First Congregational Church

Camden, Maine


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December 13, 2018




This is the season of many events and much excitement, much of it right here within our church walls. The calendar for the next 10 days is included here. Read on!
 
Sunday, December 16  3rd Sunday in Advent ~ JOY 
     8:45 am Church School, 9:30 am Worship
LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLES:  Joey & Alisa Dowd with the Confirmation Class.
                                                               
Gospel Lesson:  Luke 1:  26-58   read by Owen and Anna Weber
Sermon: Blessed is she who believed
 
  Artist Kathryn Oliver will speak during worship
  on the art in our sanctuary
 
Greeter:     Vicki Fletcher
Liturgists:   Joey & Alisa Dowd with Confirmation Class
Deacon on Call:   Zella Walker
Ushers:   Bette McFarland, Amy Rollins, Lucy Goulet,  Terri Mackenzie
Coffee Hour Team #2: Essie Sexton, Mary Buck, Jared & Kristi Todd, Pam Brown  
 
THE PAGEANT IS COMING, THE PAGEANT IS COMING!
Sunday, December 23   9:30 am Family Worship Service & Christmas Pageant.
There are 8 adults and more than 20 children sharing this pageant with us. Please join us to enjoy and celebrate this annual tradition at our church.
 
HERE IS THE CALENDAR FOR THE NEXT TEN DAYS
Monday, December 17          10:15 am       Zumba Class  
Tuesday, December 18          1:30 pm        Meditation Circle, Mayflower Room
                                                                          All are welcome
                                                    5:30 pm       Cabinet Meeting
Wednesday, December 19    10:15             Staff Meeting (time change)
                                                   11:45             Staff Christmas Lunch (offsite)
                                                   NOON          Soup Lunch
                                                   6:00 pm       Choral Bells Rehearsal
                                                   7:00 pm       Choir Rehearsal   
Thursday, December 20      * no Xi Gong today *
                                                  10:15 am       Zumba Class Noon          
                                                  Noon             Prayer Shawl 
                                                                         Knit/Crochet
  
Sunday, December 23    9:30 am Family Service & Christmas Pageant
                                                   Fourth Sunday of Advent
Monday, December 24   9:00 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
       Music by choir, flutist and Midcoast Brass Ensemble
       We hope you will join us for the singing of Handel’s triumphant  
       "Hallelujah Chorus” at this Christmas Eve service. Led by our Sanctuary Choir, the congregation is invited to sing along. We know many of you know it by heart, and if not additional scores will be       provided!  
       
       
 
   A Blue Christmas, A Service for the Longest Night
    Winter Solstice, Friday, December 21, 7:00 pm 
  ALL ARE WELCOME
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  Aldersgate United Methodist Church is  
    holding an ecumenical service for those for whom the Advent season is a difficult time. For some who experience great sadness at Christmas, this service may bring a little light into the darkness.  For more information call the church 596-5715.   Church is at 15 Wesley Lane, Rockland (on Rt#17 across from Chickawaukie Lake)
 
  SOUP'S ON ~ SOUP LUNCH CONTINUES Wednesdays at Noon!
   NOTE: No Soup Lunch on Wed. Dec. 26
       >>>From Debbi Hitchings:  First a plea! We need cooks on January 2. I know that this is a tough day, being right after the new year BUT we'll have 60 some hungry mouths to feed that day! Please let me know if you can make soup that day.
      FOR NEXT WEEK, Dec. 19: Positions yet to be filled:
2 soup helpers, 2 bread makers, 1 clean up, Musician


 
      New member Orientation Sessions in January
  We are excited to see you here in church! There is a wonderful  
  momentum of energy and we would like to  learn more about you. We would also like to offer an orientation about the life and mission of our congregation as well as the wider United Church of Christ to which we belong. Please come on either January 6th or 13th to an orientation session in the conference room across the office following the service. You will have an opportunity to join the church during the service on January 27th.
These sessions may also be helpful to people who joined recently but were not able to attend an orientation session. It would be helpful to let Ute know if you are coming but it is not necessary for attendance.

Lay Caregiver Training Offered ~
Would you like to visit members and friends of the congregation who currently need extra companionship and care?  Ute and the care team are offering basic training sessions that can help you feel comfortable in this role. The three Saturday training sessions will be held on January 19th, February 2nd and February 16th, each from 10-12 am.  Please let Ute know if you are interested.
 
  NEWS FROM HEAVENLY THREADS
Here at Heavenly Threads Thrift Shop we can help you with your Christmas lists!  We have a large array of unique gifts for that hard to buy person. We have ornaments for your tree, decorations for your home & Christmas cards for you to mail. We also have some beautiful clothing for those holiday parties & maybe even a few "ugly" sweaters! Stop by & see us! Our racks are full!  Help us make room for more!
Heavenly Threads Thrift Shop is a mission of the church that supports many local non-profit organizations.
       Here's our schedule for the end of December and January:
The shop will be CLOSED:  12/24, 12/25 and 12/26.
We will be OPEN:  12/27, 12/28, 12/29 for a BIG sale.
We will be CLOSED the first two weeks of January and will reopen, Tuesday, 1/15/19!
The shop (and staff) will be renewed!  Thanks for all your support.
You make HT special!
 
  THANKS TO ALL WHO BROUGHT IN GIFTS OR CASH FOR OUR DOVE TREE THIS YEAR. THE GIFTS WILL BE PICKED UP ON MONDAY THIS WEEK. THEY WILL BRING GREAT JOY TO MANY FAMILIES IN OUR AREA. 
 
Advent Lectio Divina and Meditation
Last of 3 Tuesdays (Dec. 18) at 1:30 in the Mayflower Room.  Advent is a time of waiting and being awake to the coming of Christ. Ute will lead all who wish to gather in a time of guided reflection on an Advent scripture text, followed by silent          meditation! We will meet for about an hour. 
 
  END-OF-YEAR MESSAGE
    FROM THE STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE
  We ask that you send in/bring in your PLEDGE CARDS before the  
  end of the year. Thank you! If you are intending to make a STOCK TRANSFER to complete your 2018 pledge, or to add to your 2018 gifts, THIS IS THE TIME TO DO SO, so that the transaction will be credited to you in 2018 and not mixed in with 2019 gifts. You can pick up a slip in the office with information on where the securities are to be delivered, and the FCC account number. Or, call the office for the information. Thank you! 
 
THE UPDATED CHURCH DIRECTORY IS NOW AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE  Copies are printed and on the Opportunities Table.   If you would like one emailed or postal-mailed to you, please contact the church office.          
 
Christmas Joy to all from your church office,
Becky  
  

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