First UMC News
Come join us in this wonderful ministry of music. You can join the Wesley Choir or the Hallelujah Hand Bell Choir or both.
Director, Karen Jordan welcomes all to join the choir; no audition required, rehearsals are Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM in the Sanctuary.
Vickie Wood Parish invites you to come and join the Hallelujah Hand Bell Choir which meets Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm and plays occassionally throughout the year. You don't need experience so come learn and enjoy teens and adults are encouraged to come and praise the Lord with music.
Choir Rehearsals Begin on Rally Day
The Wesley Choir begins rehearsing on Rally Day, September 10. Director, Karen Jordan welcomes all to join the choir; no audition required. Teens and adults are encouraged to come and sing with them. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM in the Sanctuary.
“Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord”
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 Weston at 279-5638 or the church office.
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
This is your chance to learn something new (always good for the brain and the body!).
The handbells will meet on Mondays at 7:00pm beginning July 3. If you are interested in learning how to play the bells, but don't want to commit to being in the choir, join us. You can come for one week or as many as you wish and your summer schedule will al- low. We will play music appropriate for the learning level of those who are there. We may divide the hour so that beginners will start and then experienced players will join them. We are not committing to play in worship anytime this summer unless the group wishes to play. If you have questions, contact Vickie at 520-3898.
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.