Bulletin 09-September-2018

Sunday, September 9, 2018
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Rally Sunday
10:00 AM: Worship
Sunday School & Childcare
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 John 7:2-9
“The Right Time”
Rev. Dr. Andrew W. Armstrong
Music: Chancel Choir

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Worship Schedule

Regular worship schedule begins on Sunday, September 16.
8:30 AM: Worship
10:00 AM: Worship, Sunday School, Childcare

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Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM-Noon & 1:00-4:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM-Noon (closed during the 10:00 service)

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current

Friendship Booklets – Please take a moment to fill out the friendship booklet located in your pews and pass it along so you can better know your neighbor. If you have a confidential prayer, please use the pew card in the pew racks and return it to the prayer box at the back of the sanctuary.

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Registration for Joyful Noise (vocal choir for grades 2 – 6) and Chapel Chimers (chimes for Pre-K – grade 1) begins today in Fellowship Hall. See Cyndi Bliss and Denise Buck for more information.

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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 floating around during the cookout and will be happy to take your picture. He will be wearing a white Panama hat. More opportunities will be available in the coming weeks.

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The Church Office has resumed regular hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-Noon & 1:00- 4:00 PM; Sunday: 8:00 AM-Noon (closed during the 10:00 service).

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The Bible, Friends, and Coffee Bible Study resumes its regular schedule on Monday, September 10 and meets every Monday, 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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All Boards meet on Monday, September 10. The evening begins with worship at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary. No dinner this time.

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The Visitation Ministry will resume on Tuesday, September 11 at 2:00 PM in room 10 in the Walker Building. Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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The Caregiver’s Support Group will resume on Thursday, September 13 at 2:00 PM in the library in the Walker Building. Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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Join Rev. Andy for “The Heaven Study” on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 AM in the parlor (just off Fellowship Hall). This ten-week course begins on September 12 and is sure to lift your soul to new heights. Please let us know you’re coming at Sign-up Central.

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Chapel Vespers – Beginning Tuesday September 18th, and continuing every Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM through mid-November, this 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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The family of Kay Doody extends an invitation to attend her memorial service on Thursday, September 20 at 11:00 AM, with a reception to follow. Kay passed away on August 29.

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The NH UCC Peace with Justice Advocates presents “Keeping the Faith: Sisters of the Story” on Sunday, September 16 at 2:00 PM at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. In-Reach has 20 tickets available for the performance. A three women performance demonstrates the peace and commonalities between us all. A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew will each share their stories of their faith journey. Sign up at Sign-up Central and let us know how many tickets you would like.

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The First Music Advertising Campaign for the 2018-2019 First Music Concert Series season booklet is ongoing. Please consider helping subsidize the cost of our Series’ print materials through an ad sponsorship.
The book also contains vital information about the church community and its music history, as a resource to newcomers at our concert programs.
For more information, contact a member of the Music Committee or Jennifer Hotham at [email protected].

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Thank You Project’s 4th Annual Water Walk!
Saturday, September 15, 2018 – 9:00 AM – Greeley Park, Nashua

Join your First Church friends and take a walk with us. The Thank You Project wants to make a difference by providing two rural communities in Nigeria (Ututu and Achi) with the equipment and training necessary to dig and maintain fresh water wells. Stop by the Outreach booth in Fellowship Hall, for more information about the walk and to register. To register online, go to http://thankyouproject.org/waterwalk/

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United Way of Greater Nashua (UWGN) United We Sleep to End Hunger and Homelessness – Friday, September 21-Saturday, September 22
Help the homeless residents in the greater Nashua area. Board members, Peter Chaloner and Rev. Andy, are looking for people to sleep in a box overnight on the lawn of the Nashua Community College. Contact Peter at 603-881-3657 or [email protected] to sign up. If you are unable to sleep out, please consider making a donation. For more information, visit www.tinyurl.com/uws2018.

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Fill the Box with Socks – UWGN is also running a program to collect socks for the homeless. Socks are the #1 needed item in local shelters. A laundry basket will be located at the Outreach booth area for donations of socks of all types- wool, dress, kid’s… If you would to like help, please drop them off by September 21. The socks will be distributed to local agencies and area schools.

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The thrift shop will open for the season on Thursday, October 4. 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. Jewelry, and small knickknacks are needed, as well.

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333rd Anniversary Celebration ~ Friday, November 16, 2018
5:30-10:00 PM – Marriott Courtyard, Nashua

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. More information to come in September.

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The Women’s Association fall outing to Pickity Place
October 20, 12:30-6:00 PM

Reservations need to be made five weeks in advance, so if you are at all interested in going, please fill out the information at Sign-up Central by the second week in September. The total price for the day is $28.72, which includes your meal, tax, and tip. Contact Bea Dillaby (888-2766) or Brooks Thompson (886-1476) for more information.

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The First Church Inaugural Golf Tournament
Wednesday, October 3, 8:00 AM at Green Meadow Golf Club in Hudson

Sign up as an individual or as teams of four at Sign-up Central. Not a golfer? You can sign up to join us for lunch, only! Proceeds from the tournament will benefit our local outreach partners including Thank You Project, Nashua’s Crop Hunger Walk, and Family Promise of Greater Nashua. Rev. Jim and Rev. Jeff will attend in anticipation of their designation as pastors emeriti.
Golf package: $125/golfer; Lunch, only: $20/person – Contact the church office for more information.

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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, September 12 and 26; October 10 and 24. All crafters are welcome! Contact Jocelyn Henning, 880-1839 with any questions.

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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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Music in Worship Next Week
Sunday, September 16, 2018
8:30 & 10:00 First Chamber

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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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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 Reformatory/Narrow Gauge Trails, Depot Park, Bedford, MA. Meet 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 Fratello’s Italian Grille, 194 Main St., Nashua, on September 12. Plan to meet at the restaurant or meet at the church at noon to carpool. 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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Community Events

 The 24th Annual “Sweater Weather” Program
Sponsored by the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Lock St, Nashua
September 1 – October 1, 2018

New or clean, used sweaters may be left at the funeral home between the hours of 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday. Bins are located in both foyers. The sweaters will be distributed to various agencies in the Nashua area to be given to those who need them. Call 883-3401 for further information.

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Next Interfaith Prayer Vigils
September 18th & October 2nd – 8:30 AM to 10 AM (every first Tuesday)
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)
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ext meeting: September 17th
6:00 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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First Music Concert Series 2018-2019 Season Sneak Peak

POPS for PIPES – IX

a 333rd Anniversary celebration!

Stephen Hamilton, organ

November 18, 2018

 

CHRISTMAS at FIRST – Magnificat

Chancel Choir of The First Church of Nashua

Muddy Brook Chamber Players

December 23, 2018

(4th Advent Worship Services)

 

Le CHEMIN de la CROIX

a Lenten journey with music and word

Jeremy Filsell, organ

March 24, 2019

 

ORGAN MASTERS – IV

Kyle Bertulli, organ

May 5, 2019


FIN de SIÈCLE

Katharina Radlberger String Trio

June 2, 2019

 Plus… Keep your eye out for the new “Fridays at First” Series during Advent and Lent.
Three 30-minute FREE Noontime organ recitals during each season, celebrating the “Power of 3’s”

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Looking Ahead…
Monday, September 10: Bible Friends & Coffee; All Boards
Tuesday, September 11: Visitation Ministry
Wednesday, September 12: Heaven Study with Rev. Andy; Drop-in Hours with Rev. Ken
Thursday, September 13: Caregivers Group
Sunday, September 16: Resume 8:30 and 10:00 AM services
Tuesday, September 18: Chapel Vespers begin
Wednesday, October 3: First Church Inaugural Golf Tournament

 


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