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Beyond the Green Doors – March 2016 Newsletter

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Beyond the Green Doors
The newsletter of the
Peterborough United Methodist Church
43 Concord Street, Peterborough, NH
March 2016


Tue Mar 1 Prayer Shawl Ministry 1 pm
Tue 1 UMW Meeting 7 pm
Thu 3 HymnSing Rivermead 11 am
Wed 16 Book Group 7 pm
Thu 17 Family Forum 7pm
Fri 18 Open Mic 7 pm
Sun 20 Friend Day 10 am
Thu 24 Holy Thursday 7 pm
Fri 25 Good Friday 12 noon
Sun 26 Men’s Group 7:30 am
Sun 27 Easter
Wed 30 Newsletter submissions due

Sat Apr 2 Benefit Dinner Transitional Housing
Sat 16 Tailgate Dinner 5 pm

Comedy to those who think, tragedy to those who feel – February 21, 2016 – Worship Sermon Video
Comedy to those who think, tragedy to those who feel – February 21, 2016 – Order of Worship
God Blesses This Mess – February 14, 2016 – Order of Worship
May We Not Love Alike Quote Image
Telling the Truth – February 7, 2016 – Worship Service Video
Telling the Truth – February 7, 2016 – Order of Worship
Beyond the Green Doors – February 2016 Newsletter

We continue to seek people to help with aspects of our worship and fellowship. Methodism was founded on the concept of Lay Ministry so consider volunteering your talents to strengthen our ministries.
Offering counters
Worship Helpers
Coffee Hour

The Peterborough UMC Men’s Group meets the last Saturday of the month, the next meeting is Saturday February 27. Cooking begins around 7:30 with breakfast at 8 am.
All men are welcome no matter where you are on your spiritual journey. You can be of any religion or none.

Remember, the 3rd Sunday of the month is Friend Day worship. Please consider bringing a friend or neighbor with you, calling someone to carpool to church, and wearing your nametag in worship!
If you want us to sing you Happy Birthday, you should come to church on Friend Day!
Invite a friend – Bring a friend – Be a friend

The food pantry has requested paper goods like napkins and tissues, and snacks for kids.

Welcome Melissa French, our new church secretary!

The prayer shawl group meets at the church the first Tuesday of the month. We have plenty of yarn to choose from, and willing hands to help you get started. We knit or crochet from 1:00- approximately 2:00. All are welcome!

The finance committee needs volunteers to be trained to count the money collection on Sundays. The job requires counting and record in the money and depositing it at the GFA bank. Time required is about 30 minutes after church. We would like to be able to rotate this responsibility. Please contact Ken Schultz or Carol Owen if you are willing to be trained.

Hundred Nights Tailgate Supper Update – April 16th!
Susan Lindquist will be organizing the next tailgate dinner for folks at Hundred Nights Drop-In Center. Look for a sign-up sheet in the fellowship room mid-March. The next dinner is on April 16th at 5 PM in Keene. April’s menu will be Veggies and Dip, Shepherd’s Pie, Green Salad, Cornbread Muffins, Coconut Cake and Coffee/Tea. If you’ve got a great recipe for the Shepherd’s Pie or Coconut Cake, think about making a batch to donate to the dinner! If you’d like to help serve that evening, there is room on the sign-up sheet for that too! Thanks

The Worship committee has announced the following upcoming liturgical dates for 2016:
Sunday March 20th Palm Sunday
Thursday March 24th Holy Thursday 7 pm
Friday March 25th Good Friday 12 noon
Sunday March 27th Easter
Sunday May 8th Mother’s Day
Sunday May 15th Ascension Sunday
Sunday May 22nd Pentecost Sunday
Sunday June 19th Father’s Day
Submitted by Worship Committee Chairman David LaDeau

Andy French Mar 19
Bill French Mar 5
Francis Grose will turn 84 on Easter Sunday, March 27th. He was born on Easter Sunday too!
Laura Nerz Mar 16
Ken Schultz Mar 23

Membership Anniversaries
Jon and Sandra Cole, 22 years
Michael Crowe, 44 years
Shannon Dunning Morris, 28 years
John and Cindy Faust, 38 years
Matthew and Karen Keenan, 22 years
Gloria Lodge Wenblad, 44 years
Janet Mack Lewis, 16 years

If you want a song, show up on the Friend Day (3rd Sun) of your birth month! Have a birthday upcoming, or an anniversary or other event to lift up? Submit your birth month or event date and you will be added to the list.

Save the date! The missions committee will sponsor a dinner to benefit MATS and Shelter from the Storm on Saturday, April 2. This year Shepherd’s Pie will be on the menu along with several accompaniments and, as always, a special dessert. We will be looking for donations of food items prior to the dinner. More importantly, put the date on your calendar so that you do not miss this event.

News From the Sunday School Rooms
In anticipation of Easter, Sunday school time has been spent learning a bit about the ministry of Jesus. The kids have been talking about the teaching parables that Jesus told, as he spoke to the disciples and his followers. Thus far, we have talked about the parables of the Good Samaritan, the prodigal son, and the talents. As we read them and discuss, we are drawing illustrations for a small booklet that will help us remember the parables and let us tell the stories to those kids who miss a Sunday here and there.
Springtime is just around the corner, so the kids are doing a little fun activity to bring cheer to some of the area’s shut-in folks. Making play dough and cutting silk flowers, the kids will construct small tray top nosegays to cheer up folks who receive Meals-on-Wheels lunches. We hope they like the colorful bouquets!
As Easter gets closer, we will be dying eggs and making some Easter baskets for families in need of some Easter fun.
One exciting thing the kids are working on making a bigger contribution to church service on the first Sunday of each month! Yup! They’re singing their hearts out! Be ready for their debut soon!

PUMC Book Group
Our book group is growing and we are excited about that! We’ve had three new folks decide to jump into the circle of readers. The next discussion will be held on Wednesday, March 16th. This month’s book is C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce. Fantasy and theology meet on a strange bus ride with a cast of characters that reflect a portrait of mankind. If you’re curious about this book, join us! Ask around for the members of the group and we’ll get you hooked up with a book and the details! The more, the merrier!

Open Mic Night
PUMC hosted another successful open mic on February 19. In addition to several of our regular performers, the audience was regaled by a new musician, Mike, who performed some of his original songs. Everyone especially liked the song concerning some new ideas for Christmas shopping (you had to be there !). Why not join in the fun and support this outreach project? We would love to have more members in the audience. Open Mic at PUMC is held the 3rd Friday of the month, beginning at 7 PM

Church leaders should not be the only ones contributing to the newsletter. Send me your photos, events, testimonials, gratitude wall submissions…
Please submit all materials for the next newsletter (April) to our editors by the last Wednesday of the month, March 30. This is the newsletter that will be released on Sunday April 3 and cover until Sunday May 1. Send to Melissa French.

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