Weekly Announcements for January 30, 2019

Save the Date! – Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 5:00 pm for Kent’s Retirement party.

Please join us on Sunday after worship to learn about the proposed sanctuary renovation – On Sunday, Feb. 3, after worship, the Trustees will present an architectural plan to renovate the sanctuary, making it safer, more usable, and accessible while maintaining the historical integrity of our space.  This is a chance to learn more about proposed changes and to ask questions.  The trustees will not proceed with any plans without the approval of the congregation via an official congregational vote.  Copies of the architectural designs will be available at the meeting.  If you are unable to attend but would like to talk more about the plans, feel free to be in touch with Kate or Kent.

Screening of Dawnland – Merrill Memorial Library in collaboration with St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, First Parish Congregational Church and First Universalist Church invite you to a screening of Dawnland.

For the February 9th screening, click on this link and fill out the form at the bottom:  Dawnland Screening – Yarmouth – Feb 9, 2019  For the February 6th screening, click on this link and fill out the form at the bottom:  Dawnland Screening – Yarmouth – Feb 6, 2019 

This full-length documentary follows the Maine Wabanaki – State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission – the first government-sanctioned TRC in the United States – to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States. This event is free and open to the public though due to limited seating RSVP’s are required.   For more information, contact: Ann Donaghy: [email protected] or Carla Hunt:  [email protected] 

Looking for Lenten Reader Submissions -This year’s First Parish Lenten Devotional will focus on how we can use creativity to build our relationship with the divine using the psalms as a starting point.   Why the Psalms you might ask?  Well as Megan Daffern, author of Songs of the Spirit: A Psalm a Day for Easter and Lent, reminds us, Psalms is the prayer book of the Jews.  The Psalms would have been Jesus’ prayer book.  By turning to the Psalms as a guide during Lent, we turn to the same place Jesus would have turned when he was struggling.
We need your help to put this resource together.  Please consider choosing a psalm from our list (you can find the list here: https://bit.ly/2TTOk29 or call the office if you need help) and responding to it or interacting with it in some creative way that we can include in the devotional.  Options include:

Visual Art (create art inspired by the psalm or choose a piece of art that represent the psalm for you)

Literary Art (re-write the psalm in your own words, write a reflection about the psalm)

Music (choose a piece of music that reminds you of the psalm or write/record a melody for the psalm – we can help you record it if you need help)

Lectio Divina – Use the practice of Lectio Divina (Excerpted from Praying in Black and White: A Hands-On Practice for Men) to engage the psalm and share your result.  You can find an explanation of this practice here: https://bit.ly/2EAUwIL

Church School Update
We started the year discussing Epiphany and the importance of bringing our light to others. Here are some examples of how the children see their light.

I pick up trash at my school.
I compliment people.
I tell a joke to make people smile.
How are you a light in your community?
Matthew 5:15-16 
15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
2/3 Theme: Book of Psalms
2/10 Theme: Book of Psalms
2/17 No Church School
2/24 No Church School
 
Screening of Dawnland – Merrill Memorial Library in collaboration with St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, First Parish Congregational Church and First Universalist Church invite you to a screening of Dawnland.

For the February 9th screening, click on this link and fill out the form at the bottom:  Dawnland Screening – Yarmouth – Feb 9, 2019  For the February 6th screening, click on this link and fill out the form at the bottom:  Dawnland Screening – Yarmouth – Feb 6, 2019 

This full-length documentary follows the Maine Wabanaki – State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission – the first government-sanctioned TRC in the United States – to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States. This event is free and open to the public though due to limited seating RSVP’s are required.   For more information, contact: Ann Donaghy: [email protected] or Carla Hunt:  [email protected] 

Coffee Hour -There is a new signup sheet on the bulletin board.  There are openings from February 24 – through May.  You may bring your own snacks or check the bottom shelf of the freezer to use what we have.  We supply the frozen lemonade and the half and half for coffee.  You would come in one hour before church to set up and clean things up after coffee hour.  If you have never been a Coffee Hour volunteer, we will mentor you on your first Sunday.  Thank you for your consideration.

Lost and Found – Please check the lost and found table in the Fellowship Hall.  There are many items looking for homes.

Community Food Drive – There will be a Community Food Drive on Friday, February 15 from 5:00-7:00 pm and Saturday, February 16 from 9:00-11:00 am.  Please use the Storer Street entrance to the Yarmouth Food Pantry to drop off your donation.  Monetary donations can be made in person or make your tax-deductible checks payable to Yarmouth Food Pantry (YCFD) and mail to 116 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 04096 Attn: Government Shutdown.

Upcoming Week:

Wednesday, January 30
317 Main Capital Campaign Mtg – 8:30 am
Staff Meeting – 9:30 am
Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm

Thursday, January 31
Bible Study – 9:30 am
Choir – 7:00 pm
Confirmation – 7:00 pm
                                     
Friday, February 1
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Christmas Crafters – 10:00 am

Sunday, February 3
Preble Street – 10:00 am
Worship- 10:00 am
Sanctuary Architect Design – Following worship
Pastor Parish Relations Committee – 12:00 pm
Adult Mission Trip Mtg – 12:00 pm
Boy Scout Council – 6:00 pm
Boy Scout Leaders – 7:00 pm

Monday, February 4
Search Committee – 6:30 pm
AA – 7:00 pm 

Tuesday, February 5
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Under 2’s – 10:30 am
Yarmouth Community Chorus – 4:00 pm
Boy Scouts – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 6
Staff – 9:30 am
Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm
Dawnland Screening at MMLibrary – 6:00 pm (RSVP)