Bulletin 11-February-2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018 – Saturday, February 17, 2018
Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
10:00am: Worship, Sunday School, Childcare
2 Kings 2:1-12, Mark 9:2-9
We Were Not Meant For This
Rev. Dr. Andrew W. Armstrong
Music: Chancel Choir & First Folk

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER

Today in the Sunday School     February 11, 2018

Today is the 6th 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.

Sunday School

After the Children’s Message students will go to their classrooms.

  • 3 yr. olds-K will hear the story of Zacchaeus. Luke 19:1-10
  • 1st Grade will learn about Mary and Martha. Luke 10:38-42
  • 2nd Grade will learn about Jesus calling his 12 disciples. Matt.10:1-15; Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:12-16.
  • Grades 3-5 will continue their unit on The 10 Commandments,
    Do Not Steal. Exodus 20:15; Luke 19:1-19
  • 6th grade will have a discussion on the history of Sunday School.
  • The MAD students will meet in room 9 to prepare Valentine packages for our college students.

Annual Meeting Cookie Sale TODAY– The Mission Trip Committee 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.

Chili Contest – Thank you to everyone that prepared and served chili last Sunday. We made $1180 on sales. There is still some chili left in the freezer that will be sold this morning along with the cookie sale. Don Williams was the winner, selling 35 pints of his “Just Plain Chili”! Congratulations Don-see you next year with 70 pints!!!!!

Snow Tubing for High School Students – Join us for an afternoon of snow tubing at McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester.  See Rev. Ken right after the worship service for more information or to sign up.

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 Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current

Celebration Sunday – TODAY!!

  • The 2018 Annual Meeting will follow the worship service in Fellowship Hall.
  • A Celebration Dinner will follow Annual Meeting in the dining room.

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Mitten Tree Update –  Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s Elaine Myers Mitten Tree project.  Because of your skills and generosity the hands of 80 children in Nashua will be warmer this winter.  Mittens have been distributed through Mt. Pleasant and Amherst St. schools, and the Adult Learning center, all of whom were beyond grateful for the gift.  Feel free to get started now on your contributions to the next year’s collection which we hope to schedule in the fall.  A special shout out goes to Priscilla Evans whose year-round crocheting of mittens produced over 60 pairs for the children this year.

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The Ash Wednesday service for confession and contemplation will be held on February 14 at 7:00 PM, led by Rev. Andy. Music will be provided by First Schola.

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In-Reach is hosting a Cribbage Event on Saturday, February 17 from 1:00-3:00 PM in the dining room.  If you have a cribbage board, please bring it.  Light refreshments will be provided. Sign up at Sign-up Central. For more information, contact Sue Haas at 889-1326.

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The First Music Concert Series presents String-issimo II, a Symphony NH String Quartet, on Sunday, February 18 at 4:00 PM. Tickets are on sale after worship and through the church office during the week.

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Contemplative Soup and Bread Supper- You are invited to join Rev. Andy for our first Lenten event on Tuesday, February 20th at 7:00 PM in the dining room. We’ll enjoy a candlelight supper with soup, bread and contemplative readings based on the story of the prodigal son. Please sign up at Sign-up Central if you plan to attend and/or will bring soup for 10 (heated in a crock pot, please) or bread.

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In-Reach is hosting a Cribbage Event on Saturday, February 17 from 1:00-3:00 PM in the dining room.  If you have a cribbage board, please bring it.  Light refreshments will be provided. Sign up at Sign-up Central. For more information, contact Sue Haas at 889-1326.

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A new member orientation will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, following the 10:00 service.  All those considering becoming members of our faith community are invited to attend.  For information, please call the church office, 882-4861.

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First Church Coffee House Open Mic, Saturday March 10 – There is nothing better than getting together with friends at the end of a long, cold winter, sharing a dessert and coffee and being entertained by some very talented people.  Sound good? Well, mark your calendars for Saturday, March 10th and come to Nauss Hall for some enjoyable entertainment.  Perhaps you have a talent to share?  Do you write poetry, play an instrument, tell jokes, dance? Come prepared to take the stage.  Coffee and dessert will be provided by the Mission Trippers, the talent provided by members of First Church.  Reverend Ken will be our host, and rumor has it that he has something that will rival Jeff’s yellow suit!!! There will be no admission fee – just a donation to the Mission Trip Fund. So come on out and support the Mission Trip to Nicaragua.

To sign up for a slot on the stage, contact [email protected] or call the office at 882-4861.

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Helping Disaster Victims through Church World Service (CWS) – When hurricanes devastated the United States and many of our Caribbean neighbors in the fall of 2017, cleanup kits were a vital part of the CWS response.

From now through March, the children in our Sunday School and Outreach are putting together “emergency cleanup buckets” for CWS. Please help us reach our goal of 50 buckets. Each Sunday School class is being asked to bring in specific items. The congregation is being asked to consider donating a complete bucket or working together with other families or groups to assemble one.  Maybe your book club, scout troop or sports team would like to participate.  You can pick up a bucket and a shopping list in Fellowship Hall.  Pease return your complete bucket by March 25th.  Members of the MAD (Make a Difference) Class will assemble the buckets and prepare them for shipment to areas of the country and the world that need them.

A complete list of needed items, sizes and quantities, is available at the Outreach Booth or on the church’s website.

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Our Church Directory is Online!  View our church directory online or via the FREE mobile app today.  To view the directory online, go to members.InstantChurchDirectory.com and follow the prompts under “Sign In” to “Create a login now.” Please remember, you must confirm your email address before you can sign in. (Note: Your email must be in the directory so that you can do this)

There is also a free mobile app available for download at the Apple App store in iTunes®, Google Play”‘ store and the Amazon Fire App Store.  Simply search for “Instant Church Directory” to get the download.

You will need to use your email address as listed in our directory to create a log-in the first time you use the directory online and via the mobile app.

Need help or have questions? Contact Lee Hauenstein, 603-321-5017 or [email protected]

Our Church Directory is powered by Instant Church Directory.

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Want to try handbells?  Join the choir for a “bell warm-up” on Thursdays, 7:00-7:30 in the Balcom Room.  We will be doing bell exercises and playing simple music to learn different bell techniques.  Did you play in the high school band or learn to play an instrument in your youth?  Bell warm-up is a chance to relive the fun.  No stress just fun with music, bells and chimes.

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Music in Worship This Week
Wednesday, February 14
Ash Wednesday
7:00 PM  First Schola 

Sunday, February 18, 2018
First Sunday in Lent
8:30     Decibells
10:00  Chancel Choir & Decibells

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Anne-Marie House – First Church’s next volunteer week at Anne-Marie House is February 11 – 17.  Contact Beth Raymond, 595-0053, or, for more information or to volunteer.

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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 – Remember, Sunday services are never cancelled. Please use your discretion if there is inclement weather.

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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: 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 Funeral Reception Committee is looking for people to donate cookies and/or other finger foods for funeral receptions.  People will be called on an as-needed basis.  If you are willing to help please go to Sign-Up Central and give us your contact information.  Many hands make light work.  Thank you for yours.

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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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The Ladies Lunch Bunch meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 12:30 PM.  The group will dine at Not Your Average Joe’s, 221 D.W. Hwy., on February 14.  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 Thrift 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).  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 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 

Next Interfaith Prayer Vigil – February 20th, 8:30 AM
Norris Cotton Federal Building, 275 Chestnut Street Manchester

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Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP) next meeting:
February 26th
6:00 PM at the Adult Learning Center – 4 Lake Street Nashua

We continue our work on the Moral Economy; Fight for $15 (minimum wage); Educational equity; and supporting our immigrant brothers and sisters.

All are welcome! Come to a meeting and learn how we all can make a difference in our community.

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NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is offering a FREE 12-week class at First Church starting Monday, March 5 at 6:00 PM.  This is an educational course for families and friends of individuals over the age of 17 who live with a mental illness.  For information or to register contact Pam Burns, [email protected] or 888-6219.

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 2018 PLUS Pride Basketball Team – The PLUS Company is looking for volunteers to join their Unified Basketball Program to play alongside their Special Olympic athletes. Practices are held on Thursday nights from 6-7:15 PM or 7:15-8:30 PM (depending on which team they are on) at St. Philip’s Greek Orthodox Church, 500 West Hollis Street in Nashua.

Contact Leni Hodgins, [email protected] or 603-889-0652, x124 for more information.

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Looking ahead…

February 14:
Ash Wednesday

February 19:
President’s Day, Church Office closed

February 20:
Rev. Andy’s Lenten Study begins

February 25:
Pretzels

March 4:
New Member Orientation

March 11:
New Members Join; Irish Brunch; DST begins

March 18:
Youth Sunday

March 25:
Palm Sunday

April 1:
Easter

 

 


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