Tickets are $12, or $15 at the door and can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com or at Nonesuch Books, or the Church Office.
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!
The ESKIMOS meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in Guptill Hall.
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.
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).
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
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.
Chris Keiter, Jayne Sawtelle Quinn, Jerry Reynolds, Dan Cummings, Bill Campbell, and Diane Harvey
Your 2013-14 Stewardship Committee
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!
On June 9th, 2013, John McCall led worship at First Congregational Church for the last time as Senior Minister. If you missed it, or would like to see it again, the video from the worship service is now available.