Whats Happening

What’s Happening at PUMC – weekly email 220303

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Dear Church Family and Friends,
Please join us Sunday for our worship service with Pastor Todd Layton and his message The Good Shepherd. 
Worship with us on Sunday at 11 am ET on YouTube at http://bit.ly/joinpumcyoutube or in-person. The Sunday worship stream can be found here at 11am Sun https://youtu.be/6shHvXDmj2U (direct link).
Our scriptures will include James 1:19-27 and John 10:1-15.
The bulletin is available here: https://www.peterboroughumc.org/sunday-220306-pumc-order-worship/


Sunday Worship video 3/06/22

This Sunday is communion Sunday. Communion elements are available in the fellowship hall on the table near the bookcases. If you need assistance please let the church office know.


Dear Friends,
During the course of this pandemic, the re-opening committee has been working to provide a way to worship together and also take care of each other. We continue to strive to love our neighbor as ourselves by taking steps to make our gatherings as safe as we can. The best things we can all do are to stay up-to-date with our Covid-19 vaccine and to follow the guidance of the CDC.
The Re-opening committee met Tuesday 3/1 and discussed the current state of the pandemic and the new guidance from the CDC.
We decided that masks will no longer be required in the church building or at services. People who are not vaccinated yet or who have personal health concerns may still decide to wear masks and we extend a gracious welcome to all.
The children will now join us in the sanctuary for the opening of the worship service and the children’s sermon before going to Sunday School. While our Covid Community Level is considered Medium by the CDC’s measurement, we will ask that congregants mask while singing in the worship service. When we get to Low we will not have to mask while singing. Hot beverages will be served during Fellowship time after the service.
We are so happy that some restrictions have been lifted! We will be watching our Covid Community Level each week and we will be adjusting our behavior accordingly so that we can continue to take care of each other. One important thing each of us can do is to be aware of our own and our children’s health. If you have symptoms – fever, cough – get tested and please consider wearing a mask to church to prevent asymptomatic transmission of the virus. If you’ve had close contact with someone who tested positive, please wear a mask at church even if you have no symptoms. These are simple yet highly effective ways to help ensure that we’ll stay in the Medium or Low Covid Community Level – we don’t want to go back to High!
Check the CDC Community Level here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html


The folks at the Jaffrey Food Pantry welcomed our donation with open arms! They are VERY appreciative of the variety of goods that we offer, but also ALSO they really love receiving the gift cards. Those cards help purchase SNAP ineligible supplies and meats and dairy goods! Whoever has been donating the gift cards, you have hit it out of the park for the pantry folks! Thank you so much!
The March donations will be delivered to The Helping Hand Food Pantry in Troy. This is such an important ministry for our church, especially now that food prices have risen so sharply. Thanks so much everyone for remembering the folks who are food insecure!
Proverbs 22:9 – “Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.”


The next Weekend Meal for guests at Hundred Nights Drop-In Center has been scheduled. Folks can review the menu below and sign on to provide cooked goods, paper supplies, or beverages. It all hinges on your schedule and how busy you are! Hopefully, many can make time to cook up a yummy casserole, make a green or fruit salad, or bake up some breads or rolls!
There will be a sign-up sheet in the fellowship room at the church on Sunday, March 6th, so just stop by before or after church and get yourself signed on, or let the church office know what you would like to do! If you’re new to helping with this food ministry, please leave your phone number by your name and email address. you’ll receive a reminder email or a quick phone call reminder of the meal on the week of the 27th.
Donations can be dropped at the church on Sunday anytime until 3 PM. Then, the food gets packed up and delivered to the Drop-In Center in Keene for guests afternoon enjoyment.

This month’s weekend dinner menu will be:
Stick to Your Ribs Casseroles

Cheese and Crackers – 2 large bricks & 2/3 big boxes of snack crackers
Casserole of your choice – serves 8-10 – Mac & Cheese, Hungarian Goulash, Tuna Casserole, other ideas?
Green Salad of your choice – serves 8-10
Fruit Salad – keep nuts on the side – serves 8-10
Hard-Boiled Eggs – 2 dozen
Bagged Clementines – 2 bags
Heavy-Duty Paper Plates (at least 40)
Paper Napkins (100 count package)


Beloved in Christ:
I greet you in the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, during these troubled times of war in Ukraine.
May I offer this prayer:
Gracious and loving God, we come before you with our hearts rent apart by senseless war between Russia and Ukraine. We cry out to you to bring a cessation of hostilities. We remember the words of the psalmist,
“The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven. His eyes behold, his gaze examines humankind. The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, and his soul hates the lover of violence” (Psalm 11:4-5, NRSV).
We join a worldwide chorus of Christians who deplore the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We pray urgently for diplomacy and peace. We pray especially for those fleeing for their lives as refugees to other countries. May your grace and peace be with the children and all those whose lives are being uprooted. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.
Please pray for our fellow United Methodists in the region, particularly Bishops Eduard Khegay (of both Russia and Ukraine), Patrick Streiff, Christian Alsted, and all church leaders and pastors in Russia, Ukraine, and neighboring nations as they lead their parishioners in these difficult moments and days.
May you consider giving generously to UMCOR https://umcmission.org/tag/russia-ukraine/, which has already sent $60,000 to install bomb film in windows of one hospital and 16 schools in Ukraine. More help will be needed for refugees and others affected by war.
In Christ’s love,
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar


The Wanakee 2022 summer camp brochures will be mailed soon. You can register online, by phone (603-279-7950) or by mail.
Click here to view the summer schedule https://www.wanakee.org/dates-and-rates
Click here to register https://wanakee.campbrainregistration.com/
Interested in working at camp? Learn more about being on staff and apply online at https://www.wanakee.org/employment


Saturday, March 26, 11 am – 3 pm
Join the Hundred Nights wrecking crew as they break down barriers to serving those most vulnerable in our community. Sledgehammers and protective gear provided!
Be on the lookout for more details about this family friendly event. Donations are appreciated and support the Capital Campaign https://hundrednightsinc.org/capitalcampaign/


Are you or a loved one living with cancer or a life-threatening diagnosis? This free peer-support group meets virtually, every 2nd Friday of the month at 11:30 am. Under the guidance of Leela Howard, MA, LCMHC, with support from Monadnock Community Hospital, this group shares the emotional and physical challenges and triumphs of diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing self-care. Wherever you are in your journey, you are welcome. Please call (917) 924-2414 or email beginagain@leelahoward.com for more information.

*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

Mar 27 3p Hundred Nights Tailgate Dinner

Apr 14 7p Maundy Thursday in-person and online
Apr 15 4:30p Good Friday Prayer Walk @ Marlow UMC
Apr 17 11a Easter Sunday worship in-person and online

*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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