First United Methodist Church
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
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Weekly Update


The Weekly Update

October 20, 2021


All are invited to attend this traditional Wesleyan meeting in the spirit of holy conferencing. Our time together will be led by our District Superintendent, Rev. Taesung Kang. The Zoom link will be provided. Contact Pastor Jeff if you have any questions.  Hope to see you there!


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.


October 24th - 22nd Sunday after Pentecost, Sacrament of Baptism

Texts: Job 42:1-6, 10-17 and Mark 10:46-52

Title: Lord, Have Mercy!

Theme: Both Job and Bartimaeus have their fortunes restored, which is wonderful, but it can never make up for the losses. Restoration and healing are not about making things the way they were. They are about the God who makes all things new.



Kristen Sturtevant and John Wilderman for leading worship last Sunday for our annual Laity Sunday! Excellent job!!


Downtown Trick-or-Treat - Come join us 10/29!  

We have plenty of volunteers to help pass out candy on Friday, October 29 from 4-6pm. THANK YOU!  We are still in need of candy/treat  donations.  All candy should be individually wrapped.  If you have questions, please contact Michelle Pyrich ( or call the church office. Donations may be dropped off at the church office during office hours or on Sundays. Thank you for helping FUMC spread love to our community!

Holiday Fair News
Plans are being made for November 20th from 8AM-2PM. 

For everyone's safety and wellbeing, masks will be required for all. Masks, sanitizer and gloves will be provided as needed.

There will not be a luncheon served. However, we will sell water & soda at the bake sale table.

The sign up board will be in the Welcome Center. Help will be needed for setting up & pricing items throughout the week before. Also, looking for someone to oversee the gift room,  holiday room, jewelry table. The day of the fair help will be needed in the different rooms. Any & all help for the fair is greatly appreciated to make it a great success! 

Drop offs will be Mon 11/15 - Thurs 11/18 only. Food items to be brought in on Friday, please. We will need that day to complete the setup. 

More info to follow as the fair gets closer. 


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


Messenger Request: Help Update Your Preferences

Please notify the church office if there is a change in how you would like to receive the FUMC monthly newsletter: the Messenger. We offer postal mail, email, or you may pick up an unlabeled copy in the Welcome Center. Thank you!

  NEWS From NOW 

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

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

Thank you to all who have donated & to Sally Dyer for delivering our donations to the shelter. 

Thank you all  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. 


"Sav-ior Change" (Save Your Change)

We are still collecting Coins for Christ in support of the ministries of First UMC! Please save your change and bring to the church during live worship at 9:30 AM (or you may drop off coins during office hours). The big cross will be down front and you may deposit coins before or after worship, or during the Hymn of Dedication. We thank you in advance for your generosity!

 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.


October 24      Financial Peace University at 4 PM

October 25      SPPRC Meeting at 6:30 PM (Zoom)

October 27      Les Mis Study at 6:30 PM (Zoom)

October 31      Financial Peace University at 4 PM

November 1    Finance Committee Meeting at 7 PM (Zoom)

November 3    SPPRC Meeting at 6 PM (Zoom)
                         Annual Church Conference at 7 PM (Zoom)
                         NO "GRACE OF LES MISERABLES" STUDY

November 6    Blood Drive 9 AM-1:30 PM


November 8     Worship Committee Meeting at 6:30 PM (Zoom)

November 10   Les Mis Study at 6:30 PM (Zoom)

November 11    VETERAN'S DAY - Church Office Closed

November 14    Linus Blanket Dedication at 9:30 AM
                           Holiday Fair Set-Up Begins at 10:45 AM

                           Fair Set-Up Continues at 9 AM and 6 PM
                          Administrative Council Meeting at 7 PM (Zoom)

November 16    Fair Set-Up Continues at 9 AM and 6 PM
                          Trustees Meeting at 7 PM (Zoom)

November 17     Fair Set-Up Continues at 9 AM and 6 PM
                           Les Mis Study at 6:30 PM (Zoom)

November 18    Fair Set-Up Continues at 9 AM and 6 PM

November 19    Fair Set-Up Continues at 9 AM and 6 PM

November 20    Holiday Fair at 8 AM - 2 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!

Advent Bible Study Begins December 1st

Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas  -     By: Adam Hamilton

Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas

by Adam Hamilton

His parents called him Jesus. But the prophets, shepherds, wise men, and angels addressed him by other names---including Messiah, Savior, and Emmanuel. Join the author, Rev. Adam Hamilton, and your classmates, as we explore the meaning behind these titles, what they tell us about the baby whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, and the significance of that Christ child for our lives today. This 4-session study will be offered online at 6:30 PM on Wednesdays beginning December 1st. The book is recommended, but not required for participation in the class. Please be in touch with Pastor Jeff if you have any questions.

“See” you in church!!!