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Weekly News for March 6

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Weekly News for March 6

Pastor Transition Meeting – Sunday, March 10 following worship. 


Join us for these programs during the Lenten season 
Tonight, March 6 –  at 7 pm we will be having an Ash Wednesday service which will include the imposition of ashes and communion.

March 13, 20, 27, April 3 and 10 – Taize services in the Chapel.  A half hour service of reflection and singing at 7 pm.
April 14- Palm Sunday service at 10 AM.
April 18- Maundy Thursday service at 7 pm.
April 21- Sunrise Service at Sandy Point on Cousins Island at 5:35 am and Easter Services at 8 and 10 AM.

Events

Daylight Saving Time begins  Sunday March 10. Turn clocks ahead 1 hour on Sat. March 9 before retiring for the night.

New Members 
We will be receiving new members into First Parish on Sunday, March 24 during worship.  If you would like to become a member of First Parish or would like more information please speak with Kate or Kent.

Save the Date! – Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 5:00 pm for Kent’s Retirement party.


Opportunities to Serve

Youth Mission Trip Fundraising 
In August First Parish will be taking 12 adults and 25 high school youth to Neon-Fleming, Kentucky to volunteer with HOMES Inc. (www.homesincorporated.org).  Every year we strive to make mission trips as affordable as possible because we believe that these experiences positively shape who our youth become as adults.

Please consider financially supporting our efforts if you are able to do so.  Throughout the month of March there will be an envelope wall in Fellowship Hall with envelopes numbered 1 to 100.  To support the trip, take an envelope and return it with the amount of money marked on front.  Envelope 1 would be $1.00.  Envelope 100 would be $100.  Your support allows us to continue to offer these trips to local youth every year.  Thank you.


Stewardship Volunteers Needed – On April 7, we will kick-off our annual stewardship campaign.  We are looking for volunteers who are willing to either speak or write about why they choose to financially support the work of First Parish.  
If you are willing to help out, please contact Kate.  

Coffee Hour -There is a new signup sheet on the bulletin board.  There are openings in March, April and May.  You may bring your own snacks or check the bottom shelf of the freezer to use what we have.  We supply the frozen lemonade and the half and half for coffee.  You would come in one hour before church to set up and clean things up after coffee hour.  If you have never been a Coffee Hour volunteer, we will mentor you on your first Sunday.  Thank you for your consideration.

Other Items of Interest

Soul Spa Spring 2019 – “I’ve Been Thinking…”

Dates:  3/9, 3/16, 3/23 and 3/30      Time:  9:30 – 10:30 am.

We will gather upstairs in the chapel each week and we strive to start and finish promptly.  There is no homework, no requirement to read ahead just come to join the conversation and sharing of experiences or reactions to the readings.  Don’t worry if you can’t make all four Saturdays just come when you can.

This spring’s studies will use writings from Maria Shriver’s book, “I’ve Been Thinking…Reflections, Prayers and Meditations for a Meaningful Life” to generate thought and conversation.  Each session will have a theme, Healing, Kindness, Gratitude and Prayer.  If you have other favorite readings on these topics feel free to bring those to share as well. Two copies of the book will be available in the Church library in late February.  Merrill Memorial Library also has two copies.

If you have any questions please contact Mary Stuart at 207-776-1201 or [email protected].

Lenten Reader
Copies of this year’s Lenten reader will be available in print  from the church office or online at https://bit.ly/2EC87gr. This year’s reader focuses on using creativity to build our relationship with the divine, using the Psalms as a starting point. In a conversation with Eugene Peterson, Bono said, “Why do we need art?  Why do we need the lyric poetry of the Psalms?  The only way we can approach God is we are honest through metaphor, through symbol.  Art becomes essential, not decorative.” We hope this year’s Lenten reader inspires you to creatively approach God and deepen your relationship with the Divine. 

The New Mainer community has come to our community and we have the opportunity, as neighbors, to connect and support them right here, right now, through 95 Main. 95 Main, a YCHI project initiated by First Universalist Church, is offering housing to newly arrived immigrants as they seek a safe, secure home base. We invite you to participate in furnishing their home.
Choose an item ( or two or three) from our lists to donate to 95 Main. Unless otherwise specified, items do not have to be new, but they should be in great shape. On these pages you will find those items organized by room.

Use the link below to access the sign-up.  Please feel free to share this link with friends.

SignUp.com | The Easiest Way to Bring People Together

Proposed Sanctuary Renovation – On Feb. 3, the Trustees presented an architectural plan to renovate the sanctuary, making it safer, more usable, and accessible while maintaining the historical integrity of our space.  This was an opportunity to learn more about proposed changes and to ask questions.  The trustees will not proceed with any plans without the approval of the congregation via an official congregational vote.  Please click here to look at drawings of the proposed changes: https://bit.ly/2RHFVgG. Contact Kathy Bock with questions at [email protected]

Chair Yoga at First Parish
When: Wednesday Mornings at First Parish Church
Time:  9:30-11:00 am – Yoga will resume on March 20
Cost:  $10 per class
No Experience required – Just come dressed in comfortable clothing.
Materials:  Mats, block, etc. will be provided

The classes are taught by Jill Brown, RN BSN, licensed yoga instructor.  She has been practicing for twenty two years and teaching for 8 years.  Jill’s nursing background and knowledge of health and the human body gives her the natural gift for assisting and facilitating individuals with postures, proper alignment and breath work.
Chair Yoga is open to First Parish and the Community.  If you would like to see what it is all about, please stop by and join a class.  If you would like more information, please call Jill at 331-6235.


Upcoming Week:

Wednesday, March 6
Staff Meeting – 9:30 am 
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm
Ash Wednesday Service – 7:00 pm

Thursday, March 7
Bible Study – 9:30 am
Choir – 7:00 pm
Confirmation – 7:00 pm

Friday, March 8
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Women’s Coffee at Clayton’s – 4:00 pm

Saturday, March 9
Soul Spa – 9:30 am
Set clocks ahead 1 hour tonight

Sunday, March 10
Daylight Saving Time begins
Worship- 10:00 am
Pastor Transition Meeting – following Worship
Cub Scout Leaders – 4:30 pm
Search Committee – 4:30 pm
Council – 5:30 pm

Monday, March 11
Friendship House Delivery 
317 Main Board – 5:30 pm
Food Pantry Steering Committee – 5:30 pm
Search Committee – 6:15 pm
AA – 7:00 pm 

Tuesday, March 12
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Under 2s – 10:30 am
Yarmouth Community Chorus – 4:00 pm
Fly Tying – 6:30 pm
Scouts – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 13
317 Main Capital Campaign Mtg – 8:30 am
Staff – 9:30 am
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm
Deacons – 6:30 pm
Taize Service – 7:00 pm

Weekly News for February 27

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Weekly News for February 27

Join us for these programs during the Lenten season
March 5- Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner- fundraiser for the Youth Mission trip.
March 6 – 7pm we will be having an Ash Wednesday service which will include the imposition of ashes and communion.
March 13, 20, 27, April 3 and 10 – Taize services in the Chapel. A half hour service of reflection and singing at 7 pm.
April 14- Palm Sunday service at 10 AM.
April 18- Maundy Thursday service at 7 pm.
April 21- Sunrise Service at Sandy Point on Cousins Island at 5:35 am and Easter Services at 8 and 10 AM.

Events

Exploring Wabanaki Maine History
As a follow-up to the screenings of the powerful documentary, Dawnland, St. Bart’s will be hosting an interactive story-telling experience, “Exploring Wabanaki History” on Saturday, March 2, 12:30pm – 2:30pm. A second exercise has been added for 3:30pm – 5:30pm on the same day. Maine-Wabanaki REACH facilitators will guide us in learning about the events in the colonizing history of Wabanaki people and its impact on Indigenous people. The event is interactive, with participants representing both the Wabanaki people and Europeans and their descendants.

The event is free. Please register by contacting either Ann Donnaghy 846-0736, [email protected] or Carla Hunt 206-251-8694, [email protected]

Pancake Supper – Join us on Tuesday, March 5th in the Parish Hall from 5:30-7:00 pm for an all-you-can eat pancake supper. The pancake supper includes: pancakes with real maples syrup, sausage links, fruit, juice and coffee/tea. The cost is $7.00 per person, with a $25.00 family cap. The funds raised from the supper will be used to support this summer’s Youth Mission Trip to Appalachia.

Ash Wednesday Service – On March 6 at 7 pm we will be having an Ash Wednesday service which will include the imposition of ashes and communion.

Daylight Saving Time begins | Sun. March 10 | Turn clocks ahead 1 hour on Sat. March 9 before retiring for the night.

Save the Date! – Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 5:00 pm for Kent’s Retirement party.

Opportunities to Serve
Adult Mission Trip – The participants of the Adult Mission Trip to Texas will be leaving on March 10. They have been asked to bring some much needed supplies with them. Please see the list below if you would like to make a donation. The deadline to bring items to the church is Wednesday, March 6.

Toothbrush, travel toothpaste, small deodorant, pkg hand wipes, pkg Kleenex, small hairbrush, hair ties or scrunchies, pens, note pad, coloring book/crayons, stuffed animals, granola bars animal crackers, Chapstick, and Spanish -English dictionary.

Stewardship Volunteers Needed – On April 7, we will kick-off our annual stewardship campaign. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to either speak or write about why they choose to financially support the work of First Parish.
If you are willing to help out, please contact Kate.

Coffee Hour -There is a new signup sheet on the bulletin board. There are openings in March, April and May. You may bring your own snacks or check the bottom shelf of the freezer to use what we have. We supply the frozen lemonade and the half and half for coffee. You would come in one hour before church to set up and clean things up after coffee hour. If you have never been a Coffee Hour volunteer, we will mentor you on your first Sunday. Thank you for your consideration.

Other Items of Interest

Lenten Reader
Copies of this year’s Lenten reader will be available in print from the church office or online. This year’s reader focuses on using creativity to build our relationship with the divine, using the Psalms as a starting point. In a conversation with Eugene Peterson, Bono said, “Why do we need art? Why do we need the lyric poetry of the Psalms? The only way we can approach God is we are honest through metaphor, through symbol. Art becomes essential, not decorative.” We hope this year’s Lenten reader inspires you to creatively approach God and deepen your relationship with the Divine.

Yarmouth Community Network Gathering for Saturday, March 2 has been cancelled.

Proposed Sanctuary Renovation – On Feb. 3, the Trustees presented an architectural plan to renovate the sanctuary, making it safer, more usable, and accessible while maintaining the historical integrity of our space. This was an opportunity to learn more about proposed changes and to ask questions. The trustees will not proceed with any plans without the approval of the congregation via an official congregational vote. Please click here to look at drawings of the proposed changes: https://bit.ly/2RHFVgG. Contact Kathy Bock with questions at [email protected]

Chair Yoga at First Parish
When: Wednesday Mornings at First Parish Church
Time: 9:30-11:00 am
Cost: $10 per class
No Experience required – Just come dressed in comfortable clothing.
Materials: Mats, block, etc. will be provided

The classes are taught by Jill Brown, RN BSN, licensed yoga instructor. She has been practicing for twenty two years and teaching for 8 years. Jill’s nursing background and knowledge of health and the human body gives her the natural gift for assisting and facilitating individuals with postures, proper alignment and breath work.
Chair Yoga is open to First Parish and the Community. If you would like to see what it is all about, please stop by and join a class. If you would like more information, please call Jill at 331-6235.

Raising Resilient & Responsible Children An 8 week parenting course held at First Parish on Sundays from 4:00-6:00 pm in the K-2 Classroom upstairs. The first session is free and will take place on Sunday, March 3. For more information contact Marjie Longshore at http://familyleadershipcenter.org/rrrc_yarmouth/

Upcoming Week:

Wednesday, February 27
317 Main Meeting – 8:30 am
Staff Meeting – 9:30 am
Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm

Thursday, February 28
Bible Study – 9:30 am
Choir – 7:00 pm
Confirmation – 7:00 pm

Friday, March 1
Food Pantry – 10:00 am

Saturday, March 2

Sunday, March 3
Preble Street – 10:00 am
Worship- 10:00 am
Parenting Class – 4:00 pm
Scout Council – 6:00 pm
Scout Leaders – 7:00 pm

Monday, March 4
Search Committee – 6:15 pm
AA – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, March 5
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Under 2s – 10:30 am
Yarmouth Community Chorus – 4:00 pm
Pancake Supper 5:30 pm

Wednesday, March 6
Staff – 9:30 am
Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm
Ash Wednesday Service – 7:00 pm

Weekly News for February 20

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Weekly News for February 20

No Bible Study on Thursday – Due to the expected snow tomorrow morning, February 21, Bible Study has been canceled.

Save the Date! – Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 5:00 pm for Kent’s Retirement party.

No Church School – There will be no church school on February 24th.

Lost and Found – Are you missing a set of keys?  We have found a set and they are in the office.  Give the office a call at 846-3773 if you think these might be yours.

Pancake Supper – Join us on Tuesday, March 5th in the Parish Hall from 5:30-7:00 pm for an all-you-can eat pancake supper.  The pancake supper includes: pancakes with real maples syrup, sausage links, fruit, juice and coffee/tea.  The cost is $7.00 per person, with a $25.00 family cap.  The funds raised from the supper will be used to support this summer’s Youth Mission Trip to Appalachia.

Proposed Sanctuary Renovation – On Feb. 3, the Trustees presented an architectural plan to renovate the sanctuary, making it safer, more usable, and accessible while maintaining the historical integrity of our space.  This was an opportunity to learn more about proposed changes and to ask questions.  The trustees will not proceed with any plans without the approval of the congregation via an official congregational vote.  Please click here to look at drawings of the proposed changes: https://bit.ly/2RHFVgG. Contact Kathy Bock with questions at [email protected]

Looking for Lenten Reader Submissions -This year’s First Parish Lenten Devotional will focus on how we can use creativity to build our relationship with the divine using the psalms as a starting point.   Why the Psalms you might ask?  Well as Megan Daffern, author of Songs of the Spirit: A Psalm a Day for Easter and Lent, reminds us, Psalms is the prayer book of the Jews.  The Psalms would have been Jesus’ prayer book.  By turning to the Psalms as a guide during Lent, we turn to the same place Jesus would have turned when he was struggling.
We need your help to put this resource together.  Please consider choosing a psalm from our list (you can find the list here: https://bit.ly/2TTOk29 or call the office if you need help) and responding to it or interacting with it in some creative way that we can include in the devotional.  Options include:

Visual Art (create art inspired by the psalm or choose a piece of art that represent the psalm for you)

Literary Art (re-write the psalm in your own words, write a reflection about the psalm)

Music (choose a piece of music that reminds you of the psalm or write/record a melody for the psalm – we can help you record it if you need help)

Lectio Divina – Use the practice of Lectio Divina (Excerpted from Praying in Black and White: A Hands-On Practice for Men) to engage the psalm and share your result.  You can find an explanation of this practice here: https://bit.ly/2EAUwIL

The Deadline for Lenten submissions is Friday, February 22.

Coffee Hour -There is a new signup sheet on the bulletin board.  There are openings in March, April and May.  You may bring your own snacks or check the bottom shelf of the freezer to use what we have.  We supply the frozen lemonade and the half and half for coffee.  You would come in one hour before church to set up and clean things up after coffee hour.  If you have never been a Coffee Hour volunteer, we will mentor you on your first Sunday.  Thank you for your consideration.

First Universalist Church of Yarmouth is transforming their parsonage, at 95 Main Street into a 3-4 unit housing structure with a common kitchen, living room and bathrooms specifically for asylum seekers.
They could use some help with the project.  Here are the specific needs that have been identified:
 

  1.  Facilities Management:  A team of people who can respond to building maintenance needs both short term (preparing the building for occupancy) and long term (being an ongoing resource for maintenance issues).  Contributions could include:  skilled and unskilled labor, tools, financial support.
     
  2.  House set-up:  Assess what tenants already have and coordinate the acquisition of furniture, kitchen essentials, bathroom basics, window treatment etc.
     
  3.  Housing Coaches:  Work with tenants to help them understand their rights and responsibilities as tenants and help them get up to speed on how to maintain their home, manage heat and water, recycling and other basic housing considerations.  
     
  4.  Community Connections/Welcome Group:  Welcome our new neighbors into the community in a variety of ways:  familiarizing them with Yarmouth to include orienting them to  services such as the library, bus system, grocery stores, food pantry, places of worship and inviting them to social events happening in town. 
     
  5.  Drivers:  Support with errands and appointments.
      
    If you are you interested in offering support in any of these areas please send an email to Carla Hunt ([email protected]) by Friday (Feb. 15) morning.  
     Thanks very much,  
    Carla Hunt on behalf of
    YCHI and the “95 Main Street Project” Team

Upcoming Week:

Wednesday, February 20
Staff Meeting – 9:30 am 
Book Group – 10:00 am
Library – 4:00 pm
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm

Thursday, February 21
Bible Study – 9:30 am
317 Main Sub Group – 3:30 pm
Choir – 7:00 pm
                                     
Friday, February 22
Food Pantry – 10:00 am

Saturday, February 23
Senior/Teens Saturday Games – 10:00 am

Sunday, February 24
No Sunday School
Worship- 10:00 am

Monday, February 25
Collators – 1:00 pm
Search Committee – 6:30 pm
AA – 7:00 pm 

Tuesday, February 26
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Under 2s – 10:30 am
Aging in Place – 10:30 am
Yarmouth Community Chorus – 4:00 pm
Fly Tying – 6:30 pm
Scouts – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 27
Staff – 9:30 am
Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm

Weekly News for February 13

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Weekly News for February 13

Save the Date! – Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 5:00 pm for Kent’s Retirement party.

Jared Conant’s Birthday Community Food Drive – There will be a Community Food Drive on Friday, February 15 from 5:00-7:00 pm and Saturday, February 16 from 9:00-11:00 am.  Please use the Storer Street entrance to the Yarmouth Food Pantry to drop off your donation.  Monetary donations can be made in person or make your tax-deductible checks payable to Yarmouth Food Pantry (YCFD) and mail to 116 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 04096 Attn: Jared.

Transition Talk – Kent will be in the Chapel after worship on Sunday, February 17 to have a conversation about his retirement, boundaries after his retirement and so on. All are welcome.

No Church School – There will be no church school on February 17 or 24th because of school vacation.

Presidents’ Day – The office will be closed for Presidents’ day on Monday, February 18.

Lost and Found – Are you missing a set of keys?  We have found a set and they are in the office.  Give the office a call at 846-3773 if you think these might be yours.

Newsletter Deadline – The deadline for articles for the March newsletter is Tuesday, February 19.

Proposed Sanctuary Renovation – On Feb. 3, the Trustees presented an architectural plan to renovate the sanctuary, making it safer, more usable, and accessible while maintaining the historical integrity of our space.  This was an opportunity to learn more about proposed changes and to ask questions.  The trustees will not proceed with any plans without the approval of the congregation via an official congregational vote.  Please click here to look at drawings of the proposed changes: https://bit.ly/2RHFVgG. Contact Kathy Bock with questions at [email protected]

Looking for Lenten Reader Submissions –This year’s First Parish Lenten Devotional will focus on how we can use creativity to build our relationship with the divine using the psalms as a starting point.   Why the Psalms you might ask?  Well as Megan Daffern, author of Songs of the Spirit: A Psalm a Day for Easter and Lent, reminds us, Psalms is the prayer book of the Jews.  The Psalms would have been Jesus’ prayer book.  By turning to the Psalms as a guide during Lent, we turn to the same place Jesus would have turned when he was struggling.
We need your help to put this resource together.  Please consider choosing a psalm from our list (you can find the list here: https://bit.ly/2TTOk29 or call the office if you need help) and responding to it or interacting with it in some creative way that we can include in the devotional.  Options include:

Visual Art (create art inspired by the psalm or choose a piece of art that represent the psalm for you)

Literary Art (re-write the psalm in your own words, write a reflection about the psalm)

Music (choose a piece of music that reminds you of the psalm or write/record a melody for the psalm – we can help you record it if you need help)

Lectio Divina – Use the practice of Lectio Divina (Excerpted from Praying in Black and White: A Hands-On Practice for Men) to engage the psalm and share your result.  You can find an explanation of this practice here: https://bit.ly/2EAUwIL

Coffee Hour -There is a new signup sheet on the bulletin board.  There are openings in March, April and May.  You may bring your own snacks or check the bottom shelf of the freezer to use what we have.  We supply the frozen lemonade and the half and half for coffee.  You would come in one hour before church to set up and clean things up after coffee hour.  If you have never been a Coffee Hour volunteer, we will mentor you on your first Sunday.  Thank you for your consideration.

First Universalist Church of Yarmouth is transforming their parsonage, at 95 Main Street into a 3-4 unit housing structure with a common kitchen, living room and bathrooms specifically for asylum seekers.
They could use some help with the project.  Here are the specific needs that have been identified:

1.  Facilities Management:  A team of people who can respond to building maintenance needs both short term (preparing the building for occupancy) and long term (being an ongoing resource for maintenance issues).  Contributions could include:  skilled and unskilled labor, tools, financial support.

2.  House set-up:  Assess what tenants already have and coordinate the acquisition of furniture, kitchen essentials, bathroom basics, window treatment etc.

3.  Housing Coaches:  Work with tenants to help them understand their rights and responsibilities as tenants and help them get up to speed on how to maintain their home, manage heat and water, recycling and other basic housing considerations.  

4.  Community Connections/Welcome Group:  Welcome our new neighbors into the community in a variety of ways:  familiarizing them with Yarmouth to include orienting them to  services such as the library, bus system, grocery stores, food pantry, places of worship and inviting them to social events happening in town. 

5.  Drivers:  Support with errands and appointments.

If you are you interested in offering support in any of these areas please send an email to Carla Hunt ([email protected]) by Friday (Feb. 15) morning.  
 Thanks very much,  
Carla Hunt on behalf of
YCHI and the “95 Main Street Project” Team

Upcoming Week:

Wednesday, February 13
Cub Scout Meeting – 6:00 pm
Deacons – 6:30 pm
Trustees – 6:30 pm

Thursday, February 14
Bible Study – 9:30 am
Choir – 7:00 pm
Confirmation – 7:00 pm

Friday, February 15
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
No Strings Attached Coffee – 10:00 am
Jared’s Community Food Drive – 5:00 pm

Saturday, February 16
Jared’s Community Food Drive – 5:00 pm

Sunday, February 17
No Sunday School
Soul Spa Planning – 9:00 am
Worship- 10:00 am
Transition Meeting – 11:15 am
Men’s Spirituality Group – 5:00 pm

Monday, February 18
Presidents’ Day – Office Closed
Food Pantry Steering Committee – 5:30 pm
AA – 7:00 pm 

Tuesday, February 19
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Under 2’s – 10:30 am
Yarmouth Community Chorus – 4:00 pm
Fly Tying – 6:30 pm
Scouts – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 20
Newsletter Deadline
Staff – 9:30 am
Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Book Group – 10:00 am
Library – 4:00 pm
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm

Weekly News for February 6

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Weekly News for February 6

Save the Date! – Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 5:00 pm for Kent’s Retirement party.

Transition Talk – Kent will be in the Chapel after worship on Sunday, February 10 to have a conversation about his retirement, boundaries after his retirement and so on. All are welcome.

Proposed Sanctuary Renovation – On Feb. 3, the Trustees presented an architectural plan to renovate the sanctuary, making it safer, more usable, and accessible while maintaining the historical integrity of our space. This was an opportunity to learn more about proposed changes and to ask questions. The trustees will not proceed with any plans without the approval of the congregation via an official congregational vote. Please click here to look at drawings of the proposed changes: https://bit.ly/2RHFVgG. Contact Kathy Bock with questions at [email protected]

Youth Mission Trip Meeting – Sunday, February 10 at 7:00 pm in Fellowship Hall.

Looking for Lenten Reader Submissions -This year’s First Parish Lenten Devotional will focus on how we can use creativity to build our relationship with the divine using the psalms as a starting point. Why the Psalms you might ask? Well as Megan Daffern, author of Songs of the Spirit: A Psalm a Day for Easter and Lent, reminds us, Psalms is the prayer book of the Jews. The Psalms would have been Jesus’ prayer book. By turning to the Psalms as a guide during Lent, we turn to the same place Jesus would have turned when he was struggling.
We need your help to put this resource together. Please consider choosing a psalm from our list (you can find the list here: https://bit.ly/2TTOk29 or call the office if you need help) and responding to it or interacting with it in some creative way that we can include in the devotional. Options include:

Visual Art (create art inspired by the psalm or choose a piece of art that represent the psalm for you)

Literary Art (re-write the psalm in your own words, write a reflection about the psalm)

Music (choose a piece of music that reminds you of the psalm or write/record a melody for the psalm – we can help you record it if you need help)

Lectio Divina – Use the practice of Lectio Divina (Excerpted from Praying in Black and White: A Hands-On Practice for Men) to engage the psalm and share your result. You can find an explanation of this practice here: https://bit.ly/2EAUwIL

Church School Update -We started the year discussing Epiphany and the importance of bringing our light to others. Here are some examples of how the children see their light.
I pick up trash at my school.
I compliment people.
I tell a joke to make people smile.
How are you a light in your community?
Matthew 5:15-16 – 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
2/10 – Theme: Book of Psalms
2/17 – No Church School
2/24 – No Church School

Coffee Hour -There is a new signup sheet on the bulletin board. There are openings from February 24 – through May. You may bring your own snacks or check the bottom shelf of the freezer to use what we have. We supply the frozen lemonade and the half and half for coffee. You would come in one hour before church to set up and clean things up after coffee hour. If you have never been a Coffee Hour volunteer, we will mentor you on your first Sunday. Thank you for your consideration.

Jared Conant’s Birthday Community Food Drive – There will be a Community Food Drive on Friday, February 15 from 5:00-7:00 pm and Saturday, February 16 from 9:00-11:00 am. Please use the Storer Street entrance to the Yarmouth Food Pantry to drop off your donation. Monetary donations can be made in person or make your tax-deductible checks payable to Yarmouth Food Pantry (YCFD) and mail to 116 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 04096 Attn: Government Shutdown.

Upcoming Week:

Wednesday, February 6
Staff Meeting – 9:30 am
Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm

Thursday, February 7
Christian Education – Handy’s – 9:00 am
Bible Study – 9:30 am
Choir – 7:00 pm
Confirmation – 7:00 pm

Friday, February 8
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Women’s Coffee – Clayton’s – 4:00 pm

Sunday, February 10
Worship- 10:00 am
Council – 11:15 am
Youth Mission Trip Meeting – 7:00 pm

Monday, February 11
Friendship House Delivery – 12:00 pm
Budget Meeting – 4:00 pm
317 Main Board – 5:30 pm
Search Committee – 6:30 pm
AA – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, February 12
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Under 2’s – 10:30 am
Yarmouth Community Chorus – 4:00 pm
Fly Tying – 6:30 pm
Boy Scouts – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 13
317 Main Meeting – 8:30 am
Staff – 9:30 am
Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm
Cub Scout Leader Meeting – 6:00 pm
Deacons – 6:30 pm
Trustees – 6:30 pm

Weekly Announcements for January 30, 2019

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Weekly Announcements for January 30, 2019

Save the Date! – Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 5:00 pm for Kent’s Retirement party.

Please join us on Sunday after worship to learn about the proposed sanctuary renovation – On Sunday, Feb. 3, after worship, the Trustees will present an architectural plan to renovate the sanctuary, making it safer, more usable, and accessible while maintaining the historical integrity of our space.  This is a chance to learn more about proposed changes and to ask questions.  The trustees will not proceed with any plans without the approval of the congregation via an official congregational vote.  Copies of the architectural designs will be available at the meeting.  If you are unable to attend but would like to talk more about the plans, feel free to be in touch with Kate or Kent.

Screening of Dawnland – Merrill Memorial Library in collaboration with St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, First Parish Congregational Church and First Universalist Church invite you to a screening of Dawnland.

For the February 9th screening, click on this link and fill out the form at the bottom:  Dawnland Screening – Yarmouth – Feb 9, 2019  For the February 6th screening, click on this link and fill out the form at the bottom:  Dawnland Screening – Yarmouth – Feb 6, 2019 

This full-length documentary follows the Maine Wabanaki – State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission – the first government-sanctioned TRC in the United States – to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States. This event is free and open to the public though due to limited seating RSVP’s are required.   For more information, contact: Ann Donaghy: [email protected] or Carla Hunt:  [email protected] 

Looking for Lenten Reader Submissions -This year’s First Parish Lenten Devotional will focus on how we can use creativity to build our relationship with the divine using the psalms as a starting point.   Why the Psalms you might ask?  Well as Megan Daffern, author of Songs of the Spirit: A Psalm a Day for Easter and Lent, reminds us, Psalms is the prayer book of the Jews.  The Psalms would have been Jesus’ prayer book.  By turning to the Psalms as a guide during Lent, we turn to the same place Jesus would have turned when he was struggling.
We need your help to put this resource together.  Please consider choosing a psalm from our list (you can find the list here: https://bit.ly/2TTOk29 or call the office if you need help) and responding to it or interacting with it in some creative way that we can include in the devotional.  Options include:

Visual Art (create art inspired by the psalm or choose a piece of art that represent the psalm for you)

Literary Art (re-write the psalm in your own words, write a reflection about the psalm)

Music (choose a piece of music that reminds you of the psalm or write/record a melody for the psalm – we can help you record it if you need help)

Lectio Divina – Use the practice of Lectio Divina (Excerpted from Praying in Black and White: A Hands-On Practice for Men) to engage the psalm and share your result.  You can find an explanation of this practice here: https://bit.ly/2EAUwIL

Church School Update
We started the year discussing Epiphany and the importance of bringing our light to others. Here are some examples of how the children see their light.

I pick up trash at my school.
I compliment people.
I tell a joke to make people smile.
How are you a light in your community?
Matthew 5:15-16 
15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
2/3 Theme: Book of Psalms
2/10 Theme: Book of Psalms
2/17 No Church School
2/24 No Church School
 
Screening of Dawnland – Merrill Memorial Library in collaboration with St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, First Parish Congregational Church and First Universalist Church invite you to a screening of Dawnland.

For the February 9th screening, click on this link and fill out the form at the bottom:  Dawnland Screening – Yarmouth – Feb 9, 2019  For the February 6th screening, click on this link and fill out the form at the bottom:  Dawnland Screening – Yarmouth – Feb 6, 2019 

This full-length documentary follows the Maine Wabanaki – State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission – the first government-sanctioned TRC in the United States – to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States. This event is free and open to the public though due to limited seating RSVP’s are required.   For more information, contact: Ann Donaghy: [email protected] or Carla Hunt:  [email protected] 

Coffee Hour -There is a new signup sheet on the bulletin board.  There are openings from February 24 – through May.  You may bring your own snacks or check the bottom shelf of the freezer to use what we have.  We supply the frozen lemonade and the half and half for coffee.  You would come in one hour before church to set up and clean things up after coffee hour.  If you have never been a Coffee Hour volunteer, we will mentor you on your first Sunday.  Thank you for your consideration.

Lost and Found – Please check the lost and found table in the Fellowship Hall.  There are many items looking for homes.

Community Food Drive – There will be a Community Food Drive on Friday, February 15 from 5:00-7:00 pm and Saturday, February 16 from 9:00-11:00 am.  Please use the Storer Street entrance to the Yarmouth Food Pantry to drop off your donation.  Monetary donations can be made in person or make your tax-deductible checks payable to Yarmouth Food Pantry (YCFD) and mail to 116 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 04096 Attn: Government Shutdown.

Upcoming Week:

Wednesday, January 30
317 Main Capital Campaign Mtg – 8:30 am
Staff Meeting – 9:30 am
Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm

Thursday, January 31
Bible Study – 9:30 am
Choir – 7:00 pm
Confirmation – 7:00 pm
                                     
Friday, February 1
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Christmas Crafters – 10:00 am

Sunday, February 3
Preble Street – 10:00 am
Worship- 10:00 am
Sanctuary Architect Design – Following worship
Pastor Parish Relations Committee – 12:00 pm
Adult Mission Trip Mtg – 12:00 pm
Boy Scout Council – 6:00 pm
Boy Scout Leaders – 7:00 pm

Monday, February 4
Search Committee – 6:30 pm
AA – 7:00 pm 

Tuesday, February 5
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Under 2’s – 10:30 am
Yarmouth Community Chorus – 4:00 pm
Boy Scouts – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 6
Staff – 9:30 am
Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm
Dawnland Screening at MMLibrary – 6:00 pm (RSVP)