Beyond the Green Doors – September 2020 Newsletter


Newsletter with images in PDF format


The newsletter of the Peterborough United Methodist Church
43 Concord Street, Peterborough, NH
September 2020

Sunday Worship streaming on YouTube Sun 10a
and posted online (after Sunday)
Online Fellowship Hour Sun 1p
Daily Morning Devotional daily 7a

Sep 8 Administrative Council meeting online 6:30p Zoom meeting
Sep 18 Open Mic @Andy W’s 4p
Sep 20 Homecoming Sunday Worship Service @Cathedral of the Pines 10a
Sep 29 October Newsletter submissions due
Sep 29 PUMC Book Group 1:30p

Stay Involved:
Digital Welcome Card
Children’s Bulletins
Sunday School To Go
Online Giving


Ella French 8/31
David Ladeau 9/1
Jace Southwick 9/12
Shannon Dunning Morris 9/13
Gladys Bugler 10/1
Jennie Molloy 10/4

Membership Anniversaries:
Rosamond Hoffay 9/23
Tom Descoteaux 10/4

Friday, September 18 at 4pm
Hosted by Andy W, outside at 135 Main Street, Jaffrey, in back yard
Social distancing and masks required
Bring your own lawn chair

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME! – September 20th Homecoming Service
When September rolls around, our church begins planning for our special Homecoming worship service, luncheon buffet, and the start of autumn choir activities. Well, things will be going a bit more slowly this year. Our church will remain cautious about singing, so our choir will remain on hiatus. A full church buffet is still too chancy. We will, however meet again at Cathedral of the Pines on September 20th for an outdoor worship service at 10 AM. The seating will be socially distanced, masks will be used and Rev Kathleene will deliver the message. The worship team will try to get some soloists to provide special music and perhaps a surprise or two!
It was so good to worship together at the Cathedral in August! Let’s hope that the COVID numbers trend further downward and allow for more social gathering with less risk. Let’s also continue to pray for our medical researchers and CDC doctors, as they scramble to develop a vaccine!
Put the 20th on your calendar and see how you’re feeling about gathering with the church, as the weekend approaches. The service will be taped and streamed on YouTube as close to 11:30 AM as possible. If you just don’t feel you can attend, know that you will be able to worship with your church family a bit later in the day.

We welcome Jeff and Jess Hipp into the church family!

Eli Hipp was baptized on Sunday August 23. Welcome Eli!

The Mission Committee remains busy, even though we are not able to worship together in person. Thanks to everyone that contributed to our sponsorship for Arun in June. In August we have been busy with the backpacks for back to school. As you read this the backpacks will have been distributed. Thanks to everyone that contributed funds, supplies or helped assemble and distribute them.
In addition, our church received a $2500 donation from Jane Lute. She recognized the work our church is doing and made this contribution from a book advance which she received. In addition to her contribution, she arranged for a matching donation from Union Pacific Money Plus with the stipulation that the matching funds be distributed to the groups that we support. We therefore sent $625 checks to the River Center, NH Food Bank, MATS, and Shelter From the Storm.
Thanks to everyone for supporting the missions work of our church.

The Monadnock Habitat for Humanity home build in Keene is wrapping up. With the help of our church, both in donations and labor, a beautiful stone patio was installed and the extra proceeds raised will be used for landscaping materials.
The laborers included Hiel Lindquist, Ken Constantine, Greg Robidoux, Karen and Matt Keenan and the work was completed on a Saturday morning before it got “too” hot.
We have had a few setbacks in the project, which is not unusual even outside of COVID, so our goal of moving the Partner family in in August is not going to happen. We will be able to welcome them home before the end of September though, and we are all very excited for that!
Thanks for all your prayers and support. We are continuing to look for land in the area so we have a spot to focus our fundraising with the goal of building another home next year! We already have a Partner Family selected, and they just added to their family with the birth of their second child! Please contact me if you think you know of an available lot.

Meeting online Tuesday, September 29th at 1:30pm to discuss The Essex Serpent. Contact Susan Lindquist for details.

Want to contact someone and don’t see their info listed? They should be in the church directory, or contact the church office at 924-4294 or email and we’ll point you in the right direction.
Everyone is invited to contribute to the newsletter! Send in your thank yous, birthdays, photos, events, testimonials, prayer submissions…
Please submit all materials for the next newsletter (August) to our editors by the LAST TUESDAY September 29. This is the newsletter that will be released October 4 and cover until Sunday November 1. Send to Melissa French at 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 Reverend Card.