Events Around the NH District

Summer Meetings with the DS

Please review the Letter from the Interim DS discussing the new assessment format.

The 2017 NEAC Pastoral Conversation Form and 2017 NEAC Shared Ministry Assessment (formerly called the "Congregational and Pastoral Evaluation Form") are due back no later than two weeks before the pastor’s meeting with the DS, but we encourage you to submit it as soon as you can.  If your pastor is changing appointments this year, please submit the completed form to the DS by June 12, 2017.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the District Office.

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Help Wanted

First United Methodist Church

Activa-Tree Christian Preschool

963 Valley Street

Manchester, NH  03103

Preschool Director/Lead Teacher

First United Methodist Church of Manchester, NH seeks a highly qualified Preschool Director/Lead Teacher for Activa-Tree Christian Preschool.  Activa-Tree is a small, multi-cultural Christian preschool, licensed by the state of NH and is a ministry of the church.  Its goal is to provide high quality educational programming in order to prepare children for kindergarten in a caring environment that teaches children to love God and their neighbors.  See more details and how to apply for this position here.

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Volunteers Needed

Friends of Forgotten Children

224 Bog Road

Concord, NH 03303

Can you spare a few hours to help out?  Is your teen looking for community service opportunities?  The Friends of Forgotten Children is looking for volunteers.  Check out all the opportunities here.  If you are willing and able to volunteer your time, please email them at volunteers@fofcnh.org, call Linda Abbott, the Volunteer Coordinator, at 603-753-4801 or use the information request form.

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Summer Sermon Series and Book Study

“If the Church Were Christian”

by Phillip Gulley

Summer Book Study Poster

Wesley UMC and Bow Mills UMC invite you to join us this summer as we explore the book, “If the Church Were Christian” by Phillip Gulley.   Each Sunday during worship the sermon will flow from one of the ten chapters of this book, followed by a discussion of the book and the sermon.

The first five Thursday book study sessions will be at Wesley UMC beginning June 29 to July 27 from 7pm - 8:30m. The last five Thursday book study sessions will be at Bow Mills UMC beginning August 3 to August 31 from 7pm to 8:30pm.

Arrangements have been made with Gibson’s Bookstore to have copies of the book available for purchase. You can also find it for Kindle through Amazon.   All are welcome to join us!   Further info contact Wesley UMC at 603-224-7413 or Bow Mills UMC at 603-228-1154.  

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Mission Opportunities

August 1 - 15, 2017

Parceles Costa Rica

Short term missionaries wanted.  The $1400 cost includes flight, meals, accommodations and project money.  We are looking for 8 more people to join our team for another amazing opportunity to see God's grace among the people of Costa Rica and each other.  For more information please contact Tim Hickey at 603-731-3517, or Timberlandranch@aol.com.

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October 28 - November 5, 2017

Guatemala Grace

Guatemala Trip Poster

Rev. Sharon Lovejoy, pastor of Brunswick UMC, Brunswick, ME, and Rev. Mike Davis, a retired Elder living in Wells, ME, will be leading this mission trip to Guatemala.  You don’t need any experience or special gifts to be on this team.  There is work for everyone.   We will be working on facilities for Salud y Paz used to provide medical care and education. We will have work for persons of all skill levels.  It is truly a transforming experience.  The total cost is $2,000.00 per person, which includes airfare, room, food, transportation in country, interpreters, etc.  You can read the travel log from previous teams, get more information, or find an application on our website, Guatemala Grace.

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Wanakee

75 Upper New Hampton Road

Meredith, NH  03253-9516

Wanakee Summer Camp

Online registration is now open for Summer Camp 2017.  See the Wanakee Summer Program Guide for more details.

Wanakee Expo Camp & Open House

Saturday June 24, 2017 9am - 3pm

Wanakee Expo Camp

Wanakee Open House

Saturday August 19, 2017

Registration Starts at 7am, Race at 9am

5th Annual Wanakee Wilderness 5K

Wanakee, 75 Upper New Hampton Road, Meredith, NH

Wanakee 5K Poster

 

Grab your running shoes and head to Wanakee - it’s time for the 5th Annual Wanakee Wilderness 5K!  The cross country course begins at the Farmhouse, then transitions to dirt paths and hiking trails that traverse the hills and fields around Wanakee, ending back in main camp. This is a hilly course that climbs over 300 feet in elevation, be sure to look around and enjoy the beautiful views!

 

The registration fee is $25 for all participants who register from June 1 until August 18. Race day registration will be $30. The first 150 registrants will receive an exclusive race t-shirt. All fitness levels are welcome. this event is designed for the whole family to enjoy! Register online or by downloading a registration form.

 

In addition to the 5K, the day’s events will include music, family fun, hiking, games, swimming and canoeing at our waterfront (with certified lifeguards on duty), a silent auction, and our Annual Homecoming Chicken BBQ (starting at 11:30am). The cost of the BBQ is $10 Adults/$5 for 12 and under/FREE for children five and under.  Proceeds from this event go toward our facility major improvements projects and camp scholarships.

 

All race participants and supporters are invited to join us for the awards ceremony immediately following the finish of the race and Wanakee’s Annual Homecoming BBQ.  Wanakee Wilderness 5K is a USATF sanctioned event and part of the 2017 Meredith Harvest 4-Way Race Series - 4 Races, 4 Months, 4 Good Causes.  We’ll see you there - rain or shine!

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Tuesday June 27, 2017 7pm

Carol Ringers

First UMC, 18 Main Street, Littleton, NH

Carol Ringers Poster

First UMC is hosting this handbell concert featuring the Carol and Celebration Ringers, a youth handbell choir from St. Matthew’s UMC in Annadale, VA.  These are junior high and high school students from six schools in Northern Virginia.  They perform a repertoire of classical, popular, folk and sacred music.  Read this news release for more information or call 603-644-5567.

 

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Thursday July 20, 2017 5:30pm

Dinner at Bridge House

Bridge House, 260 Highland Street, Plymouth, NH

Plymouth UMC would like extend an invitation to anyone who would like to help.  Periodically we bring a dish and share a meal with the residents of Bridge House, a homeless shelter in Plymouth, NH.  A summer themed meal is suggested - think BBQ meats, cole slaws, potato salads, fruits, pies, baked beans, etc.  If you would like to attend, or have questions, please email Melissa Furbish at mdfurbish@plymouth.edu to let her know what you will bring so she can make sure there is a nice variety.

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Saturday July 22, 2017 10am

Blessing of the Bikes & Riders

Grantham UMC, 418 Route 10 south, Grantham, NH

Blessing Poster

Gather at 9:15am for a meet and greet with coffee and munchies.  The Blessing will be held at 10 am by Rev. Cheryl Meachen.  Then a ride through the beautiful back roads of New Hampshire, ending in Concord at Arnie’s Place where they serve amazing food including BBQ. And their delicious ice cream is made right on the premises. We will disperse from there!


No charge. Event t-shirts available. Donations will benefit the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund used to help those needing gas to get to medical appointments, rent security deposits, food, etc.

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July 24 - 28, 2017

Vacation Bible School

Bow Mills UMC, 505 South Street, Bow, NH

Bow Mills VBS Poster

Get Ready for Hero Central at Bow Mills United Methodist Church

The Bow Mills UMC will hold its Vacation Bible School from July 24th to July 28th from 9am to 12pm for ages 3 years and up.  Get ready for an action-packed 5-day super hero training camp where kids discover their strength in God!  Hero Central prepares kids with special abilities to do good.  Seek peace and go after it!  Grab your cape and get ready to fly with epic music, spectacular science, craft crafts, heroic recreation and fantastic Bible Stories.

The children will engage in fun and exciting interactive activities on a daily basis while learning about God’s call for us all.  Come join us as we engage on this wonderful journey together.  Join Flame and friends as you embark on epic adventures and learn about God’s special abilities given to you.

For further information, call 603-224-0884 or visit website: www.bowmillsumc.org

 

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Saturday August 19, 2017

Registration Start at 7am, Race at 9am

5th Annual Wanakee Wilderness 5K

Wanakee, 75 Upper New Hampton Road, Meredith, NH

Wanakee 5K Poster

Grab your running shoes and head to Wanakee - it’s time for the 5th Annual Wanakee Wilderness 5K!  The cross country course begins at the Farmhouse, then transitions to dirt paths and hiking trails that traverse the hills and fields around Wanakee, ending back in main camp. This is a hilly course that climbs over 300 feet in elevation, be sure to look around and enjoy the beautiful views!

The registration fee is $25 for all participants who register from June 1 until August 18. Race day registration will be $30. The first 150 registrants will receive an exclusive race t-shirt. All fitness levels are welcome. this event is designed for the whole family to enjoy! Register online or by downloading a registration form.

In addition to the 5K, the day’s events will include music, family fun, hiking, games, swimming and canoeing at our waterfront (with certified lifeguards on duty), a silent auction, and our Annual Homecoming Chicken BBQ (starting at 11:30am). The cost of the BBQ is $10 Adults/$5 for 12 and under/FREE for children five and under.  Proceeds from this event go toward our facility major improvements projects and camp scholarships.

All race participants and supporters are invited to join us for the awards ceremony immediately following the finish of the race and Wanakee’s Annual Homecoming BBQ.  Wanakee Wilderness 5K is a USATF sanctioned event and part of the 2017 Meredith Harvest 4-Way Race Series - 4 Races, 4 Months, 4 Good Causes.  We’ll see you there - rain or shine!

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The Bridge Builder

By Will Allen Dromgoole (1860 - 1934)

 

An old man going a lone highway,

Came, at the evening cold and gray,

To a chasm vast and deep and wide.

Through which was flowing a sullen tide

The old man crossed in the twilight dim,

The sullen stream had no fear for him;

But he turned when safe on the other side

And built a bridge to span the tide.

 

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,

“You are wasting your strength with building here;

Your journey will end with the ending day,

You never again will pass this way;

You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide,

Why build this bridge at evening tide?”

 

The builder lifted his old gray head;

“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,

“There followed after me to-day

A youth whose feet must pass this way.

This chasm that has been as naught to me

To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;

He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;

Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”