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 the family of Richard Emmons. His memorial service was held here at First Parish on September 21.
Our Congratulations to Brian Tupper and Liddy van der Linden. They were married at First Parish on September 29. Brian is the son of Nat and Judy Tupper.
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 - Friday, October 5 from 10:00-12:00pm in Fellowship Hall.
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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October 7 | Psalm 104, Mark 2:26-29 | Rev. Kate Dalton No Church School
October 14 | Genesis 37:2b-36, Psalm 30:1-3 | Rev. Kent Allen
October 21 | Genesis 41:37-57, Psalm 34:1-10 | Rev. Kent Allen
October 28 | Genesis 43:1-5, 45:1-18, Luke 15:11-32 | Rev. Kate Dalton
From the Senior Pastor…
On September 16th during worship, we commissioned the Associate Minister Search Committee to move forward in their efforts to find a candidate to fill the position. As I sat in the pew on that Sunday, I was once again reminded that we are in a time of transition. I feel fortunate that I am working with someone outside the church to help me with the issues that arise for me as we make this significant change. I know that Kate also has a coach that is helping her navigate these new waters.
Our Church Council is helping us to create and articulate a transition plan. We are very aware that the members of the congregation are also affected by these changes and that is important for us to keep you all in the loop as we go through the process. Some of these changes have already begun. Kate has begun to move into the role as the Supervisor of the staff. She is encouraging some of our staff to create goals for the year and is articulating her hopes as well. Kate will begin to preach more often. Over time, she will be more involved with the Caring Connection, and after the first of the year will take a more active role with the Trustees. In order to take on these new responsibilities, she will need to phase out some others. Kate will begin to share the leadership of the youth sermon with other people. The Sunday School will now primarily be the responsibility of the Christian Education team. We will be sharing some youth activities with the Unitarian Church and we contract with their program person to assist us with the mission trip and some classes. Kate will take a much more limited role with Confirmation as I take on the staff contact role with the class. I will continue as the staff for Bible Study, the Book Group and the Caring Connection. One of my important roles will be as Mentor to Kate.
The church is very fortunate to a have a very gifted Pastor Parish Relations Committee. Kate and I will be working with them to get their feedback and counsel during this period. We encourage you, should you have feedback, concerns or even just to say that you think things are going well.
Pastor Parish Relations Committee members- Jim Bowie, Peter Haynes, Jim Highland, Judy Berghuis
This fall, I begin to transition my responsibilities in preparation for Kent’s retirement and my assumption of the Senior Pastor position in May. One piece of this transition is changing my role within Christian Education (CE). While I’m still providing some guidance and resources for CE, I am no longer taking on scheduling or direct programming. Margot Downs is now scheduling nursery care and planning church school for grades K-7. She is also teaching along with Bob Walker. Michelle Hayes is planning for the older church school class and sharing teaching responsibilities with Julie Benavides and Linda Dodge. Confirmation is being overseen by Brenda Michaelsen and Seth Webber along with support from Kent. Andrea Connor is organizing an after-school class based on the book Wonder for 5th and 6th grade youth. And we have hired facilitators to run an abbreviated Our Whole Lives program for 7th and 8th grade youth. I am so thankful for all of these thoughtful and competent volunteers and look forward to witnessing the amazing things that will happen during the upcoming year.
Coffee Hour depends on volunteers and we are still looking. Can we count on you?
The “being assigned” process has been less than ideal – so the new method will be a signup 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.
Books for the Children’s Book Shelf
Gently used children's books (pre K to 6th grade) are needed for the Children's Bookcase, which is located next to the Food Pantry. The books are there as gifts for the children of the Food Pantry patrons to take home, read, and enjoy. Your donated books may be stacked on the floor near the bookcase. Contact Barbara Horton if you have questions or to have your books picked up: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas Crafters will meet on Friday Oct. 5th from 10-12 in Fellowship Hall. We will be painting rocks in the “dot” style. If you have any tools, please bring them along, if not don’t worry, we have some to share. Christmas will be here sooner than we think!
Call Kathy with any questions, 781-5597.
Blessing of the Pets,
Sunday, Oct. 7, 4pm
Royal River Park
All pets are welcome!
The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve
“From the New York Times best-selling author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot's Wife (an Oprah's Book Club selection): an exquisitely suspenseful new novel about an extraordinary young woman tested by a catastrophic event--based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine's history .
In October 1947, after a summer long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast from Bar Harbor to Kittery and are soon racing out of control from town to village. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie’s two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground, the flame finally forcing them all into the ocean as a last resort. The women spend the night frantically protecting their children, and in the morning find their lives forever changed: homeless, penniless, awaiting news of their husbands’ fate, and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists. In the midst of this devastating loss, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms—joys and triumphs she could never have expected her narrow life with Gene could contain—and her spirit soars. And then the unthinkable happens—and Grace’s bravery is tested as never before.” ~ Amazon
Join us on Wednesday, October 24 from 9:00-10:00 am in the Board Room.
Meal Maker Coordinator
One of the ministries that the Caring Connection organizes is known as the Meal Makers. This is a group of folks that are on an email list that have agreed, when they are able, to prepare a meal for a person or family when there is a special need, such as illness or hospitalization. We are looking for a person who would be willing to coordinate this program. The major tasks include, sending out emails when a need is identified and communicating with the party involved. Please let me know if this sparks your interest.
3 Sandy Bowie
4 Caroline Decker
5 Christie Harriman
Hope Saulter, Michael Salvesen, Mitchell Spurr, Isyla Lee
7 Karinne Brobst
8 John Dodge, Becky Howland
9 Lyn Glassock
11 Sally Grover
12 Susan Stiker
15 Cindy Walden
Julie Chin, Jack Venden, Nancy Stahl, Valerie Hamilton, Samantha Miles
18 Rich Lewis
21 Lynne Erkkinen, Alexander Peltier
22 Eleanor Vigue, Sam Colesworthy,
Blake Venden, Marian Parkin
23 Pat Maxim, Hillary Connor
25 Don Grosset, Anna Sladek, Sam Landry
26 AnnMarie Connor
27 Shelly Lake
28 Connie Drouin, Connor Lainey
29 Sarah Eagleton
Ray McLellan, Susan Rowe
First Parish Congregational Church United Church of Christ
116 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 207-846-3773 www.firstparishyarmouth.org email@example.com
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 “Gratitude and Thanksgiving” 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.
Save the Date
On Tuesday, October 16 from 1:00 to 6:00 pm, our church will sponsor a Red Cross Blood Drive in Fellowship Hall. The need for blood is always great, especially after the summer, and it’s an easy way to give something of great value at no cost or pain to you. If you are in good health, you can probably donate. Sign-up sheets are in the church lobby, or you can sign up on-line at https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html. And RapidPass provides a means of reducing your time commitment by letting you complete your history on-line in advance of the drive (but on the same day).
Also, volunteers are needed to assist donors. Call Peter Haynes on 232-3675 (cell phone) if you can help.
Neighbors in Need
Neighbors in Need is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to UCC churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. This year, special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant neighbors and communities. We will be taking this special offering on October 7 during workshop.
Emma Wilson John Erkkinen Sue Rowe
Bob Studley Lois McLellan Ray McLellan Liz Reinsborough
Debbie Roux Donna Felker Irving Felker
Melissa Gousse Marilyn Strong-Townsend Nat Tupper
Barbara & Joe Janco
Sher Honer-Hickey Liz Reinsborough
Julie Benavides Paul Stuart
Julie Benavides Barbara Stevens
The Webber Family
Ray & Jan Sawyer
Deacon of the Month: Sharon Brobst
Assistant Deacon of the Month: Kathy Driscoll
Worship Schedule - October, 2018
At our May council meeting, there was a callout for volunteers to help over the summer with “Lunch Crunch weekend bags”. I signed up my niece, my nephew, my son and me. The week before we started, my sell to these young people was “easy community service hours” over the summer. The first Thursday morning I started our group chat... “Everyone awake?... ready to go at 9:00?” We met at the curb in front of the church and headed down to the undercroft. Before us was a long table full of staple food ready for us to choose and fill twelve bags for families. We matched foods together thinking about who we were serving. We carried our overstuffed bags to the car and delivered them to the Lunch Crunch site - in time for families to take home to their kitchens. We were greeted by other Lunch Crunch volunteers and children wanting to peek inside the bags.
On occasion we loaded up sacks of potatoes, we divided fresh onions, green beans and carrots smelling of earth - harvested from the Yarmouth Community Garden.
We talked about how our small effort made it possible for families to have food on the table over the weekend. Our work on each Thursday of summer went from “easy community service hours” to a purpose and an offering of outreach. As summer break came to an end for me and I couldn’t easily get to the undercroft to help….I was told…..it’s okay Auntie - we’ve got this.
(un)Common Conversations Project
Sign-up now for an October Partner
Deadline is Oct 14
You will be notified of your partner by Oct 17
New and improved (Un) common conversations
We have rare opportunities to have face to face conversations about our faith or even to just tell our personal/spiritual story but now you can participate in an uncommon conversation. Each month we will 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.
In October, in church, we will be reading the story of Joseph and his brothers – an incredible story of forgiveness and reconciliation. Have you ever had an experience of receiving forgiveness that was unexpected? Have you ever forgiven someone who didn’t expect to be forgiven? How have your experiences of giving or receiving forgiveness affected you and informed your life?
Those wishing to be assigned a conversation partner should indicate their interest by clicking on the link above to go to a gmail account at the church. (Also please add the gmail account to your contacts so we can respond back to you.) You will be sent an email telling you the name of your partner, how to contact them and the questions for the month. You and your partner are expected to meet at least once during the month and talk about the questions. We strongly encourage you to meet in a public place – meet at a local coffee house, go for a walk together, or meet at the church during church hours.
More information about (un)Common Conversations can be found on the FPCC Yarmouth web page under (un)Common Conversations Info.
All Church Book Read - October 14
-News of the World by Paulette Jiles
11:30 am in the Chapel
“News of the World” is engaging, suspenseful, touching. historical and contemporary. The East and West of late nineteenth century America in a grizzled old man, Captain Kidd, meet the conflict of cultures, indigenous and settler, in a lost ten year old girl, Johanna “rescued” from a slaughtered Kiowa community that took her to raise four years earlier. Captain Kidd accepted a $50 gold piece to return her, her parents killed by the Kiowa, to German immigrant relative. The story is of the conflict of humanity and inhumanity then and still in the continuing amalgam of American culture.
“No, my dear, he said. He put his hand on hers, once again placed the fork correctly, and once again lifted it to her mouth. Then he sat on his own side of the wagon and saw her struggling with the fork, the knife, the stupidity of it. …She tried again, and then turned and threw the fork into a box stall.” Page 76 Books are available at the Merill Memorial Library.
First organizational meeting: October 9 at 6:30 pm at the church
Who is invited: Everyone!!
Please join us on October 9 to start planning for the Christmas Fair ----
if you help coordinate activities last year, please come to review plans, suggest new ideas and request help/resources.
If you went to the Christmas Fair last year and had a great time – come to help us make this year’s fair even better.
If you worked on Clam Fest and realized that it is a true joy to work together in this community – come to discover how you can help partner or support the coordinators who have created a wonderful atmosphere in past years.
It is like the Clam Fest ---the Christmas Fair is a fund-raising activity of the church which contributes a significant amount to the budget.
But it is different ---- only one day!!!, inside (no rain or hot sun), available Christmas cookies and goodies, Santa Claus in our midst Hope to see you October 9 at the meeting, and ….. December 1 at the Fair.
The Greens, 2018
You’re invited to help out during workshops held on Nov.28, 29 and 30, from 9-4 p.m. (downstairs in the music/function room). Generally we make trees on the first day, then decorate them on the second day, and then start other arrangements. Wreaths are decorated on Day Two of the workshop.
We need in GREAT condition:
*Green plastic bases used for boxwood trees/centerpieces
*Small ornaments, NEW Christmas ribbon
*Christmas theme/color vases and baskets (NO plain or clear as we’re all set) * Plastic containers (CLEAN) to use as basket liners
*All sizes pine cones, especially nickel-sized
*NO used oasis (we use new)
A collection box will be in the front hall. Thank you!
We’re putting a call out for fresh greens to be collected and delivered in time for the workshops. We need white pine, spruce, evergreens other than balsam. If you can help, please contact us for specifics.
For workshop details/questions contact Christie Harriman (846-5096), Dale Lewis (846-3544), Kathy Smith (781-5597).
Wiring the Wreaths -Martha Lawlor will need help putting bows on wreaths and wiring 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate Pastor Search Committee
The Associate Pastor Search Committee wants to keep the congregation updated about our process. We will be including information in the monthly newsletter to let you know where we are in the process. We will also have a representative from the committee at the coffee hour each Sunday to answer questions and take feedback from members of the congregation.
We have started the process of creating the Church Profile, which is a very lengthy document that will be read by potential candidates. The purpose of this document is to describe our church as thoroughly and clearly as we can. The Church Profile includes statistical data about the church but also a description of us as a congregation at worship, in mission service, in education, and in our community. The survey that many of you completed last spring provided us with lots of helpful information. We will be asking for more input to help us complete this document during the church service on September 30th.
It is the plan of the Search Committee to make the Church Profile available to the congregation once it is complete. We have to do much of this process confidentially, but as we are able we want to include as many of you in the process as we can. We invite you to ask questions, make comments and let us know your thoughts! The more information we have to work with, the better we will be able to craft our document and ultimately find the right person to join our church family!
This fall, the older church school class is learning about the music of the band U2 (Bono) and how it is an expression of faith. On Sunday, Oct. 28, our worship service will use U2 music, giving us all a chance to consider how this and other music can help us consider and deepen our faith. If you are a U2 fan, consider joining the “band” that Amanda is organizing to play music that Sunday! If you’ve never heard of U2, I hope the service on Oct. 28th inspires you to think of other secular music that expresses your faith and feeds your soul.
All Saints & Veterans Day names
During November we will observe All Saints Day and Veterans Day during worship. If there are people you would like us to name during either of those services, please provide the information to the church office by Oct. 30.
High School Mission Trip, August 4-10, 2019 traveling to Neon, Kentucky with H.O.M.E.S. Inc,
$150 deposit due by Oct. 7, 2018
(Checks made out to First Parish Church with mission trip on the memo line)
The 2019 High School mission trip (open to youth currently in 9-12th grade) will be to Neon, Kentucky in partnership with H.O.M.E.S. Inc. (www.homeseky.com) The group will assist with home improvement and repair and have a chance to learn more about the history and culture of the local community. Contact Brenda Michaelsen (Brenda_michaelsen@yarmouthschools.org) for more information.
First Parish presents Namoli Brennet at 317 Main Community Music Center, Thurs., Oct. 4, 7pm Suggested $10 donation per person at the door
Dubbed, "Among the best folk-rock artists in the US", songwriter Namoli Brennet has been touring with her own brand of moody and inspiring music since 2002.
Namoli is a top-notch songwriter who's known for her insightful lyrics and poetic language, but it's her live performances that set her apart from the conventional label of singer/songwriter. On stage she reveals deft acoustic guitar chops, often incorporating foot percussion, loops, vocoder and Kaki-King style tapping to create a broad, layered soundscape.
Her live performances are captivating – so don’t miss it!
Church School 2018 Schedule
Welcome back! We are excited to share God’s message of love with our K-4 and 5-7 youth during church school. This year we are adapting the curriculum God Talks by Heidi Hawks so that it aligns with the weekly church readings and topics. This allows us to foster intergenerational conversations about God in our daily lives.
In October we will discuss the power of forgiveness in restoring relationships by examining Joseph’s life.
Oct. 7 – No Church School (Columbus Day Weekend)
Oct. 14 – Joseph’s Childhood: “What does it mean to put yourself in the shoes of others?”
Oct. 21 – Joseph’s Reconciliation: “What does it mean to forgive?”
Oct. 28 – Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors (video)
In November our youth will work together on a project to honor the special relationships we have with our veterans and church members who are currently serving our country.
Nov. 4 – Honoring Relationships: "How do we honor our relationships?"
Nov. 11– No Church School (Veteran’s Day)
Nov. 18 – Intergenerational Service - Youth will activity participate in church service
Nov. 25 – No Church School (Thanksgiving Weekend)
In December we will use our time together to celebrate Advent and prepare for the Christmas Pageant. Stay tuned for more details!
We are looking for adults who would be willing share the message of God's love with the youth during church school. If you are interested in volunteering to teach, even for one Sunday, or supervise the Nursery, please contact Margot Downs (846-5261) email@example.com
We have begun the process of updating our church database. This entails making sure we have updated emails and phone numbers. We are also missing a few birthdates. To this end you may be receiving a call or email asking if we could have your updated information so that we may update the database to be as current as possible. If you have recently changed information or would like to make sure we have your current information please contact the office at 846-3773 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
First Parish Church Trustees met for their first fall meeting and dealt with several major issues. Treasurer Sally Swanson reported that the church ended the year with a $22,000 surplus from operations which was committed to the Capital Campaign Fund.
Sue Inches briefed the Trustees on a joint meeting help earlier in September with the FPC Investment Committee. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the recent bequest to FPC by the estate of Mary Estelle Blake. The gift provides an opportunity to enhance efforts to develop an endowment fund for FPC which would help support our mission into the future and provide needed capital improvements to our building.
The Trustees also discussed the upcoming meeting with a fundraising consultant to provide FPC with information on the feasibility of a capital campaign. Kent and Sue discussed the upcoming meeting with church architects concerning access improvements to the sanctuary.
Cindy Walden has agreed to join the Trustees, and will replace Eileen Hawkins. Welcome, Cindy and thank you to Eileen for her service to FPC.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) for 7th & 8th Graders, 3:15-4:15pm, Thursdays, Oct. 11 - Nov. 15
$25 per person, sign-up online at https://goo.gl/forms/qodnoObcZ6F2AGVg2
What is OWL?
The Our Whole Lives program is a nationally recognized, comprehensive, accurate, developmentally appropriate sexuality education curriculum that has been developed for kindergartners through senior adults by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. While it is offered as a secular program, it is not without values. The values and beliefs underlying the Our Whole Lives program include:
• sexual health
• justice and inclusivity
A Comprehensive Sexuality Education
In the Our Whole Lives program, sexuality education encompasses both the values listed above and sexual health and reproduction (puberty and development), gender and sexual identity (who am I and who do I like?), intimacy (relationships with others), sensuality (feelings about myself and my body), and sexualization (using power to influence or harm).
The goals of the Our Whole Lives program for middle schoolers are:
• to strengthen and support each participant’s sense of self and self-esteem
• to help young people develop interpersonal skills – including communication, decision-making, and problem-solving skills that will help keep them safe and healthy
• to understand the place of sexuality in human life and loving relationships
• to encourage young people to appreciate their bodies as good, beautiful, private, and special
• to prepare for some of the changes they will experience as they grow and develop
• to help families communicate openly