Announcements April 30 – May 7

Beach_roseSunday, May 1: BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP – We will be reading Part 2, “After Schweitzer” and the rest of “Imitation of Christ” in Christ Actually. Brian and Brooke Skea.

Sunday, May 1: YOUTH BRUNCH – Please attend the Youth Brunch in the Parish Hall just after the Sunday 10 a.m. service. Every first Sunday of the month the Youth Group hosts a brunch. Come May 1 and join the fun!

Thursday, May 5: WOMEN’S LUNCHEON – The women of the parish will gather for their monthly luncheon at 12 Noon in Parish Hall. Volunteers for the day are: Pat Carroll, Lori Linton, Maggie Macleay and Joan Proctor. All women are welcome to come and enjoy the camaraderie, conversation and good food. Bring your own sandwich to share; beverages and dessert are provided. Please brings canned good for the Food Pantry. If you need a ride, call Peter Blank at 508-760-1516.

Friday, May 13: WALKING THE LABYRINTH – 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall. The theme: “True Listening”. Dr. Margaret Rappaport, Veriditas certified labyrinth facilitator, will guide the walk. Selected meditative choral music will be offered by Darlene T. Hagon, Director of Music. The Rev. Anne Koehler will offer a brief theological reflection on listening for the voice of God. All are welcome.

Saturday, May 14: ATTENTION: SAFE CHURCH TRAINING from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Check your email to see if you have been contacted about this training. If so please let us know that you can attend by emailing Amanda in the Office at Thank You.

Sunday, May 15: ORLEANS SHEPHERD GROUP will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Sally and Tom Dew-ing’s, 16 Packet Landing, Orleans. Questions? Call 508-255-2656. EASTHAM-WELLFLEET SHEP-HERD GROUP will meet at 5 p.m. at Jean & Bob Collins’, 142 Whidah Way, Wellfleet.

Wednesday, May 18: MEN’S LUNCH will meet the third Wednesday of the month at 12 Noon in the Fireplace Room. Bring your own bag lunch. Coffee and snacks are provided by our do-nations. All men in the parish are welcome. If you know of a friend who would like to come, please invite them. Questions? Call Brian Skea at 774-279-3454.

SAVE THE DATE – SUNDAY, MAY 22: Angelica Series – Rabbi Michael Lerner will be the keynote speaker at 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Seeking healing for the divisions amongst us, Rabbi Lerner has led a life as a personal witness in non-violent confrontation with injustice. Come to our parish hall to hear what he has to say. The event is jointly sponsored by Am HaYam Cape Cod Havurah, The Church of the Holy Spirit, The Federated Church of Orleans, Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church, Harwich, and First Parish Brewster Unitarian Universalist. We anticipate a full house, so please make your reservations early with Tom Dewing at

HELP NEEDED – SEE PARISH MINISTRIES BULLETIN BOARD: Several parish ministries need more volunteers and are featured on the bulletin board during May. Check it out – there may be an opportunity for you!

CHS ARTIST: Food for Kids is the May exhibit in the Gallery/Reception Room. This program is made possible by you volunteering during July & August. Sign up on the large sign-up sheet posted at this exhibit. View the exhibit and learn more about Food for Kids – beginning it’s fourth summer! Questions? Call Ruth Campbell at 508-240-5169.

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY BAGS: Are available at every entrance for loan to keep our children “busy” during the service. Please feel free to take advantage of them.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS: HELP NEEDED – Please sign up on the posted sheet in the Parish Hall. The beverages are provided. You just need to bring something of your choice to go with them! Be creative and lend a hand to this fun cause! Please call Michele Puzo at 508-432-1981.

DRIVERS NEEDED: Volunteers to drive parishioners to church services, activities and medical appointments are sorely needed. If you can help please call Pattie LaBranche at 508-255-3532 or Peter Blank at 508-760-1516.

EVENTS IN THE PARISH HALL: Please be kind to the floors. When you move tables or chairs in the Parish Hall please LIFT them to move them as opposed to DRAGGING them across the floor. This way we can prevent streaks on the wood. Thank you!

FAIR TRADE UPDATE: We have received a new order of olive oil from the Holy Land (the same oil that is used to make Holy Chrism for baptismal anointing). We also now have hot chocolate and cocoa and healthy organic cashews and almonds as well as an assortment of coffees, teas and chocolate bars. Questions? Call Fr. Ken at 508-240-5169.

FREE SHOP: The Free Shop is gladly accepting spring clothing. Open on Mondays: 12 Noon to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Your donations can be dropped off any time the Parish Hall is open. If the shop is closed there is a container outside the Free Shop door at the foot of the elevator. Questions? Please call Sharyn Laughton at 508-255-7277 or

GALLEY WEST GIFT SHOP: The shop will be open on Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Please stop by and buy! Barbara Hoffman

ST. MARTHA’S WOMEN’S GUILD: Is in need of metal coffee cans with tops. Please drop them off at the office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m Mon- Thurs.

WELCOMING VISITORS: If you are sitting near visitors at the services please extend them a greeting, and invite them over to the parish hall for coffee hour and a visit to the newcomer table.

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