Sunday Update
September 17, 2017
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:  Heather MacLean, Nadine Russell, Pam Mohlin, Cheryl Gray and Dan Carter
Ushers
today: Bob Mohlin, Art and Barbara Prentiss

Helping Lisa Edstrom in the Nursery today: Carole Nero  

Working in the Media Booth today: Eric Steva
Mac Coldwell
is working as the Web Minister today

The flowers on the altar today are given by Sue Burgess in Memory of Harry B. Emerson

We thank the Counters for hosting Fellowship today.
Next week the Diaconate will be hosting coffee hour.
Please join us for fellowship after worship this morning.

Attendance Last Sunday:   8 AM: 14          10 AM:    195    Live Streaming:  12   Church school: 35   Nursery:  5

All-Church Meeting   One of the topics for the autumn All-Church Meeting will be the progress in the search for a settled pastor. We will also be discussing communication and the on-going by-laws review. The meeting is in Fellowship Hall at 6:30 pm on Monday, Sept. 25th. If you have questions, please e-mail Heather MacLean at whateverart@live.com or talk with any member of council.

GINGERBREAD FAIR  The Christmas Fair Greens Table is in need of Christmas ribbons and pics as well as containers in which to make the arrangements.  If you have such items to donate, please call Deb Nielson at 283-4757 or e-mail nielsonfamily2@gmail.com prior to November 30 to arrange pick-up.  Any and all donations will be appreciated.

PILGRIM LODGE COMINGS AND GOINGS  There is no one from First Parish attending this weekend.

Book study on Marcus Borg’s The Heart of Christianity starts next TODAY 9/17 from 11:30 -1:00.  Please join us.  Food will be provided. Discussion will be on the first two chapters.

JUNIOR CHOIR rehearsals will begin on Thursday, September 28th.  All children ages K – 5th grade are welcome to join.  Pick up at Fairfield School will be at 2:20.  We’ll walk to Burns for pick up at 2:40.  Everyone walks to First Parish for a snack.  Rehearsal is from 3:15-3:45.  If you have questions, please contact Susan Marston, director  amarsto1@maine.rr.com or 283-0028.

HURRICANE HARVEY EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND  If you wish to make a donation for hurricane relief through the UCC, please make your check to First Parish and note Hurricane Relief on it. Our gifts will join with others across the UCC and will provide 100% direct benefit to those in need.

WELCOMING IMMIGRANTS  Contributions from our congregation to help buy sneakers for the children of immigrant families totaled $534. The Mission Team added $216 from our shoe ministry to bring the total to $750. Thank you so much for your generosity. 

If your e-mail address has changed in the last six months or if you have a preferred e-mail address you arecurrently using, please e-mail  me at:  office@firstparishsaco.org  We are  trying to update our database to keep our information as current as possible.  Thank you!

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.


WE ARE A STEPHEN MINISTRY CONGREGATION  

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 asicard@maine.rr.com

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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