Please enjoy our newsletter for July 2018.
Beyond the Green Doors
The newsletter of the Peterborough United Methodist Church
43 Concord Street, Peterborough, NH
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Sun Worship Service 10a
Mon Confidential Meeting 6-8p
Wed Covenant Discipleship Group 6:30p
Thu Summer Office Hours 9-12
Jul 4 No office hours
Jul 8 Free Community Breakfast 8a
Jul 14 Hundred Nights Tailgate Dinner
Jul 18 Trustees Meeting 6:30p
Jul 22 Free Community Breakfast 8a
Jul 28 UMW Cake Sale at Riverfest
Jul 31 Newsletter submissions due
Sep 16 Homecoming
Adult Bible Class July + August
Book Group July + August
Choir resuming after Labor Day
Men’s Monthly Breakfast July + August
Open Mic July + August
Prayer Shawl resuming Sep 26
CHURCH FAMILY CELEBRATIONS
Richard C Clason Jul
Bronwin Southwick Jul 6
Steve Griggs Jul 12
Vic (Linda) French Jul 15
Linda Wallenstein Aug 3
Karen Keenan Aug 6
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP ANNIVERSARIES
Ron LaRoche 9 Years
Charlie and Tammy Munroe 18 Years
Don’t see your birthday? Email info@PeterboroughUMC.org or just leave a note in the church office!
“Today the heart of God is an open wound of love. He aches over our distance and preoccupation. He mourns that we do not draw near to him. He grieves that we have forgotten him. He weeps over our obsession with muchness and manyness. He longs for our presence.”
—Richard Foster, Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home, p. 1
I am seeking:
I am hesitant and uncertain,
but will you, O God,
watch over each step of mine
and guide me.
James 4:8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.
ONLINE SUMMER BIBLE STUDY ANYONE?
By Kathleene Card
The book I will use is called The 4:8 Principle by Tommy Newberry, and it is inspired by the text in Philippians 4:8. I gave this book as a gift on Father’s Day, and I think it is perfect for a Summer Online Study.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable– if anything is excellent or praiseworthy– think about such things. (NIV)
In 2008 I had the privilege of hearing a presentation by the author of The 4:8 Principle, by Tommy Newberry. He has shared his Leader’s Guide with me, and I have used this book more than once to keep me centered on what really matters. So offering the study on line is a joy for me. My plan is for each participant to read at her or his own pace. This would allow people to be in the class, and do as little or as much on their own time as they would like. At the end of the sessions, we could even meet for dinner.
Here is a list of the Chapters that might stimulate your interest:
Chapter 1. Life as It Was Meant to Be: Discovering the Secret to a Joy-filled Life
Chapter 2. A New Beginning: Focusing on What Produces Joy
Chapter 3. Wow, That’s Me: Embracing Your God-Given Identity
Section Two: Power, Love and a Sound Mind
Chapter 4. Your Potential for Joy: Fortifying Your Self-Concept
Chapter 5. You Make Me So Mad: Taking Charge of Your Emotional Life
Chapter 6. Head Games: Starving Negative Emotions
Section Three: Guard Your Heart
Chapter 7. Your Personal Firewall: developing Habits to Protect Your Heart
Chapter 8. Junk Proof Your Mind: Strategies for a Healthy Mind
Chapter 9. Thanks for Everything: Living With Gratitude
Please respond to Rev Card if you would like to be in this class. I will start as soon as I have at least 8 people who are interested, or July 9. The book is available at any book store, or I will order a bunch if people prefer. If you do not have access to a computer—I will print study sheets and have them available on Sundays for pickup.
HUNDRED NIGHTS SUPPER PLANNED – July 14th
July’s Saturday Night Supper will feature a Tex-Mex dinner for folks at Hundred Nights. Chili and tacos are on the menu this month with vanilla ice cream and cinnamon sugar cookies for dessert. Look for a sign-up sheet and email coming out during the first week of the month. Many thanks for supporting this anti-hunger/homeless mission work!
– Susan Lindquist
SUMMER MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES
There will be a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall for anyone who would like to provide some special music for our worship services this summer (ie solos, group singing, instrumental music, etc.). Feel free to take any Sunday that is available. It’s wonderful to share our talents!
Please consider sharing some of the beauty from your garden. If you would like to share your flowers on a Sunday let Amy or Susan L know. Thanks!
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
The Arun sponsorship drive is close to goal. A big thank you to Janet Hazel and Susan Lindquist for producing the creative calendar to track our progress. We appreciate all the contributions made by the congregation.
Check out the accompanying article about the cake sale and information booth at the Jaffrey Riverfest on July 28th.
This will complete the fundraising for Arun. Please help us by baking a cake(s) for this event. If you can help at the booth please contact Sue Poplin.
The next UMW meeting will be October 2nd.
UMW CAKE SALE
WHAT: CAKE SALE – (DESSERT & COFFEE CAKES)
WHERE: RIVERFEST – downtown Jaffrey, NH
WHEN: SATURDAY – JULY 28, 2018 10 AM – 3 PM
WHO: PUMC’S UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
WHY: TO RAISE MONEY FOR ARUN’S SCHOOLING
COSTS THIS COMING YEAR
(He is the orphan boy from India we sponsor.)
IF YOU WOULD BE WILLING TO BAKE AND DONATE
A CAKE, CONTACT SUE NORTON POPLIN! 532-4572
WORSHIP TEAM INVITES YOU
Before everyone heads off for weekend get-aways, summer vacation trips, or much-needed hammock time, the worship team would like to invite you to stay tuned in for some relaxed and special worship opportunities this summer. We are working to try to find some special music offerings during the time that our choir rests and recharges
for Homecoming Weekend in September.
There are plans to have one Sizzling Sunday celebratory service in during August. As you recall, that’s a Sunday service held outside in the back parking lot shade with a Hymn Sing and testimony by congregants, followed by a barbecue lunch served potluck style with grilled burgers and hotdogs.
The team is also contacting the leaders of a few of our church committees to be ‘point people’ for the planning of our Homecoming Sunday celebration, which will be held on Sunday, September 16th. That’s a ways off, but there is no better time then when you’re quietly resting and letting your mind wander to just let some creative ideas flow. If you come upon one that inspires you, talk with any member of the Worship team (Wendy, Amy, Gladys, Andy W, Gene, Rev. Kathleene, or Susan) or Carol O. (UMW Pres.) or Sue P (Congregational Care Chair).
PUMC BOOK GROUP NEWS
The book group invites you to put up your feet and read a couple books this summer! We’ve taken a summer break from meeting, but the reading continues! This summer’s reads are The Hidden Light of Northern Fires, Daren Wang’s novel about the only secessionist town north of the Mason-Dixon line during the Civil War, and Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J D Vance’s look at the evolution and struggles of the white working class as illustrated by his own Kentucky-based family.
The book group will come back together at the end of September to begin a new year of reading and yakking. All are welcome to come to the discussion circle! Look for the date in the September newsletter. Hope to see you at Parker & Sons!
YOUTH GROUP TRIP
Our Youth Group, as well as the team from Milford United Methodist Church, A Reconciling UMC Congregation, is on their way to Spring, Texas to help with recovery from Hurricane Harvey! Good luck team!
BEYOND THE GREEN DOORS
Everyone is invited to contribute to the newsletter! Send in your thank yous, birthdays, photos, events, testimonials, prayer submissions…
Please submit all materials for the next newsletter (July) including summer break dates to our editors by the last TUESDAY of the month, June 26. This is the newsletter that will be released on and cover July 1 until Sunday August 5. Send to Melissa French at 924-6960 or email info@PeterboroughUMC.org, with the subject “Newsletter submission.” Thanks!
PETERBOROUGH UMC COMMUNICATIONS
In addition to “Beyond the Green Doors,” Peterborough UMC offers the following ways you can keep in touch.
We are at the church. Come visit us, Sunday at 10 am!
We are on the web: http://www.PeterboroughUMC.org
We are on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/peterboroughunitedmethodist/
This newsletter was compiled by Melissa French. Any concerns with content can be addressed with Reverend Card.