Sunday Update
March 17
, 2019
Weekly News Inserted Into Bulletin

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The Church office hours are Monday - Friday - 9:00AM-4:00pm
Communication Covenant is printed at lower portion of the Update

CONTINUING TESTAMENT We believe that God is STILL speaking, and while our faith is two thousand years old our thinking is not.
EXTRAVAGANT WELCOME We believe that no matter where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here; because unity (not uniformity) is valued, diversity is treasured, and adversity is not feared.
CHANGING LIVES We believe that participation in this faith community changes lives both within and beyond the walls of our sanctuary.

Paraments are purple for the Season of Lent

Deacons today are Norma Gorham, and Daniel Carter.
Ushers today are Marcia Lord, Jim Wheater,Makengo Nzeza and Vicky Shaw.

Helping Lisa in the Nursery today is Mary Coyne
The Acolyte is Cameron Wiggins-Mehlman

Working in the Media Booth is Eric Steva.
Diana Burton
is working as the Web Host today.

The Flowers on the altar are given by Maureen O’Donnell in Memory of the O’Donnell, Quinn and Lawless Families.

Please join us for fellowship after worship this morning
We thank the Personnel and Pastor Relations for hosting Fellowship today.  
Next week Council will be hosting the coffee hour.

Total Attendance Last Sunday:  8 AM: 13   AM: 133 Live Streaming: 16  Church School: 35   Nursery:  7


PILGRIM LODGE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN  For more information and to register go      PL Camperships will be available at the end of March.nPilgrim Lodge Sunday will be March 31st.

TODAY, March 17th,  there will be a training for NEW Acolytes at 11:30 in the sancturary.  Third grade and up are invited to attend

UNIVERSITY SINGERS, will performing at First Parish church on March 21st at 7:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy.                                                                                             Please bring a canned food donation for the Saco Food Pantry.  Free will donations are also being accepted.

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP will be having a Soup and Salad Luncheon on Saturday, March 23.  12:00 noon to 2:00 pm.  Following lunch, there will be an informative presentation by Vanessa Johnston of her recent trip to her home country, South Africa.  Please RSVP on the sign-up sheet in the Atrium, so we will have an accurate  number attending for lunch.  Feel free to bring family and guests to enjoy  this interesting event.

COFFEE HOUSE (First Parish Church) March 23rd at 6:00. Our Youth Choir will be performing

YOU CAN HELP FEED THE HUNGRY!  Place non-perishable food in our church's cart and you will be supporting the Saco Food Pantry. The suggested donation this month is canned fruit.  Also, if you are attending the March 21 University of Maine Singers Concert, then don't forget to bring a canned good for the Saco Food Pantry.   Yes, it's that easy!  In addition, volunteers are needed to serve a meal on Friday, March 22, starting at 4:20 pm Bon Appetit, Second Congregational Church, Biddeford, and on Saturday March 30, at the Huot House (for veterans), Saco.  Please see the signup sheets under "Missions" on the bulletin board near the office.  GIVING TO ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING can help nourish a whole village!  Please see the insert for more information, and please make checks out to First Parish Congregational Church, with OGHS in the memo line. Offering will be received on March 24.

Large Print Bulletins are available for your convenience and you will find them on the Welcoming Table in the Atrium.

SACO FOOD PANTRY NEEDS   The Saco Food Pantry needs non-perishable food items. Monetary donations and pet food are always welcome. This month's item of the month is Canned Vegies and Fruits. Thank you.


ANNOUNCEMENTS   Please remember that the BEST way to share your news is in the MESSENGER and the WEEKLY UPDATE which is in the church bulletin each week and on the screen in the sanctuary before Worship begins.

  CLYNK BAGS are always available for your deposit bottles.  Please see Kris or a member of the CE team. These bottles are a Youth Fellowship fundraiser and we appreciate your donating them.  Thank you.

Our 2017 VBS Mission  Project was the Ronald McDonald House in Portland.  Everyday, up to twenty-one families call Ronald McDonald House their “home-away from- home.” There are many ways we can all help. The first and easiest is just to Pull for the Ronald McDonald House Ounce by Ounce, Pound by Pound, YOU can make a ton of difference for the Ronald McDonald House. It’s easy Pop off the Aluminum tabs from soda, tennis balls, soup, pet food etc.

FLOWERS Would you like to give flowers for the altar in memory or honor of a loved one? 

KEYS Please remember that if you have a key you no longer need, that you must return the key to the office. Anyone in need of a key can make request through the church office or facilities. This ensures that we can track who has access to the building at a given time. Thank You.

FACEBOOK For news, events and fun pics please like our First Parish Saco UCC Facebook page.  To promote events or to send pics of recently completed events email Good News Team Member Al Sicard at

CONGREGATIONAL BLESSING OF PRAYER SHAWLS You are invited to offer a silent word of blessing as they pass by the hand- knit shawls this morning as they leave the sanctuary at the close of worship.  


First Parish of Saco Communication Covenant

Recognizing that we are all Children of God, created equally in the image of God, and therefore deserving of respect and required to have integrity as individual persons, and recognizing that the work of community involves understanding and embracing diversity, we covenant with God and each other, to communicate in the follow ways:

  • Value input from everyone equally.
  • Encourage all to participate. Monitor the length and frequency of our own comments during conversations.
  • Listen attentively to everyone involved. Use electronics constructively and respectfully.
  • Describe behavior, with love and without judgment, when giving feedback, being mindful to focus on the issue not the person.
  • Speak directly and respectfully to the person with whom we have a concern.
  • Tell your own stories, speak of your own experiences and avoid reporting the grievances or experiences of others. Use “I” statements.
  • Engage in collaborative dialogue.
  • Respect and honor the confidentiality of all private information.


Empowered through this covenant we will seek reconciliation as children of God and followers of Jesus Christ.


         Adopted 4.10.17


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