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10/16/2022 Messenger

Hancock UCC Weekly Messenger for October 16, 2022

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the earth hear His voice Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the people rejoice Come to the Father, Through Jesus the Son Give Him the glory, Great things He has done

Upcoming events

The children and youth of the church are invited to join the UCC’s Climate Hope Cards Art Contest. Here’s how it works: Between Oct. 4th and November 29th, every UCC person under age 18 is invited to draw, paint, or color their feelings about climate hope, environmental justice, or protecting the Earth. An art worksheet is attached, or you can pick one up in the Sanctuary or Fellowship Hall. Upload a photo or scan of the art at Winners will be announced during an online award ceremony on Saturday, January 7th. The winners of the Art Contest will have their art printed on thousands of Climate Hope Cards to be collected by UCC members around the country and ultimately delivered to the White House.

The Choir practices at 9:15 on Sunday mornings. All are welcome.

Friday, October 14th Deacons meet at 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall and on Zoom.

October 14th and 15th will be the Fall Rummage Sale in the Fellowship Hall.

Rummage Sale hours are Friday 4-6 p.m. and Saturday 8-11 a.m.

Saturday, October 15th – You are invited to the Maine Conference Annual Business Meeting – Where the River Flows, Life Will Flourish. Online Zoom meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, October 15th we will celebrate the life of Fran Trefts at 2:00 pm in our sanctuary.

Church Council will meet on Wednesday, October 19th at 1:00 pm,

in the Fellowship Hall and on Zoom.

During the month of October, we will be collecting monies for Neighbors In Need. This is one of the Five for Five offerings we take supported by the Maine Conference. One-third of the offerings support Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds are used by Justice and Witness Ministries to provide grants to UCC churches and organizations as well as supporting a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. Envelopes are available in the back of the Sanctuary and in the Fellowship Hall.

At their September 29th meeting, Council set the date of November 13th for the Hancock UCC Annual Meeting. Boards and Committees need to start getting their numbers ready to present to the Budget Committee, the Nominating Committee will be looking for people to fill our slate for the new year, AND…Vicky requests the Boards and Committees submit their reports on or before October 16th for our Annual Report.

Your Stewardship Pledge for 2023 is important and needed now to help the Church Council prepare next year's budget. Thanks to those who have already made their commitment. For those still contemplating their financial promise for next year, it would be most helpful to receive your pledge by early next week so we will have an accurate estimate of expected income. Your pledge card can be placed in the offering plate on Sunday morning or mailed to the church. Please let David Wildes (422-3739) know of any questions or if you need a pledge card. Thank you for your help and support for the important work we do.

October Birthdays and Anniversaries

18: *TJ* Mack

19: *Bonnie* Ross

20: *Ruth* Dietze

29: *Ron* McGlinchey

30: *Chris* & *Melissa* Nowell

Loaves and Fishes could use your help during the month of October. If you are able to help with any of these dates, please contact Ken at

or at 207-801-0688. Partial shifts are also possible.

Retail pickup:

October 14, 17, 21, 24, 28 - ONE needed each day.

October 31 - TWO needed.

Client Assist:

October 14, 17, 19 - AM & PM,

21, 24, 26 - AM & PM, 28, 31.

TWO are needed for each time slot.

NOTE: Wednesday evening needs are separate from morning needs.

Product Processing:

October 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31 ONE needed each day.

October 19 TWO needed.

Checkout Processing:

Two volunteers are needed for each day open times and each Wednesday evening open times.

Checkout processing involves weighing & recording all products that the shopper has taken, bagging the products in paper bags (we supply), reusable bags (we supply or client brings their own), or on request of client into boxes (we supply).

As you can see, we've added a new category necessitating more volunteers.

We have a new "take a break" times available each shift for all volunteers.

A new Volunteer Break room is set up ready for that purpose.

Exciting times have come for our new building, to serve those who need food.

Thank you for volunteering at Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry!

We cannot function without your service to us and our clients!!

Ken Hoogerhyde, Pantry Manager

Contact Us at Union Congregational Church of Hancock:

TJ can be reached by cell phone at 207-323-6743 or by email at

Vicky can be reached at 207-422-3100 or by email at

(When emailing Vicky it is helpful to send to both addresses.)

Jen can be reached by email at

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