First United Methodist
Church of Gilford

We are a church of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors

First UMC News

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.

Out To Lunch Bunch

The Out to Lunch Bunch is a chance for women to gather every 4th Wednesday of the Month. This month we will gather on March 28th at Patrick's Pub in Gilford at Noon.  If you plan to attend please call Marilyn Miller or the church office so she can make a reservation for the group. Come and enjoy the fun.

Memorial Fund Use Policy

For Your Information Memorial Fund Use Policy
    The Memorial Fund is made up of gifts to the church, generally in remembrance of a loved one. The Fund is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees and may be used as it deems appropriate for non-budgeted needs.
    All requests for expenditures from the Memorial Fund not initiated by the Board of Trustees must be presented to them before any purchase is made. A Memorial Fund Request Slip needs to be filled out by a designated member of the requesting committee and approved by the Board of Trustees. This slip should then be attached to the Request for Payment Slip that must have either the bill for the item or a receipt that shows who paid for it and needs to be reimbursed. This slip must be signed by a requesting committee member and a member of the Finance Committee and then put in the Treasurer’s drawer for payment.


Adult Class

The adult study group at the First United Methodist Church of Gilford meets Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM in the church library, before the 10:30 worship service. Currently they are engaged in a seven-week study with a dual focus: “We are learning more about John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, and his own personal struggle of faith. As he matured in his faith, he developed an understanding of practical ways in which we can connect with God, such as reading the scriptures, praying, and reaching out to others. He called these practices “means of grace”. The other focus is to see how Wesley’s understanding of these spiritual disciplines can be applied to our own lives.” To learn more about the adult study group, speak to Marilyn Ayer who is leading the study or call the church office weekday mornings at 524-3289. 

Wednesday Adult Class

At 2pm on Wednesday there is a Lectionary Based Study being held in the Fireside room. This class is open to anyone who wold like to attend. 

Tween Class

The Tweens Class is small but mighty! Our mission project, in the fall, was about UMCOR (The United Methodist Commitee On Relief). We assembled eight health kits for hurricane stricken areas as our contribution to the church-project. Autumn Cooper participated in the Live Natvity in December. On Epiphany Sunday they rode our camels around the sanctuary. Presently, we are studying the New Testament and learning about Jesus and his life.

One Room Schoolhouse

Our church also offers a One Room Schoolhouse for those 5 years old and up as well as a Pre-school Program during the church service.
Stay tuned to hear more about these fun and engaging learning opportunites!

A Service Celebrating the Appointment of a District Superintenden

Submitted by Kathy Smith


On September 9th at the Plymouth UMC our new District Superintendent, Rev. Tae- sung Kang, was installed. It was a beautiful service with praise music led by the Electric Praise Band. There were many participants representing the many leadership ministries of our district, including people who are Elders (both active and retired), Deacons, Local Pastors, Certified Lay Ministers, Candidates for Deaconess and other ministries, and laity (including the Dis- trict Lay Leader).

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