First United Methodist Church
Thursday, March 05, 2015


Zumba:  Start the new year off with a little Latin dancing.   Join us every Saturday from 8:00 am—9:00 am for fun, fellowship and exercise.


Church office phones

The church office phones are currently not working.  We are working to resolve this matter as quick as possible.  If you need to reach the office feel free to email us at :



Join us on MARCH 31, 7:30 PM to watch Houghton College Chapel Choir perform  a concert of Sacred Music from J.S. Bach, to Avro Part, from the 18th Century, to the 21st, featuring a PREMIER written specifically for the Chapel Choir. Spread the word!   Come hear a great choir!    Free-will Offering will be collected. We still need housing for about 20 singers.   Home-hosting builds community and ownership of the music / concertizing / ministry of the visiting choir.   Spare beds allow hospitality that our church is known for too be on display.   Between volunteers at Walnut Grove church here in Rochester (Christian O'Lone's family church) and initial interest, we have 38 of 56 singers a place to sleep for the night.   This is a great start and we just need at most 10 more homes to make this a complete success.   So don't delay;   let Dan Saucier Jr., or John Wilderman, or Kevin know how many you can house!  



Canned good donation on Communion Sunday’s

N.O.W. wants to remind you about our long standing program of bring a donated canned good for our food pantry, on Communion Sunday-the first Sunday of each month.  This program supports our church’s food pantry that we use on a daily/weekly basis as the need arises.  If you are like me, I have sort of forgotten about the Communion Sunday donation, so let’s all pull together and restock our food pantry and help in this simple mission. In addition, if you want to give a little bonus to this donation, please tape a QUARTER to the canned good.  Our food pantry can then use that quarter to purchase other needed supplies like a roll of paper towels, etc.  So beginning in March, bring in your canned-good and a taped quarter to it!  You will be able to find the food pantry bin outside the Sanctuary/Chapel on Communion Sunday’s. 


Lenten Bible Study

Please join Pastor Jeff on Wednesdays at 6:30PM or Thursdays at 12:15PM for a Bible Study geared toward the season of Lent. Lent is a 40 day period of spiritual reflection and discipline that begins on Ash Wednesday in preparation for Holy Week and Easter.  We will begin our study on Wednesday/Thursday, February 25/26 and continue for 5 weeks, concluding on March 25/26.  Each class is planned to last around 1 hour and will include prayer, a process of scriptural reading/reflection called Lectio Divina, and conversation.  The weekly topics are as follows:

Week 1 - Mark 1:9-15     "The Wilderness and Temptation"

Week 2 - Mark 8:31-38   "Self Denial and Taking Up he Cross"

Week 3 - John 2:13-22   "Zeal and Turning the Tables"

Week 4 - John 3:14-21   "Walking in the Light of Christ"

Week 5 - John 12:20-33 "Where He Leads Me I Will Follow"


There is no cost for this class, and all are most welcome to attend - every week or just once!  There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board outside the office.  In preparation for each class, please read and reflect upon the Bible text for the week.


Fuel Assistance

It is that time of the year again when we are taking an offering for Fuel Assistance.  If you are able to give to this fund it helps the church continue other ministries.  Envelopes can be found in the welcome center on the center table.



Beginning Ash Wednesday, and continuing throughout Lent and Easter, there will be brand new Bibles available for a suggested donation of $10.  These Bibles, with bonded leather covers of different styles, and available in regular or large print, are good quality and are printed in a new literal translation endorsed by the United Methodist Church called the Common English Bible.  It is an easy to read and easy to understand translation, suitable for readers from the youngest to the oldest. Bibles will be on display in the welcome center outside the church office on Sunday mornings and during weekday office hours. 



Boy Scout Spaghetti Supper

Troop 184 cordially invites all members of the congregation and community to join us on Saturday, March 14 from 4-7:00 PM for a Spaghetti Supper in Hurd Hall.  Dinner will include spaghetti, bread, green beans, and cake for dessert.   Cost is $5/person (children under 5 eat free).  Funds raised go to support Troop 184’s trip to Gettysburg, PA in April.


Annual Auction

Mark your calendars for March 7, 2015 4:30 pm – 6 pm  for our Annual auction and dinner.  This is a great social event so bring a friend.  This Annual event is also a great fundraiser that benefits our general fund.  Tickets are available in the Church office during office hours or you can see Norma Bourne.  Tickets are $10.00 per adult and children are $ 5.00.  We welcome any donations for the auction.  donation forms are available in the Welcome Center. This year’s menu is Ham served with roasted potatoes, vegetable, desert and beverage.