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August 18, 2019

   Quotes on Sunday's Bulletin cover:
   The task of prophetic ministry is to nurture, nourish, and evoke a consciousness and perception alternative to the consciousness and perception of the dominant culture around us.
—Walter Brueggemann, UCC Biblical Scholar
Following Christ is a matter of engagement in this world, "living unreservedly in life’s duties, problems, successes and failures, experiences and perplexities. In so doing we throw ourselves completely into the arms of God, taking seriously, not our own sufferings, but those of God in the world—watching with Christ in Gethsemane. That, I think is faith, that is metanoia [change of mind/consciousness].”
—Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German Lutheran Pastor killed for his opposition to Hitler
AUGUST 18, 10th Sunday after Pentecost
9:30 Worship & Sunday School (summer schedule)
A Ministry Moment with Ruben Brown
Greeter: Ann Bex
Liturgist:  Susan Weber
Deacon on Call: Nan Haid
Ushers: Melvin Achorn, Scott Achorn, Louis Regnier, David Jackson
Coffee Hour Team #1: Bette McFarland, Don & Judy Flock, Gayle Palmer, Essie Sexton, Catherine Eagleson
Altar Flowers from: Nan Smith "With great love and appreciation for this wonderful congregation with whom I’ve spent the last 17 fun years!”
We'll celebrate Nan's 17 years as the Office Manager, and give her a box of Thank You cards collected in the church office. NOTE: If you haven't written a card yet, the box and blank cards are on a white shelf in the office, and you can put one into the box up until worship on Sunday. Nan will also receive a check for the money gifts that have been received here, and also for those collected in 2008 (when she first thought of retiring but didn't). It will be FESTIVE, and YOU ARE MOST WELCOME!

 Join us at 9:30 a.m. for an outdoor worship service at Merryspring Nature Center at 30 Conway Road, Camden. We will explore and celebrate Wonder & Amazement through poetry (incl. Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry) and scripture, prayer and song in this beautiful natural setting. We will also create our own altar of amazement. Please bring along a symbol that represents the amazing beauty of creation for you (from toys to shells to paintings…).  Of course, precious items will return home with you.
     All are invited for fellowship following the service.  Our Boy Scouts will be helping
people get to where the chairs are set up. 
     Due to limited parking at Merryspring, all are invited to gather for car-pooling in the church parking lot at 9:00 am. As the grass may be moist, consider appropriate footwear. Should there be rain in the forecast, please call the church after noon on Saturday at 236-4821 for a recorded announcement about the location of the service.  If it rains on Sunday morning, worship service will occur as usual in our sanctuary at 9:30.  
      If our Merryspring service is cancelled, you will also receive an email notice Saturday evening from the church office.
"Looking at Loneliness Through a New Lens"
A FREE QUARRY HILL EVENT at Pen Bay YMCA on Wed. Aug. 21st
Wednesday, August 21  9 am-Noon  Includes free continental breakfast.
Multimedia presentation and discussion on the growing problem of loneliness among older adults. Is loneliness inevitable or preventable? Event is free but registration is required. (Call Quarry Hill 301-6116 or go online 
Meghan Cox Gurdon will speak on "The Enchanted Hour" on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Camden Public Library.
Gurdon’s new book looks at how reading aloud makes adults and children smarter, happier, healthier, more successful, and more closely attached, even as technology pulls in the other direction. A miraculous alchemy occurs when one person reads to another, but it’s not just about bedtime stories for little kids: reading aloud consoles, uplifts and invigorates at every age. Gurdon spoke here this week at the West Bay Rotary breakfast. She is a Camden Hills Regional High School and Bowdoin College graduate, and the daughter of our church member Noel Cox. The book will be available for purchase and signing following the presentation. For more information, visit 
On SEPTEMBER 15th Rev. Peter Panagore will be our Guest Minister
He recently completed 15 years of "Daily Devotions” on early morning broadcast TV. He has been the minister at the Congregational churches in Boothbay Harbor and Deer Isle.  Look for more information as we learn it. 
Ute's schedule
Away 9/9 - 9/20, back to lead worship 9/22
Abby Pettee will provide pastoral care
Rev. Peter Panagore will lead service here 9/15

  BUY "Hannaford Helps" BAGS AND YOU’LL  
Next time you shop at Hannaford, buy one or more of these bags to help alleviate hunger in our community.For every bag sold in the Camden and Rockland stores, Hannaford will contribute $1 to AIO’s Child Hunger Project.     
"Retirees considering returning to work part-time are invited to meet with Labor Dept. staff. Employers in Maine are looking vigorously for workers, and many area retirees have valuable skills attractive to businesses seeking to fill out their staffing." To be held Tuesday, September 10th at 2 pm at Bartlett Woods Retirement Community in Rockland. Free and open to the public but registration is required, and space is limited. Contact Lori Schafer 594-1159 or by Sept. 9th
ALTAR FLOWERS May be brought each Sunday in honor or memory of person(s) and occasion(s), or with a favorite quotation.Sign up on the flower poster next to kitchen door.Upcoming dates available:  August 25, September 8 & 29, October 20  

     Don't miss out! 
     There are new things in the shop every single day! 
Artwork, books, jewelry, kitchenware, crafts, toys, clothing and more!  A treasure awaits you!  We are open Monday-Saturday 10-4 
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!
We've had an email from STS FOUNDATION, a non-profit organization based in Concord, MA that places exchange students in local high schools. STS Foundation is approved by the Department of State, and accredited by CSIET, The Council on Standards for International Educational Travel. They are looking for a Host Family for Jiankun, a 16-year old Chinese student who will attend Camden Hills Regional High School this fall.  Jiankun plays several musical instruments, table tennis, badminton, and is interested in computer programming. He has studied English for 11 years and French for 2 years. Any family interested in hosting should contact Morgan Tondreault, for more information.

This Coming Week at First Congregational Church  
Sunday, August 18      10th Sunday after Pentecost                                                                              9:30 am  Worship & Sunday School during Worship (summer schedule)
** Retirement Party for Nan Smith at Coffee Hour** 
Monday, August 19  10:15 am Zumba 
Tuesday, August 20 9:30 am Staff Meeting *this week only*;  1:30 pm Meditation
Wednesday, Aug. 21  9 am--12 noon Program on Loneliness, YMCA; 2-4 pm Personnel Committee meets
Thursday, August 22 9:00 am Xi Gong; 10:15 am Zumba; Noon Prayer Shawl knitters/crocheters; 3:00 pm Membership Committee meets
Sunday, August 25 11th Sunday after Pentecost
9:30 am OUTDOOR WORSHIP at Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Road, Camden. There is ample parking, and our Boy Scouts will be helping people to where the chairs are set up.  Fellowship will be held there afterward.  * See notes above about carpooling, footwear and weather cancellation.
  Cheers from your church office,

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