To parents of young unvaccinated, I know this is a stressful time when vaccines are not yet available for kids under 5 and mask wearing has become optional in some public settings. We've heard your concern about bringing your kids into worship where both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons share a space for an hour and about your kids grouping together down front for children's time. So in our setting of public worship we're continuing to wear masks and for Lent and we're using a Wonder Box for our time for all ages to allow for one child (or one family's kids) to come forward to open the box and then have them return to their family and address the children in their seats. We look forward to being able to worship together again with our smallest of members as well.
As we move through Lent in preparation for Easter, we teach our young ones to, "bury" the Alleluia. We don't use the word Alleluia during Lent.
A fun activity to do with your little ones is to talk about this with them by showing an uncolored Alleluia and have them bury it (hide or put it away) (with you). Then at some point, before Easter morning, parents, grandparents, or care givers, can color the Alleluia page, and re-bury it (when the youngsters are sleeping or at school). What a wonderful discovery to find on Easter morning!!
Souper Bowl of Caring: Thank you for dropping off soup and beans and rice at the Nashua Soup Kitchen or at the church or putting a gift in the literal or figurative pot! Folks at the food pantry were very happy to get them! Thanks to the Graudens family for banging on pots!!
Soup Kitchen Volunteers: Volunteers are in short supply at the Nashua Soup Kitchen. As infection numbers go down, we are hoping to resume our regular volunteering and our third Sunday food pantry.
Kits: UMCOR School Kits will be one of our Lenten projects this year. It's time to start shopping for the materials for your kit! Plastic bags and directions will be in the lobby at the church, or just use these instructions and your own 2-gallon zip lock bag! Cloth bags are no longer accepted, and avoid camouflage, patriotic, religious, advertising, or cartoon themed items.
One pair blunt scissors (Round tip only, no plastic scissors)
One box of 24 crayons
Three one-subject notebooks (No marble composition books or 3 or 5 subject notebooks)
One pack of loose-leaf paper (100-200 pages, wide or college ruled)
One hand-held pencil sharpener (1-inch or longer, removed from packaging)
One ruler (12 inches or 30 centimeters long, sturdy or flexible material)
Six unsharpened pencils
One eraser, two inches or larger
One two-gallon re-sealable plastic bag
$1 for shipping in a separate envelope. We will remove it before delivery to Merrimack.
Stack all paper items on top of each other.
Place all loose items on top of paper.
Place kit inside of re-sealable bag and seal.
Plan now to bring kits to church to dedicate on Palm Sunday, April 10. We will take them to St. James UMC in Merrimack after Easter.
UMCOR Sunday is March 27. If you want to donate to "keep the lights on" at the United Methodist Committee on Relief, please write UMCOR Sunday on your check.
Heifer Project: We managed to have an amazing Easter Tree of Life last spring, and we will do it again! Please fill out the form with your check and send with your offering with Heifer Project designated or give it directly to a mission's representative at our table in the lobby or vestry. This year, we are hoping that you can even choose your own animal to hang on our tree to honor or remember a special family member or mentor or friend. The gift of a Heifer animal means even more in these pandemic times. If you make your gift through Heifer.org instead of directly to the church, please let Phyllis Appler know. Please be sure that you have chosen your animal by Palm Sunday, April 10th.
Please use the following link for the Heifer donation form::
The Mayor's office in Nashua is exploring the creation of a Disability Advisory Council to discuss issues and services surrounding Nashuans experiencing different challenges of disability and handicap. And they have reached out to us to see if we have someone from this congregation interested in being put forward for this quarterly group or who would like to have input on their work. Let the office know if you are interested; email@example.com
March Fundraiser for UMW Sat. the 12th from 9-2 Nashua Sr. Center
United Women in Faith March Meeting Wed. 16th 7 PM, virtual Presentation about Family Promise
Matt Hodgkiss, Director of Volunteer Engagement and Operations for Family Promise of Southern NH will join us online to give us some information and answer questions about this great organization that helps families get back on their feet. Zoom or Google Meet Link will be sent out closer to the date. Items they have a constant need for are paper towels, toilet paper and baby wipes. If you would like to donate some they can be dropped off at the church during office hours or on Sundays.
Amy C. and the MMS Drama Club will present "Peter Pan." Amy is one of the Indians and plays adult Wendy in the last scene. Shows are Fri, Apr 1st and Sat, Apr 2nd from 7-9 pm at Merrimack Middle School (31 Madeline Bennett Lane). $10 per ticket. (Here is the link for tickets: https://www.onthestage.tickets/mms-drama-club/season.)
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