2018-07-19 / Editorial

Did You Hear?

by Alex MacPhail


Youth volunteers and Saco Middle School seventh-grade students Aiden Fisk, 12, left, and Sagan Guerette, 12, earned a much needed break after assisting with the bean supper fundraiser July 14 at First Parish Church UCC in Saco. (Alex MacPhail photo) Youth volunteers and Saco Middle School seventh-grade students Aiden Fisk, 12, left, and Sagan Guerette, 12, earned a much needed break after assisting with the bean supper fundraiser July 14 at First Parish Church UCC in Saco. (Alex MacPhail photo) Did you hear? First Paris Church United Church of Christ, located on the corner of Beach and Main streets in Saco, has had a busy summer, helping out both in the community and holding events at the church.

On Thursday, July 12 church representatives Al and Mary Sicard, both Saco residents, manned the First Parish tent at Saco Main Street’s “Music in the Park-ing Lot” at Dyer Library (located next door to the church on Main Street), selling water and homemade baked goods while enjoying an evening of music from local musical group Pepperell Square. Two nights later, after hosting a wedding in the church, it was time for the monthly bean supper. According to church representative and Saco resident Susan Burgess, the suppers began approximately 20 years ago (after the original church was destroyed by fire) and are hosted by a core group of volunteers who spend all day Saturday cooking in preparation for the event. Suppers are held the second Saturday of every month from February through November.

“We have a lot of groups that use the church and we support those efforts with fundraisers such as the bean suppers,” said Burgess, who has been a member of the church for more than 40 years. “Along with programs such as Spurwink Pre-school for autistic children, AA meetings, Girls Scouts and more who use our space, they depend on us being there, so whatever we take in (with the supper) we give directly back (to the community).” Donations are also distributed to local groups such as the Bon Appetite food program, Seeds of Hope, Good Shepard Food Pantry and more. On the menu for the evening were beans, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, brown bread and homemade desserts.

“It brings people together, it’s a place where everyone can feel welcome and we can get out and spread the word about what we have going on,” Burgess said.

For more information on upcoming First Parish activities, including it upcoming “Rally Day – Welcome Back Weekend” the second week of September, visit www.firstparishsaco.org.

Alex MacPhail is an ad representative for the Courier. Have an interesting event you’d like publicized? Email him at didyouhearinthecourier@gmail.com.

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