Bulletin 14-January-2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018 – Saturday, January 20, 2018
Second Sunday after Epiphany
8:30am: Worship
10:00am: Worship, Sunday School, Childcare
1 Samuel 3:1-10; John 1:43-51
Always Personal, but Never Private
Rev. Dr. Andrew W. Armstrong
Music: Chancel Choir & First Folk

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER

Today in the Sunday School     January 14, 2018

Today is the 2nd 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.

  • 3 yr. olds-K will hear about Jesus in the Temple. Luke 2:41-52
  • 1st grade will hear about the meaning of Epiphany. Matthew 2:1-12
  • 2nd grade will learn about the Flight into Egypt. Matthew 2:13-15
  • Grades 3-5 will continue their unit on The 10 Commandments, learning about God is #1. Exodus 20:1-4
  • The MAD students will meet in room 9 after the Children’s Story.

College Seminar – All High School juniors and sophomores and their parents are invited to a seminar, Getting Started on Your College Search, led by Craig Plummer on Sunday, January 28, 11:30 AM-2:00 PM, in Room 10.

The Christian Education Board will provide lunch at no cost for students and parents.  Sign up at the CE Corner in Fellowship Hall or call the church office at 882-4861 no later than January 22. PRE REGISTRATION FOR THIS FREE LUNCHEON AND SEMINAR IS A MUST. You will not want to miss this opportunity to gain from Craig’s vast experience as a high school guidance counselor and professional consultant.  Many families pay a great deal of money for such services; Craig generously offers his time and expertise to you as a member of First Church. 

Annual Sunday School Food Drive – January 28:  This year’s donations will help End 68 Hours of Hunger, a program that 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.

Valentine Packages – It is time to start updating your college students’ mailing addresses for Valentine packages. All addresses from Halloween have been INACTIVATED and you MUST let me know if it is the same or if it has changed. The deadline is February 4. MAD will pack the boxes on February 11.  Please send addresses to [email protected]

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current 

Biddeford Retreat Reminder – The remainder of the balance is due by January 15. Thank you.

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French Toast Brunch – January 21, 2018, 11:30 AM, hosted by the In-Reach committee.  Bring your families and join us in the dining room.  On the menu: Cranberry Apple French Toast, Apple Raisin French Toast, and Peanut Butter & Jelly.  A gluten free option will be available upon request.

Sign up at Sign-up Central, if you would like to attend and if you can help.  Contact Dianne Smigliani, [email protected] or 886-2897, if you have any questions.

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12th Annual First Church Chili Contest – Sunday February 4 – Start working on your recipes!  All types of chili are welcome – spicy, mild, sweet, exotic, vegetarian, etc. This year, the one that sells the most will be the winner! All proceeds will benefit the Mission Trip Fund. Participants should register at the CE Corner and pick up details of the contest. Please contact Diane Matthes at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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Celebration Sunday – February 11, 2018

Sunday February 11, 2018 will be an historic and special Sunday for First Church.  We will have one service at 10:00 AM, followed by the 2018 Annual Meeting in the Sanctuary.  After the annual meeting, we will adjourn directly to the new Dining Room to celebrate the successful conclusion of the latest Capital Campaign.  A scrumptious roast beef dinner with all the fixings (alternatives will also be provided) will be hosted by the Kitchen Kabinet and the Capital Campaign Committee.  There will be no charge for this meal; however, we would ask you to sign up to ensure that we have the proper amount of food and beverage.  Register at Sign-up Central, call the church office, 882-4861, or email [email protected]  We will be joined by some of the representatives of our Outreach component of the Capital Campaign, including the Front Door, the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, and the Family Promise (aka Anne-Marie House).

Please join us in our special Sunday on February 11th.  If you would like to help with the festivities, please contact Joe Glajch or Don Dillaby

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Music in Worship Next Week
Sunday, January 21
8:30 & 10:00 First Chamber

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Annual Mitten Tree Drive – Everyone is invited to participate in this important community service by donating one pair of child size mittens – made or purchased – to our mitten tree.  The mittens are distributed to children in need through the Amherst St. School, Mt. Pleasant School, and Adult Learning Center.  HELP KEEP LITTLE HANDS WARM.  Please bring your mittens by Sunday January 28. You may leave them in the basket next to the tree or put them on the tree yourselves (clips provided).

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Do you have too many Christmas decorations?  Are they taking up too much storage space?  First Church can help!  As you pack away your decorations, please remember we can use what you no longer want to keep.  We will recycle your goods to the New to You room for the 2018 Craft Fair.

Please place your items in the elevator entrance until the end of January and we will save them for the Fair.

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An extended use for our new kitchen and other fund raising ideas –The Entrepreneurial Team (aka E-Team) is exploring new ideas for areas within the church that are usually used minimally during the week.  We are looking at sharing kitchen space with our nonprofit partners (at no charge) as well as possibly opening our commercial kitchen to “for profit” operations where the church would collect a fee.  We are also looking at renting out other space for teaching businesses (think driving schools or other small businesses) and other creative ways to expand our outreach and perhaps developing an income stream.  The E-Team will be sure that any group coming in to use our meeting/class rooms, kitchen or dining room will meet our insurance standards and any legal requirements.  So…interested in starting your own cupcake business?  Perhaps a food truck?  Maybe renting space for your small office or giving lessons in a creative area you are passionate about?  If yes, please contact Caryl Sullivan for more information, 881-7322.

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Mission Trip Opportunity – A team of adults and Sr. High students will be working with Outreach360 in Jinotega, Nicaragua during the week of April 21-28, 2018. There are still some openings available. Please contact Rev. Ken for more information.

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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.  Greeting duties are as follows:

Arrive at 9:30 AM and greet (and maybe meet new people!) as they enter the sanctuary for the 10:00 am service.  That’s it!  This is a great opportunity to see friends and meet new members!

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Outreach Focus of the Month
Family Promise at the Anne-Marie House

Family Promise is a transitional housing program for families with children who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness.  The program provides shelter and meals for families while they are working on their goal to move on to their own homes.  Currently there are 7 guest families for a total of 21 people living at the AMH.  There is always a waiting list for this program.

Transitional housing programs require staff be present every day, all day.  This makes it an expensive program to staff.  The Family Promise Program relies on teams of volunteers from different faith communities to provide most of the weekly coverage.  First Church coordinates a team of volunteers for an assigned week.  First Church volunteers at AMH every seventh week.  Beth Raymond and Katharine Steer are the volunteer coordinators for First Church.

This past fall, a First Church Capital Campaign gift of $45,000.00 funded an important outreach project at the Anne-Marie House — the long-needed replacement of the heating boiler and hot water heater.  The new equipment is now operating and is providing efficient heating and fuel usage.  The fuel cost savings will be significant.

First Church volunteers installed pipe insulation and a boiler room exhaust fan as finishing touches on this wonderful project.

Combined with $50,000.00 gifted in 2016 for renovation and improvements in the Anne-Marie House dining room and kitchen, our original Capital Campaign goal of $100,000 for urgent Anne-Marie House projects is essentially achieved.

We always need more volunteers!  The Outreach Board is addressing that need with a month-long volunteer recruitment campaign.  Volunteer information and sign-up will be available after each worship service during the month of January at the Outreach Booth in Fellowship Hall.

First Church’s next volunteer week at AMH is February 11 – 17. 

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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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Pledge Envelopes – If you have requested 2018 pledge envelopes, they are available today at Sign-up Central.  If you would like to have envelopes, but did not check the box on your pledge card… you are not too late!  Please put your name on the sheet at Sign-up Central and they will be ready for you next Sunday.

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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

The Bible, Friends, and Coffee Bible 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.  There is no class on January 15.

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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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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 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.  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.

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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 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 

Next Interfaith Prayer Vigil – January 16th, 8:30 AM
Norris Cotton Federal Building – 275 Chestnut Street Manchester

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Immigration Solidarity Network – January 16th, 10-12 noon
Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church
10 Elm Street, Manchester, NH

This is a faith-based group comprised of people from all parts of New Hampshire.  We stand in solidarity with all immigrants, refugees, Muslims, and others as they are impacted by an increase in immigration enforcement, heightened law enforcement or acts of hate.  We believe that all individuals are God’s children, no matter what their race, creed, country of origin or immigration status.  Join us for this monthly meeting and learn how we can support our immigrant neighbors.

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Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP)
next meeting January 22nd
(usually the third Monday, but honoring Dr. Martin Luther King
we are meeting a week later)
6 PM @ 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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Looking ahead…

January 15:
Martin Luther King, Jr Day, Church Office closed
Biddeford Retreat final payments due
Annual Reports due

January 21:
French Toast Brunch

January 26-28:
Biddeford Retreat

January 28:
College Seminar

February 4:
Chili Contest

February 11:
Annual Meeting/Capital Campaign Celebration

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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