Weekly News for February 13

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

Jared Conant’s Birthday 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: Jared.

Transition Talk – Kent will be in the Chapel after worship on Sunday, February 17 to have a conversation about his retirement, boundaries after his retirement and so on. All are welcome.

No Church School – There will be no church school on February 17 or 24th because of school vacation.

Presidents’ Day – The office will be closed for Presidents’ day on Monday, February 18.

Lost and Found – Are you missing a set of keys?  We have found a set and they are in the office.  Give the office a call at 846-3773 if you think these might be yours.

Newsletter Deadline – The deadline for articles for the March newsletter is Tuesday, February 19.

Proposed Sanctuary Renovation – On Feb. 3, the Trustees presented an architectural plan to renovate the sanctuary, making it safer, more usable, and accessible while maintaining the historical integrity of our space.  This was an opportunity 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.  Please click here to look at drawings of the proposed changes: https://bit.ly/2RHFVgG. Contact Kathy Bock with questions at [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

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

First Universalist Church of Yarmouth is transforming their parsonage, at 95 Main Street into a 3-4 unit housing structure with a common kitchen, living room and bathrooms specifically for asylum seekers.
They could use some help with the project.  Here are the specific needs that have been identified:

1.  Facilities Management:  A team of people who can respond to building maintenance needs both short term (preparing the building for occupancy) and long term (being an ongoing resource for maintenance issues).  Contributions could include:  skilled and unskilled labor, tools, financial support.

2.  House set-up:  Assess what tenants already have and coordinate the acquisition of furniture, kitchen essentials, bathroom basics, window treatment etc.

3.  Housing Coaches:  Work with tenants to help them understand their rights and responsibilities as tenants and help them get up to speed on how to maintain their home, manage heat and water, recycling and other basic housing considerations.  

4.  Community Connections/Welcome Group:  Welcome our new neighbors into the community in a variety of ways:  familiarizing them with Yarmouth to include orienting them to  services such as the library, bus system, grocery stores, food pantry, places of worship and inviting them to social events happening in town. 

5.  Drivers:  Support with errands and appointments.

If you are you interested in offering support in any of these areas please send an email to Carla Hunt ([email protected]) by Friday (Feb. 15) morning.  
 Thanks very much,  
Carla Hunt on behalf of
YCHI and the “95 Main Street Project” Team

Upcoming Week:

Wednesday, February 13
Cub Scout Meeting – 6:00 pm
Deacons – 6:30 pm
Trustees – 6:30 pm

Thursday, February 14
Bible Study – 9:30 am
Choir – 7:00 pm
Confirmation – 7:00 pm

Friday, February 15
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
No Strings Attached Coffee – 10:00 am
Jared’s Community Food Drive – 5:00 pm

Saturday, February 16
Jared’s Community Food Drive – 5:00 pm

Sunday, February 17
No Sunday School
Soul Spa Planning – 9:00 am
Worship- 10:00 am
Transition Meeting – 11:15 am
Men’s Spirituality Group – 5:00 pm

Monday, February 18
Presidents’ Day – Office Closed
Food Pantry Steering Committee – 5:30 pm
AA – 7:00 pm 

Tuesday, February 19
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Under 2’s – 10:30 am
Yarmouth Community Chorus – 4:00 pm
Fly Tying – 6:30 pm
Scouts – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 20
Newsletter Deadline
Staff – 9:30 am
Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Book Group – 10:00 am
Library – 4:00 pm
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm