Advent, the season of waiting... for light, for the Christ-child, for new beginnings, is so often celebrated in song. We sing hymns and carols to gather us in as a church, and to retell our ancient--and still new--stories of the expectation of Jesus.
This year, we will meet particular characters "on the way" in the stories of the season through their words (which have become songs, sometimes called "canticles" in the church.) This week, we meet the father of John the Baptist, Zechariah, who sings a prophecy over his new-born son and prophet to-be. It is a song of hope, and a song of calling a new guide who will "prepare the way" for the hope to come in Jesus.
See you Sunday!
Candle-lit Evening Prayers will be held for the season of Advent Sundays, 6:30-7pm in the Sanctuary. All are welcome to a time of prayer and reflection at the close of day.
EXTRA: A group of First Parish members have been meeting in preparation for Advent, writing short devotionals and reflections for the season. In the weeks ahead, we will share some of their work with you. Feel free to read, pray, and reflect along with them!
Look for the tree in the Vestry after worship this week. Pick a gift slip off the tree, buy and wrap the gift, and return it with the slip to the church office by December 15th.
Advent-ure - Sunday, December 8
The Children and Family Ministry Team invites all ages to come for Advent craft making, potluck supper and carol singing. Please RSVP to 729-7331 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cantata Sunday, December 8
Our choir will present John Rutter's uplifting Magnificat with orchestra next Sunday morning during the worship service.
Tue. Dec. 3rd from 12 Noon to 8pm
Join us for a special focus on Advent as we pause from the busy-ness of the season to listen for the Christ-child within each of us. Hosts are available to orient new comers. FMI contact Susan email@example.com
2014 Work camp with ASAPROSAR
The 2014 El Salvador work camp is scheduled for March 8 to March 16, 2014. If you are interested in being a part of the work camp and/or want more information please contact Valerie Ricker via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (729-9026).
The deadline for signing up for Fellowship Dinners is Monday, December 16th. Please email the church office, and we will send you the form either via email or snail mail. The form is also available in the December Newsletter, which will arrive shortly. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others from First Parish Church in a small group setting.
Usher Help: Would you like to help? We now have a website where you can sign up for the weeks that suit you best! Or call Priscilla Sargent, who is the coordinator, at 721-0685 (email@example.com). (tinyurl.com/FPCusher)
The December EarthCare Team film will be "Ending the Silence on Climate Change," and will be shown on Friday, December 6 at 7 PM in the Chapel of Pilgrim House. This episode of "Bill Moyers and Company" is focused on bringing climate change back into our national conversation. The evening is co-sponsored by EarthCare Teams from St. Paul's, Unitarian Universalist and FPC. All are welcome.
Inquiring Minds Book Group:
We announce the next two books for discussion and invite your participation. On Monday December 9th at 7pm,we will discuss "Peaches for Father Frances" by Joanne Harris. And on January 20th at 7pm, we will discuss "Dear Life: stories" by Alice Munro. Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize in Literature this year and her newest book, "Dear Life: stories," won various awards, including the Man Booker International Prize. Please plan to join us for a book discussion in the Parlor.
The Caregivers Support Group meets every Monday from 2 - 3 PM in the Parlor of Pilgrim House. All are welcome. FMI, please call Judy Bauman at 729-1219.
The Advanced Cancer Support Groupmeets every other week. FMI, please call the church office at 729-7331 or Jeanne Tuttle at 721-0721.
Tickets for Christmas with Cornils (Tuesday, December 10 in Lewiston and Tuesday, December 17 in Portland) are available at the church office.
The 21st annual Ecumenical Festival of Lessons and Carols will be held at St. John's Church in Brunswick on Sunday, December 15 at 3:00pm.
Come and listen to a presentation of History, Necessity and Process of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Wednesday, December 4 7:00 p.m. Kresge Auditorium, VAC Bowdoin College. A Q & A panel discussion will follow with Esther Attean of Maine-Wabanaki REACH and Commissioners Gail Werrbach and gkisedtanamoogk.