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This week in Worship

Sunday, September 1 , 2019
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 AM: Worship & Childcare
Romans 13: 8-14 Luke 14:1, 7-14
Sermon: “Don We Now Our Ray Apparel
Rev. Rev. Dr.  Ken McGarry
Music:  Mark A. Cleveland, bass-baritone

CHURCH HAPPENINGS AND OUTRACH-NEW/CURRENT 

The Music Ministry welcomes new members for the coming fall season!  All voice parts are welcome in the Chancel Choir or First Folk, but in particular, altos are being sought for both ensembles.  As well, Decibells (our adult bell choir) is looking for new ringers, who possess basic music-reading skills and have an interest in learning hand bells.Please contact Joseph in the music office, [email protected] or (603) 882-4861, x15, for more information.

Music Ministry Opens Season with All-Choirs Potluck!

The Music Committee will host all choirs on Tuesday September 3 at 6:30 PM for an All-Choir Potluck in the dining room. This is open to all returning and new choir members and their families.  Please bring a dish to share; beverages will be provided by the Music Committee. So come on down and join together in an evening meal with your choir colleagues and friends of the Music Ministry! We look forward to welcoming you!

Second Annual First Church Golf Tournament- Wednesday, October 2, 2019 – Green Meadow Golf Course, Hudson NH

We invite you to join us as a sponsor and or a player.  Proceeds from the tournament will benefit three of our local outreach partners: Home Health & Hospice Care, Thank You Project’s Water Walk, and Family Promise of Southern New Hampshire at Anne-Marie House.For more information, contact one of the committee members: Rev. Andy, Doug Brenner, Margaret Brenner, Peter Chaloner, Joe Glajch, Lee Hauenstein, Dianne Smigliani, and Mike Winton.

The October newsletter deadline: Monday, September 9. Please send your articles to Sue in the office.

All Boards meet on Monday, September 9.  The evening begins with worship at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary.

Groups to resume:

Bible Friends & Coffee: Monday, September 9, 9:30 AM.
Visitation Ministry:  Tuesday, September 10, 1:30 PM
Caregivers: Thursday, September 12, 3:00 PM
Men’s Fellowship: Thursday, September 12, 7:00 PM
Wednesday Morning Men’s Group: Wednesday, September 18, 8:00 AM

Attention Ladies! Rev. Jami is looking to establish a First Church women’s group. Your input is important in helping her understand the kind of group that will be valuable to you.  A questionnaire can be found at the back of the sanctuary, at Sign-up Central, and in the September newsletter. Please fill it out and return it to the basket at Sign-up Central or Rev. Jami’s mailbox, outside the church office. Thank you.

SUMMER AD CAMPAIGN

Please help support our passion for Bringing the Joy of Music to the Gate City through a sponsorship in our 12th Season WOMEN OF MUSIC, 2019-20 Season program! Contact the Music Office (603) 882-4861 x15, for more information.

Men’s Retreat: Falling Upward – The Wednesday Morning Men’s Group is hosting a retreat at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center in Andover, MA on November 8-10. The Retreat begins with dinner on Friday at 6 PM and concludes after lunch on Sunday. Our time together will include conversation around “Falling Upward” written by Richard Rohr. It’s an excellent study on the challenges and opportunities we face in the two halves of our lives. There will be plenty of time to walk the grounds, read, and relax. The cost for twin rooms is $280, which is all-inclusive. Please indicate your attendance at Sign-up Central and make checks payable to First Church. Direct your questions to Rev. Andy.

The Empty Nest Fellowship – Has your child/children moved out of the home or are about to? Whether they’re off to college, entering the work force or military, when our child/children move on it can be a profound adjustment. The Empty Nest Fellowship is a group that will provide fellowship, leaning and spiritual support for the journey. This group will meet on the third Thursday of the month on a semester basis beginning on September 19 at 7:00 PM.  Sign up at Sign-up Central. Questions? Contact Dianne S. in the church office.

Clothing Drive update – Thank you to all who took part in the clothing drive. We just received the final accounting: 11,725 pounds of donations! First Church will receive $2,345 as a result, which will be dispersed back to the community! Thanks to all who donated, and to all the folks who helped move the mountain out of the building!!!Many helping hands moved the bags from the Fireside Room and then loaded them on a truck.

The Christmas Craft Fair – November 1st and 2nd Below are some ways you can help.

  • Homemade food items – If you prepare preserves and pickled vegetables this harvest season, 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.
  • Silent Auction Donations – Rebecca Small is the coordinator of the silent auction for this year’s fair. For more information, or to make a donation, call the church office.
  • The Craft Group will meet on September 11 and 25 at 4:00 PM in the dining room. Crafters of all abilities are welcome! Contact the office for more information.
  • New-to-you Christmas items are being accepted. Leave your donations on the windowsill near the elevator between September 3 and October 26. Mark them “New to You”.

The Thank You Project’s 5th Annual Water Walk – Saturday, September 14, 2019-Greeley Park, Nashua – 9:00 AM
First Church has been the backbone of everything we have accomplished thus far in our humble effort to bless others with our blessings in this great country.  Together, we have completed two water boreholes in Nigeria, sent two students to Universities to study Medicine and Engineering respectively, and are poised to build our third water borehole this year.  This is a testament to the good in all of us.  Thank You! Please come with your friends and neighbors, too.  Also, please continue to pray for the vision and mission of Thank You Project.  Blessings! www.waterwalk.org. www.thankyouproject.org/donate/

The thrift shop is now accepting women’s and children’s fall and winter clothing, clean and in good repair. Leave items in the marked bin near the stained glass window inside the courtyard entrance. Opening day is Thursday, October 3. Please take summer clothing to the Salvation Army. 

Visit our new First Church website at www.tfcucc.org.  You can now send your emails to our new email addresses:  “first initial/[email protected]” (see back cover of this bulletin).  Emails sent to @firstchurchnashua.org will be forwarded to our new email address.  Please contact the church office if you have any questions.

Greet your friends and meet new people!  If you would like to greet on Sunday mornings, please sign up at Sign-up Central.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see familiar faces and welcome new folks before the worship service.  Contact the church office for more information.

First Church Basketball – First Church needs a basketball coach so that we may once again join the YMCA Church League.  If you have any interest in taking on this opportunity, please let either Rev. Ken or Diane Matthes know ASAP.  Games start the first of December and paperwork needs to be in before Thanksgiving.  Students that are eligible to play are all boys and girls in 7th grade (and are 13 years of age) through seniors up to age 18.

Thank you to the Summer Music participants who enhanced our worship this Summer by offering their talents in Sunday services. Whether through instruments or voices, your contribution to our worship life is greatly appreciated!

Mark Cleveland, Susan Cobb, Floice “Flo” Lund, Rev. Ken McGarry, Dale Neth, Rhonda O’Keefe, Olivia Ostermiller, Craig Plummer, Nicole Plummer, Pam Sturdevant, Cynthia Whitney

SUMMER CHOIR:  Kathryn Bell, Ed Boyd, Susan Cobb, Mark Cleveland, Nick DeFrancesco, Marie Greene, Chris Guild, Adele Langguth, Bruce Lund, Janet Poisson, Stephen Ostermiller, Elena Stabile, Trish Stone, Susan Testa

MUSIC IN WORSHIP

Sunday, September 8, 2019
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost/Rally Sunday
Chancel Choir

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.

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

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.

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: Saturday, September 7 on the East Bay Bike Path, Independence Park, 411 Thames Street, Bristol, RI.  Call the church office with any questions.

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 or Friday, please contact the church office. Thank you to Bill Thorp for his leadership on Tuesday evenings the past few months.

In-Reach Meals Team – Home cooked meals bring much healing to people as they recuperate.  For when I was sick, you looked after me. Mt. 25:36.   If you would like to help provide meals to parishioners who are temporarily in need, please register at Sign-Up Central and offer meals as you are able.

The Men’s Breakfast Group meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 AM at the Pine Street Eatery, 136 Pine St., Nashua. Contact the church office 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 Common Man, 304 D.W, Hwy., Merrimack on September 3. All men of the church and their guests are welcome.  Contact the office for more information.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry – Knitters and crocheters are invited to work on prayer shawls at home.  Contact the church office 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.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

 United We Sleep to End Hunger and Homelessness – September 20-21, 2019-Nashua Community College on Amherst Street
Help those who are homeless in the greater Nashua area. Sleep out in a cardboard box or make a donation.  If you would like to sleep out, contact the church office.  For more information on the event, go to www.tinyurl.com/uws2019. This is a United Way of Greater Nashua event.

As part of the Sleepout, socks will be collected and given to various area agencies and the school district for homeless youth.  socks are the #1 needed item in local shelters.  They can be warm, wooly socks, dress socks or kid’s socks.  A laundry basket labeled “Fill the Box with Socks” will be located at the Outreach Booth in Fellowship Hall for drop-off of socks prior to September 20.

Amazing Nashua Clue Race – September 21, 2019 – 1:00 PM Teams of 4 will be challenged to solve 11 clues throughout Greater Nashua! The team with the most clues solved correctly AND the best time WINS! – $300/car of 4 people
Start: Location to be revealed – End: Party with live music. Registration is limited. Register at http://bit.ly/2XH4X7A This event supports Family Promise of Southern New Hampshire.

Interfaith Prayer Vigils: September 3 & 17 – at 9 AM Norris Cotton Federal Building, 275 Chestnut Street ManchesterJoin 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.

What’s Happening at NHCUCC?  The New Hampshire Conference of the UCC has seven mission groups who meet monthly to address issues of social justice in our churches and communities. Attend a mission group and learn more about how our church can follow our Lord’s request: “…to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

Immigrant & Refugee Support Group      Friday September 6:10 AM–Noon
Environmental Stewardship Mission        Monday September 9: 3-5 PM
Peace with Justice Advocates Mission    Wednesday September 11: 10-Noon
Racial Justice Mission Group                  Thursday September 12: 6-8 PM
ONA Concerns Mission Group                Tuesday September 17: 6-8 PM

Meetings are held at the New Hampshire Conference, UCC, 140 Sheep Davis Rd, Pembroke, NH 03275.

Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP) – September 16 Adult Learning Center, 4 Lake Street Nashua
We are a faith-based group that addresses 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.

“Sweater Weather” Sweater Recycling Davis Funeral Home is running their annual sweater drive during the month of September. CLEAN, used sweaters in good condition or new sweaters for men, women, and children may dropped off Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  Collection bins are located in the foyers at the funeral home. The sweaters will be delivered to area agencies that have expressed a need for them and then will be distributed to those in need, at no charge. For more information, call 883-3401.

THIS WEEK AT FIRST CHURCH

SUN SEP 01                   9:00am            Worship, Child Care & Activity Time
MON SEP 02                                           OFFICE CLOSED
TUE  SEP 03                10:00am              Staff Meeting Room 10
12:00pm             Men’s Munchers
6:30pm             All Church Choir Potluck, dining room
7:00pm             Radio Club, Nauss Hall
WED SEP 04                12:00pm             NAIC, Nashua Presbyterian Church
6:45pm            Chancel Choir
THU SEP 05                  7:30am              Men’s Breakfast, Pine St. Eatery
7:00pm            Property Management, Room 10
FRI SEP 06                    2:30pm             Hunt Communion
SAT SEP 07                  11:00am            Sisters in Sobriety
SUN SEP 08                 10:00am            Worship, Sunday School & Childcare
11:30am            Rally Sunday Cookout