Events Around the NH District

2016 NH District Church Conference Information


VIM Opportunity

VIM Mission Invitation

Center Conway UMC is in the process of planning a second Volunteer in Mission group to Sager Brown UMCOR Supply Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana.   Work opportunities include working in the 48,000 sq. ft. depot receiving, sorting, packing, and shipping supplies for disaster relief around the world or be part of a community project, such as housing rehabilitation. You may be doing maintenance on the campus, or serving in the sewing room, or just helping as you are able. Your individual spiritual gifts and talents will be coordinated with their ever-changing weekly needs.  In other words, there is something for everyone.

Center Conway UMC invites you to consider joining us.  Scheduled dates are March 5 – 10, 2017.  Check in is Sunday afternoon with departure after lunch on Friday. Our goal is to have a team of 10.  Cost for lodging, meals, insurance and processing fee at Sager Brown is $260 with travel additional.  Each participant is also requested to bring 10 kits of your choice or $50 toward needed supplies.

Pastor Sue Davidson is coordinating this VIM opportunity.  Please contact her to indicate your interest or answer questions at or 603-447-6850.


Fridays 6:30pm

Pizza and Prayer with the Pastor (3P’s)

Plymouth UMC, 334 Fairgrounds Road, Plymouth, NH

3P’s Poster

Join Pastor Regina on Friday's to unwind from your busy week with pizza and prayer. 


Sep 30 God Needs Us to Tend the Garden Harvest: Justifying Grace

Oct 7 Faith as Wesley Lived It - The scriptures that ignited John Wesley

Oct 14 Faith as Wesley Lived It - The storms Wesley endured and caused

Oct 21 Faith as Wesley Lived It - Sanctifying Grace through discipleship

Oct 28 Discipleship - In Christ’s time, in Wesley’s time, in our times

See the poster for more information.


Saturday October 1, 2016 5pm & 5:45pm

Family Style Church Supper

Suncook UMC, 152 Main Street, Suncook, NH

Church Supper Poster

Please join us for this family style church supper. The menu will feature chicken in gravy with mashed potatoes, veggies, rolls and homemade pies.  Seatings will be at 5pm and 5:45pm.  The cost is $10.00 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 through 12. Children 5 and under eat free! Take-out is available after 5:15pm.  10% of the profits will go to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund to meet local needs.  For more information call 603-485-9707.


Sunday October 2, 2016 9am

Bluegrass/Country Music Concert

Richmond Community UMC, 11 Fitzwilliam Rd, Richmond, NH

Dan Schall Poster

Please join us for an awesome free community concert.  Popular country gospel singer Dan Schall has shared his powerful music ministry in hundreds of crossroad towns, churches, and cities throughout eastern America for decades and has published over a dozen bestselling bluegrass/country gospel CD's and albums. This free concert will be followed by a reception in the church narthex with yummy home baked goodies and drinks. Speak personally with Dan and we will have albums available to all who are interested.  All are welcome!


Beginning Sunday October 2, 2016 6:30pm - 8pm

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

Bow Mills UMC, 505 South St, Bow, NH

In this 9 session course, Dave Ramsey and his teaching team will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more.  Local classes are made up of small groups of people and are a great way to share ideas, be encouraged, and stay motivated.

Learn God’s way of handling your money.  Seven easy-to-follow baby steps to create a budget, get out of debt, and make a plan for your money.  This changes everything!   Your money.  Your story.  Your life.  Facilitated by John and Rita Blackadar.  Register on-line here.


October 4 - 31, 2016

12th Annual Pumpkin Patch

Bow Mills UMC, 505 South St, Bow, NH

Hard to believe, but soon the harvest will be in and it will be time once again for our annual celebration of your favorite gourd, the pumpkin!  With over 1000 to choose from, it’s quite a sight to see!  Stop by to take pictures and/or select that special one made just for you.

Hours are:

Saturdays 10am – 6pm

Sundays noon - 6 pm

Monday - Friday 3pm - 6pm

All proceeds go to support local food banks, Friends of Forgotten Children and church missions.  For more information contact the church at our website, 603-224-0884 or Susan at 603-224-5457. 

Help is needed, both before and during this event.  On Sunday October 2nd around noon we will unload and set up the pallets.  Then on Monday October 3rd we will gather at 3:45pm to to prep for a 4pm unload of the pumpkins followed by dinner. Bring your wheelbarrow, work gloves and friends and neighbors to help. You can sign up for unloading or for other shifts here.  For questions about the set up activities contact Becky Gilbert with questions, 603-545-7250 or


Wednesdays October 5, 12,19, 2016 7pm - 8:30pm

“Caring For an Aging Parent”

St. Paul’s UMC, 335 Smyth Road, Manchester, NH 03104

Presenter: Rev. Amy Alletzhauser

Free and open to the public.  Please phone to register so that materials can be adequately supplied, 603-647-7322 or


Wednesdays Beginning October 5, 2016 1pm

“The Gospel of Mark for Everyone”

First UMC, 18 Wesley Way, Gilford, NH


Pastor Tom Getchell-Lacey will be leading a Bible Study on the Gospel of Mark.  The first four books of the New Testament, collectively called “The Gospels,” are the primary sources for the Christian faith.  Of the four, The Gospel of Mark is the earliest and simplest account of the life and ministry of Jesus.  As such, it is an incredibly important portion of the Bible to study.

This small group study will meet for eight weeks, starting October 5, at 1pm in the church’s Fireside Room.  The Bible is our primary text, but we will also be using the book Mark for Everyone by Tom Wright as a guide for our reading.  We are requesting a $15 donation for each participant to cover the cost of the book.

To register, call the church office at 603-524-3289.


Saturday October 8, 2016 Noon

Greater Concord Crop Walk for Hunger

91 Clinton St, Concord. NH

Please join the Bow Mills UMC team by walking or making a donation!  The walk begins and ends at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints on Clinton Street.  Registration is at noon, gathering and prayer at 12:30pm and the walk starts at 1pm.  All monies raised go to end hunger locally and globally.

Register here.  Donate here.   CROP began in 1947 to help Midwest farmers share their grain with hungry neighbors.  Learn more about the CROP Walk for Hunger here.

This is a GREAT opportunity for FAMILIES to get out in the beautiful fall weather, learn something about world hunger and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!


Saturday October 8, 2016 9am – 1pm

Annual Apple Fest & Craft Fair

Chapel by the Lake, 529 Granite Lake Road, Munsonville, NH

You are invited to our Annual Apple Fest & Craft Fair, featuring fresh, homemade apple products.  We also have many local crafters participating.  For more information call 603-847-9581.


Saturday, October 8, 2016 9am - 3pm

Wanakee Fall Work Day

Can you do light carpentry, cut and haul brush, paint tables, rake leaves, clean dishes and buildings, work with docks, and/or close up cabins?

We need volunteers to help button up camp for the winter.  Individuals, families, youth groups, church groups, and mission teams are encouraged to come!  All ages and skill levels welcome.  Coffee, light snacks, and lunch provided.

Reservations are requested to plan for meals,, 603–279–7950, or visit to register.


Beginning Friday October 14, 2016 Noon

Health Ministries Team Offering “The Daniel Plan”

First UMC, 19 Wesley Way, Gilford, NH

Are you overweight or not in the best shape you’d like to be in?  Please consider joining us for a six-week session of The Daniel Plan, a 40-day journey toward healthier living.  The subjects of this plan are Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends.  It is not a diet plan, but a plan for learning to live healthier.  Rev. Rick Warren, the best-selling author of “The Purpose Driven Life”, and other experts designed this plan basing it on the prophet Daniel.

Starting on Friday October 14th at noon there will be a gathering of all who would like to go on this journey to health and well-being.  Bring your lunch.  We will provide beverages, plates etc.  Please let us know you are coming so we can have enough supplies for everyone.  Email or call 603-524-1330 or 603-524-3289.


Saturday October 15, 2016 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Church Supper

St. Paul’s UMC, 335 Smyth Rd, Manchester, NH

Please join us for a roast beef supper with all the fixin’s!  The menu includes roast beef au jus with mashed potatoes, green beans, Harvard beets, coleslaw, rolls, and beverage.  For dessert, how about your choice of homemade apple pie or our popular cake with lemon topping!  All this for just $10 per person, $5 for children under 12, no tax or tip and best of all no dishes to do.  And don’t forget to stop by the bake table sponsored by the UM Women of our church.  Any questions or to make reservations please call Jean Kelly at 603-622-9626.


Saturday October 15, 2016 5pm - 8pm

Family Game Night & Pot Luck Supper

Suncook UMC, 152 Main St, Pembroke, NH

Bring your appetites for food and fun, it’s time to play!  The evening will start with outdoor games including ladder ball and corn hole.  Tabletop games including Magic the Gathering, Risk, Monopoly, Cribbage, Munchkin, Candyland and others will be available.  Play our games or bring a favorite to share.  A pot luck supper will be provided starting at 5:30pm.   All ages are welcome to attend.   For more information, call 603-587-0658.


Tuesday October 18, 2016 10am - 4:30pm

NH District Resource Day with Clif Christopher

Rich Church - Poor Church

Durrell Memorial UMC, 2057 Main Street, Bethlehem, NH

Clif Christopher Poster

Are you in a rich church or a poor church?  Don’t answer too quickly.  A rich church focuses on mission rather than survival, knowing the facts on your donors rather than guessing, asking versus not asking and humility rather than arrogance.

In this workshop Clif Christopher will contrast the traits of the most productive congregations with those who perennially fail to secure the funds to perform transformational ministry.

$12/person (scholarships available)

Includes meals and a copy of Clif's book,

"Rich Church, Poor Church:  Keys to Effective Financial Ministry".


Online Registration for Clif Christopher

Phone:  603-225-3455

Sponsored by the UM Foundation of New England


October 18 - 21, 2016

Amish Country Tour - Public Invited

Spots are still available for a tour of Amish Country and Brandywine, PA., a trip sponsored by First UMC Gilford and Wesley Woods.  Filled with unique stops and traditional favorites, a highlight in this four-day tour will be dinner with an Amish family at their farm.  You will be entertained and inspired by the story of Samson at the Sight and Sound Theater, and no tour would be complete without stops at local Farmers Markets and shops.

The cost for the trip is $665 per person based on double occupancy.  Please add $150 for single accommodations.  Included in the price are:  roundtrip luxury motorcoach transportation, a professional tour director, 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts, accommodations at The Bird in Hand Hotel, admission to Amish Farm and House with a guided tour through the replica Amish home, visits to Hagley Home Museum and Longwood Gardens in Brandywine River Valley, as well as the theater performance of Samson.

To reserve your spot or for more information, call the church at 603-524-3289 or Paul Weston at 603-279-5638.  Registration requires a deposit of $50 by August 31, with the balance due by September 7.


Wednesday October 19, 2016 7pm

Guest Speaker Rev. We Hyun Chang

Wesley UMC, 79 Clinton Street, Concord, NH

Please join us for an informative discussion of immigration issues.  Rev. We Chang, former Assistant Pastor at Wesley UMC, has long been actively involved in finding just solutions for our country’s illegal immigrants. 

We organized and launched the New England chapter of Justice for our Neighbors (JFON).  The JFON program was initiated by the General Board of Global Ministries in 1999 and has served thousands of immigrants throughout the US. The UM Committee on Relief (UMCOR) sponsors the program, with over 40 clinic sites operating nationwide.  New England JFON opened its first doors in the fall of 2012 in Portland, ME and Springfield, MA. In the fall of 2014, a third clinic opened in Woburn, MA.

We will bring his knowledge of the issues that surround immigration reform and share some thoughts about how we can become involved.


Saturday October 22, 2016

Fall Rummage Sale

Contoocook UMC, 24-28 Maple Street, Contoocook, NH

Mark your calendar for this great Fall event.  Clothing and white elephant items can be dropped off beginning Monday, October 1st.  Volunteers are always needed to help sort and put clothing away and to help on the day of the sale.  Please let Jackie know if you are able to help in any way, 603-235-2412.


Friday October 28, 2016 6pm

Saturday October 29, 2016 Noon and 5pm

Murder - Mystery Dinner

Bow Mills UMC, 202 South St, Concord, NH

Religious leaders gather from around the world to bid for Dr. Stanley Rollingstone’s startling discovery of a Fifth Gospel which will change Christianity as we know it.  Come and see if you can solve the mystery of “who done it” before anyone else as we present a very exciting murder mystery - “The Fifth Gospel.”  Tickets, which include dinner, are $20 and may be reserved by calling Sharon Stewart at 603-623-3544 or by email at Reservation deadline is October 24th.


Saturday October 29, 2016 9am - 4:30pm

Early Response Team (ERT) Training

Lake Sunapee UMC, 9 Lower Main St, Sunapee, NH

It’s hurricane season and winter storms will soon be upon us – are you ready to help your community or others in the event of a disaster? Those with training in the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)’s Early Response Team (ERT) process are a valuable community resource and you could be one of them! This training that will prepare ERTs to help.

Online registration and more information available here.


Wednesday November 2, 2016 7pm - 8pm

“Adult Depression”

St. Paul’s UMC, 335 Smyth Road, Manchester, NH 03104

Presenter: Dr. Ara Heghinian

Free and open to the public.  Please phone to register so that materials can be adequately supplied, 603-647-7322 or


Saturday November 5, 2016 9am - 2pm

Annual Snowman Craft Fair

Bow Mills UMC, 202 South St, Concord, NH

Snowman Poster

Fall is here and that means it’s time for the Annual Snowman Craft Fair.  This is a great place to come and enjoy the hospitality and good cheer of the day.  Browse through our Silent Auction tables (donated items needed by October 30th), and then fill your plate at the Cookie Walk (donations needed, plan to drop them off the evening of Friday November 4th).  And don’t forget about the Bakery Table filled with pies (no cream or custard pies, please) and other goodies.

Your help and donations of bakery goods make this event a success, so please consider baking.  Contact Rita Blackadar at 603-219-0921 for details about the bake table.   Any questions about the fair, please contact Joan Day, 603-228-1154, or Ann Leigh, 603-225-1716.


Wednesday November 15, 2016 6:30pm - 8pm

“Stewardship of Life and Death”

St. Paul’s UMC, 335 Smyth Road, Manchester, NH 03104

Presenters: Denis Metivier, Lambert Funeral Home and Rev. Amy Alletzhauser, Pastor St. Paul’s

Learn what information is needed for the funeral home and a Celebration of Life.  Prepare now and save your family the heartache at your time of death.

Please phone to register so that materials can be adequately supplied, 603-647-7322 or


Saturday December 3, 2016 9am – 12pm

Bishop’s Day in the NH District

Bow Mills UMC, 505 South St, Concord, NH

Bishop’s Day Poster

Please plan to join us for this visit from Bishop Devadhar.  The Bishop will meet with clergy and laity from 9am - 11am, and then with the NH District Superintendency Committee from 11am to noon.  Refreshments will be provided.  RSVP to the District Office if you plan to attend.





"Today is the day God cares for the integrity of creation, wills the healing and wholeness of all life, weeps at the plunder of earth’s goodness. And so shall we.

Today is the day God embraces all hues of humanity, delights in diversity and difference, favors solidarity transforming strangers into friends. And so shall we.

Today is the day God cries with the masses of starving people, despises growing disparity between rich and poor, demands justice for workers in the marketplace. And so shall we.

Today is the day God deplores violence in our homes and streets, rebukes the world’s warring madness, humbles the powerful and lifts up the lowly. And so shall we.

Today is the day God calls for nations and peoples to live in peace, celebrates where justice and mercy embrace, exults when the wolf grazes with the lamb. And so shall we.

Today is the day God brings good news to the poor, proclaims release to the captives, gives sight to the blind, and sets the oppressed free. And so shall we."
United Methodist Publishing House (The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2012)