First Church is a joy-filled community where we celebrate God and seek to serve our neighbors in the love of Jesus. If you are looking for a place where you are accepted as you are and can discover new possibilities for you life, we invite you to join us this weekend.
P.S. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions or if there is any way I can be of help.
FUMC Gilford Images
removing the beans, Harvest Supper
removing the beans, Harvest Supper
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Hands Across the Table
Hands Across the Table
summer bible school
Carter Mountain Brass Band will present their annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 PM in the sanctuary. This concert has become a tradition in this church to open the Christmas season with appropriate music to start the Christmas season. Entitled "The Best Christmas Concert Ever", there will be tunes to delight the audience accompanied by the ever charming visual projections that bring a smile, a tear, or just a warm feeling inside. Interspersed between the music will be stories, poems, or little known facts about the holiday. A suggested donation of $8.00 will be accepted at the door. We suggest that you come a little early, as this concert is usually well attended.
This is to keep you informed of volunteer opportunities associated with Belknap House – Belknap County’s homeless shelter for families and summer vacation hostel. Please share and forward this to your friends and associates that might have an interest in doing community service work for Belknap House. Here is the key information you need to know about Belknap House now:
We have many types of volunteer opportunities: Shelter Assistants, Hostel Assistants, Fund-raising assistants, Maintenance Assistants (painting, landscaping, carpentry, etc) , Board Members or Board committee assistant, and help as needed. Shelter Assistant and Hostel Assistants are the only opportunities that require an application, a background check and training. All current volunteer opportunities are summarized at the following link: http://signup.com/go/1h3a8s.
Help with Maintenance: If you'd like to help keep the shelter in good shape, we have landscaping and minor repairs that can be done. We have 2 projects that are associated with the United Way Day of Caring on Sept 7th. We will have other projects opportunities during our shut-down period of Oct 9-15, 2017.
If you have any questions on volunteer opportunities, please email me.
Belknap House Director of Volunteers
If you have been in church, you have probably noticed the piles of supplies in the Fellowship Hall over the past few weeks. There have been several hurricanes, and because of the damage, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) has filled and restocked their shelves several times – and more hurricanes are coming. In addition, there are horrific wildfires out west. So far, over 75,000 cleaning buckets have been sent to Texas and Florida, and 28,000 are ready for Puerto Rico and the islands as soon as there is a site to receive and distribute them (maybe they have already gone.)
However, the central depots are out of space, and the hubs are filling fast. Our hub is the Plymouth UMC, where there is a large storage room for our donations and trucks go as needed to central depots. Thanks to donations from the church members, our
Winter Warmth Collection
This is the time! We are collecting warm coats, hats, mittens, jackets and such for the Headstart children and others who need them. If you have some of these items that your kids have outgrown, or wish to do- nate toward this program, please bring items in good condition to the church this month. Donations can be made as well by marking Winter Warmth on your check in the note area. Thank you.
Health Ministries 2017
“The Mission of the Health Ministries Team is to serve humanity and spread God’s love by im- proving the physical, mental and spiritual health of those in our First United Methodist Church of Gilford/Laconia community and the community at large.”
Blood Pressure Clinics: The Blood Pressure Clinic continues on the 4th Sun- day of the month. Come in get your pressure checked. Kathy can also check your weight and answer questions that you may have.
Visitation: The visitation team has continued but was not as organized as it had been. This is being worked on especially for the New Year.
Activities: Health Ministries has sponsored several outside activities this past winter and spring; the “Let’s Get Outside”, and then the “Vitamin N (N for nature)” walks this spring. There was a Daniel Plan class this past winter as well.
Resources: Kathy has continued to add to the resources available in the library. These books are on the shelves near the closet in the library. There are books on diet, exercise, faith, and many health issues. If you would like to take one with you please leave Kathy a note so she knows who has the book. There is also an extensive file of information from many of the agencies in the area. It is Kathy’s goal to make sure she can help refer you to someone who can help you with an issue you may be having.
Kathy Smith would like to thank everyone on the Health Ministries team and all those who have supported her in this mission. Please let her know about your health concerns. If she can’t help you she may know someone who can. This summer Kathy moved her office to her apartment to hopefully help her focus on what needs to be done. She is more than happy to take calls or meet you at the church when the need arises.
Our building and sanctuary is a visual expression of many of the beliefs of the Christian Church,
and was constructed with an eye to bringing us closer to Christ.
Church In The Round:
Believing that all people are equal in the sight of God and that the circle symbolized unity and equality, our congregation worships in the round with the central focus on the Altar/Communion Table.