APRIL 9, 2017

USHERS:  Jim Liedell (lead usher), Joan Shostak, and Nancy and Michael Strong

LECTERN:  Geoff Dunn

HOSPITALITY:  We hope you enjoyed the very special Palm Sunday Breakfast this morning.  There will be a modest coffee hour following the worship service.

Today’s flowers are dedicated to the glory of God and given by Paige Barrett in loving memory of her sister, Suzanne Bauer.

Maunday Thursday will be celebrated on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. in our sanctuary.  This service will include communion along with a musical service of light and shadows, a Tenebrae service.  The Maunday Thursday service is a favorite of many.  Make a special effort to attend this moving and important service.

On Good Friday, April 14, there will be a vigil at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 205 Old Main St, South Yarmouth, from noon to 3:00 p.m.  Pastor Phil will preach on the first of the last seven words of Christ.

Easter Sunday Services.  Next Sunday, April 16, we will have two identical Easter services, one at 9:00 a.m. and one at 11:00 a.m.  NOT 10:00 a.m.  Pastor Phil will preach and there will be special music at both services.  Our Easter Sunday services are a particularly good time to invite friends, family, and neighbors, since Easter is the one holiday when they are most likely to attend services.

Early birds might want to take in the Ecumenical Sunrise Service next week on Easter morning at Corporation Beach, 5:59 a.m.

Don’t forget one of our most revered traditions, the Annual Easter Egg Hunt!  It will take place between the two services on Easter Sunday.

We will be receiving new members into our fellowship on Sunday, April 23.  We have three people already.  If you are interested in joining First Church on the 23rd please speak to Pastor Phil ASAP.  Thank you.

We will be meeting for prayer beginning on Sunday, April 30, in the Morse Room at 9:00 a.m. before the Sunday worship service.  A growing number of us are convinced that as we look forward to the future of First Church we need to go to the Lord in prayer.  This is an open meeting.  You are invited to join us.

Holy Bowlers Rally the Alley

First Church bowling team Holy Bowlers will be bowling on Friday, April 28, in the “Rally the Alleys” tournament, to fundraise for Champ Homes.  Founded in 1991, Champ Homes provides a safe, therapeutic, and nurturing family-type environment for homeless or drug addicted youths and adults, students, veterans, and people from all walks of life.  Champ Homes, which now has six residences near Main Street in Hyannis, is one of the charities that First Church supports.

We have two teams of Holy Bowlers this year (four people make a team) consisting of Christine Balch, Dot Beaton, Michelle Jackson, Nancy Lavin, Debra Miller, Liz Philbrook, Varn Philbrook, and Patty Smith.  We need to raise a minimum of $1,600 and we need your help.

Any amount will help and all donations go directly to Champ Homes.  Please show your support for the wonderful work Champ Homes does in providing shelter and care for those in need.

There are three ways to contribute:

CHECK.  Make your check out to “Champ Homes” and give it to one of the bowlers or Patty in the church office.

CASH.  Put it in an envelope marked “Rally the Alleys” and please be sure to include, inside or outside of the envelope, your name and address.  Again, give it to one of the bowlers or to Patty.

CREDIT CARD.  Go to the Champ Homes website (type in your browser in the far left side of your address/search bar where it says “enter address”).  Click on Rally the Alleys below the main picture.  Scroll down just a little until you see the white button on the right that says DONATE.  Click on that and follow the prompts.  PLEASE REMEMBER:  In the box you fill in saying in honor of, please type Rally the Alleys Holy Bowlers.  The credit card method may require more explanation, but it’s really very easy and fast.

(If you put the web address of Champ Homes in your search bar on the far right, you will get a host of articles about the wonderful work this nonprofit does!)

Thank you for your generosity.  If you like, come to see your teams bowl at Ryan Family Amusements on Route 28 in South Yarmouth on Saturday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on April 28.

Remember the Easter Flowers!

Tomorrow is the last day church members and friends are invited to make donations toward the cost of the flowers that will adorn our church sanctuary for Easter services.  You may choose lilies or daffodils.  The cost for a plant is $15, but you may wish to simply donate to the Flower Fund in any denomination. Whether a gift to the Flower Fund or a plant, your donations may be designated as memorials to your loved ones, according to your wishes.  See the order form herein.



Visiting Committee Meeting, 10:00 a.m., Morse Room

Finance Committee Meeting, 2:00 p.m., Morse Room

Easter Monday.  Office is closed.


Women’s Bible Study (movie), 10:00-noon, Howes Hall

Board of Benevolence Meeting, 1:00 p.m., Morse Room

Prayer Shawl Ministry, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Howes Hall

Trustees Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Morse Room

Boy Scout Troop 50, 7:00 p.m., Howes Hall


Men’s Morning Bible Study, 8:30 a.m., All Purpose Room

Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m., Choir Room


Maunday Thursday Service, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary

No Choir Rehearsal


Good Friday

Vigil, St. David’s Episcopal Church, noon to 3:00 p.m.

Pastor Phil will preach on the first of the last seven words of Christ