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5/26/24 Weekly Messenger

Hancock UCC Weekly Messenger for May 26, 2024


Come, join the dance of Trinity, before all worlds begun—

the interweaving of the Three, the Father, Spirit, Son.

The universe of space and time did not arise by chance,

but as the Three, in love and hope, made room within their dance.


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


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


Please note: Worship Time Change

Next Sunday, June 2nd, (the Sunday after Memorial Day) we will begin a trial period of starting the Worship Service at 9:30. We hope that this compromise will benefit everyone. After giving this a try for the summer months we will bring the matter to a congregational vote prior to Labor Day. 


On May 26, 2024, at 12PM, following our regular Sunday worship service, all are invited to meet at Tidal Falls Preserve (Tidal Falls Road, Hancock) for a time of learning and fellowship. Come and experience Lectio Terra, Communion and a picnic in the beauty of God’s great outdoors. We will be introduced to ways to be with and experience the Holy in the natural world. We will interact with scripture and prayer in new ways and hopefully connect one to another and with Creation in new ways. We will share a Communion meal that will be a bit different from how we normally experience Communion and share our learning and grow with one another. We each experience and encounter God in varied ways. Across our lifespan we are in various stages and places in our lives. With sharing this experience together, we can learn from one another across the generations, and expand our faith and have fun. Please bring a dish to share if you are inclined or just bring your beautiful self.

Blessings, Sarina Brooks  (Ministry Student Intern)  


Memorial Day breakfast volunteers needed for Christian Education Fundraiser

We need kitchen volunteers and set up and sales help at the Village Green. Please let Tamara Crowley know how you can help. Text or call 207-460-4148.


From the Ellsworth American: Memorial Day Observance and Breakfast in Hancock

The Union Congregational Church of Hancock will host Breakfast on the Green at the Town's Memorial Day observance at the Hancock Village Memorial Lot on Monday, May 27th. The Lot is located at the intersection of Point Road and US Route 1 in Hancock. Breakfast sandwiches, muffins, fruit salad, coffee, water, and juice will be available for purchase at 9:30 am prior to the 10 am start of the Memorial Day Service.


Other Memorial Day activities at that time and location include a parade from the Hancock Community Center, Posting of the Colors by the Fire Department Honor Guard, music selections by the Hancock Grammar School Band, recognition of Hancock Citizen of the Year Doug Kimmel, and remarks by Hancock citizen Janice Colson.


Following the ceremony, the Hancock Women's Club will host an Open House featuring cookies and lemonade at the Community Center for all participants and attendees of the Memorial Day celebration. (Submitted by David Wildes. Thank you, David.)


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.

Trustees will meet Wednesday, June 5 at 12:00 noon in person and on Zoom.

Council will meet on Wednesday, June 12 at 1:00 p.m. in person and on Zoom.

The Outreach Committee will meet on Thursday, June 13 at 4:15 p.m. in person and on Zoom.

Deacons will meet on Friday, June 14 at 3:00 p.m. in person and on Zoom.


Join us for a Study of the Psalms

We will meet in the Fellowship Hall and on Zoom at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Our last session is on May 29th. All are welcome.


A Celebration of Life Graveside Service to honor and remember Jane Preble at 1:00 p.m. on May 25th at Simpson Cemetery in Sullivan (across from the Sumner Learning Campus)


A Celebration of Life service to honor and remember Carolyn Mae Clough, lifelong resident of Ellsworth, Franklin, and Hancock will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1st in our Sanctuary with a reception to follow in our Fellowship Hall.


A Celebration of Life service to honor and remember Jensen Lorna Kimmel-Noschese will be held on Sunday, June 9th at 1:00 in our Sanctuary with a reception to follow at 618 Point Rd.


A Celebration of Life service to honor and remember Betty Lewis will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 10th, 2024 in our Sanctuary with a reception to follow at “The Big House.”

Upcoming May Birthdays and Anniversaries


26: Vicky Espling       27: Andrea Gaynor Bernard      29: Sally Knapp         

31: Marty Johnson      31: Clint & Eleanor Ritchie


Upcoming June Birthdays and Anniversaries


           01: Jim & Liz Singletary   02:  David Wildes       05:  Debbie Riley

08: Doug Kimmel        10: Catherine Genn     12:  Eleanor Ritchie

12: Gary & Bobbi Hunt        13: Bob Schmid          14: Clancy King

15: Roslynne Lowry    17:  Ginny Shaw Coleman    17: David Mack

19: Ron Schwizer        19: Sandy Phippen      21: Herbie Lounder

22: Jack & Priscilla Hirschenfofer      23: Steve & Mary Beth DiMarco

25: Kenny Houghton   26: Pat Shannon    29: Ted & Ann Atkinson



Recent collection tally’s from our Treasurer (collected as of May 17, 2024)


a. Flower Fund income $270

b. MESOM - $130

c. Blanket Sunday - $260

d. (Five for Five) One Great Hour of Sharing - $315

e. (Five for Five) Strengthen the Church -  $170


Thank you for your continued generosity!


Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:


Prayers for Bruce’s sister Lynn, Sally’s friend, Sue Barger; Ginny Hamm. Prayers for Orrick Damboise, Jennie, and Cathy C.  Prayers for Cynthia’s Aunt Barbara, and William at Golden Acres, both receiving Hospice Care. Prayers for Ruth; Marie; Joyce; Doris; Mary Angela & Nick’s son Joshua; Ron & Kathy; Graham; Jim Snyder; Brandon Perry-Hudson; John Wood; Jonathan Holmes; Sue Davies; Nancy & John & Jonas; 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; Judith C.;  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 the people of our nation and of our world experiencing escalating wars, conflicts, and disasters. Prayers for all individuals and families experiencing addictions; prayers for all caregivers; and prayers for all that is in your heart…


Let’s sign up for Pilgrim Lodge! Registration is open for Family Camp, Labor Day Weekend, Friday through Monday, August 30, – Sept 2. Sign up for all 3 nights or choose a shorter stay. Let Pastor TJ know if you are interested, please.


Handy Woman for Hire!

Personal care; Food preparation and cooking; Shopping;

Gardening; Interior and Exterior Painting

Lori Stratton



Claiming Your Call for a Climate-Changed World


A Three-Day Retreat and Community of Practice for teams from New England congregations

We have been selected to participate in a program called “Claiming Your Call for a Climate-Changed World.” Amelia Ashmore, Alison Boden, Nick Davis, and Pat Summerer will represent our church as our team embarks on a journey along with eleven other congregations from Northern New England.


Participating congregations will:

●       Enter into a rich time of community building, learning, and vocational formation with theologians, scientists, and indigenous leaders.

●       Learn about the unique role that the Christian tradition and your congregation can play in a climate-changed world in offering care and advocating for justice in the places you call home.

●       Engage in place-based formation with the grounds of Acadia National Park as your classroom.

●       Build supportive community with members of your congregation, as well as with like-minded leaders from other congregations across New England.

●       Worship, sing, and play in one of the most beautiful outdoor settings in New England.

●       Integrate what you’ve learned by participating in a Community of Practice from July through October 2024, including taking on a “small experiment with radical intent,” supported by a community of peers.


Another celebration of ministry coming up...mark your calendar!



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