Carrie Newcomer

                                                           CARRIE NEWCOMER

                                                                 MARCH 30

Carrie Newcomer is a Grammy-winning songwriter, performer and educator. She has been described as a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe and one who “asks all the right questions” by Rolling Stone. It’s taken over a year to schedule her performance here at our church. The tickets are already up for sale on Brown Paper Tickets – and 8 were bought the first night. You will be hearing more about her over the next two months; you can easily listen to her music on-line.

Basic concert information:

WHEN:  7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30

TICKETS: $30/$35 day of.  Available on-line at  We will be selling them at church and Nonesuch Books.

QUESTIONS:  Call Elinor @ 650-8579

Eskimo Club invites you!

After several months of consideration, discussion, and constitution & bylaw updating, the Eskimo Men’s Club has unanimously changed its name to Eskimo Club and gladly invites women to join.  These are exciting times and this is an excellent opportunity to enhance the Eskimo Club.  Here is some basic information about the Eskimos:

  • The Eskimo Club is intended to promote good fellowship and further the interests of the Church.
  • Membership is open to pretty much everyone (must support the objectives of the Club, be of good moral character, and agree to abide by the Club’s constitution and bylaws; you do not need to be a member of the Church)
  • Meetings are held at 6:30pm on the first Wednesday of the month, October through May.
  • Suppers are provided at each meeting, at a cost of $10 per person (this may increase next fall).
  • Each meeting includes some sort of program.  Typical programs are musical groups (e.g. steel drum band or guitar singer) or speakers (e.g. former FBI executive, South Portland city planner).
  • Annual dues are $5.

The next meeting is on Wednesday, February 6th.  Phil Smith, from Abracadabra, will perform some magic for us.  Because meals are part of the meetings, it is important to let us know if you are interested in attending by Sunday, February 3rd.  If you are interested in attending, or if you have any questions, please contact Rich Mead (Eskimo President) or Walter Jellison (Eskimo Membership Chair).

We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting!!

Mission Mall Now Online

We did it! Thanks to our webmaster, Aaron Scifres, The Mission Mall, its catalog, cards, inserts and the ability to donate are now all ONLINE! It’s now possible to give anytime, anywhere–in the church office, at the Bazaar, by mail, or online.

You can check out the online Mission Mall on the church website by clicking here. Just in time for the Holly Daze Bazaar! See you there!

Senior Activities

Friday, October 12—We will meet at SMCC for a buffet lunch at 12:00 p.m.  The price is $16, which includes lunch, tax and gratuities. Let us know if you need a ride. RSVP by October 4. 

Thursday, October 18 at 1:00 p.m.—Join us for a SAM meeting to plan fun events and activities.

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).






A New Addition to Our Ministry Team

Last year we began the process of establishing a new ministry model for our church. Instead of calling another full-time associate pastor, we chose to divide the responsibilities into two part-time positions. Last summer we hired Anne Fuehrer as our Director of Children & Family Ministries. Now the Council has approved the creation of a new position: Pastor of Member Care and Visitation. This person will share with me the responsibilities of making hospital visits and calling on our homebound members, plus will oversee our lay visitation program. This is a part-time position, starting at 10 hours per week and increasing to 15 hours in a few months. Because this is a new staffing model, we will have a trial period to make sure it is what we need in the life of our congregation at this time.

We are blessed to have Rev. Bob Morse, a member of our congregation, taking on this role. For those of you who don’t know Bob, he is a retired minister, serving most recently as the Director of Pastoral Services at Maine Medical Center. The members of Council and I are all confident that Bob will be a wonderful addition to our team.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or Peggy Murray, our Moderator. And please welcome Bob to this new ministry among us. –Cindy Maddox

Consecration Sunday is October 27th

Now is the time to share your Surprising Gifts! You have heard from the Stewardship Committee over the last few weeks, in worship and in letters. You’ve heard from other folks as well— a longtime member, a new member, and one “in between” and how each one related to our theme of Surprising Gifts / New Beginnings and why each will continue to support the work of the church by making financial contributions. Now is the time to join them and experience the excitement and power of the many. As we’ve said, no pledge is too small and each one will be warmly embraced.

Here’s how to join in the fun— prayerfully, faithfully, and joyfully consider your blessings as you make your pledge for 2014. Then bring your pledge card with you and join us on Consecration Sunday, October 27, for worship at 8:30 or 10:00a.m. where we will celebrate the blessings in our lives and faithfully commit to the future by placing those pledge cards into the offering plates. Or, if it is more convenient for you, you may make your pledge online by clicking here.

In gratitude,
Chris Keiter, Jayne Sawtelle Quinn, Jerry Reynolds, Dan Cummings, Bill Campbell, and Diane Harvey
Your 2013-14 Stewardship Committee