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.
Replacement of Sanctuary Lights
It was probably ten years ago that the Trustees discussed the need to replace the overhead lights in the sanctuary. In fact, we obtained a bid for replacement at that time. However, funds were not available. The system, when designed at the time the church was built in 1968-69, called for challenging procedures to replace the bulbs. Over the many years replacement was carried out by willing members of the church community, using scaffolding, lifts, and ladders. All the while the housing and wiring of the antiquated lights de- teriorated, resulting in burn-out and the need for replacement much too quickly. Additionally, during more recent years primarily for reasons of safety, we felt it prudent to hire outside workers to replace the lights. This became costly. Lastly, we had lost our dimmer function many years ago.
- The OnSite Dermatology with practitioner Isabelle Waddell
Thursday starting at 1:30 pm
Friday starting at 3:00 pm
Appointments can be schedule by calling 1-877-345-5300.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.