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 green for Season after Epiphany, a sign of growth and life.
Deacons today are Chris DiMatteo, Norma Gorham and Heather Galasyn.
Ushers today Marcia Lord, Jim Wheather, Makengo Nzeza and Bev Boucher.
Greeters this week are, Arthur and Barb Prentiss.
Helping Lisa in the Nursery today is Jon Edstrom.
The Acolyte is Spencer Cook.
Working in the Media Booth is Fred Connelly & Fred Connelly Jr.
Diana Burton is working as the Web Host today.
The Flowers on the altar are given by Lisa Eastrom in Honor of all the Volunteers in the Nursery.
Please join us for fellowship after worship this morning
We thank the Flower and Altar for hosting Fellowship today.
Next week Women’s Fellowship will be hosting the coffee hour.
Total Attendance Last Sunday: 8 AM: 16 10 AM: 150 Live Streaming: 24 Church School: 32 Nursery: 6
Come to Café Connections a monthly coffee to widen your circle; connect with new people and enjoy coffee and conversation. When: Saturday Feb. 23 at 9 am. At First Parish Church. This month’s topic, what is your favorite thing to do in the Saco area, with in an hour?
The 4th Friday of the month is almost here! So once again, volunteers are needed to serve a meal and clean up at Bon Appetit, Second Congregational Church, Biddeford, on Friday, February 22, starting at 4:20 pm. Please sign up under "Missions' on the bulletin board near the office.
10:00 a.m. to Noon, Saturday, March 30, 2019 @ Congregational Church of Wells UCC, 1695 Post Road, Wells. No Fee- Clergy Boundary Awareness Training for Laity” with Rev. Darren Morgan. Authorized Ministers in the United Church of Christ are required to attend triennial Boundary Awareness Training to maintain ministerial standing, but this training is not specifically delivered to laity. This session is expressly geared for church leaders of congregations who are in pastoral transition. Integrating current clergy boundary awareness information, particularly with boundaries during pastoral transitions, the goal of this training is to help laity better understand clergy boundaries. Leadership development and knowledge of the ethics of ministry is essential, especially during times of pastoral transition. This training is the framework for a conversation with laity so that healthy/healthier relationships will occur, not only with the departing pastor, but also with new pastoral leadership. To register https://www.maineucc.org/boundary-awareness-training-registration/ FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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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 email@example.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.