Beyond the Green Doors – May 2022 Newsletter


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

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

Sun 11a Sunday Worship Service in-person and online
Tue-Thu 9a-12 Office Hours

May 1 12p Yard Sale Committee
May 7 11a Monadnock Hunger Walk @United Church of Jaffrey
May 10 6:30p Admin Council meeting via Zoom
May 13 6:30p Open Mic Night
May 17 1:30p Book Group


Kat French 5/1
Greg Robidoux 5/3
Patty Echavarria 5/9
Andy Card 5/10
Andy Dunbar 5/15
Carrie Keenan 5/15
Lilly Keenan 5/25
Kathleene Card 5/28

Membership Anniversaries:
Andy Dunbar 5/1
Carol Hill 5/10
Nancy Belletete 5/21
Doug Breda 5/23
Bobby Venning 5/27
Scott Keenan 5/27

The Granite District Superintendent, Tae-Sung Kang, contacted the church’s Staff and Parish Relations Committee on April 13 to say that:
At this moment there is no news to share about a pastoral appointment at PUMC.
Rev Kang hopes to have an appointment for us in May.


Date General Expenses Difference
Jan 2022 $9,616.00 $9,362.33 $253.67
Feb 2022 $6,754.65 $8,448.94 ($1,694.29)
Mar 2022 $6,580.06 $9,717.26 ($2,877.20)
Year to date $22,950.71 $27,528.53 ($4,317.82)
The church family also donated $301 to UMCOR and $60 (and lots of candy!) to the Easter Basket project during this time period.

The graveside service for William C. Owen will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 2 PM at the Hillside Cemetery in Hancock. A reception will follow at the Hancock Vestry on Main Street.

Travels with GeorgePUMC BOOK GROUP – May 17, 1:30p
Next Meeting on Tuesday, May 17th @ 1:30 PM – PUMC Fellowship Room
The May discussion of PUMC Book Group will center on Travels with George, Nathaniel Philbrick’s retracing of the steps of George Washington’s 1789/1790 Inaugural tour of the new republic. Part travelogue, art history lesson, part snapshot of current social interpretation of the public’s ideas about Washington and his legacy, the book is an engaging read.
Copies are available on-line, through Audible, in libraries, from local and on-line book stores. Grab a copy and join us in May!

On Saturday, June 4th, there will be a church yard sale in the parking lot and fellowship room here at PUMC! Of course, help is definitely needed with organizing tables and getting things sorted when items are dropped off! Please consider stepping up to help organize one table – books and games/ Spring and Summer rummage clothing items/ yard and home maintenance tools/ household and kitchen goods/ plants and gardening goods/ sporting and camping goods are tentative tables that need organizing. Help is also needed with posting flyers around the region, manning the cash boxes on the day of the sale, helping to schlep things out of the church and to the tables during ‘set-up time’, and buttoning things up at the end of the day!
The next planning meeting for the yard sale will take place after church on Sunday, May 1st. Please jump on board and help out with this first big church-wide event since pre-Covid times!

Flowering the cross Flowering the cross Pastor Todd

Hunger Walk
MONADNOCK HUNGER WALK – May 7th in Jaffrey
Registration/Sponsor sheets are available for this year’s Monadnock Walk in the church’s fellowship hall. Please sign on if you’d like to walk as a church team! Give your family and friends quick calls, asking them to support their favorite area food pantry or school anti-hunger program. Collect their donation checks and turn them and your sponsor registration sheet in on Walk Day. It’s that simple and especially important this year. Food prices have skyrocketed and folks living paycheck to paycheck are struggling! This year’s Monadnock Hunger Walk is being sponsored by the United Church of Jaffrey at 54 Main Street, right in the center of town. Head to the church on Saturday, May 7th at 8:00 – 9 AM to meet up with friends, drop off your paperwork and donations, and then decide on your route. This year, there is a short route and a longer walking route. You decide! Hope to see you there! If you have any questions or would like to donate to one of the regional food pantries, please contact Susan Lindquist or the office at
Get your sponsor form here:

Participating food pantries and programs are listed below:
Antrim-Bennington Food Pantry
Antrim Baptist Church
85 Main Street, Antrim, NH 03440
Open Saturday 10 am – noon; Tuesday 6-7 pm
All are Welcome
Community Kitchen Food Pantry
37 Mechanic Street, PO Box 1315, Keene, NH 03431
Open: Wednesday 12:30-5:30 pm,
Thursday 11:30 am – 4:00 pm
Serves Cheshire Country Residents
Faith Food Pantry
Parish House
Temple, NH
Open: 3rd Saturday of each month 9:00 am – 12 noon;
1st Wednesday of each month 5:00 – 7:00 pm
All are welcome
Greenfield CCC Food Pantry
Greenfield Congregational Covenant Church
Open: Saturdays 9:00 am – 12 noon
All are welcome
Helping Hand Food Pantry
1 Depot Street, Troy, NH 03465
Hillsboro Food Pantry
7 Church Street, Hillsboro, NH 03244
Open Tuesday 5-7 pm
Jaffrey Food Pantry
United Church of Jaffrey
54 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH
Open: Tuesdays 10:30am – 12:30pm
Wednesdays 6:00 pm – 7:30pm
The Peterborough Food Pantry
Open Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 12 noon
Peterborough Community Center
Peterborough, NH 924-3008
Serving residents from Conval, Conant and Mascenic school districts
The Rindge Food Pantry
1102 NH Route 119 (rear), Rindge, NH
Open: Thursdays 2:00pm – 6:00 pm
All are Welcome
South Meadow School Pantry
108 Hancock Road, Peterborough, NH 03458
924-7503 ext. 2082
Serves Hillsboro Country Residents
St Vincent DePaul –Greenfield
15 High Street, Greenville, NH 03048 878-0518

Other Food Agencies:
Got Lunch
5 Payson Hill Road, PO Box 451
Rindge, NH 03461
Serves Jaffrey and Rindge
End 68 Hours of Hunger
P.O. Box 40, Bennington, NH 03442
588-2468 – Serves Conval School District
NH Food Bank
700 Industrial Park Drive, Manchester, NH 03109


May 7 Monadnock Hunger Walk
Monadnock Hunger Walk
May 13 Open Mic Night (2nd Friday of the Month; doors open 6:30pm)
Open Mic Night
June 5 Peace with Justice Sunday – Special Day of Giving
Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right. Psalm 106:3 NIV

Peterborough UMC and the Missions Team delivered over 20 bountiful Easter Baskets full of blessings to local groups throughout the Monadnock Region this year. The Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter (MATS), Shelter from the Storm, and New Life Home were all grateful for the generous gifts.
In addition, Missions Team members Andy and Linda Wallenstein hosted a joyful Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 16 that brought more than 40 visitors and youth together! Thank you to all who assisted with the event.


A big THANK YOU to all who donated to the Easter Basket campaign for local kids in transitional housing! We had lots of nice toys and books and loads of candy. We put together 22 baskets. Each child got a bag of candy and toys, a book about the Easter story, and a bag of 12 plastic eggs with candy for the parents to use for an egg hunt. Thanks to you, 22 children will have a great Easter morning!

basket donations filling baskets filling baskets filling baskets finished bags

Looking for a new way to become more involved with your church AND your community? The Missions Team might be a great fit for you!
We are actively engaged in assisting and supporting local agencies such as Shelter from the Storm, New Life Home, Hundred Nights Shelter, River Center, the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter and area food banks. In addition, we also offer more personal assistance to our community members with special collections and donations for our Back-to-School Backpacks, Easter Baskets, Christmas Toys and Exit Bags for Women and Children. The Missions Team also coordinates the six special Giving Sundays as designated by the United Methodist Church, giving our congregation every opportunity to share in financial giving for mission.
Our team meets monthly (currently via zoom) and we look forward to bringing back some of our regular pre-covid events like Open Mic Night and Free Community Breakfasts. If you would like to assist with any of our projects or would like to come to a meeting, please email the church at

Our $420 sponsorship for Arun through World’s Children is coming due soon, as is Arun’s birthday (May 18). Please consider making a contribution to his sponsorship fund, and please note “Arun Sponsorship” in the memo field of your donation.
If you would like to send a card or letter to Arun (or flat items like stickers), you may mail them to:
World’s Children
P.O. Box 2345
Sisters, OR 97759
You can also send an email to In both cases, please include the name of our church child – Arun Hanumanthu.

Arun card from Arun


thanks from MATS

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Please submit all materials for the next newsletter (June) to our editors by the LAST TUESDAY, May 31. This is the newsletter that will be released Sunday, June 5 and cover until Sunday, July 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.