In This Issue
Pastor's Message
Summer Along Sundays
Prayer Requests
Church News
Church Meditation and Support
Outreach
Community News
Church Contacts

Church Leaders
July 2014

Church Council

Ken Thorson

Children & Families
Hilda Wiley

Christian Outreach
Carol O'Donnell

Deacons
Bonnie Spies

Music
Margaret Hutchins

Personnel
Ed Bradley

Finance
Kevin Hart

Stewardship
John Pearson

Staff
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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July 25, 2014

Pastor's Message
Hello First Parish friends -
It has been a hard week to watch the news (and I hope you will be good to yourself if it is a time to be away from the news altogether). We see war, discord, misunderstanding, and isolation in our civil and international relationships. I am thankful in weeks like these to have a church community to gather with, and to find in the peace exchanged here a living hope for new days ahead.
This week, we welcome our guest preacher,
The Rev. Ron Kurtz, a member of our congregation and a minister who has served in churches, conferences, and national offices of our denomination through the years. Ron will share his sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22, helping us to ponder and reach for thanksgiving to God "In All Circumstances..."
We will also welcome Jake Nelson and Emily Fant-Nelson as they bring their children to the font for baptism, as we celebrate new life and new hope.

Hope to see you Sunday!
Geoff

Summer Along Sundays ~

June 15 to August 31.

Children age 4 and older will have a brief lesson, then play games and do crafts on the Pilgrim House playground after the children's moment each week. Nursery Care for ages 3 and younger in the Nursery starts before church. During inclement weather the group will meet upstairs in Fellowship Hall.

Golf Tournament Fundraiser Attention all golfers! Bill Ferdinand and Geno Ring are planning a Golf Outing at Mere Creek on September 27 at 2 PM as a fundraiser for the church. Save the date! There are also opportunities for non-golfers to participate, so watch for more news or talk with Bill or Geno.

Prayers

If you or a family member is hospitalized or if you would like a visit, please call the church office at 729-7331. Also please call the church office if you would like to have the members of the Prayer Circle keep you or a family member or friend in prayer.

Church News

Prayers for:

Marilyn Cary; family of Judy Brennan,

who died on July 12. Her service will be held here on August 22 at 2 p.m.

All are welcome at a Celebration of Life for Harry Boyce on August 4 at 11AM in the sanctuary. A reception will follow at noon at the Brunswick Hotel.

Summertime Hours: Church office is open Mon. - Thurs. from 9 AM to 3 PM and on Fridays until 1:00 PM.

Summertime at First Parish
is a difficult time to find ushers to help. Cynthia Girardin (2girardins@comcast.net or 798-3906) has taken responsibility for the usher line-up and would very much appreciate your help in filling the slots. Look at your calendars and give her a call! Many thanks!

Another Summertime Comment

Thank you for your continued support throughout the summer months by keeping up to date on your pledges.

Music

The Summer Singers

will sing again on August 17th. This is an informal choir and is open to any interested person, young or old. We will meet for one rehearsal that Sunday morning at 9:00 AM in the choir room. You are most welcome to join us!

Please mark you calendars for the FPC 29th Summer Organ Concert Serieson Tuesdays from 12:10 to 1:00 PM. They will be held on Tuesdays through August 19th. There is no admission charge, but a donation of $5.00 is suggested. Our next organist on July 29 will be Christopher Ganza. Chris began organ lessons at the age of nine with Ray Cornils. He is currently the organist and director of music at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Oklahoma, OK.

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.

OUTREACH

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. 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: 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 August 16. Please contact Beth Thompson at mainebeth@gmail.com or 729-6365.

Community News
Don't forget the Food Pantry for Midcoast Hunger during the summer months. They are always in need of personal items (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.) as well as canned goods like spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables and fruit and peanut butter.
You may bring your donations to the church office during the week or to church on Sunday and place in the wooden box in the Vestry. Thank you!