First United Methodist
Church of Gilford

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

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

CASA of NH trains concerned citizens to advocate for abused and neglected children in the courts. There are children waiting for someone to speak on their behalf. Your common sense, commitment to children, and a contribution of 10-12 hours a month will help ensure a child grows up in a safe, permanent home. To become a CASA/GAL volunteer and help the children in your community, please call 800/626-0622, or apply at www.casanh.org/onlineapplication.

Time for Yourself during Holy Week

From the Parish Nurse:

Holy Week is here and this time gives us an opportunity to double up our efforts as the Lenten season comes to an end. Stake out some time for yourself to reflect on first, the hopelessness of some events of this week in liturgy, the beauty of Holy Thursday, and then join in for the celebration of the great event of the Resurrection of the Lord. Know that the Lord is always with you and waits for YOU to turn to Him with any difficulties, be they small or large. Find comfort in the Lord this week and always.

From the Parish Nurse written by Anne Moran

St. Patrick's Day - Spring is coming!

From the Parish Nurse:

For those celebrating St. Patrick's Day, may you enjoy the day, the food, have fun and benefit from the Irish humor and wit with a good belly-laugh or two. Another "celebration moment" this week is the joy that comes with the arrival of Spring. We anticipate the slightly warmer days, the many birds returning to the northern climate and lifting our spirits with their chirping. Hopefully the snowfall of the season will coming to an end. And with clear sidewalks, etc., nature will be calling us "out of doors" to experience the beauty of Spring. Just seeing those first few snowdrops pushing up out of the ground lifts my spirit. So, once again, I encourage you all to get out and increase your activity level – "walking or increasing activity level" is the best pill that can be prescribed because of all of its benefits. And it is FREE!! Take advantage of that gift and proceed to a healthier you.

From the Parish Nurse written by Anne Moran

Sleep Does Matter

From the Parish Nurse:

Did you know that sleep is one of nature's greatest health resources. Often, this basic health need is overlooked. SLEEP does matter. So many of us try to burn the candle at both ends during the week and vow to "catch up" on the weekend. THIS is NOT effective. A minimum of 7 hours with the optimum of 8 hours of sleep is necessary for the body to function at its best. Short-changing yourself of this "down time" can have some negative effects on your body. This week, keep a log of the number of hours of sleep YOU get and if you are lacking, try to increase sleep time a bit at a time and experience the positive results.

From the Parish Nurse written by Anne Moran

Daylight Savings Time

From the Parish Nurse:

As you read this you will either be anticipating or experiencing the loss of one hour of sleep due to the ushering in of Daylight Savings Time. It will be VERY convenient to have more daylight hours and with the anticipated warmer weather to experience more "out of door" time. Let us take advantage of this bonus and increase our activity levels. Also, the Lenten season is moving along, so it is time to re-evaluate our good intentions and see how well we are doing. Perhaps you have slacked off or would like to "change up" those Lenten resolutions – take a look around you and see if these increased daylight hours might open up some new possibilities for "good works" which would add to your Faith and and relationship to God.
Come to the the office to discuss any health concerns you may be experiencing. Please come to have blood pressure checked. The Health Minitries office is open Tuesdays from 9-5. Sometime I may be called out of the office so if you want to be sure I'm there please call 524-1330. And Friday by Appointment. If you need me to come to you please let me know I would love to visit you in your home. 

From the Parish Nurse written by Anne Moran

 

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