“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
The ESKIMO CLUB is on summer hiatus. They will return in the fall with a new name and a list of new activities.
Basic information about the group will remain the same
The 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 6:30 p.m. 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.
We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting!!
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!
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. 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).
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.
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
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.