Hancock UCC Weekly Messenger for December 4, 2022
O come Desire of Nations, bind all peoples in one heart and mind;
bid envy, strife and quarrels cease; fill the whole world with heaven’s peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel!
At their October 19th meeting, Council voted to continue following CDC guidelines.
That means while transmission rates are low or medium that masks are optional.
When transmission rates are high, masking and distancing will be re-implemented.
Also, if masking and distancing are in effect, then coffee time will be canceled.
The Candle of PEACE
December 4, 2022
Upcoming events and meetings
The Choir practices at 9:15 on Sunday mornings. All are welcome to join.
Sunday, December 4th, we will share Holy Communion. For those who will receive the sacraments at home, please prepare a piece of bread, a cracker or rice cake and a cup of juice and join us at the table. Also, we will be receiving non-perishable food items, toiletries, and pet food for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry as we do on the first Sunday of every month.
Once again, we will be providing gifts for families served by the Emmaus Shelter.
Gift tags will be hanging on the tree in the Fellowship Hall detailing first name, age, and gender of the recipient along with their hoped-for Christmas present. Please return gifts, unwrapped, with original tag attached, to the Fellowship Hall on or before Sunday, December 11th.
We are invited to join St Andrew Lutheran in “adopting a family from Ukraine.”
Let Pastor TJ if you are interested in finding out how you can help.
Saturday, Dec. 3 – Acadia Choral Society @ 3:00 p.m. in our Sanctuary
Tickets can be purchased at acadiachoralsociety.org or at the door on the day of show
Tickets are $20 (general admission).
Family tickets are $45 for 3 or more members of the same family.
December 4th we will have our annual Pot Luck Supper and Carol Sing. Supper will be from 5-6 pm in the Fellowship Hall, then we will go into the Sanctuary for the Carol Sing about 6-7 pm. Bring a dish to share and invite some friends and neighbors.
Meetings are open to all. If you would like to attend a meeting on Zoom, please let Vicky know and she will provide the link, or you are welcome to join in person.
The Board of Trustees will meet via ZOOM on December 5th, at noon.
The Board of Outreach will meet Thursday, December 8th, at 4:00 pm
The Board of Deacons will meet Friday, December 9th, at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, December 14th, we will once again hold a Blue Christmas service at 7:00 pm.
Blue Christmas (also called the Longest Night) is a day in the Advent season marking the longest night of the year. On this day, some churches hold a service that honors people that have lost loved ones and are experiencing grief.
Please Help Reduce Our Budget Deficit - Although our congregation has approved the church budget for 2023, this does not mean we are done with our financial planning for next year. We are just beginning.
To date we have 31 pledges for $67,930. Our total spending for the year is estimated at $144,242 and our projected deficit remains at $28,092.
For those who have made their pledge of financial support for the coming year, thank you. For those who have not, it is still very much needed. Pledge cards are available in the Sanctuary or one can be mailed to you. Offering envelopes are available for anyone who would like a set.
Please let David Wildes (422-3739) know of any questions. Thanks to all for your attention and generous support of our church.
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry could always use your help. If you are able to volunteer,
please contact Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 207-801-0688.
Contact Us at Union Congregational Church of Hancock:
TJ can be reached by cell phone at 207-323-6743 or by email at email@example.com
Vicky can be reached at 207-422-3100 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
(When emailing Vicky it is helpful to send to both addresses.)
Jen can be reached by email at email@example.com
December Birthdays and Anniversaries
Dec. 4: *Gary* Edwards
5: Sonny Mehl
15: *Frank* Dorsey
16: *Ashley* Ehrlenbach Johnson
18: *Barbara* Reeve
20: *Sheila* O’Neill
21: *Mary Angela* Davis
27: *Jennifer* Ashmore
30: *Keith* & *Pam* Bowie