The famed food writer M.F.K. Fisher often gets asked why she writes about eating and drinking rather than say the struggle for power and security or love and wars. In the introduction to her book The Gastronomical Me, first published in 1943, she writes,
"The easiest answer is to say that, like most other humans, I am hungry. But there is more than that. It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it…and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied…and it is all one."
There is a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken around the table. Simone Weil wrote, in her book Waiting for God, "The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is any bread, but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry."
Thirsty Thursdays are offered to feed our hunger for community. Conversation, building relationships, sharing deeply with each other is food for the soul. Join us some Thursday (or next week we gather on Saturday to pick berries) to nourish the heart. We ask that you register with the office if you're attending so we can better plan.
We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Sharon Schmidt for volunteering to clean the church while Chuck is away. We really appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to help keep us running efficiently.
Chuck was away on vacation and then had a surgical procedure that was scheduled when he returned. He will be away for another week and is home and mending well. We pray for his speedy recovery and return.
The Church Photo Directory is complete and here! We are excited to see all your beautiful faces in color and current, active members contact information provided as well.
We have a limited amount of hard copies available at the Church Office, pick one up when you are here on Sunday. If we run out, the photos will be available online and/or we can send you an email copy. We want to limit the access to the full directory online so that we do not share members personal information online.
Contact the office if you want the link to the online photo version or if you'd like the full directory with contact information sent to you via email - email@example.com.
We want to congratulate Caroline Ekle on a new addition to her home. Chantal D'Amour is a Maltipoo (cross between a Maltese and a toy poodle). Caroline states that "she is a total delight who loves to hug and snuggle!"
"The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog."
~ M.K. Clinton
Join us tonight at the Rambling House for appetizers, drinks and fellowship! The next gathering will be on Saturday, July 22 for berry picking. Let us know if you can join us - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug 5 - Potluck Supper is for anyone interested in volunteering at the Ham & Bean Suppers, anyone who wants to learn more about this ministry opportunity, and anyone who has been involved in previous suppers.
Sept 9 - Church Members Family & Friends Ham & Bean Supper - This will be a trial run of our buffet format and we encourage everyone to attend and help us make improvements. Tickets will be sold at the door.
Oct 7 - Our first Ham & Bean Supper open to the public. We're so excited to resume this ministry in our community and look forward to seeing both new and familiar faces! Tickets will be sold at the door.
Ham & Bean suppers will resume full schedule on the first Saturday of each month after we launch the first one on October 7th!
This coming Sunday is our day to serve the community at the Nashua Soup Kitchen. Summer is a slow time for volunteers, so your help would be very much welcomed and appreciated. Let Phyllis Appler know if you can be there.
We are in need of a few more volunteers to help us blast off at Vacation Bible School. This includes a Bible story leader and other opportunities. Please let Pastor Kelly or Andrea Weir know if you can help out. Volunteer form is also linked below!
If you love golf, there's no better way to put in some quality time out on the green than by supporting a good cause. First Church of Nashua's "There's No Place Like Home" Charity Golf Tournament is on Monday August 7th, 2023 at the beautiful green of the Nashua Country Club. Tee-off is 12 noon and check-in is at 10:30. All proceeds support organizations that help homeless youth and family move forward, including Stepping Stones, Family Promise, and the Front Door Agency. If you want to support Stepping Stones directly through this fundraiser, you can purchase a Game Card at the event.
"THE 7 DEADLY SINS OF WHITE CHRISTIAN NATIONLISM: A CALL TO ACTION"
Summer keynote event: The Seven Deadly Sins of White Christian Nationalism: A Call to Action.
At Unitarian Universalist Church, Concord, NH
We are SO excited to welcome the Rev. Dr. Carter Hayward to New Hampshire on August 29th. In a time of rising hate activity across our state, Rev. Dr. Heyward is going to talk with us about her book, the Seven Deadly Sins of White Christian Nationalism. Together, we will learn about action steps we can take in our own churches and communities as we grow our muscles in this work together.
There will be opportunity to spend time together in both small and large groups, and to connect with other voices of faith from across the state who are also interested in doing this work. Registration, and more details about our book group accompanying this event coming next week!
Thanks to our partners at the NH Conference of the UCC, and Episcopal Diocese of NH who are working with us. We hope you will save-the-date, and join us.
This summer, we're BLASTING OFF! To Mars and Beyond... we'll learn how God can empower us to GO BEYOND with faith, boldness, kindness, thankfulness, and hope. We're on a mission, and we'd love to have you voyage with us!