To The Daily Sun,
It was an active Christmas season at the First United Methodist Church of Gilford-Laconia (FUMC), filled with joyful celebration observing the birth of Jesus Christ, involvement in mission activities serving people in the Lakes Region, and gathering together with folks from Lakes Region Churches for the Annual Epiphany Service.
Throughout the fall and winter, the Mission Committee of the church sponsored various endeavors to assist those in need in the Lakes Region: A Winter Warmth Program, in which numerous new or gently used winter coats, new hats, mittens and gloves were collected and brought to the Salvation Army of Laconia. This program is ongoing. Provision of new, warm snow pants, gloves and hats to the children of the Pleasant Street School of Laconia. Christmas Giving Tree Program supported children in the Head Start and Early Head Start program of Laconia; people took gift tags from a Christmas tree set up in the church sanctuary, and prior to Christmas, brought in approximately 120 gifts for children ages three months to five years.
Through the efforts of Jessica "J" Alward and her family, and many volunteers from FUMC and the surrounding community, the church welcomed 176 people on Christmas day for the Annual Christmas Dinner of ham and all the fixings, preceded by a time for appetizers, music and Christmas cheer. The dinner was free of charge and open to anyone who wanted to attend.
On January 8th, the Annual Epiphany Service was held at FUMC; with choirs from various Lakes Region Churches, including the United Baptist Church of Lakeport, Laconia Congregational Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Gilford Community Church, Tilton-Northfield United Methodist Church, and FUMC, everyone enjoyed a joyful celebration of the Epiphany commemorating the coming of the Magi to see the Christ Child. The service was filled with song, bell ringing and reading of scripture. The Epiphany Service ended with all of the church choirs joining together to sing a beautiful rendition of "Joyful All Ye Nations Rise" arranged by Mary McDonald with Karen Jordan conducting the group. The finale was accompanied by various string and brass instrument players from the local area, and the FUMC Hallelujah Bell Choir. A free will offering was taken to benefit the Belknap House, a soon-to-be-open shelter in Laconia for homeless families.
First United Methodist Church of Gilford-Laconia, welcomes one and all to attend our church service on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and to become involved in some of the many mission opportunities in which we participate. Sunday school and a nursery are available during worship for the young. The church is located at 18 Wesley Way (Off Rt. 11-A, near the 3/11 bypass) in Gilford. You may call us at (603) 524-3289 for any inquiries.
Mission and Worship Committees
First United Methodist Church
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