First Congregational Church

Camden, Maine

An open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ

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march 23, 2018

The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.           Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Sunday, March 25 is Palm Sunday & Passion Sunday  9:30 am Worship: Parade of Palms and a dramatic reading of the Passion, with many participants.

Liturgist:   Mimi Benedict
Readers: Mimi Benedict, Andi Hamalainen, Debbi Hitchings, John Hufnagel, Ken McCollister
Deacon on Call:  Lucy Goulet
Ushers: Jean Nolan, Ellen & John Claussen (need 1 more usher if you're interested)
Coffee Hour & Brunch brought to you by Team 12: John & Jinx Hufnagel,
Craig & Mary Wells, Janet Kelsey, Ann Smart, Nan Haid
Sanctuary Flowers: "From Eric and Beryl to our church family with heartfelt thanks for your expressions of love, support and wonderful parting gift.” 
Dear and beloved friends,
Now, almost 72 hours after our farewell party, we are still struggling to find adequate words to express out thanks for making it such a memorable event..  A meal prepared by Nan and her team is always a highlight of any of our church events where food is served, so we thank Nan and her team for a wonderful meal. We thank Greg, Debbi, Andi and all others who helped to organize the program of slides and words. We appreciated praises for programs that have been developed, but we say again that whilst we may have been the initial sparks, it is thanks to all of you who set the fire going and keep the programs flourishing. Our heartfelt thanks for the gift, given in our honor, of a Tiny Haven of Hope cottage to be built at Hospitality House.  It is the most wonderful and meaningful gift we have ever received. Camden Congo has been our church home for 25 years and we are going to miss you all for your goodness, caring, warmth, smiles and faithfulness.     
With love and blessings.  Eric and Beryl
New email:
New address: 227 Ledges Drive, Apt.328, Laconia, NH 03246 
Thursday, March 29     6:00 pm    MAUNDY THURSDAY SUPPER  and  
                                          TENEBRAE  SERVICE, Pilgrim Room Sign up on
                                           Opportunities Table or call office to reserve 
                                           At John Street United Methodist Church, Camden 
Easter Sunday, April 1  6:00am   SUNRISE SERVICE, Camden Yacht Club
                      Half-hour outdoor service led by Vicki Doudera and Mike                            Fletcher Refreshments will be enjoyed as we welcome the sun.
 Easter Sunday, April 1    9:30 am   EASTER SERVICE 
Forms to donate Easter Flowers are on the Opportunities Table    
Our Lenten Series "LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY” (Luke 11:1) 
NOTE CHANGE OF DATE for the Final Series Session
THE FINAL SESSION originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 27 has been postponed and the new date will be announced after Easter.  
A note of thanks from Nan  
Many thanks to all the committees and individuals, especially Julie Clement, our kitchen chef, who made the Charlton Brunch a heartwarming, touching success. Wasn’t it fun!! And tearful…    
 Soup’s On!                   Last Soup Lunch Day is March 28  
Come join us for a delicious bowl of hot, homemade soup, bread and dessert  AND good company. We need YOU to volunteer as well.  Cooks, sous chefs, wait staff and clean-up crew members are needed on a weekly basis. Sign up on the big board in the Pilgrim Room. Any questions, contact Debbi at 
Order Forms for Easter Flowers now available
You may order flowers to be placed in the church for Easter, to be dedicated in memory/honor of someone, with a special message. Cost is $15. each.  Look for the orange forms on the Mayflower Room table after Worship, or on the Opportunities table during the week.      
 Every 6 weeks our church leads the 1:30 pm ecumenical worship service at Quarry Hill. After Eric Charlton moves, we will need a pianist to play hymns at the service.   Our next FCC service is May 6. The next services we lead are on June 17, July 29, September 2, October 14, and     December 2.  If you are interested please let the church office know.  Thank you!   
The Christian Education Committee is looking for bookcases for the new Godly Play room downstairs. If you have any to donate, please measure them and contact Elizabeth Lally or Donna Crane.  Thanks! 
SANCTUARY RENOVATION UPDATE     We are now on track to begin the renovations to the sanctuary in May. We’ve had to schedule around contractor issues, Easter and our Friends of Music concert series. This is a such a busy church it's hard to find quiet time to do major renovations like this. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.                  Thank you, Greg Worden ********************************************************************* 
If you know of anyone who is ill, in hospital or homebound,
please notify Rev. Deb Jenks or the Church Office. 
This Week at First Congregational Church                               
Sunday, March 25~ SIXTH SUNDAY IN LENT~ PALM SUNDAY    9:30 am   Worship   Monday, March 26     10:00 am    Zumba Gold class
       REMINDER: Monday is Pastor Deb’s day off 
Tuesday, March 27     5:30 pm  NO Lenten Series Potluck —to be rescheduled Wednesday, March 28   NOON      THE LAST SOUP LUNCH 
                                        5:30 pm       Cabinet Meeting
                                        6:00 pm       Choral Bells rehearse                                  
                                        7:00 pm       Sanctuary Choir rehearses 
Thursday, March 29   9:00 am       Xi Gong
                                       10:00 am     Zumba Gold class
                                       Noon             Prayer Shawl Knitters
                                       6:00               MAUNDY THURSDAY Supper & Tenebrae Service Friday, March 30  GOOD FRIDAY NOON   Ecumenical Service, John St.  Methodist Church, Camden    
Sunday, April 1   EASTER Sunrise Service  6:00 am Camden Yacht Club
Sunday, April 1   EASTER Worship               9:30 am    

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