First United Methodist Church
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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Weekly Update


The Weekly Update

April 15, 2021


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

Here are important details regarding in-person worship services… 

  • Please enter the building via the Welcome Center. 

  • Masks must be worn in the building. 

  • 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. Please try not to congregate in smaller places like the Welcome Center.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Please inform Pastor Jeff if you end up testing positive for COVID-19 after participating in worship. Be assured he will hold name(s)/identifying information in the strictest of confidence. However, we do need to inform those who may have been exposed per DHHS guidelines.



We need support staff volunteers for in-person worship on Sunday mornings! Can you help? We need people to serve as greeters in the Welcome Center, name-takers outside the sanctuary, ushers in the sanctuary. Without the supporting cast, we will not be able to “go on with the show.” Sign up to help at:


Online services will continue to be offered on a weekly basis. 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.


April 18

Detail: Third Sunday of Easter

Texts: 1 John 3:1-7 and Luke 24:36b-48

Title: Help Us to See

Theme: This week’s scriptures teach us how to discover the risen Christ in our midst. We gather, study scripture, and even interpret prophecy in new ways. In Luke, Jesus offers the Bible study teaching this lesson. First John counsels us to wait patiently, abiding with each other, even when we are disturbed or are struggling to recognize Christ’s hope. May this Easter season grant us an increasingly clear view of Christ’s saving work in the world today.

Anni and Charlie DeVito for painting the walls for the ladies room renovation, and to Kent Marzoli for painting the stalls before they are reinstalled!

Yes, at long last this project is underway and nearing completion and it is looking FANTASTIC! The restroom will be unusable until the project is completed. In the meantime, the men's restroom will be available for use by all - one at a time. Please knock before entering.


There will be a take-out Ham and Bean Supper at Bethany United Methodist Church at 902 Portland Street in East Rochester on Saturday, April 17 beginning at 4:45 until 6 PM. Menu is baked ham, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, roll and home-made pie. Price is $8/adult and $4/child. You just can't get a meal this good for this price anywhere! Come have a great meal while supporting the ministries of Bethany UMC
Please Submit Articles for Inclusion in the MAY edition of The Messenger to Judy Saddler ( by April 15th. Thank you!

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

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
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! Masks are available upon entering the FUMC Welcome Center.  
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, by noon on Thursdays to have a prayer request shared during online worship (services are recorded on Thursday evenings). 
THREE key leadership position needs 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

Volunteer "Messenger" Publisher/Editor
     Produces the monthly newsletter and prepares it for printing and electronic distribution. 

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

April 15             "Messenger" Deadline

April 18             Worship Service 9:30 AM and Online

April 19             Administrative Council Meeting at 7 PM (Zoom)

April 20             Trustees Meeting at 7 PM (Zoom)

April 25             Worship Service 9:30 AM and Online

April 26             SPPRC Meeting 6:30 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!!!