First Congregational Church

Camden, Maine


An open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ
   

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October 22, 2017

We are pleased that Rev. Charles Erb will lead worship this Sunday, October 22. Pastor Deb Jenks is doing well at home after surgery and will return to lead worship on October 29, Reformation Sunday, All Saints’ Day.

Quote for today:

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "Thank You"?—William Arthur Ward

 

Sunday Service

20th Sunday after Pentecost • 9:30am

  • Liturgist: Andi Hamalainen
  • Greeter: Marcia Dietrich
  • Deacon on Call: Sarah Shepherd
  • Ushers: Bette McFarland, Amy Rollins, Zella Walker, TBA
  • Coffee Hour is brought to you by Team 4: Jeni Mason, Carol & Gary Spinney, Ann Bex, Barbara Lamb, Charlene & Peter Orne.
  • Sanctuary Flowers are given by Sally & Allen Fernald.

Immediately following worship will be an informal Christian Education meeting in the Mayflower Room. All are welcome to discuss Children, Youth and Adult Education; we’re interested in hearing people’s ideas for classes, new initiatives, confirmation, and more. If you cannot attend please share your ideas with Elizabeth Lally or contact the church office, and we’ll pass them on.

 

Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, October 24: Cabinet Meeting 5:30
  • Wednesday, October 25: Soup Lunch begins at NOON
  • November 3–5: 9th Annual Women’s Retreat
  • Thursday, November 9: Reach Out Potluck 6:00 pm, hosted by Outreach
  • Saturday, December 2: Christmas By the Sea Craft Fair here at church 9-2
 

Soup’s On!

Mark your calendars! Soup lunch starts up again on October 25 at noon. Come join us for a delicious bowl of hot, homemade soup, bread and dessert and good company. We need YOU to volunteer as well. Cooks, sous chefs, wait staff and clean-up crew members are needed on a weekly basis. Sign up on the big board in the Pilgrim Room. Do you have a spare Cuisinart that you could donate to the kitchen? Our soup chefs are in need of one to help speed along food preparation. Any questions, contact Debbi at debhitch@gmail.com.

 

Nan Smith will be returning to the church office on a part-time basis on Tuesday, October 24. She’s eager to get back to work, and has missed seeing everyone.

 

Halloween Care Package Time

Do you have a student who is away at boarding school or college? The church has a tradition of sending Halloween Care Packages to our students, and a small committee of Amy Rollins, Bette McFarland, and Vicki Worden is heading up the process this fall. There are still some paper pumpkins on the bulletin board ready to be chosen! Many are to cover the cost of postage, which will be greatly appreciated! Everyone is invited to choose a pumpkin or two from the bulletin board display in the Pilgrim Room and bring your donations to the church office by October 22nd. Thanks for helping to keep this great tradition alive and well.

 

Something To Think About

If you’re a person who likes to help and wants to find out how, please consider being a member of the Care Team here at church. We need more volunteers, both men and women. This team is made up of people in our congregation who help those who are home-bound, those who are lonely and don't see people often, those who are regaining strength after surgery or illness, those who don't get out often, those who need rides to library, appointments, etc. Many people assume that those who are homebound or needing visits or rides have everything all taken care of because family and friends are in the area-yet this is not always true. How, you say? You can volunteer to drive, you can volunteer to visit. Those on the Care Team often say that "you get more than you give." Being on the Care Team brings mutual benefit. Taking someone in your car can be an opportunity for conversation as well as a chance to make new friends. Visiting people at home is an ideal opportunity to listen, as well as to find out their interests, what books they are reading, and to share your own interests. What to do next? If you’re just waiting to be asked, consider this your "ask" and call or email the church office so someone can contact you. Thank you for your interest!

 

Reach Out Potluck

Thursday, November 9th at 6:00 pm

Join members of the Outreach Committee for their first in a series of "Reach Out" potluck dinners, open to the community and highlighting the many nonprofit organizations benefited by Outreach funds. Midcoast Habitat for Humanity will be our first featured group. Learn about the good work of this nonprofit in a ten-minute presentation, meet some new Habitat partner families, and then dine together in fellowship. All ages are welcome. Bring a main dish, side dish or dessert to share. Yellow signup sheet is in the Mayflower Room after Sunday service, or in the hall by the office during the week. We hope to see you there!

 

Mark your December Calendars!

CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA CRAFT FAIR DEC. 2

Once again, our church will be a happenin’ place on December 2nd during Camden’s Christmas By The Sea festivities. Both the Pilgrim Room and the Mayflower Room will be full of quality artisans from 9–2. Just in time for holiday gift giving, there will be a wide variety of gift ideas and decorations for your home while supporting local artisans. So please come and shop generously! Space is filling up, so if you are interested in a table please speak to Jan Kelsey as soon as possible. You may call her at 975-7644 or email at kelseyj62@gmail.com.

 

Little Free Pantry Boxes

Take what you need, leave what you can

If you find yourself with extra food or wanting to make a difference, please drop donations off at our Little Free Pantry Box outside the SOS room.

 

Liturgists Needed

Would you like to participate in the service by becoming a Liturgist? Sign up on the opportunities table!

 

Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed

The coffee hour teams are in need of extra members to help make our fellowship time run smoothly. If you are willing to join a team, please contact Gail Palmer at 236-4121 or 691-8438. We will also have a sign up sheet on the table in the Mayflower Room during fellowship time. This can be a great way to get to know others in our congregation and extend fellowship. Come join the fun!

 

Our Church Staff

Rev. Dr. Deb Jenks, Interim Minister
Shelley Mills, Shields Mission Project Interim Administrator
Elizabeth Lally, Christian Ed Director
Matthew Mainster, Director of Music
** Nan K. Smith, Office Manager
Melissa Chapman, Manager, Heavenly Threads
Beth Gerrish, Assistant Manager, Heavenly Threads
Wayne Berry, Sexton

** Becky Brace is working in the office while Nan is out. Limited office hours next week are:

Monday Oct. 23
8:30–2:30
Tuesday Oct. 24
8:30–3:30 Nan Returns part-time
Wednesday Oct. 25
8:30–3:30
Thursday Oct. 26
8:30–3:30

Blessings to all,
Becky

  
 
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