First UMC News
First Church Gilford Joins Reconciling Ministry Network
As many of you know, a Task Force has been hard at work over the last months to implement and enhance our Church Welcoming Statement in our day to day Church Life.
One of the agenda items left undone when the Welcoming Statement was voted and unani- mously passed by a Church Conference in Nov. 2011 (primarily for financial reasons) was membership in The Methodist Church’s Reconciling Ministry Network. The job of that organization is to let per- sons know which local churches around the country and world will welcome ALL people into the Life and Ministry of the Church. It is a way of spreading the Good News about First UMC of Gilford. And we needed to become a member of that Network.
Our church Columbarium is located in the midst of a garden of memories. The stone structure contains 50 niches with granite fronts. Each niche accommodates up to two custom sheet bronze urns, and each granite niche front will have an inscription containing the name(s) of the deceased, along with year of birth and year of death
Members of First United Methodist Church of Gilford, former members, members of their families, and residents of Wesley Woods may purchase niches and reserve them until their time of need. The price of each niche is $1,500. Five hundred dollars of each purchase may be considered a tax deductible charitable contribution and will be held in an endowment fund, with the earnings used for perpetual care. Persons interested in purchasing a niche may obtain an Application Packet from the church office. For more information, contact Paul Wes- ton (279-5638), or Pastor Tom.
Surrounding the Columbarium is a patio of pavers then a ring of arbor vitae and other plantings designed to decorate and add privacy. Between the patio pavers and the arbor vitae is a space reserved for Memorial Bricks. Deceased church members and friends, whose re- mains are buried elsewhere, may be memorialized in our Garden of Memories with an en- graved Memorial Brick. The area is covered with bark mulch and is on all four sides. The bricks are 4x8x2 inches. The Columbarium committee buys the bricks and has them profes- sionally engraved.
You have your choice between two setups of engraving; one memorializes a person, the inscription includes the name and birth/death year. The second carries the name of a cou- ple memorialized, with the two names. If you are interested in a Memory Brick you need to fill out a form that can be found in the Fellowship Hall. There are two forms, one for an individual the other for a couple memorialized. The cost for the engraved brick is $150. Your payment is considered as a charitable gift to the church so it is tax deductible. When your brick arrives, you will be notified and invited to place the brick yourself (if you prefer) into the established pattern. Either of the forms can be obtained via email or postal mail by emailing David Witham at email@example.com or calling 286-9590 or 455-7109. Also contact David if you have questions.
We are starting an experiment the first Sunday in February in how we go about getting the announcements done before the worship service starts. The Worship Steward (Kathy Smith or Paul Weston, if she isn’t available) will do all the announcements. So this does mean you will need to plan ahead and make sure you get your information to the Worship Steward. You can send your announcements during the week to Joyce by Friday morning at the latest, or bring in a written announcement on Sunday morning. Be sure to have all the information needed such as:
Who is requesting the announcement;
Is there a signup sheet or who do they contact;
How many Sundays should this announcement run;
Date & Time;
any other details.
The Worship Steward will also make sure that everyone involved in that Sunday’s service is present and knows what they need to do.
If you have question regarding the service please speak with the Worship Steward.
Mid-week Bible Study Resumes with Study of the Gospel of Matthew
Starting Wednesday, January 25
Following on the well-received study of the Gospel of Mark, Pastor Tom will lead a ten- week study of the Gospel of Matthew starting on January 25. The class will meet on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00-2:30 PM. For more information or to register for the class, please call the church office at 603-524- 3289. A sign-up sheet will also be posted in fellowship hall.