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8/21/2022 Weekly Messenger

Hancock UCC Weekly Messenger for August 21, 2022

Far as east from west is distant,

God has put away our sin;

Like a mother and a father,

God compassionate has been.

Sunday, August 21st, at 10:00 am, will be our joint service at the Hancock Point Chapel. Participants from both congregations will help lead the service,

and Pastor TJ will deliver the sermon.

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 diaper ointment – all small sizes. Bars of soap. Board books for babies and books for teenagers.

Church Fair, Yard Sale, and Silent Auction Receipts and Expenses to date:


Yard Sale $2560

Second Time Around $783

Kitchen Cupboard $695

Coffee Klatch $ 85

Book Nook $1409

Snack Bar $919

Jewelry $687

Green Thumb $297

Silent Auction $1954

Total Sales $9389


Crab Meat $180

Parsonage Rent Reduction $350

Dumpster ?

Porta Potty ?

Masks $50 ?

A complete financial report will be published when all the numbers are known.

Our hoped-for budget goal was $8000. Thanks to all for a job well done. – David Wildes

Upcoming Birthdays and Anniversaries in August:

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:

8/26 = need one volunteer for each date listed

Client Assist:

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

Product Processing:

2 needed = 8/31 1 needed = 8/24, 8/29, 8/31

Thank you in advance from Ken Hoogerhyde, Pantry Manager

Upcoming Events in our Community


Saturday, August 27 at 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 Foss at . A $5 donation is requested to cover the cost of supplies.

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

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

Church Picnic 2022 at Tidal Falls

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