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3/17/24 Weekly Messenger

Hancock UCC Weekly Messenger for March 17, 2024


O faithful Cross, you stand unmoved

While ages run their course;

Foundation of the universe,

Creation’s minding force.


Upcoming services, meetings, events, and opportunities


Join us for Worship in our Sanctuary or on Zoom at 10:00 a.m., 

or watch the recording later on Facebook or YouTube 


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 822 2425 2518

Passcode: 755650


on YouTube at Hancock UCC - YouTube


Choir rehearsals are Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m.  All are welcome. Please, join us!


Our meetings are open to all. If you would like to attend a meeting, please let TJ or Vicky know and they will provide the Zoom link, or you are welcome to attend in person.


Council will meet Friday, March 15th at 11:30 a.m. in person and on Zoom.

Outreach will meet Thursday, April 21st at 4:15 in person and on Zoom.


Holy Week Services

Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service, March 28th at 7:00 p.m. Easter Sunrise Service, March 31st, 6:30 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery (behind Hancock Grammar School), with a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the church fellowship hall, and the regular 10:00 am Worship Service will be observed. Readers are needed for the Tenebrae service. Please let Vicky know if you will be a reader. A sign-up sheet is in the Fellowship Hall to donate toward the breakfast.


Lenten Wednesday Study Group

Join Pastor TJ for C.S. Lewis and the Delightful, Diabolical Daring of Lent:

A Lenten Companion to “The Screwtape Letters.”

We will enjoy soup & bread at noon while listening to comedic actor John Cleese read

C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters,” followed by discussion from 12:30 – 1:30.

March 20 and March 27 are our last two meetings for this group.



Easter Flowers

If you would like to help beautify the church with Easter flowers please fill out the form below and return it to the office by March 24th.  (Easter is March 31st.)

A donation of $15.00 is suggested.

Cash or checks, please. Checks payable to Union Congregational Church of Hancock.

Please indicate whether your donation is in honor of or in loving memory of…


Your Name:__________________________________  Phone:____________________


How do you wish to have the bulletin read?


In honor of _________________________________________________­­­­­_________________


In loving memory of _________________________________________________________


Amount paid ___________

End of Life Planning Workshop

Most of us like to be in control of our lives.

What happens if we are no longer able to do that?

Planning now can help ensure your desires are honored later.

Planning now removes unnecessary burdens placed on your loved ones in times of grief.

If you are a procrastinator, you are not alone. (!)

Let’s plan for our futures. Peace of mind for us equals the gift of a lifetime for our loved ones.

We will provide the forms. You bring your questions and concerns.

Myrna Coffin and Pastor TJ will host a planning session on some of the basics:

●       Last Will and Testament

●       Advance Directive (also known as a Living Will)

●       Powers of Attorney - Medical and Financial

●       Funeral arrangements

●       and more…

Join us for soup and discussion on Thursday, April 11th from Noon - 2:00 p.m. at the church.

Join us! Bring a friend or neighbor. Everything is easier when we do it together.



Save the Date: Saturday morning, May 4th, 2024

The Sunrise Association will hold its Spring Meeting at Pilgrim Lodge.

An option for overnight camping will be available on Friday, May 3rd.

Breakfast and lunch options are available on Saturday.

Let’s mix business with pleasure and gather together at our beloved camp.



Upcoming March Birthdays and Anniversaries   

10: Belated birthday greetings to Orrick Damboise     

 20: Vivian Foss    21: Eveline Thorsen    21: *Savanna Havey   

23: Linc Ehrlenbach     28: Pam Bowie     29: Debbie Maddocks

Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

Prayers for the people of Lewiston and all of Maine; Prayers for the world, suffering loss and grief in Israel, Palestine, Ukraine, Russia, Sudan, and so many other places experiencing ongoing wars and conflicts. Prayers for Joyce Cornwell, recovering at home from TLIF spinal fusion surgery; Bruce’s sister, Lynn, awaiting treatment options for her cancer diagnosis; Sally’s friend, Sue Barger and Ginny Hamm who both recently received a cancer diagnosis; Prayers Cynthia’s Aunt Barbara, William and Caroline (both at Golden Acres) and Breck V. all receiving Hospice Care. Prayers for Mary Angel’s mother Caroline, Ron & Kathy; Ruth; Sally’s sister Martha & her husband John; Brandon Perry-Hudson, John Wood; Doris; Jim Snyder; Coulter; Jonathan Holmes; Sue Davies; Nancy & John & Jonas; Pat & Penny; Sue Davenport; Austin’s cousin Danny; Liz & Jim; Debbie & Lincoln & son-in-law Aaron, daughter Ashley, and granddaughter Brielle; Kenny Stratton; Joy & David & Lori; Sandy Phippen; Betty & her step-daughter Mollie; Debbie & Hollis & Holly and Debbie’s Aunt Linda Reed; Patrice’s niece Erica; Amy Nickerson; Tom & Judy’s son Andrew & family; Prayers of strength and healing for all awaiting diagnoses and for all recovering from surgeries & procedures; Prayers for all that are unsafe, unhoused, hungry & in need of care & compassion; Prayers for all individuals and families experiencing addictions; prayers for all caregivers; and prayers for all that is in your heart…


A gofundme page has been set up on facebook to help Brandon Perry-Hudson out. Here is the link to that page:


or you can donate to the church, if you like, and notate that it is for Brandon.


If you would like to send Brandon a card or note, the address is:

Brandon Perry-Hudson

7 Shank Painter Road

Provincetown, MA  02657


Handy Woman for Hire!

Personal care; Food preparation and cooking; Shopping;

Gardening; Interior and Exterior Painting

Lori Stratton

From Our Maine Conference

Immersed in the Season of Lent…

Fellow pastors and Spiritual Guides,

As we find ourselves immersed in the season of Lent, I hope you have been able to delve into the practice of embodiment and presence. Lent is a time of reflection and renewal and offers us a poignant opportunity to connect with our bodies, breath, and souls in profound ways.

As we navigate through Lent together, my hope is that you have been able to and will continue to be empowered to craft a sacred container where your community can experience the richness of their bodies, breath, and spiritual practice.

At the same time I want to remind you as leaders that you are invited to not only deepen your capacity to hold space for others but also nurture a profound love and commitment to your own spiritual practices.

As we make our way toward Holy Week, may we be fully present to ourselves and to those we serve. Let us journey inward, trusting that in the depths of our souls, we will encounter the transformative power of divine presence and renewal.


Reverend Sam Houser

Associate Conference Minister

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