Starting September 11, the Prayer Shawl Ministry will be meeting each Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.in Davidson Lounge. We welcome new knitters to our fun group! For more information, call Darla Harris at 799.6773.
S.A.M. Movie, “Milo & Otis) on Thursday, April 4, at 1:30 p.m. in the Davidson Lounge. If you reserve a seat, popcorn will be served.
S.A.M. meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 in the 2nd-3rd classroom above the church office.
Lunch at SMCC on Friday, April 26. People can meet at the Church at 11:30 a.m. or at SMCC at 12:00 p.m. There will be an ala cart menu. The cost is $15 per person plus gratuity. Please RSVP by calling the Church at 799-3361 by Friday, April 19.
SAM also has a monthly newsletter, “Senior Moments,” that highlights our activities for those over 55 years old. If you would like to be on our mailing list, just call the office (799.3361).
This workshop provides concrete skills for using daily conflicts to relate more authentically and compassionately – building trust in a learning environment that fosters safety, depth and fun. Click on the link to learn more about the workshop, and Peggy Smith, the trainer. With the approval of the church Council, FCC UCC is co-sponsoring this event.
Here is the brochure to which you need to make a link:
The Meeting House Choir and Hilltop Ringers will be on summer hiatus after Sunday June 9th. On the Sundays from June 16th through September 1st it has been a tradition to have Special Music provided by others wanting to step up to offer a musical selection or two during each of the 12 summer services. In the past, individuals have played or sung (unaccompanied or accompanied by Shirley Curry or the guest organist/pianist if Shirley is on vacation that week), established ensembles have played or sung, and even ad hoc family ensembles have come together to give this special offering of the gift of music. Please contact Shirley Curry by the end of May to sign up.
The First Parish Church, United Church of Christ in Gorham and its Pastor The Rev. David Butler, has invited the Churches of Cumberland Association to meet for its Annual Meeting on October 28, 2012. The Delegates will gather at 2:30 PM to receive reports, elect officers, and approve a budget for the upcoming year.
The Program is entitled: Envisioning: Adding Our Views to the Conference Conversation
The Maine Conference leadership has been undergoing a self study-visioning process for the years ahead. The leadership of the Conference, that is, the three Commissions and the Coordinating Council, and staff have been involved in the process.
This is an opportunity for the Delegates of the Cumberland Association to have in-put into the process. What should the Maine Conference look like in the future? What should be the organizational structure?
We look forward to welcoming our children back into our faith formation programs on Sunday September 16. We are making some changes in Sunday School this coming year. (For our kids that love Christ Kid’s Club, it’s got a new name and a new concept.) As we ask our families every year, please also take the time to register your child which you can do online here.
This letter was sent to church members’ homes two weeks ago. It is shared here so that the whole church family — friends, members and visitors — might be aware of the pastoral changes here on Meetinghouse Hill.
June 27, 2012
It has been my privilege to be in ministry with you over the past 5 years. Many of you have remarked to me that it doesn’t feel possible that it has been that long – which I hope is a compliment to the ministry we’ve shared together. As you may remember, I was called to South Portland only a few months after I gradated from seminary in November of 2006. I have seen you change as much as I have changed. We have matured together and challenged each other to love more deeply and serve more boldly. There are things about our ministry together that I will always cherish, obviously including Leisurely Lectionary, Christ Kid’s Club, Beach Chair Theology and this church’s first ever Mission Trip.
I will always tell the story about the would-be traditional congregation in Maine that allowed me to throw snowballs in the sanctuary, clean up after the parade on Palm Sunday and listen to sweet jazz through Advent. In my ministry with you, I discovered a call to teach which was most unexpected. We’ve asked some tough questions together about gay marriage and mission. You’ve engaged in my “Elsa questions” and even started to talk back to me in the midst of my sermons. I am delighted to see what God is doing among you, but I am also aware of how God is moving in me.
With great sadness and deep joy, I am writing to formally resign from the position of Associate Pastor and Teacher at the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ in South Portland, Maine. I have been invited to be the sole candidate as the Senior Pastor at another congregation and hope to confirm that dream of shared ministry on July 15, 2012 with the congregation’s vote. My last Sunday here in South Portland will be August 19, 2012.
In the meantime, it’s time to begin to say goodbye. I know that the summer months take our members to the far reaches of Maine — but hope to find an opportunity to say farewell to you by phone, email, Facebook or in person. This transition will be as hard on me as it is for you. From my very first day in 2006, you’ve been asking me to stay “forever” – and it’s been tempting. There is extreme magic on this rocky coast. There are wonderful things happening in this church, but I have always known that my ministry among you wouldn’t be forever. I didn’t know how or when it would happen but I knew that one day I would be brave enough to seize the next adventure. I hope that you embrace the changes that await you with the mixture of grief and enthusiasm that I find myself in right now. May God bless this time we have shared together as we look forward to what may come with God’s love.