First Parish Weekly News

 

Weekly News for April 11, 2018 —

Church Survey – We have re-opened the survey to give you more time to get yours in. Hard copies are available from the church office or you can submit your answers online by clicking HERE.

Stewardship Campaign – Each week during the Stewardship Drive, we’re going to bring you a Stewardship Story. An example of how the church community has impacted of affected our lives or the greater community. This week, we’re fortunate to have Meg O’Neill share her story.

From Meg O’Neill:
Almost two years ago during a Council Meeting, the notion of creating a 5th and 6th-grade after-school program to promote digital citizenship was born. Kate was currently co-facilitating a 7th-grade program for an engaged group of girls but there was nothing for the younger grades. Kate enthusiastically agreed to help with the proposed program, if a few of us would join her and assist with organizing and leading it. Suffice to say, nearly two years later, the program has been a tremendous success! Up to 30 boys and girls, many of whom don’t belong to our church, have participated. We have tackled tough subjects ranging from cyber-bullying to kindness to suicide. The kids have been open, curious and anxious to share their own experiences. First Parish’s Digital Citizenship Class has provided a community forum for open dialogue, learning, and understanding during what is often a vulnerable and challenging period.

With your continued support, these are the types of programs and community connections that we, as a church community, can continue to build. If you haven’t pledged yet, here is an easy link to the pledge form http://www.firstparishyarmouth.org/stewardship/. Hard copies are available in Fellowship Hall. If you have pledged already, thank you! Thank you for your time and consideration. The Stewardship Committee

Patriots’ Day – The office will be closed on Monday, April 16 for the Patriots’ Day holiday.

Soul Spa – will begin a three week session on Saturday, April 14, We will also meet on April 21 and 28. We will be covering the first two chapters on the 14 from the book “Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. We will meet in the Chapel from 9:00-10:00 am.

Pick-Up Choir – Sunday, April 15, 9:00 am Rehearsal Pick Up Choir – EVERYONE WELCOME

Red Cross Blood Drive – Friday, April 20 from 1:00 to 6:00 pm, our church will sponsor a Red Cross Blood Drive in Fellowship Hall. The need for blood is always great, and it’s an easy way to give something of great value at no cost or pain to you. If you are in good health, you can probably donate. You can sign up online (www.redcross.org/give-blood) or on the church lobby bulletin board. Also, volunteers are needed to assist donors. Sign up on the bulletin board if you can.

Friendship House – Drivers Needed: Once a month to deliver a meal provided by First Parish volunteers. We also provide a meal when we have a bean supper. We are in need of drivers who are able to deliver on a Monday morning. If interested please contact Don Grossett at 489-9400 or dgrossetjr@maine.rr.com

Upcoming Week:

Wednesday, April 11
Chair Yoga – 9:00 am
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm
Trustees – 6:30 pm
Deacons – 6:30 pm

Thursday, April 12
Bible Study – 9:30 am
Confirmation-7:00 pm

Friday, April 13
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Women’s Coffee at Clayton’s – 4:00 pm

Saturday, April 14
Soul Spa- in the Chapel – 9:00 am

Sunday, April 15
Pick-up Choir – Music Room – 9:00 am
Worship – 10:00 am
Men’s Spirituality Group – 5:00 pm

Monday, April 16
Patriots’ Day – Office Closed
AA – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, April 17
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Caring Connection – 4:30 pm
317 Main Local Vocals – 6:30 pm

Wednesday, April 18
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE – Earth Day Service and All Church Book Read, Sunday, April 22

The following is from “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer, the church book read to guide worship on Earth Day Sunday, April 22, and discussed after worship.

“Names are the way we humans build relationship, not only with each other but with the living world….Most people don’t know the names of these (plant and animal) relatives; in fact they hardly even see them…Philosophers call this state of isolation and disconnection “species loneliness” – a deep unnamed sadness stemming from estrangement from the rest of Creation.”

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