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First United Methodist welcomes one & all to attend our service

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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Thanks to Shooter's Tavern for support of WRHS wrestling team

To The Daily Sun,

There is a local family-owned restaurant that many locals have grown to know and love and that has been so supportive of the Winnisquam Regional High School wrestling team the past two years.

Shooter's Tavern in Belmont is a family-owned restaurant that many of the locals know. My husband and I frequent it along with its sister company, The Winni Grille, located conveniently just a couple miles south of Shooter's on Route 3 in Tilton.

When I reached out to Tammy, who owns Shooters with her husband, they did not bat an eye at the opportunity to help the Winnisquam Regional High School wrestling team, in the 2015-16 season, and this year again when the need increased they didn't hesitate to help. The concession stand at the annual tournament that is hosted on our, "home mat" is the only fundraiser done throughout the season.

It's hard to find a way to show appreciation when someone is so generous to give to a cause. Although the local high school wrestling team may not be the number one cause all small-business owners jump on board to support, Shooter's was there two years in a row. I am sure many local business are often called upon for donations and some of the larger businesses in town have turned to more creative options in order to give, without hitting the bottom line directly. The small family-run business didn't think twice.

In years past, other local restaurants have helped, by offering goods at a reduced rate, but oftentimes are not generous enough to just give the way that Shooter's has, for the second year in a row now.

Coached by Paul Hrycuna and assistant coach Tom Osmer, this fundraiser has been able to bring in new warm-ups, a mat light, to add to the excitement of the home meets, and fund various other items for the team. There is always backing from dedicated parents who pull together once a year to ensure it's a success. So when you can also spread the word that the local restaurants are willing to donate 100 percent of an item to the team for the concession stand, the proceeds go directly to the team.

I couldn't think of another way to show my appreciation than to spread the thanks from all of the wrestlers and families of wrestlers on the WRHS wrestling team.

Crystal Donahou



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