First United Methodist
Church of Gilford

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First UMC News

Sunday School 05.2018

By Bonnie Weston, Christian Education Co-Chair

    Our Nursery/ Preschool and One Room School/Elementary continue to thrive under the care of the teachers Diane Bigl, Kelly Scudder and Bonnie Weston with regular assistance by Cheyenne Cooper. Since Christmas our lessons have centered on Jesus’ Miracles, the Meaning of Easter and the Disciple Paul and his part in Jesus’ ministry.
    The state of Alaska is our mission focus. We are learning about the ministry projects in Willow, Alaska where the cost of food is 31% above the national average. The church began the only food pantry there where some people may travel 25 miles to get food. It has also provided seeds and starter trays for people to use in their gardens. During the next few weeks, we will have an opportunity to support this great project!
    Our last scheduled Sunday School classes before the summer break will be on June 3rd with our children performing a skit during the church service.

Wanakee Brochures are Here!

With programs like You n' Me, Sports and Games, Sweet Treats & Fun Eats, and Family Camp, Wanakee United Methodist Center has camps for all ages and interests. This summer they are offering Refer-A-Friend discounts and new this year: a Multi-Week discount. You can view their weekly schedule and the full brochure on the Wanakee website Programs are filling up fast; register today to ensure your first choice.
Spring rentals are still available at the Homestead Retreat. Please call or email them for more information. Don't hesitate to contact them by phone at (603) 279-7950 or email them at with any questions.

Wanakee Work Days

Can you paint, rake leaves, clean, and/or do light carpentry? Join the crew for our Spring Work Days and help them open camp for the summer! Work Days will be held on May 5th, 2018 and June 2nd, 2018 (rain or shine). Coffee, light snacks, and lunch are provided. Please visit to register (Registra on is requested to plan for meals).

Note from the Trustee's

New Boiler Vs. Frigid Temperature in January

    Many of you were aware that the temperature in the Sanctuary was low on two Sundays in January, many wore coats. On the first Sunday-the 14th, the lower part of the boiler room dropped way below freezing. This never happened with the old boiler, it gave up enough wasted heat to superheat the whole boiler room. We anticipated that high effciency gas boilers would make for a cooler boiler room. Designed and installed in the boiler room is a room heater that uses boiler hot water and a fan. We all know that fire needs oxygen and the old boiler sat in a drafty boiler room so it had lots of air.
    The new system uses two 5" pipes that draw air for combustion, for each of the new boilers; these are the two tall pipes on the roof on the boiler room. Also on the roof are two shorter 5" pipes to vent (exhaust) waste gases from the boilers, these are the source of the white smoke you see being vented. So on January 14th, the very cold outside temperatures overcame the heater and froze the system that drains water from the boiler and caused the system to shut down on Saturday the 13th. Water is a by-product of gas furnace combus on and must be drained. How do we prevent this from happening again? We make the boiler room more air tight and maybe add a baseboard heater. That means a new outside door without a grate that admits combus on air. We will also have a low temperature alarm in-stalled in the fire alarm system so that someone is called.
  The second Sunday was the 21st and the cause of the cold Sanctuary was simple. Someone pushed the lower right hand btton on the thermostat in the Sanctuary and changed demand from heat to air conditioning, a system we do not have. In the green screen just above the btton it will read and supply either heat or nothing. Please do not push this btton as the thermostat is programmed to start the heat cycle well before church on Sunday. Please talk to David Witham if you have questions.

A Note from Josh Chandler

Dear FUMC Friends and Family,
Thank you so much for your support for me over the last 18 years and especially over the last few months. Without your generous help, I would not be able to complete my Eagle Scout project. The display case and mural at LHS will be an integral part in showing pride for the high school music department. It is thanks to your support of me and my passion. When finished, I will provide pictures. :-) Thank you all again so much!
Sincerely, Josh Chandler

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