In This Issue
Pastor's Message
Easter Flowers
Holy Week Services
Adult Education
Church News
Outreach News
Church Meditation and Support
Community News
Church Contacts

Church Leaders

Church Council

Kristi Hatrick

Children & Families
Ted Wickwire

Christian Outreach
Valerie Ricker

Deacons
Danielle Keller

Music
Margaret Hutchins

Personnel
Ed Bradley

Prudential
Dan Lay

Stewardship
Todd Rider

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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April 11, 2014

Pastor's Message
As we approach Holy Week, children and adults alike will ponder, "Why did people want to kill Jesus?" For many people religion is all about the answers, but today's text, Matthew 21:23-27,
http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=264140635, invites us into the questions. When the religious leaders ask Jesus to answer for his authority, he invites them into an exploration about discerning the movement of God's Spirit. See you on this Palm Sunday,
Mary

Easter Flowers
Easter Flowers in Memory or in Honor of a Loved One: Easter Sunday, April 20.
If you would like to order an Easter Flower in memory or in honor of a loved one to be used in the sanctuary on Easter Sunday, please send your request to the church office by Monday, April 14th, along with a check for $25. Please include your name as well as the person being remembered.
Easter Services

April 20

6:00 AM Sunrise Service: Bicycle Path on Water Street

Breakfast of bagels, fruit and coffee in Fellowship hall directly following the sunrise service.

10:00 AM Service in the Sanctuary

Adult Choir, Cherub, Junior and Westminster Choirs

Parish Ringers and Brass Quartet

Holy Week

Maundy Thursday, April 17

Soup and Bread Dinner with Communion

6:00 PM in Fellowship Hall (9 Cleaveland St.)

Good Friday Service

April 18 7:30 PM

Service of Tenebrae

Adult Choir and Chamber Choir

Lenten Labyrinth on Good Friday, April 18 from 12 noon to 7pm. Join us in Fellowship Hall for Lenten walking meditation. Walking helps us embody the fullness of Lenten reflection in a new and deeply meaningful way. FMI: sfitzgerald@firstparish.net.

Adult Education

Inquiring Minds Book Group
Our book group meets in the Parlor in Pilgrim House and you are always welcome. On Monday, May 19th, at 7 PM we will discuss "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power," by Jon Meacham.

Lenten Spiritual Reflection Group
,led by Mary Baard, will have its last meeting this Sunday, April 13th at 8:15 in the Chapel.

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!!

Church News

We are updating our pictorial directory in-house this year. Prisca Kenison, our photographer, will be available before worship (9:00 - 9:40 AM) in the sanctuary to take your photo on April 13th.
More dates will be available after Easter. If you have a family photo, or want to take one yourself, please send a digital copy to the church office. (jconnors@firstparish.net)

Pilgrim Lodge is our Maine Conference UCC summer camp for adults and children near Augusta. Registration is now open at www.pilgrimlodge.org. Scholarships available. FMI: sfitzgerald@firstparish.net.

Pilgrim Lodge Jump Start Weekend: Clean up days, Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26. No sign up required. Friday, bring your lunch; Saturday, lunch is provided. Chores include raking leaves, stacking wood, sweeping, window washing, etc. Wear warm clothes and bring work gloves. Stan Primmer (725-8912; sjprim@earthlink.net)

Save the date -- Sunday, April 27, after church, when we will have the opportunity to hear from Bobby Ives, whom First Parish helped support for years with his Carpenter's Boat Shop at Pemaquid. Recently Bobby was appointed Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at Bowdoin College. His talk is titled, "Religion and Spirituality: Alive and Well on College Campuses?" The answer may be surprising.

Afghanistan: Support through Renewal

Sue Chadima, DVM and Mariam Raqib, PHD will present a discussion of their efforts to improve the situation of Afghans: their food security, reforestation, health and agriculture. It will be held after worship on May 4.

The Earthcare Team invites you to participate in an Easter Season practice of 350 Actions to care for our earth. There are several suggestions in the April Pilgrims' Progress. Another is to stop buying bottled water, which is sold in environmentally unfriendly plastic containers.

The EarthCare film for April will be "Bidder 70," the story of a young man who proves that one person can make a difference. It will be shown this evening, Friday April 11, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel.

Save June 6th and 7th for the annual First Parish Clothing Sale.
We will be collecting your donated clothing and linens at a later date, but now, while you are doing your Spring cleaning, would be a wonderful time to keep us in mind!

Outreach News

On Easter Sunday, April 20th, the offering during the service will go to support the work of the Oasis Health Network. Oasis provides health and dental care as well as prescription assistance to uninsured, low-income residents in our area. Services provided also include adult non-emergency care, diagnostic x-ray and lab tests, women's health and health education. Donations will be accepted through the month of April.

First Parish Church commits to providing a complete meal to the
Tedford 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.

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.


Community News

Relay for Life Cancer Walk

Relay for Life: American Cancer Society Fundraiser: May 16-17. We need "Caring Spirit" team members! FMI contact Ruth Thibodeau (729-3190) or Janet Roberts (729-8967).

Habitat for Humanity Spring Walk

2014 Habitat Spring Walk Fundraiser: Sunday, May 4, 2:00 pm. We need donors, food and walkers. More information will be available after worship on April 13th and 27th. Hope you can help in some way.

Bus to Bach Birthday Bash

Ray will perform a concert at the 2nd Congregational Church in Kennebunkport on May 3rd at 7p.m. If enough people are interested, we will charter a bus. Cost depends on number of people, but should range from $12 to $21. If you are interested, please contact Sally Hartikka at seh@gwi.net or 721-0314 by Tuesday, April 15th.