First United Methodist Church
Saturday, October 10, 2015




Cottage meetings continue

We apologize for needing to reschedule the last Cottage meeting with short notice.  When a new date is selected, it will be announced on the board downstairs. Thank you for your understanding.  We are also pleased to announce 2 new Cottage Meetings have been scheduled.  October 1 at the home of Med Tibbetts at 4:30 p.m. October 17 at the home of Dawn Nester at 3 p.m. Please check the Cottage Meeting Board to sign-up.


A Celebration of Life Service for Diane McManus

Calling hours will be held here at First UMC on Friday, September 25 from 6-8 p.m.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held here on Saturday, September 26 at 11 a.m.



Word Seekers Bible Study

Join us TODAY at 4 p.m.  All are Welcome.  This bible study meets weekly in the library.  The book they are studying is “How to get into the Bible.” If you are interested and would like Sandy Skammels to order you a book please see her at Bible Study to exchange info.


UMW Apple Peeling and Pie making

Well, it is that time of year again and we are looking for volunteers to join us on Wednesday, September 23 at 9 a.m. in Hurd Hall to peel apples.  The apples are peeled for pie making nights to be sold at our Annual Holiday Fair. Please remember to bring your own peeler.  Join the UMW group for that evening at 6:30 p.m. and bring your rolling pin for pie making night.



Holy Land Pilgrimage/Study Journey:
Pastor Jeff is considering leading a 10 day journey to Israel & Palestine, departing Boston on 17 April 2016. The journey is organized through The Society for Biblical Studies (, and we would be touring with other United Methodists from New England. The 10 day journey will introduce participants to the geographical, historical and cultural backgrounds of the Old and New Testaments. Much more than a tour, it will also include conversations with Israelis and Palestinians of the three monotheistic faiths. The journey will include visits to the most important historical and spiritual sites in Israel-Palestine such as the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Old City of Jerusalem and the Sea of Galilee. The price of $3,297 includes most expenses like r/t airfare from Boston, lodging, two meals daily, ground transportation and site entry. If you are interested in joining the journey, see Pastor Jeff. The goal is to have a minimum of 6 participants.

Homeless Shelter needs help

The Homeless Center for Strafford County is a private not for profit seasonal emergency shelter that is open from the firstMonday in October through the first Monday in May.


We will be in need of many new volunteers to cover shifts to man the shelter.  Shifts vary from weekday 8:30 am to 1:30 pm1:30 pm to 5:30 pm and 5:30 pm to 10 pm, Sat and Sunday re 6 am to 10 am10 am to 1:30 pm1:30 pm to 5:30 pmand 5:30 pm to 10 pm.  Very limited responsibilities other than answering the phones, rule enforcement and log book entries and emailing the director.  Must attend one 2 hour training, submit paperwork and a have a Criminal Record release on file (We pay all fees).  Please email or call 603.332.3065 for more information and/or to get a training date scheduled.  All trainings will be held in September both day's and evenings available.




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