Bulletin 12-November-2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017 – Saturday, November 18, 2017
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
8:30: Worship
10:00: Worship, Sunday School & Childcare
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13
Apocalypse or Progress?
Rev. Dr. Andrew W. Armstrong
Music: First Folk

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER

Today in the Sunday School     October 22, 2017

Today is the 23rd 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 

All classes will go directly to Shaw Chapel following the Children’s Message to meet with Rev. Ken and then return to their classrooms. 

  • Pre-school classes will learn the story of Noah. Genesis 6-10
  • First grade will learn about David and Goliath. 1 Samuel 17:1-58
  • 2nd grade will learn about the Exodus.  Exodus 11-17
  • Third-Fifth graders will begin their unit on Advent with Mary. Luke 1:26-38
  • 6th grade will learn about Prayer.
  • MAD will meet in the Library with Rev. Ken

There is a Teachers’ Meeting today at 11:30 AM 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

  • 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

  • Light-n-Glow – On Wednesday, November 22 at 11 AM, grab your friends and bring them with you to lunch and GlowBowling at Leda Lanes.  The group will be back at the church at 2 PM.  Bring $20 cash or a check payable to First Church.  Sign up by contacting Rev. Ken or by visiting the CE Corner in Fellowship Hall.
  • Operation Elf – Right after the 11 AM worship service on Sunday, December 10, join us for lunch in the dining room followed by shopping for children’s gifts and a scavenger hunt at Pheasant Lane Mall.  We’ll return to the dining room to wrap presents and enjoy ice cream sundaes!  The event will conclude at 5 PM.  In addition to having a great time with your friends, you’ll be helping needy children – and performing hours of community service — as the wrapped gifts will go to families served by the Nashua Soup Kitchen.  Sign up by contacting Rev. Ken or visiting the CE Corner in Fellowship Hall.

More information is available at the Christian Education Corner.

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current

 Please stop by the In-Reach table and take a small American flag in honor of Veteran’s Day and for all active duty military.  We honor your service to our country and pray for a safe journey home.

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The Holiday Fair continues today, following both worship services. Shop for decorations, ornaments, wreaths, pickles and preserves, and more.  Remember, all proceeds go to the ministers’ discretionary fund.

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Nauss Hall Players present Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays” today at 2:00 PM.  It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, played by Don Smith-Weiss, 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.  Performers include Marty Guild, Jon Smith, Linda Marquis, Jim Stone, Alise Hall, Shana Dodge and Yvonne Laurie.

Jazz First will provide wonderful music before the show and during intermission.

Tickets are $8.00 for seniors and children and $10.00 for adults and are available after church or by calling the church office.

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Pick a Party to Ignite Your Passion – The Stewardship Committee of The First Church invites you to meet the new Ministry Team, visit with others and share our passion for the church!

Remaining parties will be held today,12:45 PM: Dessert gathering before the play and Friday, November 17th, 7:00 PM: Family Sing-a-long and Dessert at the church

Sign up by calling the church office at 882-4861.

The Stewardship Committee of The First Church:  Rev. Andy, Erin Almeda, Tony Caruso, Peter Chaloner, Jay Darrin, Kathie McIntyre, Fred McManus, Charlie Morris and  Susan Testa

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Rx Relax Yoga classes – The last class for the first session will be held on Monday, November 13, 2:00 PM. The class will extend a ½ hour longer, to include a deeper guided relaxation. Bring a floor mat for this class. Certified yoga instructor, Dr. Heather Tallman Ruhm is the leader.

The second 4-week session will be held 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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Looking for handbell ringers – The Decibells Handbell Choir needs at least three (or more) new ringers.  Please contact Joe directly or the music office for more information. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays at 7:30 PM.

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In-Reach has a Gratefulness/Thankfulness Tree located very near the In-Reach table.  Please stop by and write something you are grateful/thankful for and put your written leaf in the basket.  We will attach them to our tree for you.  This “seasonal tree” will be growing for the next few weeks.  Stop by every week if you’d like; it grows with new leaves every time we add more grateful/thankful thoughts.

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The Annual Holiday Stroll will be held on Saturday, November 25. Volunteers are needed to act as hosts at First Church for the evening. It’s a fun event and the volunteers get to see 3 great performances.  Please contact Sue Englander in the church office, if you can help.

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Deposits are due for The Annual Winter Retreat!  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.  The retreat is filling 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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Annual Holiday Cookie Sale with a Twist! – Coming Sunday, December 3rd: the annual holiday cookie sale to benefit the Mission Trip Fund. Put on your apron and baking caps and enter your favorite cookies. This year there will be prizes for the most creative, tastiest and prettiest cookies. They will be judged prior to the morning sales by a team of secret judges.

There is a signup sheet for cookies at the CE Corner.

Please bring your cookies to the parlor before the 9:00 AM service on December 3. Cookies will be judged and will be on sale after the 9:00 and 11:00 AM services.  As always, your plate of cookie selections will be wrapped and tied with a bow.

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White Dove/Silver Dove Christmas Program sign-ups begin on November 19 and continue on November 26 and December 3. This program helps many families and senior citizens in the community with gifts and a meal for Christmas who might otherwise be alone and forgotten on this holiday. For many families in our church, participating in the WDSD program has become a very important part of their own Christmas tradition. If you have any questions, please call Carol Butler (889-6420). If you are not able to participate in the general program but would be willing to donate food to supplement what is given to these families, please contact Carol.

Help is need with loading the cars and/or delivering the gifts to the families on Sunday, December 17, after the 11 AM service. Please contact Carol if you can lend a hand. The more people we have involved in the delivery process, the easier it is. It does move quickly when we have lots of people to load and deliver!!

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Outreach Focus for November – The Front Door Agency

The Front Door Agency is celebrating its 30th anniversary in offering support and providing services to assist families in transition from crisis to self-sufficiency.  The Transitional Housing Program at the Front Door Agency positively impacts homeless single mothers, who are at twice the federal poverty level, and their children.  Through a “hand up” approach, they provide each client with affordable housing, extensive case management, educational opportunities, life-skills training, and critical supportive services; all the tools to achieve self-sufficiency.  Education is a key component of this program as every mother is required to enroll in and complete a formal secondary education or job-skills training program.  In the past year, the program served 30 families; 87% reported a history of domestic violence and 27% reported a history of substance abuse disorder.  Program clients constantly work to overcome tremendous personal issues and barriers to self-sufficiency.  The program works with them in providing the tools, direction and supports necessary to conquer obstacles in order to move forward.

First Church has been a supporter of The Front Door Agency for many years and is very happy that we, as a faith community, are able to do this.  There are two opportunities available to help with.  The first is to donate items needed, which are as follows: AA & AAA Batteries, flashlights with batteries, twin size sheet sets, and comforters (women’s bedding and kids bedding themes are appreciated), twin size mattress pads/covers, Laundry baskets & Laundry detergent, shower caddies, cleaning supplies (disinfectant wipes; Fantastic; etc.), tissues & toilet paper, children’s cold medicine, adult cold medicine.  These items may be left in the containers at the Outreach Booth in Fellowship Hall.

The second opportunity is to share our time during The Front Door Agency’s upcoming Holiday Program.  Volunteers are needed to accept holiday gifts for families at the Nashua Marriott on the following days and times:

Wednesday, December 13: 9-12 & 2-4
Thursday, December 14: 9-12 & 2-4
Friday, December 15: 9-12 & 2-4
Monday, December 18: 9-12 & 2-4

Volunteers must be able to lift up to 25 lbs. If interested in volunteering, email Nancy at 816-0322 or [email protected]

We are thankful for The Front Door Agency and the services it provides to women and children when faced with life situations that often seem hopeless, as well as the opportunity to share our resources.  The gifts that are shared by First Church provide them with a glimmer of hope and encouragement and allow us to put our faith in action by loving our neighbors (literally) as we love ourselves.  If you have any questions about this Outreach mission, please see Grace Lambert or Monica Gallant.

Join the folks at The Front Door Agency for an open house on Sunday, December 17 from 11:15 AM -12:30 PM at their Norwell Transitional Housing site, 12 Concord St.  Come see first-hand how our church outreach support impacts families.  Hot cocoa, coffee and holiday cookies will be served. RSVP to Kara at [email protected]

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Thanksgiving Meal for Title 1 Preschool Students – On Monday, November 20, we will be working with some of the teachers of the Title 1 Preschool to prepare and serve a Thanksgiving meal to their students.  Meal preparation will begin in the kitchen in the morning; lunch will be served at 11 AM.  If you’re available to help prepare and/or serve the meal, please contact Rev. Ken in the church office.

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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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Help us recycle our coffee cups! Instead of throwing out the cup inserts at coffee hour, please toss your EMPTY cups in the bin marked RECYCLE YOUR CUPS HERE. Thank you!

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

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Music in Worship Next Week
Sunday, November 19
Thanksgiving Sunday/Stewardship Sunday
8:30
Decibells
Katie Lyon-Pingree, harp

10:00
Decibells
Chancel Choir
Katie Lyon-Pingree, harp
Joyful Noise

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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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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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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.  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 with Rev. Andy is on break and will resume in the spring semester.

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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 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 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 Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP) is having its annual meeting on Sunday, November 12th, 2-4:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 58 Lowell Street, Nashua.  We expect some special guests and truly inspirational speeches this year!

The Annual Meeting is an opportunity to reflect on and evaluate our shared work over the last year. It is a time to plan together around immigrant solidarity, educational and housing equity, living wages and other Moral Economy issues. This is a chance for us to come together and make effective change in our state while connecting with one another on our shared values. All are welcome!

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Looking ahead…. 

Change in December worship times
Mark your calendars!!!

 December 3
9:00am:    Worship
11:00am:  Worship, Sunday School & nursery care

December 10
9:00am:    Worship Christmas at First (nursery care)
11:00am:  Worship Christmas at First, Sunday School & nursery care

December 17
9:00am:    Worship
11:00am:  Worship & Christmas Pageant during worship & nursery care
(Students need to be in classrooms by 10:30) 

December 24
9:00am:    Worship (no Sunday School or nursery care)
5:00pm:    Family Service
7:00pm:    Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols
11:00pm:  Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols

December 31
8:30am:    Worship
10:00am:  Worship (no Sunday School or nursery care)

 

 


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