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Plymouth Congregational UCC Installs the Rev. Paulo Gustavo França as Pastor

PLYMOUTH — The Rev. Paulo Gustavo França will be installed as pastor at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC), one of the oldest continuously active Christian communities in Central New Hampshire, on Sunday June 15 at 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rev. França was the first Protestant Christian in his family. After graduating from Pharmacy School in Rio de Janeiro, Rev. França embarked on a journey of discernment that led him to the United States to pursue a Master's in Divinity at the Union Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. He also completed a Master's in Theology at the same institution.

In 2000, Rev. França joined a group of "promising young pastors" as a Pastoral Resident at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois where he served as a Lily Fellow. Thereafter he served churches large and small in places as diverse as Copacabana, Brazil, Chicago, IL, Hartford, CT and Cleveland Heights, OH. It was during his time in Ohio that Rev. França aligned himself with the more progressive, inclusive and social justice oriented United Church of Christ (UCC).

Rev. França is committed to an inclusive, welcoming, mission oriented and Spirit-filled church. He is passionate about social justice, human rights and a theology that affirms God's extravagant love for all creation. He has sought to work in churches that seek to enlarge their understanding of the sacramental essence of life and that are willing to blur the boundaries between the sacred and the secular to minister to all people regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religious affiliation or social status.

Excited about the long history and ministries of the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ and looking forward to the possibilities the future has for his congregation, Rev. Paulo Gustavo França invites all to join him and his Open and Affirming congregation in worship on Sundays. Services are held at 9:30 a.m. at the white Meeting House located on the commons.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 06:34

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Gilford middle schoolers honored as ‘Scholar Leaders’

GILFORD — Kaya Beland and Matthew McDonough, students at Gilford Middle School were honored at the Fifteenth Annual Scholar Leader Awards Banquet held at the Center of New Hampshire Manchester on May 29.

The students were presented with an award whose criteria included demonstrating academic initiative and scholarship, providing service to classmates and school, exemplifying positive attitudes and demonstrating leadership in the classroom and school.

Over three hundred seventy-five guests, including students, educators, and parents attended this year's banquet, which celebrated the achievements of middle school leveled students who are representative of the many outstanding young adolescents in middle level schools in New Hampshire. The guests included seventy eight students from thirty-nine schools from all over the state.

The Middle School Level Leaders Award is organized annually by the New Hampshire Association for Middle Level Education (NHAMLE) and New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) with supporting sponsorship from Lifetouch National School Studios.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 06:32

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Artist Appreciation Event Says Thank You to the Lakes Region Art Community

LACONIA — The third floor, Rose Chertok Gallery, at the Belknap Mill located in Downtown Laconia will be transformed into the first Artist Appreciation Day sponsored by U Frame We Frame, Lively Design Framing, and Frates Creative Art Supply Shoppe on Saturday, June 14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

"This will be a "clean sweep" on frames, ready cut mats, framing hardware, art bags backings, and glass," according to Kevin Rines owner of U Frame We Frame, who organized this event. He brought together long time Canal Street business owners, Lively and Frates to be part of this unique artist centered event.

Sherry Lively will be offering her selections of frames and framing supplies at prices that are sure to make any artist happy. Sherry added, "I'm excited about providing quality materials and frames to Lakes Region artists for their support over the years."

To compliment the day- long event Frates Creative Art Supply Shoppe will provide quality art supplies, papers, brushes, drawing pads, canvas panels, gouache, acrylic sets, watercolors, and more at 40% -80% discounts.

"This event is a perfect example of what can be achieved when local  art centered businesses collaborate and bring their positive ideas together for the art community. We all hope that artists from around the Lakes Region will stop by the Belknap Mill and take advantage of these extreme pricing advantages," added Frates.

Refreshments will be provided and special door prizes will be awarded throughout the day- long event. For more information interested individuals can visit www.uframeweframe.com or stop by the Canal Street sponsors.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 06:29

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Stand Up Laconia benefit at Muskrats game on Thursday

LACONIA – Stand Up Laconia will be holding an upcoming fundraiser at the Muskrats baseball game on Thursday, June 12 in Laconia. Adult tickets are $5 and a portion of proceeds will directly benefit Stand Up Laconia.

Stand Up Laconia (SUL) is a growing coalition of youth and adults who live, work, and/or go to school in Laconia. SUL's vision for the community is a decrease in youth alcohol and drug use and an increase in positive, healthy peer and family relationships. To succeed in this mission multiple community sectors have come together to tackle this growing issue.

Under the able leadership of current chairperson, Clare Persson, and in collaboration with key partners such as Laconia HS, Laconia PD and local substance abuse prevention agency, Partners in Prevention (www.pipnh.org), Stand Up Laconia has accomplished various initiatives in a short amount of time. These initiatives include: Displays at the LHS Homecoming, participation in Red Ribbon Week activities, feature presenter at the annual Better Together celebration dinner, collaboration with Huot Tech business students on a community Craft Fair, variety of community educational opportunities that occurred through presentations and radio spots, and most recently, taking the lead to coordinate sponsors for a week-long global education, service and performing arts program Up With People that's scheduled to come to Laconia in September.

One of Stand Up Laconia's (SUL) final school-year activities was the 2nd Annual Chem Free After Prom Party with much help from the administration at Laconia HS and the members of the Laconia PD as well as many chaperones and sponsors. This event provides a safe and fun "substance free" all-night party for students who have attended prom. It's a practice that many surrounding communities have adopted during prom season, and SUL is proud have brought it to Laconia.

Stand Up Laconia (SUL) is actively seeking new members and invites anyone who is interested to attend the coalition meeting at the next Better Together gathering at the LMS Library on Thursday, June 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For more information about SUL, and for tips for parents and teens about substance abuse prevention, visit: www.standuplaconia.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 11:26

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