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8/14/2022 Weekly Messenger

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

Hancock UCC Weekly Messenger for August 14, 2022

Sing, pray, and keep His ways unswerving, Offer your service faithfully, And trust God’s word; though undeserving, You’ll find God’s promise true to be; God never will forsake in need The soul that trusts in Him indeed.

Sunday, August 14th, we will be recognizing Long Term Members. Those being honored this morning:

20 years: Frank Dorsey, Mary Beth Dorsey & Jane Preble

25 Years: Liz Bunker, Ashley Johnson, Joey Espling, Rachel Umphrey, Meghan Scott, Andrew Severance & Zach Spaulding

30 Years: Mary Alice Alley Freeman, Ann Atkinson, Ted Atkinson, Richard Butters, Ruth Butters, Michael Hodgdon, Kristy Johnston, Clancy King, Harry Lounder III, Rohanna Madigan, Bonnie Ross & Erin Shaw

35 years: Sue Bonner, Everett Espling & Will Stephenson

40 years: Tony Burkart & Betty Lewis

45 years: Steve Coffin

Comfort Cases will gratefully accept your donations at the church on or before August 21st (and the third Sunday of every month). Especially needed now – baby blankets 36” square (Walmart $4.86). Blankets for older kids 50”x60”. Stuffed animals – not bigger than 8-10 inches. Travel size hair conditioner and deodorant for men and women. Baby wash, baby shampoo, baby lotion and (desperately needed) diaper ointment – all small sizes. Bars of soap. Board books for babies and books for teenagers.

Church Fair, Yard Sale, and Silent Auction Wrap-Up: Thanks once again to our church family and our many neighbors and friends in Hancock and surrounding communities for everyone's efforts to make last weekend's Church Fair fundraising activities a wonderful success. Not only did we exceed our hoped for budget goal, we had some fun and it was good to see everyone working together to support our church. We also "recycled" lots of stuff and reconnected with many people we don't often see while making some money to support our church and the many organizations we in turn help. It was a gratifying day in many ways.

Our budget goal for the day was $8,000 and so far we have collected $9,146. There are a few more dollars to be collected from the Silent Auction and we have expenses for the porta potty and dumpster yet to pay. A complete financial statement will be forthcoming once all the numbers are in. Nevertheless, it is clear that our Church Fair Day was a resounding success and we had a great day working together and visiting with our friends and neighbors who look forward to this event each year. Thanks to everyone for making it all happen.

Please remember our Annual Church Picnic will be held this Sunday, August 14th, at Tidal Falls in Hancock from 4 to 6 pm. Please bring your friends, family, and neighbors along with some chairs and food to share.

David Wildes

Conference Minister called

On Saturday, August 6th our Maine Conference overwhelmingly voted to call Rev. Dr. Marisa Laviola as settled Conference Minister.

Marisa will begin her tenure with us in late October.

A Message from Barb Reeve:

Hello Church Family, I have enjoyed doing the flowers for the Sunday morning altar this summer and plan to continue. I’m writing now to ask if any of you have flowers or attractive branches in your yard that you would like to contribute to the Sunday arrangements? Please call me and I will be glad to come out and collect them and take it from there. Of course, any time you would like to donate purchased flowers, feel free. Just let me know that you are planning

to do that any time prior to the Thursday of the relevant Sunday.

Thanks and Blessings, Barb Reeve 207 460-0527

Upcoming Birthdays and Anniversaries in August:

15: *David* Wildes & *Cynthia* Wood

19: *Doug* Kimmel & *Ron* Schwizer

14: Amelia Ashmore

23: Gerry Mehl

24: *Cynthia* Wood

25: Austin Crowley-Dunn

29: *Nick* & *Mary Angela* Davis

---Women’s Weekend is September 16 – 18th.

Let’s go!

Visit the Pilgrim Lodge website or ask Pastor TJ for details.

Tiered pricing from $137 – $177. Scholarships available.

Indicate “Hancock UCC” when registering so that we are all assigned to the same cabin/s.

If you would like assistance with online registration talk with Pastor TJ.

Thinking of donating your time? Loaves and Fishes could use your help during the month of

August. If you are able to help with any of these dates, please email Ken at or phone or text at 207-801-0688. If you can only work part of a shift, that is also possible.

Retail pickup:

8/12, 8/15, 8/19 & 8/26 = need one volunteer for each date listed

Client Assist:

8/19, 8/26, & 8/31 = need one volunteer for each date listed

Product Processing:

2 needed = 8/31 1 needed = 8/15, 8/17, 8/19, 8/24, 8/29, 8/31

Thank you in advance from Ken Hoogerhyde, Pantry Manager

Upcoming Events in our Community


AUGUST 13-17

We could really use a few part -time volunteers who don’t mind some fairly strenuous work and will follow Joe’s instructions. Please call Bob at 480-617-0700 if you would like more information and might be available to help with this activity.

Feel free to stop by if you would like to see what is going on.


AUGUST 27-Sat- 8AM

There will be a hands-on workshop at the cemetery where you will learn the correct way to clean gravestones.

Max attendance of 15 participants. Reserve your spot by sending an e-mail to Bob at . A $5 donation is requested to cover the cost of supplies.

The course will be rescheduled if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Bob Foss

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

and (When emailing Vicky it is helpful to send to both addresses.)

Jen can be reached by email at

A message from the Dean of the Maine School of Ministry –

MESOM is planning to offer two exciting and foundational classes on Zoom for both those preparing for authorized ministry as well as anyone – clergy or lay – seeking a quality continuing education experience:

Ministry and Mental Health and the Church - Part 2

This is a special course in pastoral and spiritual care and counseling emphasizing mental health concerns. The Covid era we are living in has highlighted these issues in a new way. The pastor or chaplain or pastoral counselor must develop abilities to work as a team with other advocates for good mental health for care seekers. Good referral skills are important and will be discussed in the class. Students will use the Case Study method to deepen their understanding and skill set in this area. (Note – you do not need to have taken Part I to enroll in Part II.) Course will be team taught by Rev. Shelly Snow and Rev. Dr. Ron Baard. Christian Ethics for the Twenty-First Century, Fall 2022 This course will focus on the basic questions of Christian ethics and morality and their relevance to current issues and perspectives. Eight sessions, on Saturday mornings:

9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, 12/19: 9-12 AM.

The course has four basic components: -Moral Thinking in the New Testament as relevant especially to preaching today -A classic Christian ethicist: The thought of Reinhold Niebuhr -Underrepresented voices in today’s discussions -Current moral issues Course will be taught by Dr. Phil Devenish Please watch for more information and registration regarding both of these classes coming soon on the Maine Conference website.

Blessings all! Rev. Dr. Ron Baard, Dean The Maine School of Ministry, Maine Conference UCC

Saint Andrew Lutheran Church in Ellsworth is searching for a part-time Administrative Assistant beginning in September or October 2022. Please see the attached job description and share with anyone that you think may be interested. Thank you.

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