First United Methodist Church
Saturday, December 20, 2014






All are cordially invited to join the Hunt family in celebrating the holiday season at the Holiday Open House at the Parsonage on Saturday, December 20th from 3-6 PM.  The lights will be on, the cider warm, and the snacks abundant.  If you are able, please bring something to share.  If not, come anyway and bring your good cheer.  We look forward to seeing you!  The parsonage address is 9 Vinewood Lane in Rochester.   


Christmas Pageant

This year we will be doing a traditional Christmas Pageant to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. All children are welcome to participate. We will be holding a rehearsal on Saturday, December 20 from 1-3 and the Pageant will be performed during the 10:00 service on December 21. Please sign up in the Welcome Center or see Michelle Pyrich by December 7. We hope you can join us!



A Festival of Lessons & Carols

Join us Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 6 pm for Nine Lessons and Carols recalling the Christmas story through worship and song.  A free will offering will be collected.


Christmas Eve Services
Join us Christmas Eve for our 7 PM and 11 PM Candle-light services.  This year, leading up to the start of the 7 PM service, our Prelude will begin at 6:45 with Hand-bell, instrumental and Organ music.  Please take note of the slight time change.   


The Couples Social Network will host a Yankee Swap on Saturday, December 6th at 2:00 PM at Julie and John Wilderman’s home in Barrington.  For more information, please see the sign-up sheet in the Welcome Center.

Granite State Choral Society presents Handel's Messiah on Saturday, December 13th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 14th at 3:00 at FUMC. Tickets are available in the church office, Care Pharmacy or from any choral member.  For more information please contact Donna Downes.


UMW News

Since postage stamps keep rising, we have decided to try something new for Christmas cards.  Starting November  30, there will be a “mail” box in the Welcome Center where you can send other members of the church a card with no postage.  Each week the cards will be sorted and given to the recipient.  Please include first and last names on your envelope.  The last Sunday to send cards will be December 16.

Ladies-Save the Date

December 3rd at 6 p.m. the annual Christmas “Thank You” dinner will be held in hurd hall catered by Portable Pantry.  Cost is $15 per person paid in advance.  Sign-up sheet in Welcome Center.


Giving Tree

All gifts for the Giving Tree should be in no later than  December 10, time is needed for Santa to get his/her sleigh ready to go!!.  The Tree is in the Office this week and you can still take a “Hand” or an “Angel”.  We continue to add names, there is a great need for Help!!




Soup Kitchen needs:

There are many items that are in short supply and/or go quickly. Following is a list of items that are needed: mayonnaise, napkins, canned veggies, canned fruits, canned tomato sauce, tuna fish, canned pasta w/sauces.  Any little bit helps us “Feed the Need"     


The Granite State Choral Society

Handel’s Messiah. Performance dates are Saturday, December 13th at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 14th at 3:00 at First United Methodist Church.  For more information visit the website or contact Donna Downes at 207-457-1576.



Coffee hour

Have you signed up to host a coffee hour for next year yet? Well, if you haven’t here is your chance. Don’t miss the opportunity to share in Fellowship. Stop by the bulletin board in the welcome center and sign-up to host coffee hour. Hosting is easy and simple.


Altar Flowers

Have you signed up for altar flowers?  Stop by the bulletin board in the welcome center and sign-up.  Altar guild will contact you on the specifics of the arrangement and what you would like printed in the bulletin.



 Office hours are now 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday


Visiting Opportunities...They would love to see you

Eileen Parsell—Watson Fields

Carol Rawski—Riverside Nursing Home room 315

Norman Pierce—206 N. River Road Kirkwood Corners, Lee, NH

Vera Zajas - Riverside Nursing Home 3rd floor

Just drop in and bring a friendly smile to a friend!


Zumba Class

Saturday mornings from 8:45 am - 9:45 am, we'll meet in Hurd Hall to dance to the Latin rhythms of Zumba nation.  No experience required, just a willingness to move and have a great time.  Contact Kristen Sturtevant or Linda Smith with any questions.  Dress comfortably and get ready to dance!


Coffee Ministry

Each week at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays volunteers from our Missions team provide coffee and treats to those in need at Gerry’s Food Pantry.  They are always in looking for more volunteers. If interested in helping to “FEED THE NEED” through this ministry see Claude & Judy Saddler, Janice Lewis or Dan Saucier, Sr.