The next "House of Faith" tour sponsored by the Nashua Area Interfaith Council will be right here at the Main Street UMC on Sunday, May 19th at 4:00pm. We will welcome members of the community and other communities of faith to learn about Methodism and the history of the Main Street UMC while also providing opportunity for people to see our facilities up close. Volunteers are needed to be greeters, tour guides, make coffee, provide some light refreshments and serve refreshments. A sign up sheet is located on the table in the lobby to let us know of your willingness to assist. Let's do our best to extend a warm welcome to our community to experience some good Methodist hospitality. For more information please speak to Pastor Rich.
UP-COMING RETIREMENT CELEBRATION
District Superintendent Rev. James McPhee is Retiring. The Tri-State District Committee on Superintendency invites everyone to a Dinner Church Worship Service celebrating his ministry.
Date: Sunday, June 9, 2019 Time: 5:00-7:00 pm Place:
First United Methodist Church of Portsmouth, NH, 129 Miller Ave., Portsmouth, NH 03801. RSVP by May 30 to email@example.com.
In honor of Jim's deep love and commitment to the Justice For Our Neighbors Ministry, there will be a collection for JFON in honor of Jim. Make checks payable to Milford UMC and send to Callie McMahon, 6 Johnson St., Milford, NH 03055. Please indicate on the memo line if any of your donation should be set aside for the personal gift.
CALLING ALL UNITED METHODIST MEN AND BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST
Everyone is invited to attend our May United Methodist Men (UMM) breakfast and meeting at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, May 4, in the vestry. Our last program until September features our own church member Laurie Fernald, Program Manager for the Water Project, a major fundraiser whose goal is to provide water stations to villages in Nigeria that live far off the beaten path. Many villagers, especially women, spend a large part of their day hunting for water (much of it unsanitary and unsafe for drinking even when found) which lowers the productivity of families and villages throughout many African and Asian countries. Laurie will discuss the history of the Water Project, show us the details of the structures and wells that they are providing, and the efforts of the Water Project Team to raise funds for the completion of their current project. Come here Laurie explain the history of her efforts and how we can help poor and underserved villages achieve water sufficiency.
Our meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. with a hot breakfast with the program beginning at 9:00 a.m. I invite those who are able to come early at 7:45 a.m. to help set up and set the tables prior to our members arrival. Mark and I will not be present for this meeting so Pastor Rich has graciously agreed to host Laurie as our speaker. At the end of the program, Joyce, as the leader of her last Ham and Bean Supper would appreciate many of you staying to help set up the vestry for the Ham and Bean Supper which will take place later on Saturday afternoon.
Thank you for your continued support of our UMM monthly meetings. Have a great summer until we gather again in September to kick off our new year.
The Granite State Ringers will be performing their Lights! Camera! Bells! concert series at 3:00 pm Sunday, May 5. This concert series features music from beloved classics, family favorites, and movies from all genres! Selections include Dancing Queen from musical comedy Mamma Mia!, the theme from the Western classic The Magnificent Seven, and the crowd favorite Les Miserables medley.
Tickets are $12 at the door.
Campers interested in attending Wanakee (Beautiful Spiritual Place in the Hills) this year can learn more about the variety of camp activities by visiting the Wanakee information table in the vestry after services on 5 May.
There will be registration forms & brochures available for campers and information on Camperships. And of course, we will have Ice Cream. Early registration is encouraged since some of the Summer Camp offerings are limited and are very popular. Visit the Wanakee Website at https://www.wanakee.org/ for additional information on Summer Camps, dates and rates.
Tomorrow, May 4 - 4:30 -6:30 p.m.
Menu: Two kinds of beans, ham, potato salad, cole slaw, pie, bread, and beverage
Prices: Adults - $10; Seniors (60+) $9; Children (6-12) $4; 5 and under Free
Thank you for your dedication and participation in this ministry and fundraiser for our church budget.
To help families around the world build new, sustainable lives, you gave $3,148.60 in gifts in celebration or in memory of someone special this Easter. Gifts included Heifer shares, goat and water buffalo shares, Rabbit trios and trees, lots of honeybees, flocks and flocks of chicks, ducks, and geese, seeds, donkeys, a whole llama, and an amazing seven water pumps!! Thank you very much. Go to https://www.heifer.org/ending-hunger/our-work/index.html
to read about Heifer's work around the world.
School kits for UMCOR were brought forward to the altar and celebrated on Palm Sunday.
The Missions Committee has packed 37 school kits
so far. I
n addition, United Methodist Women have been busy sewing gowns and shirts, knitting baby sweaters and blankets, and buying diapers and washcloths, so twenty layette kits
will be joining our health kits at the UMCOR Depot in Merrimack.
If you haven't brought your kit yet, bring it in and we will start a new box!
Gifts to UMCOR totaled $1510
. This keeps the United Methodist Committee on Relief ready to respond to emergencies, both domestic and international. We know that our kits and UMCOR donations will be put to good use.
If you want to respond to a particular emergency, you may write a check to Main St. with UMCOR in the subject line. Cyclone Ida in Zimbabwe and neighboring countries is an UMCOR focus right now.
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