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July 2014

Church Council

Ken Thorson

Children & Families
Hilda Wiley

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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
Becky Wilkoff - Church School
Jane Connors - Administrator
Steve Williams - Business
Peggy Mast - Collector

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February 27, 2015


We've often heard that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Is it also blessed to receive? What makes it so hard to receive? This Sunday's scripture is the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37. Imagine yourself as the one lying on the side of the road hurt. What help do you hope for and who do you hope will offer it?

See you Sunday,



Windows On Food

Winter 2015 Education Series Continues

Windows On...Food Education Series continues this morning with "What's Eating Maine? What Does Maine Eat?" Mark Lapping, Distinguished Professor and Director of Maine Food Strategy will give an overview of where our food comes from, how much income comes from food production and what foods we tend to eat.

Also, today at 3:30 PM, join in with other church folks as we prepare a meal, identify unusual foods and eat what we have created. If you can't help prepare and cook, please feel free to join us at 5:00 PM for the dinner.


Being Mortal: A conversation about the decisions we make with our families, and our medical teams, about the care in which we do and do not want to participate. Led by Mary Baard the following times: Sunday, March 15, 11:15, Fellowship Hall, Wed., March 18,:00-2:30 pm, Chapel, Monday, March 23, 7:00-8:30 pm, Chapel. In preparation, she suggests one of these options:

  • Read Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
  • Watch online the Frontline episode, Being Mortal, (2/10/15)
  • Read Still Alice, by Lisa Genova (a story about early-onset Alzheimer's disease)
  • Go to the movie, Still Alice, (playing at Evening Star Cinema beginning Feb. 22 and running for at least two weeks.)


Fellowship Breakfast: Sunday, March 15 from 8 - 9:30AM in Pilgrim House. (We cancelled the breakfast in February, due to the "blizzard that missed us," so we are anxious to see you in March!)

Cherub and Junior Choir family suppers will take place every Thursday evening in March from 6:00 to 6:30 PM in Fellowship Hall. Come enjoy fellowship and a warm meal with other choir families between Cherub and Junior Choir rehearsals! Free will donations are welcome. Pastor Mary will also hold parent conversations with anyone who is interested, every Thursday evening in March from 5:30 to 6:00 PM (during Cherub Choir rehearsal).

Prayer Concerns: Susan Fitzgerald, Gil Schneidewind, Dot Huebner, Janet Leland

Pilgrim Lodge UCC Maine Summer Camp: Registration is now open. Scholarships are available through Pilgrim Lodge and through First Parish Church. FMI please contact Becky Wilkoff. (

Flower Donation Openings: We have openings for donating flowers for worship services on March 29, May 1, May 31, September 27, and October 4. Sign up in the Vestry on the kiosk or call Nancy Damiani at 721-9324 FMI.

Pictorial directory: There are some pictorial directories available before and after worship in the Vestry and the Children's Education room in Pilgrim House.

The budget envelopes for 2015 and can be picked up in the Vestry after worship or in the church office during the week.


The Grief Support Group

meets each Wednesday at 2 PM in the Parlor. FMI, please contact the church office at 729-7331

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.

NEW! The Living with Pain Support Group will meet again on Tuesday, March 3 from 2-3PM in the Chapel at Pilgrim House. They plan to meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. If you live with chronic pain or provide care for someone in chronic pain, you are most welcome to attend.

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.


Youth Mission Trip:Some of our Youth will be joining others from St. Charles on a YouthWorks mission trip to Philadelphia in June. Most of the work will have something to do with feeding the hungry. All in all it will be a week focused on addressing the needs of others and being open to God. You can help support the trip on Saturday evening, March 14 at a St. Patrick's Day Party and raffle at St. Charles. The youth will be in the vestry today to answer any question and to accept donations.

AN OPEN INVITATION TO UNA MEETING: The annual meeting of the Maine Chapter of the United Nations Association (, which encourages global citizenship in support of the UN's diplomatic and humanitarian work, will be held at Bowdoin College's Moulton Union on Sat., March 14, in the Lancaster Room. The meeting, luncheon and program are open to all. Julia (Judy) Kahrl, Emeritus Advisor at Pathfinder International and a global leader in sexual and reproductive health in developing countries, will speak on Women and Community at 1 p.m. following a light lunch at noon. RSVP by telephone on or before March 9 to Lollie Brown, 725-6492 or by mail to P.O. Box 262, Brunswick, ME 04011. You may pay for lunch ($20) by cash or check at the door. If you are unable to come to the meeting and lunch, do come to hear Judy Kahrl at 1 p.m.