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Pastor's Message
Church News
Adult Education Offerings
Halls of Holly Fair
Church Meditation and Support
Church Contacts

Church Leaders
July 2014

Church Council

Ken Thorson

Children & Families
Hilda Wiley

Christian Outreach
Carol O'Donnell

Bonnie Spies

Margaret Hutchins

Ed Bradley

Kevin Hart

John Pearson

Mary Baard - Sr. Pastor
Geoff Parker - Assoc. Pastor
Ray Cornils - Minister of Music
Susan Fitzgerald - Child. Ed.
Jane Connors - Administrator
Steve Williams - Business
Peggy Mast - Collector

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November 21, 2014


One day a year for giving thanks is never enough. Thanksgiving is a celebration that invites us into ThanksLiving as a way of life. As part of our living thanks we share with others. It is our custom at Thanksgiving time to take a special offering for Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. In addition we invite you to bring an offering of "most needed" items for MCHPP, which will have had over 8,000 visits to their food pantry in 2014. Please bring these items to worship on Sunday and the children will help collect them during the second hymn.

Peanut Butter

White Rice - small & medium

Canned Fruit - all types

Pancake mix or Bisquick

Hamburger Helper - Tuna Helper

Cereal - Medium & Large boxes


Meals in a Can

See you Sunday,



To all our Elves, we wish to Thank You All again for your continued help from baking, making, helping in various capacities that made our annual Halls of Holly another SUCCESS. With Love, Mark & Melon

Susan Fitzgerald is on medical leave. You may send her a message at Becky Wilkoff is serving as Temporary Coordinator of Church School while Susan is on leave. You can communicate with Becky through her email:

As we get closer to the Christmas services, we will begin to experience more difficulty with parking around our church. If you are in good health, please leave the spaces closest tot the church for those who are not as able, and walk a few extra steps! It would be greatly appreciated!


The following Adult Education offerings are for November, and more information about each can be found in the November newsletter. You may also check the website ( or call the office. (729-7331).

Sabbath and Seeing: Part 1: Sabbath:One more Monday!

led by Geoff Parker on Mondays in November from 5:30 - 6:30 PM in the chapel.How do we notice and feel the movement of the Spirit as we seek our paths in life? Pastor Geoff will lead a class a discussion group throughout the year on spiritual discernment called Sabbath and Seeing, beginning with this month-long exploration of the spiritual practice of Sabbath.

Inquiring Minds Book Group: On December 15th the book being discussed will be "All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr. All are warmly welcomed. FMI please contact Becky Halbrook at

A December Quiet Day will be offered Thursday Dec. 4 9:30-1:00pm at the home of Ann Carroll at 24 Summer Street in Topsham. For info or to register please contact Ann Barry 725-4754 or; or Jeanne Tuttle 798-0012;


Labyrinth is available for meditative walking on Tuesday, December 9, from noon until 8 PM in Fellowship Hall. Join us for peace and quiet in the midst of a busy season.

The Grief Support Group meets each Wednesday at 2 PM in the Parlor. FMI, please contact Virginia Derr at 725-4147.

The Caregiver Support Group meets each Monday at 2 PM in the Parlor. FMI, please call Judy Bauman at 729-1219.

The "Living with Cancer" Support Group meets twice a month. If you need more information, please call the church office at 729-7331.

Weekly Silent Meditation

meets Friday morning in the Parlor at Pilgrim House from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. All are welcome. For more information, contact Jane Abernethy at (207) 522-0955.


On Sunday, November 23 there will be a special offering during worship to support our local MidCoast Hunger Prevention Program.

Tedford Meals: As a part of our outreach at First Parish, we have committed to take a meal to the Tedford Singles Shelter on the 3rd and 5th Wednesday of each month. Our next commitments are December 17 and 31. If you are able to help, a new sign-up poster is available in the Vestry. A big thank you to everyone who participates in this ministry.

Saturday Lunch at Midcoast Hunger: Did you know that our local soup kitchen serves a hot meal on every Saturday? MCHPP is happy to welcome volunteers to prep and serve that meal any Saturday, but you can join the fun and work beside other First Parish folk on the third Saturday of each month. The next date in December 20th and we need you! Please contact Beth Thompson at or 729-6365.