First Parish Weekly News


Weekly News for October 10, 2018 —

Chancel Pumpkins from Earth Sunday seeds.
Remember Earth Sunday last Spring with whales swimming across our chancel screen and pumpkin seeds given out during the offering?   Pumpkin seed planters were told that any pumpkins they could spare in October would be welcomed and put to use decorating worship.  The time has come.  How many orange pumpkins can you count in worship this Sunday.  How many green ones?  Drop your pumpkins off at the church and thanks.   Please take a pumpkin home after worship on Oct. 14.  – The Earth Stewardship Team

Women’s Coffee – Fellowship for Women from First Parish and the Yarmouth Community on Friday, October 12 at 4:00 pm at Clayton’s Cafe.  

All church Book Discussion – News of the World by Paulette Jiles – Sunday, October 14 at 11:30 am. 
Set in Texas in 1870, “News of the World” is the beautifully written story of an aging, solitary, itinerant newsreader, Captain Kidd, who has taken on the task of returning to her relatives a young girl, Johanna, who has been a captive of the Kiowa for four years.  Poignant and humorous, their journey explores the joys of freedom, the forging of unexpected bonds, and the coming to terms with conflicting cultures.  It is also a good adventure story with the suspense of wondering what will happen to Johanna when she reaches her destination.  Multiple copies of this short novel are available at the Merrill Library.

Red Cross Blood Drive – First Parish is sponsoring a BLOOD DRIVE on Tuesday, October 16 in Fellowship Hall, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  There are 43 appointments available but only 13 have been taken.  CAN YOU HELP?  Sign up at the bulletin board in the church lobby, or on line at The need is great!   We also need greeters and canteen attendants.  These jobs involve one hour of simple and satisfying work.  Sign up at the bulletin board in the church lobby.]

U2 Sunday – We will be featuring music from the group U2 during worship on Oct. 28. We will have two rehearsals on Thursday, October 18 and 25 at 6:00 pm in the Music Room.   Sheet music will be available on the bulletin board in the lobby this Sunday.  For questions contact Amanda

No Strings Attached Coffee – A social gathering for women of First Parish and the community.  Friday, October 19 from 10:00-12:00 pm in Fellowship Hall.

Adult Mission Trip – Are you interested in participating in an adult mission trip?  If you are please contact Leigh Kirchner at or Kate Dalton at

All Saints Day – All Saints Day will take place on Sunday, November 4.  It is a time when we remember those who have passed in the last year. If you would like to have a name added to the list please let the office know at or 846-3773.

Coffee Hour depends on volunteers and we are still looking. There is a signup sheet on the bulletin board.   If you have never been a Coffee Hour volunteer we will mentor you on your first Sunday.  It does mean getting to church an hour before the service – performing clearly outlined tasks (there is an instruction sheet) and then staying after worship to serve and clean up. Please think about it – no volunteers = no coffee hour.   At present we have openings on November 25, December 23 and 30.  Thank you for your consideration.

Donations Needed
Duct Tape – The Christmas Crafters are asking for donations of Duct Tape in plain or decorative colors.  A minimum of 10 yards per design or color. We use this to make our popular tote bags for the Christmas Fair. Contact:  Kathy Smith at 781-5597.

The Greens for Christmas Fair 
We need in GREAT condition:
-Green plastic bases used for Boxwood trees/centerpieces
-Small ornaments, NEW Christmas ribbon
-Christmas theme/color vases and baskets (no plain or clear as we are all set)
-Plastic containers (CLEAN) to use as basket liners
-All sizes pine cones, especially nickel-sizes.
-NO used oasis (we use new)
A collection box will be in the front hall.  Thank you!

We are putting a call out for fresh greens to be collected and delivered in time for the workshops. We need white pine, spruce, evergreens other than balsam.  If you can help, please contact us for specifics.  For workshop details/questions contact:  Christie Harriman (846-5096), Dale Lewis (846-3544), Kathy Smith (781-5597).

Upcoming Week:
Wednesday, October 10
Staff Meeting – 9:30 am
Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm
Deacons – 6:30 pm

Thursday, October 11
Bible Study – 9:30 am
Special Music – 6:00 pm
317 Local Vocals – 6:30 pm
Choir – 7:00 pm
Confirmation – 7:00 pm

Friday, October 12
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Women’s Coffee – 4:00 pm

Sunday, October 14
Worship- 10:00 am
All Church Book Read – 11:30 am

Monday, October 15
Associate Pastor Search Committee – 6:30 pm
AA – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, October 16
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Under 2’s – 10:30 am
Red Cross Blood Drive – 1:00 pm
Yarmouth Community Chorus – 4:00 pm
Boy Scouts – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, October 17
Staff Meeting – 9:30 am
Chair Yoga- 9:30 am
Aging in Place – 10:00 am
Library – 4:00 pm
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm
Trustees – 6:30 pm