First United Methodist Church
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Weekly Update



The Weekly Update

October 21, 2020

In-Person Worship in the Sanctuary @ 9:30 AM

Online worship is still available each week. 

Here are important details regarding in-person worship services… 

  • Please enter the building via the Welcome Center. 

  • Masks must be worn in the building at all times. Face shields may also be worn in addition to a mask, but they do not qualify as adequate protection from aerosols generated by coughing, sneezing, or deep breathing to be utilized on their own. 

  • Please maintain social-distance space of at least 6 feet in all directions - kindly do not impinge upon another person’s space without asking permission to do so first. 

  • Upon entering the Welcome Center you will be greeted and asked to sanitize hands. 

  • Proceed to the second floor using either the elevator or Welcome Center stairs. 

  • On the second floor you will check in with another greeter who will check your name off on a master list. If your name is not on that list we will ask for name(s) and phone numbers. This is for contact-tracing per the Department of Health and Human Services should a COVID-19 case be reported at our church. 

  • After checking in, proceed to the sanctuary. Bulletins will be on a table at the center aisle. 

  • There will also be offering plates available for your gifts before and after worship. There will not be a formal offering time during the service. 

  • Ushers will direct you to your seats. Please be flexible - you may not have access to “your pew.” We will fill the sanctuary from front to back, and dismiss from back to front. Please wait to be seated and dismissed

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

  • No food or beverage is allowed in the building at this time. 

  • The “Prayer Book” will not be available. Please submit requests to the office or by emailing Pastor Jeff by Thursday afternoon.

  • Please be cognizant of the quarantine guidelines set forth by the state. Currently those from outside of New England must quarantine for 14 days. 

We know these rules can be overwhelming. This is not how we want it to be either. Please be patient during this time. Remember, you may also...


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.

THIS WEEK - October 25th - 21st Sunday after Pentecost, Reformation Sunday

Texts: Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Matthew 22:34-46

Title: Faithful No Matter What

Theme: Good works are no guarantee of good fortune. God takes Moses up a mountain to see the promised land—a land Moses will never reach. Despite seeking to teach us the ways of life, Jesus suffers questioning and scorn from those who seek to discredit him. And still, we are called to remain faithful, to love God and our neighbors as ourselves.


  • If you are an online worshiper, printed copies of the bulletin will be available for pick up on Friday in the Welcome Center during office hours, or by arranging with staff or a Lay Leader for access. There are also Bibles and Hymnals available for you to bring home for your personal devotion and prayer life. 

  • The PDF bulletin will have some "HYPERLINKS" that you can follow that will take you to websites with information on the hymn(s) we are singing, or settings of something that the choir has in its library.   


There are a number of tasks to be accomplished on Sunday mornings as we reopen our building for in-person worship services. These tasks will include, but are not limited to: greeting, seating direction, providing assistance as requested, answering questions, etc. Are you comfortable lending a hand? Contact Pastor Jeff or Dan Saucier (Jr.) if you are willing to volunteer!


We have weekly opportunities to serve as liturgist or to provide the children’s message. Just let Pastor Jeff know.  


The FUMC Prayer Chain members and each of you who commits to pray when you receive the weekly prayer list.  


Our next Blood Drives are November 7 and December 5 from 9am-2pm. For those wishing to donate , please sign up online at All donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.


Souped Up Sunday! This week after 9:30 worship service. It will be takeout style. Please exit the building using the welcome center and come to the back entrance to Hurd Hall to order/pick up your soup! Thank you for your support!


NOW is sponsoring 2 “Missions of the Month” during October.

First, we will gather paper products for the Homeless Shelters. They will be opening soon. Their needs are mostly: 

Paper Towels

Toilet Paper 


Second, the Fellowship Kitchen pantry is in need of canned goods. Most particularly :

Tomato/Spaghetti Sauce

Diced Tomatoes

Green Beans


Baked Beans

Totes are in the Welcome Center for collections. Thank you for your donations!

-Pat Hewitt, Chairperson


A reminder that our expenses continue even during the COVID-19 crisis. If you have the means and desire to temporarily give more to offset what others cannot, please do so.  We are all in this together! Thank you!

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

NOTE:We understand that some may not be able to continue to give due to layoffs/furloughs or illness. If you need assistance, please let Pastor Jeff know because we can assist you through the generosity of others. 

An Invitation from St. John’s UMC in Dover


St. John’s United Methodist Church’s Racial Justice Team is sponsoring a drive-in Candle Vigil on Tuesday, Nov. 24th from 7:00 AM to 7:00PM in our church parking lot at 28 Cataract Avenue in Dover, NH.

At 12:00 Noon and 6:45 PM, our church bells will ring African American spiritual hymns, to remind us of the rich musical heritage our brothers & sisters of color have brought us through the years.

We invite you to come & spend some time in your car, reflecting silently on our understanding of the current racial movement, what has led to it over the years, and how we might bring understanding & support. 

As you enter the parking lot, stop at the table near the church sign, put on your mask & take a battery-operated candle and an information sheet.  Then drive into the parking lot and find a place to park.  (You do not need to wear a mask, while you’re in your car.)

Spend as much time as you like there in your car with your lit candle, reading the information sheet & going online to our church’s website for additional information:  links to quotations,  thought-provoking short videos, and a list of recommended books, movies and videos. 

Before you depart, put on your mask & leave your lit candle on the table in the parking lot, signifying that we are united in our desire for justice and equity for all.

To learn more, visit



IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN!!! Pastor Jeff is facilitating an 8-week Bible study based on the Book of Psalms. The study includes video presentations by Dr. Denise Dombkowski Hopkins (Wesley Theological Seminary) followed by facilitated discussions based on the video presentations and the example Psalm texts.

Study Outline:

Lesson 5. Complaining in Faith to God 

Lesson 6. Life in the Meanwhile 

Lesson 7. The Lord Reigns: Enthronement Psalms 

Lesson 8. I’ll Never Be the Same Again

This study is offered online using the Zoom platform ( Contact Pastor Jeff to have the link and study guide emailed to you.


Mask wearing during the pandemic not only protects the wearer, it also protects those the wearer comes into contact with.  It may help save a life! Thank you for being good to yourself and to others!


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: Prayer requests may be sent to Pastor Jeff ( by 11 AM on Wednesdays for inclusion in the Weekly Prayer List. In order to have a prayer request shared during online or in-person worship, the request must be submitted by Noon on Thursdays as services are recorded on Thursday evenings and we cannot have the prayer book in the sanctuary for the time being.

Two key leadership positions need to be filled!

We have been unable to secure chairpersons for the Finance Committee and the Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations Committee for over a year. These are required administrative responsibilities for every local UMC. Please prayerfully consider if God is calling you to serve in one of these roles. To receive more information or volunteer, please contact Pastor Jeff.


October 22 Psalms Bible Study at 12:15 pm (Zoom)

October 25 Worship service in the sanctuary at 9:30 am

Online service also available

October 28 Psalms Bible Study at 6:30 pm (Zoom)

October 29 Psalms Bible Study at 12:15 pm (Zoom)

November 1 Worship service in the sanctuary at 9:30 am

Online service also available

SPPRC meeting with DS at 1:00 pm (Zoom)

Annual Church Conference at 2:00 pm (Zoom)

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!

“See” you in church!!!