Northwood NH News

March 4, 2009

The First Baptist Church of Northwood will be hosting the World Day of  Prayer, Friday, March 6, at 1 p.m. All are invited to join together in prayer for the women of Papua New Guinea. World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of women of many faith traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday of March. For 2009, the WDP Committee of Papua New Guinea developed the theme, In Christ There Are Many Members, Yet One Body. Come and join us as we pray for the women of Papua New Guinea.

The First Baptist Church of Northwood will be presenting the Clown Ministry of “The Joyful Joeys” on Sunday, March 15 at 10 a.m. Come and join us in worship with this joyful ministry of worship and praise.


Pastor's Corner: The Joy of Knowing Jesus

By Pastor Ted White
There is joy in knowing Jesus! To know Him is to understand, according to the Word of God, who God is. He has revealed Himself in His Word, in His Creation, in our conscience and in His Son. It is so wonderful to know Him and to know that He loves me. That is what I put my trust in. If a person disagrees with me, that is his choice and it does not affect who I am in the Lord Jesus. I do not put my trust in any man who would go contrary to the Word of God. God’s Word, the Bible, is His Authority.

Originally, man was made in the image of God. Yet today, man would make gods in their own image. Some would like a “Domesticated Genie” god - if a person behaves a certain way and rubs the lamp, then the genie god is obligated to answer. You know what? He is not obligated to answer to the whims of man, but man is to obey Him out of love because of an understanding of what He has done for us through His Son, Jesus.

Others think of a “Distant Ogre” god - just waiting to squash a person who gets out of line or of bringing hardship into a person’s life just for the fun of it. This is a misunderstanding of God who is love, God who expects obedience and God who we will answer to. He is always looking out for our best interest, but will judge all that do not want Him as King over their lives.

Then there is the “Spiritual Psychotherapist” god of people’s making - just wanting people to feel better about themselves. This god is only an encourager and would never say or do anything that would hurt one’s feelings. But the God who is revealed in the Bible rebukes people, shows them where they are in error. Then He shows how to correct the error.

There is also the “Kindly Old Grandpa Santa Claus” god - he doesn’t hold us responsible for our actions and tends to overlook our sins. He gives us what we think we need and cannot deny us. First of all, this is a very low view of who God is and what His Son, Jesus, did at the cross. Jesus came and suffered for our sins and we will be judge by God depending on whether or not we trust the finished work of Jesus on that cross, living according to His Word. Now, no person is perfect in this, but there is a desire to live for Him and a seeking to do so.

Matthew chapter 7 is a challenging chapter to read. It speaks about those who claim to be following Jesus and yet Jesus said that He never knew them - even though these professors were involved in many things that man would think of as great. There is only one way to be joyful in Jesus. As the song says “Trust and obey for there’s no other way. To be happy in Jesus is to trust and obey.” May you know that joy of knowing the true God through Jesus Christ the Lord!

God wants you to enjoy the life He has given you and to escape the consequence of death, which is separation from Him forever, under His wrath in Hell. To do so go to or call 942-7729 or to find peace with God or
Quotes are from The Exemplary Husband by Stuart Scott, pages 14-16.


Chesley Memorial Library

The Chesley Memorial Library will be closed Saturday, March 7, for Northwood School Meeting and Saturday, March 14, for Northwood Town Meeting.

The library will be open Friday, March 6, and Friday, March 13, from 4:00-8:00 p.m.
We apologize for any inconvenience. Please call the library at 942-5472 if you have any questions.




Ken Curley has done a great job as selectmen for the last two years. He came into the position when the administration of the town was in shambles, and has worked very hard, with Alden Dill and Scott Bryer and the Town Administrator, Paul Martel, to get things working again. He has put in many hours, serving on town committees, doing his homework, and thinking ahead about the future for Northwood. He is willing to continue to serve us, and I ask you to re-elect him. There is more to being a selectman than cutting our taxes, our town needs day to day management and leaders who can plan for our future.

I would also call your attention to Jim Vaillancourt, who is running for the Budget Committee. Jim has been serving on the Recycling Committee and has brought his analytical and people skills to that group. He has already suggested a number of initiatives to make information about the town budget more accessible to town government, the Budget Committee and the public. He understands that without good statistics we can’t figure out what our tax money buys, and he has the skills to make that information more transparent and understandable. He would be a great addition to the Budget Committee.

Bob Strobel has both the interest in land use issues and the experience needed to help the town’s Planning Board meet the challenges small towns face. While development has slowed due to the economic downturn, planning for the future of Northwood remains a compelling need.

In these challenging times, it is very important that we choose our leaders for the talents and intelligence they can bring to our government, not the promises they make to get elected..
Lucy C. Edwards


Letter to the Editor
Warrant Article #3

Please support Warrant Article #3 at the Northwood Town Meeting on Saturday, March 14th. Article #3 asks the Town to raise $136,950 to provide extended ambulance coverage. The article creates 2 new firefighter/EMT positions and extends the hours of existing full time personnel. While the thought of creating new positions in these economic times is a bit unnerving, I believe it is absolutely necessary. The new positions, related expenses, and overtime will provide essential emergency services.

Currently, as I understand it, we have a shared arrangement with Epsom, which has allowed us to have periods of time when we did not have to provide coverage. Epsom has notified us the arrangement will end in the near future. I view this as a significant public safety matter. One has to consider Route 4 in summer, the lakes, the weather and all of us who may need emergency care. When the phone rings at 3:00 A.M. we want to be sure Northwood’s finest answer the call. A private service from, lets say Concord, just won’t do. Thank-you.

Bob Holden
Northwood, NH



Important Upcoming Dates To Remember

Northwood registered voters will want to mark the following dates on their calendars: Saturday, March 7 the Annual School District meeting will begin at 9 am at Northwood School.  The warrant articles for decision by the voters include a proposed operating budget of 11,818,962.; an increase in salaries and benefits for teachers included in the collective bargaining agreement; upgrading the heating controls in classrooms for energy savings; and funding for three capital reserve funds. On Tuesday, March 10 the polls will be open from 8 am to 7 pm at the Parish Center at St. Joseph’s Church, next to the town hall. The ballot includes proposed amendments to the Northwood Development Ordinance and election of town and school officials. Saturday, March 14 is the date of the Annual Town Meeting at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, slated to begin at 9 am. The list of items being considered includes a proposed operating budget of 3,061,515.; new telephone system for the town hall, adding two additional firefighter/EMT positions, purchase of new police cruiser, and numerous warrant articles for existing capital reserves and expendable trust funds.

The 2008 Annual Reports are in and may be picked up at the town hall during regular business hours M-F 8-4.











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