Rest in Peace, Charles R. Meader, M. D.

Dear Friends in Christ,

 I am sad to announce the death of Charles R. Meader, M.D., the beloved spouse of the Rev. Marthe Dyner. Charlie was well known and deeply loved by many in New Hampshire. He was a capable physician and faithful companion to Marthe in her service to many parishes throughout the Church of New Hampshire.  Please read the attached obituary to learn more about his exemplary service as a courageous army physician in Vietnam and about his family and his legacy as a caring friend to many. Obituary:

 A memorial service is planned for Saturday, October 6 at 11 am at Union Church, Claremont.

 May Jesus, the Good Physician, welcome Charlie into his embrace with the words, “Servant, well done.”  And please hold Marthe and their family in your close prayers.

 Yours in the Risen Christ,

+Rob

 

National Council of Churches' Community Engagement Webinar Series

Beginning Tuesday, September 4th until election day, National Council of Churches will present a webinar series to provide constituents with resources and tools to develop a non-partisan get-out-the-vote campaign that can make a measurable different in your community.  To find out more and to register for this five week series, go to:

http://www.grnewsletters.com/archive/ncc_newsletter/Webinar-Series-Get-Out-the-Vote-594385505.html

Solidarity Walk for Immigrant Justice - August 22 - 25, 2018

Solidarity Walk for Immigrant Justice:
Manchester to Dover 2018

Save the dates of Wednesday, August 22 through Saturday, August 25!Participants will walk the 40 miles from Manchester to Dover over the course of these days and you are welcome to join us! The walk begins in Manchester, where the ICE offices are located. The walk will end at the Strafford County Jail in Dover, where ICE jails people prior to their deportation.

Each day participants will walk 10 miles and stop in towns along the way. In the evenings we will hold educational, prayerful or discussion-focused events for all to come to. Both walking and non-walking volunteers will be needed, so watch for opportunities soon!

International Overdose Awareness Day - August 31st

August 31: International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. The churches of New Hampshire have both felt the pain of the our state’s addiction crisis and have supported a diversity of recovery-related ministries. Christians recognize not only that addiction is an illness but also that Jesus is a healer. As believers in the Gospel, Christians desire to be a part of God’s offer of health and well-being for all people.

The NH Council of Churches encourages your congregation to set aside time on Sunday, August 26 for preaching and prayer on the theme of Overdose AwarenessSee NH Council of Church's website for many worship-planning resources for that day, contributed by NH clergy women.

 

Presiding Bishop's Letter Regarding Upcoming Surgery; Prayers Welcomed

July 25, 2018

Dear Friends in Christ,

A few months ago, through my annual physical, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After a variety of tests, consultations, and conversations with my wife and daughters, I decided on a surgical treatment course. On this coming Tuesday, July 31st, I will have surgery to remove the prostate gland. 

I am happy to say that the prognosis looks very good and quite positive. I have spoken with several others who have gone through this, and who have offered both encouragement and helpful advice. I will be in the hospital for at least a day, then at home to recuperate. 

I’ve been told that 4-6 weeks is a reasonable time to anticipate. I plan to resume my duties in early September and I do not anticipate any significant changes in my commitments. 

I am very blessed with a wonderful family, a first-rate medical team, a great staff, dear colleagues and friends, a calling to which I have given my life, and above all a good, great and loving God in whose hands we always remain. So, do say a prayer. And know that I look forward to being back at my post in September.

God bless you, and keep the faith,

 

+Michael