PUMC 2016 Annual Report

PUMC 2016 Annual Report

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PUMC 2016 Annual Report
PUMC Annual Report 2016
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Peterborough United Methodist Church
2016 Annual Report
43 Concord St
Peterborough NH 03458
(603) 924-4294
info {at} peterboroughumc . org

WHAT WE BELIEVE – The United Methodist Church
The “people called Methodists” form a family of churches within the World Methodist
• We claim and cherish our true place in the one holy, catholic and apostolic church.
• Our origins lie in the work of John and Charles Wesley in 18th century England which
quickly spread to every comer of the world.
• The purpose of this work and ministry was, and is, to renew the Church and spread
scriptural holiness which includes social righteousness throughout the whole earth, to
the glory of the one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
• We confess that often we have failed to live up to this high calling, and we repent of
the times when our witness has distorted the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Trusting in the
grace of God, we engage ourselves anew in God’s service.
We affirm a vision of the Christian faith, truly evangelical, catholic and reformed, rooted
in grace and active in the world.
• Methodists affirm the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the primary
rule of faith and practice and the center of theological reflection.
• Methodists profess the ancient ecumenical creeds, the Apostles’ and Nicene Creed.
• Methodists seek to confess, to interpret and to live the apostolic faith, the faith once
delivered to the saints. Methodists acknowledge that scriptural reflection is influenced
by the processes of reason, tradition and experience, while aware that Scripture is the
primary source and criteria of Christian doctrine.
• Methodists rejoice in the loving purpose of God in creation, redemption and
consummation offered through grace to the whole world.
• Methodists believe in the centrality of grace; prevenient, justifying, and sanctifying.
• Methodists believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the sufficiency of His atoning
work for all humankind. Methodists believe that we “are the friends of all and the
enemies of none.”

We worship and give allegiance to the Triune God.
• In worship, we respond in gratitude and praise for God’s mighty acts in creation, in
history, in our communities, and in our personal lives.
• In worship, we confess our sin against God and one another and receive God’s
gracious forgiveness.
• In prayer, we wait in God’s presence, offer the searchings and longings of our own
hearts, for ourselves and in intercession for others, and open ourselves to God’s Spirit
to comfort, lead, and guide.
• In the celebration of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, we participate
in the mystery of God’s presence, redemption and reconciliation.
• In reading, proclaiming and receiving the Gospel, we affirm God’s creating and saving
• From worship we go into the world to love and serve others and to be instruments of
justice and peace in the establishment of God’s reign on earth.
• The language and form of worship emerge from the community through obedience to
Jesus Christ and the creative power of the Holy Spirit.
• We inherit the treasury of the Wesley’s hymns, with a hymnody now enriched from
many other sources.
• We proclaim Jesus Christ to the world through word, deed and sign.
• We seek the realization of God’s will for the salvation of humankind.
• We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be signs of Christ’s presence in our
communities and in the world through our preaching, teaching, and in deeds of justice,
peace, mercy, and healing as the outworking of faith.
• We witness to God’s reign among us now, as proclaimed by Jesus, and look forward
to the full realization of the coming Kingdom when every form of evil will be destroyed.
• We seek to understand and respond to the contexts and situations in which we live, so
that our witness will have integrity.

We serve the world in the name of God, believing that our commitment comes to life in our
actions, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
• As followers of Jesus of Nazareth, who came to serve rather than be served, we go into
the world as people of God in Christ Jesus, to serve people, regardless of their economic
and social status, race, gender, age, physical and mental ability, sexuality, religion or
cultural origin.
• Being “filled with the energy of love,” we anchor our service and our life and work in love
for our neighbors, including those we perceive as our enemies.
• Since all forms of Christian service are influenced by a given context of community and
culture, we seek to express our love in appropriate ways.
• The life of holiness holds together conversion and justice, works of piety and works of
• Empowered by God, authentic Christian service is based on Scripture, tested in
community, affirms life and seeks the shalom of God’s reign.
• Recalling the story of the Samaritan (Luke 10:25), we express and claim compassion for
all people and accept the call in Christ to “suffer with” the least of these in humility and love.
We share a commitment to Jesus Christ that manifests itself in a common heart and life,
binding believers together in a common fellowship and anticipating solidarity within the
human family.
• Having experienced the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a liberating power from all oppression,
we stand in solidarity with all people who seek freedom, peace and justice.
• Knowing that the love we share in Christ is stronger than our conflicts, broader than our
opinions, and deeper than the wounds we inflict on one another, we commit ourselves to
participation in our congregations, denominations and the whole Christian family for the
purpose of nurture, outreach and witness.
• Remembering our Gospel commitment to “love our neighbors,” we will, through dialogue
and partnerships for service to the world, endeavor to establish relationships with believers
of other religious traditions.
Adopted by the World Methodist Council
Rio de Janeiro, August 13, 1996.

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Building up the Power House
Look to the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face always.
Psalm 105:4 (NIV)

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Dear Friends and Family;
The oft quoted verse of Jeremiah 29:11 reads,
“For I am mindful of the plans I have made concerning you – declares the
Lord – plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a hopeful future”
JPS Tanakh 1917
It is a verse used as a source of strength and courage when we are going
through uncertain times and difficulties, or when our life paths are suddenly
blocked and we have no choice but to take “the road less travelled by.”
It can also be that same source of strength and courage when you find
yourself riding in a car with a new driver, specifically a new driver that has
never before driven a car with a standard transmission: The grinding
between gears that set your teeth on edge (Father Above, my welfare is not
looking too good. Does he even know where the clutch is?!); the jerky
starts (Heaven grant me patience, PahLeeze!); the slow backward descent
on inclines (Good Lord, Show mercy on those behind us!); the careening
stops at the stop lights (Sweet Jesus give me strength! Use the brake man,
the brake! Not the clutch!). And, AND!!! All those embarrassing peel-outs
in front of a police officer, (Oh Lord, You gotta deliver us from this one!). Yet
somehow, by some miraculous way, the newbie driver does learn to drive a
standard. (I heard that, “Thanks be to God!”)
Is this not a humorous, yet accurate portrayal of our congregation these
past few months as you have been dealing with the transition of a new
pastor, me, who is learning to drive this vehicle called PUMC? The white
knuckles, teeth on edge, lump in the throat, frustration, anxiety, roll of the
eyes – the prayers! But God has indeed been faithful! We have not known
disaster. Our welfare is not only intact, but is showing the stirrings of great
spiritual renewal and growth! The future that God has for us is not doubtful,
fearful, or sorrowful, but hopeful. Hopeful! And
together, hand in hand, we will get there (Whoops! I
forgot! Keep your hands on the steering wheel, pastor!).
In His Love;
Pastor Lena

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The lay membership at the United Methodist Church (UMC) of Peterborough
is deeply involved in the life of this church. Members are inspired to
participate in the body of Christ and the outreach activities of the church.
While this year we experienced new challenges, with the change of pastoral
leadership, we now know that Pastor Lena Mark has brought talents and
graces of enthusiasm and strength of purpose to our worship services. She
reflects the Holy Spirit and God’s love for all in her messages every week.
This year we hired a part-time secretary to assist the pastor in the
preparation of worship materials and improved communication throughout
the church family. Melissa French has increased the frequency of our
newsletter and significantly improved the church website. The church hired a
nursery attendant Ms. Brianne Yazzie, to care for our youngest family
members during church services, so parents of infants and toddlers could
participate in services without concern. The trustees continue to provide a
sextant for maintaining the church during the year. Mr. Andy Dunbar is
providing wonderful service to our church.
We continued to offer Sunday school during worship services so the young
will receive a message of God’s love for them in an appropriate context and
setting from Mrs. Susan Lindquist and Mrs. Laura Nerz. We expanded the
Vacation Bible School (VBS) outreach within the community and collaborated
with two other churches to enhance our offerings and programs. As a result,
Peterborough UMC supported over 25 VBS participants.
The Worship Committee and choir have performed superbly this year
preparing for weekly services. Mrs. Wendy Dunning, the choir director,
brings out the best in each choir member. Halfway through the year, our
organist, Mr. David LaDeau, resigned to accept a position with another
church. David not only contributed with outstanding music but also lead the
Worship committee that prepared the Sanctuary for Sunday services. The
church was fortunate to hire a new organist from our community, Mr.
Eugene Brochu, who is adjusting to our Protestant selections but doing a
wonderful job of supporting church services.
Small groups have formed in different ways to improve their growth in
Christ. Two groups committed themselves on a seven-week program to
study John Wesley’s devotional processes. Other groups have undertaken
religious studies of books. The Prayer Shawl group continues to provide
beautiful hand knitted shawls to those in our area who are suffering and in
pain and allows members to consolidate their talents in fellowship and
prayer outreach for a greater purpose of effort. The Prayer Partners group
continues to support their efforts to share prayers with members and church
attendees. This effort builds binding relationships within the body of the
church and shows love and respect we share with our neighbors. It helps to
re-emphasize the idea that our church is not a Sunday event but a daily part
of all our lives with an ongoing need to support each other as a church
This year the Missions Committee provided outreach to our neighbors
through participating in community fairs with displays and information about
the church and our programs. The committee also supported several
remarkable programs, i.e., the Peterborough food bank, the New Life Home,
the UMC Imagine No Malaria, UMCOR disaster relief, and Heifer International
small business financing. In addition, members have dedicated time to open
our sanctuary to the community for prayer time every Wednesday.
Some of the Church’s community outreach programs included a Family
Forum program to provide information on important issues facing NH and
the community. Further, the Open Mic Night offers a platform for members
of the Church and the community to perform their creative gift and bring joy
to those attending. The Church has continues to support the local chapter of
Al-Anon providing a secure space for those affected by loved ones suffering
from alcohol addiction.
lso, the members continue to support other church outreach programs in the
community, such as, the Church Yard Sale, Crop Walk fundraiser, and
Holiday Stroll. Members also support the United Methodist Women who fund
several annual projects. In addition, the membership continues to welcome
visitors and new members to include them in Church family life. We have
been able to provide refreshments to attendees following services
throughout the year and can point with pride at the selfless and tireless
efforts of those volunteers who are committed to maintain the kitchen and
fellowship hall.
While we have lost some members due to moves and unexpected passing,
we are hopeful that attendance will sustain the growth experienced over the
past few years. The leadership and management of church affairs is
conducted primarily through the activities of the Church Council, SPRC, and
Finance committees who do the work necessary to keep the doors open,
lights on, and building warm. The exuberant life of the church reflects this
effort. Further, the trustees continue to look after the facility and the
grounds by completing most simple projects themselves and utilizing funds
from accounts they manage to pay for improvements from professional
vendors without instituting fundraising projects. Members show their support
by helping at the bi-annual church clean-up days.
We met payments for mission shares last year and our commitment to the
greater church through October of this year. We are hopeful to continue this
accomplishment for the remainder of the year.
James F. Poplin
Lay Leader

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“A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
The theme of the conference was “Planting Seeds of Trust.” John 13:34 was
the theme verse.
When first asked to go to conference and represent PUMC, I had first to find
a replacement for my job and get time off work before I could accept. After
having done so I said yes, not having a clue as to what I was getting into
and/or what to expect.
The conference turned out to be both an eye-opener and heartbreak. There
were several brief periods of good fellowship and worship. These mostly
were overshadowed, at least for me, by disappointment both in the
leadership and the direction that the Methodist Church seems to be going. I
was extremely disappointed with our Bishop, and the disrespect shown
toward the Holy Scriptures, and the Methodist Book of Discipline.
On Thursday morning at 8:30 there was a blessing of the space and an
opening prayer. This was immediately followed by a member of the LGBTQIA
asking for a moment at the microphone. This person started by bashing the
book of discipline and all its morality clauses. Next there was lined up
dozens of like-minded LGBTQIA persons who were allowed to filibuster, and
hold a Gay pep rally that lasted till 12:30. Many of these people were from
San Francisco, Florida, Washington DC, Maryland, Chicago, and I don’t know
where else, but they were allowed by the Bishop to carry on for hours.
Anyone trying to speak from a moral or biblical point of view were sneered
at their point of view rudely ridiculed. I had to argue with myself to make
myself stay. I had agreed to go there, but the whole scene made me sick.
I spend most of the lunch hour walking Main Street, trying to clear my head.
At 1:20 we reconvened, we had what they called circle process, groups of
eight sitting around a table discussing three topics. Two that I responded
two are as follows.
The Spiritual reason I consider myself a Methodist?
Relating our beliefs to our community.

Here I have included my arguments.
I don’t consider myself as Methodist I prefer to consider myself as a born-again
Bible believing Christian who happens to fellowship in the Methodist Church. ln my
life I have fellowshiped with Baptist churches, independent Bible churches, and
studied with Gospel Hall Brethren. lt was not my idea to join the Methodist Church,
it was God’s leading, the open warm welcoming congregation, and the realization
that this was a place that I could draw my diverse and fragmented family into
exposser to the Love of Christ.
I think that as a church we sometimes forget that it is not our rob to produce fruit,
it is our job to abide in Christ and to glorify God. lf we do this the Holy Spirit will
produce fruit, as a result of our obedience to the Word. We need to be careful that
we don’t put more importance on the works that we do, then the words of Christ
that we claim to live by.
As followers of Christ, it is our duty b receive and explain our convictions by
scriptural reasoning. lt is not our duty to condemn others or to convict them of
what we perceive to be their shortcomings. lf we speak the truth in love, and we
proclaim what God has done in our own lives, we have done our job. lt is all that we
can do.
lf we are vengeful we are stealing from God for the Scripture says quote
“vengeance is mine, I will repay sayeth the Lord” if we try to be sorneone else’s
conscience, we interfere with God’s grace, and the work of the Holy Spirit. We are
to be the lighthouse, but we cannot be the Rudder on someone else’s ship.
As we reconvened into the circle sessions, a large number of the LGBTQIA
community stated that they didn’t feel safe in the presence of others for this
exercise and therefore excuse themselves to a separate room, where instead of
doing the circle process they proceeded to create a letter of nonconformity with the
book of discipline.
From about 2:15 PM on, this statement of noncomformity, a copy of which I have
enclosed, was argued and debated until about 5:45 PM.
The laity address was given. It was based on the speakers personal interpretation
of John 13:34.

After the supper break, Bishop Devadhar gave the Episcopal address, after which
we went home.
I would like to note here that the new member orientation, which was to be a twohour
session in the morning, never occurred during the entire conference. This
might have been helpful in figuring out what was really going on.
In the morning on Friday I attended a Bible study and a brief worship service. The
laity session, a discussion about how we as lay people are serving in the New
England conference. At the end of the session several of us newcomers asked
questions about our role n this annual conference. At this point someone rounded
up the paper of explanation which we were supposed to have been given as part of
the orientation which never transpired.
Much of Friday was spent with the LGBTQIA community threatening to split the
church, arguing against the validity of the Book of Discipline regarding sexual
morality. More filibuster and more gay politics.
The nonconformity bill was voted in passed by about a 20% margin. It should be
noted that it has since been deemed unconstitutional by the church judicial
committee and therefore set aside.
Most of the bookkeeping measures and committee reports were accepted as
published with very little discussion on Saturday. These were rushed through in
order to close the Conference at the predetermined time at 3 PM.
The good things that came to me from the Conference were brief periods of
discussion with lay delegates from other rural churches. The most poverty-stricken
rural churches in our conference are the most missional and evangelical, and are
growing despite many odd. At the same time many church from larger more
affluent and more sophisticated areas seem to have lost their vision and are slowly
The delegate from several South Korean churches addressed the conference.
Despite many odds South Korean churches are growing by leaps and bounds. Their
secret? They are following the methodology of evangelism set forth in the New
Testament by the apostle Paul. They hold daily prayer meetings, that sometimes
last for many hours, and then go out to witness in the streets. Their example of
commitment is definitely an example that we should follow. A South Korean pastor
preached a very vibrant uplifting challenging sermon.
Most all of the churches in the New England conference, met their mission shares
for last year.
The goal to raise $1 million for Imagine No Malaria was more than met with
$1,090,000 plus raised. Our church last year contributed $1,000.
It is very clear to me that our church PUMC has a great opportunity to make a
positive impact on our region and the world.
The complete Journal of the 2016 New England Annual Conference can be
downloaded from the conference website or purchased in hard copy on that site.
Andrew Wallenstein
Nonconformity bill passed at Annual Conference, since deemed unconstitutional by
the church judicial committee and set aside:
Action of Non-Conformity with the General Conference
of The United Methodist Church
The New England Annual Conference as a body affirms our commitment to a fully
inclusive church. Therefore:
The NEAC will not conform or comply with provisions of the Discipline which
discriminate against LGBTQIA persons, including marriage (161.B), the
incompatibility clause (161.F), ordination and appointments (304.3), homosexual
unions (341.6), AC funding ban (613.19), GCFA funding ban (806.9), chargeable
offenses pertaining to being “a self avowed practicing homosexual” or to officiating
at weddings for couples regardless of the sex of the partners (2702.1b,d).
The NEAC and its members will not participate in or conduct judicial procedures
related to the Discipline’s prohibitions against LGBTQIA persons.
The NEAC insists that any benefits available to clergy and employees and their
families are available to all clergy and employees and their families, regardless of
the sexes or genders of the partners, and requires the District Superintendents to
inform all clergy under their supervision of this right.
The NEAC will realign its funding to reflect these commitments, using no reserve
funds to pay general church apportionments or for judicial procedures related to the
Discipline’s prohibitions against LGBTQIA persons, and instead funding cultural
competency, anti-racism and anti-homophobia training at the conference and
district levels, as well as for advocacy and implementation efforts related to the

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The trustees once again accomplished a lot in 2016 to maintain our facilities
and meet the growing needs of our church. Here’s a list:
 Repaired/replaced the water damaged ceiling in the Wesley House kitchen
 Installed Trustees bulletin board for centralizing
information and better communication
 Installed balcony window blinds and sash safety
 Identified, mapped and labeled outlets with
their circuits for distributing electrical loads
 Rectified low water pressure issues at Wesley
House and the church
 Created and posted Emergency Evacuation
 Removed asbestos from Wesley House
 Painted and repaired exterior trim and railings
 Installed new exterior railing section
 Purchased new cigarette disposal unit from ramp entrance
Early in 2017 we will be installing a new keyless entry unit for the side ramp
entrance door and then we’ll be changing the locks on the back door and
basement. If you currently have a key or if you feel you need to have access
to the church once these changes are in place please let one of the members
of the Trustees know. We will be reviewing all requests and will distribute
the access code as necessary when the time comes. We hope this will be a
seamless transition but as often happens unforeseen issues may arise so
please be patient!
We are also comparing options and prices towards purchase of a defibrillator
unit for the church which we hope to have in place soon.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Board of Trustees:
Matt Keenan – Chair Steve Gatcombe – Vice Chair
Pat Woodward – Secretary Greg Nerz – Treasurer
Wendy Dunning Mark Welty
Steve Griggs Ron Crowe

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The 2016 mission team: Gladys Bugler, Laura
Constantine, Priscilla Crowe, Cindy Faust, Melissa
French, Steve Griggs, Hiel and Susan Lindquist,
Laura Nerz, Christine Robidoux, and Andy and
Linda Wallenstein.
The Mission Team was very blessed enjoying the
fellowship with one another and the commitment
of providing service to others as directed by
Jesus and guided by his Grace and love. The
work was tiring at times but always rewarded
with knowing the accomplishment of helping
The fundraising focus was for both our local
communities and the needs of the world.
The 6 UMC special offering Sundays were
recognized with collections. Human Relations Day
provides support and encourages social justice
and working with at risk youth, One Great Hour
of Sharing provides supports to UMCOR, Native
American Ministries provides scholarships for
Naive American seminarians, Peace with Justice
advocates for peace and justice, World
Communion Sunday provides scholarships for
national and international graduate students and
United Methodist Student Day provides support
to students as they prepare for life in uniting faith
with knowledge.
Imagine No Malaria is a program to eliminate
Malaria with education, nets and medication.
PUMC participated in the Peak Into Peterborough
celebration with focus to raise $1000 for the
2016/2017 year. The New England conference
goal is to raise 1 million dollars and so we look
forward to more fund raising projects.
The church missions also sponsored fundraising
dinners for Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter
(MATS) and Shelter From The Storm which,
provide shelter and support for people and
families in an emergency situation without
housing. Another program sponsored by the
church missions is New Life Home in Manchester
NH, it provides housing and support for women
and their children that are homeless and in a crisis situation. Christmas presents
and Easter baskets were provided for people in these programs. Melissa French has
joined the Board of Directors for Monadnock Areas Transitional Shelter and Linda
Wallenstein has joined the board for friends support for Shelter From The Storm.
The church youth provided support with fundraising for NH Food Bank at the
community Holiday Stroll and Jaffrey Craft Fair. Gladys contacts the local food
banks regularly and announces on Sunday the requested special needs. Donations
of food from the church family are then brought to the local food banks.
The Mission Tree in the fellowship hall raised $42.82.
The mission team is in the process of developing another program that will provide
services to people in the community that are in need of some home support or light
house maintenance like light bulb changes, air conditioning in and out, light house
work or yard work. The church family has verbalized interest and willingness to
provide assistance with this program. Hopefully it will be started in January.
Thank you PUMC for all
your assistance in these
projects, you are a
blessing to the
communities and the
mission team looks
forward to continuing to
work with you in these
continued services.
The following is the
amount of funds raised
through the church
mission programs of 2016:
One Great Hour of Sharing (UMCOR) $90.00
Human Relations Day Special Sunday $170.00
Imagine No Malaria $220.75
Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter (MATS) $500.00
Native American Ministries Special Sunday $73.00
NH Food Bank 1636 meals = $817.93
Peace with Justice Special Sunday $115.00
Shelter From The Storm $500.00
United Methodist Student Special Sunday $88.00
UMCOR $261.00
World Communion Special Sunday $180.00
Total raised = $3,015.68
Submitted by Linda Wallenstein

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PUMC Congregational Care Committee Members: Gladys Bugler, Wendy Dunning, Krystel
Gatcombe, Karen Keenan, Sue Norton Poplin and a new member that came to the last
meeting after church but I can’t remember who it was.
It is my understanding that the Congregational Care Committee (CCC) was designed for
members of the committee to reach out to individuals in the congregation that are ill, have
suffered a loss or are going through some kind of trauma or difficult time. This can be done
in any number of ways: by handwritten notes or letters, by email, by telephone, in person
or through social media.
To the best of my knowledge, so far the CCC members have pretty much acted on their own
as far as reaching out to individual congregational needs. I personally have had contact with
Gladys about members in need, but that is all. I think the communication of the committee
members needs to be more existent and reliable. Pastor Lourey had suggested that the
committee take cues from the congregation during prayer concerns in church. I find that
difficult because most of the time I cannot hear what the people are saying, especially if
they are on the other side of the church.
Maybe the pastor could inform committee members of individuals who need some
congregational care. That would be a good start on getting the communication going.
I have a notebook and a journal that I have used for congregational care. I find the
notebook a little too clinical, but there are some good points to incorporate into
congregational care. For the most part I have used the journal to write down how I have
initiated some type of care. I feel there is a lot more that could be done and I am more than
willing to do the reaching out if I know where the need lies.
Sue J. Norton Poplin

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There was a proliferation of study groups at PUMC in 2016, and a clearly articulated
desire for more. Five groups met during the year, studying four different books to
explore what the Bible says and how to be better followers of Christ. These groups
reached a wide range of participants, including some who had never been part of a
small group before.
During Lent, Pastor Lourey led eight eager participants in an intensive study of the book
of Matthew, using John Hiigel’s book Partnering with the King: Study the Book of
Matthew and Become a Disciple of Jesus. The group quickly bonded, achieving a level of
trust which encouraged deep personal sharing and also left participants with a thirst for
more such experiences.
In late spring, two new groups got underway. Six women gathered to undertake a
Bible study called Building Better Relationships by Bobbie Yagel and Jane Hoyt. This
study required the participants to take a hard look at their own behavior and had
valuable ideas for developing Christ-like attitudes in their relationships.
At the same time, a men’s group met faithfully right through the summer, studying Ten
Life-Charged Words: Real Faith for Men by Derek Maul. This study convinced members
of the importance of a daily time with God and inspired members to resume lapsed
practices. Participants felt especially comfortable with the all-male composition of the
The fall study drew eighteen participants (divided into morning and evening groups) in
addition to two others who were unable to make the group meetings but went through
the book on their own. The text, Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition: A Workbook
by Steve Harper, explained John Wesley’s use of spiritual disciplines to draw closer to
God. Group members were encouraged to experiment on their own with new practices
in the areas of prayer, fasting, Bible reading, and Communion.
Participants in all of these groups have reported the rekindling of desire for richer
communion with God, deeper Christian relationships, and greater faithfulness as
followers of Christ. What glorious results!

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This year, the PUMC Book Group saw
the addition of a couple new folks and
some fluctuating attendance, as new
devotional reading/study groups
formed. It’s all good! The group
continues to concentrate on one book a
month, however the group broke for the summer, as vacation and summer
gardening schedules demanded some down time. It picked back up in the
fall and continues into 2017. There is always room for more members, so if
you see a title in the monthly PUMC newsletter that intrigues you, join the
Some of the Books Read This Year Include –
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
An Invisible Thread – Laura Schroff
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – David Wroblewski
The Great Divorce – C. S. Lewis
Writing in the Sand- Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels – Thomas Moore
The Testament of Mary – Colm Toibin

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The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a
community of women whose purpose is to know God and
to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus
Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and
to expand concepts of mission through participation in
the global ministries of the church.
The March meeting program on Human Trafficking/Forced Labor was presented by
Susan Lindquist.
It was decided at this meeting that UMW would raise the money for Arun’s World
Children sponsorship. Under the leadership of Susan Lindquist $525 was collected which
covered sponsoring Arun and money for the Christmas and Birthday Fund at the
Carol Owen talked about the History of Early Methodism at the April
meeting. The annual salad supper with delicious food and great
fellowship was held in June.
An anonymous donor bought the subscription for the large and
regular print Upper Room for a year.
Karen Keenan reviewed the book Celebration of Discipline by
Richard J. Foster at the October meeting.
In November the congregation participated in the World Thank
Offering calendar of gratitude. $215.25 was donated and sent to the
national UMW for use in worldwide mission projects.
Busy bags were made for the children to have during worship. These will hold crayons
and coloring books, etc.
All the gloves and mittens needed by MATS and Shelter From the Storm were given by
the congregation. The Sunday School children made the paper mittens to hang on the
Christmas tree. These mittens gave the needed sizes.
Priscilla Crowe coordinated giving a Christmas remembrance to the church shut-ins.
The December meeting was held at Phyllis Porter’s. Sharing Christmas traditions and
the cookie exchange were enjoyed by everyone.
Our year end money distribution was $75 to the UMW district for our pledge to missions
and $75 to the New Life Home in Manchester.
Carol Owen – President Susan Lindquist – Secretary Karen Keenan – Treasurer

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Then little children were brought to
Jesus for him to pray for them.
But the disciples rebuked those
who brought them.
Jesus said, “Let the little children
come to me, and do not hinder
them, for the Kingdom of Heaven
belongs to such as these.”
Matthew 19: 13-14
The Sunday school attendance has been variable this year ranging from 2-8 children
per Sunday. During the spring session 2016 the curriculum included teaching on the
parables. It gave the opportunity for the children to picture themselves as one of the
disciples listening to Jesus as he taught. The parables, because of their nature, offer
the opportunity for a lesson for the youngest child to the older more mature kids.
By the beginning of the Fall Session, it was clear that the gap in ages would make a one
room Sunday school ineffective. It was decided to separate the older kids (5th grade
and up) in one class and the younger kids (4yrs- 4
th grade) in another class. Because
of safe sanctuary policy, we decided to alternate weeks. Following a curriculum with
alternating weeks has been a challenge and follow through at home is essential.
The Fall Curriculum has focused on prayer and the wonders of God, (How God reveals
himself to us through our world and in our lives). The Lessons for the older kids also
included: learning about the Old Testament; an overview of the books of the bible, how
to use the bible, Psalm 23, (what it tells us about Gods love and promises for his
children). The children were given material handouts to take home to discuss with
family and memorize. The biggest challenge of a small Sunday school class is being
able to reach the wide gap in ages.
In addition to the Sunday school classes, the church participated in vacation bible
school with several churches in the area which was very successful and well attended.
In my opinion the greatest success of the Sunday school
program is that we have kids that feel at home in God’s
house, that they enjoy being together, working together
and are able to see adults who love the Lord and his Word.
Laura Nerz, Children’s Sunday School Teacher.

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The adult Bible Study had an average attendance of 5 to 6 per Sunday. In last quarter
of 2016, we did a study of prophesies in Isaiah, as it related to the New Testament
Gospels, and the John of Patmos book on Revelation, concerning the divinity of Jesus.
I, for one, have gained a new perspective on how much detail the authors of the
Gospels and Revelation relied upon, in the works of the three Isaiah’s.’
Starting on the Jan. 15, 2017, we began a new quarter of study, concerning God’s
promise of a Savior in the Old Testament, that affirmation in the New Testament, the
birth of the Savior, and realizing the enormity of this creation, and the new freedom the
birth of Christ presents to a pagan world. We will look at how Christ provided
instructions from God on what He wants us to do in life and the gift of the Holy Spirit in
helping us find God in our lives.
Grace and Peace; Jim Poplin
Our church has been very blessed to have a “wealth” of ability, energy and devotion
with Sunday School Teachers, past, current and future, to instruct our congregation, of
all ages. (Some of our congregation are former public school teachers.)
I want to thank Laura Nerz, (who has decided to step down at the end of January, after
having served for four years), who has provided extremely creative and thoughtful
guidance and instruction to our children. Fortunately, Laura’s co-teacher, Susan
Lindquist, will stay on and continue the same creative and thoughtful instruction, and I
also thank her for serving.
As there is an obvious logistical problem with one lead teacher trying to instruct
children of all ages, I will try to lead a second class, (for the older grade students), and
rely on Susan to instruct the younger students. Daryl and Janet Hazel have agreed to
assist as co-teachers to conform to our church requirements to always have two
teachers present for each class.
I also want to thank Jim Poplin, who continues
to provide excellent leadership for the adult
Bible classes, as an articulate instructor, and
our church’s Lay Leader.
I thank you for the opportunity to serve;
Andrew Dunbar
Jan. 18, 2017

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On April 28th, the first planning/brainstorming session for this summer’s Mustard
Seed Spirit Camp was held. Thereafter, a group of volunteers from PUMC, Union
CC, and All Saints Church met regularly to continue brainstorming and beginning
the process of planning for the week-long education program.
Brainstorming and planning lead us to concentrate on stewardship of our country’s
plentiful resources. Each day of the week, Bible stories and readings, activities,
crafts, and afternoon trips into the community centered on the themes of food,
clothing, shelter, transportation, and education and technology. It was an heavily
loaded program – almost too loaded at times.
Activities and crafts were held here at PUMC Monday – Thursday and then moved to
All Saints large community hall for Friday so that the PUMC Flea Market Committee
could coordinate drop-off and organizing of donations.
Melissa French helped with coordinating publicity and between her and Emily Foote,
the Sunday school coordinator at UCC, an on-line registration process was
developed. The leaders and volunteers had a ‘meet & greet’ evening the Friday
before the program started. The kids were invited to make a T-shirt with a Mustard
Seed planting logo and have a bowl of ice cream.
There was a large group of volunteers who helped coordinate a snack and lunch
menu to feed the children and volunteers. Snacks and lunches were prepared at the
UCC kitchen and the children were walked next door to have their lunch.
On Monday, July 11th, the program began and ran through Friday, July 15th. There
were 28 children registered. Of those children 26 ended up attending. During the
week, 3 more children were brought into the program – one as a full-time addition
and two as occasional attendees, as their mothers were volunteering to help with
the program. Considering absences for doctor and dental appointments, family
custody issues, and sickness, the average attendance was 23/day with a first day
high of 27 and a low day of 22. Two of the three pastors were able to begin our
days in the sanctuary. There were many 28 volunteers during the week … a daily
high of 17 adults and a low of 14 helped to do everything from teaching lessons to
driving to cooking to helping with craft prep and execution. It was a huge effort by
It was a beastly hot week, but we managed to get the kids to their field trips every
day with a large group of volunteer parent and church volunteer drivers. We visited
the Cornucopia Garden at Peterborough Elem. School, Villi Pony Farm in Jaffrey,
The Church Closet at the Monadnock Congregational Church, Putnam Park in
downtown Peterborough, and the Peterborough Public Library. In addition, there
were speakers who came to share knowledge with the children on the issues of
gleaning food, homelessness, and sharing used clothing.
In the end, it’s all about the kids and families … and the feedback was positive.
Some folks brought nice gifts of chocolate and cards of thanks at the end of the
week- uncalled for, but appreciated!
At this time, the planning committee is negotiating a date to meet for a de-briefing
meeting to talk about what worked, what didn’t space concerns, volunteer needs,
and ways to improve. It is hoped that all three churches will opt to cooperate on a
2017 Spirit Camp and budget accordingly. So costs … the three churches split costs
three ways. All food costs were covered by the All Saints Church – $329.39. Most
craft supplies were covered by the UCC – $226.51. The publicity and paper good
and craft paper goods were covered by PUMC – $130 (?). It was agreed that PUMC
would have the least cost, as the church building was used and that meant the
electricity, water, hygiene and toilet supplies were used and not totaled in. When all
the costs are considered, the average cost per child figures to be between $19-20.
Respectfully submitted,
Susan Lindquist for the entire planning committee
Volunteers from PUMC:
Daryl Hazel, Hiel Lindquist, Andy Wallenstein, Linda Wallenstein, Isabelle Southwick,
Alexis Burt, Melissa French, Laura Nerz, Bronwin Southwick, Martha Graham, Gladys
Bugler, Cindy Faust, Pastor Lean Mark, Susan Lindquist
Volunteers from UCC:
Emily Foote, Mary Ann Fleming, Lucile Wilson, Nancy Seguin
Volunteers from All Saints Church:
Becky Goodwin, Naomi Praul, Andres Tourgee, Kate Coon, Ramona Branch, Cristy
McCarroll, Bev
Kemp, Roxanne
Weddle, Kelly
Conley, Rev.
Jamie Hamilton
Volunteer from
Hillsborough UCC:
Reggie Gerbert

This was a busy
year for our
membership roll.
We began with
87 members and
ended with 133.
With the sad
closing of Grace
United Methodist
Church, the
members of
GUMC were
welcomed into
the PUMC family.
We have had the pleasure of meeting several members and will continue to
reach out during 2017.
In January Eno and Billi-Jo Ogo became members (and Billi-Jo was
baptized). Their love and example of their deep faith is inspiring.
Ken and Laura Constantine were welcomed as members in March and we
thank their faithfulness in their church leadership roles.
Clara Elise Regis, daughter of Aaron and Jeannette Regis and sister to
Adeline and Noah,
was baptized at
PUMC in October.
We mourned the
death of member
Barbara MacInnes
and friends Ed
Hampson, Marion
Wilcox and
Virginia Williams.
These special
people are missed
very much.
Submitted by Karen

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Peterborough United Methodist Church, MEMBER LIST as of December 31, 2016
Nancy Baldvins
John Banks
Violet Banks
Sandra Banks Proulx
Chris Bartlett
Julia Bartlett
Bruce Batten
Deb Batten
Nancy Belletete
David Bemis
John Bemis
Randy Bemis
Lucy Jane Benton
Peggy Berg
Richard Berg
Douglas Breda
Sandy Buck
Gladys Bugler
Dot Cass
Bethany Castagua
Amy Clason-Gilmet
Richard Clason
Richard Clason II
Jon Cole
Sandra Cole
Kenneth Constantine
Laura Constantine
Leslie Crossmon
Debra Lee Crowe Gilpin
Michael Crowe
Priscilla Crowe
Ronald Crowe
Larry Cummings
Deane DeHotman
Eileene Descoteaux
Thomas Descoteaux
Martha Donachie
Matthew Donachie
Jeff Donath
Karen Dreyer Ravndal
Andrew Dunbar
Courtney Dunning
Wendy Dunning
Shannon Dunning Morris
George Eastman
Patricia Echavarria
Cindy Faust
John Faust
Kim Flanders
Kristel Gatcombe
Steve Gatcombe
Steven Griggs
Ann Hampson
Ed Hernandez
Gail Hernandez
Carol Hill
Rosamond Hoffay
Ernie Hoffman
Gail Hoffman
Michelle Isabelle
Dwight Jarest
Arnold Johnson
Robert Johnson
Barbara Kauppi
Karen Keenan
Matthew Keenan
Scott Keenan
Staci Keenan
Harry Kelley
Margie Kelley
Dorothy Labar
David Ladeau
Ron LaRoche
Patricia Lawn
Donna LeBlanc
Hiel Lindquist
Susan (Miller)Lindquist
Gloria Lodge Wenblad
Lucinda Lowell
Tom Lowell
Nathan Luscombe
Janet Mack Lewis
Marcy (Garrison)
Charlie Munroe
Tammy Munroe
Laura Nerz
Billi-Jo Ogo
Eno Ogo
Carol Owen
Mandy Pahl
Krishni Pahl
Edward Pahl
Doris Parry
Melvin Pierce
James Poplin
Sue Norton Poplin
Phyllis Porter
Liz Price
Daniel Price
Matt Rajaniemi
Christine Robidoux
Greg Robidoux
Michael Robidoux
Linda Rockwell
Robin Rockwell
Kenneth Schultz
Tricia Sears
John Sears
Hether Shulman
Gary Skillings
Susan Staley
Kathleen Stanton
Martin Stanton
George Streeter
Sherry Sullivan
Doris Tolman
Patrick Troy
Alei Verdi
Robert Venning
Steve Venning
Lynda Volante
Andrew Wallenstein
Linda Wallenstein
Jean Walthour
George Walthour
Liz Welty
Mark Welty
Pamela Welty
Noreen Whippie
Jeff Woodward
John Woodward
Patricia Woodward
Kay Wreck
Total 133

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This year 28 people attended our Church Conference. We were one of the most wellattended
conferences in the district. We had a great time of prayer and worship with the
DS, with a dash a business thrown into the mix.
Interim District Superintendent Reverend Gwendolyn Purushotham, Pastor Lena Mark
As we have seen in our time of church conference business, the work of each church and
the work of the leaders and all people within the church is so important. Yes, the
denomination’s work as a whole is an important witness but the work of love, justice and
inclusivity really is planted here, made real here, given tangible life in our local churches
when people are greeted with love, respect and offered an opportunity to walk alongside
a community in the presence of Jesus, who invites us all to the journey and to his table.
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary
pure and holy, tried and true
With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living
sanctuary for you.
We are growing in the light of God!

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Introducing PUMC’s LAY LEADERSHIP 2017
Lay Leader: Jim Poplin
Assoc. Leader: Sue Poplin
Lay Member to the Annual Conference: Jim Poplin
Alternate Lay Member: Andrew Wallenstein
Staff-Pastor Relations Committee (SPRC): An effective committee builds a strong
positive relationship between staff and congregation so that the congregation makes
disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This committee will work
with the lead pastor and other staff to fulfill legal and ethical responsibilities related to
Chair: Bruce Batten 2019
Jim Poplin (non-voting, unless Sue Poplin is absent)
Sue Poplin Andrew Wallenstein Ken Constantine 2019
Laura Nerz 2019 Ann Hampson 2017
Board of Trustees: Effective trustees will function as Christian stewards of property
God has entrusted to the congregation. This includes supervising and maintaining both
the physical property of the congregation and gifts made to the congregation so that the
ministries of the congregation can be effective and all legal requirements related to the
property are satisfied.
Chair Matt Keenan
V – C: Steve Gatcombe 2018
Greg Nerz 2019 Wendy Dunning 2018 Steve Griggs 2018
Pat Woodward 2017 Mark Welty 2017 *Ron Crowe Honorary Trustee
Finance Committee: The finance committee annually compiles a budget for supporting
the mission and vision of the local church and submits the budget to the church
leadership team for review and adoption. During the year, the finance team
recommends any changes to the approved annual budget to the church leadership team.
This team is responsible for developing and carrying out plans to raise enough income to
support the budget that has been approved.
Chair: Pastor
Lay Member to AC: Jim Poplin or Andy Wallenstein
Member of the SPRC: Bruce Batten Member of Trustees: Matt Keenan
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Lay Leader: Jim Poplin Financial Secretary: Laura Constantine 2019
Treasurer: Greg Robidoux 2019
Administrative/Church Council: The church council is the administrative agency of
the charge conference to envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate the ministry
of the congregation.
Chair Hiel Lindquist
Lay Leader: Jim Poplin Chair of SPRC: Bruce Batten 2019
Chair of Finances: Chair of Trustees: Matt Keenan 2017
Treasurer: Greg Robidoux 2019 Lay Member to AC: Andy Wallenstein
President of UMW: Carol Owen Worship Committee Chair: Eno Ogo 2017
Missions Committee Chair: Laura Constantine 2019
Small Groups Coordinator: Susan Lindquist 2019
Member At Large: Member At Large:
Worship Committee: This committee knows the goals of the congregation in order to
support and expand the ministry goals through worship. Coordinate with the Pastor and
worship leaders. Support worship by identifying, training and supporting worship leaders
such as acolytes, scripture leaders, ushers, greeters, artists and others. Encourage a
team approach to worship planning led by the pastor.
Chair Eno Ogo
Choir Director: Wendy Dunning Organist: Gene Brochu
Liturgist Coordinator: Susan Lindquist Usher Coordinator: Andrew Dunbar
Altar Coordinator: Gladys Bugler
Worship “Teams” created as needed
Missions/Outreach Committee:
Chair Laura Constantine
Co- C: Linda Wallenstein 2017
Members: Melissa French Hiel Lindquist Susan Lindquist Andrew Wallenstein
Small Group Coordinator: This leader will work cooperatively with the education
ministry team or nurture team, age-level coordinators, and pastor to coordinate the
implementation of opportunities for people in your congregation to grow and develop as
disciples of Jesus Christ.
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Susan Lindquist
Sunday School The committee will develop and carry out plans to promote attendance
and participation in the church program for nurture and growth such as church school,
and Sunday school.
Superintendent Andrew Dunbar
Teacher: Susan Lindquist Teacher:
Teacher: Teacher:
Congregation Care Team:
Coordinator Gladys Bugler
Members: Sue Poplin Karen Keenan Wendy Dunning
Membership Secretary: Karen Keenan
Hospitality Coordinator: Gladys Bugler
Administrative Assistant to the Pastor: Melissa French
Child Care Provider: Brianne Yazzi
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In the last 90 days 21 people searched Google for directions to our church!
Likes 144
Top Video = Some of the PUMC Sunday School kids were at the Jaffrey
Craft Fair raising funds for the New Hampshire Food Bank. 12/13/16 44 views
Most viewed Facebook posts
Next weekend!
Fourth annual
Railroad Club
Train Show For
174 views The Sunday School kids raised $359 at the
craft fair for the New Hampshire Food Bank.
That’s 718 meals! Good job!
10/10/16 129 views
Holiday Worship at PUMC
11/29/16 98 views
Open Sanctuary at PUMC!
Open Doors
For Prayer
All Welcome
Wednesdays 10 – 1
Peterborough United Methodist Church 43
Concord Street
11/17/16 95 views
YouTube views 2,141
Video shares 76
147 videos total
Most viewed sermon New Shoes –
sermon by Pastor Lena Mark – July
3, 2016 43 views
YouTube 2016 watch time 4,195
YouTube Top Videos
Church Funny “I need a diaper” January 26, 2015
Stand in Awe – January 24, 2016 – Music Ministry
YouTube top playlist 142,903 views Best Christian Easter Songs
16,329 views total Unique users in 2016 = 7,313
Most popular graphic What does the Lord require Cover Image 1/3/16
Top Posts
Beyond the Green Doors –
February 2016 Newsletter 2/1/16
What Box?! – July 17, 2016 –
Order of Worship 7/16/16
Avg hits per day = 21
Submitted by Melissa French

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Average Weekly Attendance
39 44 49 47
2013 2014 2015 2016
Largest gathering = Easter 2016 = 90 people!
8,952 = times someone has worshipped with us in the past 3 years

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Not sure who someone is?
Here are the people most likely to be pointed out for a newcomer.
Pastor Lena Mark
Jim Poplin
Susan Lindquist
Wendy Dunning
Gene Brochu
Melissa French

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Many of you have lovingly asked me about my feelings during this time of transition, and my
answers have been all over the map! Our ministry together has been such that I am mostly feeling
very thoughtful. When God called me to this church, it was an answer to a big question–“Was I
right, God, in thinking you were calling me to be a Pastor?” I had experienced a few setbacks and
challenges on my journey through seminary and the candidacy process. I was stuck, and I spent
nearly a year in the wilderness, thinking no church or conference had a place for me. Then I met
you, as a stranger with no history here, and in realizing who you are I came out of the wilderness
and entered homeland.
I have been in the formal process of becoming an ordained pastor since 2006. This process was on
hold during my wilderness time, and my experience in this congregation and district has been so
fulfilling that I thought I would leave it on hold indefinitely. But these words from the Discipline
challenged that thinking: Ordination to this ministry is a gift from God to the church… The
covenant of ordained ministry is a lifetime commitment, and those who enter into it dedicate their
whole lives to the personal and spiritual disciplines it requires. You have given me so many gifts,
and it helps me to think that if my journey culminates in ordination, it will be a thank-you gift back
to you. In ministry with you I have already been striving to dedicate my whole life to my
commitment to serve God and the disciplines that requires, which is why, when God called me to
another congregation, I knew I needed to follow.
I have been so blessed by this congregation’s history, faith, and vitality. I am passing each of
these days thinking of each of you, how we met, what we’ve done, and my hopes for where you
are headed. You will always represent to me the renewal of my call, my homeland.
Thank you.
Pastor Lourey Savick

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The words of a popular T-Shirt for pastors
reads as such,
“I belong to a rare breed of pastors
who still Preach from the Bible,
Care for their Congregation,
Pray for the Sick and the Needy,
and Desire to Reach the Lost and Broken of
this world.”
According to those who know her, this is an
accurate description of Pastor Lena. She
brings a fire and a passion for both pastoral
ministry as well as social justice.
Currently she in one of the On Call Chaplains
at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene and she
sits on the Board of Directors at the Hundred
Nights Cold Weather and Homeless Shelter in
Keene as well as many of its subcommittees.
Her well known passion for street ministry and
for being a visible and vocal Advocate for the homeless, marginalized, mentally ill, and
society’s invisible has been recognized by NH State Senator Molly Kelly.
The underlying force that motivates Pastor Lena in all her endeavors is her unshakable
love of the Lord and her desire that all should meet and come to know him. She is
looking forward to walking alongside all of you in this spiritual journey!

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