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6/30/24 Weekly Messenger

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Hancock UCC Weekly Messenger for June 30, 2024


They say it only takes a little faith to move a mountain

Well good thing a little faith is all I have, right now

But God, when you choose to leave mountains unmovable

Oh give me the strength to be able to sing

It is well with my soul


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Our Monteux student musicians for Sunday morning are Sophie Ross, clarinet and Max Jacobs, violin.


Sophie Ross is a versatile clarinetist, arts administrator, and music educator based in Washington, D.C. Sophie is currently the Associate Principal Clarinet of the Great Falls Philharmonic in Great Falls, Virginia. Earlier this year, she joined the classical-hip-hop fusion group Classically Dope, performing with US Cultural Ambassador Konshens the MC at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage in Washington, D.C. Sophie has primarily studied clarinet in College Park, Maryland, and Copenhagen, Denmark. At the University of Maryland, she earned a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance with a concentration in chamber works for clarinet and strings under Robert DiLutis. She most recently studied with Jesper Helmuth-Madsen of the Copenhagen Philharmonic while living in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2023. Sophie has performed in masterclasses held by renowned clarinetists around the world, including Anthony McGill of the New York Philharmonic and Wolfgang Klinser at the Kunstuniversität Graz in Austria. She attended the Pierre Monteux School in 2022.


Maximilian Jacobs Equally at home in classical and jazz performance, Max is a versatile violinist in demand throughout the Washington, DC and Baltimore areas. Max combines his many musical interests in his improvisations and original compositions. Passionate about the Baltimore jazz scene, Max has grown acclaim throughout his native city and Washington D.C., frequently performing swing, straight-ahead jazz, klezmer, bluegrass, and blues. He has performed at venues around the DMV such as The Kennedy Center, Creative Alliance, An Die Musik, and his hometown favorite, the historic Cat’s Eye Pub. He has played alongside notable musicians such as clarinetist Seth Kibel with the 27th Street Klezmer Band and guitarist Michael Joseph Harris. Max is currently a section violinist with the Great Falls Philharmonic, based in Great Falls, Virginia. In 2024, he earned his Master of Music in Violin Performance under Professor Irina Muresanu at the University of Maryland, College Park.


The Hancock Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual July 4th Hot Dog Cookout Fundraiser from 12 noon to 1 pm on Hancock Point. Grilled hot dogs, chips, and sodas will be available by donation at the Hancock Point Boathouse on the corner of Wharf Road and Bay Avenue. The fundraiser supports the Fire and Emergency Medical Services provided by the Department to Hancock and surrounding communities. A Hancock Point Community 4th of July Parade will precede the fundraiser.


On the 4th of July, at 1:30 pm there will be a concert at the Hancock Monument Lot at the junction of Route 1 and Hancock Point Road featuring musicians from the Pierre Monteux Music Festival performing several lively musical selections appropriate to the July 4th holiday. The concert is free and everyone is invited.


Upcoming July Birthdays and Anniversaries


01: Alison Boden        02: Joyce Cornwell      08: Joey Espling

14: Brookelin Harriman   18: Zachary & Aimee Spaulding     23: Aaron & Ashley Johnson       19: Patrice Alexander      21: Mike & Pat Summerer          24: Bob Courchesne           25: Phoebe Devenish   27: Joy Stratton     28:  Robin Long   

28: Jen & Artie Ashmore   31:  Matthew & Rachel Umphrey




The Wabanaki Alliance has released our Media and Style Guide! This guide’s purpose is to help the media and anyone else writing about Wabanaki issues to do so in a respectful and informed way. It’s an excellent resource, located on our website here:

We’re pleased to see multiple articles already responding positively to the recent release of the Wabanaki Alliance Media and Style Guide:


The Bangor Daily News published a piece entitled “They’re not ‘Maine’s tribes’:

A new guide for writing about the Wabanaki Nations”:

News Center Maine published a story entitled “People of Wabanaki Nations stress proper representation, importance of language”:

We encourage you to read these articles to learn more!


Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

Prayers for Everett recovering from eye surgery; Judith C.; Bruce’s sister Lynn; Sally’s friend, Sue Barger; Dr. John; Ginny Hamm. Prayers for Herbie Lounder; Graham; 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; 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; 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…


From the Sunrise Association

Dear Sunrise Association clergy friends,

I write on behalf of the Sunrise Association Committee on Ministry to seek your assistance in identifying new members of the COM.  According to our By-laws, the COM should have nine members. As a result of folks rotating off the committee unreplaced and a couple of people needing to step away, mid-year, due to changes in personal circumstances, we are operating with a very committed but very reduced team of five members.

We are particularly in need of lay members - although we'd welcome clergy, too.

As you all know, the COM plays a crucial role in the life of the Association. I have included below the list of responsibilities that the committee is charged with overseeing: it's work that's central to the life of our churches and our clergy in the Sunrise Association. And we need your help to recruit some good folks to join us in that work.

All anyone needs to be part of the COM is a willingness to learn. No experience necessary - just curiosity and a desire to help out. Service of the COM is a wonderful way to get to know the other churches in the Sunrise Association, to work closely with some good (and even fun!) colleagues, and to contribute to the thriving of the broader church.

With much gratitude,

Rev. Dr. Andi Lloyd (she/her)

Trinitarian Congregational Parish of Castine

P.O. Box 108

Castine, ME 04421

Office: (207) 326-9486

Mobile: (802) 989-1448

From the Sunrise Association By-Laws:

8.4.2. The committee has the authority to: Work with churches seeking membership in the Association and provide              recommendations to the Coordinating Council regarding membership; Provide assistance and encouragement for member churches in support of our mutual, covenantal relationship; Oversee the standing of churches within the Association and make              recommendations to the Coordinating Council regarding any change in church              membership status; Approve candidates for status as Members in Discernment; Authorize individuals as Licensed Ministers within the Association; Authorize individuals as Commissioned Ministers within the Association; Authorize ministers as holding Dual Standing and Privilege of Call within the              Association; Recommend to the Coordinating Council candidates for examination by an              Ecclesiastical Council leading to Ordained Ministerial Status; Approve the transfer of standing for authorized ministers seeking membership in the Association, and recommend transfer of standing for authorized ministers seeking membership in other Associations; Provide support and oversight for authorized ministers with standing in the                Association, including the monitoring of all ongoing requirements for ministerial                standing (boundary training, etc.); Investigate problems with authorized ministry that come to the attention of the Association; Determine and institute actions and outcomes in response to support and                oversight activities, up to and including termination of ministerial standing. 

From Our Maine Conference


Maine School of Ministry

“theological education for the life of the church"

Fall Semester registration now through Aug. 30th

Students this fall can experience two MESOM courses: a weekly Tuesday night Zoom option to go deeply into a selected part of the Old Testament, and a semi-regular Zoom/hybrid Saturday session to learn an experiential method for Theology. See details on our Fall Semester at:

Hebrew Bible – Reading and Interpreting the Book of Exodus. Instructor: Rev. Dr. John Holbert. John Holbert is nationally known as a teacher and preacher, and a humorous homiletician, with the experience of an ordained minister and a PhD in Hebrew Bible.The class will examine the entire book of Exodus in the Hebrew Bible with special concern for the book as a piece of literature that expresses theological concerns, along with any historical issues that the material raises. Ten Tuesday nights, 6:00-8:30, on Zoom.

Applied Theology – Experiencing God in Story and Music. Instructor: Rev. Bill Bliss. Bill is a dedicated pastor and musician. This course is for anyone passionate about music, passionate about spiritual authenticity, passionate about church life, or curious about liberative praxis and theological reflection.Each student will develop a theology that touches upon Christian themes of revelation, healing, community, and the intersection of divine and human creativity. For persons exploring spirituality, for lovers of music, and for those engaged in or preparing for ministry in the church. Six Saturday mornings, 9:00-1:30, on Zoom with one in-person session in Augusta.

Fee for each course: $350. Registration deadline: Aug. 31. Please contact Dean, Malcolm Himschoot  with questions or to request available scholarships. 

MESOM courses are open and available to anyone interested! Those who enroll in a sequence of courses are welcome to pursue one or more certificates in a program of Christian Studies and Leadership.  MESOM courses consist of 24 contact hours, reading assignments and homework outside of class.

UCC Polity To Be Offered in January Term – Due to high demand, United Church of Christ History, Polity and Theology will again be offered in January 2025. This class meets Saturdays, all four Saturdays of the month, via Zoom. 

From our Conference Minister


Sharing deep gratitude and thanksgiving

for our Counselors and Campers 

There was a small fire in Cabin 5 (Deans’ cabin) last night. No one was hurt and everyone is safe. The Deans responded immediately, contacted Director Liz, and sounded the bell to evacuate the cabins and move the campers to the parking lot while calling 9-1-1. Liz and her husband Cullen used fire extinguishers on the fire and put it out before the fire department arrived. The FD checked the building and gave an all clear for the Deans to gather some of their belongings to move to a different cabin and for the campers return to all cabins. Everyone stayed calm and no one was hurt.

The fire department said that the combination of working smoke detectors, functioning fire extinguishers, and a quick response saved the camp. This morning the fire chief told Liz that he had never witnessed such a well-coordinated and efficient response to a fire. Quick thinking and action saved Pilgrim Lodge, and we can be most grateful to our incredible Director and husband, as well as the deans and counselors who worked together to follow procedures and keep the campers supported.  The damage is small and is covered by UCC insurance.

Everyone is well this morning. When I visited, I could hear the joy of campers and counselors as they began their morning. Let us have great appreciation and thanksgiving for all the campers and counselors for responding quickly to follow the emergency plan.

Deep blessings on each and all of you.





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