Bulletin 25-November-2018

Sunday, November 25, 2018
Reign of Christ

8:30 & 10:00 AM: Worship
10:00 AM: Sunday School & Childcare
Psalm 93   John 18:33-37
“The Moment of Truth”
Rev. Dr. Andrew W. Armstrong
Music: Jessica McCormack, soprano



Today in the Sunday School     November 25, 2018

Today is the 27th 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.


  • olds-2nd grade will learn about Advent.
  • Third-Fifth graders will continue their Unit on Advent, with the story of No Room at the Inn. Luke 2:1-7
  • 6th grade will start pageant rehearsal.
  • MAD will meet in room 9 to work on a Heifer project for January.

All classes will go directly to Shaw Chapel following the Children’s Story to sing with Mr. Steve and then return to their classrooms.

If you see a student in coffee hour, ask them what they learned in class today!

Nursery Caregivers Needed – Adult volunteers are needed to join the team of caregivers in the nursery.  Volunteers serve on teams, rotating on duty every sixth Sunday. If you would like to spend some quality time with the youngest members of our church family, contact Diane Matthes at 882-4861 or [email protected]


The Christmas Pageant will be held during the 11:00 AM worship service on December 16.  All children should be in their classrooms by 10:45 at the latest.  Please see the December schedule below.

December 2
9:00am:        Worship
11:00am:       Worship, Sunday School & nursery care

December 9
9:00am:         Worship
11:00am:       Worship, Sunday School & nursery care

December 16
11:00am:        Worship & Christmas Pageant (during worship) & nursery care          (Students need to be in classrooms by 10:45) 

The complete December schedule can be found at the end of the bulletin announcements.


Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current 

White Dove/Silver Dove Program – The sign-up for the annual White Dove/Silver Dove Program continues today and next Sunday, December 2.  You may adopt a family or senior citizen on your own or join with another First Church individual or family to help make Christmas a little brighter for those in our community who might otherwise be alone and forgotten on this holiday.  If you are not able to participate in the general program, donations of food are greatly appreciated.

Also, help is needed to load cars and deliver the gifts to the families on Sunday, December 16, after the 11 AM service.

If you have any questions about the program, please call Carol Butler, 889-6420.


Four Commemorative Crystal Cubes are available for sale for $115 each. See Kathie McIntyre following worship services, today, in Fellowship Hall or contact her at [email protected]


Board and Committee nominations are needed from you!  Please use the link below to suggest others, and/or yourself, as a possible committee member.  This survey will help the Nominating Committee discern and fill the vacancies we currently have (5) and those to come for 2019 (12).  Names are only suggestions and will not commit a person without his or her consent.  Think, Pray, Nominate!  Go to: https://goo.gl/forms/5oatyS4IBTTpQWCg1


Thank you to the team of decorators and wreath hangers for making our sanctuary, outside doors, and tower look festive for the holidays.


Church Tour – Today!  Meet at the grandfather clock in Fellowship Hall following the 10:00 worship service and join Kay Potfora and Dennis Webster for tour of the church.


Holiday Fair – Fair Chair, Barbara Stone wishes to thank everyone who contributed (and purchased!) fair items. Close to $10,000 has been raised and will be put toward the ministers’ discretionary fund.


Friday Night at the Movies, November 30, 7:00 PM – Join Rev. Jami for the showing of “Come Sunday” a drama film based on the true story of Rev. Carlton Pearson’s excommunication.  Carlton Pearson was born in 1953. He attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, where he was mentored by Oral Roberts. He was licensed and ordained in the Church of God in Christ. Pearson formed his own church, the Higher Dimensions Evangelistic Center, which became one of the largest churches in Tulsa. He was one of only two African American ministers to appear on national television.

However, after watching a television program about the wretched conditions of people suffering and dying from the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Carlton Pearson reconsiders the teachings of his church that all non-Christians were going to Hell.  Believing he had received an epiphany from God, Pearson publically states his doubt the existence of hell as a place of eternal torment. Come watch the ecclesiastical fall-out of Rev. Pearson’s change in his personal theology.

Bring your favorite snack to share.  Popcorn and soda will be available.


In-Reach has a Gratefulness/Thankfulness Tree located near the In-Reach table.  Please stop by and write something you are grateful/thankful for on a colored leaf.  We will attach them to our tree for you.  Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Men’s Breakfast Celebrates 33 Years of Fellowship – On December 6th, the First Church Men’s Breakfast group will celebrate its 33rd anniversary (my, how time flies). We will be meeting as usual at 7:30 AM at the Pine Street Eatery, (136 Pine Street, Nashua).  The scrapbooks will be available to help us old-timers remember what we did in those years gone by.  If you’ve never been, come and find out what you’ve been missing.  RSVP for a head count to Ken Chapman 521-7169 (voice), 508-2520 (text) or [email protected] (e-mail).


The Women’s Association’s Christmas potluck supper and Yankee swap will be held on Monday, December 10, at 6:00 PM.  This will be an evening of fellowship, fun and food.
Sign up at the Sign-up Central board near the In-Reach table.  Participants are asked to bring a main dish, side dish, or dessert to share.  Please bring a gift valued at $10 or under for the fun Yankee swap.  Call Bea Dillaby 888-2766, or Brooks Thompson, 886-1476 for more information.


“The Heaven Study” and Chapel Vespers are on break and will resume after the first of the year. Stay tuned for the start-up dates.


Outreach Focus for November – The Front Door Agency

Front Door Agency offers support and provides services to assist individuals and families transitioning from crisis to self-sufficiency.  The core programs of this agency are: Housing Stability, Transformational Housing, Financial Literacy, and the Holiday Santa Program.  Important statistics of their services are listed below.

  • 2605:  People were served by the Front Door Agency
  • 82%:  Families in the Transformational Housing Program are now stable
  • 981:    Children received clothing and gifts last year

Outreach is collecting toilet paper, paper towels, basic cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, and new pillows and bath towels for families moving in.  There is a collection bin at the Outreach table for the month of November.  Thank you for your donations!!


  • Donations of Gift Cards for Teens – Teenagers are often left out of the holiday gift purchase and gift cards to the movies, fast food and the mall make great gifts!
  • Volunteer to help receive gifts Sunday December 16 between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM and Monday December 17 between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.  Must be able to lift 20 lbs.
  • Volunteer to help distribute gifts on December 19 between 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM and December 20 between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM. A 2 hour commitment is requested.  Must be able to lift 20 lbs.

Additional volunteer opportunities for Front Door Agency can be found on their website: http://www.frontdooragency.org/give/volunteer/

Thank you for supporting this mission!


Did you Know… The thrift shop is open every Thursday, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM (except holidays) and the first Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-Noon. 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), costume jewelry, pocketbooks and accessories, and small knickknacks are available for sale for very reasonable prices.  Check it out sometime!

If you are interested in volunteering in the shop, contact Gale Cummings, 883-2278, to see how you can help.

As always, items clean and in good repair, are needed. Leave them in the bin, at the top of the stairs, next to the stained glass window (look for the signs) during office hours or on Sunday.


Annual Winter Retreat – There are a few spaces available!  Rev. Ken and Rev. Jami will lead this year’s winter retreat on the weekend of January 25-27, 2019 at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford Pool, Maine.  The theme is “Presence and Peace: An Exploration of Devotional Classics”. This retreat is the perfect time for reflection, relaxation, prayer, worship, and fellowship.   The cost for the weekend is $235.00 per person.  This includes lodging for 2 nights and 5 meals.  A non-refundable deposit of $117.50 per person is now due, with the balance due by January 13, 2019.  Scholarships are available.  To register, contact Sue Englander, [email protected] or 882-4861, or stop by the church office.


Charles Dickens – The In-Reach committee has purchased 20 tickets for a performance by Charles Dickens’ great grandson.  The presentation will be held at the Nashua Senior Center on November 27, 2018 at noon.  Sign up at Sign-up Central to secure your reservation.  Tickets are $18.00.  Any questions, contact Sue Haas at 889-1326.  Join us in welcoming this great performer to help us open up the holiday season.


Talent Stories – Everyone in Mission! To date, 117 talent stories have been received. The stories are wonderful!  There is quite a variety of mission supported by First Church members and friends through local, national, and international causes.

Some folks used their Talents on their own while others pooled their Talents with friends and family and made them grow (like the Make a Difference Youth Group apple crisp sales and the Darrins’ Crazy Whist card party).

Here is one of the stories:

The Simek family decided to match our collected talents of $40, and donate a total of $80 to the Children’s Home of Nashua.  Thank you for inspiring us to think about how and who we may help with our talents, year-round!


Disaster Relief – If you would like to make a donation to support victims of Hurricanes Michael or Florence, Typhoon Mangkhut, or the recent wildfires in CA, go to: http://www.ucc.org/disaster
Gifts may also be mailed to the United Church of Christ:
Attn: Financial Services, United Church of Christ
700 Prospect Ave. 6th Floor, Cleveland, OH 44115
Undesignated gifts are best as they enable UCC Disaster Ministries to respond where most needed. If you wish, write your designation on the memo line (e.g. “2018 Hurricanes Recovery”) One hundred percent of UCC disaster relief funds are used for direct service to individuals and communities, and rehabilitation programming.


Music in Worship Next Week
Sunday, December 2, 2018
First Sunday of Advent/Communion Sunday
9:00 & 11:00   First Folk and First Schola


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.


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 and Rev. Ken facilitate the discussion group.  No sign-up is required.  If you have a Bible, bring it; if not, one will be supplied for you.
During the month of December, the study will be on break. It will resume on January 7.


The Caregiver’s Support Group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 3:00 PM in the library in the Walker Building.  Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


The Men’s Munchers meet on the first Tuesday of the month at noon for lunch and fellowship.  The group will dine at Doubletree, 2 Somerset Pkwy., Nashua, on December 4. This will include a Yankee swap. Bring a wrapped gift, valued at $10-$15, if you wish to participate. All men of the church and their guests are welcome.  Contact Ken Chapman, 521-7169, for more information.


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.


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.


The Visitation Ministry meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 1:30 PM in room 10 in the Walker Building. Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.


Community Events

 Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP)
Next Nashua meeting – December 10 (Usually the third Monday of the month. Note date change due to holidays)  6 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.


Next Interfaith Prayer Vigils:
December 4th (every first Tuesday) 9:00 AM (note time change)
 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.


Looking ahead…. 

 Change in December worship times
Mark your calendars!!!

 December 2
9:00am:        Worship
11:00am:      Worship, Sunday School & nursery care

December 9
9:00am:        Worship
11:00am:      Worship, Sunday School & nursery care

December 16
11:00am, only:  Worship & Christmas Pageant during worship & nursery care 

December 23
9:00am:        Worship, Christmas at First
11:00am:      Worship, Christmas at First
(No Sunday School. Nursery care provided at both services)

December 24
5:00pm:        Family Service
7:00pm:        Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols
11:00pm:      Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols

December 30
8:30am:        Worship
10:00am:      Worship (no Sunday School or nursery care)


The First Music Concert Series is adding three, 30-minute
mini organ recitals during the Advent Season.
The recitals will be held 
on Fridays, beginning at 12:15 PM.

December 7:         Rob St. Cyr
                              Ste. Marie RC Church, Manchester 

December 14:       Adan Peithmann
                              First Church Congregational, Manchester

December 21:      Scott Bergendahl
                              St. Hedwig RC Church, Manchester


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