We remember in our prayers those serving in the military - David Asherman, Nicholas Runyon, Catherine Thompson, Andrew Totta , Jeffrey Vandenengel, Evan Vreeland and Ryan James Wallace.
Our Sympathies to Sally Swanson and her family on the death of her mother Eleanor. Our Sympathies to the family of Judy Pinney who passed away on July 10. Her service was held here at First Parish on July 24, and also to the family of Eloise Smith who passed away on August 21. Her service will be held at First Parish on August 31.
Our Congratulations to Amanda Cote and Rob Murray on their August 4 wedding. Congratulations also to Leslie Hyde and Richard Sanford as they have became grandparents to their grandson Jude.
Our ongoing thoughts and prayers are with Victoria and Brittany Everett, Sally Grover, Judy and Peter Haynes, John Hopkins, John Knowles, Andy Swanson, Sandra Walden, Kevin Wehunt and Gwen Wood.
Thursday morning Bible Study meets at 9:30 AM. You are welcome to join them.
Christmas Crafters - Wednesday, September 7 from 10:00-12:00pm.
Women’s Coffee Fellowship will gather at Clayton’s on September 14 at 4:00 pm.
The Book Group - September 19 at 10:00 AM. The book is titled Personal History by Katharine Graham. You are welcome to come even if you haven't read the book.
No Strings Attached Coffee Hour will meet on September 21 at 10:00 AM for conversation and goodies. All women of the church are welcome.
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Focus on worship
members in the service
Worship at 9:30 am
Scripture: Luke 22:54-62
Sermon: Rev. Kate Dalton
September 9-Rally Sunday
Worship returns to 10:00 am
Scripture: Genesis 3:1-24, Ezekiel 28:13-18
Sermon: Rev. Kent Allen
Scripture: Genesis 4:1-16, Leviticus 19:15-18
Sermon: Rev. Kate Dalton
Mission Trip Sunday
Scripture: Genesis 11:1-9, Psalm 49:1-12, 16-20
Sermon: Rev. Kent Allen
Gift from the Estate of Mary Estelle Blake
It is with heartfelt gratitude that we can share that we’ve received a significant gift from the estate of Mary Estelle Blake. She has designated $300,000 to the Ministerial Fund and $15,000 to the Parsonage/Endowment Fund. As you may recall, the Ministerial Fund supports church operations, and the Parsonage/Endowment supports capital and special projects. We were also informed that there may be a bit more coming, as Mary Estelle designated the church as the recipient of any “residual funds” after all other distributions are made.
This wonderful gift comes at a perfect time, as we continue to expand our community activities, hire a new Associate Pastor, and make capital improvements to our building. It also shows how important—and even transformational—estate gifts can be for our church.
The Trustees and the Investment Committee are planning a special meeting on Thursday, September 6 to discuss how we will move forward in the light of these gifts. Our plan will include how we want to communicate publicly about the gift, and how we might proceed with a long term giving and capital campaign. We will communicate the plan to the congregation shortly. Stay tuned!
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Christmas Crafters will meet in Fellowship Hall from 10am-noon (if available) on September 7 to work on domino ornaments and finish off other projects.
If you have a favorite pair of small scissors please bring them along.
Looking forward to seeing you all and get ready for the Christmas Fair! Call me if you have questions, 781-5597.
Rev. Kent Allen -email@example.com
It’s hard to believe that the summer is winding down and that we are getting ready to start another program year. Although the pace is a little slower, the church has still been full of life during the summer.
I have always appreciated summer worship at FPCC. There is a quieter tenor to the morning, and it feels a little more informal and meditative. Evan has offered some amazing music with his spirit flute, the piano, his viola and even his voice. It has been a true gift. The peace candle reflections, as always, have been thought provoking and full of depth. Special thanks go to all who have enhanced this experience- deacons, lectors, ushers, lemonade providers, peace candle sharers and musicians.
The weather cooperated for 2 of the 3 days of Clam Festival. Sunday was rainy and the booths were pretty quiet, but folks managed to have a good time nonetheless. Thanks go to so many of you who signed up for a shift (or many), helped with set up and/or cleanup, who chaired booths or brought pink pachyderm items or well cared for books. I think the team leadership approach worked well. Thank you all. When I first arrived here I didn’t have any idea what a big deal Clam Festival was-now I totally get it. And my favorite part about the whole weekend is how well people work together and how much enjoyment people have participating. I also know how exhausted people can be when it ends! In spite of the rotten weather on Sunday, we still exceeded our budget number by $5,000.
Rally Sunday this year is on September 9 when we will go back to 10 am worship. We hope you can join us as we begin another program year. I hope your summer has been filled with some relaxation and with some time spent with family and friends.
The Minister's Mite
THANK YOU MOVERS
Clam Festival is over. But the thank you's are not. To all of you who turned out on MOVING DAY which was Thursday and helped move books and pink pachyderm items to their respective tents – Thank you. You are the best.
From the Used Book perspective – it was one of the easiest moves ever by young people and adults alike. And then again on Sunday, despite the rain – there were many volunteers to help load books for Good Will AND clear out the tent. Thank you and please remember us next year.
From the Crabmeat Kitchen
Thank you to everyone who has helped in the Crabmeat Kitchen over the last five years. Giving us hours of your precious summer time is greatly appreciated, and we could not have been a successful team without all of you. From getting our order in, listening to our needs, and making sure we had what we needed to run the "Kitchen", and of course the many people who have signed up to "squeeze, fill and wrap" lobster and crab rolls. After five years of rewarding work and lots of fun we are relinquishing our titles as chairs. The Clam Festival leaders will be looking for two people to take over as co-chairs next year. If you are interested, please contact us with any questions you may have. We would be happy to meet and mentor as you get started.
A special thank you to Estabrook's for their generous donation of boxes to the Crabmeat Kitchen for storing and organizing sandwiches as they are made. We appreciate their willingness to support First Parish!
Lyn Glassock and Jane Pate
Coffee Hour depends on volunteers –Can we count on you?
The “being assigned” process has been less than ideal – so the new method will be a sign up sheet on the bulletin board. The hope is that you will sign up for more than one Sunday, but it will be Sundays when you are fairly sure that you will be here.
Not sure? Never been a Coffee Hour volunteer? If you have never done it before, we promise you a mentor on your first Sunday. It does mean getting to church an hour before the service – performing clearly outlined tasks (There is an instruction sheet.) and then staying after worship to serve and clean up.
Please think about it – no volunteers = no coffee hour.
Do you love MUSIC and good company? We hope to see you on Thursday nights at 7pm, starting September 6th!
Evan and I have a wonderful season of music planned and are looking forward to welcoming many old and new faces to our music making at First Parish. Little to no experience is necessary, just a love of music and singing. There is a space for EVERYONE!
Come sing with us!
“First Parish Church is welcoming and caring.” That was one of the common themes noted in the recent church survey. What helps is that there are people at the door on Sunday morning as members and friends enter. We need volunteers. As with the coffee servers – there will be a sign up sheet on the bulletin board. For this task – you need to be at the church 20 minutes before the worship time and wear your name tag and a welcoming smile.
1 Sally Swanson
2 Nancy Gregory, Jeff Sommer
4 Charlotte Bryant, Matthew Stasinowsky
5 Ray Sawyer, Bob Studley
6 Judith Elfring, Dominique Sommer
7 Jennifer Hubbell, Mandy Schumaker
9 Dale Howe
10 Linda Allen
11 Nancy Miller
12 Travis Hamre
15 Margot Downs
16 Peter Colesworthy
17 Linda Dodge, Claire Studley
18 Benjamin Thompson
20 Dinah Caldwell
21 Nathan Smith
23 Zara Briggs
24 Ian Edgecomb, Cheryl Colesworthy, Lindsey Wilber
25 Barbara Parkhurst, Jeffrey Doody
26 Phillip Kirchner, Maddie Hayes
28 Eric Mattia, Nora O'Farrell
29 Anne Gray
30 Eva Yeo
Associate Pastor Search Committee
Members: Judy Berghuis, Judy Colby-George, Kate Dalton, Pam Dietz, Paul Gebhardt, Jim Highland, Scott Martin, Barbara Stevens and Jill Webber.
We will be gathering more input from the congregation this fall as we put together our paperwork to advertise the associate.
Personal History Did you see the movie The Post? Meryl Streep played Katherine Graham – the owner of the Washington Post at the time of the publishing of the Pentagon Papers – and subsequently – Watergate. The Book Group which will meet Wednesday, September 19 at 10 AM will be talking about Katherine Graham’s memoir called Personal History. She was an amazing woman and her story is worth reading. It should be an animated discussion. Come.
Worship Schedule - September, 2018
Men's Spirituality Group
Hopefully your summer has held some fun and restoration for you! I look forward to gathering with you monthly again beginning in September for meals and conversation, and would encourage you to invite others. We will continue to meet monthly alternating Saturday breakfast and Sunday supper and please find our schedule below. I will send an email as usual the week prior to our first Saturday gathering on Sept 15th.
Best, John Erickson
Saturday breakfast 9/15, Sunday supper 10/21
Saturday breakfast 11/17, Sunday supper 12/16
Saturday breakfast 1/19, Sunday supper 2/17
Saturday breakfast 3/16, Sunday supper 4/14
Saturday breakfast 5/18, Sunday supper 6/16 * Father’s Day !!??
Saturday breakfast is at 8:00 am Sunday supper is at 5:00 pm
September 2 Communion
Dot Grosset Don Grosset Ed Beem Melanie Decker
Sher Honer-Hickey Liz Reinsborough
Scott Martin Barbara Stevens
September 9 Rally Sunday
Jim Bowie Maggie Brocard Scott Harrison
Julie Benavides Paul Stuart
Brenda Michaelsen Judy Berghuis
Peter Lawlor Martha Lawlor Linda MacDougall
Abby & Don Douglas
September 23 Mission Trip Sunday
Linda Dodge John Dodge Rae Garcelon
Mission Trip Members
Julie Benavides Sharon Brobst
Barbara & Joe Janco
October All Church Book Read
The road trip of an aging itinerant newsreader and a rescued 10 year old girl who had been captured and raised by Indians for many years.
Morally complex historical fiction which explores boundaries of family, respect and trust, identity, racism and culture.
A Western adventure set in Texas in the 1870's.
All of these phrases describe News of the World, a novel by Palette Jiles which has been chosen as an "all church read." The book will be discussed after the worship service on October 14. Many copies are available at Merrill Memorial Library, as the book was featured in a library discussion last spring.
Finalist for a National Book Award, News of the World is being made into a feature film to star Tom Hanks.
Confirmation 2018-19 Calling all 8th Graders and Beyond
First Parish provides an opportunity for youth to learn more about their faith and our church through the Confirmation program. The complete Confirmation program includes weekly Faith Formation classes on Thursday nights from 7:00-8:15pm (with the exception of Mentor nights when class will end at 8:30pm), community service, field trips, and an adult mentor. At the conclusion of the year, youth who have participated in the program are given the option to confirm their baptism and become full members of First Parish Church at the annual confirmation service.
Youth who are from other faith communities are welcome to participate in our Thursday night Faith Formation classes and confirmation program activities without intending to join First Parish through confirmation at the end of the program.
Our first meeting is an introductory meeting on September 13 at 7:00 pm. This is for parents and Confirmands to get an overview/expectations of the program and ask any questions. There is a $40 fee that covers the costs of journals, books, bibles and supplies. Scholarships are available.
Our first class will be on September 20th beginning at 7:00 pm. Confirmation leaders this year are Kent Allen, Brenda Michaelsen and Seth Webber.
If you have any questions please fee free to reach out to any of us.
Join an Usher Team
Want an easy way to get involved in First Parish? Become an Usher. Responsiblitlies include being at church at 9:30 am to meet and greet folks, take the collction, ring the bell, and clean up after church. The committment to usher is once every 10 weeks. Please email Brenda_michaelsen@yarmouthschools.org if interested.
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