In This Issue
Pastor's Message
December Events
Church News
Outreach
Church Meditation and Support
Community
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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December 19, 2014

PASTOR'S MESSAGE

Last Sunday, Naomi Joy Wiley was born. Hilda, Peter, Simone and Ian are blessed to welcome her into their family. A new baby changes everything. In this Sunday's reading we are reminded of how Mary and Joseph's lives were changed as they prepared to welcome their baby. (Luke 1:26-38) http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=285940191 Hope you will join us for Christmas music, a blessing for Ray Cornils as he goes on sabbatical, and even a little Beatle's music (really). See you Sunday.

Advent Blessings,

Mary

DECEMBER EVENTS

Sunday, Dec. 21

Fellowship Breakfast 8-9:30 Fellowship Hall

Sunday, December 21

Third Sunday Worship with Communion

5:00 PM in the sanctuary

followed by a potluck dinner in Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, December 24 4:00PM Service

Children's Christmas pageant A Shepherd's Story

Wednesday, December 24 7:30PM Service

Service of Lessons and Carols

7:15 PM Prelude by Parish Ringers

Sunday, December 28

10:00 AM Worship Service and Carol Sing

Wednesday, December 31

New Year's Eve7:00 PM Quiet Vigil

7:30 PM Prayer Service

New Year's Eve Meditations and Prayers - All are invited on New Year's Eve to the Sanctuary for a candlelit time of quiet reflection and offering of prayers for the New Year. The Sanctuary will be open for meditation beginning at 7pm, and a quiet service of reading and prayers will begin at 7:30pm

CHURCH NEWS
Prayer Concerns: Susan Fitzgerald, Gil Schneidewind, Dunbar Oehmig, Maggie McPhersun, Janet Leland

We welcome
Naomi Joy Wiley, born December 14, 2014. She is the daughter of Peter and Hilda Ives Wiley and joins her siblings, Simone and Ian.

Parking:
If you are in good health, please leave the spaces closest to the church for those who are not as able, and walk a few extra steps! It would be greatly appreciated!

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
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.

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 December 31. 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 December 20th and we need you! Please contact Beth Thompson at mainebeth@gmail.com or 729-6365.

CHURCH MEDITATION AND SUPPORT

Labyrinth is available for meditative walking on Tuesday, January 27, from noon until 8 PM in Fellowship Hall. Join us for peace and quiet in the midst of a busy season.

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

Christmas with Cornils December 23 7:30 pm

Join Ray Cornils, The Kotzschmar Festival Brass, The Parish Ringers and Musica de Filia, Jaye Churchill, director, for the return of Christmas with Cornils to Merrill Auditorium. Experience the brilliance of the holiday season with the sparkling sounds of the Kotzschmar Organ. Tuesday, December 23, 7:30 pm. Tickets are available through PortTIX, 207.842.0800 or at the Merrill Box Office, Monday-Saturday, noon-6pm.