In This Issue
Pastor's Message
Church News
Choir Dinners in Oct.
Pilgrim Lodge
Church Meditation and Support
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 17, 2014


This Sunday, I hope you'll join us for worship to add your voice to songs and prayers, and add your thoughts to our wondering as a community.

Community is at the heart of many our gifts this Sunday:

...As we share in a meal, our Fellowship Breakfast in Pilgrim House at 8:15.

...As we worship, with Westminster and Adult Choirs and Chapel Ringers, and pray together for our mission and partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

...As we share in learning and in story across our generations at our 3RD SUNDAY worship and potluck in Pilgrim House at 5pm.

What other communities or groups make your heart sing? What special gifts do they offer? Carry your answers with you in the days ahead, and join us as we give thanks for them!

See you Sunday!



Fellowship Breakfast! Yes, THIS Sunday morning from 8-9:30. Homemade pancakes! Everyone welcome in Fellowship Hall before worship!

"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.

This coming Sunday, October 19th, join us at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall for our next 3rd Sunday worship and potluck. This month we'll be led by Karin Baard, who will be sharing her summer experiences on an Interfaith Pilgrimage of Peace on the Camino in Spain. All ages welcome.

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:

Labyrinth Available Tuesday October 28th from 12 noon to 8 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Crafter's Group

Do you have craft projects you have never finished? Would you like to join in fellowship with other people who have the same problem? The Crafter's Group is reorganizing for this fall to meet on Thursdays at 1 PM in the parlor of Pilgrim House. All are welcome, whether they have a project or not. Come and have a cup of tea and meet other folks.

Our October Quiet Day will be held Friday, October 24, 9:30-1 p.m. In December, the Quiet Day will be Thursday, December 4th. For further information please contact either Ann Barry, 725-4754,; or Jeanne Tuttle, 798-0012,

Planned Giving:

The Church's theme for this year is "Being is a Blessing." Are you being a blessing to First Parish by giving a legacy in your will? Be a blessing.

Adult Education

Afghanistan: Support Through Renewal: presented by Sue Chadima, DVM and Mariam Raqib, PhD on Sunday, October 26 directly following worship in the sanctuary. Join us!

Inquiring Minds Book Group: At our next meeting on Monday, October 20th (7 p.m. in the Parlor), we will discuss a novel based on a historical figure, Sarah Grimke of Charleston SC. The book is entitled "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd. All are welcome. FMI contact Becky Halbrook at

Junior and Cherub Choir Dinners

Thursday Night Junior and Cherub Choir Dinners:
October 2-23 from 6:00 to 6:30 in Fellowship Hall. Free will donations are welcome. We hope you can join us.

Pilgrim Lodge Clean Up Days: October 24-25

Stan & Jane Primmer are looking for any adults & high school young people from First Parish interested in going to PL on Oct 25 (primary cleanup day) or maybe Oct 24 for an 8 am departure, returning from PL about 3-4 pm to come back home. Please call Stan or Jane at 725-8912 to have a wonderful time volunteering at PL this Fall.

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. 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.


October is recognized nationally as Domestic Violence Awareness month. First Parish is partnering with Family Crisis Services for the Glowing Purple Project. We will be "shining the light on domestic violence" by adding purple ribbon banners on our fences in the front of the church.

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 October 29th 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.

Earth Care

The EarthCare Team is sponsoring an informational table about composting in the Vestry directly after worship Sunday. Jane Primmer and Heather Higbee will be available to answer questions and hand out information on how to get started.

Halls of Holly Fair: November 15, 9-2

Please start looking for items to donate to the fair: We need jewelry (can be brought to church office anytime); items for our Christmas table and other craft items; jams, jellies and 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!