Don Roy Concert — February 9, 2020 — Click here for more information

The band features Don Roy, Cindy Roy and Jay Young on fiddle, piano and bass respectively. Delivering polished, tight, pulsating sets, this trio exemplifies the driving beat of traditional music. Don Roy is firmly rooted in the Franco-American musical tradition. They have played at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and appeared with Garrison Keillor. Cindy and Don received a National Heritage Fellowship in 2018 — the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts — recognizing their artistic excellence and supporting their continuing contributions of our nation’s traditional arts heritage. The trio will be joined by three talented siblings:  Rossby (14), Elsie (12) and Oliver (10) Arnott who were special guests at the 2017-2019 Fiddle-icious concerts.

Tickets are on sale at Nonesuch Books, the church office and online at 
http://donroyfeb9.brownpapertickets.com  The cost is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets for children 16 and under are half price.

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.

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