Beyond the Green Doors – February 2023 Newsletter

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The newsletter of the Peterborough United Methodist Church

February 2023

In this issue…

Altar Flowers
Amazon Smile
Family Night
Easter Baskets
Missions Moment
Arun Update
Missions word


Sun 10a Sunday Worship Service in-person and online
Tue-Wed 9a-12 Admin Virtual Office Hours
Wed 5p-8:30 Pastor Thom Office Hours
Thu 6:30p Choir Practice
Thu 9a-12 Admin In-Office Office Hours

Feb 8 7p Missions meeting via zoom
Feb 10 7p Open Mic Night doors open 6:30
Feb 12 8a Free Community Breakfast
Feb 14 6:30p Admin Council meeting
Feb 18 5p Family Game Night
Feb 20 1:30p Book Group
Feb 22 7p Ash Wednesday
Feb 28 Newsletter submissions due



Belle Southwick 2/06
Charlene Schultz 2/09
Priscilla Crowe 2/22
Carol Crow 2/24
Matt Keenan 2/27
Judy McCartney 2/27
Ryan Harrington 3/01
Ron LaRoche 3/01
Jenny Pierce 3/01
Bill French 3/05

Membership Anniversaries:

Arnie Johnson 2/01
Michael Crowe 3/01
Janet Mack Lewis 3/05

Celebrate Lent at PUMC Ash Wednesday February 22 at 7 pm

Family game night February 18 at 5 pm at PUMC


Join us Saturday, February 18, 5-7:30pm for a FREE family game night at PUMC. Enjoy a fun night with free food and drinks while we play games and enjoy good company.
You are welcome to bring your favorite game for any age.
Fun for the whole family – all ages welcome!
The church family is invited to volunteer to bring some chips, cookies, soda or juice.
Ask questions or RSVP to the church office at or 603-924-4294.


Operation Easter Basket

pretty flowers


Flowers serve the purpose of reminding us of God’s creation and the beauty of his handiwork and are meant to express joy.
A sign-up opportunity for altar flowers is available in the fellowship hall. We encourage you to choose a date (perhaps a special memorial date of your family) and sign up. Record this date in your personal calendar and be responsible for finding a replacement if you are unable to keep that commitment.
This privilege does not have to be expensive and creates another way to participate in our worship service. Please consider taking a turn to participate.
You may send the office a line about who your flowers are dedicated to or the event you are celebrating, and it will be placed in the bulletin.
Thank you.

Pastor Thom



The Amazon Smile program is closing. However, you can still donate a portion of your purchase through many stores. You can shop through our iGive link at places like Walmart, Chewy, and Expedia. The difference is you MUST start with our iGive link, which you can bookmark:


Feb 8 Next Missions Team Meeting – Open to All (7PM via zoom)
Feb 10 Open Mic Night (2nd Friday of the Month; doors open 6:30pm)
Mar 1 Missions Team Meeting – Open to All (1st Wednesday of the Month; 7PM via zoom)
Mar 19 UMCOR Sunday

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend
THANK YOU: to everyone who contributed to the special Sunday offering for Human Relations Day. If you have not yet made your donation for Human Relations Day, we will be accepting offerings through Feb. 19. Be sure to note “Human Relations Day” in the memo space on your check.


Where God guides he provides


Arun when he was young
Arun now
Arun lives at Methodist Boarding Home for Boys and Girls and was born 5/18/2004. Peterborough has been sponsoring him since 2009. He is now 18 years old and in the second year of getting a Bachelor’s Degree in History, Economics, and Political Science. The college academic year is typically about July through May, so sometime in May he will finish the second year of his BA and in July he will begin the third year. In about May of 2024 we anticipate getting news that he has graduated with his BA, and then hopefully we will get some updates from Arun on his future plans.
Worlds Children letter


The River Center winter programs
River Center thank you letter

New Life Home appeal
New Life Home appeal
New Life Home collage of guests

NH Food Bank letter
NH Food Bank letter
NH Food Bank letter
NH Food Bank letter

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 28. This is the newsletter that will be released Sunday, March 5 and cover until Sunday, April 2. Send to the office at 603-924-4294 or email, with the subject “Newsletter submission.” Thanks!

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