E-News from the NH Council of Churches November 18 2010

2011 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18-25, 2011 is the annual observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme chosen for 2011 is "One in the apostles' teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer"(cf. Acts 2:42). Throughout 2011, join Christians everywhere in praying "that they may all be one" joining our prayer with that the Lord Jesus Christ.

For more information or 2011 Week of Prayer resources go to the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious website at: http://www.geii.org/wpcu_index.htm

Progress on Immigration Depends Upon Faith Leaders! 

Take a quick look at  the underlying challenges facing immigration reform. Bread for the World's latest immigration blog post http://notes.bread.org/2010/11/xenophobia-101.html, focuses on the current public attitude toward immigrants in the U.S. and around the world.


Ponder why progress depends on faith based advocates and the public, not just policymakers.

Tell Your American Story 

For centuries, people have come to America in search of the American Dream and each of us has a unique story to tell.  The National Immigration Forum is collecting these stories for their project Keepers of the American Dream.  Please stop by and share your families story at www.keepersoftheamericandream.org

Calling All Pastors and Chaplains


The New Hampshire Council of Churches is creating a list of pastors and chaplains who are willing to be called in the case of emergencies or disasters, for specific denomination request at hospitals, hospices and homes and are interested in being pulpit supply pastors.  Please send your information to:  info@NHchurches.org.

Holiday Stockings for Troops 

WHAT: 12-14" red furry or fuzzy stockings (usually available at CVS, Dollar Stores, and the Christmas Tree Shop) filled with gifts and food items. 

WHEN: Thursday or Friday, November 18th or 19th from 3 pm - 7 pm.
November 18th is the preferred drop off date.

WHERE: National Guard Armory in Nashua NH 03063.

Click here for list of items needed and more information

Welcome them Home, Help them Heal 
Pastoral Care Resource 


Pastoral care and ministry with service members returning from war.

By John Sippola, Amy Blumenshine, Donald A Tubesing, and Valerie Yancey


Working together, compassionate, knowledgeable, and skilled caregivers, friends, and professionals can give veterans life-saving and life-giving care and support.  This is a practical guide for ministering to veterans.  The authors work with denominations throughout Minnesota in workshops, lectures, and other education opportunities.  For more information go to http://welcomethemhomebook.com/.

ABLE NH Annual Meeting Planning
Stakeholders and Convention Planning Meeting


A hands-on community forum for the purpose of planning the first Annual ABLE NH Annual Convention.


Sunday, November 21 - 1 P.M. - 5 P.M.

Holiday Inn

172 Main Street

Concord, NH


ABLE (Advocates Building Lasting Equality) is an independent grassroots community organization for individuals and families with disabilities.  They are organizing people to build the power to make a difference locally and statewide in New Hampshire.


For registration and additional information visit www.ablenh.org.


From Mill Yard to Main Street:  Patterns of Immigration in New Hampshire
Lecture at UNH School of Law
Tuesday November 30, 7:00 PM
UNH School of Law Auditorium
2 White St.
Concord, NH

UNH History Professor Lucy Salyer and Immigration Attorney Ron Abramson will make a joint presentation and lead a Q and A session with participants on the subject of immigration in New Hampshire.

Salyer and Abramson will speak on 19th century patterns of immigration, in NH and generally, as well as the foundations of the current immigration law.  The program also will address the political and cultural background of current issues in immigration law, including the Arizona law and the birthright citizenship debates.  Remarks will take into consideration enduring questions about new immigrants and refugees resettling in our state both in an historical and contemporary context.

For more information click here to download a PDF of the poster for the event.
Journey to Turkey:  March 25-April 3, 2011

Join The Rev. Mary Westfall and members and friends of The Community Church of Durham, NH, for an enriching journey to one of the most fascinating regions of the world - Turkey. Our program combines an exploration of the cities of John and Paul as part of our biblical heritage with visits to sites associated with the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, particularly in Istanbul. Turkey boasts some of the greatest archaeological parks in the Mediterranean and provides unparalleled opportunities to consider the historical and cultural context of earliest Christianity. We will learn about Jewish and Muslim beliefs and practices in the region and visit one of the great monuments of Byzantine Christianity - Hagia Sophia. Throughout we will enjoy first class accommodations, delicious food, local expert guides and the warm hospitality of the Turkish people.  For more information you can download the flyer here:  nhchurches.org/files/journey%20to%20turkey.pdf

Resource from the American Bible Society 

The American Bible Society has a resource for pastors and lay pastoral care providers specifically for the caring for those in your community who have served in the armed forces. 

God Understands Military Portions and Chaplain Guide - The God understand series box set contains biblically based portions that address the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) spiritual injuries veterans deal with upon return from duty:  guilt, anger, grief, meaning and purpose, despair and hopelessness, fairness, doubts and disbelief, and fear of death.  This is an excellent resource that VA chaplains, pastors and family members can give veterans to enhance the treatment of these PTSD issues.  These Scripture Portions are written specifically for veterans with thoughts for reflection, calls to action and guided prayers. 


For more information you can download A Chaplains guide here which include instruction on the special needs of providing pastoral care to veterans of the armed forces.


We have this resource in stock at the New Hampshire Council of Churches' office or you can view this resource and order on-line go at:  www.bibles.com/free.

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