Sunday Update
April 22, 2018
Weekly News Inserted Into Bulletin


Send news items to inform@firstparishsaco.org

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 White for the Season of Easter

Deacons today are: Norma Gorham, Dan Carter, Rick Twomey, Russ Denner, and Nadine Russell

Acolyte this week is:  Sagan Guerrette

Helping Lisa in the Nursery today:   Martha Perkins

Working in the Media Booth today: Eric Steva
Diana Burton
is working as the WebHost today

The large palms gracing our sanctuary today are donated in memory of Tracy Lynn Richard by her parents, Mike and Deb Richard

Please join us for fellowship after worship this morning.
We thank the Diaconate for hosting Fellowship today.
Next week the Media & Good News Teamwill be hosting coffee hour.

Total Attendance Last Sunday:  8AM: 15 10 AM: 122  Live Streaming: 23  Church School: 26  Nursery:5

PILGRIM LODGE CAMPERSHIP applications are now available and located in the slots next to the church office.  They are due back by April 29th.  FMI see Kris or e-mail her at kris@firstparishsaco.org . All campers MUST register with PL.  Thank you.

Flowers Please consider remembering or honoring loved ones, share the joy of an achievement or anniversary, and give thanks to God by placing flowers on the alter on a given Sunday. The sign-up sheets are outside the office. Flower and Alter members may be contacted for assistance.Thanks, Patrice

ACOLYTE TRAINING will be held NEXT Sunday,April 29th, at 11:30 in the sanctuary.  Any child third through eighth grade is encouraged to attend to learn to be an Acolyte.  Please let Kris know if you have a child(ren) interested in being an Acolyte.  E-mail her at:   kris@firstparishsaco.org

NEW MEMBER CLASS Please join us in the Parlor at a gathering for prospective new members today following our morning worship (usually around 11:30).  At that time, we will have an opportunity to become a little better acquainted and answer any questions you may have.  New members will be received during the service of worship on Sunday May 13th, 2018.

STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY, Sandy Duross’ book of poems will be available for purchase after worship services on April 29th in the Atrium. All proceeds from the sale of these books will be donated to the Maine Cancer Foundation.  The cost of the book is $20.00.

DEBORAH WILL BE AWAY,Monday, April 23rd returning on Monday, April 30th.  In case of emergency please contact the Church office.  Thank you.

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 "Cake Mixes & Frosting". Thank you.

WE KINDLY ASK THAT CELL PHONES BE SILENCED DURING THE SERVICE

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 asicard@maine.rr.com

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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