First United Methodist Church
Monday, March 02, 2015

Announcements

Zumba:  Start the new year off with a little Latin dancing.   Join us every Saturday from 8:00 am—9:00 am for fun, fellowship and exercise.

 

Canned good donation on Communion Sunday’s

N.O.W. wants to remind you about our long standing program of bring a donated canned good for our food pantry, on Communion Sunday-the first Sunday of each month.  This program supports our church’s food pantry that we use on a daily/weekly basis as the need arises.  If you are like me, I have sort of forgotten about the Communion Sunday donation, so let’s all pull together and restock our food pantry and help in this simple mission. In addition, if you want to give a little bonus to this donation, please tape a QUARTER to the canned good.  Our food pantry can then use that quarter to purchase other needed supplies like a roll of paper towels, etc.  So beginning in March, bring in your canned-good and a taped quarter to it!  You will be able to find the food pantry bin outside the Sanctuary/Chapel on Communion Sunday’s. 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE

Join us on MARCH 31, 7:30 PM to watch Houghton College Chapel Choir perform  a concert of Sacred Music from J.S. Bach, to Avro Part, from the 18th Century, to the 21st, featuring a PREMIER written specifically for the Chapel Choir. Spread the word!   Come hear a great choir!    Free-will Offering will be collected.     

 

 

 

Fuel Assistance

It is that time of the year again when we are taking an offering for Fuel Assistance.  If you are able to give to this fund it helps the church continue other ministries.  Envelopes can be found in the welcome center on the center table.

 

Reminder FUMC Committee chairs/Treasurers

The FUMC Audit Committee needs your checkbook registers, statements and check copies (if possible) for 2014 for the annual audit ASAP.  Please leave them in the office. Any questions, call Kate McManus at 603-817-4656 or email financesec@firstumcrochester.org. Thank you.

 

NEED A GIFT? - BIBLES AVAILABLE BY DONATION

Beginning Ash Wednesday, and continuing throughout Lent and Easter, there will be brand new Bibles available for a suggested donation of $10.  These Bibles, with bonded leather covers of different styles, and available in regular or large print, are good quality and are printed in a new literal translation endorsed by the United Methodist Church called the Common English Bible.  It is an easy to read and easy to understand translation, suitable for readers from the youngest to the oldest. Bibles will be on display in the welcome center outside the church office on Sunday mornings and during weekday office hours. 

 

Reach for the stars with positivity

            Lent can be a time of reflection, a time of improvement and a time of moving forward.  Jesus kept preaching right through his time on the cross and then on his Resurrection.  This can be a time for us to move forward by prayer, reflection and gaining new insights and optimism for our church.

            We are a church of positivity.  Our God is a God of miracles.  Our job is work with/for him.  Paper stars will be distributed today, Sunday, and next Sunday by the ushers after the offering.  After this the stars will be available in a basket at the back of the Sanctuary and in the Chapel.  Each star has a positive word-love, hope, glory, etc…and each has one or more bible reference with the word in the reference.  Many of the words can be used and understood in different circumstances.  There are 60 or more words and large stars have been placed throughout the building, so even though you have received “your” star you can see all the stars represented.  Stars will be sent to shut-ins, college students, and those unable to attend church.  You may take an extra star for someone you would like to share this opportunity with.

            We ask that you pray, meditate, reflect on and check the reference(s) through the holy time of lent.  We pray that this is a season of growth and understanding for all of us.  May God bless you all on this journey.

 

 

 

Canned good donation on Communion Sunday’s

N.O.W. wants to remind you about our long standing program of bring a donated canned good for our food pantry, on Communion Sunday-the first Sunday of each month.  This program supports our church’s food pantry that we use on a daily/weekly basis as the need arises.  If you are like me, I have sort of forgotten about the Communion Sunday donation, so let’s all pull together and restock our food pantry and help in this simple mission. In addition, if you want to give a little bonus to this donation, please tape a QUARTER to the canned good.  Our food pantry can then use that quarter to purchase other needed supplies like a roll of paper towels, etc.  So beginning in March, bring in your canned-good and a taped quarter to it!  You will be able to find the food pantry bin outside the Sanctuary/Chapel on Communion Sunday’s. 

 

Lenten Bible Study

Please join Pastor Jeff on Wednesdays at 6:30PM or Thursdays at 12:15PM for a Bible Study geared toward the season of Lent. Lent is a 40 day period of spiritual reflection and discipline that begins on Ash Wednesday in preparation for Holy Week and Easter.  We will begin our study on Wednesday/Thursday, February 25/26 and continue for 5 weeks, concluding on March 25/26.  Each class is planned to last around 1 hour and will include prayer, a process of scriptural reading/reflection called Lectio Divina, and conversation.  The weekly topics are as follows:

Week 1 - Mark 1:9-15     "The Wilderness and Temptation"

Week 2 - Mark 8:31-38   "Self Denial and Taking Up he Cross"

Week 3 - John 2:13-22   "Zeal and Turning the Tables"

Week 4 - John 3:14-21   "Walking in the Light of Christ"

Week 5 - John 12:20-33 "Where He Leads Me I Will Follow"

 

There is no cost for this class, and all are most welcome to attend - every week or just once!  There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board outside the office.  In preparation for each class, please read and reflect upon the Bible text for the week.