First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, April 01, 2015



24 hour prayer vigil traditionally held on Maundy Thursday & Good Friday.  Please sign-up for an hour and or fill-out a prayer request card located at the Prayer Vigil Display.


Maundy Thursday will be held at First Church, Congregational on Thursday, April 2, 2014 at 7 p.m.


GRIC  sponsored Good Friday Service will begin here at First UMC 12 noon.  Will continue with a passion walk through out the community

Good Friday Evening service will be held here at First United Methodist Church on Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m.



Easter Sunrise Service is on Sunday, April 20 at 140 Ten Rod Road 6 a.m.


Join us Easter Sunday here at First UMC for Worship Services at 8:00 am & 10 am ! Followed by an Easter Egg Hunt for the kiddos.


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

603-948-1179 or 948-1225



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. 


Couples Social Network

The April CSN event will be hosted by Cindy and Stuart Simon, and will resume on April 11th at 6:00 PM,  (please note the date change due to Holy Week).  This month’s event is an International/around the world theme! Bring a dish to share that represents a country (other than the US). After the meal we will play games with international/around the world themes.  Sign-up sheet will be posted in the Welcome after the Annual Auction date. 


Palm Sunday- Thank you to Studley’s Flower Gardens for donating today’s palm branches.


The Tri-State Rural Mission Team

It’s not too late to sign-up an informational meeting will be held on March 22 in the afternoon in West Scarborough.  Please contact Cindy Edgerly for more details. The Tri-State Rural Mission Team will leave for South Carolina on April 9, 2015 and return on April 19, 2015.  (actual time there 4-11 to 4-18). The need is for more attendees.  The cost is $375  Scholarships are available. If you have any questions ask Cindy Edgerly (603) 534-8346


Mark Your Calendars:

April 18, 2015 ~ Blood Drive. We will be needing baked goods, juice/water donations as well as helpers. To donate blood , it is recommended to call Red Cross to set up appointment.

May 2, 2015 ~ Spring Fair is coming! As you are doing your Spring cleaning & purging set aside good, gently used items to donate as well as gently worn clothing for the Rummage Sale- No Christmas or coats please! Help is needed ! More info to come out in the Newsletter


MYF Fundraiser

Do you want to someone in the church to kiss a live animal during service? Well you can help make this happen by supporting the youth group and donate to Heifer International buying an animal or a share of an animal to help those in need. This could also be the perfect gift for Easter to send to loved ones.

Stop by the table the youth will have on March 22nd and March 29th to make your donations and learn more about who will kiss a live animal.

MYF Bread Sale to benefit Heifer Project

Sunday, March 29th after both worship services, FUMC’s Methodist Youth Fellowship hold a Homemade Bread Sale to benefit their mission fundraising for Heifer Project.  Hot Cross Buns, coffee cakes, Cinnamon Swirl Bread, Dinner Rolls and more will be available to purchase for your Palm Sunday and Easter dining pleasure!  Stop by, pick up some yummy bread and support this worthwhile, world-wide mission!

Church Directory

The "NOW" committee is preparing to update the Church Member Directory. Many of our members helped to update their information last summer. If you were unable to revise any of the information which has changed within the past several years (family composition, address, phone number, etc.) or something has changed within this past year, Pat Hewitt and Sharon Muffett will be in the Welcome Center to

help you accomplish this task on Palm Sunday (3/29) and Easter Sunday (4/05). Also, we would like to include photos in the new directory. Members may submit a photo of their own (please include all names in the photo/ family) on the back of the pictures. Or, if you would like a photo to be taken of you at the church, Patrice Hunt, Karen Stelting, and Charlie DeVito have volunteered to be our photographers on those 2 Sundays!!

It is our hope to have a brand new directory completed this summer and ready for distribution to everyone. Won't it be great to be able to associate the names with the faces of our wonderful congregation??



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. 

Easter Egg Hunt Needs your support

The youth group will be again helping support the annual Easter egg hunt after the 10:00AM service on Easter Sunday.  In order to do this we are in need of candy donations and plastic eggs.  If you could donate some of these items prior to April 4th we would greatly appreciate it. Please bring donations to church with you on Sunday's or leave them in the church office labeled MYF. Thanks!


“Souped Up Sunday” Join us Today after 10 a.m. service

Thank you for supporting our “Souped Up Sunday’s” in January and February.  Our last one until fall will be March 29th.  Remember your free will offering helps to sponsor the scholarships we give to one of our own FUMC graduating seniors, as well as one Spaulding High Student.  See you all on March 29th after service.