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Pastor's Message
Adult Education
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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
Becky Wilkoff - Church School
Jane Connors - Administrator
Steve Williams - Business
Peggy Mast - Collector

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January 23, 2015


Annual Meeting this Sunday!

This Sunday, we will have our Annual Meeting in which we talk and make decisions in relation to our funds and ministries. We'll receive reports on 2014, and review proposals for 2015. Worship will be abbreviated so that parents of young children will be able to take advantage of child care and participate in the meeting.

It is a fitting time to talk about what calls us into this church, this community, this gathering of people walking this strange and marvelous Way of Christ together. So, I hope you'll come and join us. We'll listen in as the first disciples begin their walk with Jesus thousands of years ago, and we'll listen for where the Spirit is calling us in these new days.



INQUIRING MINDS BOOK GROUP -- In January we will meet on Monday January 26th and discuss "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and in February we will meet on Monday February 16th and discuss "The Swerve" by Stephen Greenblatt. Both meetings will be in the Parlor in Pilgrim House at 7pm. As always, all are welcome to join us for these discussions.

Windows On...Food:

Coming to you in Feb. and March. This series will feature a field trip to MidCoast Hunger Prevention, some farm to table events, some films and forums. More information next week! First event will be a tour of Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. If interested, meet at MCHPP, 84A Union Street in Brunswick at 11:30 on Sunday, February 1st. Cash and food donations to MCHPP are welcome.

Prayer Concerns: Susan Fitzgerald, Dunbar Oehmig at Freeport Nursing and Rehab, Sally Twine at Bodwell Unit.

Third Sunday Fellowship Breakfast: Please come and join us from 8 - 9:30 in Fellowship Hall this week for a variety of breakfast casseroles (including gluten-free) and pancakes!

Semi-Annual Meeting of First Parish Church will be held directly after worship on January 25. The Annual Report for Finance is available at both doors of the sanctuary on Sunday for you to read before coming to the meeting next week!

The budget envelopes have arrived for 2015 and can be picked up in the Vestry after worship or in the church office during the week.

We are always collecting food items for Midcoast Hunger. This month's "most needed" items are: peanut butter, white rice, canned fruit, pancake mix Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, cereal, soups, meals in cans.

Labyrinth is available for meditative walking on Tuesday, January 27, from noon until 8 PM in Fellowship Hall. Winter is a perfect time to nestle into the cocoon of the labyrinth and restore your soul.

The Grief Support Group

meets each Wednesday at 2 PM in the Parlor. FMI, please contact the church office at 729-7331

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.


Growing Local - Film Screening & Community Forum

Sunday, January 25th at 5pm at Frontier Cafe, there will be a showing of "Growing Local", a new film that explores the growing pains of Maine's local food movement, and the uncertain fate of the farmers and farmland that keep it alive.