May 24th Weekly Newsletter

May 20, 2020      Thursday Newsletter

Lisa Durkee will lead our Zoom worship service this Sunday, May 24. Look for the Zoom invitation by email tomorrow. 
ADULT FORMATION AND EDUCATION CLASS: the start date has been pushed ahead to allow the class to fill ~ last week's announcement didn't allow much time. If you are interested, go ahead and register with Kathrin and she'll announce the start date soon.  
"THE ART OF NOTICING: THE PRACTICE OF JOURNALING AS A PATHWAY INTO INSIGHT" with Kathrin Seitz   This four-week course via Zoom, meeting Wednesday evenings from 7 - 8:30 p.m., offers participants the chance to cultivate the discipline of paying attention to life around us as well as our inner experience of our world through the practice of daily journaling. Based on a book of the same name by Rob Walker, each session will offer the chance to exchange experiences, share participants' writing, and receive constructive feedback from the facilitator.      
Heavenly Threads is now accepting your donations of household items & clothing! We are doing this by APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Please call us at 236-3203 to make your appointment. We do have new guidelines to follow as we accept your donations. We will share these with you when you call. Thank you as always and we look forward to seeing you soon! 
Last week we talked about Pentecost and the Holy Spirit coming to the disciples, "burning their tongues with fire." We told of how the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and, because of that, all the people there were able to understand them no matter what language they spoke.
Do you have a graduate in your family this year? Private school, middle school, high school, college, university, grad school?We will recognize graduates from our church families in our June 7 Bulletin.Please let us know name and school (and more information if it's an advanced degree).  As we can't have signup sheets near the office, please let us know by phone or email. Thank you!, 236-4821
Sunday Book Reading, Chapter 8
From Matt: Here's Chapter 8! "In Which Clara Gives a Piano Recital"
Tidbit: Don't have to guess what inspired this chapter--a magical turban that allows you to play the piano like a Van Cliburn winner? Sign me up! This chapter is pure wish-fulfillment from beginning to end, and thus was the most fun to write. What talent/skill would you want if you could wear the Periwinkle Turban for a day?
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Matt's Hump-Day Ditty Ravel's "La Valse"    
Though I have plenty more recordings of my own, I thought in case you're getting sick of me I'd share one of my favorite recordings ever--this one by a dear friend of mine, Petronel Malan, who gave a piano recital at First UCC two years ago. This piece wasn't on the program, so even if you were in the audience, you won't have heard this brilliant performance. Ravel originally wrote this piece for orchestra but later transcribed it for piano, and it was lauded by reviewers as "the most unexpected" of his compositions, "revealing to us heretofore unexpected depths of Romanticism, power, vigor, and rapture." The solo piano transcription is rarely performed owing to the tremendous difficulty, but I think you'll find Petronel has no trouble channeling an entire orchestra with her two hands. Enjoy!
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Nathan's Friday Fixings  ~ Greek Chicken Salad
From Nathan (Matt's husband, culinary instructor at EMCC): For many, spring is the worst time of year. Not only is it the season of mud, pollen, and poo rockets launched by migrating geese, but it's also the start of swimsuit season. And if you've ever looked into the bathroom mirror and thought, "Forget the swimsuit, I need a poncho to cover those love handles," I suggest you eat lots of this healthy salad. 
Greek Chicken Salad 
You might want to make extra dressing - it's so good that everyone is sure to want an extra drizzle.  Serves 4 to 6
1 small yellow onion, peeled and sliced  
¾ cup, plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing 
1 ¾ cups (about 10 ounces) feta cheese, coarsely crumbled  
¼cup red wine vinegar  
4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed  
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard  
2 teaspoons dried oregano   
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper  
1 ½ pounds (about 4 to 6) chicken cutlets  
1 head romaine lettuce, cut into bite-size pieces  
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved  
1 English cucumber, thinly sliced  
1 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced  
½ cup Kalamata olives, pitted  
1.  In a skillet set over medium-high heat, sauté the yellow onion in 1 tablespoon of oil until tender, 2 to 3 minutes.  Transfer the onion to the bowl of a food processor.  Add in ¼ cup of feta cheese, as well as the vinegar, garlic, mustard, and oregano.  Pulse until smooth.  With the machine running, gradually incorporate ¾ cup of oil.  Season with salt and black pepper. 
2.  Place the chicken cutlets in a nonreactive container.  Pour half of the dressing over the chicken (reserve the remaining dressing for the salad).  Cover and marinate the chicken for 1 to 2 hours in the refrigerator. 
3.  Lightly oil the grates of a grill or grill pan, and heat until hot, but not smoking.  Remove the chicken from the marinade (discard the marinade), and grill until browned and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side.  Remove the chicken and rest for 5 minutes before slicing. 
4.  In a bowl, combine the lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, olives, and 1½ cups of feta cheese.  Dress the salad with the remaining dressing, and serve with the chicken.     Copyright © 2011 by Nathan Scott.  All rights reserved.

OUR EMPORIUM COULD RETURN! The 4 categories are: Swap/Trade/Free; Help Wanted; In Search Of; and Services Offered Instead of a bulletin board in the Pilgrim Room we will try to have Our Emporium here in the Thursday Newsletter. if you want to participate, send in your postings (FCC members and local friends only) and let's see how helpful this can be. Send a brief description with name & contact information. This week, one post to share:
In Search of: 
Summer Housing wanted for Sarah Trapani's sister in the Camden area: do you have a garage apartment or a guest house available? Please contact Sarah:

Hi folks,
We have had an anonymous donor, in the name of Otto the Cat, giving the pantry Hannaford gift cards. Notes have been left at the pantry door. In one of the latest letters, Otto put forth a challenge that he/she would match donations totaling up to a $500 limit. The Board thought it would be nice to use that challenge to offer a $25 Hannaford gift card to as many clients as we can to help purchase items we don't offer. If you are interested in donating a $25 Hannaford gift card please purchase it yourself (a restricted card, no alcohol or cigarettes), and mail it to the pantry:  Camden Area Christian Food Pantry PO Box 337 Camden ME 04843 or drop it off on when we are open and hand it to the volunteer taking client orders. Please make sure we know who you are (and include mailing address) so we can properly thank you. There is a deadline of May 30th to be able to get matching funds from Otto.  Thank you for considering this. If you want to learn more about Otto, check the website:
The shawl closet has been filling up with beautiful shawls in many rainbow colors. Our Prayer Shawl group meets on Thursdays at noon via Zoom. Call the office if you'd like to join in as they knit and visit together. Also call the office if you would like to give a prayer shawl to someone who is ill or grieving. These shawls bring comfort to many. 
Here is another knitting opportunity: New Interfaith Knitting Group Getting Underway k2together is an interfaith knitting and crocheting group that will bring together members of different religious and faith communities in Midcoast. We will knit baby caps and lap blankets for the local hospital (either to be donated now or when the pandemic is less severe). Come share a cup of a coffee, your favorite yarn patterns, and make new friends! For now, we will meet on Zoom, and continue in person when it's safe to do so. Their first meeting was Wednesday, May 20th, 1-2pm.  Never knit before? They'll teach you! Please email Rabbi Lily Solochek ( for the Zoom login information or with any questions. 
Hope you are enjoying our lucky week of sunshine 
and warm temperatures. Birds, plants, bushes, flowers 
and trees are thriving:  hope you are, too!
Cheers from your church office,

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