Bulletin 23-April-2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017 – Saturday, April 29, 2017
The Second Sunday of Easter
8:30 & 10:00: Worship
10:00: Sunday school & childcare (infants-age 2)
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey C. Evans
“Once More with Feeling”
John 20:19-31
Music: First Chamber

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER

 Sunday, April 23, 2017

Today is the Second 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

  • Preschoolers will learn about the Empty Tomb.
  • Kindergarten will learn about Jesus’s appearance in the garden. Matt.28:1-10; Mark 16:1-16; John 20:1-10
  • 1st grade will learn about Jesus’ Appearance to the disciples. John 20:10-12; Luke 24:36-49
  • Second grade students learn about the Great Commission. Matt.28:16-20; Luke 24:50-53
  • Students in grades 3-5 will hear about Lazarus’ friendship with Jesus. John 11:1-44
  • MAD will meet in the kitchen to make sandwiches for the Soup Kitchen.

All students will go to the Chapel following the Children’s message to sing with Mr. Steve. 

Candle lighters – If you have a child in grades 3-6 and they would like to sign up to be part of this fun and meaningful opportunity, please contact Diane Matthes at [email protected] or call the office during the week at 882-4861. 

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.

Graduating Seniors Honored on May 14 – All graduating high school seniors and their families are invited to a continental breakfast in their honor on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, 8:30-9:30 AM. During the 10:00 AM service, seniors will be recognized and receive a token of love from the congregation. RSVP by May 7 by calling the church office at 882-4861, or by email [email protected]

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current 

First Music Concert Series – POPS FOR PIPES VII
Today, 4:00 PM
Nicholas Schmelter, organ

ADMISSION: $15 – Adults / $12 – Seniors / $5 – Students under 21.
Tickets are on sale today following both worship services in Fellowship Hall and are also available at the door.

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First Church Spring Clean-up – The Prudential Committee and Property Management invite folks to join them for a clean-up of the church grounds on Saturday, April 29, beginning at 8:00 AM. Bring a rake or shovel if you can; they will provide all the rest, including coffee and donuts!!  Sign up today in Fellowship Hall or contact Joe Glajch (Chair, Property Management) at: [email protected]

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Epilepsy Support Group – Tuesday, April 25, 6:00 PM – If you are or someone you know is affected by epilepsy, come to the Epilepsy Foundation New England’s new support group, here at First Church, in room 15.  The group will meet on the 4th Tuesday of every month.  Kindly RSVP to Susan Linn at [email protected].

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First Church Ornaments will be on sale by the Mission Trip Task Force, today and on 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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First Church Community Forum – The Opioid Crisis in New England: A Global Perspective – Tuesday, May 9, 12:00-1:30 PM – First Church Sanctuary – You are invited to join members of the community and community leaders for a discussion on the Opioid Crisis in New England from a Global Perspective. Our guest speaker, Dr. Emmanuel Akyeampong, is the Oppenheimer Faculty Director of the Harvard University Center for African Studies, Professor of History. A luncheon immediately follows the discussion in Fellowship Hall.

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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.  The Outreach Board is requesting donation of the following items from our congregation:  one hand towel measuring approximately 15”x 28” to 16”x 32” (no fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber); one washcloth; one wide-tooth comb removed from the package; one finger nail or toe nail clipper removed from the package; one bath size bar of soap in the wrapper; one toothbrush in the package; ten standard size Band-Aids.  All items need to fit inside a one-gallon plastic zipper closure bag.  Remove the excess air from the bag and seal before boxing.  Do not add any extra items or toothpaste.  A tube of extended expiration date toothpaste will be added to each Hygiene Kit just prior to its journey.

You can pick up a shopping list at the Outreach Booth. Please return your CWS Hygiene Kit by May 14th to the Outreach booth.

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The Prayer Shawl Ministry is looking for new members!   Prayer shawls provide strong spiritual comfort to our members and friends of the church.  It is a ministry that can be done on your own time, or with a group during a regular meeting – but always done with prayer.  If you enjoy knitting or crocheting and are looking for ways to provide simple comfort to others, this is a way to do both.

For more information, please contact Karen Bianchi, [email protected] or 603-897-0788. Co-coordinators are Karen Bianchi, Laurel Lang, and Amanda Steere.

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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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MUSIC IN WORSHIP NEXT SUNDAY
April 30, 2017
Third Sunday of Easter
8:30 & 10:00   Josh Evans, jazz piano

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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 May 17. 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 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 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.  The group will dine at Applebee’s, 379 Amherst St, Nashua, on May 2.  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. The group will dine at the Homestead Restaurant, 641 DW Highway, Merrimack at 12:30 on May 10. 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

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.”  Students will participate in experiential workshops on the topics of Stress Management, Peer Mentoring and Diversity. Lunch is provided. There is no cost to participate, however, registration is required.  Register at: http://bit.ly/NPC17summit.  Registration deadline is April 28th. Nashua Prevention Coalition is the youth drug and alcohol prevention coalition that serves the City of Nashua. Visit www.NashuaCares.org for more information.

 


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