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Pastor's Message
Holy Week Services
Church News
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
Becky Wilkoff - Church School
Jane Connors - Administrator
Steve Williams - Business
Peggy Mast - Collector

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March 20, 2015


How wonderful it is to welcome people into the life and membership of First Parish Church! On Sunday, fourteen people will be received as members of the congregation. At that point in the service we will join together in saying the Covenant of First Parish Church.

This covenant expresses our commitment to God and one another as we live out our faith journey together through the ministries of this congregation.

After worship there will be an opportunity to discuss the Covenant and any possible modifications we might want to consider.

See you Sunday.


Maundy Thursday, April 2
6:00 PM Communion with Soup and Bread Dinner
Fellowship Hall

Good Friday Service, April 3
7:30 PM Service of Tenebrae in the Sanctuary
Labyrinth available for meditative walking
from Noon until 7:00 PM in Fellowship Hall

Easter Services, April 5
6:00 Am Sunrise Service:
Bicycle Path on Water Street, Brunswick
followed by a breakfast in Fellowship Hall from 7-8AM.
10:00 AM Service in the Sanctuary


Our Whole Lives Adult Sexuality Education Series will have an informational session after worship Sunday March 29th in the choir room. Come and learn about the Our Whole Lives program that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect and justice. It helps adults address their attitudes, values and feelings about themselves, their sexuality and others' sexuality. After the meeting there will be an opportunity to sign up for a month-long Our Whole Lives sexuality education series. Sundays, 4:00-5:30pm, April 12-May 3.

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

4 Cs (Congregational Conversation with the Church Council) Meeting this Sunday, March 22: The topic will be "History of Covenants of First Parish." Information about this topic is available on our website.

Atul Gwande, Author of "Being Mortal" will be the keynote speaker at a conference in Augusta on April 1. Church members have the unique opportunity to attend this speech for $25. If you are interested in attending, please call the church office to sign up by Wed. March 25th.

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. (

Easter Flowers: Would you like to order an Easter flower in Memory or in honor of a loved one for the sanctuary for Easter Sunday, April 5? Please send your request to the church office by Monday, March 30, along with a check for $25.


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 Advanced 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.

Labyrinth Walk: Good Friday, April 3 from Noon until 7 PM in Fellowship Hall.


Habitat for Humanity Annual Spring Walk: May 3

St. Charles Church to Hope Lane subdivision for the groundbreaking at the Faith Build site. More information will be available after worship starting on April 12th. Come to the information table to see how you can help! Walker packets are available in the church office.

Cancer Society's Relay for Life May 15-16

The First Parish Team is called "A Caring Spirit" and we would love to have you participate in some way this year! For more information, please come to the table in the Vestry during coffee hour on March 22 and 29, or call co-captains Ruth Thibodeau (729-3190) or Janet Roberts (729-8967).

St. Mary Schola, with Bruce Fithian as Music Director, will present a concert, Vows and Visions: An Early Music Concert, on March 24 at 7:30 PM in our sanctuary. Adults $15: Students and Seniors $12.

Recipes for the 300th
Anniversary Cookbook

The cookbook committee invites you to submit your favorite recipes for the cookbook celebrating FPC's 300th anniversary. During the next few months, there will be baskets available at coffee hour after worship and in Pilgrim House. Please include: title, ingredients, number of servings, preparation instructions and your name and telephone number. If you have questions, please contact a committee person.
(Cindy Girardin, Nancy Hoffman, Margo Knight, Connie Rose, Ruth Thibodeau or Lois Widmer)