Weekly News for February 27

Join us for these programs during the Lenten season
March 5- Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner- fundraiser for the Youth Mission trip.
March 6 – 7pm we will be having an Ash Wednesday service which will include the imposition of ashes and communion.
March 13, 20, 27, April 3 and 10 – Taize services in the Chapel. A half hour service of reflection and singing at 7 pm.
April 14- Palm Sunday service at 10 AM.
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.

Events

Exploring Wabanaki Maine History
As a follow-up to the screenings of the powerful documentary, Dawnland, St. Bart’s will be hosting an interactive story-telling experience, “Exploring Wabanaki History” on Saturday, March 2, 12:30pm – 2:30pm. A second exercise has been added for 3:30pm – 5:30pm on the same day. Maine-Wabanaki REACH facilitators will guide us in learning about the events in the colonizing history of Wabanaki people and its impact on Indigenous people. The event is interactive, with participants representing both the Wabanaki people and Europeans and their descendants.

The event is free. Please register by contacting either Ann Donnaghy 846-0736, [email protected] or Carla Hunt 206-251-8694, [email protected]

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.

Ash Wednesday Service – On March 6 at 7 pm we will be having an Ash Wednesday service which will include the imposition of ashes and communion.

Daylight Saving Time begins | Sun. March 10 | Turn clocks ahead 1 hour on Sat. March 9 before retiring for the night.

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

Opportunities to Serve
Adult Mission Trip – The participants of the Adult Mission Trip to Texas will be leaving on March 10. They have been asked to bring some much needed supplies with them. Please see the list below if you would like to make a donation. The deadline to bring items to the church is Wednesday, March 6.

Toothbrush, travel toothpaste, small deodorant, pkg hand wipes, pkg Kleenex, small hairbrush, hair ties or scrunchies, pens, note pad, coloring book/crayons, stuffed animals, granola bars animal crackers, Chapstick, and Spanish -English dictionary.

Stewardship Volunteers Needed – On April 7, we will kick-off our annual stewardship campaign. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to either speak or write about why they choose to financially support the work of First Parish.
If you are willing to help out, please contact Kate.

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.

Other Items of Interest

Lenten Reader
Copies of this year’s Lenten reader will be available in print from the church office or online. This year’s reader focuses on using creativity to build our relationship with the divine, using the Psalms as a starting point. In a conversation with Eugene Peterson, Bono said, “Why do we need art? Why do we need the lyric poetry of the Psalms? The only way we can approach God is we are honest through metaphor, through symbol. Art becomes essential, not decorative.” We hope this year’s Lenten reader inspires you to creatively approach God and deepen your relationship with the Divine.

Yarmouth Community Network Gathering for Saturday, March 2 has been cancelled.

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]

Chair Yoga at First Parish
When: Wednesday Mornings at First Parish Church
Time: 9:30-11:00 am
Cost: $10 per class
No Experience required – Just come dressed in comfortable clothing.
Materials: Mats, block, etc. will be provided

The classes are taught by Jill Brown, RN BSN, licensed yoga instructor. She has been practicing for twenty two years and teaching for 8 years. Jill’s nursing background and knowledge of health and the human body gives her the natural gift for assisting and facilitating individuals with postures, proper alignment and breath work.
Chair Yoga is open to First Parish and the Community. If you would like to see what it is all about, please stop by and join a class. If you would like more information, please call Jill at 331-6235.

Raising Resilient & Responsible Children An 8 week parenting course held at First Parish on Sundays from 4:00-6:00 pm in the K-2 Classroom upstairs. The first session is free and will take place on Sunday, March 3. For more information contact Marjie Longshore at http://familyleadershipcenter.org/rrrc_yarmouth/

Upcoming Week:

Wednesday, February 27
317 Main Meeting – 8:30 am
Staff Meeting – 9:30 am
Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm

Thursday, February 28
Bible Study – 9:30 am
Choir – 7:00 pm
Confirmation – 7:00 pm

Friday, March 1
Food Pantry – 10:00 am

Saturday, March 2

Sunday, March 3
Preble Street – 10:00 am
Worship- 10:00 am
Parenting Class – 4:00 pm
Scout Council – 6:00 pm
Scout Leaders – 7:00 pm

Monday, March 4
Search Committee – 6:15 pm
AA – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, March 5
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Under 2s – 10:30 am
Yarmouth Community Chorus – 4:00 pm
Pancake Supper 5:30 pm

Wednesday, March 6
Staff – 9:30 am
Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm
Ash Wednesday Service – 7:00 pm