The First Universalist Church of West Paris holds services at 9 a.m. Sundays at 208 Main St.

Wearing a mask during worship services is now optional if one has received COVID-19 vaccinations, and coffee hour has resumed immediately following the service, according to a news release from the church.

The schedule is as follows.

• April 3: “Joy — Finding It and Sharing It” will be led by guest speaker, Michael Miclon, a professional comedic entertainer, who will discuss the topic of finding joy and sharing joy with others in a world that sometimes seems to lack this vital emotion. Miclon will share how he has discovered how create joy in his own life and how he has worked to spread it to others on and off the stage.

• April 10: “When We Wish Upon a Star” will be led by frequent guest speaker, Maryli Tiemann. The nature of prayer is multifaceted and can be just a step beyond realistic for some. Still, in times of invasion, destruction and aggression such as Ukraine is experiencing, prayers for peace are often heard, wishes for sanity to prevail. Tiemann will revisit the familiar and explore the dusty corners and crevices of prayer.

• April 17: “Rolling Away the Stone” will be led by the Rev. Fayre Stephenson. Sara Moores Campbell writes, “In the tomb of the soul, we take refuge from the world and its heaviness …. Grateful for the darkness that has nourished us, we push away the stone and invite the light to awaken us to the possibilities within us and among us.” On this Easter Sunday congregants will seek possibilities for new life in ourselves and in our world.

• April 24: “The Sermon on the Amount” will be led by Stephenson. Webster’s defines stewardship as “the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.” This service will focus on a consideration of stewardship of spiritual community and the sacred spaces entrusted to one’s care.

For more information about the church and services, contact Marta Clements at 207-674-2143 or [email protected], or Bob Clifford at 207-674-3442 or [email protected].

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