Bulletin 08-April-2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Second Sunday of Easter/Communion Sunday
8:30 AM: Worship
10:00 AM: Worship, Sunday School & Childcare
I John 1:1-2:2 John 20:19-31
Break the Holy Huddle
Rev. Ken McGarry
Music: Andrew Sokól, tenor

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER

Today in the Sunday School     April 8, 2018

Today is the 2nd Sunday of Easter. 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 AM worship service. Nursery coordinators are on hand to greet parents and explain the procedure for checking in and picking up your child. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL

  • 3 year olds-Kindergarten will hear about Jesus seeing his friends and going away.
  • 1st grade will hear the story of Jesus’ Appearance to his Disciples. Luke 24:36-49; John 20:10-12
  • 2nd grade will hear the story of The Great Commission. Matt.28:16-20; Luke 24:50-53
  • Grades 3-5 start their unit on Paul, learning about his conversion. Acts 9:1-19
  • 6th grade will start a Unit on parables about God seeking to find lost things and celebrating when they are found.
  • The MAD class will remain in the sanctuary for communion.

JUST a REMINDER: Donations for the CWS cleanup buckets are due! Please bring your items so that the buckets can be assembled. 

SCHOLARSHIPS

The First Church Scholarships are awarded each year to deserving students who intend to further their education beyond high school. Criteria for the scholarship include:

  • Active Membership at First Church
  • Service and participation in the church
  • Financial need
  • Community service and extracurricular activities

Scholarship applications are available and on the church’s website: firstchurchnashua.org. Completed applications must be returned electronically no later than noon April 15, 2018. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Scholarships will be awarded during the 10 AM worship service on Children’s Day, June 10.

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 

Today is Race Day! The Annual NSKS “Run/Walk for Food and Shelter” is TODAY, and it is not too late to get in on the fun! There is still time to register to walk or run (*11 AM-12:30 PM: Race Day Registration; *12:40 PM: Kid’s Sprint; *1:00 PM: 10K Run & 5K Run; *1:10 PM: 3K Walk). Race start and race day registrations are at the Muldoon Fitness Center at Rivier University! See Dianne Smigliani at the Outreach Booth for any questions, to donate, or to pick up a paper registration form.  Registration forms are also available at the race.

Remember….there will be food at the finish line and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to be included in our team picture!

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In-Reach is again putting together Dine with Nine dinner groups.  If you can host, let us know.  If you want to participate, please sign up at Sign-Up Central, next to the In-Reach table.  Last time we had several dinner groups going on at once.  It is usually for 3-4 months, and usually one Saturday a month.  Hosting will rotate.  Everyone in the group will contribute something towards the meal.  The host chooses a “theme” or a country-based menu and so it goes!  One dinner group went long past the 3-4 months because they were having such a good time with the members in their group! Try it out and sign up at Sign-Up Central.  Any questions, call Sue Haas at 889-1326.

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“Sunday Mornings with Andy Armstrong” airs every Sunday morning at 7:00 AM on WSMN. A link is provided on our webpage, under Upcoming Events, so our First Church members, friends, and students can remain connected to us anywhere in the world.

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Easter Appeal Update – We are very pleased to report that to date the Easter Appeal has surpassed $75,000 toward the boiler replacement expenses! It’s not too late to make your gift. Thank you for your tremendous support of our ministry together.

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Kitchen Training – The Kitchen Kabinet is hosting two opportunities to become trained in the usage of the kitchen/dining room operations: April 17 at 7:00 PM and May 7 at 6:30 PM (note the time change). Those wishing to use the kitchen or dining room need to have gone through the training. Please sign-up at Sign-Up Central.

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Financial Freedom! What if you knew where all of your money was going each month? What if you were debt-free, investing, and making wise spending decisions? You can take control of your money and start planning for your future. Join Julia Manlogon, Ramsey Solutions Financial Coach, as she leads you thru Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University 9 week class, Thursdays, beginning April 26th, 7:00-8:30 PM in the dining room. The cost for materials is $109/family. Scholarships available (see Rev. Andy). Register and purchase your materials at http://www.fpu.com/1063529. If you have any questions, please contact Julia at 345-5997. Let her help you become debt-free, build wealth and make your dreams come true.

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First Church Spring Clean-Up…..Bring your shovels, rakes, and implements of destruction and join the Property Management group for the First Church grounds spring clean-up on Saturday April 21, 8:00 AM at First Church. Many hands make light work. If you have any questions, please call Doug Brenner at 603-493-5903. Rain date is April 28.

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The King and I – In-Reach has 20 tickets available to see the Lincoln Center Theater production of “The King and I” on Sunday, May 20, at 1:00 PM at The Hanover Theater in Worcester, MA. The group price for these is $45 per person (checks payable to First Church).   With such a limited supply of tickets, please make your reservation ASAP if you are interested in going. Once we have a list of who is going we will try to put together a carpool. All ticket monies must be received by Sunday, April 15. Information and reservations are at Sign-up Central or by contacting Susan Testa at 888-0961.

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A Request from the Church Office – When you ring the courtyard doorbell, please identify yourselves. Please don’t be offended when we ask who you are. Sometimes you may be too far away from the camera- yes, there is a camera just below the doorbell- or the lighting isn’t good, you may be wearing a hat or hood, or we just don’t recognize you. Also, for security reasons, the Title 1 door inside the courtyard lobby is now locked during school hours.

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Money Matters…. Did you know? Do you put cash donations in the collection plate on Sundays? If so, be sure to put your cash in an envelope with your name on it so that we can apply it to your giving. This is especially helpful if you have pledged, or if you give weekly. We want to make sure you receive credit for your contributions since your accumulated donations are reflected on your giving statements. If you have any questions, please contact Dianne Smigliani in the church office. She will be happy to help answer any questions!

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The Thrift Shop is accepting spring clothing for women and children, clean and in good repair. They are also accepting spring pocketbooks, shoes and accessories. Items may be left in the marked bin in the courtyard entrance lobby. PLEASE! No more winter items. You may take those to the Salvation Army. The shop is open on Thursdays, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM and the first Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-Noon (except on holidays) through June 7. Thank you for your support.

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Donations for the children of Nicaragua: The Mission Trip Team is looking for donations to take to Nicaragua in a couple of weeks. Items needed include: World Map and Atlases, Arts and crafts supplies, Bilingual Books or games for Children (Spanish-English), Can opener (HEAVY DUTY manual), Vegetable Peelers – HEAVY DUTY, Peanut Butter (plastic jar), Shower curtains & rings – HEAVY DUTY, NOT SEE THROUGH, Sports supplies( deflated balls, pumps and needles, skipping ropes)

A complete list of needed supplies can be found in Fellowship Hall near the donation box.

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Helping Disaster Victims through Church World Service (CWS) – The clean-up buckets are due today. Thank you to everyone – singles, couples, families, boards – for your support of this outreach project.

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Music in Worship Next Week
Sunday, April 15, 2018
8:30    First Chamber
10:00    Joyful Noise & First Chamber

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Church Happenings and Outreach – Ongoing 

Bereavement Calendar – The church office has created a new 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 on Mondays 9:30-11:00 AM in room 15, in the Walker Building. The discussion group is facilitated by Rev. Andy Armstrong. 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 2:00 PM. Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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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 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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Handbell Warm-up: Thursday 7:00-7:30 PM (on the nights Decibells practice). We will be doing bell exercises and playing simple music to learn different bell techniques. No stress just fun with music, bells and chimes. Check This Week at First Church in the bulletin for rehearsal dates.

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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 Bistro at the LaBelle Winery, 345 Rt. 101, Amherst on April 11 (rescheduled from March). Contact Arlene Richmond, [email protected] or 943-7970, for more information. 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. For more information, contact Dick Zoerb, 886-8665.

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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, 886-8665, or [email protected], 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. Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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Community Events 

Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP) next meeting
April 16th (third Monday of the month)

6 PM – Adult Learning Center – 4 Lake Street Nashua
All are welcome! Come to a meeting and learn how we
all can make a difference in our community.

 

 


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