ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM NASHUA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20th
We’re Invited!! Celebrating 300 Years! Londonderry Presbyterian Church in Londonderry, New Hampshire, will celebrate its 300th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 27. 10 a.m. -- Regular worship service with the presence of ten visitors from Aghadowey, Londonderry, Ireland 11:30 a.m. -- Potluck lunch Afternoon -- History tours of LPC 6:00 p.m. -- Big Celebration with Music and History Everyone is invited to join the festivities. Pr. David McGregor from LPC founded the first Presbytery in the United States, so it will be so special to have our Presbytery here with us. -- Karla Dias
World Café about the lack of affordable housing in Nashua 4:00 - 5:30 pm – Sunday October 20, 2019 Temple Beth Abraham, Nashua This will be an interactive and educational event presented by Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP) and Interfaith Housing Justice Group. Working in small group discussions, we will learn about issues of affordable housing in Nashua, acquire skills needed to address these issues, and identify what we want our city leaders to know and do about this problem where we live. Free, but preregistration suggested: CLICK HERE or go to https://tinyurl.com/yyhvw8qz.
Greater Nashua CROP Hunger Walk NEXT Sunday, October 27 For 50 years CROP Hunger Walks have ensured that more people would have access to nutritious sustainable food sources. Please support the CROP Hunger Walk by walking or sponsoring a walker. You may go online to support the Nashua Presbyterian team at Greater Nashua CROP Hunger Walk and follow the directions. Walkers – get yourself registered online!
CHAIR YOGA At the request of some of our members, Jen Jean has agreed to offer a Chair Yoga class at the church. The first class on Nov. 5th at 10 AM will be free. If there are 8 or more folk interested, It will meet every Tuesday at 10 AM and cost $8 each time you come.
POTLUCK & STEWARDSHIP PRESENTATION A time to break bread together and a reminder (with pictures!) of all the ways we minister here in Nashua along with a look ahead at what we could do with your support in 2020.
Pastor Sally’s Office Hours this week are Monday 11-1 or by appointment. Rev. Sally’s days off this week are Thursday & Friday but she is available by phone or email Announcements for the bulletin must be emailed to the church by noon on Wednesday.
PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS OFFERING Our PCUSA special offering for Peace & Global Witness envelopes are still in the chair pockets. It used for programs and activities that share the Gospel and promote peace. The 25% to be used locally will go to Portland ME to help that community shelter and care for the hundreds of immigrants from the Congo who arrived this summer.
BREAD FOR THE WORLD Once a year we highlight the ministry of Bread for the World which invites Christians to pray for those who suffer from hunger. They also invite people of faith to join others in urging our elected officials to make sure that our children have enough to eat. For more information, read the insert and/or speak to Bobbie Knickerbocker.
SPECIAL DATES TO PUT ON YOUR CALENDAR Oct. 27 REFORMATION SUNDAY & CROP Walk 1 PM Temple Beth Abraham Nov. 2 Stewardship Potluck and Presentation 4:30-6:30 PM Nov. 3 ALL SAINTS DAY Nov. 16 Fall Clean Up Day Outside 9-12 Nov. 26 Interfaith Thanksgiving Service 7 pm at First Church, Nashua
We’re taking a SURVEY!! about Movie Night at the Church
A time of fellowship, fun, and lots of popcorn!!
Would you like to come?? ____ YES ____ NO
What movies would interest you?? Mark all that you would like.
____The Hobbit ____The Grinch Who Stole Christmas ____Ken Burns: The Shakers ____Toy Story 4 ____Won’t You Be My Neighbor? ____The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe ____ Other: ________________________
What would be a good time of the week? Mark all that work for you.
Email your responses to the church email address or fill out the paper survey at church.
HOUSING FACTS FOR NASHUA The NH rental vacancy rate is less than 1%... though in the Northeast it is 5% ( the rate needed for a “balanced market”.) Rents in Hillsborough county for two-bedroom apartments have gone up 26% in the past five years. A family needs $58.2k/year to afford Hillsborough county’s median rent of $1,456/month… but only 12% of available units are affordable for the 50% of households below the county’s median income of $44.7k. To say that another way: 50% of the households in Hillsborough county are competing for 12% of available rental housing. * All data from NH Housing Finance Authority’s 2019 Residential Rental Cost Survey * Public Meeting with City Leaders about Affordable Housing 6:00 - 7:30 – Wednesday October 30, 2019 People who work on these issues in your city will be invited to hear your concerns and answer your questions. Call Aron at 603-668-8250 for registration and location details
YOUTH GROUP will meet this fall on November 10; and December 8 – always at 3-5 PM Please speak to Rev. Sally if you know of a teen (grades 7-12) who would like to join us.
NEW!! Gentle Yoga Class This class will be offered at our church by Jennifer Jean a certified yoga instructor. The class will meet Wednesday evenings from 5:30 TO 6:30. This is a drop-in class, so participants pay only for the classes they attend. The fee will be $9 per class. Bring your own mat, water, and a sweater if you like to use one during the relaxation period at the end. If you want to learn more, see Sarah Puglisi.
CHURCH SAFETY This is just a reminder that our church doors are locked after worship begins, but there is always a member of our Security Team there to let you in!
If you wish to support the disaster responses of the PCUSA’s PDA (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance), which is our ministry to those around the world whose lives have been torn apart by disasters, you can do so online at: pda.pcusa.org PDA has already begun its response to those impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
REGULAR EVENTS AT NPC 8:45 AM Sunday morning Bible Study Choir Rehearsal 11:30 on Sunday Small Group meets Monday evening at 7 PW Circle – noon on the second Friday Men’s Breakfast 8 AM at Denny’s on the second Saturday Book Group at 11:30 AM on the fourth Tuesday Youth Group once a month Check the calendar page to see exactly when activities are being held. Speak to Pastor Sally if you would like to know more about any of these activities.
AND MORE INFO FROM OUR LARGER COMMUNITY:
FAMILY PROMISE OF SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE After 15 years of serving families from Greater Nashua, we are expanding our service area to encompass all of Hillsborough County and Western Rockingham County! As we do, we are going to be adding another residence for homeless families, engaging with new communities and congregations, and building an even larger program to End Homelessness...One Family at a Time. We're changing our name to reflect our new service area...Southern New Hampshire. We have also recently learned that Family Promise will need to leave its current building in Hudson and find/build a new place to house those in transition.
DID YOU KNOW-- That in 2019 alone, the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter had: 25,332 breakfast meals served 28,063 visits for fresh fruits & veggies and bread 51,365 Dinner meals served 13,647 food baskets given to household 11,403 nights of emergency shelter 35,786 diapers were distributed and so much more!!