First Parish Weekly News


Weekly News for December 5, 2018 —

Day of Hope 2018
The Second Annual Day of Hope will take place on Saturday, December 8 from 11:00 am—1:30 pm at the Yarmouth High School Performing Arts Center.
As divisiveness and cynicism permeate our community, there is no better time than now to realize our collective values and unite in hopes for a better tomorrow. Our own Jared Conant will be one of the speakers at this event. He will speak about where he finds hope and how he would use it to benefit the world, the student-organized Day of Hope attempts to help rebuild the singular most important aspect of our Maine identity: an unwavering sense of community. Let’s get together to promote gratitude, incite positivity, and encourage humanity. Tickets will be $5 for students and $7 for adults, and will be available at the door and online at All proceeds will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Maine.

Poinsettias – Members of the Flower committee will be in the Fellowship Hall after church on Sunday, December 9 and 16 to take your poinsettia orders for Christmas. We appreciate your help in making our sanctuary ready and looking beautiful for Christmas services.

Songs Of The Season Concert
December 14 @ 7:00—9:00 pm
$15/adults $10 /kids under 12
Songs Of The Season has become a favorite holiday tradition in Yarmouth. The evening features The Revelers, an ensemble made up of 317 Main’s talented voice instructors.
Jeff Christmas (yes, his actual name), Sorcha Cribben-Merrill, Kathy Slack, Diana Hansen, and Mesa Schubeck will sing some of your favorite holiday music, both secular and spiritual.
Student groups will lead off the night and we’ll start the whole evening with a group carol sing and hot cocoa on the steps of First Parish Church. Bring friends and family and remember why you love this magical time of year.
Tickets can be purchased through 317 Main at or at the door.

Christmas Orchestra – The Christmas Orchestra will be offering up some wonderful Christmas music on December 16. If you play an instrument and would like to be part of the orchestra please contact Amanda at There will be one rehearsal on Saturday, December 15 at 9:00 am. The music is available in the sanctuary.

Christmas Tea – We will be holding our annual Christmas Tea on December 16 which is also Orchestra Sunday. We would love donations of goodies to serve with our tea. Please remember finger foods only, such as cookies, bars, cheese, crackers and fruit. They can be dropped off on our set up day, Saturday, Dec. 15 at 1:00 pm.
Note: Please put your name on the bottom of your dish to make sure you get it back. Come one!! Come All!!

Project Holiday Gift Tree
Our annual gift tree up in the Fellowship Hall. We are asking for $25 or $50 Gift Certificates to Hannaford or Walmart (no need to wrap) that will be used for Project Holiday and Community Assistance. If you have previously chosen a gift from the tree please wrap and return with the gift tag securely affixed to the gift. Please return your gifts to the church by December 16.

Longest Night Service – The Longest Night Service will be held at Tuttle Road Methodist Church on Friday, December 21 at 7:00 pm.  Ministering to those with tender hearts this Christmas Season.

Upcoming Week:

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

Thursday, December 6
Bible Study – 9:30 am
Special Music – 6:00 pm
Confirmation – 7:00 pm
Choir – 7:00 pm

Friday, December 7
Food Pantry – 10:00 am

Saturday, December 8
Day of Hope – 11:00 am
Rental Rehearsal in Sanctuary – 9:00 am

Sunday, December 9
Worship- 10:00 am

Monday, December 10
Bartlett Circle-Kitchen – 1:00 pm
317 Main Board – 5:30 pm
AA – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, December 11
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, December 12
Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Staff Meeting – 9:30 am
Library – 4:00 pm
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm