Sunday Update
June 23
, 2019
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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 Green throughout the
Season of Pentecost, a sign of Growth and life

Deacons today are Debbie Grew, Chris DiMatteo, and Heather Galasyn.
Ushers today are Al and Mary Sicard, Kathleen Larsen and Gisele Cantin.

Greeters this week are Marjorie and Steven Belanger.

Helping Lisa in the Nursery today is Jo Nancy Gunn

Working in the Media Booth is Eric Steva.

Kathy Angel Lee is working as the Web Host today.

The Flowers on the altar are given by Mari Warner, in Memory of Vera and Bob Warner

Please join us for fellowship after worship this morning
We thank the Mission and Program Development Team for hosting Fellowship today.  
Next week Media and the Good News Team will be hosting the coffee hour.

Total Attendance Last Sunday:    8 AM: 16      10 AM: 125     Live Streaming: 25   Nursery:  7

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 NEWS   Heading up to PL today is Alex Savage, who is attending Arts Alive.  For more information and to register for PL go to:  if you have received a Campership for PL and have not yet registered please do so ASAP.  Thank you.

HELP FEED THE HUNGRY on Friday, June 28, starting at 4:20 pm at Bon Appetit, Second Congregational Church, Biddeford. Please sign up under "Missions" on the bulletin board near the office.             

OFFICE NEWS:  The office Administrator will be on vacation July 1-12. We will have people filling in during the morning hours.  Office hours will be 9-11:30 am (7/1-7/12). They will resume to summer hours (8am – 3pm) on July 15.  

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, fellowship….and food too.  We look forward to seeing YOUR children there.  See the display in the atrium.  Registration is open. Sign up online or printed copies are available at the display.

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 ( or Lynne Siulinski (

"SUMMER DROP IN CHOIR” will start on Sunday July 14th and go through Sunday September 1st. Come and join us on Sunday mornings at 9AM to rehearse singing during worship. All Are Welcome!"

  "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.


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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