First Congregational Church

Camden, Maine


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January 17, 2019




 
Looks like we are "in for it" with a whopper of a snowstorm predicted for late Saturday/all day Sunday.  If our Sunday church service has to be cancelled, we will email you notification no later than Saturday evening, and will post our cancellation on TV Channels 6 & 8. Otherwise, information about the service follows below.
 
Regarding the Annual Meeting: 1) In case of an outright service cancellation, the Annual Meeting scheduling may need to be adjusted. 2) In case a small "storm service" occurs on Sunday Jan. 20th wherein the 2nd announcement of the Annual Meeting on the 27th can be made in the sanctuary, the Annual Meeting will proceed as planned on the 27th.
 
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 ~ 2nd Sunday after Epiphany 
           8:45 Sunday school, 9:30 Worship
          Final Budget Q&A discussion follows worship
          Annual Meeting to be held following worship Sunday, January 27.
Greeter:     Pam Brown
Liturgist:   Rich Stuart
Deacon on Call:  Julie Clement
Ushers:   Ben Kimball, Deb Endl, Mary-Ellen Ostherr, Mimi Edmunds
Coffee Hour Team #7: Judy Cucinotta, Andi Hamalainen, Julianne Edmondson, Rita Elliott, Mimi Benedict 
 
Warm welcome to Jeanne Denny, our new Shields Mission Administrator. You'll see her name in our Staff Listing in the Bulletin and on the Website. She'll be in her office on Mondays & Wednesdays.
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS - Baptism
Last week in Sunday school we talked about baptism. The children learned about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and their role as the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. Each child was named, had their candle lit, and was told to remember the importance of their baptism. We lit candles all the way around the circle and remarked at how the light grew with each person.
 
SCHEDULE CHANGES
1) Lay Caregiver Training will still occur on 3 Saturdays from 10 am-noon: Feb. 2, Feb. 16, with the third one to be determined in consultation with the participants. 
2) Weekly Meditation on Tuesdays continues @1:30 in the Sanctuary. 
3) The Challenge of Jesus Discussion will still occur on Tuesday, January 29th, from 5:00-7:00 pm. Note the time change; this allows for combining two topics into one session: a) What is behind the idea of Blood Sacrifice? and b) What image of God is behind a Substitutionary Atonement Theology?
 
A Suggestion from Ute and area clergy: A WAY TO HELP LOCAL FOLKS AFFECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
The way to help members of our local Coast Guard, who are not receiving pay due to the shutdown, is to buy cash cards for $25 - $50  from Walmart, Hannaford, or Maritime Energy.  The drop off place is the Hampton Inn in Thomaston,  the contact person for more information is Shelby Riley.   207-975-2975

VALENTINE CARE PACKAGE TIME!
  Do you have a student who is away at boarding school or college? The
  church has a tradition of sending Valentine Care Packages to our
students.  Please add your students' names and addresses to the list outside of Nan's office on the Opportunities Table by February 3rd. Everyone is invited to choose a heart or two from the bulletin board display in the Pilgrim Room. Please bring your donations to the church office by Sunday, February 3rd.   Thanks for helping to keep this great tradition alive and well!   -Amy Rollins and Bette McFarland 
 
AN INVITATION FROM OUR SOUP'S ON  SOUPERVISOR
I have heard that many in our church family don’t believe that they should attend soup lunch because they are not volunteers. NOT TRUE! We so want you all to come experience the friendship and fellowship of our weekly soup lunch. We want everyone to have the opportunity to share in some delicious homemade soup and to chat with other diners who have gathered together in the Pilgrim Room. My invitation goes out to all of you. Come see the Pilgrim Room transformed into a lovely dining room, partake in some delicious soup, breads and a homemade dessert, listen to good music, and have great conversations. All we ask is that you leave a small donation - if you are able.  We serve at noon on Wednesdays, and you can choose a steaming hot bowl of delicious veggie or meat based soup.I’ll look for you then!                  Debbi
 
Dear Church Friends, I want to thank all of you who called me and wrote notes and cards, brought warm meals and books to read, and even a lovely blue prayer shawl.  The prayers for healing were deeply felt during December while my "wings felt clipped” and my back was healing. To be flat on my back during the month of December was a huge exercise in patience for me.  And to receive all this caring and PRAYERFUL help during one of the busiest months of the year was a statement that was impossible not to recognize or appreciate!                                                Thank you all with so much love,  Bonnie White 
 
The 2019 Flower Chart is up in the Pilgrim Room. If you wish to bring altar flowers on a Sunday, in honor or memory of a person or event, please sign up here. FYI: at this time, all of February and most of March are still available.
 
 
SEVERAL BLUE HYMNALS ARE MISSING FROM THE PEWS IN THE SANCTUARY, BOTH IN THE BALCONY AND DOWNSTAIRS. 
IF PERCHANCE THESE HAVE BEEN "borrowed” PLEASE RETURN THEM.  They can be ordered if you wish to buy one; let the office know.  
 
This Coming Week at First Congregational Church              
Sunday, January 20    2nd Sunday after Epiphany
     8:45 am, Sunday School; 9:30 am, Worship, Budget Q&A following worship       Monday, January 21   HOLIDAY Martin Luther King Day  Church Closed 
Tuesday, January 22 
   1:30 pm Meditation, Sanctuary
   5:30 pm Cabinet Meets at Donna Crane's house
Wednesday, January 23   February BEACON DEADLINE
9:30 am Staff Meeting; NOON,  Soup Lunch
6:00 pm Choral Bells, 7:00 pm Sanctuary Choir      
Thursday, January 24 
No Xi Gong this week
10:30 am Zumba, Pilgrim Room
Noon, Prayer Shawl knitters/crocheters
2:00-4:00 pm, Personnel Committee meets
Saturday, January 26  No Lay Caregiver Training (postponed, see text above)
10-11 am  Tai Chi  (Scout Room) 
Sunday, January 27 3rd Sunday after Epiphany
8:45 am   Sunday School, 9:30 am  Worship
ANNUAL MEETING following Worship
  

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