Volume 56 | May 2019
RISE AND SHINE Breakfast 5/5  
Open to all, the informal breakfast (and activity for children) will be held from 9:25 to 9:55 am this Sunday, May 5th in Clarke Hall.

BTW, we are seeking a Lead Teacher for our summer Sunday School, for 7 Sundays from June 30 to August 25. Farm Fresh Theme....will be a lot of FUN! If interested, contact Siobhan .

Saturday, 5/4, Ham it Up Talent Show
6:30 dinner, talent show to follow
Sunday, 5/5, Rise and Shine Breakfast, Communion Sunday
Plant Swap (after church)
Cantemus Concert (4 PM)
Monday, 5/27, Memorial Day

UPCOMING in the month of June
Saturday, 6/8 Wing Masters bird show
Saturday 6/15, $1 Yard Sale
Sunday 6/23, Young's 40th anniversary
Easter Sunrise Service
Scenes of Easter
P.S., the sunrise one is old, because this year's service was obscured by fog!
HAM IT UP 2019
If you were there, you surely haven't forgotten Steve and Rev. Debra's stirring tango a couple of years ago! Who will be the act that has everyone talking this year? Time to find out, on Saturday, May 4th.

The evening includes a revamped menu, which is a pasta dinner, starting at 6:30, with Italian MOCKtails, and an ice cream sundae bar. The talent portion will follow, with MC Bruce Whear on the mic. As last year, there will be a few live auction items. This year's talent show supports camp scholarships and the November mission trip to Guatemala.
Celebrate with Roy and Eileen
Roy and Eileen Young wish to invite all our church family to a special celebration on Sunday June 23rd at the 10 am service. This is to commemorate their 40th wedding anniversary. The service will be followed by a luncheon in Clarke Hall by Dario; to which all are invited.
PLANT SWAP after church 5/5
Annual Plant Swap, this Sunday after church in Clarke Hall. Bring your perennials and any gardening tools, equipment, and materials that you would like to contribute.

Contact Susan Buchanan
CANTEMUS on May 5th at 4 PM
Cantemus Concert, Sunday 5/5, 4 PM
contact Patricia Clark or see link below

Dario is biking for MS on May 4-5 (this weekend)
Dario Puerto is riding in Bike MS: Cape Cod Getaway THIS WEEKEND, as part of Team Gourmet Garden. This is his 4th MS ride, to raise funds for research on multiple sclerosis. Dario's ride is approximately 150 miles, taking place over two days! If you wish to contribute to his goal of $2500, you will find a link below.

photo from OVERNIGHT WALK 2015
Janet's Overnight Walk 6/22
One Night, One Goal
Stop Suicide
On the evening of Saturday, June 22nd, Janet Fischer will again be participating in the Overnight Walk for suicide awareness and prevention as part of Team Reach Out. The team is composed of MIT community members and friends, and will walk all night (16-18 miles) through Boston. Your donations are appreciated, and will make a difference.

Memorial Day is May 27th
we pause to remember
In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.
We pause to remember Marine Capt. Jennifer Harris and U.S. Army Specialist Jared Raymond, among many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The license plate belongs to the proudest dad and friend of The First Church, Raymond Harris. You can read more about our local heroes at this SITE.
The First Church in Swampscott, United Church of Christ
Established in 1846
Rev. Ian Holland, Senior Pastor