Bulletin 08-October-2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017 – Saturday, October 14, 2017
18th Sunday after Pentecost
8:30: Worship
10:00: Worship, Sunday School & Childcare
Exodus 20: 1-21
Mark 4: 35-41
The Gift of Fear
Rev. Dr. Andrew W. Armstrong
Music: First Folk

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER

Today in the Sunday School     October 8, 2017

Today is the 18th 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 service. Nursery coordinators are on hand to greet parents and explain the procedure for checking in and picking up your child.

Sunday School

  • Pre-school classes will learn about Prayer and Offerings.
  • First grade will learn the story of Babel. Genesis 11:1-9
  • 2nd grade will learn about Jacob and Esau. Genesis 25:19-34; 27
  • Third-Fifth graders will learn about the Holy Land. Exodus 6:1-8
  • 6th grade will learn about Stewardship.
  • MAD will meet in the Library after the Children’s Story.

Sunday School Teachers’ Meeting – The first Teachers’ Meeting for the 2017-18 season is today at 11:30 AM-12:15 PM, in room 10. 

Candle Lighters – Do you have a student in grades 3-8 that would like to be a candle lighter? They will be trained 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 call the office at 882-4861. Brochures and sign-up are available at the CE Corner in Fellowship Hall.

New Fall Activities for Jr. High School Students

  • Canobie Lake Park Trip – Rides and Screeemfest at Canobie Lake Park – Saturday, October 14, 3:00 – 9:00 PM.
  • Meals Express – Lunch and meal-making for the Nashua Soup Kitchen – Sunday, November 19, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Skate & Tag – Roller skating and laser tag at Roller Kingdom in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts – Saturday, December 2, 6:00 – 10:00 PM

New Fall Activities for Sr. High School Students

  • Carving and Cornhole – Pumpkin carving and decorating competition followed by cornhole tournament in Nauss Hall – Saturday, October 28, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Light-n-Glow – Sanctuary Christmas tree decoration followed by lunch and GlowBowl at Leda Lanes – Wednesday, November 22, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Operation Elf – Lunch in the dining room, shopping for children’s gifts and scavenger hunt at Pheasant Lane Mall, and present-wrapping and ice cream in the church dining room – Sunday, December 10, 12:30 – 5:00 PM

More information is available at the Christian Education Corner. 

Halloween Care Packages – It’s time once again to remember First Church young adults 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.

All candy must be received by 10:00 AM on Sunday, October 22. The MAD class will pack boxes that day. Leave your donations of wrapped candy or a check to help defray the shipping costs (made payable to First church) in the big containers in Fellowship Hall and inside the entryways.

Parents, please be sure to contact Diane Matthes, [email protected], right away with the correct mailing address for your child. Each year, packages are returned, causing unnecessary expense for the church and disappointment for the intended recipient. The office does not save addresses from the previous year; all addresses must be updated each year.

All addresses must be in by October 15; donations must be in before 10 AM on October 22; the earlier the better.

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current 

Welcome! If you are new and visiting our church for the first or second time, please stop by the welcome area and sign our guest book. The folks from the In-Reach committee will be glad to talk with you about the church and answer your questions. The Welcome Center is just to the left of Sign-Up Central.

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First Schola, our seventh through twelfth grade young women’s choir, begins rehearsals this coming Tuesday at 6 PM. Interested young women or their parents are asked to contact the Music Office, or Joe directly during fellowship for more information. We hope many will come and make a joyful noise in service to our church community.

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You Are invited to an Epic Installation – On October 15th at 3:00 PM Revs. Andy, Ken and Jami will be installed as the Pastors and Teachers of First Church. The service will include preaching from Rev. Dr. John Zehring, music, sharing sacred vows, and great food afterwards. You’ll not want to miss this special event (with three times the joy) in the history of our church family.

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Join the All Church Choir to help celebrate the Installation of Revs. Andy, Ken, and Jami on Sunday October 15. All are welcome to join this one-time musical offering. Current membership in a First Church choir is not a requirement. Only two, brief rehearsals: today at 11:30 AM in the Choir Room and Thursday, October 12 at 7:30 PM in the Choir Room. Come and sing!

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Women’s Association Day Trip – On October 14th the Women’s Association will travel to Parker’s Maple Barn in Mason, NH. All women in the church are welcome. Meet at 8:30 AM at the church to carpool. We will enjoy breakfast and shopping at the Maple Barn and then we plan to visit an area apple farm on the way home. Sign-up at the central sign-up board near the coat racks. Contact Bea Dillaby, 888-2766, with any questions.

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The Outreach Board would like to thank all of the members who came out to help participate in the Habitat Build Day last weekend. Thank you to Pat Darrin, Lori Lambert, Beth Raymond, Linda Bertsch, Shelley Brennan, Stephen Ostermiller, Lynda Pearson, and Eric Pearson. We were able to help with insulating the inside and outside of the house as well as many odd jobs throughout the day. It was a lot of fun working together to provide shelter for someone in need right in our community. Habitat offers the opportunity to serve the local community through volunteering at the ReStore on 352 Amherst St. Nashua, donating items to the store, or by volunteering on Thursday/Saturday at the build site.

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Join Rev. Andy for his second Camino Santiago presentation on October 15, after the 10:00 service in Nauss Hall. Please sign up at the “Sign-up Central” board.

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New Member Orientation – The next orientation class will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2017. All those considering becoming members of our faith community are invited to attend. All who attend and decide to join the church will do so on Sunday, November 5. For more information, please call the church office.

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Jumpstart Your Spiritual Life series continues – The goal of the series is to jumpstart your spiritual life by designing a devotional practice uniquely your own. Coming up:
October 10: 7:15 PM – Talking with God
October 17: 7:15 PM – Observing the Word
Contact Rev. Andy for more information. Sign up at the “Sign-up Central” board.

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The 33rd annual Crop Hunger Walk – Sunday, October 29 at 1:00 PM. 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 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.

Don Eaves and Sarah Creaney will be at the Outreach booth after both worship services today to answer questions. For online pledging, visit www.nashuacropwalk.blogspot.com and sign up for team First Church. It’s quick and simple. Either way you choose, make sure you sign up to Walk.

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Annual Winter Retreat Registration Begins! Revs. Andy and Ken will lead this year’s winter retreat on the theme of “Renewing Your Soul with Sabbath.” It will be held the weekend of January 26-28, 2018 at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford Pool, Maine. This retreat is the perfect time for reflection, relaxation, prayer, worship, and fellowship. This popular retreat fills up quickly, so don’t delay in registering. The cost for the weekend is $235.00 per person. This includes lodging for 2 nights and 5 meals. A non-refundable deposit of $117.50 per person is due by November 15, 2017 with the balance due by January 14, 2018. Scholarships are available. To register, contact Sue Englander, [email protected] or 882-4861, or stop by the church office.

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Free Yoga classes being offered – Relax & rejuvenate your body, mind & spirit with certified yoga instructor, Dr. Heather Tallman Ruhm. Two, 4-week sessions will be held at First Church on Mondays, 2:00-3:00 PM (the last session will extend an extra ½ hour to include a deeper guided relaxation). The first session: October 23-November 13 and the second session: November 27- December 18. You don’t need a yoga mat. Just wear comfortable clothing. Chairs will be used (wheelchair accessible). Rx Relax is for all body types!

Sign up at Sign-up Central at the In-Reach table near the coatracks. Come to one or all of the sessions. Contact the church office for more information.

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Nauss Hall Players to Present Whodunit on November 10-12 – The Nauss Hall Players will present Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays on Friday and Saturday, November 10th and 11th at 7:30 PM and on Sunday, November 12th at 2:00 PM.

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But the festivities in this isolated house quickly turn dangerous when one of the guests is murdered. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

Tickets will be available beginning October 22 after church or by calling the church office.

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First Church Responds to Disasters – When disaster strikes we can make a difference. When multiple disasters strike we must be the difference. Send your gifts to the UCC Disaster Ministry Team. In connection with Church World Service, they are helping people recover from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and also with the several wildfires blazing a path across the Western U.S.

Here’s how we can do it:

(1)       The simplest way is to follow the online links below to the area you want to impact.
(2)       Send a gift directly to the UCC at the address below.
(3)       Use the envelope in the Messenger or those located on the Outreach Table. Make checks payable to United Church of Christ and place the envelope in the offering plate or return it to the First Church office. Be sure to designate it to Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Maria or Emergency USA (Wildfires). Please designate cash gifts on the envelope.

  • Online donations for Hurricane 2017 Relief: https://transactions.ucc.org/CampaignForm/UCChrist/Hurricane+Irma
  • Online Emergency USA Fund: https://transactions.ucc.org/CampaignForm/UCChrist/emergency_usa

Donations may also be sent directly to: United Church of Christ, c/o Financial Services – 6th Floor, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115. Be sure to write Harvey, Irma, Maria or Emergency USA Fund in the memo line.

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Looking for Greeters! If you and your family members would like to greet at the 10:00 service, please sign up at the “sign-up central” board or contact Polly Shuman at [email protected]

The thrift shop is open on Thursdays, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM and the first Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-Noon. Fall and winter clothing for women and children, clean and in good repair, may be left in the marked bin in the lobby at the courtyard entrance. Children’s clothing up to size 14, women’s pocketbooks, jewelry, and small knickknacks are especially needed.

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The dining room is nearly completed – but help is still needed! Contact Don Smith-Weiss at 603-345-5053 or [email protected] if you would like to volunteer to help.

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Church Door Restoration Project – Volunteers are wanted to help sand the doors and apply new varnish. Contact Bruce Lund at 702-755-1649 or [email protected] for more information.

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Silent Auction Items – The Fair committee is soliciting donations for the Silent Auction at the November 3rd-5th Christmas Fair. All proceeds from the fair go to the Pastoral Aid Fund. Contact Sarah Creaney at [email protected] or 603-921-1009 for more information.

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Music in Worship Next Week
Sunday, October 15
8:30 & 10:00 First Chamber

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Church Happenings and Outreach – Ongoing

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 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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The Craft Group will meet on Wednesdays, October 11 & 25, 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the dining room. We welcome anyone who is interested in crafting for the November 3 – 5, 2017 Christmas Fair to join the group. The fair is a ministry of fellowship and service. Fair proceeds help those in need through our ministers’ Pastoral Aid Fund. We would love to add new talent and items this year. If you have any questions or ideas, please contact Jocelyn Henning at 880-1839.

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Drop-In Hours – Join Rev. Ken at the Riverwalk Café (35 Railroad Square) on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 PM for a cup of coffee and 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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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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The First Church Cyclists have ended their rides for the season. See you in the spring!

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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 Ladies Lunch Bunch meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 12:30 PM. The group will dine at Giorgio’s in Milford on October 11. 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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Team Works Study Group – Join Rev. Andy on Thursday mornings for Bible study and conversation at 7:15 AM, in the Parlor next to Fellowship Hall. Coffee and tea will be provided. Knowledge of the Bible and Christian faith is not a prerequisite to attend our studies because we believe that the relationships we build in Christ are as important as what we learn. Contact the church office 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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The Visitation Ministry meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 2:00 PM. Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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Community Events 

The Front Door Agency has two job opportunities at its Transitional Housing site serving women and children.

The first position is a Live-In Residential Aide. This is an overnight position that includes room and board as well as a weekly stipend. Hours include evenings, weekends and some holidays when necessary. Applicants should be responsible, professional, exercise good judgment and be willing to complete a criminal background check. Experience in human services is a plus.

The second position is a part-time Residential Aide. Applicants should be responsible, professional and be willing to complete a criminal background check.

Please email resumes and cover letters to [email protected] with either Live-In RA Position or part-time RA Position in the subject line.

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Granite State Organizing Project – New Hampshire Immigrant Solidarity Network invites you to support our immigrant brothers and sisters who are threatened with deportation and separation from their families. Small vigils will be held on each of the days that people have to return to ICE with their plane tickets to show each family that we support them. The vigils will be held at 8:30 AM on the following dates: Tuesday, October 10 & Friday, October 13.

The next monthly meeting of GSOP (A voice for justice in the Granite State) is October 16th, 6:00 PM at the Adult Learning Center 4 Lake Street, Nashua, NH. Come to a meeting and learn how you can make a difference.

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Adult Learning Center
Community Resource Expo 2017
October 19th, 6:30-8:00 PM
October 20th, 10:30 AM- 12 noon
Adult Learning Center Gymnasium
4 Lake Street, Nashua

For more information, contact Samba Halkose (603) 882-9080 ext 235

 

 


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