First United Methodist Church
Thursday, October 23, 2014



Trick or Treat on the Town

Rochester Main Street will be holding it's annual "Trick or Treat on the Town" this Friday, October 24, from 4:00-6:00. Local businesses in the downtown area will be handing candy out to the children of the city. We would like to invite you to join us in handing out candy from the church! This is a great way for our church to connect with our community. If you are unable to join us, you can help by bringing individually wrapped candy to the church office this week. We hope to see you Friday night! 

Harvest Party

The annual Harvest Party is on Sunday, October 26th at 12pm.

It is for the children and we encourage them to wear their Halloween costumes.

There will be activities that the youth group have planned and setup, including a hand-crafted maze, a doughnut eating contest,  and tons of fun games.






2014 Christmas Wreath Ministry


One of The United Methodist Economic Ministry’s programs is marketing Christmas wreaths made by local crafters to assist local families in the western part of Maine provide for their basic necessities.  Beginning mid- October First United Methodist Church’s Missions Committee will again be taking orders for wreaths crafted by these families.  As our way to support this ministry the cost will be at their wholesale price of $12.00.  Since the wreaths are made after the first two killing frosts to ensure the wreaths will hold their needles, delivery will be after mid November.  


 The ministry is aware that that there were a number of inferior wreaths in 2013.  Unfortunately, in 2013 the killing frosts were later than usual.  Early cuttings may have resulted in an early release of their needles and compromised some wreaths   Procedures have been put in place to remedy that situation from occurring again.


The United Methodist Economic Ministry in Salem Township, ME is an Extension Ministry of the New England Conference.  The ministry has much to offer the families in a very impoverished region of our Conference.  Their vision is to continue to partner with God in life changing miracles.  Their mission is to partner with God to create and sustain healthy individuals, families and communities within Western Maine.  They offer a low cost thrift shop, a food cupboard, emergency assistance, school backpacks which include socks, underwear and new sneakers, a free Christmas shop, a crafters program, including the Christmas wreaths, a prom program, a garden project, fuel assistance, a warming center and house repair.  There are many ways local churches and individuals can participate in this ministry.  Check out the website at  Please pick up your order forms in the Welcome Center.


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"     


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.