Bulletin 31-December-2017

Sunday, December 31, 2017 – Saturday, January 6, 2018
First Sunday after Christmas
Psalm 148   Luke 2:22-40
8:30 & 10:00 AM: Worship
No Sunday School or childcare
Two Turtledoves and a Prophet and a Herr See
Rev. Ken McGarry
Music: Frank Wallace, guitar

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Church Happenings and Outreach – New/Current 

The Sunday School and the nursery are on break today and will resume on January 7, 2018.

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Year-End Reminder – All contributions for the 2017 tax year must be in the church office by TODAY or mailed in a letter postmarked December 31, 2017. Contact Dianne Smigliani with any questions.

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Annual Mitten Tree Drive – Every family is invited to participate in this important community service by donating one pair of child size mittens – made or purchased – to our mitten tree. The mittens are distributed to children in need through the Amherst St. School, Mt. Pleasant School, and Adult Learning Center. HELP KEEP LITTLE HANDS WARM. Please bring your mittens by Sunday January 28. You may leave them in the basket next to the tree or put them on the tree yourselves (clips provided).

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Biddeford Retreat Reminder – The remainder of the balance is due by January 15. Thank you.

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The February newsletter deadline is Monday, January 8. Please send articles to Sue, [email protected]

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All Boards meet on Monday January 8. The evening begins with worship in the sanctuary.

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French Toast Brunch – January 21, 2018, 11:30 AM – Hosted by the In-Reach committee, this is a wonderful intergenerational get-together. Bring your families and join us in the dining room. On the menu: Cranberry Apple French Toast, Apple Raisin French Toast, and Peanut Butter & Jelly. A gluten free option will be available upon request.

Watch for sign-ups in January at Sign-up Central. Feel free to Contact Dianne Smigliani, [email protected] or 886-2897, if you have any questions.

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Looking for Greeters! If you and your family members would like to greet at the 10:00 service, please contact Polly Shuman at [email protected] or sign up at the “sign-up central” board.

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Anne-Marie House – First Church’s next volunteer week at Anne-Marie House is February 11 – 17. Contact Beth Raymond, [email protected], or 595-0053, for more information or to volunteer.

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Pledge Envelopes – If you have requested 2018 pledge envelopes, they are available today at Sign-up Central. If you would like to have envelopes, but did not check the box on your pledge card… you are not too late! Please put your name on the sheet at Sign-up Central and they will be ready for you next Sunday.

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Winter Parking Reminder – Use caution when parking along the north side of the church building. Heed the posted signs. Falling snow and ice can cause damage to your cars!

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Weather Alert – Remember, Sunday services are never cancelled. Please use your discretion if there is inclement weather.

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Music in Worship Next Week
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Epiphany Sunday/Communion Sunday
8:30 AM:        Organ
10:00 AM: Chancel Choir & Organ

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Church Happenings and Outreach – Ongoing 

The Bible, Friends, and Coffee Bible Study is on break and will resume on January 8, 2018. The group meets on Mondays 9:30-11:00 AM in room 15, in the Walker Building. The discussion group is facilitated by Rev. Andy Armstrong. No sign-up is required. If you have a Bible, bring it; if not, one will be supplied for you. There will be no Bible study on January 15.

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Bereavement Calendar – The church office has created a new 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. Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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Drop-In Hours – Join Rev. Ken at the Riverwalk Café (35 Railroad Square) on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 PM for a cup of coffee and some casual conversation. There will be no drop-in hours on January 3, 2018.

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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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The Funeral Reception Committee is looking for people to donate cookies and/or other finger foods for funeral receptions. People will be called on an as-needed basis. If you are willing to help please go to Sign-Up Central and give us your contact information. Many hands make light work. Thank you for yours.

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

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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 Ladies Lunch Bunch meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 12:30 PM. The group will dine at Chen Yang Li, 379 Amherst St., Nashua, on January 10. Contact Arlene Richmond, [email protected] or 943-7970, for more information. 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. 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 Country Tavern, 452 Amherst St., Nashua, on January 2, 2018. All men of the church and their guests are welcome. Contact Dick Zoerb, 886-8665, or [email protected], for more information.

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Team Works Study Group with Rev. Andy is on break and will resume in the spring.

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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 Thrift Shop is open on Thursdays, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM and the first Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-Noon (except on holidays). Winter clothing for women and children, clean and in good repair, may be left in the marked bin in the lobby at the courtyard entrance. Children’s clothing up to size 14, women’s pocketbooks, jewelry, and small knickknacks are especially needed.

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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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The Visitation Ministry meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 2:00 PM. Please contact Rev. Jami for more information.

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Looking ahead…
January 1:
Church Office closed
January 8:
February newsletter deadline
All Boards
January 15:
Martin Luther King, Jr Day, Church Office closed
Biddeford Retreat final payments due
Annual Reports due
January 21:
French Toast Brunch
January 26-28:
Biddeford Retreat
January 28:
College Seminar
February 4:
Chili Contest
February 11:
Annual Meeting/Capital Campaign Celebration
February 14:
Ash Wednesday
February 19:
President’s Day, Church Office closed
February 20:
Rev. Andy’s Lenten Study begins
March 4:
New Member Orientation
March 11:
New Members Join; Irish Brunch; DST begins
March 18:
Youth Sunday
March 25:
Palm Sunday
April 1:
Easter

 

 


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