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Camden, Maine

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november 12, 2020

November 12, 2020   Thursday Newsletter
For months we have been sending you many email messages in the BEACON, the Thursday Newsletter, Friday Invitation to Worship and Sunday Bulletin. Often the same news is repeated. To cut down the number of emails you receive from First Congregational, we're trying out some new ideas, and you'll see some changes.
FIRST: This Thursday Newsletter is moving!  Thursday News will soon be part of your Friday Zoom Invitation to Worship, sent every Friday afternoon.  That invitation message will still include a link to the Sunday bulletin, like a 3-in-1 email to you.
SECOND: For the monthly BEACON we are striving to have it change a bit, to continue to have Ute's message and timely staff reports, then enhanced by original or unique material - to be eagerly anticipated each month. The calendar page at the end will look more like a weekly calendar grid that you usually see.  Do send suggestions to the office, we want to know what you'd like to see in this monthly publication. 
The following TREATS from Matt & Nathan may also come to you in different form, perhaps monthly in the BEACON or as part of the Sunday bulletin. These Treats have been a special gift as we are more isolated at home due to the coronavirus.  Matt has sent links to his own organ and piano recordings, as well as background history on weekly hymns. National news reports have indicated that people are using more butter than ever, because they are cooking at home - and we hope you have taken advantage of Nathan's super recipes these past months.  Thanks to both of these special men in our church family!
Sunday Hymn History"Take My Life"
Penned in 1874, Frances Havergal’s text is still considered one of the finest consecration hymns in the world. It demonstrates what ways we as people, young and old, can serve Christ in our practical, everyday lives. Each verse offers a different part of ourselves for the purposes of God––our life, our hands, our voice, our money, our wills, and our love. Havergal initially set the text to a tune written by her father, but it has since be most associated with an older tune, HENDON, composed by Henri A. Cesar Malan in 1827. After the pairing, the hymn was spread throughout North America by Lowell Mason (the man largely credited with introducing music into the American public school system), and it is still found in most hymnals today.
FROM NATHAN (Matt’s husband, culinary instructor at EMCC)
Nathan’s Friday Fixings:  Chocolate-Pecan Tart    
I’m a hopeless chocoholic. And like most others afflicted with such a case of sweet tooth-ism, I’ve made it my mission to chocolate-up every cake, cookie, tart, and soufflé that I can. Well, ok … Maybe not every soufflé––I doubt a cheese and chocolate soufflé would be very good … But all that aside, this recipe is one of my favorite chocolate fixes. 
OPEN KITCHEN with NATHAN SCOTT Chocolate-Pecan Tart  If you don't have a tart pan, this recipe can also be prepared in a nine-inch pie plate for a simple and
delicious dessert.  Makes 1 eleven-inch tart
All-Purpose flour, for dusting   
Pastry for 1 one-crust pie, or 1 store-bought refrigerated pie crust  
¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the pan  
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted  
1 cup light corn syrup  
¾ cup granulated sugar  
¼ cup prepared coffee  
3 large eggs, lightly beaten  
½ teaspoon kosher salt  
2 cups pecan halves  
1.  Preheat the oven to 375ºF.  On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pie crust to a 13-inch round.  Grease an 11-inch tart pan with butter.  Line the tart pan with the pie crust, being careful not to stretch the pie crust as you work it into the corners of the tart pan.  Chill for 15 minutes. 
2.     In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and chocolate, mixing to thoroughly combine.  Beat in the corn syrup, sugar, coffee, eggs, and salt.  Stir in the pecans and pour the pecan mixture into the pastry-lined tart pan. 
3.     Bake the tart in the preheated oven until the crust is golden brown and the filling is set, 40 to 50 minutes.  Remove the tart from the oven and cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before slicing into wedges and serving.     
Copyright © 2010 by Nathan Scott.  All rights reserved. 
The 2nd Church History Class with Mark Burrows continues this Sunday. To get a Zoom invitation to the 3rd and subsequent classes, email or call the office.
To be invited to more upcoming or recurring events via Zoom, let the office know:
* Advent Vespers in December
* Tuesday Lectio Divina 8 am
Stay safe, stay well, wear masks!
Cheers from your church office,

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