Weekly News for March 27

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.

Potluck/Creative Workshop
Following worship on Sunday, March 31, the Library Committee invites you to a potluck lunch and inter-generational creative workshop led by Paul and Jessica Gebhardt. Bring food or drink to share if you can.

Paul notes that: “Using the symbol of the heart we will create through paint and poetry in celebration of the steadfast presence that walks with us throughout our life. We will enter in to creating by reflecting and sharing about our own life, community and world as a whole.”

We will gather at 11:30 and hope to end around 1:00 pm.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Jeri Erickson 415-5937 or [email protected] Hope to see you there!

Lenten Reader
Copies of this year’s Lenten reader are available in print on the table in the church lobby or online at https://bit.ly/2FjHDki. 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.

Events

Save the Date! – Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 5:00 – 7:00 pm for Kent’s Retirement party.

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

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

Easter Flowers – Sunday, March 31 members of the Flower committee will begin accepting orders for Easter flowers. We are offering many varieties and colors. The flowers will be used to decorate the sanctuary for all Easter services.

Youth Mission Trip Fundraising
In August First Parish will be taking 12 adults and 25 high school youth to Neon-Fleming, Kentucky to volunteer with HOMES Inc. (www.homesincorporated.org). Every year we strive to make mission trips as affordable as possible because we believe that these experiences positively shape who our youth become as adults.

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.

Other Items of Interest

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, March 27
317 Main Meeting – 8:30 am
Staff – 9:30 am
Chair Yoga – 9:30 am
Community of Practice – 12:30 pm
Food Pantry – 5:00 pm

Thursday, March 28
Bible Study – 9:30 am
Under 2s – 10:30 am
Choir – 7:00 pm
Confirmation – 7:00 pm

Friday, March 29
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Collators – 1:00 pm

Saturday, March 30
Soul Spa – 9:30 am
Seniors/Teens Saturday Games – 10:00 am

Sunday, March 31
Worship- 10:00 am
Potluck and Creative Workshop – 11:30 am
Parenting Class – 4:00 pm

Monday, April 1
Search Committee – 6:15 pm
AA – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, April 2
Food Pantry – 10:00 am
Yarmouth Community Chorus – 4:00 pm
Scouts – 7:00 pm

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