Sunday Update
March 25
, 2019
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.

Paraments are purple for the Season of Lent

Deacons today are Russ Denner and Debbie Grew.
Ushers today are Al Sicard, Mary Sicard, Bev Boucher, Gisele Cantin and Rick Twomey.

Helping Lisa in the Nursery today is Aldene Walters
The Acolyte is Sagan Guerrette

Working in the Media Booth is Eric Steva.
Kathy Lee
is working as the Web Host today.

The Flowers on the altar are given by Charlie Walker and the Walker Family in Memory of his wife, Carol Walker.

Please join us for fellowship after worship this morning
We thank the Council for hosting Fellowship today.   
Next week the Christian Education Team will be hosting the coffee hour.

Total Attendance Last Sunday:8 AM: 16  10AM: 140  Live Streaming: 10 Church School: 36 Nursery:  7


EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 21ST.  Remember or honor a loved one as we grace the Sanctuary with Easter Lilies on Easter.  Flower and Altar Team will be taking orders today ater the 10 am Service.   

PILGRIM LODGE SUNDAY IS NEXT WEEK  Come and celebrate our Church’s church camp.  Allie and Jon Rimkunas will lead us in song, there will be sharing around the campfire and ice cream cones from Shain’s of Maine for fellowship hour.  Please wear your PL shirt or other PL clothing.   Pilgrim Lodge Camperships will be available at our Fellowship time as well as other information.  For more information and to register for PL go to:    No Church school classes on PL Sunday, but will resume on Sunday, April 7th.

CHURCH SCHOOL EASTER CRAFTS AND EGG HUNT  will be hosted by our senior high class and the Christian Education Team after morning worship on Palm Sunday.  Crafts will be in the fellowship hall by the big windows followed by an egg hunt in our sanctuary.

 GIVING TO ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING can help   nourish a whole village!  Please see the insert for more information,   and please make checks out to First Parish Congregational                                      Church, with OGHS in the memo line.

                                  "SMILE YOU’RE ON CANDID CAMERA!”  
We are in the midst of crafting the new website for First Parish and so we are taking new photos and some videos of our life together.  While most of the photos will be of Sunday morning activities, we are not limited to that.  We are taking photos of people engaged in talking, listening, laughing and sharing with one another. We have a couple of talented photographers who will be moving gently around during our worship and especially before and after church.  These photos will be used to show how our vibrant community of faith is a warm community and how we share with each other and often have fun doing it! Of course, if you prefer not to have your picture used in this way, just let us know.  (See signup sheet in the Atrium after services.)  Thanks for your help!   -The Web design team.


CAFÉ CONNECTION Saturday March 30th at 9am -11:00 am. Everyone is welcomed!

Large Print Bulletins are available for your convenience and you will find them on the Welcoming Table in the Atrium.

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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