First United Methodist Church
Thursday, August 27, 2015



First UMC Book Club

While I was on vacation at York Beach, I read a book that was so inspiring that I wanted to share it with all the people I care about.  I turned to Jeff and said, "It's too bad we don't have a book group at church!" to which he replied, "So start one."  

So here I am, attempting to start a FUMC book group!  I'm proposing that we begin with "Carry on Warrior" by Glennon Melton and that we take about a month to read it and plan to meet to discuss it in August, place & time TBD.  Please email me directly if you would be interested in participating at  

Thank you!  Patrice Hunt



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Outdoor Worship

Join us for our Annual

Outdoor Worship Service at

Rochester Commons Park.


Please Join us for worship on...

Sunday, August  16, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

Bring a blanket, chair and a friend.  Come enjoy worship with us in the park!



“I look on all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that, in whatever part of it I am, I judge it meet, right, and my bounden duty, to declare unto all that are willing to hear, the glad tidings of salvation.”

John Wesley, Journal (11 June 1739)




GRIC-NIC (picnic kind of format) August 23, 2015. from   2-6pm at Salmon Falls River RV Resort, 44 Natural High Rd, Rte 202, Lebanon in ME, ½ mile from East Rochester. Cost will be $5/person. (watch emails and bulletin for more details in the future.)




From the Church Office:

Summer is finally here! You may see my little miss Magdalyn occasionally in the office but for the most part she will be attending Tri-City Christian Academy summer camp.  Summer office hours are Monday –Thurs 9-2:30 closed on Fridays.  Bulletin weekly deadlines will be  due first thing Tuesday morning.  Bulletins will be printed first thing on Wednesday mornings.  No exceptions please. The Messenger our Monthly newsletter deadlines will continue to be the 15th of every month.  So your next newsletter deadline will be August 15th for September  Messenger publication.  Please enjoy this joint July/August combo publication.  There is a lot going on this summer.  Please watch for future emails and bulletin announcements for details on specific events.  Enjoy the warm summer air and sunshine that this season brings to us.  Blessings.

Your Sister in Christ,

Marguerite Correia




Free Vacation Bible School

Welcome back to summer!  The First United Methodist Church in Rochester, NH invites your children to participate in this year's VBS program - EVEREST: Conquering Challenges with God's Mighty Power.  This year we will be holding VBS the week of July 13-17 from 5-8pm.  As always, dinner will be provided before we begin each evening.  You can register on our church's website at (upper right corner), use a form from the Welcome Center, or just register when you come!  All registration is free!  Even if you are only able to attend 1 day or a few days, we would still love to have you!

Thank you!First UMC VBS Team!               



50 United Methodist Committee on Relief School Bags are on their way to the children!  First United Methodist Missions Committee recently sponsored a Sew-A-Thon to make and fill the school bags.  Thank you to all who helped complete the bags or donated school supplies.

Many super sales for school supplies are held during the summer.  While the bags are completed in May and June, if you would like to be a part of this ministry by purchasing supplies during the sales, they can be stored at church and be ready for the next time!  Shipping regulations require uniformity of each bag and contents.  Supplies for each bag are:

3 -lined spiral notebooks

6- unsharpened pencils

1 -pencil sharpener

1 - 2 inch eraser

1 -box of 24 crayons

1 - 12 inch ruler with


1 -pair of blunt children’s scissor

Thank you!



Liturgists Needed

If you have never been a LITURGIST, but wanted to give it a try, NOW is the time.  We welcome the fresh perspective and variety each reader brings to the pulpit on Sunday mornings.  Of course, we always appreciate the contributions of those who sign up regularly, looking forward to their continued participation.  So, as we embark on the journey, let’s share the joy of sharing His word with one another.

Sign up sheets for 8:30 or 10:00 service  (your preference) are available in the Welcome Center.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call Jane Combs at 603-833-6402.  Thank you for your support.







The Casserole Committee is looking for some new members. We take turns bringing a meal to members who have had surgery or other medical & health issues. The meal can be very simple. What matters the most is that we are helping them out during a difficult time. In addition we are showing them that we truly care!

If you would like to become part of this group or have any questions, please talk to Dottie Longo or Diane Marzoli in church or give us a call.

Diane Marzoli  (603) 332-1766                           Dottie Longo (603) 664-5552





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.


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Coffee Hour

Fellowship & Hospitality is an important ministry at FUMC. Coffee hour is a time when we are called to practice that gift. It is an opportunity to welcome visitors and potential members of our congregation, as well as touch bases with friends, family, and neighbors.  Take time to greet a new face and watch for those who have not attended for awhile.

Another aspect of coffee hour is serving. This is a great way to get better acquainted with our church family. Hosts/Hostess are needed to prepare the tables and start the coffee and tea water as well as to serve each Sunday. Your participation is most welcome at whatever level you are comfortable. Home-baked cookies and almost any other treats are always appreciated.

We are continually blessed by those who sign up and share in this ministry of hospitality.  We extend a special thank you to each of you.  Volunteers may sign up on the poster on the bulletin board.

Remember that the treats can be quite simple. It is not our intention to provide "lunch" Simply share what you can easily afford, especially share the responsibility for extending hospitality to others.




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. 




Greetings from the Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations Committee (aka SPPRC)!

If you ask around, you may not have a clear answer as to what this committee does.  You may hear “they hire & manage the staff”, “they manage complaints”, or “I don’t know!”, but we are much more than that!

Who are we?

We are you! We are members of this church, serving as the connection between the congregation, our pastor, our staff, and our district superintendent.  We serve on three-year terms and our members vary in age, gender, and experience in our church and even the Methodist church.

Current members of the committee are: Gail Burns, Jane Combs, Charlie Karcher, Kent Marzoli, Jon Pyrich, Judy Saddler, Dennis Schafer, and Richard Wachter.

What do we do?

A major part of our role is to ensure that the pastor and staff are equipped and supported to serve God faithfully through the ministry of this church.  We set goals, evaluate performance and hold each other accountable.  Due to the personal and sensitive nature, the discussions of issues within the committee are held with the strictest confidence.

In addition to supporting our pastor and staff, the SPPRC is involved in developing and promoting the vision and mission for the church.  This is an area where we need to continue to improve, so that everyone knows why we are here and we have a shared purpose and goals.

What is next for us?

Pastor Jeff has asked that we set up cottage meetings.  This will be a great opportunity for our church family to gather together in small groups, get to know Jeff better, and share your joys, concerns and suggestions related to the ministry of our church.

If you are interested in hosting a cottage meeting, whether it meets at your home, at the church, or somewhere in the community, please reach out to Jeff or any member of the committee.  Our goal is to gather 12 hosts, meeting at various times and places.  Once we have the hosts and times, we will have a sign-up sheet available in the Welcome Center so that all may be able to participate.

If you would like to know more about SPPRC or have an interest in serving, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Jon Pyrich
Chair, SPPRC



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Photos: Everyone is welcome to submit their own favorite picture (with their name(s) of individuals in the picture clearly on back) OR sent by Email as an attachment to Marguerite at the church.