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Pastor's Message
Summer Along Sundays
FUNdraising Events
Prayer Requests
Church News
Church Meditation and Support
Community News
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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August 29, 2014

Pastor's Message

Hello First Parish Friends -

I hope you can join for our official farewell to our summer schedule this Sunday. As we move into the fall, students are returning to school, many of us are returning to different work schedules... often we are thinking of new goals, new things we'd like to learn and grow in in the coming year. What are you being called to explore in your faith in the year ahead?

This week, we'll read along with the story and the call of Moses (Exodus 3:1-15), and think together about how we can read the fires of justice we see around us in these days of challenge and of change in the world.

See you Sunday,
Last Sunday we came to the font to "lay our burden down" using strips of cloth dipped in the font and then hung over branches. This is a Celtic custom in which people participate when visiting holy wells.

Summer Along Sundays ~

June 15 to August 31.

Children age 4 and older will have a brief lesson, then play games and do crafts on the Pilgrim House playground after the children's moment each week. Nursery Care for ages 3 and younger in the Nursery starts before church. During inclement weather the group will meet upstairs in Fellowship Hall.

Church School begins Sept. 7th for preschool through seventh grade. FMI

All Ages Birthday Party Sept. 7th for everyone! Meet others of all generations who were born in your same month, enjoy refreshments and a craft.

Please Join in These FUNdraising Events

Pilgrim Scramble: Moses and Aaron (aka Geno Ring and Bill Ferdinand) are leading up to 36 pilgrim golfers into the wilderness of Mere Creek golf course on September 27 at 2 PM. We will play a 9-hole scramble (best ball) format with prizes for low gross and low net scores. Golf, fellowship and Dinner for $65 per pilgrim.

Also, Manna Raffle: Everyone is invited to participate in the Manna raffle to support our church. We will sell up to 1000 pieces of Manna (numbered golf balls) for $10, or six for $50, which will be dropped from heaven (via helicopter). The manna that is closest to the pilgrim destiny (golf hole) will win 25% of the proceeds. More information to follow!

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY! They are also available in the church office during the week.


If you or a family member is hospitalized or if you would like a visit, please call the church office at 729-7331. Also please call the church office if you would like to have the members of the Prayer Circle keep you or a family member or friend in prayer.

Church News
Inquiring Minds Book Group
A new year of reading begins on Monday, September 15th at 7 p.m. in the parlor. The book chosen is The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin, the story of investigative journalism at McClure's magazine in the time of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. For any questions, contact Becky Halbrook at

Choir rehearsals: The music ministry of First Parish Church is open to all ages and abilities. Regular choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, September 3 for adults and Thursday, September 11 for youth and children. The Chamber Choir begins rehearsals on September 18 , the Parish Ringers begin September 10 and Chapel Ringers begin on September 8. We gladly welcome new members. If you have questions, please feel free to speak with Ray Cornils.
Church Meditation and Support

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. The next meeting will be Tuesday, September 9th at 12 p.m. 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.


Would you like to help the Gathering Place? If you would like to donate coffee, tea or condiments, please contact Ed Bradley at 841-1738.

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 commitment is September 17th. 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: Don't forget that First Parish, along with St. Paul's Church, provide lunches on the third Saturday of each month . There is a job for you! The next date is September 20. Please contact Beth Thompson at or 729-6365.

Community News

Don't forget the Food Pantry for Midcoast Hunger during the summer months. They are always in need of personal items (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.) but at this time they especially need canned fruits and vegetables, canned beef stew, small jars of peanut butter. Thank you!

You may bring your donations to the church office during the week or to church on Sunday and place in the wooden box in the Vestry. Thank you!

The Unitarian Universalist Church has invited our members to the dedication of their new building at 1 Middle Street in Brunswick on Sunday, September 7th at 4:00 o'clock. There will be a reception following the service.