The Clam Festival online sign up portal is open! Join in all the fun while we work together to support the church and our community! This is a great chance to get to know some new people in the congregation and spend quality time with those you have known for years. Click here to sign up online: You can also sign up on the sign up sheets on the bulletin board in the lobby.

Saturday, June 22 – We will be moving loam and seeding the lawn to get it ready for the Clam Festival and we could use your help! Please bring a shovel and gardening gloves and meet us on the front lawn at 12 noon. If you have any questions please contact Liz Reinsborough at [email protected]

Summer Worship – We will move to our summer worship time of 9:30 am on Sunday, July 7.

Summer Office Hours – On July 1 we will move to our summer office hours of Monday-Friday from 9:00-12:00 pm.

Newsletter Deadline – The newsletter deadline for the July/August newsletter is Monday, June 24. Please send submissions to [email protected]


Friday, June 21 – Women’s Coffee in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00 am. Open to all women of First Parish.


Clam Festival Book Drop – Please leave books at the back door of the church boxed or bagged (no loose books please) on the pallets where you see the sign. Please only drop off books in good condition. No mold or musty smelling books or hard covers with broken spines. We do not accept textbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries, diet books, or books about parenting, health or self -help as they do not sell. The book drop will close on July 10.

Pie Booth – It’s not to soon to start thinking about baking pies for the Clam Festival! Last year, we found that limiting the number of TYPES of pies to about 15 types worked quite well. We hope to need about 500 pies over the weekend. Pies can be made up to 6 weeks ahead of time and frozen. Please remember to let your pies COOL completely. They should then be wrapped in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil as well. Freezers in the Undercroft will be available the beginning of June. Please label the type of pie. Sometimes it is difficult to tell what kind they are. We ask that you limit your pies to the following: Apple | Blueberry | Strawberry Rhubarb | Toll House | Peach | Key Lime | Chocolate Cream | Peach Blueberry | Raspberry| Custard | Cherry | Pecan | Lemon Meringue | Pumpkin | Brownie

We truly appreciate all the time, effort and cost that goes into all the pies that are made every year and hope that you will continue to contribute to what some people consider the “Best Food Booth at the Festival”!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Liz Reinsborough at [email protected]

The Pink Elephant -The gray tent is now set up in the back of the church off Storer Street to accept items. We accept furniture, household and kitchen items, sports equipment, toys, games, crafts, appliances, etc. Remember all appliances should be in working order. WE DO NOT ACCEPT any clothes (except hats, belts, and shoes) and NO computer equipment of any sort. We also need more helpers to sort and price (no experience necessary) and any amount of time is appreciated since several of our longtime sorters are unable to help this year. The Pink Elephant brings in a substantial part of the Clam Festival proceeds for the church and we really need people to step up if this is to continue. For any questions or to sign up to be a sorter, please contact Mary Thorp at 846-3203 or email her at: [email protected]


Wednesday, June 19
Staff Meeting – 9:30 am
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm
Trustees – 6:30 pm

Thursday, June 20
317 Local Vocals – 6:30 pm
Choir – 7:00 pm

Friday, June 21
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
No Strings Attached Coffee – 10:00 am

Saturday, June 22
Men’s Group – 8:00 am

Sunday, June 23
Worship – 10:00 am
Youth Mission Trip Meeting – 7:00 pm

Monday, June 24
Newsletter Deadline
Search Committee – 6:30 pm
AA – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, June 25
Food Pantry – 10:00 am

Wednesday, June 26
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm

Weekly News for June 19