We remember in our prayers those serving in the military - Nicholas Runyon, Evan Vreeland, Davis Asherman, Ryan James Wallace, Andrew Totta and Jeffrey Vandenengel.
Our Sympathies to Gale Clifford and family. A private service was held for her father Harold Gallant in Bangor on June 17.
A graveside service was held for Mary Estelle Blake on June 16.
Our ongoing thoughts and prayers are with Victoria and Brittany Everett, Sally Grover, Judy and Peter Haynes, John Hopkins, John Knowles, Mary Stuart, Andy Swanson, Sandra Walden, Kevin Wehunt and Gwen Wood.
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Summer Worship 9:30 am
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Sermon: Rev. Kate Dalton
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
Sermon: Rev. Kent Allen
Scripture: Revelation 4:1-11
Sermon: Rev. Kent Allen
July 22 - No Service at First Parish
11:00 am ecumenical service at the Old Meeting House on Hillside Street
Scripture: Revelation 5:1-13
Sermon: Rev. Kent Allen
Scripture: Revelation 6:1-8, 7:9-17
Sermon: Rev. Kate Dalton
Scripture: Revelation 21:1-6; 22:1-5
Sermon: Rev. Kate Dalton
Scripture: Luke 2:41-52, Jeremiah 1:4-9
Sermon: Rev. Kent Allen
Scripture: Luke 18:15-17, Numbers 6:22-27
Sermon: Rev. Kent Allen
First Parish Congregational Church United Church of Christ
116 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 207-846-3773 www.firstparishyarmouth.org firstname.lastname@example.org
As many of you know, we still have much work to do as we plan for Kent’s retirement and the hiring of a new Associate Pastor. We are currently in the process of identifying members to serve on the search committee. The committee will be approved by the Church Council and will attempt to balance genders, ages, and stages in life as best as possible. Once the committee has been appointed they will meet once before the summer and then work independently until Fall. In the Fall, the committee will begin meeting regularly to gather input for our church profile – the document we use to advertise our position. It includes information about what we are looking for in a candidate as well as general information about our church and the local community.
Many of you took the time to fill out paper surveys this spring which will aid the committee in drafting our church profile. We will also hold sessions in the Fall to further allow for input with regards to what people would like as we look for our next pastor at First Parish. Once we have finalized our profile, it will be posted on the national United Church of Christ job listings for potential applicants to see. Soon after its posting the committee will begin receiving profiles of interested candidates to process. The hope is to begin receiving profiles by February 2019. The committee will continue to work until a candidate is identified and presented to the congregation. The hope is that we have a permanent second pastor at First Parish by September 2019.
Feel free to be in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns about the process. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer!
Rev. Kent Allen -email@example.com
On Sunday the choir sang for the last time before their summer break. I always love to come into the building on Thursday nights and walk by their rehearsal space. Not only do I get to hear them singing, but often times I get to hear their laughter. One of the great things about our choir is that it is obvious they are having a good time. I am grateful for their commitment, their music, but also their example. They are a group that models, for me what Christian community, is all about. In the midst of hard work, they show concern for one another and also demonstrate that it is not just about a finished product-it’s also about sharing the journey with joy. Amanda has done a really nice job of creating a space, in her work with the choir, where community can flourish.
On Sunday, Peter Haynes let folks know that Marlise Swartz is moving out of our community, so that she can be closer to her children and grandchildren. Marlise has been with us for 30 years, sharing her musical gifts. She has been asked to sing at weddings and funerals for us and has sung dozens of solos during Sunday services. She has also been a dedicated and thoughtful member in so many ways. We will miss her and wish her God’s blessing as she embarks on the next chapter of her life.
In the summer, we invite people, if they feel so moved, to share their musical talents in Sunday morning worship. Please let Amanda know if you would like to do so. When I told Evan that there might be some week without another person sharing the musical load, he simply said, “That’s okay, I have lots of tricks up my sleeve.”
Summer worship is one of my favorite parts of First Parish. We begin worship, starting on July 1, at 9:30. If you are in town, I hope you will join us. Join us and find out what Evan has up his sleeve.
Associate Pastor Writes
Rev. Kate dalton - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Minister's Mite
With the end of the formal “church year” in June, we on the council are now able to take our summer “break”. This gives us an opportunity to briefly reflect on what’s gone on this year, and to report on the activities that are ongoing for both church council and the church itself as we move into the 2018-2019 church year.
As our most recent council reports have noted, the prior church year has been an active one for the council focused on a variety of matters of interest. These include support for call based ministries, our internal dialogue sparked by Kent’s announcement of his retirement, the congregational decision to call Kate as our new senior pastor in 2019, the council’s interest in partnering with a variety of local organizations outside of the church, including YCAN, 317 Main Street, and other local groups, and our ongoing ministries both within and outside our church. One thing has been striking to all of us has been the way all of the members of our congregation come together and work together to make First Parish “Church”-- that is, the honest, candid, practical and thoughtful ways in which our church community has come together to address all of these matters during the past year. As Dominique said in the last council newsletter article, “First Parish is a living, breathing community made whole not only by our common beliefs but just as importantly our diverse perspectives.” It has been not only an affirming experience to work with the church through all of our many changes, events, and circumstances during the church year, but it has also been, for all of us, a joy as well. First Parish is a faith community in the truest senses of both of those words. Our faith both comforts and binds us together, while as a community we work through our questions in a thoughtful, respectful and discerning way. On behalf of the Church Council, I can echo the words of one of our members following our last council meeting: “It’s wonderful to be part of a group that is so productive while, at the same time, considerate of others and full of laughter and camaraderie. You are much appreciated.” These sentiments apply fully to all members of the First Parish Congregation, which has worked so hard as a faith community and a congregation to move forward in a joyful, considerate, and respectful way.
We on the council are looking forward to new challenges as we move into the new church year. We are in the process of forming a search committee which will focus on both a determination of the sort of candidate that we are looking for to fill our associate pastor position, whether it be as a full time associate pastor, or some combination of other pastoral roles, to complement Kent as our outgoing senior pastor and Kate as our incoming senior pastor. The Search Committee will not only define the role or roles that we are seeking to fill, but will also work to find the individuals who can fulfill that role and help First Parish move forward.
We are also moving forward with the continuing development of our call-based and other support ministries, our work to reorganize and refresh the organization of the Clam Festival and Christmas Fair efforts, and to support our outreach, both within and beyond our local Yarmouth community.
As part of our efforts over the past spring, we sought input from the congregation, and received over 70 responses to our church survey. This information, which is rich, vibrant, and extraordinarily thoughtful and perceptive, will help us as well navigate our way through our pastoral transition, and more importantly, as we better define what it is “to be a church” moving forward.
On behalf of the entire council, I can only say that we have all felt blessed and humbled to be part of the faith community that is First Parish. We all look forward to working with every member of the congregation-- “our church”--as we get ready to move into the new church year.
For the Church Council— Jim Bowie
Thank you to our fabulous cast of Collators who put together the newsletter. These lovely ladies have been coming in faithfully every month for many years to get it ready for mailing.
Judy Elfring Lois McLellan Ruth Beamis Barbara Parkhurst Kathy Smith
Personal History - Katharine Graham
Personal History is the autobiography of Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham. It was published in 1997 and won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, receiving widespread critical acclaim for its candour in dealing with her husband's mental illness and the challenges she faced in a male-dominated working environment.
Please join in on Wednesday, Sept 19 at 10:00 am.
(Un)Common Conversations for August
In August, Clam Fest will be over! Let’s have a conversation!
Please join in the (Un)Common Conversation project – great opportunity for both faithful participants in the conversations and first timers who are interested in joining in.
Suggested topic for August: How does music inspire you? What type of art feeds your soul?
The goal of the (un)Common Conversations Project is to provide a set of monthly discussion questions and an opportunity to have a one on one conversation.
Those wishing to be assigned a conversation partner for August should sign up by July 31. By August 5, you will receive notification of the name of your partner, how to contact one another, and the questions for the month. You and your partner are expected to contact each other and find at least one mutual time during the month to meet and talk about the questions. Each month you will have the opportunity to join for a month and will be given a different partner.
Visit the FPCC web site ( www.firstparishyarmouth.org) for more information on the (Un)Common Conversation Project.
Visit the FPCC web site for more information on the (Un)Common Conversation Project.
Emma Wilson John Erkkinen Sue Rowe
Barbara & Joe Janco
Barbara Stevens Kathy Driscoll
Bob Studley Ray McLellan Lois McLellan Liz Reinsborough
Sher Honer-Hickey Liz Reinsborough
Irv Felker Donna Felker Debbie Roux
Julie Benavides Paul Stuart
Marilyn Strong-Townsend Nat Tupper Melissa Gousse
Abby & Don Douglas
Marilyn Strong- Townsend
Worship Schedule - August, 2018
Worship Schedule - July, 2018
Dot Grosset Don Grosset Ed Beem Melanie Decker
Sher Honer-Hickey Liz Reinsborough
Jim Bowie Maggie Brocard Scott Harrison
Peter Lawlor Martha Lawlor Denise Cooley Linda MacDougall
Abby & Don Douglas
Julie Benavides Sharon Brobst
2 Phil Clifford, Rebecca Bell, Eliza O'Neill
3 Jennifer Lainey
4 Christopher Pardy
5 Kelsie Peixotto
6 Olivia Fowler, Eliza Crowley
8 Robert Gilfillan, Peter Haynes, Barbara Stevens, Martha Dunlap, Noah Colby-George
9 Gunnar Hagstrom, Mitchell Sommer
10 Martha Lawlor
11 Laurie Totta, Hunt Blatchford Jr.
13 Andrew Dugas
14 Bridgit Doxee
15 Emily Godfrey, Lilah Connor
16 Meg Turner
18 Deede Baietti, Laurie Sanborn
19 Carolyn Snow
20 Rae Garcelon, Bradford Spurr
22 Bailey Sheehan
24 Melissa Gousse
25 Elena Johnson
27 Cynthia Barnard, Emily Clark, Philip Bock
28 Leigh Palmer, Grant Gilman, Catherine Thompson
29 Beverly Coffin, Paige Thompson, Jake Smith
31 Anne O'Neill
1 Leo Eagleton, Hannah Felker
2 Debbie Myers, Elias Peltier
3 Carrie Martin, Kenneth Connor
4 David Marsland
5 Gordon Clark, Jack Gilman
6 Scott Martin
7 Joseph Janco, Anders Corey
8 Donald Hodgson
9 Simon Wallace
10 Mildred Kenney, Emily Smith
12 Travis Lee
13 Miriam Godfrey, Kayla Harrison
14 Kathleen Driscoll
15 Stacy Stevens
16 Anne Hagstrom, Nat Tupper, Douglas Thorp, Margaret Elder
17 John Erickson
18 Kent Allen, Benjamin Palmer
19 Alexandra Manthorne
20 Henry Venden
23 Scott Treworgy
24 Gerri Prentice
25 Mel Berghuis
26 Kaitlyn Clifford
28 Nicholas Kjeldgaard
29 Nicole Hoehle, Charlie Hunter
30 Marilyn Strong-Townsend, Stacie Johnston, Kevin Haley
31 Robert Stevens
Reminder - Wanted – GENTLY Used Books for the Clam Festival
Gently used – which means - CLEAN – NON_MOLDY – UNMARKED books are still welcome AND the pallet is outside the Food Pantry door waiting to receive them. Please bring your books in a box or bag you can leave OR put them in one of the milk crates waiting for you.
NO – encyclopedias, magazines (and yes, National Geographic is a magazine), text books, medical books, books about dieting, self help or parenting. These can be donated to Goodwill.
NO records or VHS tapes – and yes, Goodwill will take those as well.
And I may sound like a broken record, but the number of books that we have had to throw out this year seems greater than in the past. Not only is it time-consuming for those of us who are sorting, it means multiple trips every week to the silver bullet for Frank Glassock who graciously removes our trash.
Mold can be detected by looking at the edges of the book- especially on top. If you see brown or dark dots on the edge – it is mold. We have a zero tolerance for mold because it is alive – it grows, spreads to other books and gets in the air (which our volunteers breath). Please help us by looking carefully at the books you plan to donate.
And don’t forget to visit the book tent during the Clam Festival. I promise you truly, gently used books – and there are some great ones awaiting.
Clam Festival News
We still have lots of room in the freezers for pies for the Clam Festival! Last year, we found that limiting the number of TYPES of pies to about 15 types worked quite well. We hope to need about 500 pies over the weekend. Pies can be made up to 6 weeks ahead of time and frozen. Please remember to let your pie COOL completely. It should then be wrapped in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil as well. Freezers in the undercroft will be available the beginning of June. Please label the type of pie. Sometimes it is difficult to tell what kind they are. We ask that you to limit your pies to the following types:
Apple Blueberry Strawberry Rhubarb Toll House
Peach Key Lime Chocolate Cream Snickerdoodle
Raspberry Custard Cherry Pecan
Lemon Meringue Pumpkin Brownie
We truly appreciate all the time, effort and cost that goes into all the pies that are made every year and hope that you will continue to contribute to what some people consider the "Best Food Booth at the Festival"! We are currently working with the Chamber about the idea of holding a Pie Eating Contest!!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at LizReinsborough@gmail.com.
FPC Trustees met this week for its last meeting until September. It was a busy agenda covering a variety of topics.
Ongoing maintenance issues occupied much of the agenda as we are in the midst of starting a lighting improvement initiative designed to enhance lighting in the sanctuary with brighter, more energy efficient fixtures. You will see that we will be trying out LED bulbs and fixtures to determine what combination works best.
You may also have noticed that the painting of the exterior is well underway following the replacement of a large amount of rotting clapboards.
We continue to meet our financial goals according to our budget and we are in the early stages of organizing a capital campaign to keep our facilities in top condition and also to undertake renovations which will make our sanctuary more welcoming and accessible to all.
Recruiting for a new Associate Pastor under the direction of the Council is beginning and you will hear more about this as the process evolves.
We are also interested in any parishioner interested in serving as a Trustee as we have some Trustees who are at or near their term limits. We would welcome new people to work with us on our mission of service to First Parish Church.
One song can spark a moment
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest
One bird can herald Spring
One smile begins a friendship
One handclasp lifts a soul
One star can guide a ship at sea
One word can frame the goal
One vote can change a nation
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness
One laugh will conquer gloom
One step must start a journey
One word must start a prayer
One hope will raise our spirits
One touch can show you care
One voice can speak with wisdom
One heart can know what is true
One life can make a difference
At a time when there is so much conflict in the world and I am feeling overwhelmed, I try to remember that love and kindness begins at home and that one person can make a difference. I wish you all a happy, healthy, summer.
Dearest First Parish,
We want to extend our deepest gratitude for your warm welcome, and for creating such a caring, supportive, and safe environment for us to share our story. First Parish is a home to us, even when I do not make it to worship, and it was the very first congregation we ever felt comfortable sharing our voice and most intimate message with.
We are excited to share with you how Stomp out Stigma-Claudia Care has grown, and how you’ve been an enormous part of this success. My daughter Claudia and I started our journey with a vision to reunite patients on 2West, an adult unit at Spring Harbor, with their families. I was treated there for 3 months for severe mental illness, bipolar 1 disorder with psychosis. It has taken consistent attention and action towards my recovery in order to be a stable mother again, and to earn Claudia’s trust in that. We work to get parents back to their children by providing them things to stay occupied during treatment, that budget cuts do not cover anymore. I named it SS Claudia Care, because I made it back to my daughter, and can properly care for her.
Through you amazing people, the donated journals are now fueling an established writing group run by our dear friend Kelly, who is a social worker on the unit. The guitar is a gift that keeps on giving...in a unit of 24 there is always a musician! And the adult coloring books (pages are now photocopied) are used both in solitude, and as a way to get people talking. Two of my favorite stories really reflect how little it takes to do a lot. A family was able to have enough gas money to visit their mother for an intervention, and a gentleman was given a bus pass to be able to go to outpatient treatment for a full month.
Thank you for being such a blessing to us. I am leaving our contact cards in the office, as we have significant ties to NAMI, SHALOM, VOR, and more family and consumer resources. If you or your family need to reach out, we are more than happy to help. If you have an organization who could really use our message, we volunteer and do that too. It’s time to Stomp Out Stigma, and to continue to spread the message of hope. We see so much tragedy, we try to combat that view with all we do.
Kari and Claudia
We are really building our musical resources! We have several MP3 players that need to be loaded, and we don’t have a way to do that right now. Do you have an excellent play list? We’re seeking variety...country, rock, Christian, hip hop, etc. We have set it up so that patients sign them out from the nurses station.
Enjoy your summer. If you are at the beach feel free to collect large size shells for decorated wreaths. See you on Friday, September 7th in Fellowship Hall at 10am.
Floor Cleaning in August
The floors of the church building including carpets and all tiled floors will be cleaned and waxed on Thursday, August 16. The building will be closed from August 16-18 to allow for proper drying time.
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Yarmouth, ME 04096
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