NH Council of Churches - NH Religious News February 24, 2011

Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disasters Training

March 18-19    Last Day to Register : Friday Feb. 25.

Email Shirley@NLCNH.org 


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"Ministry to NH Military Families"


A workshop offered at Prepared to Serve
This Saturday February 26
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Pembroke Academy
209 Academy Rd
Pembroke, NH

"Immigration, the Church, and the Bible"

Fabulous evangelical speaker/authorPresenter Daniel Carroll

offers biblical lenses for Immigration to teach and preach

A day-long workshop for clergy and lay leaders

Friday, March 11, 2011

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wesley United Methodist Church

114 Main St. Worcester, MA 

Only $30 includes lunch and lenten study guide! 

Immigration Workshop Registration 

Transportation Available from Littleton down I-93

Email David@NHchurches.org to reserve a space.

Click here to read more about these workshops.
Military Ministry Needs You!

Combat Vet Religious Leaders:  NH Ministry to the 25,000 vets and their families are in need of religious leaders with military experience. Veterans with experiences of faith combined with experiences of war are desperately needed to minister to service members and their families.  If this is you, or you know of someone, please pass their contact information along.


Non-combat Vet Religious Leaders: Even if you do not have combat experience your are still needed because of your lived experience within military culture and ability to work with enlisted and retired vets. YOUR contribution, as simple as it might be, can make all the difference in the world to that particular vet in your community. Please pass you contact info on to David@NHchurches.org


Frankly, the opportunities are avalanching down upon us as NH Army Guard comes home from deployment. Religious leader vets will be invited to participate in a pilot projects among their peers as well as participate in other critical events from time to time.

Ministry to NH Military Families

Bring "Ministry to NH's Military Families" to your area or religious event. Contact the NH National Guard Chaplain, Cpt. Brent A. Boorsma, NHNG, Full-Time Support Chaplain, 603-227-1560, brent.boorsma@us.army.mil

 Welcome them home and help them heal! 

The NH National Guard currently has the largest deployment to the Middle East in history. Before and during deployment, community and church help is needed. After deployment, church outreach could save lives and marriages of our citizen soldiers.


Learn how you and your Faith Community can help.

Learn about the unique challenges military families face during deployment.

Learn about military culture so you can better assist military families.

Learn about existing support programs that need volunteers.

Presented by National Guard Chaplains and family members of deployed soldiers. 


Unique Military Congregation Ministry

The Orchard Christian Fellowship in Derry is hosting a bi-monthly event for service members at the Coffee Factory in Derry. It's a time for dispersed service members to hang out together outside of the military setting. By giving post-deployment service members a place to share their stories and encouragement with one another they will find welcome and healing within this community. For more information click here to download the flyer


Web Resources for Military Ministry 

Military Ministry has spiritual resources for churches specifically for the pastoral care of members of the military and their families.  Resources include bibles, books and videos as well as ministry tools.  Check out their website at :   http://resources.militaryministry.org/ for more information 


The National Guard Joint Services Support provides a gateway to resources for National Guard service members and their families.  Their programs include:  reintegration, employer support, family support, financial management awareness, psychological health, sexual assault prevention and response and transition assistance.  For more information check out their website:  http://www.jointservicessupport.org.

Journey to Lent, Journey to Learn 

The Lenten Study Guide, Journey to Lent, Journey to Learn: A Reflection on Public Education in God's World Today is now posted on-line:  http://www.ncccusa.org/2011lentenguidepubed.pdf  . 


In the context of Bible study, this guide, created by members of the National Council of Churches Committee on Public Education and Literacy, lifts up many of the concerns raised in a 2010 Pastoral Letter sent by the Governing Board of the National Council of Churches to the President and Congress,  http://www.ncccusa.org/elmc/pastoralletter.pdf .    


If you are active in a Christian community of faith, we hope you will consider using this guide in your congregation or for personal devotions during the Lenten season.

Lenten Devotional Booklet


We've a Story to Tell

Lenten Devotional Program


The Society of St. Andrew is known for providing nutritious fresh produce to feeding agencies across the United States is offering a daily devotional booklet called We've a Story to Tell. The devotions are inspired by the Christian journey and its impact on our personal lives. These daily devotions were contributed by a variety of writers from different denominations who share how their personal walk with Jesus impacts their lives.All materials for the Lenten devotional program are free from the Society of St. Andrew.  For a church sample kit or a personal packet, order online: www.endhunger.org/lent.htm; by phone: 800-333-4597; or by email: church@endhunger.org.

How to do Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Worship Well


Think MLK Day, Thanksgiving, Holocaust Remembrance Day, local celebrations and public memorials- how do you craft a worship service that includes a diversity of faith traditions in your celebration?  The New Hampshire Council of Churches will be sponsoring a workshop on ecumenical and inter-religious worship on November 4th, 2011, location TBA.

This workshop will be led by the world-renowned Rev. Dr. Christopher Duraisingh, Otis Charles Visiting Professor in Applied Theology and Faculty Emeritus of the Episcopal Divinity School.  Rev. Duraisingh has served with the World Council of Churches for many years and has published essays in the Dictionary of Third World Theologies and the International Review of Mission.

Sale Ends February 28th. 

bible stockEnd of the year Bible inventory sale: ALL EDITIONS, TRANSLATIONS, GLOBAL LANGUAGES. GOOD NEWS - prices on all Bibles, commentaries and dictionaries on hand are 60% off retail price!!!

For example, NIV Learning Bible, $60.00 retail - Sale $24.00.  Contact us to see what's in stock.  Quantities are limited and sold on a first come first served basis. 

Letter Writers Needed to Abolish the Death Penalty  


As predicted this is proving to be a tumultuous and difficult year for those of us who are fighting for abolition of the death penalty in New Hampshire. It is important that we continue to educate the public about the true costs of the death penalty, both in terms of tax payer dollars and the emotional toll it takes on the family members of murder victims. One way to do this is to submit regular letters to the editor. LTE is a powerful advocacy tool that we need to wield frequently.  For more information on LTE click this link to our website. 

United Church of Christ Advocacy Day Thursday March 10 

What are the consequences if people of faith do not involve themselves in public policy while various bills in the NH Legislature tear at our social fabric and sense of community and vilify loving couples; immigrants; schools and teachers; public servants and other workers; the poor and needy; the sick, handicapped and infirm; environmental stewards; the "other" - and more? Just think - what would things be like if the church had remained silent on child labor, slavery or the civil rights movement?


Please join the NHC-UCC Commission for Witness and Action on March 10, and mark your calendar for the follow-up Legislative Advocacy Day, Tuesday April 19. Featured resource people for March 10 include Rev. Liana Rowe of the UCC Southwest Conference plus NH faith leaders and policy advocates.


Want more info? Email: economicjustice.nhcucc@gmail.com or call John Gregory-Davis at 469-3235 or Gail Kinney at 381-7324.  To download a flyer click here.

NH Cares Update is Now Active 

During the NH State Budget cycle, NH CARES meets weekly in Concord. The network also meets outside of the budget cycle when a need arises.  They post updates of the budget process weekly on their website www.nhcares.net.  Come check it out! 

Enough For All: Discussion Guide for People of Faith

Resource for "Budgets as Moral Documents" 


Start a conversation about the meaning and reality of the phrase, "Enough for All" with a new discussion guide created by A Minnesota Without Poverty.  This six-session interfaith discussion guide focused on topics including the basics in life, creation and the environment, economy, equality and community, and time.  Download the guide here.  Questions about the contents of this discussion guide may be directed to info@mnwithoutpoverty.org.

Ecumenical Advocacy Days in DC

March 25-28  


Following the State of the Union and as the new 112th Congress gets underway, Christian advocates from across the country are planning to voice their concern for development, security and economic justice, especially for women and girls.


Over 700 persons of faith from across the country will visit Capitol Hill March 25-28, 2011, for the ninth annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice Conference.


For more information click here.  To download a copy of the event's brochure click here.

Author and Holocaust Survivor Alan Rosen to Speak in Manchester - March 6


Alan Rosen will be speaking on: My Speech Lifts, My Speech Sings:  Writing During the Holocaust at the Jewish Federation of NH in Manchester on March 6.  This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of NH and the Cohen Center for Holocaust and genocide Studies.  There is no charge for this event , but reservations are required.  Please call the Federation at 603-627-7679 or email:  office@jewishnh.org


For more information on this event you can download a pdf of the flyer click here.

Nominate a Volunteer for the 2011 Vaughan Awards 

EngAGING NH and the NH State Committee on Aging are pleased to announce that they are soliciting nominations for the annual Joseph D. Vaughan awards.


This is a joint effort to recognize individuals or couples over the age of 60 who demonstrate outstanding leadership or meritorious achievement as volunteers on behalf of New Hampshire's older citizens.  Nominees must be residents of New Hampshire whose volunteer work is in New Hampshire.  Click here for more information and to download a nomination form.

Nominations for the Annual Suicide Prevention Awards

Nominations for the Annual Suicide Prevention Awards (Commitment to Life Awards) are now being accepted. This year there are five awards that will be given out during the State Suicide Prevention Leadership Summit in May.  Please review the submission guidelines and nomination form if you have anyone that you feel deserves to be recognized. The nomination form is very brief (one double sided page) and does not require any additional items to be included with it.  The deadline is March 31st.


Take time to consider submitting a nomination so that these unsung heroes out there can get the recognition that they deserve. Please feel free to share the nomination forms with anyone that might have someone that they would like to recognize for their efforts to prevent suicide.

SNAP Outeach Ideas for Faith based Organizations


Help your congregation and community learn about the benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition

Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) using these outreach ideas.


SNAP helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health. To apply for benefits, complete a state application form through a local SNAP office. Benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM card and accepted at most grocery stores: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/applicant_recipients/10steps.htm

How can my congregation or organization help people

1. Form an outreach group. Train staff and volunteers in the group with basic information about SNAP and how to apply.

2. Have an information table before and after services where volunteers help eligible congregants apply for SNAP.

3. Your local SNAP office can partner with you and help provide training and materials, including information on eligibility for families with mixed immigration statuses:





Annual Conference

March 26, 2011 

This year's conference theme is "Mind and Body Connection". The day will include workshops on a wide range of topics, resource exhibits, NAMI NH Volunteer Recognition and the presentation of NAMI NH Annual Awards. New this year ~ a special Youth Track for youths (14-18). First 25 youth receive Free registration.


8:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM
Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Avenue
Concord, NH


Join us on March 26, 2011! 


Click Here for more details about the NAMI NH Annual Conference!


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