Bulletin 10-February-2019

Sunday, February 10, 2019
10:00 AM: Worship
10:00 AM: Sunday School & Childcare
5th Sunday after Epiphany
“Worship on the Shape of Scripture”   Rev. Dr. Andrew W. Armstrong
Isaiah 6:1-13   Luke 5:1-11
Music: First Folk

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER

Today in the Sunday School     February 10, 2019

Today is the fifth Sunday after Epiphany. The 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 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

  • 3/4 yr. olds will learn about the Two Builders. Luke 6:46-49
  • K/1st grade will learn about the Good Samaritan. Luke 10:29-37
  • 2nd grade will hear Jesus Calling the Twelve Disciples. Matt.10:1-5; Mk.3:13-19; Luke 6:12-16
  • Grades 3-5 will continue their unit on David, learning about his battle with Goliath. 1 Samuel 17
  • 6th grade will be learning about the history of Sunday School.
  • MAD students will be packing Valentine packages for our college students.

CHILI CONTEST RESULTS
Thank you to everyone that prepared and served chili last Sunday. We made $863 in sales. There is still some chili left in the freezer that will be sold this morning along with the cookie sale. Don Eaves was the winner of the Hottest and the Moore Family was the Best Overall winner. Congratulations to everyone!

HORTON CENTER SUMMER CAMPING
Registration is now open for the 2019 Summer Camp season. Visit www.hortoncenter.org to view the schedule and to register. If you cannot register online, forms are available in the CE Office.

Horton Center is the Outdoor Ministry site owned and operated by the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ. Horton Center is a seasonal site, located on Pine Mountain in the Northern part of the White Mountains, just outside Gorham, NH. During the summer months, they operate a program for children, youth and families. In the non-summer, warmer months (May- June and Aug – October) the facility is available to rent for church groups, colleges, schools, or other groups whose mission is in line with our mission. 

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current

The First Church Annual Meeting is TODAY at 11:30 AM.

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Annual Meeting Cookie Sale TODAY– The CE Board will be holding a cookie sale today between the end of the worship service and the start of the Annual Meeting. All money will go to the Mission Trip Fund.

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Mission Trip to Puerto Rico – June 29 – July 6, 2019 – Join us this summer as we work together in Puerto Rico to help families recover from the devastation caused in 2017 by Hurricane Maria. We will be working through the recovery efforts of the United Church of Christ’s Disaster Ministries to serve families in the Humacao region on the island’s east coast. Adults and young people who will be 16 or older by July are welcome to participate. To learn more about this opportunity to serve, please contact Rev. Ken in the church office.

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Men’s Ministries at First Church – Rev. Andy will lead the Mid-Week Men beginning on February 13, 8:00-9:00 AM in the parlor, adjacent to Fellowship Hall. This will include coffee, fellowship and topical discussions. Our first theme will be “from generation to generation.”

Rev. Ken will lead a monthly fellowship that will include engaging speakers, group outings, and good food. A full schedule of winter and spring Men’s Fellowship gathering dates and activities will be posted in the March newsletter.

In both ministries, knowledge of the Bible is not expected. The relationships we build are as important as what we learn. Sign up at Sign-up Central.

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“Changing the World for 333 years!” Join Rev. Andy on Wednesday, February 13th at 7:00 PM in the dining room for an encore of the special 333rd Anniversary presentation. In that time, we’ll explore how our faith tradition is recognized as the most powerful the world has ever known. You’ll not want to miss it. Contact Rev. Andy with any questions.

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Chapel Vespers meets every Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM through February 26. This half-hour long service takes place in Shaw Chapel. Rev. Andy, Rev. Ken, and Rev. Jami 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. Come as you are and feel free to bring a friend.

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Giving Statements coming soon – Keep an eye on your mailbox for your 2018 Year End Giving Statements. If you have any questions, please contact Dianne Smigliani in the Church office.

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Friday Night at the Movies – 7:00 PM in the dining room – Movie night begins its new season on February 22. Join Rev. Andy as he presents “Won’t you be my Neighbor”. This is the story of Rev. Fred Roger’s vocational journey from the pulpit serving the church to public broadcasting teaching children. Hailed as one of this year’s best movies, somehow, it is a sign of our times. Always gentle and compassionate, Mr. Roger’s engagement with children offers much to ponder for today’s audiences as we struggle to be civil, kind and respectful in an age of social media run amok. Popcorn and drinks will be provided, please bring along your favorite snacks to share.

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The Christmas Fair Craft Group will hold monthly craft sessions, beginning on Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30 PM to work on items for the fair. Crafters of all abilities are welcome to join the group. Bring your love of crafting and your ideas! Sessions will be held on the third Wednesday of the month, in the dining room, through September. Contact Jocelyn Henning, 880-1839, or Deb Courville, 880-3791, for more information. The fair will be held on November 1 and 2, 2019. Save the dates!

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More Fair News – The fair committee is looking for a chairperson for the Silent Auction. Contact Barbara Stone, 978-925-9015, for more information.

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The March newsletter deadline is February 11. Please send your articles to Sue at [email protected]

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Join our In-Reach Meals Team and help provide meals to parishioners who are temporarily in need. Home cooked meals bring much healing to people as they recuperate. For when I was sick you looked after me. Mt. 25:36. Please register at Sign-Up Central and offer meals as you are able.

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NHCUCC’s annual Prepared to Serve is now open for registration. This fun event will be held Saturday February 23 at the Pembroke Academy in Pembroke, NH. Rev. Jami will be attending and would love a great contingent from First Church joining her. The catalog of workshops is available at Sign-up Central and in the church office. The costs are approx. $45.00. Financial aid is offered through NHCUCC. Go to their website for more info: www.nhcucc.org Link to Event & Classified.

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Winter Parking Reminder – Use caution when parking along the north side of the church building. Heed the posted signs. Falling snow and ice can cause damage to your cars!

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Weather Alert – In case of inclement weather, please check our website, or call the church office, to see if there are any cancellations. Sunday services are never cancelled. Please use your discretion if you are planning to venture out to services.

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Music in Worship Next Week
Sunday, February 17, 2019
6th Sunday after Epiphany
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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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 and Rev. Ken 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 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 (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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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 Bill Thorp, [email protected] or 236-6062. 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 basket at the back of the sanctuary. Simply place it in the offering plate.

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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 1:30 PM in room 10 in the Walker Building. Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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Community Events

Interfaith Prayer Vigil: February 19, 9:00 AM (note time change) -Norris Cotton Federal Building – 275 Chestnut Street, Manchester

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Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP) Nashua meeting: February 25 (Usually the third Monday of the month. Note date changes due to holidays)* 6:00 PM – Adult Learning Center, 4 Lake Street Nashua

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Ecumenical Worship Service, Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Rivier University – Resurrection Chapel at 7 PM

The theme for the 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019 finds its origins in the Book of Deuteronomy (16:20) —“Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue.” This theme was chosen for its powerful message of promoting truth, equality and unity.
Br. Paul R. Demers, S.C., chaplain and associate professor in the Religious Studies Department at Rivier will preach during the Service. Music will be provided by an capella group from Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua.
The event is free and open to the public. No registration if required.

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NAMI to Hold Family to Family Education Course – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will hold its spring Family- to-Family Educational Course beginning on Monday, March 4, 2019, 6:00-8:30 PM in the First Church dining room. This FREE 12-week course is for family and friends of individuals with serious mental illness. Space is limited, enrollment is required.

For more information or to enroll, please contact Pam Burns, 888-6219 or Norma MacKinley-Smith, 882-6771, email [email protected] or see www.naminh.org or www.naminh.org/AffiliatePages-Nashua.php

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Looking Ahead…

February 11: 
March newsletter deadline

February 12:
Vespers

February 13:
Men’s Mid-week Group
“Changing the World for 333 years!” (Encore)

February 18:
President’s Day – Church Office closed

February 19:
Vespers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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