Sunday Update
November 11
, 2018
Weekly News Inserted Into Bulletin

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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.

The paraments today are Green, symbolic of growth.
This longest church season explores the mission of the church.

Deacons today are Debbie Grew, Norma Gorham, and Rick Twomey
today are Brenda MacDonald, Trina Triggs, Marcia Lord and Jim Wheater

Helping Lisa in the Nursery today is Giselle Cantin

The Acolyte is Johanna Fitzgerald

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 the Curry Family

In Memory and Honor of All Veterans who served.
Please join us for fellowship after worship this morning.
We thank Stewardship for hosting Fellowship today.
               Next week, Women’s Fellowship will be hosting coffee hour.

Total Attendance Last Sunday:  8 AM: 16   10 AM: 146  Live Streaming: 16  Church School: 31  Nursery 6

Our Eighth-Senior High Church school class will be meeting at the church at 4:30 this afternoon to travel to Gorham UCC for a joint program.  Parents please see Karen Brann or Brian Doyle for more information.  Thank you.

 Just a reminder, that parents of Church school children fourth grade and under, need to pick up their children from their classes, on the lower level, immediately following worship.  This keeps our children safe and lets our Church school teachers join us for our fellowship time.  Thank you.

Winter quarter for Church school begins next month, Dec. 2.  Please prayerfully consider being a Church school teacher.  Thank you.

Volunteers needed to feed the hungry at Bon Appetit, Second Congregational Church, 19 Crescent St, Biddeford for tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 12, starting at 4:20 pm. Please sign up under "Missions" on the bulletin board near the office.

First Parish Youth Fellowship will be putting together Thanksgiving Baskets on Sunday, Nov. 18.  Please help us by bringing in nonperishable food items for the baskets.  Items needed are:  stuffing, cranberry sauce, can vegetables, can fruits and pie mixes.  There will be a shopping cart in the atrium designated for these items.  We will also have a Bake Sale that day.

Flower and Altar Team would appreciate any donations of large vegetables (red or yellow onions, brown or sweet potatoes, squash, turnip, red cabbage, bunches of carrots with greens) for the Thanksgiving Cornucopia. They will be donated to Youth Fellowship for their Thanksgiving Baskets. Please bring in to church Sunday, November 11 and place in basket.  Thanks, Patrice

Our Give Thanks overnight will be on Friday, Nov. 16.  All youth grades 6-12 are invited to this overnight.  Friends may join us.

Time to Order Christmas Wreaths. Where: Church Atrium, When: Sundays during Nov. Cost: $15.00 decorated. You can pick up wreaths and pay at the Church Fair.

MLK Day January 21, 2019 will be here before we know it.  We would like to put together an ad-hoc team to start the planning and implementing.  If you are interested or for more information please email Kris  Thank you. Life’s most urgent question is “What are you doing for others?”             -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.


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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