First UMC News
Rally Day Service and Celebration with Pot Luck Lunch after.
Families! Come to worship in the sanctuary at 10:30 AM.
Following the Children’s Story the children and youth will move to the church kitchen to help get things ready for the Rally Day Pot Luck Luncheon being held following worship. The students will be the kitchen crew and dining room set up staff. The preschool class will make decorations for the tables.
Regular classes will begin the following Sunday with an expansion of classes this year. A preschool class will be held in the Nursery Room for children ages 2-4. There will always be plenty of help in the room to accommodate any younger children or babies that may also be present. There will be a class in the Noah’s Ark Room for grades K through age 9, and a Tweens class for those aged 10 and up that will meet in the youth room. We are hoping for a very exciting year with all of the Sunday School students. Nancy Morley & Kelly Scudder, Co Chairpersons of Christian Education
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.
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
The First United Methodist Church and Wesley Woods present an opportunity to enjoy the rugged coast of Maine; travel to quaint villages and visit places that show the beauty of Maine. The journey starts by going to Bath, Maine, home of the Maine Maritime Museum. Enjoy a cruise and see the lighthouses along the way. Then a visit to Camden, Mt. Battie, Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Observatory as well as free time at LL Bean for shopping. The cost is $299 Dbl. Occupancy (based on the number of people sharing a room) $349 Single. The adventure begins at the Methodist Church in Gilford at 7:00 AM and return at 5:00 PM the next day.
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.