Bulletin 16-September-2018

Sunday, September 16, 2018
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
8:30 & 10:00 AM: Worship
10:00 AM: Sunday School & Childcare
James 3:1-12  Mark 8:27-38
“Word Power”
Rev. Dr. Andrew W. Armstrong
Music: First Chamber

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER

Today in the Sunday School     September 16, 2018

Today is the 17th 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 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 and 4 yr. olds will learn about caring for their Worship space.
  • K and 1st grade will learn about caring for their worship space and the colors of the church year.
  • Grade 2 will learn about the different seasons of the church year.
  • Grades 3-5 will learn about the timeline of the Bible.
  • 6th grade will start out with an overall review of the Bible..
  • MAD will meet in Nuass Hall and leave for apple picking at 10:00 AM. They will return to the church by 11:15.

3 year olds – 6th grade will go to Shaw Chapel after the children’s story to sing with Mr. Steve. 

FAMILY E-MAILS-In order to make sure that we reach all families with important information, we would like to have an email address for your family.  Church is never cancelled, but often times Sunday school might be if the weather is bad.  Also, rather than sending paper notices home, we would like to use email whenever possible: i.e. information about the Christmas pageant, Children’s Day, etc. Please fill in the form that will be sent home today and return it to the CE office or your child’s teacher at your earliest convenience.  These emails will not be given out and all emails sent will be blind copied so that your email addresses will be private.  Additional forms are available at the CE Corner in Fellowship Hall.  If you have questions, please contact Diane Matthes at [email protected]

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP – Sunday, September 23, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM  Join us for a fun-filled time of friendship, food, and frolicking.  Immediately following the 10 AM worship service, head to the fireside room for gregarious group games, boisterous bonding activities, a thrilling lesson, and meaningful discussion.  As always, you are encouraged to invite your non-member friends to join in on the fun! 

CANDLE LIGHTERS – Do you have a student in grades 3-8 that would like to be a candle lighter? They will train 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 882-4861.  Brochures and sign-up are available at the CE Corner in Fellowship Hall.

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current

Friendship Pads – Please take a moment to fill out the friendship pad located in your pews and pass it along so you can better know your neighbor.  If you have a confidential prayer, please use the pew card in the pew racks and return it to the prayer box at the back of the sanctuary.

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Registration for Joyful Noise (vocal choir for grades 2 – 6) and Chapel Chimers (chimes for Pre-K – grade 1) will be held today in Fellowship Hall.  See Cyndi Bliss and Denise Buck for more information.

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Caffeinated Christians Young Adults Group – TODAY, 1:30-3:00 PM at Terragia
First Church is working with the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd to offer a new group for young adults age 18-40.  We will gather for coffee and conversation on the third Sunday of each month at Terragia (100 Main Street).  At this month’s meeting we will be talking about “new beginnings” and picking out our first five topics for the program year.  This group celebrates the incredible diversity of God’s creation and welcomes people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and denominational backgrounds who are trying to figure out together how to follow Jesus’ way of love and justice in this world.  There is no need to sign up; just bring your questions, passions, frustrations, strivings, and hopes to this month’s installment of Caffeinated Christians!  Contact Rev. Ken if you have any questions.

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Apple Crisp!  Next Sunday, September 23, the irresistible aroma of fresh apple crisp will fill Fellowship Hall.  MAD (Make a Difference) students will be selling it following the 10:00 service. The students will make the crisp on Saturday in our church kitchen, under the guidance of Mike Cummings from Crosby’s bakery.  The funds raised will go to the Mission Trip Fund.

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Drop-in hours with Rev. Ken have resumed for the season.  Join him at Riverwalk Café (35 Railroad Square) on Wednesdays, from 1:30-3:30 PM for some casual conversation.

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“Keeping the Faith:  Sisters of the Story” presented by the NH UCC Peace with Justice Advocates is being held today at 2:00 PM at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.  In-Reach has 20 tickets available for the performance.  A three women performance demonstrates the peace and commonalities between us all.  A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew will each share their stories of their faith journey.  Tickets are available at the In-Reach table or through the church office.

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“Talk Forward” – Sermons are written, preached and heard.  They can also be discussed. Following the worship service on September 30th, you are invited to join Rev. Andy in the parlor to discuss the day’s sermon.  This and other opportunities like it will happen throughout the year to offer your feedback, reflections and insights.  We’ll begin once Rev. Andy has greeted our congregation.  No sign-up is needed.

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We want everyone to be included in the directory!  This is a valuable resource for the ministers and fellow parishioners.  If you missed Lee Hauenstein last week during the cookout, you may contact him to have your picture taken. More opportunities will be available in the coming weeks.

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The Church Office has resumed regular hours:  Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-Noon & 1:00- 4:00 PM; Sunday: 8:00 AM-Noon (closed during the 10:00 service).

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The Bible, Friends, and Coffee Bible Study meets every Monday (except holidays), 9:30-11:00 AM in room 15, in the Walker Building.  Rev. Andy, Rev. Ken and Rev. Jami facilitate the discussion group.  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 Heaven Study” with Rev. Andy meets on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 AM in the parlor (just off Fellowship Hall).  This ten-week course is sure to lift your soul to new heights.

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Chapel Vespers – Beginning Tuesday September 18th, and continuing every Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM through mid-November, this hour-long service will take place in Shaw Chapel.  Rev. Andy, Rev. Ken, and Rev. Jami will share this ministry and bring their own approach to each gathering.  Services will vary week to week, but most will include scripture, meditation, a simple message, prayer, silence, music, and an invitation to healing.  No need to sign up, we’ll be there. Come as you are and feel free to bring a friend.

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The family of Kay Doody extends an invitation to attend her memorial service on Thursday, September 20 at 11:00 AM, with a reception to follow.

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United Way of Greater Nashua (UWGN) United We Sleep to End Hunger and Homelessness – Friday, September 21-Saturday, September 22

Help the homeless residents in the greater Nashua area.  Board members, Peter Chaloner and Rev. Andy, are looking for people to sleep in a box overnight on the lawn of the Nashua Community College.  Contact Peter at 603-881-3657 or [email protected] to sign up. If you are unable to sleep out, please consider making a donation.  For more information, visit www.tinyurl.com/uws2018.

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Fill the Box with Socks – UWGN is also running a program to collect socks for the homeless.  Socks are the #1 needed item in local shelters.  A laundry basket will be located at the Outreach booth area for donations of socks of all types- wool, dress, kid’s…  If you would to like help, please drop them off by September 21.  The socks will be distributed to local agencies and area schools.

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The First Music Advertising Campaign for the 2018-2019 First Music Concert Series season booklet is ongoing.  Please consider helping subsidize the cost of our Series’ print materials through an ad sponsorship.
The book also contains vital information about the church community and its music history, as a resource to newcomers at our concert programs.
For more information, contact a member of the Music Committee or Jennifer Hotham at [email protected].

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The thrift shop will open for the season on Thursday, October 4.  Fall and winter clothing for women (all sizes, jeans, pants, sweaters, suits, dresses, jackets and coats) and children (baby and boys and girls up to size 14), clean and in good repair, may be left in the marked bin in the lobby at the courtyard entrance.  Costume jewelry, pocketbooks and accessories, and small knickknacks are also needed.
Volunteers are always welcome! Contact Gale Cummings, 883-2278, to see how you can help.

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The First Church Inaugural Golf Tournament
Wednesday, October 3, 8:00 AM at Green Meadow Golf Club in Hudson

Sign up as an individual or as teams of four at Sign-up Central.  Not a golfer?  You can sign up to join us for lunch, only!  Proceeds from the tournament will benefit our local outreach partners including Thank You Project, Nashua’s Crop Hunger Walk, and Family Promise of Greater Nashua. Rev. Jim and Rev. Jeff will attend in anticipation of their designation as pastors emeriti.

Golf package: $125/golfer; Lunch, only: $20/person – Contact the church office for more information.

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First Church volunteers at the Anne-Marie House the week of October 14.  Become a Family Promise volunteer!  Contact Katharine Steer, 889-1139 or [email protected], or Beth Raymond, 595-0053 or [email protected] for more information.

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The First Church Christmas Craft Fair – November 2nd and 3rd
Below are some ways you can help!

  • Silent Auction donations – If you have an item you wish to donate or have any questions about making a donation, please contact Sarah Creaney at 603-921-1009 or [email protected]
  • Homemade food items – If you prepare preserves and pickled vegetables this summer, consider making some extra to donate to the fair. These types of items are always popular with fair-goers.  Contact Barbara Stone, 978-925-9015 for more information.
  • The craft group will meet on the following dates in the dining room at 6:30 PM: Wednesdays, September 26 and October 10 and 24.  All crafters are welcome!  Contact Jocelyn Henning, 880-1839 with any questions.

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333rd Anniversary Celebration ~ Friday, November 16, 2018
5:30-10:00 PM – Marriott Courtyard, Nashua

Join us as we celebrate our past with the designation of pastors emeriti for Jim Chaloner and Jeff Evans, enjoy the present, and look to the future of the ministry of The First Church. More information to come in September.

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Music in Worship Next Week
Sunday, September 23, 2018
8:30 & 10:00 Chancel Choir

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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 in the library in the Walker Building.  Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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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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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 next ride:  Sunday, September 23 on the Nashua River Rail Trail, Gilson Rd. at Countryside Dr., Nashua. Meet at 2:00 PM. See the schedule 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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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 pews and 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, if you would like attend. 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. Contact Ken Chapman, 521-7169, for more information.

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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 Ken Chapman, 521-7169, 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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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 Visitation Ministry meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 2:00 PM in room 10 in the Walker Building. Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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Community Events 

The 24th Annual “Sweater Weather” Program ~ September 1 – October 1, 2018
Sponsored by the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Lock St, Nashua
New or clean, used sweaters may be left at the funeral home between the hours of 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday.  Bins are located in both foyers.  The sweaters will be distributed to various agencies in the Nashua area to be given to those who need them.  Call 883-3401 for further information. 

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Next Interfaith Prayer Vigils: September 18th & October 2nd ~  8:30 AM to 10 AM (every first Tuesday) at 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) next meeting: September 17th
6:00 PM at The Adult Learning Center – 4 Lake Street Nashua
This is 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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FIRST MUSIC CONCERT SERIES
2018-2019 Season

 POPS for PIPES – IX
 a 333rd  Anniversary celebration!
Stephen Hamilton, organ
NOVEMBER 18, 2018 

 CHRISTMAS at FIRST
Magnificat
Chancel Choir of The First Church of Nashua
Muddy Brook Chamber Players
DECEMBER 23, 2018
(4th Advent Worship Services)

Le CHEMIN de la CROIX
a Lenten journey with music and word
Jeremy Filsell, organ
MARCH 24, 2019

ORGAN MASTERS – IV
Kyle Bertulli, organ
MAY 5, 2019 

FIN de SIÈCLE
Period Instrument Quartet
JUNE 2, 2019

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Plus… Keep your eye out for the new “Fridays at First” Series
during Advent and Lent.

Three 30-minute FREE Noontime organ recitals during
each season, celebrating the “Power of 3’s”

 

 


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