First United Methodist Church
Tuesday, August 04, 2020
FEED THE NEED Putting our faith into motion by feeding the body, mind and soul

Weekly Update



   July 29, 2020


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or go to YouTube and search for "First United Methodist Church Rochester, NH." 

The link is also posted on our church Facebook page.

NEW Sermon Series: Broken - Good News In Tough Times

A sermon series based on Paul’s letter to the Romans about hope and encouragement during times of difficulty.

THIS WEEK - August 1
Detail: 9th Sunday after Pentecost - Communion Sunday
Texts: Romans 9:1-5, Matthew 14:13-21
Title: All-Inclusive Grace
Theme: In spite of our human differences, God chooses us all, and God gives us the gift of grace no matter what.

PLEASE NOTE: "EXTRA, EXTRA, HOT OFF THE PRESS!    We hear you!   Printed copies of the worship service will be available for you to pick up in the church office during office hours, or by arranging with staff or lay-leader to access the lobby of the WHITFORD BUILDING.   We recognize that not everyone can master all the technology for watching a service, and having the size copy of the service sheet for you to fully participate with responses, prayers, creeds, and hymns.  While the music chosen most often comes out of our hymnal, and supplements;  there are times when a more singable tune is needed during this time of separation.   As always, there are Bibles and Hymnals available in the Welcome Center for you to bring home for your personal devotion and prayer life.  We encourage you to stay connected as best as you can and we will do our best to continue to evolve our ministry to meet the needs of the community we serve. 

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.   We can't print or stream those things during our "Live-streaming" due to the copyright restrictions, but we can POINT the way to them. Feel free to follow the links if you want to learn more about the writing of a particular hymn, or hear the setting the choir would have been singing.....  -Kevin Lindsay, Director of Music

REMINDER: Online Coffee Hour is moving to an every-other-week schedule. As a result, we will NOT have our coffee hour this week. We will email a link each time we meet. 


As you know, we have been working hard to make sure that quality worship experiences continue to happen on a weekly basis. This does not just happen. There are many hours that go into preparation, delivery, recording, editing, and linking these services.  We do have fun, and it is truly a labor of love! Would you like to join us? We have weekly opportunities to serve as liturgists or children’s message providers. Just let Pastor Jeff know.  You can join us in the recording “studio” (the sanctuary) or you can record your part at home and email the file to John Wilderman.  

In addition, we are looking for persons who can help with recording and/or editing of sound and video. We can provide training!We know the pandemic will ease at some point and we will be able to return to regular Sunday worship services.  However, our online community is growing, and we do not want to lose this wonderful aspect of our worship life! We are “feeding the need” in a new and vital way! If interested please let Pastor Jeff or John Wilderman know.  Experience is helpful but not necessary. Commitment to this ministry is desired.


Dan Saucier and John Wilderman for CONTINUING the painting of the front doors and trim of the main church building last week. Great job guys!



A reminder that our expenses continue even during the COVID-19 crisis. Based on a comparison of our May income report to our June income report, our monthly income has literally been cut in half. 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. If you have the means and desire to temporarily give more to offset what others cannot, please do so.  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


Mask wearing during the Coronavirus crisis not only protects the wearer, it also protects those the wearer comes into contact with.  It may help save a life! Simple instructions for making them may be found online. Thank you for being good to yourself and to others!




Thank you to everyone who made it possible for us to complete 50 UMCOR school kits that were dedicated on June 14.  Those kits will go to children anywhere in the world who may not even have a classroom. Please remember to pick up school supplies this year when they are on sale this summer.  The kits must be uniform to meet shipping requirements. Each year we purchase during the sales and store them until we put the kits together in the spring for the collection at Annual Conference. This year's Annual Conference has been postponed until a virtual conference in the fall, but Rev. John Blackadar is still gathering kits.


The list of supplies to purchase this summer/fall are: blunt children’s scissors (not plastic blades), 12” rulers with centimeters, 1 subject spiral notebooks (not composition books), lined notebook paper in 100-200 page pack, hand held pencil sharpeners.  Please help us continue this important ministry!


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 CONCERNS/CELEBRATIONS: 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 worship, the request must be submitted by Noon on Thursdays. Services are recorded on Thursday evenings.

CAN YOU HELP? The Nominating/Lay Leadership Committee has two key leadership positions we need to fill. Unfortunately, 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. As chairperson, you do not need to be an expert in Finance or Personnel. We need individuals to fill these roles who: are committed to following Christ, love the church, are active members of the congregation, are willing to learn, and have experience leading a meeting. 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.


All services presented online until further notice.

August 2 Worship Service with Holy Communion

August 9 Worship Service

Virtual Coffee Hour at 11:30 am

August 16 Worship Service

August 23 Worship Service

Virtual Coffee Hour at 11:30 am

August 30 Worship Service

September 6 Worship Service with Holy Communion

Virtual Coffee Hour at 11:30 am

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!!!