Whats Happening

What’s Happening at PUMC – weekly email 220203

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Dear Church Family and Friends,
Worship with us on Sunday at 11 ET on YouTube at bit.ly/joinpumcyoutube or in-person.
Please join us Sunday for our worship service with Pastor Todd Layton and his message Everywhere a Sign.
Our scriptures will include Psalm 25:1-9 and Matthew 16:1-4.
The Sunday worship stream can be found here at 11am Sun https://youtu.be/uA3Kd8ORJ3M (direct link).
The bulletin is available here: https://www.peterboroughumc.org/sunday-220206-pumc-order-worship/


This Sunday is our communion service. Communion elements are available in the fellowship hall for those of us worshipping online. If you need help accessing these please let the office know.



On Human Relations Day, we participate with other UMC congregations in a special offering to support neighborhood ministries through Community Developers, community advocacy through United Methodist Voluntary Services and work with at-risk youth through the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program. Our gifts work together for the common good, building community and sharing God’s love. The Human Relations Day offering supports programs like those started in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic for churches to provide food to their neighbors.
For example, First United Methodist Church in Flushing, Queens, NY, a predominantly Korean congregation with the Rev. Chongho James Kim as senior pastor, started outreach into the community by making a thousand cotton masks. Mina Yoo, the English language minister for the church, says that small act, distributing to senior home residences, nursing homes and family shelters beyond the Korean community, sparked a good energy in the congregation.
Members decided to share whatever they could to help day laborers with no work – one family bringing 100 bags of rice and another 100 frozen chickens to distribute 100 bags of food one day a week. Those first weeks they distributed food to about 50 Korean families, but also to 100 mostly Hispanic families in the community. Later, an influx of Chinese families lengthened the line.
First UMC continues to serve 250-300 people each week. The congregation is dreaming of future projects, like a food coop that will not only supply fresh food but also job training and nutritional education for the whole community.
We know how systemic inequality affects those most vulnerable. When neighbors experience poverty and live in communities that have limited access to resources, as a denomination, our gifts on Human Relations Day work together to empower faith-based volunteer programs, community developers and programs that work with at-risk teens.

Write a check to Peterborough United Methodist Church and write “Human Relations Day offering” in the memo line. Drop in the offering basket or mail to PUMC, 43 Concord St, Peterborough NH 03458.
To give online or set up monthly giving, go to UMC.org/SSGive.


Well done Granite District! Thanks to your combined giving, our mission share payments were up 2.7% compared to 2020. Thanks to all who were intentional about increasing their giving, and to those who made valiant last minute efforts.
52 churches paid 100% (50 in 2020)
3 churches gave more than 100%
74 churches paid SOMETHING (out of 82)
13 churches increased their percentage of giving compared to 2020
As a district we gave $732,770 – 74.1% of the $988,986 tasked
As a whole, the seven districts were tasked to raise $7,389,145. The Granite District share is 13% of that total.


Building News

It’s official! Hundred Nights is the new owner of 122-124 Water Street in Keene. On January 19, Tom Stevens, the former owner of Tom’s Auto, handed the keys to the property over to Executive Director Mindy Cambiar and Board Chair Jan Peterson at the closing. Hundred Nights is in the process of hiring a construction management firm and plans to break ground on the new facility, pictured above, later this year.

Capital Campaign
Hundred Night Inc is excited to publicly announce a $5.5 million capital campaign to fund the development of a 48-bed emergency shelter and resource center facility on the Water Street property. This campaign is about more than a new building — It’s about serving the community to the best of their ability by offering safe, accessible, appropriate, and adequate emergency shelter, and having intentional spaces in which to provide case management services and basic necessities that help clients get back on their feet.
To date, Hundred Nights has raised nearly 80% of the total goal! They are grateful to many generous donors for helping to make this much-needed facility a reality.
Over $2.9 Million in Charitable Contributions
$600,000 in NH Tax Credit Program Proceeds
$500,000 Community Development Block Grant
$280,000 GOFERR COVID-19 Impact Shelter Program Grant
Now, they’re appealing to the greater community for donations to help them finish the capital campaign and begin construction. They hope you’ll visit their website to learn more about the project and consider a donation to help develop and sustain operations in the new facility.
Learn More About the Capital Campaign: https://hundrednightsinc.org/capitalcampaign/

Shelter Update
This winter is the busiest on record. Currently there are 9 families in the hotel with 13 parents, 17 children under age 18 and 2 youth that are under age 21, and 2 couples and 1 staff person in 13 rooms. The converted coach bus that is parked in the Cheshire County parking lot on Lamson Street has been at 8-10 guests consistently. The Lamson Street shelter is at 20-24 guests consistently. Hundred Nights is sheltering more female guests than usual, with the total number hovering at around 22. Hundred Nights has never sheltered this many people.
Fortunately, COVID-19 funding has made it possible to lease hotel rooms again this winter and they’ve been able to accommodate the high demand from families who recently lost housing and haven’t been able to find affordable options yet. In some cases, houses are being sold and people renting month-to-month are being evicted but aren’t finding affordable housing and don’t have savings for the first month’s rent and security deposit. They also have three guests with housing vouchers who cannot find subsidized housing.


• Household Income under $65,000
• Seniors, families or taxpayers of any age
• Self-employed and small business owners
• Friendly IRS certified preparers will help you get your maximum refund
Don’t let tax season stress you out! We make filing 2021 quick & easy!
Call for an appointment at one of our locations:
Peterborough: 20 Depot Sq., 3rd Fl., Suite #7 (603-562-5510) Saturdays 8:45 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Other times will be available
Antrim: The Grapevine (603-588-2620) (Call before 1:00 P.M.) Mondays 2:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Hillsborough: Smith Memorial Church (603-464-3595) Tuesdays 3:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
This IRS V.I.T.A. Tax Preparation Service Requires proof of Covid Vaccination
All locations are wheelchair and handicap accessible!
Questions? Call Larry Schwartz, PHC Tax Service, 603-525-3312

*Note worship service will be at 11am 12/5/21-6/26/22.

Sun 11a Worship service online via YouTube or in-person
Tue-Thu 9a-12 Office Hours

Feb 6 Human Relations Sunday
Feb 8 6:30p Administrative Council meeting via Zoom
Feb 9 7p Topical Bible Study w/ Marlow UMC via Zoom
Feb 15 1:30p Book Group via Zoom
Feb 16 7p Missions meeting via Zoom

*contact the church office if you need Zoom meeting details

COVID Procedures at PUMC

Sunday Worship streaming on YouTube Sun 11am ET
in person
and posted online bit.ly/pumcworshipvideo
*Note worship service will be at 11am 12/5/21-6/26/22.
Book Group online bit.ly/pumcbookgroup

Digital Welcome Card bit.ly/pumcwelcomecard
Bulletins http://bit.ly/pumcbulletin
Children’s Bulletins bit.ly/pumckidsbulletin
Offering bit.ly/pumcoffering
Online Giving bit.ly/pumconlinegiving
Facebook bit.ly/pumcfacebook
YouTube bit.ly/joinpumcyoutube
Instagram bit.ly/pumcinsta
LinkedIn bit.ly/pumclinkedin

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This message was sent to you by Melissa French for the Peterborough United Methodist Church.