Bulletin 21-May-2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017 – Saturday, May 27, 2017
The Sixth Sunday of Easter/Confirmation
8:30 & 10:00: Worship
10:00: Sunday school & childcare (infants-age 2)
Rev. Dr. Andrew W. Armstrong
“Dare to be Different”
Romans 12
Music: Choral Union

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NOTES FROM THE CHANCEL

This Sunday, the Sixth Sunday of Easter, we celebrate the Rite of Confirmation. Eighteen young members of our church community will be confirmed in their Christian faith.  Supporting “Confirmation Sunday” at The First Church, today’s worship music spans nearly eleven centuries, and takes us from the earliest songs on record in church history which call upon the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts and minds, up through present day sacred choral compositions for the living Church.

It is a pleasure to welcome back Nancy Dimock, oboe – to our worship services.  Not only will we be treated to Nancy’s wonderful solo playing in the Prelude and Postlude, but also in a more supportive accompanying mode, within our two anthems, joining our massed choir: The First Church Choral Union.  The “Union” draws its membership from the Chancel Choir, First Folk, First Schola and First Chamber choral ensembles.  This is the ninth year of this project, and the eighth time this choral project will underscore the importance of our Confirmation service.

After a masterful Prelude by Italian composer Benedetto Marcello, the choir then processes in, leading the 2017 Confirmation class and their mentors during the Introit. The Choral Union offers the traditional chant theme VENI CREATOR which invokes the presence of the Holy Spirit to come on those gathered in Christ’s name.  For 1,100 years, this chant-theme has represented prayer to the Spirit, and allows us to share in our Christian heritage with generations past, in a voice still strong and reverent in the 21st century.

This morning’s first anthem: Courtney’s Be Filled With the Spirit, is the second of Three Sacred Canticles, a cycle of anthems based on Biblical passages which refer to singing, each text dealing with a specific ‘singer’ and ‘listener.’  In today’s offering based on Ephesians 5:18-20, the anthem encourages us to “speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.” – This musical offering sets the tone for the coming Rite of Confirmation.

The Prayer Response, implores the Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  With words that help and heal, and actions bold and meek speaking for Christ, our Savior, this 19th century hymn from the Congregational Church in London, England serves as an additional reminder to the Holy Spirit dwelling with us in corporate worship this, and every Sunday morning!

During the Offertory, Helvey’s choral composition O Holy Spirit Praise to You offers a chance to reflect on the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  The constant repetition of the Latin “Laus tibi, Sanctus Spiritus” is then translated at the end of the anthem, reflecting its English title, calling us to praise the holy Paraclete.

Rounding out this morning’s worship, in the Postlude, is the beloved Mozart Alleluia, in a setting for oboe and organ.

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Today is the sixth Sunday of Easter and the liturgical 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.

Today in the Sunday school

  • 3/4 yr. olds-2nd grade will hear about Pentecost. Acts 2:1-47
  • 3rd-5th grades will hear the story of Jairus’ Daughter. Mark 5:21-24; 35-43
  • MAD will meet in room 10 following the Children’s Message to continue preparing for Children’s Day on June 11.

There is NO SUNDAY SCHOOL NEXT SUNDAY, Memorial Day Weekend. Nursery and childcare will be available for 5 yr. olds and under. 

Children’s Day is Sunday, June 11, when the children of First Church lead worship in the sanctuary at 10:00 AM. Steve Blunt will direct the music and the action for this year’s Children’s Day Worship Celebration.  Children in the 3-year old classes through the MAD class are busy learning their songs and preparing the program for the morning service.

Rehearsals are held during Sunday school time throughout May and into June, and attendance is very important.

Following the 10 AM service on Children’s Day, the MAD class will serve hot dogs and hamburgers in the courtyard. Everyone is invited.  Proceeds from free will donations will benefit future mission trips. 

Volunteers Needed for Summer Program – The end of each Sunday school year marks the beginning of Summer Activity Time for First Church children in grades 1-6. Each Sunday children are invited to join their parents in the sanctuary for worship at 9 AM, leaving after the Children’s Message and going to the dining room. Childcare is available for infants-age 5 throughout the 9 AM worship service.

Volunteers are needed to make this program a valuable experience for the children of First Church. If you can lead or help with an activity or provide childcare any Sunday, June 18 through August 27, please sign up at the CE Corner in Fellowship Hall or call the church office.  You may sign up to help on one Sunday or as many as you like.  This service can only be offered if volunteers come forward.  Please consider sharing an hour of your time with the wonderful children of the church.

Horton Center is now accepting reservations for its 2017 summer programs for adults and youth. Information and registration can be found online at www.hortoncenter.org. Scholarships are available for First Church campers. Contact the CE office for more information.

Vacation Bible School to be held the week of July 10-14. VBS is for children age 4-grade 6. Volunteers are needed to help with crafts, childcare, and classroom activities.  Contact Diane Matthes, [email protected] or 882-4861, for more information.  Register at the CE Corner in Fellowship Hall. Cost is $5.00 per child with a maximum of $10 per family. 

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current

Meet and Greet Rev. Jami Boyle – The Search Team for the Minister of Congregational Care is overjoyed to announce that Rev. Jami Boyle has accepted the invitation to serve the church in the new role. The Team believes that Rev. Jami’s experience and skills as pastor in addition to her innate capacity for compassion and care will be a blessing to the First Church Ministry Team.  On June 4th – Pentecost Sunday – we will receive Rev. Jami with our prayers and an opportunity to meet and greet after both services.  Please join us for this special day of welcome.

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Annual Rummage Sale
Friday, June 2, 9:00 AM–6:30 PM
Saturday, June 3, 9:00 AM–1:00 PM

Accepted items:  spring and summer clothing (men, women, children – clean and in good repair), shoes and accessories, linens and small household items (no larger than a microwave), and trash and treasure items. Donations may be dropped off at the courtyard entrance.

Help is needed for sorting and set-up on Tuesday, May 30 and Wednesday, May 31. Help will also be needed with sales and break-down on the days of the sale.  All work is done in shifts so any amount of time you can spare is greatly appreciated.  Contact Leslie Van Wagner, 888-8252 or stop by the Outreach booth to sign up.

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Mission Nicaragua – Help support Outreach360 in Nicaragua by “Buying a Brick”. The Mission Trip Task Force is raising funds to support the building of a new learning center in Nicaragua.  Each paper brick you buy will represent building blocks used to construct this new building.  We will build our own paper learning center at church to represent the construction.  For $5.00 each, you can “Buy a Brick” for yourself or as a gift to be made in honor or in memory of someone special, someone who shares your passion for mission in our world. Bricks may be purchased at the CE Corner following worship services.

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First Church Ornaments are being sold by the Mission Trip Planning Team. They make great Confirmation and Graduation gifts, Christmas ornaments, gifts for all occasions. The cost is $25.00 and includes the ornament and stand. This fundraiser will benefit future mission trip opportunities. Stop by the CE Corner after the worship services to purchase an ornament.

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Rev. Andy’s Drop-in Hours at the Riverwalk Café are on summer break.

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Men’s Choir to Sing at the 9 AM Worship Service On Father’s Day- Come one! Come all! Rehearsal Schedule:  Thursday June 1, Tuesday June 6, Thursday June 8, Tuesday June 13, Thursday June 15 (required).  All rehearsals at held at 7:00 PM.  Please plan on at least TWO (2) rehearsals and the required dress date to participate.

Letting the music office know ahead of time is appreciated. Men singing in three and four-part harmony is a special sound, and this project always has a special atmosphere.  Join us!

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Calling all College Students and Recent Grads!  If you are a college student or a recent grad from high school or college, then you’re welcome to join Rev. Andy for Dinner Church.  We’ll meet at 6:00 PM on June 7th and prepare our meal together: spaghetti and meat sauce, salad, garlic toast followed by ice cream sundaes.  We’ll talk through a few psalms then plan a summer mission project together.  Feel free to invite friends to join you.  Please e-mail Rev. Andy if you plan to attend at [email protected]

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Have questions concerning Medicare, Medicaid, or veteran’s benefits? Call Darrell Spencer, 603-888-2335. All information will remain confidential.

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Save the Date! The all-church retreat at Horton Center will be held the weekend of August 25-27, 2017. Stay tuned for more information.

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Faith Promise at Anne-Marie House – The next First Church volunteer week is June 11. To learn more about volunteering at the family Promise Program at the Anne-Marie House, please contact Katharine Steer, 889-1139 or [email protected], or Beth Raymond, 595-0053 or [email protected]

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The Thrift Shop will be closing for the season on Thursday, May 25. Thank you for your donations this year.  Items may still be donated for the rummage sale.

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Epilepsy Support Group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month in room 15 at 6:00 PM. The next session will be held on May 23rd.  If you are or someone you know is affected by epilepsy, you are invited to attend the meetings. Please RSVP to Susan Linn at [email protected].

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Looking ahead….
Sunday, May 28: No Sunday School
Monday, May 29: Memorial Day- Church Office closed
Friday-Saturday, June 2-3: Rummage Sale
Sunday, June 11: Children’s Day/Oldies cook-out
Sunday, June 18: Father’s Day- Begin one service at 9:00 AM
Monday-Friday, July 10-14: Vacation Bible School
Friday-Sunday, July 14-15: OWL Training
Friday-Sunday, August 25-26: Horton Center Retreat Weekend

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Church Happenings and Outreach – Ongoing 

The Bible, Friends, and Coffee Bible Study meets on Monday, 9:30-11:00 AM in room 15, in the Walker Building. The last regular class is May 22.  Summer sessions will be held on June 19, July 17, and August 21.  Contact the church office for more information.

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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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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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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 June 21.  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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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. Join the group on June 6 at the 110 Grill, 27 Trafalgar Sq., Nashua.  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. Join the group on June 14 at the Black Forest Café, 212 Rt. 101, Amherst. 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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First Church Cyclists meet from late spring through the fall. The primary objective of this group is to get together for some fun, fresh air, fellowship and most importantly, ice cream. Invite anyone, regardless of age or ability to join us. The next ride will be today, at 2:00 PM, at the Minuteman Bikeway in Bedford, MA.

A 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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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 

The Front Door Agency has been nominated for the Provident Bank “Our Community, Your E-Vote” campaign again this year. It’s an opportunity for the Agency to share with other organizations in a $50,000 donation from the Provident Community Foundation – with the amount determined by total votes received. Last year, with your support the Front Door Agency received close to $4,500. Please take two minutes to vote online for The Front Door before May 31. It costs nothing and can have a big impact on people in need in our community. You will be asked to enter your name and email address – but the Provident will not retain or use your email. Vote now at www.tinyurl.com/FrontDoorVote

Be sure to scroll down to “T’ for The Front Door. Thank you!

 

 


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