Pastoral Transition Meeting after worship on Sunday, April 7 in the Chapel.

Join us for these programs during
the Lenten season 

April 3 and 10 – Taize service – in the Chapel.  This is a half hour service of reflection and singing at 7 pm.  Come for one, or for them all.

April 14- Palm Sunday service at 10 AM.
April 18 – Seder Supper at 5:30 pm
April 18- Maundy Thursday service at 7 pm.
April 21- Sunrise Service at Sandy Point on Cousins Island at 5:35 am and Easter Services at 8 and 10 AM.

Lenten Reader
Copies of this year’s Lenten reader (weeks 1-5) are available in print  on the table in the church lobby or online at https://bit.ly/2FjHDki.  Click on (Home-2019 Lenten Reader) to choose a week. This year’s reader focuses on using creativity to build our relationship with the divine, using the Psalms as a starting point. We hope this year’s Lenten reader inspires you to creatively approach God and deepen your relationship with the Divine.

Christmas Crafters will meet on Friday April 5th from 10:30-12:00 pm  in Fellowship Hall.  We will be making sea shell votives. If you have a favorite glue gun bring it with you. Also if you have any small shells to share please bring them in and place them in the box in the lobby marked boughs & bows. 

Events

Farewell Weekend for Kent 

Celebration of Kent’s Career in Ministry at the Portland Country Club, Saturday, April 27th,  5:00 – 7:00 pm.  Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.  Program starts at 5:30 pm. $15 per person (checks made out to “First Parish”, “Retirement Party” in the memo line)  Please RSVP to Lyn or Nancy in the office at 846-3773 or [email protected] no later than April 22. Seating is limited.  Your payment holds your spot.

No gifts please

If you would like to attend but need financial assistance please contact Claire Studley or Kate Dalton directly.

Saying Goodbye

We are collecting stories and video messages for Kent before he leaves.  You’ll be able to record messages at his retirement party and on Sunday, April 28th.  But if you want to get a jump on things (or if you can’t make it that weekend), feel free to record a message and send it to Kate, or to be in touch with Kate and she can help you record a message.

Save the Date! – Sunday, May 19 – 2:30 pm at First Parish when we officially recognize Kate’s transition into the Senior Pastor position.

Opportunities to Serve

Easter Flowers – Members of the Flower committee will will be in Fellowship Hall accepting orders for Easter flowers on April 7 and 14. We are offering many varieties and colors. The flowers will be used to decorate the sanctuary for all Easter services.

Power of One  
Ana Sofia Holmes, a member of First Parish is collecting items for her Power of One program at school.  There is a Red box in the lobby if you would like to participate. Items include Apple Sauce, Ganola Bars, Beef Jerky, Trail Mix, Peanut Butter Crackers, other types of Crackers, Water Bottles, Hand Warmers, Foot Warmers, hats, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Scarfs, Gloves, Shirts, Jackets, Coats, Blankets, Sleeping Bags.  Ana Sofia Holmes

Red Cross Blood Drive 
Our church is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, April 25, from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm in Fellowship Hall.  As usual, the need is great and we have a reputation with the Red Cross for very successful drives, but you are needed to maintain that reputation.  Giving blood is a pretty easy thing to do, usually taking less than an hour out of a busy day.  There are opportunities to give whole blood and Power Reds (where the red cells are extracted from your blood, and the balance returned to your body).
 
RapidPass can streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by going to RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and completing your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment. You can schedule your appointment on-line at RedCrossBlood.org using the sponsor code “FPCC” or at the church bulletin board.  Call or email Peter Haynes if you have questions: 207 (846-4561) or [email protected].
Thanks in advance for considering a blood donation – it’s an easy way to help save lives.  Peter

Coffee Hour -There is a new signup sheet on the bulletin board.  There are openings in  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.

Good Friday Walk for Habitat for Humanity
When: Friday, April 19 
Where: Registration locations: 
•         Cumberland UCC 282 Main Street, Cumberland (3, 5, 10, or 20 miles)
•         1st Baptist 346 Main Street, Yarmouth (3 mile only)
What time: 7:00 am to 3pm
Cost:  FREE
How: Walkers/Runners can either register as a participant and fundraise on line https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/2019goodfridaywalk or pick up a brochure/sponsor sheet at participating Cumberland/N Yarmouth/Yarmouth/Falmouth churches/town halls and collect sponsorships on paper.  Please bring sponsor sheets and any monies collected to registration on walk day. Note that this is not a timed event.
Bonus: Walkers who raise $100 or more receive a raffle ticket for great prizes from area businesses. Questions: call 829-3419.

Other Items of Interest

Art Making Workshop
The Library Committee has left materials in the Fellowship Hall for anyone who would like to add to the tree.  Using the symbol of the heart to create through paint and poetry in celebration of the steadfast presence that walks with you throughout our life.  Enter into creating by reflecting and sharing about your own life, community and world as a whole.  Check out what they have created and add your own heart!

Concert
317 Main presents Happy Traum, Friday, April 12, 2019, 7:00 pm / $15 Coming of Age in the Greenwich Village Folk Revival and the Woodstock Scene, guitar & vocals (with 317 student performers).  For more information call 846-9559 or http://www.317main.org

Pilgrim Lodge
Registration is now open for summer camp at Pilgrim Lodge, part of the Maine Conference, United Church of Christ.  There are many camp weeks to choose from. Check out the schedule on the bulletin board or pick up a brochure for more information. Register at www.pilgrimlodge.org.  

Upcoming Week:

Wednesday, April 3
Staff – 9:30 am
Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm
Taize Service – 7:00 pm

Thursday, April 4
Bible Study – 9:30 am
Under 2s – 10:30 am
317 Local Vocals – 6:30 pm
Choir – 7:00 pm
Confirmation – 7:00 pm
                                     
Friday, April 5
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Christmas Crafters – 10:30 am

Saturday, April 6
Aging in Place Workshop – 10:00 am

Sunday, April 7
Worship- 10:00 am
Preble Street – 10:00 am
Pastor Transition Meeting – Following Worship -Chapel
Parenting Class – 4:00 pm – Fellowship Hall
Scout Council – 6:00 pm
Council – 6:30 pm – Fellowship Hall
Scout Leaders – 7:00 pm

Monday, April 8
Friendship House Delivery
Search Committee – 6:15 pm
AA – 7:00 pm 

Tuesday, April 9
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Yarmouth Community Chorus – 4:00 pm
Scouts – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, April 10
317 Main Meeting -8:30 am
Staff – 9:30 am
Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm
Deacons – 6:30 pm
Taize Service – 7:00 pm

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