Thursday Newsletter - June 26, 2020

June 25, 2020    Thursday Newsletter  
NOTE: There is no Vespers Service tonight. However, we just learned that
UCC is presenting a webinar concert tonight at 6 pm.
The United Church of Christ Presents:
Restoring Beauty – An Evening of Beautiful Music
Join the United Church of Christ for an evening of beautiful music from gifted musicians and vocalists TONIGHT from 6:00–7:30 pm EDT. You are invited to recline and listen to instruments of grace, songs of joy and lament, and experience the Spirit of God through acts of harmony and lyrics. An ensemble of gifted performers will pay tribute to the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. Performances include members of the Cleveland Orchestra and others.
Bach: Cello Suite movement, Tanya Ell, Cello
Beethoven: Trio arrangement, Robert Woolfrey, clarinet, Tanya Ell, Cello
Francisco Mignone: Valsa Choro, Barry Stees, Bassoon
Bach: Adagio from Sonata in g minor for violin, Afendi Yusuf, Clarinet
To register for the UCC webinar concert tonight at 6, go to the regular UCC website at The concert is advertised there and you will be able to download the registration page.
For more information contact Rev. Dr. Velda Love,
"Who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once,” wrote Robert Browning. As a Care Team initiative, Meg Thomas’s brainchild of arranging for local musicians to play outside at Quarry Hill is turning into a happy reality this Sunday. Mike Fletcher is scheduled to perform musical selections on his baritone saxophone for residents and staff outside Quarry Hill’s Anderson Inn, facing a courtyard and open windows, beginning at 1 PM.  Judy Cucinotta will be assisting Mike, and Meg will be there to take a photo of this merry musical offering to share in an upcoming church bulletin.
We have the opportunity to send volunteers to help on a Habitat building project on Saturday morning, August 1, from 9:30-12:00. Work crews are spread out for physical distancing and I (Ute) had a positive experience recently when I participated in a Habitat build through Rotary . Volunteers as young as 14 can join in. If any families are interested in a future family-focused built, please let us know. If you would like to be part of a crew on August 1, please contact Becky in the office ( Feel free to invite a friend to join you. You will get more detailed instructions as we get closer. 

Sunday Book Reading: The Periwinkle Turban
The Periwinkle Turban is finished! If you missed any of it or would like to check out it out from beginning to end, you can find the entire chapter playlist here:
Matt’s Hump-Day Ditty
Mendelssohn/Rachmaninoff’s "Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream"
As today, June 24th, is my birthday and Midsummer Eve, I am posting one of my favorite recordings by my favorite pianist and friend, Petronel Malan, who plays the most brilliant interpretation of Rachmaninoff’s "Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream” transcription you’ll ever hear. Largely considered one of the most difficult pieces of music in the repertoire, Petronel has all the magic and whimsy of Midsummer Eve at her fingertips. Enjoy!
Listen link:
FROM NATHAN (Matt’s husband, culinary instructor at EMCC)
Lemon-mixed Berry Tart
This is one tart tart. So, if you’re the type of person who cowers at the thought of a lip-puckering delicious lemon tart, I suggest that you reduce the amount of lemon juice to 1/4 cup and omit the lemon zest. And if you still find this lemon filling too tart for your liking, then I might recommend trying one of my other recipes instead!
Lemon-Mixed Berry Tart When zesting your lemons, be certain that you are removing only the bright yellow skin.  The white pith found under the skin is very bitter
and will ruin the taste of your lemon curd filling. Makes one 8-by-11-inch tart.
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing   
All-purpose flour, for dusting   
Pastry for 1 one-crust pie, or 1 store-bought refrigerated pie crust, chilled  
6 large egg yolks  
1½ cups granulated sugar  
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice  
pinch kosher salt   
Zest of 2 lemons, finely grated  
2 pints assorted fresh berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries, 
     trimmed as needed   
Confectioner's sugar, as needed for dusting   
Fresh mint leaves, for garnish   
1.    Preheat the oven to 375°F.  Butter an 8-by-11-inch tart pan and set aside.  On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pie crust and fit it into the prepared tart pan.  Line the crust with parchment paper and top the paper with ceramic baking weights or dried beans (this will keep the bottom of the crust flat).  Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.  Then, remove the weights and parchment paper and continue to bake until the crust is golden, 10 to 15 minutes more.  Remove the crust and cool.
 2.    In the bowl of a double boiler or bain marie set over simmering water, whisk together the egg yolks, granulated sugar, lemon juice, and salt.  Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture has thickened to a puddling-like consistency, about 10 minutes. 
 3.    Remove the lemon mixture from the heat and pass through a fine mesh sieve, discarding any remaining solids.  Stir in the lemon zest and butter.  Pour the lemon filling into the cooled tart crust.  Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap (pressing the plastic directly onto the surface of the lemon filling), and refrigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour.
 4.    Then, arrange the assorted berries on top of the chilled tart.  If needed, sweeten the berries with a dusting of confectioner's sugar.  Garnish the tart with fresh mint leaves and serve. 
Copyright © 2011 by Nathan Scott.  All rights reserved.
OUR EMPORIUM RETURNS! The 4 categories are: Swap/Trade/Free; Help Wanted; In Search Of; 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, 2 posts to share: 
In Search of: Safe Housing 6-8 weeks during cancer care treatments
WANTED:  Single woman seeking small cottage, apartment or similar accommodation for housing in exchange for painting, cleaning, senior care, etc.  Needs safe location for about 6-8 weeks while completing cancer care since her usual housing arrangements are no longer safe from COVID-19.  No commitment final until both parties are comfortable with the arrangement so calling to inquire does not commit you.  If interested in assisting this woman, call Jeanne at the Shields office, 236-4821, or email her at with specifics.      
Services Offered: Declan Lally is available for Summer work.  He is 15, responsible, and has a good work ethic. Because we are local to Warren, he wouldn’t be able to do mowing where he had to bring his own equipment, but he does well with a push mower if you could provide.  He is also very handy around the yard with raking, moving rocks, digging, wood stacking and any general work you might need done.  He takes direction well. Full day, half a day, or whatever you need. Email Elizabeth at:  or call: 207-273-4684 
Stay well, stay safe, enjoy our summer weather and be respectful about Covid-19!
Pray for those less fortunate and be on the lookout to help whenever you can.
Cheers from your church office,

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