June 25, 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: Chris DiMatteo, Norma Gorham, Heather MacLean, Sabena Allen, Nadine Russell and Cheryl Gray
today are: Brenda MacDonald, Gray Family and Friends

Helping Lisa in the Nursery today is: Mary Coyne

Working in the Media Booth today is: Eric Steva 
Marsha Snyder is working as the Web Minister

The flowers on the altar today are given by Mari Warner In Memory of Vera and Bob Warner

We thank the Mission and Program Development Team for hosting Fellowship today.
Next week Investment, Charitable Gifts & JAF will be hosting coffee hour.
Please join us for fellowship after worship this morning.

Attendance Last Sunday:   8 AM: 11   10 AM: 100   Live Streaming:   19  One Room Church school:  6    Nursery:  3


Services are held every Sunday at 8am & 10am. Please join us!

Our Nursery will accommodate children up to 5 years old throughout the rest of the summer. Church school age level classes will begin, Sunday, Sept. 10th.  

THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION TEAM  has five teachers who have signed up for our Fall quarter, (Sept., Oct. and Nov.) of Church school.  If you haven’t taught for a while or haven’t had the opportunity yet, please help us out by signing up. There is a teacher sign up on the Christian Education board.  Thank you.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is happening July 10-14.  The theme is Hero Central:  Discover Your Strength in God.  Registration forms are on the table in the atrium and on the website.

PILGRIM LODGE COMINGS AND GOINGS  Attending Arts Alive this week, June 25-July 1 is Celia Chandler-Smith.  If you would like to write to her:   Arts Alive/Pilgrim Lodge, 103 Pilgrim Lodge Lane,  West Gardiner, ME  04345

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

Do you have a vision? Hopes for FPC?  This is your chance to share your thoughts on what YOU feel is needed in the church! Please sign up TODAY!  If you have any questions or need assistance speak to a member of the Transition Task Force or email us at: firstparishttf@gmail.com. There are sign-up sheets at the Transition Task Force table in the lobby.


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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