Sunday, April 27, 8:45 AMBible Study Over Breakfast in the Parish House
Gather as early as 8:30 and share a continental breakfast. From 8:45 to 9:30, we will begin to discuss the lectionary readings for each Sunday. This Sunday, the primary readings are Psalm 16 and John 20:19-31.
Sunday, April 27, 10:00 AMFirst Sunday in Eastertide Worship & Fellowship
Please join us for worship as we continue to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. The scripture readings for this Sunday are Psalm 16 and John 20:19-31. In the Psalm, we learn that God will protect us. In the reading from John, we reread the story of Doubting Thomas. The part that I find interesting this year is that Jesus appeared to the disciples in physical form even though the door was locked. We are told this twice. What does it mean? My sermon is titled, "Through the Locked Door."
Sunday, April 27, 1:005:50 PMRockingham Association Annual Meeting & Spring Training
All are welcome to the Annual Meeting of our association this year. The location is First Parish, 47 E. Derry Road, East Derry, NH. It will include refreshments, a keynote speaker, and workshops on topics to interest older youth and adults.
Sunday, April 27, 2:30 PMClipper Harbor Communion Service
This is also a Sunday that we will provide a Communion service for residents at Clipper Harbor of Portsmouth Care and Rehabilitation, 188 Jones Ave., Portsmouth, NH. We already have a team signed up, and you are welcome to join them if you are not going to the Spring Training in East Derry.
Rev. Robert Fellows
Capital Campaign: Reaching Up and Reaching Out
On January 26, we acknowledged the core team of Capital Campaign leaders who attended an orientation training with our consultant, Rev. Dr. Ken Baily. These leaders were commissioned to seek others to join them in campaign leadership, and the entire group was recognized in the February 9 worship service. Our light will continue to reach out until the entire congregation is touched, or ignited.
Blessings on all those who will be served by the outcome of this campaign: homeless families who will once again be able to sleep in our Parish House; physically challenged Food Pantry patrons who will be able to bring their bags of food upstairs on a stair lift; those using wheelchairs (young and old) who will find the Parish House to be accessible; and Christians who seek to worship in a house of Godand mark transition in their livesin a church building that demonstrates our care for the values of Christ in how we care for the buildings we dedicate to the work of bringing about the kingdom. Bless you all for your participation in this joyful ministry of generosity.
A Letter From Your Capital Campaign Chairperson
As Campaign Chair, I am happy to officially announce the theme of our Capital Campaign as Reaching Up and Reaching Out.
The Campaign Committee is extremely excited as we start to embark on a Capital Campaign to raise a minimum of $210,000 for a vital effort that will revitalize our historical landmark Church and complete overdue renovations to bring our Parish House up to fire code, and more importantly, further support and strengthen our congregations Mission. I am humbled and energized to be working with some of our Church members in this effort. I am eternally grateful to Joe Beauchemin, Heidi Duncanson, Liz Zarick, Bonnie Gardner and Karen Mason, who eagerly embraced my invitation to serve as Campaign Sub-Committee Chairs. I am also most appreciative of Andrew Hansen and Rev. Fellows who have been hugely involved as part of our Exploratory Committee and are now serving as part of the Campaign Committee. I also want to thank Barbara Stone for agreeing to serve as honorary Inspirational Leadership Gifts Committee Co-Chair. Barbara has also been very involved with the Campaign; she too served on the Exploratory Committee. All have been true leaders when it comes to supporting our congregation.
In the coming weeks you will hear more about our Campaign Reaching Up and Reaching Out. To have a successful campaign, we will need everyones help. We are hoping that everyone can commit something to this campaign. Together let us pass on the richness of our faith and legacy for generations to come. I am counting on each and every one of you to come on board and make a difference. In the meantime, I ask you to pray for the success of our Campaign and the future of our Congregation.
With faith and joy,
Look into the hearts of the people of the United Church of Christ.
You will see that across our church, the people in our pews hold diverse beliefs and come to their faith from many perspectives. That's something we're proud of in the United Church of Christ.
Being a part of the United Church of Christ means unity despite differences and extravagant love. Dreams of inclusivity have become a reality in many churches were people aren't judged based on how they look, what they believe, or who they love.