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April 17, 2022 Weekly Messenger

Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia! Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia! Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia! Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Please hold these beloved people and situations in your daily prayers –

All those in Ukraine, Russia, Europe, Africa, Asia, the world – living in war and violence…

We continue our prayers for all those grieving deaths of loved ones…

most recently David & Cynthia grieving the death of canine family Lady Lu…

We continue prayers of compassion, healing, and hope for those in need… Fran… Fran’s grandson Jake… Patti & Kathy’s Aunt Helen… Vicky’s brother Royce… Steve & Myrna… Austin’s cousin Danny… Tamara & Andrew… Renata and the women she cares for… Betty J… Betty’s step-daughter Mollie… Kenny and Marcia… Annie & Reed… Carolyn & Michael… Eleanor’s step-daughter Holly … Tom & Judy’s son Andrew and his family… Danny and Clementine… Cynthia & Nancy… all struggling with mental health issues… all individuals and families experiencing addictions… those traveling near and far… all caregivers…

We offer our prayers for those who do not wish to be named -- those having or recovering from surgery … those experiencing sudden illness… those suffering chronic pain … those awaiting tests and diagnoses … all affected by memory loss … those living with depression …

Upcoming Services and Special Events:

Masks are currently optional for in-person worshipers.

Those who are more comfortable remaining masked are encouraged to do so.

Join us for Holy Week

Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service on the 14th at 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunrise Service on the 17th at 6:00 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery

Easter Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m.

Traditional Easter Worship Service in the Sanctuary at 10:00 a.m.

Spring Choir rehearsals are at 9:15 each Sunday.

The Wednesday evening Lenten Series titled, Vincent Van Gogh and the Beauty of Lent

will conclude on April 20. This contemplative style study group will be held at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary and on Zoom. All are welcome to any or all of the sessions.

On May 4 the Wednesday Study Group will pick up the book, “A New New Testament.”

All are welcome to join us for cake and ice cream to celebrate the birthdays of Peggy Emigh and Betty Johnston on Friday, April 22 at 1:30p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

No gifts, but cards would be welcome.

Opportunities to be involved:

Twin bed to give away. Ask TJ or Vicky for contact info.

Photo attached.

If you can help prepare, serve, or clean-up after the Easter Sunrise Breakfast

please be in contact with Pat Summerer at 207-963-7182

During the season of Lent we will be receiving monies for One Great Hour of Sharing.

This is one of the offerings taken by the Maine Conference of the United Church of Christ, and is one of our Five for Five offerings. This offering supports disaster, refugee, and development ministries of the United Church of Christ within Wider Church Ministries.

OGHS envelopes are in the sanctuary and the Fellowship Hall.

Would you like to be more active in the Worship Service on a Sunday morning?

Sign up to be the Liturgist for the morning to lead: the Call to Worship, the Invocation, and to read the Scripture. All materials will be provided for you. You can sign the sheet on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall, or let Vicky know which Sunday you are willing to help out.

The Liturgist can be in-person or on Zoom.

Do you have extra room in your car on a Sunday morning? Would you be willing to give someone a ride to church? Give Jeanne Edwards a call, 422-0995, to get information

or to arrange rides from Golden Acres (where Armando’s was). Thank you!

Pilgrim Lodge Jump Start Weekend is on April 29-30. There are projects for a variety of ages and skill levels to prepare the camp for the season ahead. Check out the PL website for more information. If you are unable to make it to camp for these dates, but would like to get involved, please fill out our volunteer interest form and we’ll follow up with you.

Upcoming Board Meetings:

Church Council will meet Friday, April 22nd, at 12:00 pm.

All meetings are open to the congregation, both in person and on Zoom. If you would like the Zoom link to any or all the meetings, please let Vicky know, and the link will be sent to you.

What if Christianity informed how you understand essential work,

and then paid and cared for workers as if they were truly essential?

What if? A Pocket Portion of Post-Pandemic Ponderments is a series of questions offered by the Stillspeaking Writer’s Group to engage us in wondering. The Stillspeaking Writers’ Group is known for its whimsical piety, providing honest inspiration and progressive theological reflection for Christians who strive to be literate but not literal in nurturing their faith.

Birthdays and Anniversaries approaching:

14th – Dennis & Linda King

19th – Linda King

19th – Keith Bowie

21st – Mary Beth DiMarco

21st – Peggy Emigh

22nd – Betty Johnston

26th – John & Chris Wells

30th – Ruth Butters

There are many ways to experience our Sunday Worship Services. This Sunday we will gather in the sanctuary at 10:00 a.m., livestream the service via Zoom and stay to visit during Zoom Coffee Hour at the conclusion of the service. Also, you can watch the service on Facebook or YouTube at any time after it is recorded. Join us in whatever ways are best for you.

10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Service followed by Zoom Coffee Hour

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 875 4500 2990

Passcode: 727784

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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

Jen can be reached by email at

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