Bulletin 07-October-2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Communion Sunday
8:30 AM: Worship
10:00 AM: Worship,
Sunday School & Childcare
Genesis 2:18-24 Mark 10:2-16
“Marriage: What I have Learned”
Rev. Jami D. Boyle
Music: Nick DeFrancesco, tenor

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER

 Today in the Sunday School     October 7, 2018

Today is the 20th 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 and 4 yr. olds will learn about Offerings.
  • K and 1st grade will learn about Creation. Genesis 1:1-31
  • Grade 2 will learn about Jacob and Esau. Genesis 25:19-34; 27
  • Grades 3-5 will continue their unit on Abraham and Sarah, with the story of Joseph and his Wives. Genesis 29:1-30,24; 35:16-18
  • 6th grade will learn about Prayer.
  • MAD will remain in the sanctuary for their first communion as a class.

3 year olds-6th grade will go to Shaw Chapel after the Children’s Story to sing with Mrs. Buck.

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] 

HALLOWEEN CARE PACKAGES – It’s time to remember First Church young adults who are away from home in school. The tradition of sending boxes of Halloween candy in October and Valentine candy in February is one that is met with great expressions of gratitude each year. It is one way to stay connected and to let these young people know that we are holding them in our thoughts and prayers as they journey through this stage in their lives.

The MAD class will pack boxes on Sunday, October 21. All candy must be received by 10:00 AM that day. Look for the big containers in Fellowship Hall and inside the entryways to leave your donation of wrapped candy or a check to help defray the considerable shipping costs (make checks payable to First Church, with college mailing in the memo).

All addresses MUST be updated for each mailing. Parents, please be sure to contact Diane at the church office, [email protected], with the correct mailing address for your child. If you have not confirmed your child’s address by October 15, they WILL NOT receive a package.

FAMILY E-MAILS – In order to make sure that we reach all families with important information, we would like to have an email address for your family. Church is never cancelled, but often times Sunday school might be if the weather is bad. Also, rather than sending paper notices home, we would like to use email whenever possible: i.e. information about the Christmas pageant, Children’s Day, etc. Please fill in the form that was sent home on Rally Sunday and return it to the CE office or your child’s teacher at your earliest convenience. These emails will not be given out and all emails sent will be blind copied so that your email addresses will be private. Additional forms are available at the CE Corner in Fellowship Hall. If you have questions, please contact Diane Matthes at [email protected], or 882-4861.

CANDLE LIGHTERS – Do you have a student in grades 3-8 that would like to be a candle lighter? They will train with an usher to light the candles at the beginning of the 10:00 service each Sunday. We will have a schedule, and you can sign up for as few or as many Sundays as you like. For more information, please contact Diane Matthes at [email protected] or 882-4861. Brochures and sign-up are available at the CE Corner in Fellowship Hall.

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current

First Church Basketball – We would like to keep First Church’s 64-year history of having a basketball team in the YMCA Church League alive. We need a coach. If you have any interest in taking on this opportunity, please let either Rev. Ken or Diane Matthes know ASAP. Games start the first week of December and paperwork needs to be in before Thanksgiving. Students that are eligible to play are all boys and girls in 7th grade and 13 years of age through seniors up to age 18.

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“Holy Folders” – If you can spare a couple of hours, once a month, to fold and label the newsletters for mailing, we could use your help! Contact Sue Englander in the church office, 882-4861, for more information. Men and women are invited. Snacks are provided!

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Blessing of the Animals – Saturday, October 13, 4:00 PM – Gather your pets and bring them (leashed or otherwise controlled) to the church courtyard for a special service of blessing. Rev. Ken will lead the furry, fluffy, and feathery congregation in celebrating the good creation of God and asking God’s blessing upon all the creatures of the earth. At the conclusion of this family-friendly service, animals will be individually blessed.

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Apple Crisp – The Jr. High Make a Difference (MAD) students would like to thank everyone that purchased the apple crisp a couple of weeks ago. They raised $660 for the Mission Trip Fund. It was such a huge success, that they will be doing it again on Sunday, October 14th!

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A Membership Orientation is being offered on Sunday, October 14, at 11:30 AM for those interested in learning more about First Church and potentially becoming members. New members will join the church on Sunday, October 21, during the 10:00 worship service. Contact the church office for more information and to register. Childcare will be available upon request.

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The thrift shop is open for the season! Fall and winter clothing for women (all sizes, jeans, pants, sweaters, suits, dresses, jackets and coats) and children (baby and boys and girls up to size 14), clean and in good repair, may be left in the marked bin in the lobby at the courtyard entrance. Costume jewelry, pocketbooks and accessories, and small knickknacks are also needed.

Volunteers are always welcome! Contact Gale Cummings, 883-2278, to see how you can help.

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Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States.
First Church will receive this offering today. Envelopes are available in the pew racks.
For more information and to make online donations: https://transactions.ucc.org/CampaignForm/UCChrist/neighbors_in_need

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Talent Sunday- Everyone in Mission! During the worship services on Talent Sunday, October 14, you will have the opportunity to take a “talent” in the form of an envelope containing $10. The Sunday School children are able to participate with their families. You are invited to use this $10 to do God’s work by helping others. You get to choose how!

Between October 14 and November 18, we would like you to share your talent(s) in a way that is meaningful to you. Inside the envelope will be a card for you to fill out and return to the church, describing what you did with your “talent” and/or what you did to be a blessing to others. The Talent Sunday initiative will conclude on November 18, Stewardship Sunday, when all filled out cards should be returned.

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2018 Annual Meeting of the New Hampshire Conference, United Church of Christ will be held on Saturday, October 20, 8:00 AM-4:15 PM at the Grappone Center in Concord, NH. Clergy and Delegates are called to attend. Visitors are invited and welcome to attend. Theme: “This is the day of the poured out spirit. Dreamers and Visionaries arise”. For more information and to register, go to: http://nhcucc.org/conferecne-ministries/2018-annual-meeting.

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Caffeinated Christians Young Adults Group – October 21, 1:30-3:00 PM – First Church is working with the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd to offer a new group for young adults age 18-40. We will gather for coffee and conversation on the third Sunday of each month at Terragia (100 Main Street). At this month’s meeting we will be talking about “new beginnings” and picking out our first five topics for the program year. This group celebrates the incredible diversity of God’s creation and welcomes people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and denominational backgrounds who are trying to figure out together how to follow Jesus’ way of love and justice in this world. There is no need to sign up; just bring your questions, passions, frustrations, strivings, and hopes to this month’s installment of Caffeinated Christians! Contact Rev. Ken if you have any questions.

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We want everyone to be included in the directory! This is a valuable resource for the ministers and fellow parishioners. Lee Hauenstein will be taking photos on Sunday, October 21, following the worship services in the parlor. Feel free to contact Lee with any questions, [email protected] or 321-5017.

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Chapel Vespers meets every Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM through mid-November. This half hour-long service will take place in Shaw Chapel. Rev. Andy, Rev. Ken, and Rev. Jami will share this ministry and bring their own approach to each gathering. Services will vary week to week, but most will include scripture, meditation, a simple message, prayer, silence, music, and an invitation to healing. No need to sign up, we’ll be there. Come as you are and feel free to bring a friend.

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First Church volunteers at the Anne-Marie House the week of October 14. Become a Family Promise volunteer! Contact Katharine Steer, 889-1139 or [email protected], or Beth Raymond, 595-0053 or [email protected] for more information.

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Crop Hunger Walk – October 28, 2018 – The thirty-fourth annual Crop Hunger Walk will step off from Temple Beth Abraham on Sunday, October 28. Sponsored by the Nashua Area Interfaith Council, the Walk is the second largest Crop Hunger Walk in New England and since 1985 has raised over one million dollars for hunger and poverty relief locally and world-wide.

Funds raised are used by Church World Service to support its work of emergency relief, development and education, and support of refugees nationally and internationally. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds, however, are used locally to support the work of the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, the Salvation Army, the Corpus Christi Food Pantry, and the St. John Neumann Food Pantry.

First Church has always been a leading participant in the Crop Hunger Walk and we hope that this year will be no different!

For more information and to sign up, stop by the Outreach booth on Sunday mornings in October after both worship services and chat with Don Eaves, Sarah Creaney, or a member of the Outreach Board. Or you can visit the First Church team page to sign up :

https://www.crophungerwalk.org/nashuanh/FirstChurchUCC

The new shorter (less than 4 mile) Walk begins at 1:00 PM. at Temple Beth Abraham on Raymond Street in Nashua. As always, at the end of the Walk there is a celebration with a BBQ and music from the Raymond Street Klezmer band and several local choirs.

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Music in Worship Next Week
Sunday, October 14, 2018
8:30                Decibells
10:00              Chancel Choir & Decibells

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The First Church Christmas Craft Fair – November 2nd and 3rd

Below are some ways you can help!

  • Silent Auction donations – If you have an item you wish to donate or have any questions about making a donation, please contact Sarah Creaney at 603-921-1009 or [email protected]
  • Homemade food items – If you prepare preserves and pickled vegetables this summer, consider making some extra to donate to the fair. These types of items are always popular with fair-goers. Contact Barbara Stone, 978-925-9015 for more information.
  • The craft group will meet on the following dates in the dining room at 6:30 PM: Wednesdays, October 10 and 24. All crafters are welcome! Contact Jocelyn Henning, 880-1839 with any questions.

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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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333rd Anniversary Celebration ~ Friday, November 16, 2018
5:30-9:00 PM – Marriott Courtyard, Nashua

The evening will include music by Jazz First, dinner and dessert, and the unveiling of a crystal, commemorative keepsake. Join us as we celebrate our past with the designation of pastors emeriti for Jim Chaloner and Jeff Evans, enjoy the present, and look to the future of the ministry of The First Church.

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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, Rev. Ken and Rev. Jami 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: 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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First Church Cyclists invite anyone, regardless of age or ability to join them for some fun, fresh air, fellowship and most importantly, ice cream. The next ride: Today, on the Common Pathway, Peterborough, NH, at 2:00 PM. See the schedule on the First Church website. Call or text Ray Baldwin at 603-913-3974 or email at [email protected] with any questions.

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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 meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 12:30 PM. The group will dine at Daniel’s Restaurant, 48 Main St., Henniker, on October 10. Carpool from the church at 11:30 AM. Contact Arlene Richmond, [email protected] or 943-7970, if you would like attend. 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. 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. 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 Vigils: October 16 and November 6 (every first Tuesday): 8:30 AM to 10 AM ~ 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) next meeting: October 15 (third Monday of the month): 6 PM at the Adult Learning Center, 4 Lake Street, Nashua
This is 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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