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Pastor's Message
Church News
Adult Education Offerings
Halls of Holly Fair
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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October 31, 2014


CHANGE CLOCKS! Fall Back One Hour.

On this All Saint's Sunday, we remember those of our community who have died in the last year. It is our acknowledgement that they have joined the great cloud of witnesses whose stories continue to sustain and uphold us in our ministries. We are blessed by those who have gone before us, sustained by those who share the journey with us, and emboldened by imagining those who will come after us. 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.

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 Susan's email address at church:


The following Adult Education offerings are for October and 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).

Reproductive Justice:

Sunday, Nov. 2, 7-9 PM in Fellowship Hall. What does it mean when we talk about reproductive rights? This will be an open and safe space to explore this topic together. (Fellowship Hall)

Celtic Spirituality Conversation led by Mary Baard: Either Wed. Nov. 5, 12:30-2:30 or Sat. Nov. 8, 9:30-11:30 in the Chapel. Please call the office if you would like to attend.

Sabbath and Seeing: Part 1: Sabbath:

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.

A Small Group Study using the book, "Compassionate Life: A Christian Perspective" is offered on Wednesdays from 3:15-4:45 PM in the Chapel on Nov. 5,12, 19, Dec. 3 and 10. This is lead by Ruth Thibodeau and Betsy Eaton.

EarthCare Team Invitation to attend a film and meatless meal on Sunday, Nov. 9, 4 PM in Fellowship Hall. Documentary: "Fresh: New Thinking About What We're Eating" and a choice of meatless entrees prepared by the Team. Participants should bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share. A Free Will Offering will go to MidCoast Hunger.

A December Quiet Day will be offered Thursday Dec. 4 9:30-1:00pm at Ann Barry's apartment, Thornton Oaks Room 315. For info or to register please contact Ann Barry 725-4754 or; or Jeanne Tuttle 798-0012;



What can you do to help with the Church Fair?

We need jewelry (can be brought to church office anytime); items for our Christmas table and other craft items; jams, jellies, pickles, etc.; used books and CDs. We will also need cookies for the Cookie Walk, candies, and other baked goods. Nonperishable items can be brought to the Pilgrim House starting on Nov. 10. Thank you!


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.


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 November 19th. 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 November 15 and we need you! Please contact Beth Thompson at or 729-6365.