Sunday Update
January 14, 2018
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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.

Christmas Eve through Epiphany, our paraments are white for joy and light. Christ has come to live among us.

Deacons today are:  Cheryl Gray, Pam Mohlin, Nadine Russell, Russ Denner
this week are:  Bob Mohlin, Tony & Carole Nero

Acolyte this week is:   Johanna Fitzgerald

Helping Lisa in the Nursery today:  Mary Coyne

Working in the Media Booth today: Eric Steva

Carol Connelly is working as the Web Minister today

The flowers on the altar today are given by Mari Warner in Memory of Loved Ones, Flower and Altar Committee to the Glory of God

Please join us for fellowship after worship this morning.
We thank the Hospitality Team for hosting Fellowship today.
Next week the Women’s Fellowship will be hosting coffee hour.

Total Attendance Last Sunday: 8 AM: 8    10 AM: 102  Live Streaming:  20  Church school:  34   Nursery:  5

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.  DAY OF  SERVICE:    Not a Day Off, But a Day On.  We will be hosting our 10th annual MLK Day of Service TOMORROW, Monday, January 15, 2018 from 9AM to 1 PM.  We will be opening our church to provide anyone in need the opportunity to use our facility for a hot shower, and to wash their clothes.  We will be offering haircuts (a simple trim), a health screening, breakfast and lunch.  Community Service opportunities will also be available.  Here is how YOU can help.
TODAY, Underwear (NEW underwear in your size (or not) to be given to clients) Health and Beauty (combs, brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shaving cream, razors, deodorant, etc)   and Socks (NEW socks, any size)   Also:  All kinds of FRUIT  (for clients to take home)  Just drop in the shopping cart, in the Atrium, marked MLK.
Warm clothing (sweaters, coats, jackets, sweatshirts), we would love to have them.  The church will be open this afternoon for any last minute donations.   Thank You!
If you would like to be more involved on MLK Day, please call or e-mail Kris at ALL items are welcomed and appreciated at any time. Thank you.

TEAM WORK   First Parish is in great need of people to serve on a variety of teams. REMEMBER...The church IS the people!  Please see Pam Mohlin to volunteer.

The February Messenger deadline is January 15th.  Please try to send your information as early as possible.  Thank you so much and have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

IMPORTANT MESSAGE  The walls in Fellowship Hall and the Atrium will be patched and painted in the near future.  To prevent new damage to those painted surfaces, the Facilities Team requests that there be no use of any kind of tape for posting. The church office has a supply of a non-damaging putty approved for that use. You may also want to use the bulletin boards in the Atrium. If you have any questions, please contact Glen Ellen Roth in the church office.

Please help us raise funds for Costa Rica housing supplies by eating supper at Panera Bread on Wednesday, Jan. 24 between 4 and 8 pm. You will need to present a flyer in order for a percentage of the profit to benefit Costa Rica.  Doug Macrae and Carol Spencer Lemay will be handing out flyers after the service. If you are not able to use the flyer, please return it to the Costa Rica table in the Atrium.  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

SACO FOOD PANTRY NEEDS   The Saco Food Pantry needs non-perishable food items. Monetary donations and pet food are always welcome. Thank you.

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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