First Parish Weekly News

Weekly News for May 10, 2017 —

Stewardship news: We are about half way through our current year’s fundraising drive and we are roughly half way to our goal for the 2017-2018 fiscal year! Thank you for your pledges of support for the coming year.

If you have not yet pledged, please consider making a pledge by Sunday, May 28. Receiving your pledge allows the Trustees to do for our church family, what you do for your household; plan wisely for the use of the church’s resources in support of its mission and ministries.

For ease, you may make a pledge electronically, by clicking on the link below.
If you prefer to fill out a pledge card, please hand this into the church as soon as possible. There are pledge cards available in the church office.

Thank you very much for your generosity!
The Stewardship Committee

Flower Committee – A member of the Flower Committee will be in the Fellowship Hall after worship service today to receive your donation to the Memorial Day Flowers. Your donation may be in any amount and you may memorialize a person or event. After the Memorial Day Service the flowers will be planted in the urns on the front porch of the church.

The Church Gardens – You may have noticed changes happening in the garden again. Phase 2 has begun replacing the hydrangeas with peonies and rhodies with holly. Now hydrangeas are ready to go to a new home, maybe yours. Several folks have already spoken to me . There will be 6 more available for a donation to the church. If you would like one, please contact Kathy Smith at 781-5597- leave your name & number and I will call you back to make arrangements. Plants should be picked up no later than May 15th after speaking with Kathy and should be planted immediately in a sunny spot. Keep it watered well thru the fall and cut back growth to ease the stress of the move.
If you see Julie Benavides, please say thank you to her for all of her hard work helping me to dig out the plants!

Blanket Sunday Special Offering, May 14 -For over 60 years, Church World Service (cows has worked in partnership with local communities to identify their needs and access the resources they need to build the foundation for a more viable future, including:
Blankets, tents, food and other emergency supplies in the wake of a disaster – Tools and seeds for refugees returning home to replant their fields – Wells for families living in drought prone areas to provide clean, safe water to drink and to irrigate crops and gardens – Literacy training and microcredit for women struggling to realize their potential. On Sunday, May 14, First Parish will be collecting a special offering to support this important work.

Rhubarb – We will be baking pies for the clam festival soon. If you have a surplus of rhubarb in your garden we would love donations. We need approximately 80 cups of rhubarb for the pies on the green. If we get more than that many of the pie bakers will take it home and turn it in to yet more delicious pies to sell at the booth at the church. This saves us purchasing rhubarb and last year the crop was excellent and the pies were fabulous. Please cut the leaves off the stalk, wash the stalk, pat dry and cut it into 1/2″ pieces, and put 4 cups in a quart ziplock bag. Please mark the bags with 2017 CF using a permanent sharpie and stick it in the freezer. Then the next time you come to church bring them in and store them in the freezer in the kitchen. We will move them to freezers in the basement until we are ready to bake the pies in late June. Thank you.

Upcoming Events and Meetings

Thursday, May 11 – Bible Study – 9:30 am
Choir – 7:00 pm
Confirmation – 7:00 pm

Friday, May 12 – Charlotte Knapp Service – 1:00 pm
Women’s Coffee – 4:00 pm

Sunday, May 14 – Worship – 10:00 am
Senior Recognition
PLCH>60 – 12:30 pm

Monday, May 15 – Ben Bradford Service – 11:00 am

Tuesday, May 16- Beginner Yoga – 9:30 am
317 Local Vocals – 6:30 pm
Boy Scouts – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, May 17 – Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Book Group – 10:00 am
Caring Connection – 4:30 pm

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