Beyond the Green Doors – February 2022 Newsletter


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The newsletter of the Peterborough United Methodist Church
43 Concord Street, Peterborough, NH
February 2022

We are a caring dependable family in Christ sharing Gods love while seeking spiritual growth

Feb 1 7p Worship meeting via Zoom
Feb 2 7p Bible Study with Marlow UMC via Zoom
Feb 6 Human Relations Sunday
Feb 8 6:30p Admin Council meeting via Zoom
Feb 15 1:30p Book Group via Zoom
Feb 16 7p Missions meeting via Zoom
Feb 22 Newsletter submissions due


Belle Southwick 2/6
Charlene Schultz 2/10
Priscilla Crowe 2/22
Matt Keenan 2/27

Membership Anniversaries:
Arnie Johnson

thank youA NOTE FROM SUE
I have been the blessed recipient of so many prayers for healing, notes and cards to get well, and delicious, healthy food food delivered right to my door. Jim was also very well fed by fellow congregants, friends and neighbors during my 2 week stay in the hospital. My heart is full of gratitude for all the wonderful help I have received; there are not enough thank-you’s for all those who have helped me, and Jim too, during this very challenging time.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird LaneOur February Book Group choice is The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. This book is readily available on Audio, Kindle, through used book stores, and on the state library system – plus through your local library! Feel free to join the February ZOOM meeting of the PUMC Book Group on Tuesday, February 15th @ 1:30 PM. If you have any problem accessing a book, contact Susan Lindquist @ She can help you get a copy! This winter is going to be long! Grab the book and join the fun of chatting about it, the history behind the story, and the chit chat of friends catching up with each other! Everyone is welcome at PUMC Book Group! Look for the ZOOM details in the weekly What’s Happening emails in the week before the next book discussion! See the link below to get an idea about what this latest book is about!

Adult Christian Education [OPEN]
Book Group – Susan Lindquist
Children’s Christian Education – Linda Wallenstein
Choir – Wendy Dunning
Church Administrator – Melissa French
Church/Administrative Council – Hiel Lindquist
Communications – Melissa French
Community Breakfast – Linda Wallenstein
Congregational Care – Sue Norton-Poplin
Covenant Disciple Group – [OPEN]
Education Committee Chair – Linda Wallenstein
Equalization Member – Michael Robidoux
Fellowship Hour – Susan Lindquist
Finance Committee – Richard Clason
Finance Secretary – Laura Constantine
Hundred Nights Tailgate Dinners – Susan Lindquist
MATS – Melissa French
Membership Secretary – Justine Gaskamp
Men’s Breakfast – Hiel Lindquist
Men’s Group – [OPEN]
Mission Dinners – [OPEN]
Missions Committee – Justine Gaskamp
New Life Home – Priscilla Crowe
Open Mic Night – Andy Wallenstein
Pastor – Todd Layton
Prayer Partners – Phyllis Porter
Quilting Group – Susan Lindquist
Shelter from the Storm – Laura Constantine
SPRC – Ken Constantine
Sunday School Superintendent – Linda Wallenstein
Sunday Worship Service – Jim Poplin
The River Center – Christine Robidoux
Treasurer – Greg Robidoux
Trustees – Bruce Batten
United Methodist Women – [OPEN]
World Missions/Arun Sponsorship – Hiel Lindquist
Worship Committee – Jim Poplin
Youth Missions Trips – Michael Robidoux
Youth Representative – Michael Robidoux

covid safetyPUMC will continue to offer in-person worship. If you have any cough, fever, or other symptoms of covid, please worship with us online only. Masks must be worn in the building. We recommend KN95 or N95 masks. Please maintain a 6-foot distance from others when in the church building. Please do not linger in the fellowship hall after church. Visit outdoors. Children’s Sunday School is on pause until further notice.
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We care about each other and want to keep everyone well and safe!

MISSIONS MOMENT: Special Sunday, February 6 – Human Relations Day
Why do we celebrate Special Sundays?

Each year the denomination sets aside six Sundays as part of the liturgical year to support and celebrate the work of the local, national, and global church. These Special Sundays empower us to have a greater impact through shared ministries, and make clear the commitment of the church as the people of God.
The following represent the six Special Sundays of the United Methodist Church: Human Relations Sunday, UMCOR Sunday, Native American Ministries Sunday, Peace with Justice Sunday, World Communion Sunday and United Methodist Student Sunday. Dates will be published in the newsletter and in church bulletins.
volunteers serving food

What is Human Relations Day?
On Human Relations Day, we recognize the connections we have with our neighbors. We partner with other UMC congregations in a special offering to support community needs. Our gifts work together for the common good, with life-affirming ministry that shares God’s love. Now, perhaps more than ever, we are called to be part of extending healing and hope that moves us to becoming a new creation in Christ. Through our gifts and support, we partner with God and God’s people to strengthen Christ’s loving presence in a hurting world.
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit from the common good 1 Corinthians 12:7

How Do Your Gifts Support Human Relations?
We are called to make an impact in communities where our brothers and sisters in Christ lack the resources or tools to reach their God-given potentials. Our gifts are part of building beloved community through faith-based programs. The special offering is allocated by the treasurer of the General Council on Finance and Administration after payment of promotional expenses, to benefit the following administering agencies: neighborhood ministries through Community Developers (57 percent – General Board of Global Ministries), community advocacy through United Methodist Voluntary Services (33 percent – General Board of Global Ministries) and work with at-risk teens through the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program (10 percent – General Board of Church and Society).
Our Missions Team at Peterborough United Methodist Church has designated Sunday, February 6, 2022 as our Human Relations Day special offering opportunity. Offerings may be made in person during worship, or online. Write a check to Peterborough United Methodist Church and write “Human Relations Day offering” in the memo line. Drop in the offering basket or mail to PUMC, 43 Concord St, Peterborough NH 03458. To give online or set up monthly giving, go to, or give online at and enter “Human Relations Day offering” in the Message section.

Did You Know?
33% of the funds received on Human Relations Day is allocated to the United Methodist voluntary services program. which helps promote and provide relationships with local community organizations.


annual reportANNUAL REPORT SUBMISSIONS – due Jan 31
The PUMC Annual Report submissions are coming due on Jan 31. This is the public-facing report that is just for us, not the district. We are reporting for 1/1/21-12/31/21. Some committees may adjust their reports from church conference. Contact the office if you have any questions.
2020 Annual Report: (short because the building was closed)
2019 Annual Report: (“normal” report)

Everyone is invited to contribute to the newsletter! Send in your photos, thank yous, birthdays, events, testimonials, poems, letters, printable artwork, prayer submissions…
Please submit all materials for the next newsletter (March) to our editors by the LAST TUESDAY February 22. This is the newsletter that will be released Sunday February 27 and cover until Sunday April 3. Send to Melissa French at 603-924-4294 or email, with the subject “Newsletter submission.” Thanks!

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This newsletter was compiled by Melissa French. Any concerns with content can be addressed with the pastor.