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.
From Conflict to Connection: The Fundamentals of Nonviolent Communication
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:
United Church of Christ congregations in Oklahoma, and national offices in Cleveland, are responding to the destruction following recent tornadoes. You can help. Go to http://www.ucc.org/disaster/ for information about homeland and world-wide aid to assist our sisters and brothers in times of need
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.
Audio is now available for some of our recent sermons! As of now, all sermons from March 2013 can be listened to as well as read by clicking on the Play button that now appears above the text of the sermon. Over time, we plan to add the audio from earlier sermons for which we have recordings, so if your favorite sermon does not display the audio graphics at top, check back later!
The congregation unanimously approved the 2013 budget as proposed by the Church Council at the annual budget meeting, January 27. Elinor Redmond, co-chair of the Council and Chair of the Budget Committee, presented the summary: last year, our members approved the 2012 budget with a projected deficit of $26,000 but actually finished the year with a deficit of only $6,000, covered by cash reserves. Cost containment and additional gifts from our members made this possible. The 2013 budget anticipates no deficit, though recognizing, as Elinor said, this is a year of transition with many unknowns particularly about the progress of the Search Committee and when we’ll again have a settled Senior Minister in place.
Copies of the budget are available in the church office and around the building. Thanks, as always, to Cyndi Alden, our Business Manager, who faithfully guides the budget throughout the year.