First United Methodist Church
Saturday, May 30, 2015


MYF Step-Up night

The youth group will hold it's annual step up night on May 31st from 6pm-8pm. We are inviting all students in 6th grade and up who are interested in joining the youth group to come for a time of fellowship, games, and devotion. This will be a great way to see the fun in store for next year. ALL students 6th grade and up are invited. If you have questions please see any of the current youth group members or the advisers. God Bless.   Thanks,  Dan Saucier


UMW June Outing

On Wed. June 3, the women of UMW will have their June outing at Newick's at 6:00 PM.  If you are planning to join us, please sign up on the sheet in the Welcome Center.  Please let us know if you need a ride.  We will meet in the church parking lot at 5:15.


Peace with Justice Sunday

When you give on Peace with Justice Sunday, your gift makes possible our critical kingdom work in the world. Because you give:

·         Methodists spearhead a peace ministry uniting Arizona border communities

·         United Methodists in Liberia are being equipped to implement the denomination’s Social Principles to address social-justice issue

·         Pennsylvania students are educating their community about sex-trafficking at home and abroad

These initiatives, and hundreds of other ones, are possible because you give.  Please the envelope enclosed in your bulletin if you are able to give.

 Sunday, June 14, 2015

Celebrate Children’s Sunday   

We will be ending our Sunday School year with a celebration of our youngest worshippers on Children’s Sunday on June 14.  The children will have an opportunity to participate in the church service and all 2nd graders will receive a Bible.  The Christian Ed committee would also like to invite you all to the annual BBQ afterwards in Hurd Hall.  If you are able to bring something to share, please check the sign-up sheet in the Welcome Center.  We hope to see you there!




Youth Choir Concert & Housing

I hope you are all well and enjoying the recent weather. I know many of you enjoyed the choir that toured to the church in March thanks to Kevin and Christian O’Lone. I wanted to let you know we have another great opportunity for a choir exchange coming up in June.

We have a choir visiting us on June 23rd for an evening concert. The choir is the Crossflame Youth Choir and Orchestra. They will perform a concert at the church on the night of June 23rd at 7:00PM and then they will need housing over night until the next day. The group is made up of middle and high school students. Students will need to be picked up at the church Tuesday night after the concert (hopefully you are able to make it) and then  brought back to the church Wednesday morning. We are also collaborating with the East Rochester and Dover Methodist church's to house so this will truly be a larger cooperation event for this concert.   If this is something you think you would be able to do then please contact Dan Saucier (The young Dan). My email is I look forward to hearing from you and working on another great choir exchange.

Thanks,   Dan Saucier


Bible Pathways

Many wonder why the book Song of Songs appears in the Bible. It is an explicit love story, and the book makes no mention of God at all. Jews would not allow young men to even read it until they were 30 years old! A quick synopsis: A bride works in a country vineyard. She is an outdoor girl, her body tanned. She and her lover express their love and desire for each other in detail. They celebrate their honeymoon. Soon she has a troubling dream - her lover is outside trying to get in, she cannot get the door open and finds him gone. Join us as we look beneath the surface of this account to find the truths within at Bible Pathways, Wed. June 3 at 6:30 PM in Conference Room 1. Get the one-page study guide at Questions? Contact Rick Mills at






      We are looking for Crafters and Vendors to join us Saturday August 8th for a Craft/Vendor Festival in the Church parking lot. It is important that we contact Crafters and Vendors early so they can reserve our date.


     We all know Crafters and Vendors who go to these fairs all the time.

We need to get them to come to our event and now is the time to contact them and commit to our date. Please tell people you may know about this event and let them know that they can sign up for a spot. Forms will be available in the Church office or they can contact Don Raab (603-332-3172).


     Members of the Church are also encourage to reserve a spot. Many of you are crafters or sell products and I encourage you to consider joining us. All proceeds from this event will go to the General Fund of the Church.




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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With the arrival of the season of new life, also come new opportunities to serve.  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 as Easter people, 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.


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.


Canned good donation on Communion Sunday’s

N.O.W. wants to remind you about our long standing program of bringing 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.  Many of  us tend to forget 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. 



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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