Beyond the Green Doors – April 2018 Newsletter

Please enjoy our newsletter for April 2018.

April newsletter

Beyond the Green Doors
The newsletter of the Peterborough United Methodist Church
43 Concord Street, Peterborough, NH
April 2018



Sun Worship Service 10a
Sun Adult Bible Class 11:15a
Sun Bible Study 11:30a
Mon Confidential Meeting 6-8p
Wed Prayer Study 10a
Wed Covenant Discipleship Group 6:30p
Thu Choir Rehearsal 6:30p

Apr 1 Easter Worship Service 10a
Apr 3 UMW Meeting 12p
Apr 8 Free Community Breakfast 8a
Apr 17 Administrative/Church Council 6:30p
Apr 20 Open Mic Night 7p
Apr 22 Free Community Breakfast 8a
Apr 24 Newsletter submissions due
Apr 24 PUMC Book Group @Parker & Sons 1p
Apr 25 Prayer Shawl Group 1p
Apr 28 Men’s Monthly Breakfast 7:30p

May 5 Monadnock Hunger Walk 8a
May 19 Church Yard Sale


Arnie Johnson Apr 14
Staci Keenan Apr
Eno Ogo Apr 30
Lourey Savick Apr 19

Church Membership Anniversaries:
Chris & Julia Bartlett 7 Years
Lucy Jane Benton 7 Years
Sandy Buck 30 Years
Deane DeHotman 7 Years
Jeff Donath 31 Years
Steve Gatcombe 23 Years
Debra Gilpin (Crowe) 50 Years
Dwight Jarest 50 Years
Staci Keenan 7 Years
Patricia Lawn 22 Years
Laura Nerz 4 Years
Matt Rajaniemi 30 Years
Greg & Christine Robidoux 11 Years
Jeff Woodward 30 Years
John Woodward 30 Years


Music always gets my attention, especially in my church. It permeates this heart like water on thirsty ground and lifts my spirits to somewhere beyond beyond. It deletes any static in my mind and brings me to a place of holiness. My struggles and strife melt into a conscious stream of joy, caused by the sounds of heavenly voices taking pleasure in words riding on music.
Music brings people together as a family. It is a universal language and a form of beautiful art. Sometimes the human sounds are so soft they seem to be carried by angels; other times they resound like countless trumpets playing a fanfare. The music of our choir has a beat inside my heart so strong that it lingers in my memory and takes residence in my soul. For this, I am grateful.


The Reverend Kathleene Card is a retired Elder from the Virginia Conference in the United Methodist Church. For two years, she served as an Interim Associate Pastor at A & M UMC in College Station, Texas, on loan from the Virginia Conference. Prior to moving to College Station, Pastor Card served as Associate Pastor for eleven years at Trinity UMC and then as Senior Pastor for two years as at Chesterbrook UMC in McLean, Virginia. She served on the Board of Governors at Wesley Theological Seminary where she earned her M. Div. She has co-authored a devotional book, Pray. Act. Pray Again. with Dr. Dianne Martin.

Kathleene and Andy Card live in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. They have three grown children and six grand-children.


Thea Mairead Southwick
Arrived March 24, 2018 at 2:53 am.
8 pounds 14 ounces,
20 1/2 inches long


Walkers for the church’s Hunger Walk Team can get their registration paperwork and begin collecting donations. Flyers and sponsor sheets will be available on Sunday, April 15th. The walk will be held in Peterborough on May 5th. Step-off will be at 9 AM from the Unitarian-Universalist Church and will follow a 3-mile route that loops down Summer St, along the rail trail paved path along the Contoocook River. Please join the walking team to show our support for local food pantries and anti-hunger programs! See or call Susan Lindquist (585-6923) for more information. Thanks!


Here are the figures for the first quarter at PUMC:

General Fund: $ 14,541
Other income: $ 2,875

Total Income: $ 17,416

Jan: $6,715.83
Feb: $6,364.36
Mar: $6,263 (estimate)
Total: $19,343.19

Approximately 90% of the amount pledged for this period has been received.


To all who donated candy and money for the Easter Baskets! We were able to stuff 12 baskets for the children served by MATS and SFTS, and we sent lots of candy and 144 plastic eggs to New Life Home for the moms there to give to their children. Lots of lives will be touched by your generosity and they will know that the people at PUMC care about them.


The PUMC Book Group will meet on April 24th @ 1 PM in the open space at Parker & Sons Coffeehouse. The book chosen for April is Amor Towle’s novel of Bolshevik Russia, A Gentleman in Moscow. Taking place in the Metropol, a grand hotel that sits across the square from the Bolshoi Theatre in the heart of Moscow, a cast of characters weave their lives and circumstances together around Count Alexander Rostov. Rostov, an unrepentant nobleman is placed under house arrest by a Bolshevik tribunal court and is banished to the attic of the hotel. Can he make a happy life of purpose when deprived of the many trappings of nobility? Beautifully written, witty, full of comic and curious characters, this is a wonderful read. Get a copy of the book and join the discussion! If you have questions, talk with any member of the group … Ken and Laura Constantine, Ken Schultz, Ann Hampson, Carol Owen, or Susan Lindquist. There is plenty of room around the table!


Saturday, May 19th

This is just a reminder to save your “no longer needed or wanted goodies” for the church sale. We need clothing (all seasons), shoes, hats, pocketbooks, belts, jewelry, games, toys, books, household items, linens, small pieces of furniture and anything else you think is saleable. No electronics please. We appreciate your support!
Karen Keenan, Susan Lindquist, Sue Norton-Poplin


The UMW will meet Tuesday, April 3rd, at 12 PM at the church. Bring your bag lunch. Dessert and beverage will be provided. The program is the UMW Call to Prayer and Self Denial program which includes an optional offering for missions. We will also be discussing the fundraising options for the support of Arun.

There will not be a May meeting, but the NH District UMW will meet on Saturday, May 5th. Details for attending will be available later.

Carol Owen


Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with Your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly,
That my life may only be a radiance of Yours.

Shine through me, and be so in me
That every soul I come in contact with
May feel Your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus!

Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine,
So to shine as to be a light to others;
The light, O Jesus will be all from You; none of it will be mine;
It will be you, shining on others through me.

— John Henry Cardinal Newman


We had a lot of fun and raised about $850 so that was great! Our attendance was smaller than usual but people were generous. If you add in the super bowl subs we have raised over a $1000 so far.


With Spring ahead of us and earth renewing life, the books this month are about healing.
In Miracles of Healing (291.2) you’ll read true stories of everyday men and women who turn to God for guidance, hope and healing. Daily Word for Healing (242.2) is a collection of prayers, meditations and stories. If There’s Anything I Can Do (158) by Susan McClelland and Susan McClelland Prescott. The book answers many questions about what to do when someone needs your help. Chapters include: To Phone or Not to Phone, Gift Suggestions, Visits, Troubled Waters (difficulty expressing sympathy), and After a Death. You will find many good ideas on doing the right thing at the right time.


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:
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This newsletter was compiled by Melissa French. Any concerns with content can be addressed with Reverend Card.