Pastor’s Message for May Belfry 2019

Pastor’s Message for May Belfry 2019

Dear Friends,
During the month of May we will engage in numerous celebrations that acknowledge our life as a faith community as well as our ties to those who have “laid down their lives” in the secular arena of life for us all. Each event shows forth evidence of our vigor as a gathering of disciples since 1638 and our mission commitment to our local community and wider nation. Altogether, they make me proud, 20 years into my shared ministry with you, for your faith journeys and generous modeling of the servanthood of Christ. Here are some of the exciting activities:
May 4 – An Upscale Rummage Sale, designed to offer anyone in the community an opportunity to purchase lovely items at affordable prices
May 5 – The planting of the Church School’s Peace Pole with ceremony – at 11:00AM.
May 11 – Church Clean-up Day: A chance to give thanks for the literal ground we were given hundreds of years ago that we might worship and serve the wider Hampton community. We gather to keep it beautiful; to be good neighbors and to give thanks for God’s good earth.
May 18 – For anyone who wishes – Black Heritage Trail Trolley Tour: Thirst for Freedom: From NH’s Slave Trade to Its Civil Rights Movement, May 18, 1:00 -3:00 PM, Portsmouth,
Join the Racial Justice Mission Group for a Trolley Tour with our Tour Guide & Sankofa Scholar, Nur Shoop. Enjoy the city of Portsmouth before or after this informative, accessible Trolley Tour. Learn about NH history and the legacy of slavery manifested today in our NH communities, attitudes, and biases. The cost is $30 pp and the tour is limited to 25 people.
May 19 Children’s Day Celebration with a Baptism – Our chance to be led in worship by our beautiful and faith-filled children through song, games, scripture readings and much more! This will be followed by a Family Potluck Cookout!! There will be hamburgers and hotdogs supplies and we all bring sides and pies (for eating and judging). Dress casually and stay for a wonderful ending to our Church school program year.
May 25 Cello and Piano Concert at 3PM
May 26 Celebration of Memorial Day – Guest speaker from the Marines.
May 27 – Something New!! Please join us if you can to give thanks for our local veterans. Just in case you didn’t know – local veterans often attend 4 Memorial Day services, marching in 3 of them. By the time they are finished – many are tired and thirsty. Our deacons will be at 2 tables in the High Street Cemetery with bottled water, swaddled in paper wraps that say, “FCC honors its Veterans and Thanks them for their Service. They will be handed out to any veteran in person, so we can offer our support and gratitude. Please join in, if you’re available.

Love, Rev. Debbie

Lectionary Readings and Sermons for May

May 5 Third Sunday of Easter/Sacrament of Communion

Scripture Reading: Acts 9:1-20

Sermon: “Discipleship and the Changed Heart”

Planting of the Peace Pole – Ceremony at 11:30AM

May 12/Fourth Sunday of Easter/Mother’s Day

Scripture Reading: Acts 9:36-40

Sermon: “Dsicipleship and the Changed Imagination”

May 19 Chidlren’s Sunday/Baptism

Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:1-6

Meditation: “We are God’s People”

May 26 Celebration of Memorial Day

Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:22-22:5

Meditation: “On the Healing of the Nations”

Nursing Home Services:

Partridge House: May 21, 2:30PM

Cornerstone: May 2 and 9, 1:30PM

Planting of the Peace Pole: On Sunday, May 5, the Church School and adults will celebrate the gift of a Peace Pole for the Church by sharing in a brief “Planting Ceremony.” Please plan to stay for this lovely celebration, and to thank our children for their vision of peace accomplished.

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