First Congregational Church

Camden, Maine


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May 17, 2018



Here is a quote for today: Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.   Carlos Castaneda
 
Sunday, May 20 Pentecost Sunday  9:30 am Worship in the Pilgrim Room
WEAR RED IF YOU CAN !!!  (Pastor Deb meant to request this last week)
Greeter:  Ann Rafferty            
Liturgist:  Becky Brace                             
Deacon on Call: Jinx Hufnagel            
Ushers:   Dave Jackson, Melvin Achorn, Scott Achorn, Louis Regnier           
Coffee Hour, Team #8: Deb Brady, Mike & Vicki Fletcher, Ann Rafferty, Karin Rector, Marge Wester       
                                            
Altar flowers: Given by Ken & Carolyn McCollister
 
Altar Flowers
If you would like to bring flowers for the Sunday altar, please sign up on the Flower Chart in the Pilgrim Room (next to kitchen door).  June 10 is open, as are several Sundays for the rest of the year.  The flowers can also be in honor, memory, or celebration.

UPDATE ON THE SANCTUARY from Greg Worden
As I’m sure you’ve heard or seen, the sanctuary renovation is in full swing. We’ve recently removed the choir loft walls and pews so the new floor can be put down. The new stairs are almost finished. We’re in a race to complete the work before the June 3 Friends of Music concert and the June 4 Baccalaureate. We’ll be ready but there may be a few very minor details to be completed afterward. In the course of the renovation we did run into a few minor issues that forced us to rethink plans slightly. We had originally planned to make the choir loft privacy walls into removable sections. As it turns out the walls were very heavy and making them removable would require additional hardware to make them structurally safe. That would make removing them for a special service difficult indeed. Storing them in the basement would then be prohibitively difficult as we don’t have an elevator. Then there is very limited storage in the sanctuary. As a result we made the decision to simply remove the walls completely. The privacy walls on the sanctuary floor were moved but didn’t provide sufficient clearance for the piano. Since we were taking down the choir loft walls we decided to remove the walls on the sanctuary floor as well to be consistent. The upshot to this is that we have a bright, open, functional space. Where wheelchair access was once confined to only one side, we now have plenty of space on either side. The choir and our Minister of Music can be creative in their arrangements. This gives us huge flexibility for hand bells, communion, baptism, weddings, funerals and more. The result is a less formal and more functional space. Think about the energy that we’ve felt in the services in the Pilgrim Room. This less formal and more open space should help to keep that energy alive. Now here’s a challenge for all of us. We have more space on the floor of the sanctuary between the pews and the chancel. We also have space near the altar as those 4 small pews have been moved to the back of the sanctuary instead of the old, not-so-comfortable benches. Can you think of interesting vases, plants, tapestries? What do you think should decorate those areas? Update on the Sanctuary As I’m sure you’ve heard or seen, the sanctuary renovation is in full swing. We’ve recently removed the choir loft walls and pews so the new floor can be put down. The new stairs are almost finished. We’re in a race to complete the work before the June 3 Friends of Music concert and the June 4 Baccalaureate. We’ll be ready but there may be a few very minor details to be completed afterward. In the course of the renovation we did run into a few minor issues that forced us to rethink plans slightly. We had originally planned to make the choir loft privacy walls into removable sections. As it turns out the walls were very heavy and making them removable would require additional hardware to make them structurally safe. That would make removing them for a special service difficult indeed. Storing them in the basement would then be prohibitively difficult as we don’t have an elevator. Then there is very limited storage in the sanctuary. As a result we made the decision to simply remove the walls completely. The privacy walls on the sanctuary floor were moved but didn’t provide sufficient clearance for the piano. Since we were taking down the choir loft walls we decided to remove the walls on the sanctuary floor as well to be consistent. The upshot to this is that we have a bright, open, functional space. Where wheelchair access was once confined to only one side, we now have plenty of space on either side. The choir and our Minister of Music can be creative in their arrangements. This gives us huge flexibility for hand bells, communion, baptism, weddings, funerals and more. The result is a less formal and more functional space. Think about the energy that we’ve felt in the services in the Pilgrim Room. This less formal and more open space should help to keep that energy alive. Now here’s a challenge for all of us. We have more space on the floor of the sanctuary between the pews and the chancel. We also have space near the altar as those 4 small pews have been moved to the back of the sanctuary instead of the old, not-so-comfortable benches. Can you think of interesting vases, plants, tapestries? What do you think should decorate those areas?
 
    UPDATE ON OUR WEBSITE 
                                FROM THE COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE   
Have you gone online to see our website? Try it, you'll like it! Your Communications Committee wants to keep improving it, with your input. There is a MEMBERS ONLY portal. Here you will find Coffee Hour schedules, the Church Directory, Usher schedules - as well as the latest Annual Report. Requesting current photos for the website anytime!  Please send them by email to:  photos@camdenucc.org and we will see where they might fit. The website has ever-changing photos, and new ones keep it interesting. NOTE: the Committee will be sure to ask permission before posting pictures of individuals. 
 
      DO YOU HAVE A GRADUATION                 
   IN YOUR FAMILY THIS YEAR?                  
8th Grade, High School, College or Grad School? Please let the office know!   
 
COFFEE HOUR TEAMS NEED PEOPLE RIGHT NOW!
Three or four of our Coffee Hour teams are now very short of people. Some teams have members who are seasonal, or involved in Sunday School or Choir, and often the work falls unfairly on just one or two people when it is the Team's turn. The work is minimal and pleasant: we need you!! Our fellowship time after worship is very special, a time to talk with others and meet new people. Please call the office to help, or sign up in the Pilgrim Room on the board near the kitchen door---you can see which teams are short of people. 
 
Would you like to become more involved in church but don't know where to start?  Here are some suggestions: 
1) join a Coffee Hour Team,
2) become an Usher (rotating list),
3) sign up as a Liturgist, or
4) join the Care Team.  You may do ALL of them if you wish! Please contact the church office at (207) 236-4821 or nan@camdenucc.org, and you will be directed to the appropriate person. Thank you in advance for your interest! 
 
This Week at First Congregational Church                               
Sunday, May 20 ~ Pentecost       9:30 am      Worship in the Pilgrim Room                          after worship: Conversation with the Pastoral Search Committee
                                        
Monday, May 21            10:15    Zumba Gold
                    Deadline for JUNE Beacon articles
         ** Monday is Pastor Deb's Day Off  **
 
Tuesday, May 22            5:30   Cabinet meets

Wednesday, May 23      6:00 pm   Choral Bells                           
                                           7:00 pm    Sanctuary Choir rehearses 
 
 
Thursday, May 24          9:00 am    Xi Gong   
                                           10:15 am    Zumba Gold class meets
                                           Noon           Prayer Shawl   
                                                        Knitters/Crocheters
Sunday, May 27~ 1st Sunday after Pentecost 9:30 am    Worship in the Pilgrim Room 
 
As we share Joys & Concerns during Sunday services, several prayers are asked for people who are hospitalized or ill, or in rehab. We'll try to have updates in the church office, so you can call to find out what we know. 
 

 
Our Church Staff                             
Rev. Dr. Deb Jenks, Interim Minister                         
Shelley Mills, Shields Mission Project Interim Administrator
Elizabeth Lally, Christian Ed Director                                                        
Matthew Mainster, Director of Music                            
Tabitha Woodbury, Full Charge Bookkeeper                                                            
Nan K. Smith & Becky Brace, Office Managers ~ job-sharing
Melissa Chapman, Manager, Heavenly Threads                       
Beth Gerrish, Assistant Manager, Heavenly Threads                                       
Wayne Berry, Sexton                                  
Office Hours:  Monday through Thursday  8:30-3:30, Office Closed on Friday
 
First Congregational Church of Camden, United Church of Christ
55 Elm Street, Camden, Maine  04843     207.236.4821 phone •  207.236.4822 fax Web site: www.camdenucc.org      Email: churchoffice@camdenucc.org   
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