Staffing Changes — Click Here for Details

                                                                                                                                       September 20, 2019

Dear FCCUCC Members and Friends,

As you probably know, we have been understaffed for some time. Last year we searched for a clergy person to add to our staff, but we were unable to find anyone for the part-time position we had designed. After careful and prayerful consideration, and with the help of a church consultant who spent many hours with us, the Council has determined that we need another full-time pastor on staff. The tentative title for this new position is Pastor of Faith Formation and Visitation.

The new pastor will be responsible for overseeing faith formation (what we sometimes call Christian Education) for all ages, children through adults. This individual will also be handling the bulk of our home and hospital visitation, while I will continue covering most emergency and surgery-related hospital visits. Other duties will fit the gifts and calling of the individual we find.

The following people have agreed to serve on the search committee for this new pastor: Scott Berry, Leigh Ann Higgins, Chris Keiter, Judy Magnuson, Debbie Rideout, and Carol Zechman. I also will be an active participant in this group. We are excited to begin this important work on behalf of the congregation. We will offer a commissioning of the search committee during the sanctuary worship on Sunday, October 13. Following worship that day, the Council will host a conversation in Davidson Lounge for anyone who would like more information.

A key question is, of course, how we will pay for this new position. It will not be easy, and it starts with a difficult decision that was reached after much discernment. As the new pastor’s responsibilities will include creating faith-enriching experiences for children and adults, the Council reluctantly agreed that it is necessary to eliminate the position of Director of Children and Family Ministries. Many of us have gotten to know Anne Fuehrer during her six years with us, and we will miss her. We are blessed to have experienced her care and nurture of our families, and we are thankful that she has agreed to stay on until we fill the new position or until she finds other work.

We also are nearing the end of our contracted term with Jill Saxby as our Bridge Associate. She has done good work with us, and we are grateful that she so willingly dove in to help us get on the right track and get ready for the next phase in the life of our congregation. She will continue in her current role through October.

Thank you for your consistent support of the work of this church, and for your prayers for all involved in this time of transition. With your generosity and the help of God, we will continue to live into our calling as the church on Meetinghouse Hill.

Sincerely,

Rev. Cindy Maddox, Senior Pastor

JOB DESCRIPTION:

MINISTER OF FAITH FORMATION & VISITATION

Terms of Position: This position is classified as full-time, with salary and benefits at or near conference guidelines, and is supervised by the Senior Minister.

Qualifications

The qualified candidate will possess and be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ; or be a Member in Discernment near ordination; or be a licensed minister in the UCC; or, if a member of another denomination, will hold credentials that would qualify him/her/them for such ministerial standing
  • Skills, interests, and gifts in spiritual formation for all ages
  • Creative energy and ideas
  • Successful experience working with children and youth
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to handle multi-faceted projects from start to finish
  • Excellent communication skills with people of all ages
  • Willingness to work in a positive, supportive way with the whole staff and congregation
  • Ability to recruit, train, empower, and inspire volunteers
  • Comfort in hospital and homebound visitation

Responsibilities

The Minister of Faith Formation & Visitation will oversee the church’s spiritual development program for all stages of life—including the current Sunday school program, youth ministry program, and adult education—in order to offer a cohesive plan of education and faith formation for all ages. This person will also spend approximately 25% of his/her/their time visiting our members who are homebound or have limited mobility, and making hospital visits.

Concert with John McCutcheon — November 2, 2019 — Click here for details and ticket information

What:  An Evening with John McCutcheon

When:  7:30PM on Saturday, November 2

Where:  Church sanctuary, FCCUCC, 301 Cottage Rd., So. Portland

Tickets:  $25 ahead of time online at: http://mccutcheon.brownpapertickets.com.  Tickets will also be available soon at the Church office and Nonesuch Books.

Cost: $30 at the door.  Children $12.50

“John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader. And not just incidentally, he is committed to helping hard-working people everywhere to organize and push this world in a better direction.”
Pete Seeger

Eskimo Club – October 2

Eskimo Club Program Year Starting!

Welcome to a new year for the Eskimo Club! The purpose of the Club is to promote fellowship among the men and women of the Church, and to further the interests of the Church.

We meet on the first Wednesday of the month, from October through May. Each meeting includes some gathering time, a quick business meeting, a wonderful meal, and either a presentation or some entertainment. You do not need to be a member of the Church to participate and join the Club.

Throughout the year, the Eskimos participate in the life of the Church by grilling at the annual church picnic, running the Cookie and Fudge sale, collecting donations for the Emergency Food Pantry, and other activities.

Please join us for our first meeting of the year. We will gather on Wednesday, October 2, at 6:15 p.m., in Guptill Hall. We’ll enjoy a wonderful pork roast dinner, talk about our new meal program, and discuss progress towards a new club name. Our very special presenter will be Peter Allen, Fitness Director and Personal Trainer at Basics Gym.

The cost of the meal is $15. If you are not on our regular call list, you must make a reservation by calling Rich Mead (807-4663) or Scott Berry (767-0236). The deadline for making a reservation is 6 p.m. on Monday, September 30.

See you there!

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

S.A.M. meetings are on the third Thursday of each month.

The next S.A.M. meeting will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, in the 2nd-3rd grade classroom above the church office. One of the topics of discussion will be activity ideas for August and beyond so come share your ideas.

Join us for a picnic at Bug Light on Wednesday, July 24.  We will meet at the church at 11:30 a.m. so bring your lunch with you.  If there’s bad weather that day, come anyway and we’ll “picnic” in the church.

We will go to Berwick and the Hackmatack Playhouse to see Mama Mia on Thursday, August 1, leaving the church at 12:30 p.m.  Tickets are $20, so RSVP and claim your seat today.

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

In 2013 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. During the summer of 2013 we hired Anne Fuehrer as our Director of Children & Family Ministries. In 2014 the Council approved the creation of a new position: Pastor of Member Care and Visitation. This person will share 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. Jill Saxby, a member of our congregation, filling this role.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

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

Help others find our church!

These days, many people search for places on the internet before they go to them in person.  When they look through the results of an internet search,  they often use ratings and reviews to decide what to do.  However, there are only a few reviews of our church online.  You can help people find out about our wonderful church by adding a review of your own.  Here are a  couple of suggestions:

* Go to google.com

* Enter ‘first congregational church ucc south portland maine’

* Select the option to write a review.  You may need to log in with a GMail account.

* Repeat the process with yelp.com

Thanks for your help in spreading the word about our church!

Chris Keiter