First United Methodist Church
Friday, November 21, 2014
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Mark Your Calendars:

Church Conference is scheduled for Sunday, November 16 following 10 am worship service. 

Thanksgiving Food Basket donations

Each year we collect food donations to make holiday baskets for families in need within our community.  Items needed would be to help families make a thanksgiving dinner.  So while you are out shopping pick up a box of stuffing, mash potatoes, cranberry sauce, canned veggies or even a  brownie mix.  If we all give a little some family in need can benefit from our collective efforts. The last day to bring food into Church will be Sunday, November 23.  You are invited to stop by during the week and leave in either the office or food donation box.  We thank you for your support.


On Friday November 28 @6:30, we are having a Movie Night  “God is Not Dead”  No food just the Movie—No Charge!


December 6   5-6:30 pm


Soup, Bread, Beverage and Desert


Followed by  Granite State Bell Ringers at 7 PM

Tickets $10.00


The Giving Tree: FEED THE NEED

It is that time of year again, the Lay leaders are in the planning stages for the Christmas giving Tree!  This year the tree will be much larger, the need much greater!  So  If all teachers or represesenitives  from the different schools could please get the following information to  Norma Bourne  or leave information in the Church Office.

School or (fellowship kitchen)



Grade and any other info that they wish to use to identify the person.

We will be delivering the gifts gift wrapped, with the info that the school gives us taped on the outside (school, age & gender any other identifing info they give us)  This year we will also include the need for items in our own Sunday School Closet!  We would like this information no later than 11-14-14


Thanks so Much. In His Service, Norma Bourne



Holiday Fair News

Craft Night Wednesday, November 12th  in Hurd Hall at 6:30 p.m. We will be doing some crafts.  Please come and join us.  Many hands make light work!  Our Holiday Fair is coming fast. The sign-up chart is in the Welcome Center.  Please find a time you can help.  This year’s date is Saturday, November 22nd from 8:30 am – 2 pm.  Thank you.


Christmas Pageant

This year we will be doing a traditional Christmas Pageant to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. All children are welcome to participate. We will be holding a rehearsal on Saturday, December 20 from 1-3 and the Pageant will be performed during the 10:00 service on December 21. Please sign up in the Welcome Center or see Michelle Pyrich by December 7. We hope you can join us!


Mark Your Calendars for the following events:

On Friday November 28 @6:30, we are having a Movie Night  “God is Not Dead”  No food just the Movie—No Charge!


Join us Saturday, December 6, from 5-6:30 p.m. for a SOUPED UP SATURDAY NIGHT Soup, Bread, Beverage and Desert  a FREE WILL OFFERING will be collected.  Stay and enjoy the Granite State Bell Ringers tickets are $10 show starts at 7 p.m.


The Couples Social Network will host a Yankee Swap on Saturday, December 6th at 2:00 PM at Julie and John Wilderman’s home in Barrington.  For more information, please see the sign-up sheet in the Welcome Center.


Granite State Choral Society presents Handel's Messiah on Saturday, December 13th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 14th at 3:00 at FUMC. Tickets are available in the church office, Care Pharmacy or from any choral member.  For more information please contact Donna Downes.


GRIC Community Thanksgiving Service

Join us at Gonic Friends Meeting house on Today at 3 p.m. for the Annual Community Thanksgiving Service.


UMW News

Since postage stamps keep rising, we have decided to try something new for Christmas cards.  Starting November  30, there will be a “mail” box in the Welcome Center where you can send other members of the church a card with no postage.  Each week the cards will be sorted and given to the recipient.  Please include first and last names on your envelope.  The last Sunday to send cards will be December 16.

Ladies-Save the Date

December 3rd at 6 p.m. the annual Christmas “Thank You” dinner will be held in hurd hall catered by Portable Pantry.  Cost is $15 per person paid in advance.  Sign-up sheet in Welcome Center.


Giving Tree

All gifts for the Giving Tree should be in no later than  December 10, time is needed for Santa to get his/her sleigh ready to go!!.  The Tree is in the Office this week and you can still take a “Hand” or an “Angel”.  We continue to add names, there is a great need for Help!!




Soup Kitchen needs:

There are many items that are in short supply and/or go quickly. Following is a list of items that are needed: mayonnaise, napkins, canned veggies, canned fruits, canned tomato sauce, tuna fish, canned pasta w/sauces.  Any little bit helps us “Feed the Need"     


The Granite State Choral Society

Handel’s Messiah. Performance dates are Saturday, December 13th at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 14th at 3:00 at First United Methodist Church.  For more information visit the website or contact Donna Downes at 207-457-1576.



Coffee hour

Have you signed up to host a coffee hour for next year yet? Well, if you haven’t here is your chance. Don’t miss the opportunity to share in Fellowship. Stop by the bulletin board in the welcome center and sign-up to host coffee hour. Hosting is easy and simple.


Altar Flowers

Have you signed up for altar flowers?  Stop by the bulletin board in the welcome center and sign-up.  Altar guild will contact you on the specifics of the arrangement and what you would like printed in the bulletin.



 Office hours are now 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday


Visiting Opportunities...They would love to see you

Eileen Parsell—Watson Fields

Carol Rawski—Riverside Nursing Home room 315

Norman Pierce—206 N. River Road Kirkwood Corners, Lee, NH

Vera Zajas - Riverside Nursing Home 3rd floor

Just drop in and bring a friendly smile to a friend!


Zumba Class

Saturday mornings from 8:45 am - 9:45 am, we'll meet in Hurd Hall to dance to the Latin rhythms of Zumba nation.  No experience required, just a willingness to move and have a great time.  Contact Kristen Sturtevant or Linda Smith with any questions.  Dress comfortably and get ready to dance!


Coffee Ministry

Each week at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays volunteers from our Missions team provide coffee and treats to those in need at Gerry’s Food Pantry.  They are always in looking for more volunteers. If interested in helping to “FEED THE NEED” through this ministry see Claude & Judy Saddler, Janice Lewis or Dan Saucier, Sr.