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Dear Church Family and Friends,
Please join us Sunday for our worship service with Pastor Thom Demers and his message Stand as a Signal.
Worship with us on Sunday at 10 am ET in-person or on YouTube at http://bit.ly/joinpumcyoutube. The Sunday worship stream can be found here at 9:55 am on Sunday: https://youtu.be/IiuzVZzc6co (direct link).
Our scriptures will include Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-2.
The Sunday bulletin is available here: https://www.peterboroughumc.org/221204-pumc-order-worship/
The newsletter is available here: https://mailchi.mp/bfa44035fea1/beyond-the-green-doors-newsletter-from-pumc-11555662
ADVENT STUDY – BECAUSE OF BETHLEHEM BY MAX LUCADO – begins Dec 5
Our Advent study Because of Bethlehem will begin with an introductory session on Monday December 5th at 7pm at the church. There will be three more sessions on Wednesdays at 7.
PLEASE NOTE – SPECIAL MEETING – Thurs Dec 8
The hybrid special meeting for missions will be Thursday, the 8th, at 7 pm. Not the 7th! I did a goof, sorry.
STAFF CHRISTMAS GIFTS – due Dec 11
The Staff Parish Relations Committee is inviting church people to contribute towards cash Christmas gifts for our pastor and all church staff. You can contribute by mailing in a check made payable to Peterborough United Methodist Church, or by giving cash or check on Sunday mornings. Please be sure that your giving envelope and/or check are marked “XMas gift for PUMC staff.” Your gift will need to arrive by Sunday, Dec 11, in order that we can present our gifts and express our appreciation on Sunday, Dec 18 (our last service before Christmas).
If you have any questions about these gifts, you can ask one of these SPRC members: Ken Constantine, Cindy Faust, Jeff Hipp, Phyllis Porter, or Andy Wallenstein
CELEBRATE BISHOP DEVADHAR’S RETIREMENT
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar will retire on Dec. 31, and many of you have asked how you might honor or celebrate this milestone.
The 2022 Annual Conference session included a Celebration of Episcopal Leadership on June 10, as we thanked Bishop and Prema Devadhar for their 10 years of service. A number of in-person and via-video guests offered blessings and fond memories as they looked back at the Bishop’s episcopal ministry.
Watch a video of the celebration: https://drive.google.com/file/d/13QuwUdWPVcm1yFPqA8IDfyQDD3gvkfpj/view
Cards or notes for the Devadhars can be mailed to Conference Office (411 Merrimack St., Suite 200, Methuen, MA 01844). At Annual Conference, the Episcopacy Committee presented the Devadhars with a commemorative book of messages from NEAC members, and any cards/notes received will be added to the book.
If you would like to give a gift in honor of the bishop, you are invited to contribute to the Clergy Respite Fund, which allows clergy to take time off to care for themselves and their health. You can contribute online using this form: https://www.umfne.org/pastors-respite-donation-form
BISHOP’S CHALICE AUCTION – begins Dec 1
As Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar heads into retirement, he is auctioning off some of the Communion Chalices he has gathered over the years. The online auction takes place Dec. 1-15, 2022. Proceeds will benefit the Clergy Respite Fund. The fund allows clergy to take time off to care for themselves and their health. Your donation through this auction honors the retirement of Bishop Devadhar and his legacy of concern for the welfare of clergy in the Conference.
Visit the auction site at: https://www.32auctions.com/chalice
AVENUE A CLOTHING SWAP – Dec 5
Join Avenue A for a clothing swap on Monday December 5, 6-8. Teens are invited to stock up on clothes for winter, FREE!
If you have gently used teen clothing to contribute you may contact email@example.com.
LIGHT OF LOVE FOR MATS – due Dec 9
The Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter (MATS) is pleased to announce their Lights of Love program for 2022. Lights of Love is a great way to honor or remember a loved one.
They invite you to participate by donating $5 for a light to be placed on the tree outside the Medical Arts Building; adjacent to the ER at Monadnock Community Hospital. The virtual tree lighting ceremony will take place on December 16th, please purchase your lights by December 9th.
Your gift will shine a light for your loved one and also support the work of MATS, which for more than 30 years has provided shelter for local families in transition.
Learn more and donate: https://matsnh.org/
Sun 10a Worship service online via YouTube or in-person
Tue-Wed 9a-12 Admin Virtual Office Hours
Thu 9a-12 Admin In-Office Office Hours
Wed 5p-8:30 Pastor Thom Office Hours
Dec 5 7p Because of Bethlehem Advent Study (5, 7, 14, 21)
Dec 7 7p Because of Bethlehem Advent Study
Dec 8 7p Missions meeting for housing emergency all welcome, hybrid
Dec 9 7p Open Mic Night doors open 6:30
Dec 11 Staff Christmas Gift contributions due
Dec 11 8a Free Community Breakfast
Dec 13 6:30p Admin Council meeting via zoom
Dec 14 7p Missions meeting via Zoom
Dec 14 7p Because of Bethlehem Advent Study
Dec 17 10a-12 Cookie Swap
Dec 21 5p Homeless Memorial Vigil w/MATS @Town House
Dec 21 7p Because of Bethlehem Advent Study
Dec 24 7p Christmas Eve candlelight service
Dec 25 10a Christmas worship service
Dec 27 Newsletter submissions due
STAY CONNECTED WITH PUMC:
Sunday Worship Sun 10am ET
and streaming on YouTube bit.ly/pumcworshipvideo
Book Group online bit.ly/pumcbookgroup
Open Mic Night https://bit.ly/openmicpumc
Free Community Breakfast https://bit.ly/pumcbreakfast
Youth Activities https://bit.ly/pumcyouth
Digital Welcome Card bit.ly/pumcwelcomecard
Online Giving bit.ly/pumconlinegiving
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