New Door Locking System: We have changed the main doors and the back door so that you no longer have to turn the key back to the left before entering. Now: Turn your key all the way to the right. You will feel a mechanism pushing down. Open the door and take the key out. It will lock automatically. If you need to unlock the door push in the crash bar as usual with the hex key. Please make sure to shut the door (front door) hard enough to engage the rod.

The Clam Festival online sign up portal is open! Join in all the fun while we work together to support the church and our community! This is a great chance to get to know some new people in the congregation and spend quality time with those you have known for years.
Click here to sign up online: https://firstparishyarmouth.ivolunteer.com/. You can also sign up on the sign up sheets on the bulletin board in the lobby.
Summer Worship – Summer Worship at 9:30 am starting July 1 – New this summer, we will be locking the downstairs door and the door by the office 10 minutes after worship begins. The front sanctuary door will remain open throughout worship.

Traveling this summer? You can still join us for worship.
Watch live sermons at www.firstparishyarmouth.org/watch-worship And if you’re still sleeping at 9:30 am, you can also watch archives of the sermons on demand at your convenience.

Summer Office Hours – Monday-Friday from 9:00-12:00 pm.

CLAM FESTIVAL NEWS
Clam Festival Book Drop – Please leave books at the back door of the church boxed or bagged (no loose books please) on the pallets where you see the sign. Please only drop off books in good condition. No mold or musty smelling books or hard covers with broken spines. We do not accept textbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries, diet books, or books about parenting, health or self -help as they do not sell. The book drop will close on July 10.

Pie Booth – It’s not to soon to start thinking about baking pies for the Clam Festival! Last year, we found that limiting the number of TYPES of pies to about 15 types worked quite well. We hope to need about 500 pies over the weekend. Pies can be made up to 6 weeks ahead of time and frozen. Please remember to let your pies COOL completely. They should then be wrapped in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil as well. Freezers in the Undercroft will be available the beginning of June. Please label the type of pie. Sometimes it is difficult to tell what kind they are.
We ask that you limit your pies to the following: Apple | Blueberry | Strawberry Rhubarb | Toll House | Peach | Key Lime | Chocolate Cream | Peach Blueberry | Raspberry| Custard | Cherry | Pecan | Lemon Meringue | Pumpkin | Brownie

We truly appreciate all the time, effort and cost that goes into all the pies that are made every year and hope that you will continue to contribute to what some people consider the “Best Food Booth at the Festival”!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Liz Reinsborough at [email protected].

The Pink Elephant -The gray tent is now set up in the back of the church off Storer Street to accept items. We accept furniture, household and kitchen items, sports equipment, toys, games, crafts, appliances, etc. Remember all appliances should be in working order. WE DO NOT ACCEPT any clothes (except hats, belts, and shoes) and NO computer equipment of any sort. We also need more helpers to sort and price (no experience necessary) and any amount of time is appreciated since several of our longtime sorters are unable to help this year. The Pink Elephant brings in a substantial part of the Clam Festival proceeds for the church and we really need people to step up if this is to continue.

WE ALSO DO ACCEPT AND WELCOME donations of jewelry specifically for our jewelry sales table. Maybe it’s time to clean out that old jewelry box!
*Are are in need of MANY more items and people who can price and sort.
For any questions or to sign up to be a sorter,
please contact Mary Thorp at 846-3203 or email her at: [email protected]otmail.com.

Summer Book Reads
library committee recommends two books to you for summer reading. See the July/August newsletter for more information.
First Book: Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World by Mike Cosper
We will be reading this book one chapter at a time throughout the summer. We encourage you to do the same. Join our Facebook group to discuss: https://www.facebook.com/groups/481598722609997/
Second Book: Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine by Alan Lightman

NYA Looking for Host Families
NYA has about 15 international students that do home stays. Currently we have students from China, Austria, Germany, and Canada. We are looking to grow that population to about 25 students over the next couple of years. We are seeking potential host families. Host families take on the role as surrogate parents during the child’s stay. These are really great kids and this can be a rewarding cultural experience for families, whether they currently have children of their own in the home or not. It is a commitment only for a year, but ideally families stay with the students over their high school careers. A monthly stipend is provided to host families as well. For more information contact the church office. For more information please contact Dr. Sagaree Sengupta at [email protected]

UPCOMING WEEK
Wednesday, July 3

Food Pantry – 5:00 pm

Thursday, July 4
Independence Day – Office Closed

Friday, July 5
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Sunday, July 7
Worship – 9:30 am

Monday, July 8
AA – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, July 9
Food Pantry – 10:00 am

Wednesday, July 10
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm
News for July 3