Bulletin 16-April-2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017 – Saturday, April 22, 2017
The Festival of Easter
9:00 AM: “An Easter for All the Senses”
Rev. Dr. Andrew W. Armstrong
John 20: 1-18
11:00 AM: “Shocking”
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey C. Evans
Childcare available at both services for infants-age 5
Music: Chancel Choir & First Brass

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current 

Thank you to all those who supported the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter’s road race last Sunday. Team First Church had 26 runners and walkers entered in the race and $1650 was raised for the cause.  Stay tuned for race results!

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Kitchen Training – The Kitchen Kabinet is planning a kitchen training session, covering safe food handling, sanitation and kitchen equipment operation for Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 PM.  If you would like to attend or if you have any questions, please contact Don Dillaby at [email protected] or 888-2766.

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First Church Spring Clean-up – The Prudential Committee and Property Management invite folks to join them in doing a clean-up of the church grounds on Saturday, April 22, beginning at 8:00 AM (rain date, April 29). This is a great opportunity for some volunteer work and good fellowship with other church members.  Bring a rake or shovel if you can; they will provide all the rest, including coffee and donuts!!  Come one, come all, for an hour or the entire morning.  Last spring, 20+ volunteers participated and the job was finished by noon.  Sign up today in Fellowship Hall or contact Joe Glajch (Chair, Property Management) at: [email protected]

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Faith Promise at Anne-Marie House – First Church volunteers at AMH the week of April 23, 2017.  Contact Beth Raymond, [email protected] or 595-0053, to sign up.

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Lenten Appeal – First Church has focused this year on “Igniting your Passion for God.” If you haven’t done so already, please to be sure to join others with your own response to the Lenten Appeal. Your gifts and prayers are sure to warm your heart and bless our fellowship for all that’s coming in 2017.

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Epilepsy Support Group – If you are or someone you know is affected by epilepsy, save the date for Epilepsy Foundation New England’s new support group, on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM, beginning on Tuesday, April 25, right here at First Church.  Kindly RSVP to Susan Linn at [email protected].

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Church World Service (CWS) Hygiene Kits – In the face of natural disasters, violence, or grinding poverty, hygiene kits can mean the difference between sickness and health for struggling families. Instead of layettes, CWS is requesting donation of hygiene kits and our Outreach Board is asking for the congregation’s help with this. Stop by the Outreach booth for a complete list of items needed to fill the kits. Items need to be returned by May 14th.

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First Church Ornaments will be on sale by the Mission Trip Task Force, Sunday April 23, April 30 and May 7, in Fellowship Hall after both services. This fundraiser will benefit future mission opportunities. These ornaments make great Confirmation and Graduation gifts, Christmas ornaments, gifts for all occasions. The cost is $25.00, includes the ornament and stand.

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Horton Center is now accepting reservations for its 2017 summer programs for adults and youth. More information and registration can be found online at www.hortoncenter.org.

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Opportunities for Heifer Farm – Space is still available for Heifer Farm this summer, July 30-August 3 for incoming 6th-8th graders. The $75.00 deposits are now due.  Senior High students are invited to participate in a Heifer Farm 3-day weekend November 3-5, 2017.  The $50.00 deposits are due April 16th.  For more information, contact Deb Hoyt at [email protected] or 882-4861.

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MUSIC IN WORSHIP NEXT SUNDAY
April 23, 2017
Second Sunday of Easter
8:30 & 10:00   First Chamber

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Church Happenings and Outreach – Ongoing

The Bible, Friends, and Coffee Bible Study meets every Monday, 9:30-11:00 AM in room 15, in the Walker Building. The discussion group is facilitated by Rev. Jeff and Rev. Andy.  No sign-up is required.  If you have a Bible, bring it; if not, one will be supplied for you.

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Pulpit Flowers – If you would like to provide flowers for the pulpit, sign up on the chart in Fellowship Hall or contact the church office. Flower arrangements can be purchased from your favorite florist or can be created from flowers you’ve purchased or grown.

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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 pews and in the basket at the back of the sanctuary.  Simply place it in the offering plate.

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Rev. Andy’s Drop-in Hours are held on Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 PM at Riverwalk Café.

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The Craft Group meets on the third Wednesday of the month 6:30 – 8:00 PM in the dining room. The next session will be held on April 19. We welcome anyone who is interested in crafting for the November 3 – 5, 2017 Christmas Fair. The fair is a ministry of fellowship and service.  Fair proceeds help those in need through our ministers’ Pastoral Aid Fund. We would love to add new talent and items this year.  If you have any questions or ideas, please contact Jocelyn Henning at 880-1839.

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The Caregiver’s Support Group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 2:00 PM in the Family Room next to the Shaw Chapel. Contact the church office or Rev. Andy with any questions.

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First Church directory – If you have yet to submit a picture of you/your family for the church directory, you can do so at [email protected] If you have any questions, please call Lee Hauenstein at 888-5829 or Sue Haas at 889-1326. Don’t be left out of the directory. An information sheet can be found at the In-Reach table.

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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, [email protected], or 886-8665, for more information.

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The Ladies Lunch Bunch meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 12:30 PM. All First Church women- members and friends- are welcome to attend.  Contact Arlene Richmond, [email protected] or 943-7970, for more information.

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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 Thrift Shop is open on Thursdays, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM and the first Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-Noon. Donations of women’s and children’s SPRING AND SUMMER, clean and in good repair, and accessories, costume jewelry, and knick knacks may be left in the marked bin in the lobby at the courtyard entrance between 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday, or on Sunday.  Please take winter items to the Salvation Army.  Contact the church office with any questions.

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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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Community Happenings 

Helping Our Immigrant Neighbors – The Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP) has hosted several events for discussion of supporting undocumented immigrants who live in fear of deportation and separation of family member. These meetings have been mainly attended by representative of churches from all parts of New Hampshire as well as members of the immigrant community.  The Nashua group will be meeting on Tuesday, April 18th at 6:30 PM at St. Aloysius Gonzaga (48 West Hollis).  Come and learn how we can help our immigrant neighbors in this very stressful time.

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Nashua Prevention Coalition Hosts Youth Summit – Greater Nashua students in grades 6 – 9 are invited to participate in a fun, interactive Youth Summit at the Nashua Community College on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 8:30 AM-2:00 PM.  The theme for the day is “Make Every Day Count.”  Visit www.NashuaCares.org for more information.

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House of Faith Tours –
Getting to Know Our Neighbor’s Tradition
The Nashua Area Interfaith Council invites folks to visit the
following faith communities to learn about them and tour their worship space:
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
214 Main St., Nashua
Sunday, May 7: 1:00-2:30 PM
Temple Beth Abraham, 4 Raymond St., Nashua
Thursday, June 8: 6:30-8:00 PM

 

 


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