Bulletin 13-May-2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Seventh Sunday of Easter
8:30 AM:  Worship
10:00 AM: Worship, Sunday School & Childcare
John 17: 6-19
“Not of the World”
Rev. Dr. Andrew W. Armstrong
Music: First Folk, Chapel Chimers & Joyful Noise

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER 

Today in the Sunday School     May 13, 2018

Today is the seventh Sunday of Easter. The color is white.

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

  • 3 year olds-K will hear about the Fruits of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23
  • 1st and 2nd grade will hear about the Gifts of the Spirit. Acts 2:1-47
  • Grades 3-5 will finish their unit on Paul
  • 6th grade will work on the Children’s Day program.
  • MAD will meet with Rev. Ken in room 9.

Vacation Bible School craft items needed – Please see the poster at the CE Corner for items being collected for VBS.

Youth Group for High Schoolers – Sundays, May 20 and June 10 – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Join us for these fun-filled times of friendship, food, and frolicking.  We’ll gather right after the 10 AM worship service to enjoy gregarious group games, boisterous bonding activities, thrilling lessons, and meaningful discussions on a variety of relevant topics.  Pizza and other tasty snacks will be provided as well!  At the same time that our group will be meeting, Rev. Andy has offered to lead activities for your parents as well.

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current

The Bible, Friends, and Coffee Bible is on break for the summer months.  An informal study group will meet on May 14, June 11, July 16 and August 13 in the library at 9:30 AM. Contact Mary Beth Glajch at [email protected] or the church office with any questions.

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“Pretty in Pink”, the Women’s Association Spring Fling potluck supper and Yankee Swap will be held on Monday, May 14, at 6:30 PM in the dining room.  All women are members of the Women’s Association.  It’s not too late to sign up!  Wear something pink in celebration of spring. Bring a gift (no more than $10) for the swap.  Bring a dish to share (main dish, side dish or dessert).  Join us for an evening of great food, great fellowship, and fun!  Sign up at Sign-up Central.

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Calling all Graduates!  Is there a college graduate or a graduate with an advanced degree in your family this year?  Please send their information to Sue Englander, by May 14, so we can acknowledge them in the June newsletter.

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The June Newsletter Deadline is May 14.  Send your articles to Sue Englander.

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Would you like to provide flowers for the pulpit?  There are several dates available through August. 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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Electronic Recycling Fundraiser – Saturday, May 19, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM –Bring your old electronic equipment to the church to be responsibly recycled.  A modest fee will be charged per item with a portion going to the Mission Trip Fund.  Computers, phones, radios, TVs monitors, wires and more will be accepted.  A complete list of accepted items is available at the CE Corner in Fellowship Hall.

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Save the Date!  Saturday, May 19th:  First Church friends and families are invited to “Faith and Family Night” with the NH Fisher Cats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in ManchesterGame Time: 6:35 PM – Music and Q & A with the team players before the game (5:45-6:30). NH Fisher Cats VS (Rev. Andy’s hometown) Binghamton Rumble Ponies – Fireworks after the game!

Do not miss this fun evening of baseball, music and friends.  Sign up at Sign-up Central if you plan to attend.  A minimum of 20 participants are required to take advantage of the discounted ticket rate of $9.00 per person.  Tickets are on sale after the worship services.

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Church Forum with Rev. Andy: “You, Me and the UCC” – In this forum Rev. Andy will share with you a brief history of the UCC and explain why our UCC churches are so different from one another, and how it is that so many good and faithful churches find themselves in conflict between and among themselves.  Most importantly, what does this mean for First Church in our 333rd year of ministry?

The first forum will take place on May 20 at 11:30 AM following worship in Nauss Hall.  This forum will be repeated on Tuesday May 22 at 7:00 PM in the dining room.

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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 first ride of 2018 will take place at the Londonderry Rail Trail, Sunday May 20th at 2:00 PM.  From Rockingham Road (Route 28), turn onto Sanborn Road; parking is available in the parking lot for North Londonderry Elementary School (19 Sanborn Road).  The schedule can be found 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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Outreach Focus of the Month: Adult Learning Center (ALC)
Each year First Church provides financial support to the ALC.
Did you know that through the work of the ALC…

  • 87 teenagers who struggled to succeed in traditional high school, continued their education at Clearway Alternative High School; 17 earned a high school diploma or HiSET (High School Equivalency Test, formerly GED)?

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The First Music Concert Series will present “Nashua Plays: Local Organists in Concert” on Sunday, June 3 at 4PM. This concert will include local organists from multiple households of faith and will feature our Anderson Memorial Organ. This free concert is underwritten through the Huber Family Trust.

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One Great Hour of Sharing – A gift to OGHS enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. Envelopes were included in the May newsletter and are also available in the pew racks. Please place them in the offering plate on Sunday or return them to the church office by the end of May.

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Men’s Choir to Sing on Father’s Day – All men of the church are invited to join in the tradition of singing on Father’s Day, June 17.  The rehearsal schedule: Thursday, May 31: 7:30 PM, Tuesday, June 5: 7:00 PM, Thursday, June 7:  7:30 PM, Sunday, June 10: 11:30 AM, Thursday, June 14:  7:30 PM 

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Joseph in the music office.

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Houston Mission Trip Set for June 23-30 – A team of youth (current high school students) and adults from First Church will be traveling to Texas this summer to help families recover from damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.  If you or any friends are interested in learning more about the trip please contact Rev. Ken, [email protected] or 882-4861.

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The First Church Thrift Shop will close for the season on Thursday, June 7th.  Thank you to everyone who contributed gently used women’s and children’s clothing this year.  We are accepting summer clothing until June 1st.

THERE WILL NOT BE A RUMMAGE SALE THIS YEAR, so we are not collecting items this spring. Please take your clothing and household items to Goodwill, the Salvation Army or Savers.

The 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).

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In-Reach is organizing Dine with Nine dinner groups.  The groups usually meet on one Saturday a month for about 3-4 months.  Hosting will rotate.  The host chooses a “theme” or a country-based menu and everyone in the group contributes something towards the meal.  If you would to participate and/or host, sign up at Sign-Up Central.  Any questions, call Sue Haas at 889-1326.

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The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter delivers dinner to hungry kids through their new Nashua Meals for Kids program.  Currently, 700 meals are delivered each week through Dr. Crisp Elementary School, the Title 1 Preschool program here at First Church, and the Major Drive apartments.  The NSK&S needs 300 people to sponsor a child at $30 a month.  Our Outreach Committee will be donating funds to this program but they need more.  If you are interested in donating, please email Michael Reinke at [email protected], or send a check to PO Box 3116, Nashua, NH, 03061.  Thanks for helping to feed hungry kids in Nashua!

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“Sunday Mornings with Andy Armstrong” airs every Sunday morning at 7:00 AM on WSMN.  A link is provided on our webpage, under Upcoming Events, so our First Church members, friends, and students can remain connected to us anywhere in the world.

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e-News Updates – Do you want to keep up-to-date on sermon topics, events and activities at First Church?  Sign up today at Sign-up Central to receive First Church e-News.  Included will be information on upcoming sermons, choirs and guest musicians, Christian Education news, brunches, classes and events.  Contact Dianne Smigliani with any questions.

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Music in Worship Next Week
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Pentecost
8:30 & 10:00    Chancel Choir & Decibells

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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 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.  Please call ahead!

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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 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 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.  Contact Arlene Richmond, [email protected] or 943-7970, for more information. All women of the church 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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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 

Support The Front Door Agency and enjoy a Broadway play!  Get your tickets now!  Broadway Comes To NH: “Love Letters” – Join the Front Door Agency as they welcome Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years” and most recently “This is Us”) and Wendie Malick (“Hot in Cleveland” and co-star on “This is Us” ) for two benefit performances of the critically acclaimed production of “Love Letters” by AR Gurney. This theatre production will be held Saturday, June 2 at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM. at Souhegan High School in Amherst.  All proceeds for this event will benefit the Front Door Agency, which serves people at risk of homelessness in Greater Nashua, with an emphasis on needy single moms.

To purchase tickets, visit www.tinyurl.com/loveletters18 , call the agency at (603) 886-2866 or reach out to Erin Almeda at 883-8132. There are a limited number of VIP Meet and Greet tickets at $100 for both performances – available only by calling in advance.

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Interfaith Prayer Vigils:
May 15th – 8:30 to 10:00 AM
June 5th – 8:30 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) meeting
May 21st (third Monday of the month)
6:00 PM, Adult Learning Center – 4 Lake Street Nashua

We are 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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