Growing in God's Love as an Open, Caring Community


WELCOME to our celebrant today, the Rev. Lev Sherman and his wife, Ann.

EASTER FLOWER DONATION envelopes are available at the back of church. Please have all envelopes back to Cynthia Vaughan by Palm Sunday.  You can place them in the Alms Basin.

Music: Please meet today by the organ for a quick review of a couple hymns we plan to sing on April 8th when the Bishop is visiting us.

The last Ecumenical Lenten service will be held on Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 pm at the East Orrington Congregational Church, 38 Johnson Mill Road, Orrington, Maine. Ron Chafee, from Orrington United Methodist Church will be the preacher.

PRAYER LIST:   It is time to update. The new one will be published on Easter Sunday, April 1. You may add names to the list in the Common Room or e-mail Deadline for Easter is Monday, March 26. 

FAITH LINKING IN ACTION has had some recent meetings canceled because of all our snowstorms! Still progress continues. As always speak to Peggy Day, Peg Olson, or Mary Ann Perry for more information.

  • The Transportation for All team has completed over 400 surveys and learned that an overwhelming number of riders favor later operating hours. Because they are working closely with Penquis and Bangor City Council. They have changed their meeting schedule to once a month with a core group and a monthly meeting of the entire team. The next Team meeting will be the third Thursday in April.
  • The Childcare/JobsTeam meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday March
    , 6:00-7:30 at the First Methodist Church, Essex Street, This is legislative season and there are very important issues to be decided this session. We encourage you to ask your representatives to support LD566, an Act to improve access to high quality child care by increasing child care rates. We also support LD 274 to require criminal background checks for child care providers. Talk to Peg Olson or Mary Ann Perry for more details.
  • The Food Access team will meet the first of April. They are working on planning garden space, adding gardens, learning about companion planting and composting. We hope to add to the gardens at St. Pat’s too.

OUTREACH COMMITTEE: The Outreach committee will hold its next meeting today after the service.  Be sure to check out Outreach’s Lenten Project.  Please visit the back of the sanctuary for how you can help the Street Pastor’s in their ministry. Help us fill our space with footprints.

TODAY’S LOOSE OFFERING will help with rent. A recent graduate from Hope Rising needs help with rent. She is a full-time student and will graduate in May. She works part-time on the weekends. Because she can only work part-time while attending school, she falls into the financial gap as she is not eligible for any rental assistance, food stamps, etc. The Outreach Committee agreed to pay half of her rent for March. She will also need help with April’s rent. The March 18th offering will help her with her April rent.

COFFEE HOUR SIGN-UP.  Our 2018 list is ready for you to host a coffee hour. Please check the list for openings.

It’s not too late to pick up your LENTEN CALENDAR offered by the Living Local: Joining God Guiding Team. We want to help you experience a meaningful Lent as you go about your daily life.

ACOLYTES WANTED:   Have you ever wanted to be an acolyte?  You don’t have to be a child to apply.  Adults are invited to this ministry, as well.  Katherine is our only acolyte now and it would be great to have others available to share in this ministry, especially when she is not here.  Please see Peggy if interested or have questions. Training will be provided.

CREATIVE CRAFTS AND CONVERSATION meets Monday evenings from 6 pm to 7:3o pm.


Palm Sunday is next week March 25. Come for the Blessing of the Palms, at 9:30 followed by an outside parade. The service begins at 10: 00 am.

Maundy Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 pm. The service will be in the Shamrock Room and will include the washing of the feed. The service will end in the Sanctuary with the stripping of the altar. Please note, there is no meal this year.

Prayer Vigil, Thursday, March 29-The prayer vigil will begin at the closing of Maundy Thursday service to the beginning of the Good Friday service. There will be material available for you to read. At least two people present throughout the overnight house. Please sign up in the Common Room.

Good Friday, March 30, at 6:30 pm

Easter Vigil, March 31 at 6:30 pm. Bring bells and noise makers. There will be dramatic readings of scripture and inspirational music to add to the awe and wonder of this moving service. 

Easter Sunday, April 1 at 10: 00 am.


by Paula Baines