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Pastor's Message
Summer Along Sundays
FUNdraising Events
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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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September 26, 2014

Pastor's Message

Hello First Parish Friends!

I hope you'll join us this Sunday, as we wonder about the holiness of human-ness. We'll read the ancient hymn of the early church found in Philippians 2, thinking about what it means for Jesus to be human, and what that means for our own humanity and the chance to find Christ in other people.

Today, think about the last interaction you had with someone, friend or stranger, when you felt the presence of God. What was it about that person that lent a sense of holiness to the moment? Maybe just as interesting, what was it about you in that moment that was ready or even hungry for an experience of the Spirit?

May your weekend be restful and open to that kind of mystery and wonder!

- Geoff


Everyone is welcome to watch the Manna Golf Ball drop on Saturday at Mere Creek Golf Course at 5:30 pm. We will announce the winners on Sunday. Thank you to all who participated in the golf ball challenge!

"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 Sunday, September 28, after Worship: "Pilgrimage" Mary Baard, our senior pastor, will share some of her experiences during her sabbatical time away this summer. All are welcome. (Fellowship Hall)

Outreach News

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 illuminating purple lights on the front of the church for the month of October.

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!

Your EarthCare Team is looking for someone to write a monthly EarthCare Tip for the Pilgrims' Progress. If you are interested in doing this, please contact Sue at Thank you.

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.

Labyrinth Available Tue. Sept. 30

Walk the meandering labyrinth pathway to sense the call of the wild geese. Our 30' canvas labyrinth is available Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 12 Noon to 8pm in Fellowship Hall. Hosts are available to answer questions or FMI


A Community Forum in Brunswick on the Art of Storytelling will take place in the Great Hall of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brunswick on Saturday, October 4 from 9:30 to 3:30 . The featured artist and story-teller will be Ashley Bryan. This is a free event!

CHANS (Community Health and Nursing Service) will be holding a flu shot clinic here at First Parish Church directly after worship on Sunday, October 5th in the chapel of Pilgrim House. All are welcome! Get your flu shot!

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. The next meeting will be Tuesday, September 9th at 12 p.m. 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 October 15th. If you are able to help, a sign-up poster is available in the Vestry. A big thank you to everyone who participates in this ministry.

Saturday Lunch at Midcoast Hunger: Don't forget that First Parish, along with St. Paul's Church, provide lunches on the third Saturday of each month. There is a job for you! The next date is October 18th. Please contact Beth Thompson at or 729-6365.

Roof Update

The roofing project is well underway. G and E Roofing have completed both the north and the south main roofs, with the east and Vestry roofs left. There is quite a bit of dirt being dropped into the sanctuary, but our cleaning crew is fast at work. Both balconies are closed due to the dirt, and will be cleaned when the project is completed. We have had wonderful weather for roofing, and we expect an end date sometime in mid-October.

Kotzschmar Organ Concert

After two years of renovation, the Kotzschmar Organ at Merrill Auditorium in Portland is back and better than ever. We invite you to the following programs:

Grand Opening Concert Saturday, September 27 7:30 pm

Ray Cornils and Peter Richard Conte, organists

Kotzschmar Festival Brass and Percussion

Tickets through PortTix 207 842-0800