September 17, 2020 Thursday Newsletter
FAITH AND PUBLIC ISSUES FORUM RESUMES
BEFORE THE ELECTION
On Tuesday, September 22, the "Faith and Public Issues” forum resumes its work,
offering a six-week program for those interested in exploring the upcoming
elections through the lens of our faith. Each week we will be highlighting an
online resource (generally, short videos on related topics) and, for those
interested in conversation about them, a moderated discussion led by Roy
Hitchings and Mark Burrows. Many
church members and friends have asked, "What could we do to educate
ourselves about some of the key issues in this very important election?"
"How can we advocate for what we believe?" "What does our faith
say about this?" The Faith and Public Issues task force got approval from
the cabinet on 8/25 to address this issue, resuming work done several years ago
during the election cycle. We support inquiry and discussion of important
issues facing us in our political life as a nation and community as a
legitimate and needed expression of our faith, while simultaneously staying
non-partisan on issues and candidates, in abiding by our status as a community
of faith. We respect that each of us may approach the topic of politics and
faith differently. Please view this as an invitation
to discuss how we, in the spirit of our UCC values, might engage our faith in
an impactful public life.
To join in these discussions, be in touch with Roy or
Mark, or let Becky Brace (church secretary) know that you wish to join the Zoom
meetings beginning on Tuesday, September 22, from 7-8:30 pm.
For Sept. 22:
Topics to be discussed: 1) An introduction to this work and
an overview of the UCC website, "Our Faith, Our Vote” 2) "Get Active in the Elections”: What are we
allowed to do, and what are we prevented from doing, as a church? What remains
for us to do as individuals, acting on our conscience?
YOUR CARE TEAM IS LOOKING FOR ORIGINAL WORK FOR A NEW BOOKLET
Your church Care Team is seeking submissions of original artwork, poetry, and brief remembrances for inclusion in a booklet being developed for distribution to residents of our
community’s congregate care facilities and to members of the UCC family.
The working title of the booklet is "Wisdom
and Comfort in the Time of Covid,” and we’re hoping it will strengthen our church
community ties as summer truly winds down and we enter the shorter days of Autumn.
Since the Covid shutdown, many of you have put pen to paper or brush to palette
seeking out new ways to live, new ways to explore, new ways to "just be” during
these challenging times. Please consider submitting your creative work — funny,
thought-provoking or both; short, long, or in-between; a painting, a drawing,
or sculpture — for possible inclusion in this booklet or in others in the months
fruits of your creative spirit will add to the
joy and meaning of this church-wide endeavor, especially when the recipients
see your name as artist or author, as many will no doubt know you!
Please send your submissions no later than October 1st to Susan Yoder at email@example.com.
If you’re sending artwork, simply take a photograph of your work and email a digital
copy to Susan. You do NOT need to submit original art. And if you have questions,
give her a call at 703-283-3440.
Claudia Griffiths, Meg Thomas, and Susan Yoder
for the Camden UCC Care Team
NEWS FROM HEAVENLY THREADS
We have so many AWESOME items in the shop this week! Stop by soon to see for yourself! We are OPEN 12-3 PM Wednesday-Saturday.
~ SPECIAL TREATS FROM MATT & NATHAN ~
Sunday Hymn History "We Plow the Fields and Scatter"
Claudius had no intention of writing a hymn. A German journalist, he
was merely writing a poem about a group of peasants
gathering for a banquet. The poem, originally entitled "Paul Erdmann’s
Fest” in seventeen stanzas, depicts friends coming over to Paul
Erdmann’s house and enjoying themselves. It praises both Paul Erdmann
for his hospitality and God as the ultimate source
of the feast. It was Jane Campbell, a British music teacher, who made
the free translation of this poem into its present English form. She
contributed it to a new hymnal in 1861, along with some other
translations from German. It has become a favorite harvest
hymn in modern churches ever since, though it gained new popularity
when John Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz included it in their
In any era the sentiments are valid … God has given us all the good things we have, and He deserves our thanks.
Matt’s Hump-Day Ditty: Kevin Oldham "Symphony for Organ”
symphony was part of my grad degree recital at Yale. I was desperate to
learn and perform a piece of music that very few, if any, would have
heard before. For one,
it’s a good way to ensure people won’t recognize your mistakes! But
two, it’s always extra fulfilling knowing you’re educating the audience,
and helping to promote the work of a little-known, but brilliant,
composer. In this case, Kevin Oldham had already
died of AIDS in the 90s at the early age of 33 after attending the
Juilliard School and premiering as the guest pianist with many world
renown orchestras. He left this world a year younger than I am now!
Dreadfully sad! But he left behind a plethora of piano
and choral music, and even this organ symphony. It was never published,
but I was able to track down the music through his surviving partner,
who later attended my recital when it was performed. And I was reminded
of it just this week when Tom Mueller, your
former director of music, emailed me to ask if he could have a copy of
the music to learn and perform himself. So they'll soon be hearing Kevin
Oldham’s triumphant "Symphony for Organ" in California as well––and
surely more and more places after that! I hope
you’ll take the time to listen to all 50 minutes of it, because it’s
magical from start to finish.
Listen part 1:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0YuMMcVWn4
Listen part 2:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZIYM6KsGhY
Listen part 3:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SScjaugcY6I
FROM NATHAN (Matt’s husband, culinary instructor at EMCC)
Nathan’s Friday Fixings
I am resolute in
my belief that if your child refuses to eat his or her vegetables,
it us up to you––the parent––to trick that child into eating them. And
that’s where this recipe comes into play. Flavored with garlic and maple
syrup, and garnished with crispy bacon and sweet prunes, your child
won’t even know that this is actually a vegetable
OPEN KITCHEN with NATHAN SCOTT
Butternut Squash with
Bacon and Prunes
The combination of the sweet prunes and the salty bacon
really plays off of each other well in this simple and unexpected side dish. Serves
4, as a side dish
1 large butternut squash,
peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
8 cloves garlic, unpeeled
¼ cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Kosher salt and freshly
ground black pepper
½ pound thick-cut bacon,
½ cup pitted prunes
½ cup walnut halves
12 fresh sage leaves
1. Preheat the oven to
the butternut squash and garlic in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle over the maple syrup and olive
oil. Season the squash with the nutmeg,
salt, and black pepper. Toss to combine, then
spread the squash out into a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
the squash in the preheated oven until it begins to brown, about 30
minutes. Then, sprinkle over the bacon, prunes, walnuts, and sage
leaves. Toss to combine, and continue to roast until the bacon is
crispy and the squash is tender, 20 to 25 minutes
the squash from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Season to taste with additional salt and black pepper. Serve.
© 2010 by Nathan Scott. All rights
EMPORIUM RETURNS! FREE PRINTER INK
A member has several
full and partially full ink cartridges HP #951 that fit HP Office Jet Pro
printers 8100, 8610, 8615, 8620, 8625 and 8630. They are free to anyone
who can use them. Contact Becky in the office.
REMINDER from Deacons: OUTDOOR SERVICE AT MERRYSPRING 9/27
Our 2nd Outdoor Worship at
Merryspring will occur September 27 at 11 am ~ next week! We need to keep
the number of participants to 50 and require masks. You can sign up for Sept. 27 now. As of this writing we have 22 people, so there is room for you! The seating is 6-8 feet apart and all will wear masks. Come to enjoy a beautiful experience in the fall. Please send your
requests to Becky at the office (firstname.lastname@example.org). NOTE: On Sept. 27 there will also be a Zoom
service at 9:30 am.
FROM YOUR TRUSTEES: PLEASE
In this emergency, please remember to continue your weekly contributions by
sending them off in an envelope to the First Congregational Church, 55 Elm
Street, Camden, ME 04843. Also, we now
have a provision for "e-giving,” and you can go to the homepage on our website (www.camdenucc.org) where you will find our "DONATE” button on the top right. By pushing that button you can set yourself
up to make a gift or you can exercise a myriad of options to give to the
church. If you have any difficulty or
questions, call the church office. Your continued financial support is
critical at this time because some of our traditional revenue streams (e.g., facility
rentals, Heavenly Threads, etc.) will not be coming in while we are
closed. Yet our hardworking staff continues
to work tirelessly not only to help the congregation and our towns deal with the crisis, but also to keep alive
the sense of hope and community we all find through the lens of our faith.
Thank you from your trustees, John Hufnagel, Chair
OUR PRAYER SHAWL
KNITTERS & CROCHETERS CONTINUE TO MEET AND CHAT WEEKLY BY ZOOM.
Their beautiful shawls bring comfort to many. They meet Thursdays
at noon via Zoom. Yarn and patterns are supplied by the church. There is a new supply of yarn in the closet now, if you're ready to begin a new shawl. Call Becky to be let in.
Call the office
236-4821 if you’d like to be invited to knit and visit together via Zoom.
Cheers from your church office,