Bulletin 15-April-2018

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Third Sunday of Easter
8:30 AM: Worship
10:00 AM: Worship, Sunday School & Childcare
Acts 3:12-19 1 John 3:1-7 Luke 24:36-48b
“He Showed Them his Hands and Feet”
Rev. Dr. Andrew Armstrong
Music: First Chamber & Joyful Noise

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER

Today in the Sunday School     April 15, 2018

Today is the third 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 yr. olds-Kindergarten will hear the Parable of the Lamp Under a Pot. Matt.5:14-16
  • 1st grade will hear the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Luke 15:11-32
  • 2nd grade will hear the story of Peter and John Healing. Acts 3:1-10
  • Grades 3-5 continue their unit on Paul, learning about the Power of Prayer. Acts 12:1-17
  • 6th grade will continue their lessons on the Parables.
  • MAD will meet in room 9 for a lesson with Rev. Ken.

Where are our college students going to school? Check out the bulletin board on the second floor landing of the Walker Building. Diane Matthes has done a beautiful display showing what our First Church college students are studying and where they are attending school. Stop by and view it.

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current

 Pretty in Pink! The Women’s Association will host a Spring Fling potluck supper and Yankee Swap titled “Pretty in Pink” on Monday, May 14, at 6:30 PM in the church dining room. All women are members of the Women’s Association. Wear something pink in celebration of spring (whenever it does arrive). We are to bring a gift (no more than $10) for the fun Yankee Swap. Bring a dish to share, be it a main dish, side dish or dessert. Please join us for an evening of great food, great fellowship, and fun! Sign up at Sign-up Central.

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The NSKS Run for Food & Shelter on Sunday April 8th was a huge success. Thank you to all our First Church friends who ran, walked and donated to our team. Our team has raised $1,211.00 to help support the programs at the Soup Kitchen. Several team highlights of the day included Shatia Ellison placing First in her division, and 4th place overall. Our team had a FIRST time 5k runner, a personal best for another runner, and many of our teammates enjoyed a wonderful day getting exercise and enjoying the finish line food! Rev. Andy ran a great time that included several 3’s….(Power of 3’s). We are already thinking about next year’s race.

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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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In-Reach is putting together Dine with Nine dinner groups. Last time we had several dinner groups going on at once. The groups usually meet on one Saturday a month and they last 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. One dinner group went long past the 3-4 months because they were having such a good time! 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 First Music Concert Series is holding “Pizza and Pistons”, a brass quintet of Symphony NH. The program will cater to the youngest audience members (elementary and junior high students) and will conclude with pizza for all concert attendees. Purchasing tickets ahead is recommended for this program. Tickets are on sale following worship services or through the church office during the week.

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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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The First Church Christmas Fair will be held on November 2nd and 3rd. Mark your calendars! In preparation for the fair, the craft group will begin their sessions on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30 PM in the dining room. The sessions are open to everyone who loves to craft! For more information, please contact Barbara Stone, [email protected] or 978-925-9015.

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Easter Appeal Update – We are very pleased to report that to date the Easter Appeal has surpassed $75,000 toward the boiler replacement expenses! It’s not too late to make your gift. Thank you for your tremendous support of our ministry together.

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Kitchen Training – The Kitchen Kabinet is hosting two opportunities to become trained in the usage of the kitchen/dining room operations: Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 PM and Monday, May 7 at 6:30 PM, before the board meetings. Those wishing to use the kitchen or dining room need to have gone through the training. Please sign-up at Sign-Up Central.

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First Church Spring Clean-Up…..Bring your shovels, rakes, and implements of destruction and join the Property Management group for the First Church grounds spring clean-up on Saturday April 21, 8:00 AM at First Church. Many hands make light work. If you have any questions, please call Doug Brenner at 603-493-5903. Rain date is April 28.

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Financial Freedom! What if you knew where all of your money was going each month? What if you were debt-free, investing, and making wise spending decisions? You can take control of your money and start planning for your future. Join Julia Manlogon, Ramsey Solutions Financial Coach, as she leads you thru Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University 9 week class, Thursdays, beginning April 26th, 7:00-8:30 PM in the dining room. The cost for materials is $109/family. Scholarships available (see Rev. Andy). Register and purchase your materials at http://www.fpu.com/1063529. If you have any questions, please contact Julia at 345-5997. Let her help you become debt-free, build wealth and make your dreams come true.

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The King and I – In-Reach has 20 tickets available to see the Lincoln Center Theater production of “The King and I” on Sunday, May 20, at 1:00 PM at The Hanover Theater in Worcester, MA. The group price for these is $45 per person (checks payable to First Church).   With such a limited supply of tickets, please make your reservation ASAP if you are interested in going. Once we have a list of who is going we will try to put together a carpool. All ticket monies must be received by Sunday, April 15. Information and reservations are at Sign-up Central or by contacting Susan Testa at 888-0961.

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A Request from the Church Office – When you ring the courtyard doorbell, please identify yourselves. Please don’t be offended when we ask who you are. Sometimes you may be too far away from the camera- yes, there is a camera just below the doorbell- or the lighting isn’t good, you may be wearing a hat or hood, or we just don’t recognize you. Also, for security reasons, the Title 1 door inside the courtyard lobby is now locked during school hours.

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Money Matters…. Did you know? Do you put cash donations in the collection plate on Sundays? If so, be sure to put your cash in an envelope with your name on it so that we can apply it to your giving. This is especially helpful if you have pledged, or if you give weekly. We want to make sure you receive credit for your contributions since your accumulated donations are reflected on your giving statements. If you have any questions, please contact Dianne Smigliani in the church office. She will be happy to help answer any questions!

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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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Donations for the children of Nicaragua: The Mission Trip Team is looking for donation to take to Nicaragua in April. Items needed include: World Map and Atlases, Arts and crafts supplies, Bilingual Books or games for Children (Spanish-English), Can opener (HEAVY DUTY manual), Vegetable Peelers – HEAVY DUTY, Peanut Butter (plastic jar), Shower curtains & rings – HEAVY DUTY, NOT SEE THROUGH, Sports supplies( deflated balls, pumps and needles, skipping ropes)

A complete list of needed supplies is available in Fellowship Hall near the donation box.

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Music in Worship Next Week
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Fourth Sunday of Easter

8:30    Decibells
10:00  Chancel Choir & Decibells

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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 through April 30. The sessions will be facilitated by Rev. Jami and Rev. Ken. No sign-up is required. If you have a Bible, bring it; if not, one will be supplied for you.

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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.

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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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Handbell Warm-up: Thursday 7:00-7:30 PM (on the nights Decibells practice). We will be doing bell exercises and playing simple music to learn different bell techniques. No stress just fun with music, bells and chimes. Check This Week at First Church in your bulletin for rehearsal dates.

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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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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 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 

Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP) meeting
April 16th (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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Interfaith Prayer Vigils:
April 17th, 8:30 to 10:00 AM
May 1st, 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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NHCUCC Women’s Fellowship Spring Gathering
“A Seat at the Table”
Speakers: Bonnie Gardner & BJ Lates
April 28, 2018 – 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Deerfield Community Church, UCC – Deerfield, NH
Contact Trudie at 603-828-4200 or [email protected]
for more information.

 


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