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New Hampshire Council of Churches
February 2015
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Historic Ash Wednesday Service  
to Bring Together Multiple  
Christian Denominations


     Concord, NH - On Wednesday, February 18th, Concord will host a historic gathering of regional Christian leaders in this holy observance of Ash Wednesday, the official start of the western Christian observation of the 40 days of Lent leading to Easter Sunday. Leaders from the Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist and United Congregational churches will co-preside at an Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Prayer Service. This service will include distribution of ashes and Communion, and will be followed by a continental breakfast reception.

Ash Wednesday Ecumenical Prayer Service
 February 18, 2015 at 7:30am 
St Paul's Episcopal Church, 21 Center St.  
Next to the Capitol, Concord, NH  

     State Representative Robert Elliott initiated the idea for this event, which was organized by Pastor Jonathan Hopkins, Pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church and President of the NH Council
of Churches, and the Rev. Kate Atkinson, Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Chaplain of the NH State House. State Representative Elliott also invited all members of the NH General Court to this service.

This service will be co-officiated by the following:
  • The Rev. David Abbott, New Hampshire District Supervisor of the United Methodist Church in New England
  • Ms. Clare J. Chapman, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Council of Churches
  • The Rev. Dr. James Hazelwood, Bishop, New England Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
  • The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld, the Bishop of the Episcopal Church in New Hampshire
  • The Rev. Gary M. Schulte, New Hampshire Conference Minister, United Church of Christ

A continental breakfast reception will follow at St Paul's Episcopal Church's.  All are welcome.

New Hampshire Voices of Faith 
Prayer Vigil 
     The NH Voices of Faith will host a prayer vigil on Tuesday, February 17 from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Concord.  This vigil corresponds with three separate hearings to propose so-called Right to Work bills which would undermine unions.  Please join us in prayerful witness to support the rights and dignity of workers.  As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr said,
"In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans
such as 'right-to-work.' It provides no 'rights' and no 'works.' Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining.... We demand this fraud be stopped." 

     Contact Maggie Fogarty for more information, via email (mfogarty@afsc.org) or phone (603-224-2407). Or join the Facebook group, NH Voices of Faith.


New Hampshire Council of Churches 
125 Airport Road                                 PO Box 1087 
Concord, NH  03301                Concord NH  03302

Clare J Chapman, Executive Director