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10/2/2022 Weekly Messenger

Hancock UCC Weekly Messenger for October 2, 2022

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me;

let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.

With God our creator, children all are we.

Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony.

Upcoming services and meetings

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

October 2nd will be our Communion service (first Sunday of the month)

and collection for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.

Rev. Dr. Nick Davis and the Deacons will lead the service.

October 6-7 BTS Center Convocation 2022 Our Small Church Leadership Team will be attending as part of their Fostering Imagination Task Force. All others are welcome to join!

Convocation theme is Imagination and Collective Liberation for a Climate-Changed World.

Inspired by a group of thoughtful presenters, artists, and leaders, Convocation will explore what it means to nourish our imaginations toward a world of joyful possibility and embodied hope, while also holding space for the difficult realities we are facing.

Ask Pastor TJ about a scholarship to cover the cost of the $50 registration fee.

October 8th there will be a Sunrise Association meeting in Belfast and on Zoom.

This meeting is open to all members of churches in our association.

October 9th – Pastor TJ will lead the service as our Associate Conference Minister,

Alexis Fuller-Wright will provide our sermon.

October 14thDeacons 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.

October 15th Maine Conference Annual Business Meeting – Where the River Flows, Life Will Flourish. This will be an online Zoom meeting.

Church Council will meet on Wednesday, October 19th at 1:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall

and on Zoom.

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.

David Wildes has provided this accounting of our Annual Church Fair.

2022 Yard Sale/Fair/Silent Auction/Online Pre-sale

Net Profit Financial Report

Yard Sale


Second Time Around


Kitchen Cupboard


Coffee Klatch


Book Nook


Snack Bar




Green Thumb


Silent Auction


Lemonade Stand


Unallocated Sales/Donations


Total Sales





Porta potty


Crab meat


Parsonage rent reduction


Mask expense


Total Net Profit




ANNUAL (Autumn) MEETING 2022

SATURDAY / October 8, 2022 / 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.


Host: First Church of Belfast UCC, 8 Court Street, Belfast, ME 04915

LIVE ON ZOOM (link below)!


9:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:25 Welcome, Introductions, & Housekeeping (gather in the Sanctuary)

9:30 Worship

9:50 Business Meeting in the Fellowship Hall

· Reports

o Election of Officers, Committee Members, and ME UCC Delegates (see attached document)

o Maine Conference News – Designated Term Association Conference Minister Alexis Fuller-Wright

o Committee on Ministry Report – Joel Krueger

o Treasurer’s Report – Roger Haynes

o Revision of By Laws Report – Nick Davis

o Resourcing Local Congregations – Kathy Woodside

o Social Action Committee – Hannah Mondrach

· Handouts & Resources

o COM Report

o Treasurer’s Report

o By Laws Revisions

o Sunrise Church Directory & Resource Guide

o Scholarship Forms

10:30 Break

10:40 Indigenous People’s Day Program:

o Presentation & Conversation with Carol Dana, Penobscot Elder & Language Keeper

11:50 Concluding Prayer

12:00 Adjournment

Peace, Joe Cistone, Vice Moderator, Sunrise Association


Meet some of our four-legged companions that came to be blessed on Sunday morning.

Callie (friend of Bill O’Meara)

Daisy (friend of Savanna)

Henrietta (friend of Renata)

Cooper (friend of the Ashmore’s)

During the month of October, we will be collecting monies for Neighbors In Need. This is oneof the Five for Five offerings we take supported by the Maine Conference. One-third of the offering supports 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.

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 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28 - ONE needed each day.

October 31 - TWO needed.

Client Assist:

October 5-AM & PM, 7, 10, 12 - AM & PM, 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 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31 ONE needed each day.

October 5, 12, 19 TWO needed each day.

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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