First United Methodist
Church of Gilford

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

UMCOR Hurricane Relief Efforts

    If you have been in church, you have probably noticed the piles of supplies in the Fellowship Hall over the past few weeks. There have been several hurricanes, and because of the damage, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) has filled and restocked their shelves several times – and more hurricanes are coming. In addition, there are horrific wildfires out west. So far, over 75,000 cleaning buckets have been sent to Texas and Florida, and 28,000 are ready for Puerto Rico and the islands as soon as there is a site to receive and distribute them (maybe they have already gone.)
    However, the central depots are out of space, and the hubs are filling fast. Our hub is the Plymouth UMC, where there is a large storage room for our donations and trucks go as needed to central depots. Thanks to donations from the church members, our

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Winter is Upon Us

Winter Warmth Collection

This is the time! We are collecting warm coats, hats, mittens, jackets and such for the Headstart children and others who need them. If you have some of these items that your kids have outgrown, or wish to do- nate toward this program, please bring items in good condition to the church this month. Donations can be made as well by marking Winter Warmth on your check in the note area. Thank you.

40 Days of Giving


During Lent the church was challenged to give one item for each day of lent. This pro- duced 1,500 items that were then distributed to New Beginnings, Belknap House, Carey House, Salvation Army food pantry, and the Lakes Region Vineyard food pantry. Thank you to everyone for making this such a success.


A Note From New Beginnings

Thank you so much for your recent donation to New Beginnings. Each year we shelter 50 people and serve over 700 domestic and sexual violence survivors. The donation will assist them in gaining economic independence; many of whom will be experiencing it for the first time in their lives.

Your donation will help them create a fresh start for themselves as they leave our shel- ter free from violence and abuse.

It is on their behalf that we thank you! Sincerely,
Jenn and staff at New Beginnings.

Belknap House Volunteers needed

This is to keep you informed of volunteer opportunities associated with Belknap House – Belknap County’s homeless shelter for families and summer vacation hostel. Please share and forward this to your friends and associates that might have an interest in doing community service work for Belknap House. Here is the key information you need to know about Belknap House now:

We have many types of volunteer opportunities: Shelter Assistants, Hostel Assistants, Fund-raising assistants, Maintenance Assistants (painting, landscaping, carpentry, etc) , Board Members or Board committee assistant, and help as needed. Shelter Assistant and Hostel Assistants are the only opportunities that require an application, a background check and training. All current volunteer opportunities are summarized at the following link:

Help with Maintenance: If you'd like to help keep the shelter in good shape, we have landscaping and minor repairs that can be done. We have 2 projects that are associated with the United Way Day of Caring on Sept 7th. We will have other projects opportunities during our shut-down period of Oct 9-15, 2017.

If you have any questions on volunteer opportunities, please email me.



Belknap House Director of Volunteers

40 Days Of Giving Thank you

     First of all, thank you to everyone who participated in this chal-

lenge. The challenge was to bring items such as food, personal care items, baby care items, and cleaning products to be gathered each Sun- day during Lent. Through this challenge we collected 1,343 items plus a

lot of trial size personal care products. These many items will be going to New Beginnings, Carey House & the Salvation Army Food Pantry, Belknap House, Community Action Program Food Pantry, Saint Vincent DePaul Food Pantry, and the Vineyard Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen.

     When we called to make arrangements everyone was very happy to receive not only food but the other items as well. Those who are on a food assistance program can’t buy things like Toilet Paper, Shampoo etc with that assistance so these items will be very helpful. The trial size products will be good for putting in bags that are then given to the homeless. So once again thank you, your donation will go a long way. 

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