It is a joy for me to share in the confirmation program with our young people. They are wonderful, gifted people. Thank you to the adult mentors who have walked this confirmation journey with our youth. Please make a special effort to join us in worship this Sunday as we celebrate Confirmation. Our very presence on this special day makes visible our conviction that these confirmands are a blessing in our midst. Indeed we are very blessed to be part of an intergenerational congregation. (Note: We will not be having communion this Sunday. We will be share communion on March 9, which is the first Sunday of Lent.) See you Sunday.
Family and Children
Mardi Gras Celebration on Tue. March 4th
The Children and Family Ministry Team invites you to join them for mask making & pancake supper. Then our Three Wise Ones will lead the parade before we exit into the quiet Lenten night.
Lent begins Wednesday Adult Education
Ash Wednesday Services
12:00 Noon in Chapel: Remembrance of Baptism
6:30 PM in the Sanctuary: Imposition of Ashes
Lenten Spiritual Reflection Group, led by Mary Baard, will be held on Wednesdays and Sunday mornings beginning on March 5th. (Wed. 12:30-1:30 and Sundays: 8:50-9:40) A book accompanies the class. (Open the Door: A Journey to the True Self by Joyce Rupp)
Join us in a new practice for the season of Lent: a six week series, Creative Engagement: A Bible Study in Art and Reflection, offered by Pastor Geoff and members of the Adult Christian Education Committee. Wednesdays at 3:30 PM through April 16 in the Chapel. All are welcome!!
The EarthCare film for March will be Dirt, the Movie. It will be shown on Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Pilgrim House. Featuring Jamie Lee Curtis, this full-length film explores the relationship between humans and the ground beneath our feet. There will be time for discussion following the film. All are welcome!
New England Women's Celebration IX will be held in Portland, Maine this year on March 28 - 30. This is a time for you to renew your spirit, share your faith, enrich your life, and go forth renewed. Scholarship money is available. Workshop information is available in the church office or check out:
Save the date! Sunday, March 2, after church in the Choir Room of the Vestry you are invited to "Ask the Experts: Getting Your Act Together." We'll have presentations from the field of financial planning, elder law and family counseling to answer your questions. Refreshments, too!
Lenten Labyrinth Tue. March 11th and Good Friday, April 18 Join us in Fellowship Hall for walking meditation in the beginning and the end of Lent. Walking helps us embody the fullness of Lenten reflection in a new and deeply meaningful way.
Tickets - buy your tickets this Sunday! Tickets are on sale during coffee hour for the Adult Choir Concert on March 23 in Bowdoin's Studzinski Recital Hall at 3 pm. Ticket prices are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Seating is limited, so be sure to purchase your ticket in advance! Look for the table at coffee hour!
First Parish Church commits to providing a complete meal to theTedford Singles Shelter on the 3rd and 5th Wednesdays of each month. If you would like to help, there is a sign up poster available in the Vestry on the kiosk.
Don't forget your food items for Midcoast Hunger Food Pantry! They are especially in need of creamy soups and chowders, diced tomatoes, small jars of peanut butter, canned fruit, Hamburger or Tuna Helper. You can leave your items in the big wooden box in the Vestry or bring them by the office any day of the week.
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 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.