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First United Methodist Church of North Andover, MA

Please Join Us Sunday. All are Welcome.
We are a Reconciling Congregation.

As we travel through the Lenten season toward the cross we are often encouraged to ‘give something up’ as part of our penitence practice.  But how about this year instead we focus on ‘making room’ in our lives to reconnect with God?  How about if we put down our computers and our I Phones, if we set aside our never ending to-do lists, if we put aside our business and spend more time in silence cleansing our minds and our spirits to allow ourselves time to reconnect with the Almighty.  During the six weeks of Lent our worship theme entitled BUSY:  Reconnecting With An Unhurried God” will help us take moments of respite and make room for the Holy.  Please join us each Sunday at 10:45AM.

  • March 8th    - Turning In
  • March 15th  - Living Light
  • March 22nd - Time for Every Matter
  • March 29th- Palm/Passion Sunday

 

Sunday Worship Services
10:45 a.m.

Intercultural Service
12:30

Christian Ed all ages 9:15 a.m.

Pastor Deborah Shipp   978-682-5305 Church Office

Current Mission and Outreach Activity

Diaper and Underwear Drive for Communities Together
First United Methodist Church will again be participating in the annual Lenten Diaper and Underwear Drive for Communities Together. Communities Together (formerly the Greater Lawrence Council of Churches) is a collaborative of Christian churches in Andover, North Andover, Lawrence, and Methuen. We will be collecting diapers (all sizes), disposable training pants (such as Pull-ups), and small children's underwear (up to size 6). These items are distributed by Communities Together to families through local organizations such as Neighbors in Need, Lazarus House, the Women's Resource Center, and Emmaus House.

Since we are collecting for the UMCOR Health Kits during the first part of Lent, we will start the diaper and underwear collection on Sunday, March 22 and continue through Easter Sunday, April 5. However, feel free to bring these items in at any time. We also understand that not everyone can participate in all of the collections that we are doing. Please give what you can to the cause or collection that is most meaningful to you.

Critical Needs at Bread & Roses
The Bread & Roses soup kitchen in Lawrence is in need of the following items: saltine crackers, margarine, salt, chicken & beef broth, hot chocolate mix, and chocolate syrup. If you are able to donate any of these items, please bring them to church and we will make sure that they are promptly delivered to Bread & Roses.

Health Kits for UMCOR's 75th Anniversary
This year, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) celebrates its 75th Anniversary of helping those in crisis around the world. The celebration will take place on March 15, as part of One Great Hour of Sharing. United Methodist Churches have been asked to assemble relief kits for UMCOR as part of this celebration.

This year, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) celebrates its 75th Anniversary of helping those in crisis around the world. The celebration will take place on March 15, as part of One Great Hour of Sharing. United Methodist Churches have been asked to assemble relief kits for UMCOR as part of this celebration.

We will begin our collection on the first Sunday in Lent, February 22, and continue collecting items on March 1 and 8. The kits will be assembled during coffee fellowship on Sunday, March 15. We will also accept cash or check donations (made out to First United Methodist Church) to cover the cost of toothpaste, shipping costs, and to purchase additional items to complete the kits.

The items included in each health kit are listed below. Please read the item descriptions carefully as the requirements are very specific. Remember that these items should be durable and of good quality since they are typically given to people who have nothing. We already have a donation of 20 toothbrushes. Let's do our best to donate enough other items to complete 20 kits with these toothbrushes. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Please see the Beacon for a complete list of items.


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"The members of First United Methodist Church of North Andover, MA are committed to living out our faith by practicing love, embodying hope and  doing justice.  We believe this part of our mission statement calls us to  embrace Jesus' message of grace, love and reconciliation for all people. Our  welcome knows no boundaries of age, gender, race, ethnic origin, economic  reality, family status, sexual orientation, diverse ability, faith history or social standing.

We proclaim this statement of welcome to all who have known  the pain of exclusion and discrimination within the church. At the same time, we  recognize that there are differences among us.  We do not seek to erase our  differences and believe that we can love alike even though we may not think  alike.   We celebrate our diversity and recognize the sacred worth and  dignity of all people.  We welcome everyone in our journey together toward  greater love, understanding and mutual respect.

We are a Reconciling Congregation committed to the full  inclusion of all people in the life, mission and ministry of our church .  We pledge ourselves to love and support one another and to be a safe sanctuary  for everyone.  We will work actively to change general church policies and  practices to allow the full participation of lesbian, gay,  bisexual, transgender and questioning people, in the ministry and life of the  global  United Methodist Church."

Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
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