, based on the hymn tune BRADBURY, which is our opening hymn this Sunday. – One of the key concepts in designing this division was enabling it to also be able to do limited accompanying and collaboration work with various choirs in this corner of the Sanctuary.  One has often heard First Folk sing with this Division of the organ at the end of service, as has our children’s choir Joyful Noise, but today marks the first time Decibells will be working together with this new section of the Anderson Memorial Organ. – The softer tones of this Division are used this morning, as opposed to the rest of the Solo division’s bold, leading voices.

Our Hymnody in corporate worship centers around the themes of the beloved Psalm 23, while our middle hymn acknowledges the gathering at the table we will share together, this morning, during Communion.

Organ literature during Communion is particularly reflective (if not melancholic) as the Chancel Choir is not in the worship roster this morning, to reserve energies for their afternoon Memorial Concert at 4:00 PM. We hope to greet many of our membership this afternoon, at this very special program, where 50 church members and guests will unite their talents in a touching tribute to Elizabeth “Betty Lou” Shirley, close to the one-year anniversary of her departure from this earth.

The Postlude comes from Marcel Dupré’s Fifteen Pieces founded on Antiphons, and utilizes only about half of the organ, in creating this majestic and regal, bold, lush sound.  The “Resultant” thirty-two foot stops are used in the Pedal line, which the “low rumble” one associates with the lowest tones of the pipe organ.

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER

May 7, 2017

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter and the liturgical 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 AM worship service. Nursery coordinators are on hand to greet parents and explain the procedure for checking in and picking up your child.

Today in the Sunday School  

  • 3/4 yr. olds will hear the Parable of a Lamp Under a Pot. Matt. 5:14-16
  • Kindergarten will hear the Parable of the Lost Sheep. Luke 15:3-6
  • 1st grade will hear the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Luke 15:11-32
  • 2nd grade will hear the Parable of the Mustard Seed. Matt.4:30-32; Luke 13:18-19
  • MAD will meet in room 10 following the Children’s Story to continue preparing for Children’s Day on June 11. 

Graduating Seniors Honored on May 14 – All graduating high school seniors and their families are invited to a continental breakfast in their honor on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, 8:30-9:30 AM. During the 10:00 AM service, seniors will be recognized and receive a token of love from the congregation. RSVP by TODAY at 882-4861, or by email: [email protected] 

Confirmation Closing Service of Word and Sacrament, today 9:45-11:45 AM Confirmands and mentors gather in Nauss Hall, followed by Rehearsal in the sanctuary for confirmands and mentors. Confirmands gather in the parlor at 9:45 AM.  Mentors go directly to Nauss Hall. 

Children’s Day is Sunday, June 11, when the children of First Church lead worship in the sanctuary at 10:00 AM. Steve Blunt will direct the music and the action for this year’s Children’s Day Worship Celebration. Children in the 3-year old classes through the MAD are busy learning their songs and preparing the program for the morning service.

Rehearsals are held during Sunday school time throughout May and into June, and attendance is very important. 

Vacation Bible School to be held the week of July 10-14. VBS is for children age 4-grade 6. Volunteers are needed to help with crafts, childcare, and classroom activities.  Contact Diane Matthes, [email protected] or 882-4861, for more information.  Registration begins on Sunday, May 21 at the CE Corner in Fellowship Hall. Cost is $5.00 per child with a maximum of $10 per family. 

Horton Center is now accepting reservations for its 2017 summer programs for adults and youth. Information and registration can be found online at www.hortoncenter.org. Scholarships are available for First Church campers. Contact the CE office for more information. 

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current 

The Church Campus Spring Clean-up was successful in pleasant spring weather on Saturday April 29. Many thanks to Nick and Ken Drew, Kay Potfora, Lee Hauenstein, Cayden Plummer, Jon Okonak, Bruce Lund, Peter and Janet Conrad, Steve Buck and his trailer, Bob and Karen Bianchi and Bob’s friend John Deere, Mike Shannon, Scott Dionne, Walter Marquis, and Curt Potter.

These fifteen determined volunteers worked about three hours cleaning winter debris from landscaping beds, the lawn, parking areas, and the walks. The group pruned numerous trees and shrubs, and then applied 20 yards of fresh hemlock mulch in the cleaned beds.  The result — a much better looking campus for all to enjoy.

Thanks again to our volunteers whose efforts saved the church many hundreds of dollars. Curt Potter for the Property Management Committee

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First Church Ornaments will be on sale by the Mission Trip Task Force, today in Fellowship Hall after both services. This fundraiser will benefit future mission opportunities. These ornaments make great Confirmation and Graduation gifts, Christmas ornaments, gifts for all occasions. The cost is $25.00, and includes the ornament and stand.

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First Church Community Forum – The Opioid Crisis in New England: A Global Perspective – Tuesday, May 9, 12:00-1:30 PM – You are invited to join members of the community and community leaders for a discussion on the Opioid Crisis in New England from a Global Perspective. Our guest speaker, Dr. Emmanuel Akyeampong, is the Oppenheimer Faculty Director of the Harvard University Center for African Studies, Professor of History. The forum will be held in the sanctuary; a luncheon immediately follows the discussion in Fellowship Hall. Today is the last day to sign up. There is a sign-up sheet at the CE Corner.

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Calling All Graduates – Is there a graduate in your family this year? Please send their information to Sue at [email protected] by May 8, so they can be acknowledged in the June newsletter.  Thank you.

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Outreach Focus of the Month
Adult Learning Center

Do you know about all the programs and services provided by the Adult Learning Center to the Greater Nashua Community? Then consider attending the “Breakfast with Our Best” on Thursday, May 11th, from 7:30 to 8:30 AM in the ALC gymnasium at 4 Lake Street.  Hear from their amazing students and dedicated staff.  Watch a demonstration on laser beams, as explained by their STEM instructor, and underwritten by BAE Systems.

This is their annual fundraising event and is sponsored by Enterprise Bank. Please RSVP to [email protected] or 882-9080 x 204.  Thank you!

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Church World Service (CWS) Hygiene Kits – In the face of natural disasters, violence, or grinding poverty, hygiene kits can mean the difference between sickness and health for struggling families. Instead of layettes, CWS is requesting donation of hygiene kits.  The Outreach Board is requesting donation of the following items from our congregation:  one hand towel measuring approximately 15”x 28” to 16”x 32” (no fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber); one washcloth; one wide-tooth comb removed from the package; one finger nail or toe nail clipper removed from the package; one bath size bar of soap in the wrapper; one toothbrush in the package; ten standard size Band-Aids.  All items need to fit inside a one-gallon plastic zipper closure bag.  Remove the excess air from the bag and seal before boxing.  Do not add any extra items or toothpaste.  A tube of extended expiration date toothpaste will be added to each Hygiene Kit just prior to its journey.

You can pick up a shopping list at the Outreach Booth. Please return your CWS Hygiene Kit by May 14th to the Outreach booth.

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Annual Rummage Sale
Friday, June 2, 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
Saturday, June 3, 9:00 AM–Noon

Starting May 15 donations of spring and summer clothing, clean and in good repair, shoes and accessories, linens and small household items, trash and treasure items (no larger than a microwave) may be left at the courtyard entrance.

Help is needed for sorting and set-up on Tuesday, May 30 and Wednesday, May 31. Help will also be needed with sales and break-down on the days of the sale.  All work is done in shifts so any amount of time you can spare is greatly appreciated.  Contact Leslie Van Wagner, 888-8252 or stop by the Outreach booth to sign up. 

Volunteers package over 20,000 meals – Volunteers, including some folks from First Church, gathered in Nauss Hall, on April 21, to package non-perishable meals for the United Way of Greater Nashua’s Outreach Food Package event. The meals will be distributed to food pantries throughout Hillsborough County.

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Have questions concerning Medicare, Medicaid, or veteran’s benefits? Call Darrell Spencer, 603-888-2335. All information will remain confidential.

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First Church Cyclists – The primary objective of this group is to get together for some fun, fresh air, fellowship and most importantly, ice cream. Invite anyone, regardless of age or ability to join us. The next ride will be on May 21 at the Minuteman Bikeway in Bedford, MA.

A complete schedule can be found on the First Church website. Please call or text Ray Baldwin at 603-913-3974 or email at [email protected] with any questions.

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Request from the church office – Are you traveling for an extended period of time? Having your mail stopped? Please contact Sue in the church office. Mail from the church is sent “return requested”. If you have your mail held or forwarded to a vacation address, it will be returned to us with postage due. Please help us avoid paying the cost of the return. Thank you.

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The Prayer Shawl Ministry is excited to have new energy and more people participating. There will be a table set up in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, June 4.  Stop by after services and during coffee hour and learn about this important ministry, ask questions, and pick up some yarn.  We will have yarn, needles, samples, and directions for both knitting and crocheting.

There will be a Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting and knitting group at the church on the third Thursday of the month. Our first meeting is May 18, from 10-11:30 AM in Room 10.  Everyone is invited to work on prayer shawls, or any other knitting or crocheting you would like to bring.  We will also have a meeting on June 15th, same time and place.  We hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact Karen Bianchi, [email protected] or 603-897-0788. Co-coordinators are Karen Bianchi, Laurel Lang, and Amanda Steere.

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Music in Worship Next Sunday
May 14, 2017
5th Sunday of Easter/Mother’s Day
8:30    First Schola
10:00  First Schola, Chapel Chimers & Joyful Noise

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Church Happenings and Outreach – Ongoing 

The Bible, Friends, and Coffee Bible Study meets every Monday, 9:30-11:00 AM, through May 22, in room 15, in the Walker Building. The discussion group is facilitated by Rev. Jeff and Rev. Andy.  No sign-up is required.  If you have a Bible, bring it; if not, one will be supplied for you.

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Rev. Andy’s Drop-in Hours are held on Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 PM at Riverwalk Café through May 17.

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Pulpit Flowers – If you would like to provide flowers for the pulpit, 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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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 Caregiver’s Support Group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 2:00 PM in the Family Room next to the Shaw Chapel. Contact the church office or Rev. Andy with any questions.

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Epilepsy Support Group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month in room 15. If you are or someone you know is affected by epilepsy, you are invited to attend the meetings. RSVP to Susan Linn at [email protected]

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First Church directory – If you have yet to submit a picture of you/your family for the church directory, you can do so at [email protected] If you have any questions, please call Lee Hauenstein at 888-5829 or Sue Haas at 889-1326. Don’t be left out of the directory. An information sheet can be found at the In-Reach table.

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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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First Church serves dinner at the Nashua Soup Kitchen on the third Tuesday and fourth Friday of the month from 4:00 PM – 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, 566-1826 or [email protected] 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 the Homestead Restaurant, 641 DW Highway, Merrimack at 12:30 on May 10. All First Church women- members and friends- are welcome to attend.  Contact Arlene Richmond, [email protected] or 943-7970, 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.  All men of the church and their guests are welcome.  Contact Dick Zoerb, [email protected], or 886-8665, for more information.

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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 through May 25. Donations of women’s and children’s SPRING AND SUMMER, clean and in good repair, and accessories, costume jewelry, and knick knacks may be left in the marked bin in the lobby at the courtyard entrance between 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday, or on Sunday.  Please take winter items to the Salvation Army.  Contact the church office with any questions.

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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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Community Events

The National Association of Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Leave non-perishable food items at your mailbox and the letter carriers will pick them up that day. All the food goods that are collected will be go to six local food pantries. Last year, over 17,000 pounds of goods were collected and distributed to Nashua food pantries.

 

 

 

 

 


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