First United Methodist Church
Saturday, September 18, 2021
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Weekly Update


The Weekly Update

September 15, 2021


For the time being we will continue offering one service at 9:30 AM.

We continue to recommend masks for unvaccinated/at risk people.

We continue to ask you to sanitize hands when entering/exiting.

Fellowship Kitchen meals will continue to be take-out only for now.

Hurd Hall is reopened. Food service will follow CDC guidelines.

FutureGen and UMYF groups will resume - mask recommendations above.

Restroom use continues to be one person/family at a time.

All groups may resume meeting in person if desired.

The Holiday Fair is approved to take place this year.

Regular cleaning/sanitizing protocols will continue.

The committee will meet regularly to update these guidelines/decisions.


Online services will continue to be offered on a weekly basis on Tuesdays. Visit and look for the link near the bottom of the page - or go to YouTube and search for “First United Methodist Church Rochester, NH.” The link is also posted on our church Facebook page. 

In-Person Worship in the Sanctuary - ONE SERVICE (FOR NOW) @ 9:30 AM SUNDAYS!

Please Note: We understand that, for some, these modified but continued restrictions seem unnecessary while, for others, they do not address concerns enough. We are not all of one mind on these subjects. We are asking for your patience and understanding, if not agreement, as we work through the many issues related to fully and safely reopening as we juggle local, state, national, and denominational requirements and recommendations. Thank you.

  • Please enter the building via the Welcome Center. All exits are available for use at the end of the service. Sanitizing hands upon entry is recommended.

  • Masks are optional for those who have been vaccinated (we will not be asking for proof). Those who desire to wear a mask are welcomed and encouraged to do so. 

  • We will continue with our cleaning protocols and social distancing in consideration for those who may still be unvaccinated or immunocompromised. 

  • Restrooms are available, but should be limited to one occupant/family at a time. Please wash/sanitize hands when finished.


September 19 - 17th Sunday after Pentecost

Texts: James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a and Mark 9:30-37

Title: The Wisdom of Serving and Giving

Theme: The wisdom of servanthood guides these verses of James, as he calls us to humility, authenticity, and peace—three signs of the “wisdom from above.” Certainly, this wisdom of servanthood flows throughout Jesus’s teachings, which must have left him a bit incredulous to hear his disciples arguing about who was the greatest among them. The disciples had to be reminded once more that the wisdom from above is the wisdom of serving and giving, as Jesus taught and lived.


The volunteers who helped make the reception after Jeanne French's memorial service such a warm and comforting experience!  Special thanks to Janice Wolforth and Eileen Foss for coordinating the effort.  Well done!


As you may know, our nursery has been fully operational since May. We have several dedicated volunteers, but due to schedule conflicts and life changes, we are looking to add a few more volunteers to our roster. The time commitment is approximately 9:15-11:15 during Sunday morning worship once per month. On a typical Sunday, we have 1-4 children. We use Sign Up Genius to make scheduling and reminders quick and easy! You do not need any special experience for this job, just a desire to make a safe and nurturing environment for our youngest members! 

If you are interested in becoming a nursery volunteer or if you have any questions, please email our Nursery Coordinator, Patrice Hunt, at

Financial Peace University

Coming to a church near you soon… 

                                  ...Financial Peace University (FPU).

If the last year taught us anything about money, it is time to be prepared financially for the future. If you found yourself feeling uneasy or struggling with finances, FPU will help. A new class will start Sunday, September 26th at 4:00 p.m. Newly married couples, and recently formed families, as well as recently graduated college students will greatly benefit from participating in FPU. To sign up or get more details log on to If you have any questions, please contact Gibson Hearn via text at 603-781-3828 or email at



There will be an organizational meeting for our annual Holiday Fair on September 22nd at 6:30 pm. Please mark your calendars.


Our next Blood Drive is scheduled for November 6th, 9am-1:30pm. 

Thank You to all who have donated to our Mission of the Month. The UMCOR school bags will be filled. As well as personal care packs to be handed out once a month at Sunday Soup Kitchen 

In October  and November we will collect paper goods for the homeless shelters. This will be paper towels, toilet paper and facial tissues. 

For Sunday Soup Kitchens we are looking for donations of bottled water to give out with meals.  

Our next meeting will be on Sunday Sept 19, after service. Thank you for all you do! 


Pat Hewitt 
NOW Committee Chair



FUMC is pleased to announce our new and improved online giving page! Vanco, our eGiving provider, has updated their online giving platform to make it easier than ever to make one-time gifts or set up recurring donations to our church. 

The new page is live on our site now. Nothing about our online giving has changed except the look of the page. You can adjust existing donations, set up new gifts and update personal information from the new Vanco Online. 

How Do You Sign Up with Vanco Online?
It’s easy! If you’re a new giver to FUMC, visit our website at to create a Vanco Online account. From there, you can read more about our mission and give to our ministries. 

If you already have a Vanco account, you can log in using the same user name and password as before. To do this, visit our online giving page at , Click Online Donations on the left side bar and click the link to give. The Secure Vanco website will appear and click the “Log In” button at the top right of your screen. From there you can update scheduled donations or set up new recurring gifts by clicking “Profile” and then “View Scheduled Donations.” 

You can also check out this Vanco Online How-To Guide for step-by-step instructions.  

We are thrilled about our online giving page’s new look. Please stop by the church office or call Kate Marcotte at (603) 817-4656 if you have questions or need assistance. 
Please consider using the Give+ app (download from the App Store or Google Play store, or set up automatic ACH payments through Vanco.  Contact Kate Marcotte for more information at

Now available on 
and Vanco Give + app...

the ability to donate to the Church Heat Fund also known as the Fuel Fund! On behalf of The Finance Committee, thank you for supporting the church. Every dollar counts!

~Kate Marcotte
FUMC EFT Coordinator

 CASSEROLE COMMITTEE - provides meals for people in our church family during difficult times.  Anyone who is in need of meals may call one of the two Chairpersons: Diane  Marzoli  332-1766  or  Dottie Bickford-Longo  664-5552, or contact the office for assistance. Please let us know whether you have any dietary restrictions! We always bring enough food for the whole family. If you can help, either by cooking or buying a meal, we need you! Thanks.

ONLINE PRAYER REQUESTS: may be sent to Pastor Jeff ( by 11 AM on Wednesdays for inclusion in the Weekly Prayer List or by noon on Saturday for inclusion in Sunday worship.  Please keep us updated so we can keep the list current.

TWO key leadership positions need to be filled!

Chairperson for the Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations Committee 
     SPPRC is essentially the human resources committee of the church and is responsible for securing and evaluating the Pastor and paid staff. The chairperson coordinates and leads the committee's meetings and reports to the Administrative Council. Due to the nature of the work, this committee is intentional about confidentiality with regard to personnel matters.

Chairperson of the Altar Guild
     The chair may be held by a team or an individual. The primary responsibility is to remind the Guild members when it is their month to handle altar flowers. Beyond that, coordination of holiday flowers, decorations, and other seasonal worship visuals also falls under the bailiwick of the chair or chairs. The chair is a member of the worship committee, meeting monthly with that group for liturgical season planning - particularly related to visuals. 

To receive more information or volunteer, please contact Pastor Jeff. Training is provided.


September 15  Messenger Articles Deadline
                          Reopening Team Meeting at 7 PM 

September 19  Now Committee Meeting at 10:45 AM

September 20  Lay Leaders Meeting at 6:00 PM
                          Administrative Council Meeting at 7 PM

September 21  Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 PM (Zoom)

September 23  Holiday Fair Organizational Meeting at 6:30 PM

September 26 Financial Peace University at 4 PM
                         UMYF begins at 6 PM

September 27  Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations Committee Meeting at 6:30 PM

Sundays:            Worship at 9:30 AM
                            FutureGen at 9:45 AM
Weekdays:         Office Open 9 AM - 1 PM
Mondays:           Project Linus at 6-8 PM
Tuesdays:          Online Worship Services Available 
                            Witherell Ringers at 6:30 PM
Wednesdays:    Project Linus at 9-11 AM
Thursdays:        Choir Rehearsal at 6:30 PM

Help First UMC While You Shop - If you shop Amazon, particularly while remaining socially distant during the COVID-19 crisis, use this link: . When you do, a percentage of what you spend is donated to our church. In addition, AmazonSmile customers can now support First United Methodist Church in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
          -Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
          -Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
          -Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, update your app.
Thank you for supporting FUMC!


Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom: 
Living into the Church's Moral Witness through Radical Discipleship

October 11, 25 & November 1, 8  7:00-9:00 PM

St. John’s United Methodist Church in Dover

Join other local United Methodists for a study called Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom: Living into the Church's Moral Witness through Radical Discipleship on October 11, 25 and November 1, 8.
It will be held from 7-9 PM at St. John’s United Methodist Church (28 Cataract Avenue, Dover, NH) in our Hartford Hall. We are inviting people from the United Methodist churches in Rochester, Portsmouth, Eliot, Kittery to join us.  Participation is limited to 20 people.  Please sign-up contacting Judy Strate ( or 603-396-8589). You can purchase the book, Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom by Darryl W. Stephens, on Amazon or the United Methodist Women’s website. Read the first chapter before the first meeting. Please join us for this study (which I taught for Mission U) to examine together how we are called as a church to moral witness. 

Jana Marie Whitten, on behalf of St. John’s Racial Justice Team

“See” you in church!!!