Announcements May 21 – May 28

goldenrodSUNDAY, MAY 22: Angelica Series – Rabbi Michael Lerner will be the keynote speaker at 2 p.m. in the CHURCH. “Healing The Politics of Anger and Demonization in the 2016 Elections” We are in the midst of one of the most vitriolic election seasons we’ve seen in an America. Rabbi Lerner argues that we must approach this not by demeaning those with whom we disagree, but with a deep analysis of, and empathy for, the pain and outrage impacting many Americans that is getting manipulated in destructive ways, and then presents some strategies for how we in the spiritual and religious world might help in the healing and trans-formation of these dynamics. Rabbi Lerner is a prolific author and leading voice for action for “the repair of the world” as editor of the journal, Tikkun, one of the most respected intellectual/cultural journals in the Jewish world. 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, First Parish Brewster Unitarian Universalist and the Nauset Interfaith association. We anticipate a full house, so please make your reservations SOON with Tom Dewing at

Sunday, May 22: BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP – There will be NO meeting May 22 (Michael Lerner sermon and lecture). On May 29 we will begin reading When Breath Becomes Air, best-seller by Paul Kalanithi, available at your local bookseller for $25, used copies available on Amazon for less than $10. Brian and Brooke Skea.

Friday, May 27: GARDEN PARTY – Please join us for the May Garden Party from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon! Come for the whole time or only a few minutes. Bring your tools or use ours. Coffee, Hole in One donut holes and cold drinks are provided. Meet us in the north parking lot behind the offices.

Thursday, June 2: 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: Ginny Lucil, Georgia Schneider, Janet Winter and Betty Yearing. Bring your own sandwich to share; beverages and dessert are provided. Please brings canned good for the Food Pantry. This will be the last luncheon until September so come join us and bring a friend! If you need a ride, call Peter Blank at 508-760-1516.

Sunday, June 19: SAVE THE DATE – YOUTH RECOGNITION SUNDAY & COOKOUT FOR THE WHOLE PARISH – This will be our last class in the 2015-2016 Church School calendar year – Veggie Tales will be offered for the children during the summer months.

Thursday, June 23: The Parish Pot Luck Supper scheduled for June 23 has been postponed until the Fall. Date to be announced…stay tuned!

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, also please fill out the green clip board sheet with all contact info. View the exhibit and learn more about Food for Kids – beginning its 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.

LEMONADE ON THE LAWN: For the months of July and August we will be serving lemonade and cookies after the 10 a.m. service. Please sign up on the posted sheet in the Parish Hall to bring cookies. The lemonade is provided. We hope you all enjoy this new and delicious change for the summer!

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!

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.

HELP NEEDED – SEE PARISH MINISTRIES BULLETIN BOARD: Several parish ministries need more volunteers and are featured on the bulletin board. This display will remain through the month of June to give parishioners the opportunity to review the various ministries needing volunteers. The sign up sheet is in the middle of the display of posters featuring several minis-tries. Do visit the board when you’re in Parish Hall and sign up – they need YOU!

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