First United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 29, 2015


Word Seekers Bible Study

Join us TODAY at 4 p.m.  All are Welcome.  This bible study meets weekly in the library.  The book they are studying is “How to get into the Bible.” If you are interested and would like Sandy Skammels to order you a book please see her at Bible Study to exchange info.

Christmas “Mail Box”

Once again people are invited to “mail” their Christmas cards free through the Church’s mail box.  These cards are to be mailed for members only.  The box will start on November 29.  Each week the cards will be sorted and available for delivery the following Sunday.  Please make sure cards are addressed with first and last names!  The last Sunday to bring in cards will be December 20.  Those cards will be available Christmas Eve or the following Sunday. 



MeCa Hometown Christmas Concert:

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 5 at 7 pm for a concert featuring our very own GRASP, Witherell Ringers and MeCa.  Tickets are $8 in advance, ages 12 and under free.  Cookie donations are needed for refreshments following concert.


First UMC Book Club

In December, we will meet on 12/16 to discuss "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving.  Meetings begin at 6:30 at the parsonage. All are welcome! If you have any questions, please contact Patrice Hunt.


Christmas Pageant

This year's Christmas Pageant is titled The First Christmas.  Children of all ages (adults, too!) are welcome to join us!  Please sign up on the sheet in the Welcome Center.  We will be working on the pageant during December Sunday School time, and we will have a Dress Rehearsal at 10:00 on Saturday, December 19. The pageant will take place on Sunday, December 20 during the 10:00 worship service.


UMW News

The United Methodist Women will hold its annual thank you dinner on Wednesday, December 9 at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  At this time we will be saying “Thank You” to all the women for their support throughout the year.  This is also the night our officers are elected for next year.  In addition we will deplete our treasury with donations to the many organizations we support.  Please come and join us.  The cost of the dinner is $10 per person and there is a sign-up sheet in the welcome center.  We ask that you sign-up by December 2 so we may give our caterer an accurate count.  Hope to see you there!




Please pick up your newsletters in the Welcome Center.  There is a lot of news happening this month we wouldn’t want you to miss any of it.


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Directory update

For the next few Sundays we ask that those of you that are not included in the directory to contact the church office to be sure our records are up-to-date  Also, if your picture wasn’t included let us know.


Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, December 4, 2014 5:30 pm

Sponsored by Frisbie Memorial Hospital

Join us for this very special holiday event including a reading of the story “Twas Night Before Christmas” by Mayor TJ Jean  cookies and hot chocolate by Citizens Bank.  Dance performances by Studio 109 Dance, Voice & Drama..  Caroling, provided by the Frisbie Memorial Hospital Carolers.  Cookie decorating at Chamber Office courtesy of Rochester Child Care Center.  Special visit from Santa at Federal Savings Bank.


In conjunction with the Holiday Tree Lighting, a collection of children’s items for the Homeless Center for Strafford County will be conducted, sponsored by Service Credit Union  []


Items to be donated are:

Small stuffed Animals

New books (for ages 8-17), New puzzles (for ages 12+)  Paper Towels.  These items can be dropped off at the Holiday Tree Lighting event or items can be brought to Service Credit Union branches in Rochester  or Chamber of Commerce office through December 18, 2015. 



Liturgists Needed

If you have never been a LITURGIST, but wanted to give it a try, NOW is the time.  We welcome the fresh perspective and variety each reader brings to the pulpit on Sunday mornings.  Of course, we always appreciate the contributions of those who sign up regularly, looking forward to their continued participation.  So, as we embark on the journey, let’s share the joy of sharing His word with one another.

Sign up sheets for 8:30 or 10:00 service  (your preference) are available in the Welcome Center.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call Jane Combs at 603-833-6402.  Thank you for your support.







The Casserole Committee is looking for some new members. We take turns bringing a meal to members who have had surgery or other medical & health issues. The meal can be very simple. What matters the most is that we are helping them out during a difficult time. In addition we are showing them that we truly care!

If you would like to become part of this group or have any questions, please talk to Dottie Longo or Diane Marzoli in church or give us a call.

Diane Marzoli  (603) 332-1766                           Dottie Longo (603) 664-5552



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.


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Coffee Hour

Fellowship & Hospitality is an important ministry at FUMC. Coffee hour is a time when we are called to practice that gift. It is an opportunity to welcome visitors and potential members of our congregation, as well as touch bases with friends, family, and neighbors.  Take time to greet a new face and watch for those who have not attended for awhile.

Another aspect of coffee hour is serving. This is a great way to get better acquainted with our church family. Hosts/Hostess are needed to prepare the tables and start the coffee and tea water as well as to serve each Sunday. Your participation is most welcome at whatever level you are comfortable. Home-baked cookies and almost any other treats are always appreciated.

We are continually blessed by those who sign up and share in this ministry of hospitality.  We extend a special thank you to each of you.  Volunteers may sign up on the poster on the bulletin board.

Remember that the treats can be quite simple. It is not our intention to provide "lunch" Simply share what you can easily afford, especially share the responsibility for extending hospitality to others.




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.