First United Methodist Church
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
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Weekly Update


The Weekly Update

June 10, 2021


The interviewing process continues! We are trying to maintain some form of presence in the church office. Unfortunately, we cannot staff the office every day.  We apologize for the inconvenience, and recommend calling before making a trip to the church to conduct office business. We look forward to welcoming a new Office Manager as soon as possible and appreciate your patience in the meantime.  


In-Person Worship in the Sanctuary @ 9:30 AM SUNDAYS!

Here are important details regarding in-person worship services. Please Note: These guidelines have changed. We understand that, for some, these modified but continued restrictions seem unnecessary while, for others, they do not address concerns enough. We are well aware that we as team, and as an entire church family, are not of one mind on these subjects. We are asking for your patience and understanding, if not agreement, as we work through the many issues related to fully and safely reopening as we juggle local, state, national, and denominational requirements and recommendations. In addition, no one person on the committee is the sole judge or decision-maker, including the pastor and staff. Committee decisions are just that - decisions made by the entire committee. We may have, and will make mistakes as nobody on the team or in our church family is an expert on pandemics. Please know that we always hold in our hearts and minds the entire congregation as we move forward.  Thank you.

  • Please enter the building via the Welcome Center. All exits are available for use at the end of the service.

  • Masks should be worn when moving about in the building. When seated and distanced, masks may be removed. 

  • Please maintain social-distance space of at least 6 feet in all directions - kindly do not impinge upon another person’s space without asking permission to do so first. 

  • Upon entering the Welcome Center please sanitize hands and proceed to the second floor using either the elevator or Welcome Center stairs. We recommend not congregating in smaller places like the Welcome Center.

  • On the second floor you will check in with another greeter who will check your name off on a master list. If your name is not on that list we will ask for name(s) and phone numbers. This is still recommended for contact-tracing per the NH Department of Health and Human Services should a COVID-19 case be reported to our church. 

  • There will also be offering plates available for your gifts before and after worship. There will not be a formal offering time during the service. 

  • Restrooms are available, but should be limited to one occupant at a time. Please wash/sanitize hands when finished.

  • No food or beverage is allowed in the building at this time. 

  • The “Prayer Book” will be available. 

  • Please inform Pastor Jeff if you end up testing positive for COVID-19 after participating in worship. Be assured he will hold name(s)/identifying information in the strictest of confidence. However, we do need to inform those who may have been exposed per DHHS guidelines.



The reopening committee continues to use the sign up genius format through the summer to help keep track of volunteers. The link is below for ushers, greeters, liturgists, and name-takers for June-August. Please send out to those you know like to volunteer and we will fill things in accordingly. We will need to fill positions for this coming week as this is brand new! Thanks for helping!


Online services will continue to be offered on a weekly basis. Visit and look for the link near the bottom of the page - or go to YouTube and search for “First United Methodist Church Rochester, NH.” The link is also posted on our church Facebook page.



June 13 - Third Sunday after Pentecost

Texts: I Samuel 6:15:34-16:13 and Mark 4:26-34

Title: By Faith, Not Sight

Theme: Only with the heart can we see rightly. This truth is witnessed in God’s decision to anoint David as the new king of Israel: “the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Sam 16:7b NRSV). This truth is also proclaimed by Paul in his insistence: “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7 NRSV). And it is expressed by Jesus as he compares the kingdom of God to a tiny mustard seed where birds will one day make their nests. These scriptures teach us to see with the heart, that God may grant us our hearts’ true desire.

All who helped make the yard sale a resounding success! To all who donated, volunteered their time sorting and setting up, selling and cleaning up, and counting and depositing the proceeds. A special thanks to Pat Hewitt for, once again, coordinating the entire event.  Well done!

NOW will be hosting 2 Blood Drives. The first is 6/23/2021 from 9-130. We would need a couple of volunteers. This would just to be there to open the door at 8 am & to close up after they leave. Red Cross will provide other volunteers.
The other drive is August 28 from 9-130.

NOW will be having two Missions of the Month ongoing throughout the Summer:
     -Items for Personal Care/Hygiene Kits. These will be handed out on Sundays at Soup Kitchen.
       Gallon size Ziploc Bags with deodorants, female products, bar soap ,body wash, toothpaste/toothbrushes, dental floss, combs, shampoo , small
        size kitchen trash bags(not tall kitchen) 

     -The Soup Kitchen pantry is in need of canned goods & non-perishable
        #10 can of vegetables is great!  , canned vegetables, small cans or individual size of fruit or applesauce, Tomato sauce and/or pasta sauce,
          pasta. Bottles water for Sunday Soup Kitchen- Please label "For Sunday" 

We are putting the finishing touches on the church directory, but are missing some information to be included. Please send the following details to Donna Downes at Also, indicate if there is information you do not wish included.
     Phone #'s (cell and home)
     Email address
     Birthdates of all family members
     Personal picture or family picture you would like printed in the directory.

Thank you,
Donna Downes

A reminder that our expenses continue even during the COVID-19 crisis. If you have the means and desire to temporarily give more to offset what others cannot, please do so.  We are all in this together! Thank you!
Please consider using the Give+ app (download from the App Store or Google Play store, or set up automatic ACH payments through Vanco.  Contact Kate Marcotte for more information at

Now available on 
and Vanco Give + app...

the ability to donate to the Church Heat Fund also known as the Fuel Fund! On behalf of The Finance Committee, thank you for supporting the church. Every dollar counts!

~Kate Marcotte
FUMC EFT Coordinator

 CASSEROLE COMMITTEE - provides meals for people in our church family during difficult times.  Anyone who is in need of meals may call one of the two Chairpersons: Diane  Marzoli  332-1766  or  Dottie Bickford-Longo  664-5552, or contact the office for assistance. Please let us know whether you have any dietary restrictions! We always bring enough food for the whole family. If you can help, either by cooking or buying a meal, we need you! Thanks.
ONLINE PRAYER REQUESTS: may be sent to Pastor Jeff ( by 11 AM on Wednesdays for inclusion in the Weekly Prayer List, by noon on Thursdays to have a prayer request shared during online worship (services are recorded on Thursday evenings). 
TWO key leadership positions need to be filled!

Chairperson for the Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations Committee 
     SPPRC is essentially the human resources committee of the church and is responsible for securing and evaluating the
      Pastor and paid staff. The chairperson coordinates and leads the committee's meetings and reports to the Administrative
      Council. Due to the nature of the work, this committee is intentional about confidentiality with regard to personnel matters.

Chairperson of the Altar Guild
     The chair may be held by a team or an individual. The primary responsibility is to remind the Guild members
     when it is their month to handle altar flowers. Beyond that, coordination of holiday flowers, decorations, and
     other seasonal worship visuals also falls under the bailiwick of the chair or chairs. The chair is a member of the
     worship committee, meeting monthly with that group for liturgical season planning - particularly related to

To receive more information or volunteer, please contact Pastor Jeff. Training is provided.

June 9 -12      Annual Conference Sessions via Zoom

June 10          Service Recording at 6:30 PM

June 13          Worship Service at 9:30 AM and Online
                       YOC Organ Recital at 2 PM

June 14          Worship Committee Meeting at 6:30 PM (Zoom)

June 15          July/August Messenger Deadline
                       Trustees Meeting at 7 PM (Zoom)

June 16          SPPRC Interviews at 7 PM (Zoom)

June 17          Service Recording at 6:30 PM

June 20          Father's Day
                       Worship Service at 9:30 AM and Online

June 21          Administrative Council at 7 PM (Zoom)

June 23          Red Cross Blood Drive at 8 AM (Hurd Hall)

June 24          Service Recording at 6:30 PM

June 27          Worship Service at 9:30 AM and Online

June 28          SPPRC Meeting at 6:30 PM

**Please Note: Pastor Jeff and Family intend to be on vacation beginning Sunday, June 20th after worship through Sunday, June 27th. Pastoral coverage in the event of an emergency will be arranged and communicated. 

Help First UMC While You Shop - If you shop Amazon, particularly while remaining socially distant during the COVID-19 crisis, use this link: . When you do, a percentage of what you spend is donated to our church. In addition, AmazonSmile customers can now support First United Methodist Church in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
          -Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
          -Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
          -Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, update your app.
Thank you for supporting FUMC!

“See” you in church!!!