First Congregational Church

Camden, Maine


An open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ
   

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August 16, 2018



 
Sunday, August 19  9:30 worship  13th Sunday after Pentecost
On Sunday we are thrilled to welcome CHRISTOPHER HOULIHAN, who has been presenting the Bay Chamber Concerts’ "Breakfast with Bach,” as our guest organist. There’s still time to buy a ticket at Coffee Hour for the last concert Sunday at 11:00 am. 
Greeter:  Barbara Lamb       
Liturgist: Roberta Walker       
Deacon on Call: Sarah Shepherd       
Ushers:   Dorothea & Charlie Graham, Elaine Davis, Nan Haid      
Coffee Hour, Team #9:  Becky Ford, Sally & Allen Fernald, Mimi Edmunds, Zella & David Walker      
Altar flowers: John Hufnagel and Ann Rafferty "In loving memory of our parents and grandparents who attended this church”  
    
NEW CHURCH SCHOOL SEASON BEGINS SOON
* The new Godly Play curriculum begins Sunday, Sept. 9 at Church School
* A Confirmation class for middle school students begins in September. A letter was sent to parents of current students; if you have someone in your family who would like to be part of this class, please contact Alisa or Joey Dowd, jandadowd@sbcglobal.net, or call the church office.
 
FAREWELL LETTER FROM PASTOR DEB (sent by mail last week to local addresses, reproduced here for all those far and near)
August 14, 2018 
Dear Friends,          
     As you have called Rev. Dr. Ute Molitor to be the settled pastor of First Congregational Church, UCC of Camden, my time of serving the church as Interim Minister is coming to end.  My last Sunday leading worship will be August 26th.  It is a time of both great joy and sadness for me as our good work of ministry together reaches completion and "the ties that bind” begin to loosen.  I want you all to know that my nearly three years of ministry with you have been a great joy for me, and I rejoice in all we have done together.  We have shared much and worked hard – through grief and losses, joys and celebrations, shaping a vision for mutual partnership in ministry and mission, and the day-to-day living into that vision.  I am in awe of this congregation, of your open-hearted hospitality and welcome to all; your curiosity and willingness to engage hard questions; your trust in God’s presence, in one another; and your willingness to risk, to step out in faith as God’s Holy Spirit leads and renews this congregation.  I am personally deeply grateful for the energy, hope and support you have given me in my ministry as we have worked in partnership with one another.             
     Over this interim time of transition our lives have been woven together in personal and spiritual ways that bind us together as part of Christ’s Church.  It is difficult now to loosen those "ties that bind”.  Yet, because I care deeply about you, the future of First Congregational Church of Camden, UCC, and the ministry of Ute as your settled pastor, I need to be clear about the boundaries I may not cross once I have moved on.  It is important for you to understand that after I leave, though I may be a friend, I will no longer be your pastor.  It will not be appropriate for me to engage in any pastoral role or function for members and friends of the church, whether in the church buildings or in any other setting. The reason for these boundaries is my obligation under the Ethical Code of Ordained Ministry in the United Church of Christ to respect and deal responsibly with the ministry of the person who succeeds me.  I do not want anyone’s relationship with me to get in the way of your full acceptance of Ute’s ministry, or to affect your relationships with one another.  It is my responsibility, not yours, to be sensitive to the limits I must keep. Please know that I will always keep you in prayer, I will rejoice when you rejoice, weep when you weep, laugh when you laugh, but Ute will minister with and among you.  My prayer will always be that your relationship with Ute will be all it can and needs to be according to the grace of God.        It is my great honor and privilege to have served as your Interim Minister.  Thank you for your acceptance and trust in my leadership, for your understanding, your laughter and enjoyment in one another’s company, your willingness to engage and wrestle with questions, your patience and all your good work.  I am very glad to have served as your Interim Minister. 
     With Gratitude and Love in Christ, 
     Rev. Dr. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Minister

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Scooter owned by the Church is STILL missing from Wayne's closet: no one notified us that they were taking it out. Please let us know if you have it. Anyone who needs to use it should let the office know and then Wayne will get it for you. This is available to our church family and was very useful to Elizabeth Lally and Lucy Goulet in their recovery from broken bones.
 
 
  Thanks to all who have so generously given to our church. Current statements have been printed and will be available on the table in the Mayflower Room (only after services) for 2 weeks. Please find yours and take it home; the rest will be mailed first week of September. 

      A REQUEST from Heavenly Threads Thrift Shop: We're on the hunt for handled shopping bags again. We would be grateful for all sizes. Thank you! (We hate buying bags unless we absolutely must!)
We're OPEN:  Monday - Saturday 10 - 4.   236-3203
 
DIRECTORY
We have made great progress on updating our Directory.  We don't want to lose touch with you, or have any email or postal mail returned! It's never too late to update your information; just call or email the office: churchoffice@camdenucc.org
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Sunday, August 26 will be Very Special, put it on your calendar. There will be a Baptism, Reception of New Members, and our Farewell Party for Pastor Deb at Coffee Hour.

MESSAGE FROM MATT:  SOLOISTS   We'll be featuring special soloists during the months of August and early September, which gives our Sanctuary Choir some much needed rest.  Soooo, if you play a musical instrument, or sing, or know of someone who might like to share their talents with First UCC, please contact Matt –– the sooner the better! 410-227-9359 or matt@camdenucc.org  
   
    Save the Dates for Women’s Retreat 2018      
This year’s Women’s Retreat will be the weekend of November 2-4, to be held again at the beautiful Camp Wavus facility in Jefferson, Maine. Anyone interested in being part of the planning during the summer and early fall is encouraged to contact Donna Crane:   donna@tillmancrane.com 
 
* NEW HOPE FOR WOMEN OFFERS TRAINING *  New Hope for Women, a 24-hour Volunteer Helpline and Safe Home provider, will be starting another volunteer training in the fall .New Hope for Women, serving victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in Sagadahoc. Lincoln, Knox, and Lincoln Counties, is seeking volunteers to provide support on our 24-hour crisis helpline, or offer their home as an overnight safe haven.  Support and training are offered for both, confidentiality is assured.  For more information please call 207-594-2128 or email scolburn@newhopeforwomen.org.   
 
UPCOMING WEEK'S SCHEDULE
This Week at First Congregational Church        
Summer Schedule, no rehearsals for choir or bell ringers                                         
Sunday, August 19       9:30 am         13th Sunday after Pentecost      Monday, August 20   10:15 am          Zumba Gold class   
                          Cabinet Reports due for Aug. 28 meeting
                          Deadline for Interim August Beacon 
 *** Monday is Pastor Deb’s day off  ***    
Wednesday, August 22         9:30 am    Staff Meeting     
Thursday, August 23             9:00 am    Xi Gong dance                                       
                                     10:15 Zumba Class downstairs in Scout Room
                                      Noon               Prayer Shawl Knit/Crochet                       
Sunday, August 26               9:30 am  14th Sunday after Pentecost
New Members Received, Baptism, and Farewell Party for Pastor Deb Jenks          

SCHEDULE OF MINISTERS DURING TRANSITION 
Rev. Deb Jenks’ last Sunday worship here:  August 26 
Rev. Dick Hanks will be here as our Bridge Minister from Monday, August 27 through Sunday, September 23
                         
Rev. Ute Molitor will begin work Monday, Sept. 24, and her first Sunday worship service will be Sept. 30
                          
August is quickly zooming by, and schools start soon with all kinds of "new beginnings" for students and parents. DON'T FORGET TO COME TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, IT'S DEB JENKS' LAST SUNDAY AND LOTS WILL BE HAPPENING!
 
All the best from your church office,
Becky
 
  

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