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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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September 12, 2014

Pastor's Message

People have watched the birds and dreamed of flying since the beginning of time. Therefore, it's not surprising that we speak of God's Spirit as wind and dove, both images that help us soar. In Celtic tradition we encounter the wild goose as a symbol of God's Spirit. One of the things about the wild goose is that it is, well, wild. In what ways do you sense the wildness of God's Spirit in your own life?

See you Sunday,



"Coffee Hour" will be held in both the Vestry and Pilgrim House this fall. We encourage you to feel free to attend either one. We are doing this to provide more opportunities for people to meet one another, since the Vestry is not large enough to accommodate everyone.

September 21st, Ring the Bell for the Earth!

We will have prayers and silence in the Sanctuary from 12:30-1:00 pm, followed by a ringing of the church bell 350 times. Invite neighbors and friends. For more information:

"3rd Sunday" Inter-generational Worship and Potluck Meal will be held September 21st at 5 pm Outside and Inside Pilgrim House. Julia, Allie and Michael Ring will share from their summer mission trip. All are welcome so please join in!

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 four people with a golf ball closest to the hole will each be welcome to invite a guest to join them for a catered "dinner for eight" at First Parish Church.

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

Adult Education

We hope you will join us for the September Quiet Day, sponsored by the Northeast Guild for Spiritual Formation, to be held Friday, Sept 26, 9:30am -1pm; at the home of Ann Carroll, 24 Summer Street, Topsham ME 04086. Soup lunch included. For info or to register please contact Ann Barry 725-4754 or or Jeanne Tuttle 798-0012;

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

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.


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.

Kotzschmar Organ Concert

After two years of renovation, the Kotzschmar Organ at Merrill Auditorium in Portland is back and better than ever. We invite you to the following programs:

Grand Opening Concert Saturday, September 27 7:30 pm

Ray Cornils and Peter Richard Conte, organists

Kotzschmar Festival Brass and Percussion

Tickets through PortTix 207 842-0800