First Congregational Church

Camden, Maine


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March 17, 2019



What an exciting weekend lies ahead! Ute's husband Mark Burrows is preaching this coming Sunday morning, and in the afternoon at 2:00 we are all invited to the Installation & Worship Service when Ute Molitor will covenant with us and the wider UCC as our new settled pastor. Participating will be members of our congregation as well as many local ministers (Deb Jenks is among them), representatives of Maine UCC, and our guest speaker, Dr. Robert Jonas.
 
See our busy calendar for the next week at the end of this email.
Note: Ute Molitor will be away March 25-April 1     

TWO SERVICES ON SUNDAY, MARCH 17
* MORNING SUNDAY SCHOOL & WORSHIP ~ 2nd Sunday of Lent
* AFTERNOON INSTALLATION SERVICE FOR UTE MOLITOR at 2:00 pm
 
MORNING SUNDAY SCHOOL & WORSHIP ~ 2nd Sunday of Lent
 8:45 am Sunday School, 9:30 am Worship: Mark Burrows (Ute's spouse) preaching
Greeter: Barbara Lamb
Liturgist: Mimi Edmunds
Deacon on Call:  Jinx Hufnagel
Ushers: Dave Jackson, Melvin Achorn, Scott Acorn, Louis Regnier
Coffee Hour Team #3: Nancy Laite, Wendy Wickenden, Gail Palmer, Greg & Vicki Worden, Elizabeth & Mike Lally
Altar Flowers brought by: Sally & Allen Fernald 
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL
Last week in Sunday school the children were introduced to the relationship of Lent to Easter.  We talked about the seriousness and sometimes sadness attributed to the color purple and then the joy attributed to the color.  We discussed when and how these colors used in the church and they seemed to make some good connections during their wondering time.
 
 AN URGENT NEED
Our Choral Bells group is putting out a desperate plea for new members … We will be losing a member in the fall, and unless we can fill the position we will not be able to continue ringing! We can always use several more players, but we need at least one! If you think there’s any chance you might enjoy ringing, please pop by a rehearsal any Wednesday night at 6 p.m. between now and the beginning of June. Full-time participation wouldn't be required until September, so we’d have plenty of time to help acclimate you in the interim. (*Ability to read music helps but is by no means necessary to be a successful ringer!)    
 
 COMING SOON, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
 Sunday, March 24  at 4:00 pm in the Sanctuary
BILLY JO VALENTINE, nationally touring singer/songwriter
 
Concert presented by Friends of Music ~ he’s so popular this was booked 2 years ago!  
FREE FAMILY CONCERT FOR ALL AGES 
 
 LENTEN STUDY SERIES continues….   
"EVERYTHING BELONGS”   
 March 21, April 4 & 11  5:30-7:30  pm, including a light meal.     
   **NOTE: You can sign up to attend any session, without having been to previous ones. Please sign up and indicate if you’d like to help with the meal;  the sign up sheet will be on the Mayflower Room table on Sundays, and on the Opportunities Table during the week.  We’ll take a closer look at the mechanisms of exclusion that tend to divide us. We’ll also look at teachings of inclusion that have been part of spiritual teachings and traditions for centuries, inviting us to include more sources of wisdom in our daily lives. 
 
Weekly Lectio Divina and Meditation Tuesdays @ 1:30 in the Sanctuary  Meditation sessions are ongoing. We engage a biblical text using an ancient practice that focuses not on a scholarly interpretation but a personal encounter with the text. The process concludes with 20 minutes of silent meditation. No experience is necessary. We meet for about 60 minutes. All are welcome! 
 
    ONLY TWO MORE WEDNESDAYS FOR SOUP'S ON!
    March 20 & March 27  Served promptly at Noon; come join us for a delicious bowl of soup, with bread & dessert. 

ONGOING: MONTHLY DROP-IN BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP AT PENBAY MEETS ON THE 1st WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH, 3-4:30 pm Next scheduled meeting: April 3  For anyone coping with the loss of a loved one: family member, relative, friend. No prior signup is needed. Available to the community at large. Support is given for losses of all sorts including those of parents, spouses, siblings, friends, etc. Meetings are held at Pen Bay Medical Center’s Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial St. on Rt. 1 in Rockport. (White farmhouse between Offshore Restaurant and Oakland Park Bowling)   
 
COMING SOON: COASTAL FAMILY HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING The next 9-week long, 30 hour session will be on Wednesdays from 1 - 4 pm starting on March 27th and ending on April 22nd. Contact Holly Lakey at Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers (207-230-0042) to sign up and for specifics as to location and fees.  
 
  NEXT FAITH AND PUBLIC ISSUES FORUM 
   MARCH 24 ~ 1:30-3:30 pm 
ALL ARE WELCOME  The Faith and Public Issues task force is hosting a public forum at the church on Sunday March 24th on "Managing Difficult Conversations in Politics and Current Events". The session will be led by the Maine chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV) and will run from 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Pilgrim Room. Anne Schink of the LWV will present ground rules that can help with these kind of conversations, answer questions and give participants time to practice proven techniques. There is no charge for this forum and all are welcome.   
 
Our Busy Calendar: This Coming Week at First Congregational Church       Sunday, March 17 , Second Sunday in Lent                       
8:45 am Sunday School;  9:30 am Worship,  Professor Mark Burrows preaching         2:00 pm  Installation Service for Rev. Ute S. Molitor   All are welcome! 
Monday, March 18 10:15 Zumba, Pilgrim Room 
Tuesday, March 19 1:30 pm Meditation, Sanctuary
Wednesday, March 20 9:30 am Staff Meeting; NOON Soup Lunch (next to last one); 6:00 pm Choral Bells; 7:00 pm Sanctuary Choir    
Thursday, March 21 9:00 am Xi Gong; 10:30 am Zumba; Noon Prayer Shawl knitters/crocheters; 5:30-7:30 pm Lenten Series "Everything Belongs”, Light meal provided
Friday, March 22 April BEACON deadline
Sunday, March  24 Third Sunday in Lent
8:45 am Sunday School; 9:30 am Worship;
1:30 pm Faith & Public Issues Forum: "Managing Difficult Conversations in Politics….”  Led by Maine League of Women Voters;
4:00 pm Friends of Music free concert Bobby Jo Valentine, singer/songwriter 
 
Calendar Notes: Ute Molitor will be away March 25-April 1
Pastoral Care will be provided by Rev. Dick Hanks. He can be reached at 542-2812.     Our Guest Preacher on March 31 will be T.J. Mack from Lincolnville.
  

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