We remember in our prayers those serving in the military - Davis Asherman, Nicholas Runyon, Catherine Thompson, Andrew Totta , Jeffrey Vandenengel and Ryan James Wallace.
Our Sympathies to Joline and Doug Edwards and family on the passing of Joline’s mother, Ailene Violette.
Our Congratulations to Rebecca Gardina and Stephen Koerting. They were married at First Parish on October 6. Congratulations also to Charlotte Bryant on her new great granddaughter, Mae Lawrence Pappas, born on Oct. 21. Mae’s parents are Nancy Bryant Pappas and Alex Pappas. Congratulations to Lisa McAleer Waddell and Layne Waddell on the birth of their son River David Waddell born on Oct. 15. River’s grandparents are Lori and Marty McAleer.
Our ongoing thoughts and prayers are with Victoria and Brittany Everett, Sally Grover, 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.
Women’s Coffee Fellowship will gather at Clayton’s on October 12 at 4:00 pm.
No Strings Attached Coffee Hour will meet on October 19 at 10:00 AM for conversation and goodies. All women of the church are welcome.
The Book Group - October 24 at 10:00 AM. The book is titled “The Stars are Fire” by Anita Shreve.” You are welcome to come even if you haven't read the book.
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November 4 Scripture: Numbers 14:1-12; 16:1-5, 23-25 Sermon: Rev. Kent Allen
November 11 Scripture: Numbers 1:1-16, 44-54 John 15:9-17 Sermon: Rev. Kate Dalton No Church School
November 18 Scripture: Numbers 11:16-35; Luke 10:1-17 Sermon: Rev. Kent Allen
November 25 Scripture: Numbers 17:1-13; 21:1-14 John 3:10-14 Sermon: Rev. Kate Dalton No Church School
From the Senior Pastor…
This last week our son, Josh and his family were visiting from their home in Texas. He and his wife Linda and their son Levon arrived for a few days with Linda’s parents, David and Irma. David and Irma had never been to New England, so it was a treat to take them apple picking and to Portland Light and to share some lobster salad rolls with them. They described it as a cultural shock to be here, including worship at First Parish. They remarked on how welcomed they felt.
During the time in which we shared Joys and Concerns, I think it was Linda MacDougall who got up and asked for prayers for those travelling from Guatemala in a caravan to find a safe home. Our son mentioned later that this prayer offering brought him to tears. I must say that this practice of sharing joys and concerns is one of my favorite parts of our worship service. I can’t tell you how many times people express how much they appreciate it when we lift them, or their loved ones or a situation up in prayer. Others have said, we can feel the support from us through that practice. It is a key element of a healthy and growing community- a place where we can share our joys, but also things that are hard.
Kate and I recently attended a boundaries workshop which we are required to do every 3 years. One of the issues that we spent time on was the whole matter of people’s privacy. Some in the workshop stated that to avoid invading people’s privacy, they don’t ask people to share prayer concerns during the worship service at all, so as to prevent anyone’s privacy from being disturbed. Somehow that didn’t seem acceptable to Kate or me. Certainly we want to be careful not to disclose something about someone that they would rather keep to themselves. So the reminder is that if you would like to share a name for prayers during worship, it’s a good idea to ask them for permission first. Obviously, there will be times when we don’t do this perfectly. There is such value in being able to come together to share our joys and sorrows.
Wednesday, Nov. 7th 7am-6:30pm
Our sanctuary will be open for prayer, and the pastors will be available for conversation.
Sunday, Nov. 11th Veterans Day
We will be honoring Veterans during our service on Nov. 11th. If there is someone you would like us to include, please send their name and a picture if possible to the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wednesday, Nov. 7th.
U2 Can Plan Music for Worship!
Many thanks to everyone who helped with U2 Sunday on Oct. 28. In case you missed it, the service featured music by the band U2. But they aren’t the only group that has songs in their catalog that lend themselves to a worship service. So, if you have an idea about another group that we might feature in the future, please be in touch with Amanda or Kate.
Every year, Kent and I bring goals to the church council to help frame the work that we will focus on during the upcoming year. Usually the goals center around projects that we hope to take on during the year that supplement our regular responsibilities. This year I find myself passionate about our communications (both internal and external). Knowing that next year much of my time will focus on building a relationship with a new staff member, I’m taking advantage of the time I have this year to try some new things with our communications.
If you’ve been in worship, you’ve already seen the first part of this project, the weekly bulletin has been reformatted. I have multiple goals for this reformatting. First, I wanted a publication that was easier for the office staff to produce. By moving to one size for everyone, we have eliminated the need to keep multiple paper sizes in stock and to reformat inserts based on bulletin size. Second, I wanted to make the bulletin more guest friendly. I’ve added some explanations inside the order of worship to help guide people who are visiting us who may not be familiar with our order of worship or with Christian worship in general. And third, I wanted to add content that encouraged interaction with the congregation. Most weeks we’ve added specific questions related to the service to encourage engagement.
We are also trying to improve our communications with the local community. As part of this effort we are putting an ad in the high school playbill, advertising our Christmas Eve services in the Chamber of Commerce holiday brochure and making sure public events like our Nov. 4th service of Thanksgiving, Gratitude and Centering are listed in the Forecaster and Notes. Additional communication projects that I hope to work on this year include creating a platform specific email newsletter so that you can scroll through our newsletter when you catch a few spare minutes on the go and creating a First Parish presence on Instagram.
All of this is a work in progress that can always be improved. If you have suggestions or would like to help with this work, please let me know.
Volunteers needed to offer Advent reflections and light the Advent Wreath
We are looking for volunteers to offer a brief reflection and light the advent wreath. This can be done by an individual, couple or family. Contact Kent or Kate if you are interested in participating.
Dec. 2 – Hope
Dec. 9 – Peace
Dec. 16 – Joy (Orchestra Sunday & Christmas Tea)
Dec. 23 – Love
Dec. 24 – Christmas (7:30 and 11pm)
Adult Disaster Relief Mission Trip Organizing Meeting
Sunday, Nov. 11 at 9:00am in the youth room.
Anyone interested in joining a trip next spring should attend.
Daylight Saving time ends at 2:00 am on Nov. 4. Remember to set your clocks back one hour at bedtime on Nov. 3.
If you have made anything for the craft table and it is ready, please bring it to church so we can do pricing Friday Nov 2nd 10-12 in Fellowship Hall. We will be doing final finishing touches and pricing items for the fair. Thanks to all who worked on making crafts, donated items and supplies for crafting items.
Don’t forget to come to the fair Dec 1st! See you at the craft table. Many thanks- Kathy Smith
Save the Date! The Deacon’s Committee is pleased to let you know of the special service planned for Sunday, November 4th at 7pm. The theme of the evening is “Thanksgiving, Gratitude and Centering” with speakers who will address the questions “What are you grateful for” and “How does gratitude help”. Please plan to join us!
We are also planning our 2nd Annual service day at the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Lewiston, along with the confirmands on Saturday November 3rd.
First Parish Congregational Church United Church of Christ
116 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 207-846-3773 www.firstparishyarmouth.org email@example.com
Associate Pastor Search Committee
The Associate Pastor Search Committee is continuing to create the Church Profile Document. This is a very lengthy document that requires lots of careful and thoughtful consideration of the answers. This is the first impression a pastoral candidate will have of our church and we want to make a great first impression.
The Committee will continue to have a member available after worship each Sunday. We are there to answer questions about the search process and receive input you might feel is important as we search for our new pastor.
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
In 1939, as Hitler casts his enormous, cruel shadow across the world, the seeds of apartheid take root in South Africa. There, a boy called Peekay is born. His childhood is marked by humiliation and abandonment, yet he vows to survive and conceives heroic dreams–which are nothing compared to what life actually has in store for him. He embarks on an epic journey through a land of tribal superstition and modern prejudice where he will learn the power of words, the power to transform lives, and the power of one.
We will meet in the Board Room on Wednesday, November 21 at 10:00 am.
2 Jean Evans, Paul Faulstich,
3 Ella Russell
4 Harry Gold
5 Cindy Asherman, Abby Hamilton
6 Abby Douglas, Meredith Hawkins,
7 Ella Doxsee
8 Grace Thompson
9 David Hattan
11 Dot Hincks
13 Richard Parkhurst, Peyton Spurr,
14 Quin O’Meara, Marlise Swartz
15 Bryce Workman, Sheila Collins
16 Art Bell
17 Dan Lainey
18 Joline Edwards, Betsey Reinsborough
19 Nancy Gordon, Barbara Penley,
Makenzie Sheehan, Dennis King
20 Sally Long, Nathan Dunlap
22 Paul Stuart
25 Connor Senger, Paul Foster,
Phil Caldwell, Jean Semonite
27 Sue Inches
29 Pearce Thompson, Jean Williams
30 Julie Benavides, Frank Glassock
We had two special offerings in October. Because of your contributions we were able to give $917 to Neighbors in Need, and $630 to the Community Garden. Thank you for your generosity.
Casco Bay CAN (Create Awareness Now to Prevent and Reduce Youth Substance Use)
November 2018 Tip of the Month
Adults Are Positive Role Models
Offer a variety of nonalcoholic drink options
Separate locations for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
Appoint a designated driver
Host alcohol-free gatherings
Prevent accidental poisonings- lockup medications and marijuana
Social events and family gatherings are a great time to teach your child about celebrating safely
Casco Bay CAN is a grant funded project sponsored by Cumberland County Government
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Pam Dietz Judy Berghuis Leslie Hyde
Dot Grosset Don Grosset Ed Beem Melanie Decker
Jim Bowie Maggie Brocard Scott Harrison
Peter Lawlor Martha Lawlor Linda MacDougall
Abby & Don Douglas
Barbara & Joe Janco
Sher Honer-Hickey Liz Reinsborough
Julie Benavides Barbara Stevens
Melanie & AnnMarie Connor
Carrie & Scott Martin
November Worship Schedule
Deacon of the Month: Scott Martin
Assistant Deacon of the Month: Art Bell
First Parish Congregational Church of Yarmouth Invites you to:
“The Joys and Challenges of a Successful Orphan Project”
Pastor Nelson Ida (pronounced e-da) will be joining us at First Parish on Wed. Nov. 7th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. The Kakamega Center cares for children and families with basic needs---food, clothing, shelter and loving support. The Center also sponsors high school students and agricultural entrepreneurs. Several parishioners, including myself, have sponsored children there for many years.
The evening event will be a respite from elections, with slides of the center, an update on their work, a chance to meet others in the area who are engaged, and remarks from Pastor Ida.
First Parish is partnering with the Friends of Kakamega to put on this event. It’s not a fundraiser, but there will be information on how to sponsor a child if that’s of interest to you. Please join us for a fun and informative evening.
Sue Inches, First Parish
Sukie Rice, Friends of Kakamega
HOW VOLUNTEERS CAN HELP
CHRISTMAS FAIR ACTIVITIES – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 9:00 TO 2:30
Attic Treasures – Selling gently used or new items such as jewelry, small household items, pictures, frames, knick-knacks, decorative dishes, vases, etc. in the Chapel on the second floor. On the day of the fair – sell the items, rearrange display as necessary, consolidate, straighten up. One person per shift bags up the purchased items. One person takes money and makes change. Two people-maintain the sales displays and help with the sales. At the close of the fair, volunteers pack and box the items not sold so they can be put in storage or be donated. Contact: Mary Thorp (846-3203) and Barbara Parkhurst (846-3180).
Christmas Greens – Boxwood trees and all sorts of arrangements and centerpieces are made during workshop days on the week preceding the fair and are sold in the music room on the lower floor. On the day of the fair volunteers will help customers with their purchases and help clean up the area at the end. Volunteers are also needed on the Sunday after the fair to sell items after church. Contact: Dale Lewis (846-3544) and Christie Harriman (846-5096).
Children’s Room – Children only room. Small items for young people to purchase for their family and friends – knickknacks, jewelry, games, electronics. On the day of the fair volunteers will help children with their selections. Contact - Christian Ed team led by Judy Colby-George (837-0158).
Christmas Crafts -- Handmade crafts are sold in the Fellowship Hall. Staffing the table – selling items on the day of the fair. Contact: Kathy Smith (781-5597).
Christmas Pantry – Homemade items sold in the Fellowship Hall – fudge, candy, bread, pies, snack mixes, cupcakes, relishes, jams, jellies, preserves, etc. During the fair staff the tables, selling items and helping customers. Contact Amy Sinclair(329-7735).
Cookie Walk – Tables are set up in the lower floor music room with a line-up of homemade cookie selections. During the fair volunteers provide customers with plates or boxes to fill and at the end a volunteer cashier adds up their selections. Volunteers also keep the cookie line neat and puts additional cookies out during the day. Contact Melanie Connor (450-5981).
Handcrafted Knitted Items –We appreciate all handmade knit goods to sell – adult and children’s sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, etc. as well as quilts, afghans and small items. The Sunday prior to the fair volunteers are needed to tag the items. During the fair, volunteers assist buyers, track what is sold and cash out purchases. At the end of the fair items are boxed up. On Sunday after the fair volunteers help out with the after church sales. Contact: Sharon Brobst (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Luncheon – A wonderful dining space to recharge after enjoying Christmas Fairs- sandwiches, fish chowder, apple crisp just to name a few, all homemade to eat in or to go! Serving starts at 10:30 am. Volunteer opportunities. On the day of the fair – Kitchen help, dishwashers, wait staff, cashiers and host/hostesses. Contact Linda Dodge (email@example.com or 846-4614).
Everything Christmas- selling gently used Christmas related items – ornaments, linens, dishes, candles, stockings, cards, lights, angels, Santas, and other decorations. Volunteers needed during the fair to help package, wrap and take money for purchases. As items are sold we consolidate and add items to the display. Items left over are packed up (for Goodwill or next year’s fair). Contact – Laurie Totta (939-3349)
Wreaths – We sell wreaths outside in front of the church, some with bows, some with more elaborate decorations. Volunteer opportunities: On Saturday sell wreaths and help people bring things to their cars (usually volunteers are older youths with some help from adults). Contact: selling wreaths on the day of the fair – Kate Dalton.
Sign Up Sheets—Sign up sheets for help during the fair are now on the bulletin board in the lobby.
PREPARATIONS FOR THE CHRISTMAS FAIR
FIND A DATE AND TIME --- COME AND HELP US!!!
BEGINNING NOVEMBER 1, BOXES WILL BE IN THE LOBBY FOR DONATIONS TO:
Attic Treasures – new or gently used items such as jewelry, small household items, pictures, frames, knick-knacks, decorative plates or vases. This is not a rummage sale-items should be in very good condition, please.
Children’s Room – small items for young people to purchase as gifts for their friends and family – knick-knacks, jewelry, games, electronics in working condition, etc.
Everything Christmas – new or gently used Christmas decorations, ornaments, linens, dishes, candles, stockings, cards, lights, angels, Santas and other Christmas themed items.
Handcrafted Knitted Items – finished products – Anyone delivering knitted items - please label each item with type of material - easiest way is to include the yarn wrapper and note size if known.
Items for the Greens – green plastic based for boxwood trees or centerpieces, small ornaments, new ribbon, Christmas themed vases or baskets (no plain or clear glass needed), and clean plastic containers to use as basket liners.
NOVEMBER 25 – after church service we will move furniture into the downstairs music room
Can’t move furniture??? On Sunday November 25 after church the Knits group needs help pricing and tagging items (no experience needed!).
November 27 – Greens area needs fresh greens – white pine, spruce, evergreens other than balsam. Collect and deliver for the workshops – please contact Christie (846-5096) or Dale (846-3544) for specifics.
November 27, 28, 29 – Greens workshop, Weds, Thurs and Fri, 9 am – 4 pm, downstairs in the music/function room. Generally, we make trees on the first day, decorate them on the second day and start other arrangements. Fancy wreaths will be decorated on Thurs starting at 10:00 am (contact Kathy Smith for details).
November 29 – Wreaths will be arriving at the church Thursday November 29. We are looking for volunteers, to help put bows and wire hangers on the wreaths. We will be starting at 10:00 am. We work in the sanctuary and it can be a little chilly (its great for the wreaths) so please dress warmly. Bring garden gloves or a pair will be available. Come for an hour or stay for a few – any help is appreciated. If you have any questions contact Martha Lawlor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 846-5614.
November 29 - (evening) – The big move! Setting up the rest of the church for the fair – moving tables, chairs, putting together shelving units. Contact Seth Webber (408-6833).
November 30 --- help to prepare the luncheon – contact Linda Dodge for details
--- help to set up the booths and decorate the area (starting at 10 am check in with Julie Benavides 846-9475).
December 1 – THE FAIR!!!!! AFTER THE FAIR (AROUND 2:45 PM) - put it all away! Move some items into the Fellowship Hall for sale on Sunday after church. Move shelves and other items back to the undercroft. Contact: Seth Webber (408-6833).
The Greens, 2018
Make Christmas Greens on Nov. 27, 28 and 29! Workshops are held 9-4 p.m. in the music/function room.
This is the schedule:
Tues. 27th Make boxwood trees
Wed. 28th Decorate boxwood trees.
Thurs. 29th Make festive baskets, arrangements and swags and decorate wreaths.
Bring a friend and learn how to make a boxwood tree! Centerpieces! Decorated wreaths! Christmas arrangements! Be part of this tradition!
For donations, we need in GREAT condition: green plastic bases used for boxwood trees/centerpieces; small ornaments, NEW Christmas ribbon; Christmas theme/color vases and baskets; plastic containers (CLEAN) to use as basket liners. Please NO used oasis (we use new). A collection box will be in the front hall.
We need fresh greens to be collected and delivered by November 29. We need white pine, spruce, evergreens other than balsam. If you can donate, please contact us. For workshop details/questions contact Christie Harriman (846-5096), Dale Lewis (846-3544), Kathy Smith (781-5597).
A pre-order sign up sheet for Boxwood Trees will be coming soon. The benefit of the pre-order is that you may pick out and take your tree before the Fair. All boxwood trees will be $40.00. They are wonderful gifts!
Wiring the Wreaths -Martha Lawlor will need help putting bows on wreaths and wiring hangers on them. We need 3 Volunteers in the morning and 3 in the afternoon of Thursday, November 29. To sign up or for more information contact Martha Lawlor at 846-5614 or email@example.com.
Please come buy your wreaths from First Parish at the Christmas Fair on December 1st. We will be offering plain wreaths for $15; wreaths with bows $20 each or 2 for $35; fully decorated larger wreaths for $30. Come early for the best selection!
(un)Common Conversations Project
Sign-up now for an November Partner
Deadline is NOV 14
You will be notified of your partner by NOV 17
Meet together to get to know each other and chat about spiritual questions.
Each month we make arrangements for anyone interested in having a partner to discuss the general themes of the Sunday scripture reading. You don’t need to participate every month, just sign up when you are available, and we will match you with different people.
November is a month when we intentionally remember our ancestors in faith (on All Saint’s Sunday) and when we try to pause and give thanks for the blessings that surround us. What blessings in your life have you been afforded because of those who have gone before you? What blessings do you hope to leave for others when you are gone?
More information about (un)Common Conversations can be found on the FPCC Yarmouth web page under (un)Common Conversations Info.