Weekly News for February 20

No Bible Study on Thursday – Due to the expected snow tomorrow morning, February 21, Bible Study has been canceled.

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

No Church School – There will be no church school on February 24th.

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.

Pancake Supper – Join us on Tuesday, March 5th in the Parish Hall from 5:30-7:00 pm for an all-you-can eat pancake supper.  The pancake supper includes: pancakes with real maples syrup, sausage links, fruit, juice and coffee/tea.  The cost is $7.00 per person, with a $25.00 family cap.  The funds raised from the supper will be used to support this summer’s Youth Mission Trip to Appalachia.

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

The Deadline for Lenten submissions is Friday, February 22.

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 20
Staff Meeting – 9:30 am 
Book Group – 10:00 am
Library – 4:00 pm
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm

Thursday, February 21
Bible Study – 9:30 am
317 Main Sub Group – 3:30 pm
Choir – 7:00 pm
Friday, February 22
Food Pantry – 10:00 am

Saturday, February 23
Senior/Teens Saturday Games – 10:00 am

Sunday, February 24
No Sunday School
Worship- 10:00 am

Monday, February 25
Collators – 1:00 pm
Search Committee – 6:30 pm
AA – 7:00 pm 

Tuesday, February 26
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Under 2s – 10:30 am
Aging in Place – 10:30 am
Yarmouth Community Chorus – 4:00 pm
Fly Tying – 6:30 pm
Scouts – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 27
Staff – 9:30 am
Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm