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 Baptism
DEACONS today are Chris DiMatteo, Daniel Carter and Heather Galasyn.
Ushers today are Glen Ellen Roth, Trina Triggs, Diana Burton and Shelia Maksut.
Greeters this week are Marjorie and Steven Belanger.
Lisa in the Nursery today is Jo Nancy Gunn
Working in the Media Booth is Eric Steva.
Marsha Snyder is working as the Web Host today.
The Flowers on the altar are given by Madeline Davis, in Memory of Kenneth Davis
Please join us for fellowship after worship this morning
We thank Investment, Charitable Gifts and Johnson Atkins Fund for hosting Fellowship today.
Next week Prayer Group and Facilities will be hosting the coffee hour.
OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK JULY 15th will return to Summer Hours 8am-3pm
CAPITOL CAMPAIGN FOR CHURCH PARSONAGE – MAY 26 – JULY 14
We have established a campaign to raise $25,000 for needed updates in our Parsonage before our new Pastor and his wife move in around the 1st of August. The items most needed before the move in date are a new furnace and new flooring along with some general repair and painting of the interior. If you would like to contribute, please make your check out to First Parish Church and put “Parsonage Fund” in the memo line.
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.
MAINE SEACOAST MISSION TRIP is coming up September 8-13. Volunteers help to refurbish low income housing in Cherryfield, Maine. The cost will not exceed $325.00. The Mission Team funds will help to defray some of the cost. Applications can be found under "Missions" on the bulletin board near the office. The first meeting for all interested will be August 15, 3:00 pm at Christ Federated Church, 6 Dame St., Kennebunk, ME. Applications must be submitted by August 15. Call Dick Cadmus at (207) 985-6788 or email@example.com for more information. Rick and Nancy Twomey will also collect mittens for school age children and lap robes for the elderly to distribute to those in need.
VOLUNTEERS ARE ALSO NEEDED TO provide and/or cook a meal for the veterans at Huot House, Saco, this July. The date will be announced, and check the Missions bulletin board to sign up.
GET READY FOR SOME…MAGIC UNDER THE STEEPLE. First Parish Auction is coming! Saturday October 5. Live and Silent Auction. Tickets on sale soon. If you can volunteer to help with this church/community event, or if you have a special item to donate, please contact Marianne Cook (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lynne Siulinski (email@example.com)
"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
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re 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.