First United Methodist
Church of Gilford

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First UMC News

Holy Thursday Service


Come join use Thursday at 7:00 pm for this meaning full and moving service celebrating our Lords last supper. This will be a combined service of the First United Methodist Church - Gilford/Laconia and the Gilford Community Church.  It wll be held at the Methodist Church at 18 Wesly Way (off Rte 11A) at 7:00pm. 

Prayer Vigil


Will you pray for an hour?

   During Holy Week, starting Maundy Thursday at 8:00 PM and ending on Good Friday at 3:00 PM there will be a prayer vigil.  This tradition gives us a chance to sit and meditate and pray during the time recognized as Christ’s last hours living on earth — from his trial and his time on the cross until his death.
   The sign-up sheet is available in the Fellowship Hall. You do not pray at the church to participate.

Easter Flowers

Each year we celebrate Easter by filling the sanctuary with Easter lilies, daffodils, hyacinth and other fowering bulbs.
You are invited to bring in a flower for decorating around the altar during our Easter celebration. Please call or email the office with your dedication in honor or in memory of a loved one.   Floral Dedictions for should be in the church office no later than Wednesday, March 28.

UMCOR Disaster Kit Report

     Thanks to all who par cipated in making ood clean up kits and hygiene kits for disaster relief projects of the United Methodist Commitee on Relief. We started several months ago when the hurricanes hit, and kits have been sent through the Caribbean and to other disaster sites in the United States (wildfire areas, etc.)
     You and community members have donated items, packed kits, given money and given encouragement. We also received support from St. Andre Bessete and the Gilford Community Church Youth. Items that were not appropriate for dona ons were given to the Community Food Bank, St. Vincent DePaul, the Vineyard Church and other charities for distribution.
     We are closing the project for the present and saving some leftover supplies for future projects and donting some to the Laconia Girl Scouts who are picking up the project.
     We sent 16 clean up buckets and 231 hygiene kits. Good work!

 UMCOR Sunday

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) administrative costs are supported by dontation give by Methodist Churchs around the world on UMCOR Sunday March 11th. That way all moneys otherwise donated go directly to the people who need it most. UMCOR is often the first boots on the ground after disasters around the world. They are also committed to helping survivors get back on their feet not matter how long it takes. 

Lay Servant Ministry Opportunities

The district is o ering two Lay Servant Ministry Courses in April - “Living our Beliefs” and “Class Leaders: Recovering a Tradition”. Please see the bulletin board at the church for more informa on about these courses.

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