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Jul 10 / Nancy

Jordan Peterson Discussion Group

The Jordan Peterson Discussion Group will meet at 7:30 PM in the Parlor on Monday, July 15.  The topic will be lecture 1 of the Biblical Series, Introduction to the Idea of God.  No preparation is necessary; clips of the video lecture will be provided as a springboard for discussion.  However, if you would like to view the full lecture, it may be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-wWBGo6a2w&t=7587s  This group is open to the public, so please feel free to invite anyone you think might be interested.  Subsequent meetings are scheduled for the first and third Mondays of each month at the same time and location.  If you have any questions, contact Richard Smith (978-590-7497) or Steve Carhart (978-407-8454).

Jul 1 / Nancy

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Jun 1 / Nancy

Annual Tuck’s Point Worship Service

We hope you can join us for our Annual Tuck’s Point Worship Service at “The Chowder House” (17 Tuck’s Point Rd.) on Sunday, June 23rd, 10 AM! You are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and stay to socialize following the service; the Vitality Committee is providing cake and lemonade. The sermon that day will be a little different.

The title will be “Light from Dark Corners,” and it will be a “Part 2″ to the Sermon on unity that Rev. Marlayna preached a couple of weeks ago. As part of the sermon, you will be invited–if you wish, no pressure!–to turn to someone sitting next to you and have a brief spiritual discussion o

n two questions (printed below).  Feel free to start thinking about how you might answer these questions now! Hope you will consider inviting a friend or family member to join you (and let them know re the discussion questions).

  1. Describe a time when you felt that God gave you the gift of “light,” however you want to interpret that. (e.g., direction, understanding, insight, joy)
  2. Describe a time when someone you know– who generally sees things differently from you–gave you the gift of “light,” however you want to interpret that. (e.g., direction, understanding, insight, joy)

Scripture readings for June 23rd will be: Exodus 13:21, John 8:12, Matthew 5:14-16

 

Jun 1 / Nancy

Join us for a Space Adventure in June 2019

Space Adventure!

 Monday, June 24 – Thursday, June 27

2 PM – 4 PM

Vacation Bible School is all about miraculous missions.

We will explore outer space and learn about how God created the universe and everything in it

Snacks, crafts and games

Free to Children K – Grade 5

High school students can participate as volunteers to earn community service hours

Contact cedirectorfpchurch@gmail.com

or 978-526-7661 x. 3 with questions or to sign up

Jun 1 / Nancy

Book Group Summer 2019

Meeting, Monday, June 24 at 6:30 PM

at Bonnie Benincasa’s home, 25 Hickory Hill, Manchester.

The book for discussion will be “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.goodreads

Please RSVP to bonnie.benincasa@gmail.com for planning purposes.

Monday, August 26 at 6:30 PM  

At Mary Ellen Cook’s home, 23 Harold St. Manchester.

The book for discussion is “The Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See.

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger. Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook’s differences are impossible to ignore… goodreads

Please RSVP to Mary Ellen at jerris01@comcast.net for planning purposes.

Book group is open to everyone! This is a time for church members as well as non-church goers to come together and engage with one another, build relationships, and share in discussion of books that are of interest to people of various backgrounds.We have fun visiting, discussing the book and sharing stories. Each month is a new host, who provides light snacks, beverages and dessert but only once a year!!!! The host then chooses the book for the next month.

 

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Apr 26 / Nancy

Collection for Operation Troop Support

The youth at First Parish church are doing a collection
for Operation Troop Support
There will be a box located in the back of the church
or items can be dropped at the Chapel
Anything you can donate is appreciated
especially letters of thanks & encouragement.
White, Crew Socks, Sun Screen
Individual Shampoo, Body Lotion, Calamine Lotion
Disposable razors, Baby powder, Deodorant
Wet wipes, Band-Aids, Lip Balm
Feminine Hygiene Products, Hair Ties
Crossword Puzzles, Books, Magazines
Non-perishable food snacks:
(gum, pretzels,oranges, peanut butter, chips, etc.)
Thank You Letters and Letters of Encouragement

Apr 14 / Rev. Marlayna Schmidt

Easter 2019

 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:  everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!  2 Corinthians 5:17

Dear Members and Friends of First Parish Church, Congregational, United Church of Christ—

There is new energy at First Parish Church, which was so evident in worship this morning!

The front doors were wide open to the Spring sunshine, as we began to gather.  A member of the Vitality Committee stood outside, warmly welcoming guests and church members as they arrived.  In the narthex, the greeter shook hands and exchanged smiles and laughter.

The Brahms prelude on the organ set a meditative tone.  As the service started, several people lined up to make announcements, inviting the congregation to consider taking part in many different spiritual activities, including:

  • A newly forming parents’ network
  • A new Christian book lending library
  • An upcoming outdoor worship service at Tuck’s Point on June 23 (mark your calendars!)
  • Providing Easter plants for our sanctuary and/or donating them to homebound members
  • A Vespers Service at a neighboring church (in the spirit of ecumenism!)
  • Praying for Peace– for our country and our world– as we remember the 74th anniversary of the April 1st Battle of Okinawa during World War II
  • An interfaith service of healing, movement, and prayer

And those were just today’s announcements!  The Spirit continues to breathe new life into the church as we meet for Sunday morning worship and Saturday evening Vespers at First Parish; as Don and the choir lead us in singing God’s praise; as the Care Team provides meals for people who are recovering from illness; as Jessica teaches the First Communion Class about the meaning of the sacrament; as people meet in supportive small groups to knit, read, paint prayer-rocks or engage in Bible study; as meals are prepared for Brown Bag Lunches and served at the Open Door; as the Search Committee interviews pastoral candidates; and as the committees of the church work hard “behind the scenes” to support all these ministries in Jesus’ name—and more.

Blessings,

Rev. Dr. Marlayna Schmidt

Apr 14 / Nancy

Holy Week Services 2019

Mark your calendar for Holy Week Worship:

Palm Sunday Worship Service, April 14, 10 AM, at First Parish

Bulletin April 14 2019 Palm Sunday

Maundy Thursday Worship Service, April 18, 7:30 PM, at First Parish Church

Bulletin April 18 2019 Maundy Thursday

Good Friday Ecumenical Worship Service, April 19, 12 Noon, at First Parish Church

 Bulletin Apr 19 2019 Good Friday

Easter Sunrise Ecumenical Worship Service, April 21, 5:50 AM, Singing Beach

Bulletin April 21 2019 Ecumenical Easter Sunrise

Easter Worship Service, April 21, 10 AM, at First Parish Church

Bulletin April 21 2019 Easter

 

 

Apr 1 / Nancy

Lenten Vespers

Looking for a way to deepen your spiritual connections to God this Lenten Season?

Join us for a quiet service of prayer, poetry, and candle-lighting on the seven Saturday evenings of Lent.

Services focusing on various spiritual themes–including forgiveness, blessing, healing, letting go– will be held at First Parish Church Congregational from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. starting on Saturday, March 9th and running through Saturday, April 20th.

Members of the church and the general public are welcome to attend.

 

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