Sunday Update
May 19
, 2019
Weekly News Inserted Into Bulletin


Send news items to inform@firstparishsaco.org

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 White for the Season of Easter

DEACONS today are Norma Gorham, Cheryl Gray, John Grew and Pam Mohlin.
Ushers today are Marcia Lord, Jim Wheater and Vicky Shaw.

Greeters this week are Glen and Priscilla Baker.

Lisa in the Nursery today is Jon Edstrom

The Acolyte is Alex Savage.

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 Sue Burgess in Memory of Carolyn DeLorge.


Please join us for fellowship after worship this morning

We thank the The Christian Education Team for hosting Fellowship today.  
Next week Women’s Fellowship will be hosting the coffee hour.


Total Attendance Last Sunday:8 AM: 16    10 AM: 159  Live Streaming: 6    Church 36   Nursery:  4

ALL MINISTRY MEETING TODAY AFTER SERVICE.

HELP FEED THE HUNGRY on Friday, May 24, starting at 4:20 pm at Bon Appetit, Second Congregational Church, 19 Crescent St., Biddeford. Volunteers serve the meal and help clean the tables. Please sign up under "Missions" on the bulletin board near the office.

 

GRADUATION SUNDAY IS MAY 26th   Parents please let Kris know, by TODAY, May 19th kris@firstparishsaco.org if you have a graduate in YOUR family.  We need Name, H.S. or College graduating from, future plans (i.e. College attending or job), and parent’s names.  There will be a special graduation insert that day.  Thank you.

PILGRIM LODGE.  For more information and to register for PL go to:  www.pilgrimlodge.org  If you have received a Campership for PL and have not yet registered please do so ASAP.  Thank you.

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP ANNUAL BANQUET IS ON JUNE 4TH.   Will be held at Duffy’s in OOB starting at 5:30 pm.  Cost is $20.00 per person.  Please make checks out to Women’s Fellowship. Checks are due by Friday May 31. Checks and menu choices can be turned in to Glen Ellen Roth or into the office.

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE    Thank you to all who donated to Blanket Sunday.  $580 was donated which translates into 58 blankets. 

TO MARS AND BEYOND   is our theme for this summer’s (2019) Vacation Bible School.  Our Bible verse is:  “Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by His power at work within us!”  --Ephesians 3:20  The date is July 8-12, Monday-Friday from 9:00 to 11:30 AM.  VBS is for children four years old through fifth grade. We have a fabulous time filled with faith, fun, and fellowship….and food too.  We look forward to seeing YOUR children there.  See the display in the atrium.  Registration is open.

  "SMILE YOU’RE ON CANDID CAMERA!”  
We are in the midst of crafting the new website for First Parish and so we are taking new photos and some videos of our life together.  While most of the photos will be of Sunday morning activities, we are not limited to that.  We are taking photos of people engaged in talking, listening, laughing and sharing with one another. We have a couple of talented photographers who will be moving gently around during our worship and especially before and after church.  These photos will be used to show how our vibrant community of faith is a warm community and how we share with each other and often have fun doing it! Of course, if you prefer not to have your picture used in this way, just let us know.  (See signup sheet in the Atrium after services.)  Thanks for your help!                         -The Web design team.

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 Meats & Fish. Thank you.

WE KINDLY ASK THAT CELL PHONES BE SILENCED DURING THE SERVICE

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 asicard@maine.rr.com

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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