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8/28/2022 Weekly Messenger

Hancock UCC Weekly Messenger for August 28, 2022

Rich in diversity, help us to live

closer than neighbors, open to strangers,

able to clash and forgive.

Upcoming services and meetings

Sunday, September 4th, we will celebrate Holy Communion. We will also be collectingnon-perishable food items and toiletries for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.

Deacons will meet Friday, September 9th, at 2:00 pm.

Council meeting date and time to be announced.

Sunday, September 11th, we will return to our regular worship hour of 10:00 am.

There will be a graveside service for Marcia Stratton on Sunday, September 11th at noon at the Riverside Cemetery, behind Hancock Grammar School.

All are invited to join the family at Chippers after the graveside service to celebrate Marcia’s life and Kenny’s 91st birthday.

Upcoming Birthdays and Anniversaries

25: Austin Crowley Dunn

29: *Nick* & *Mary Angela* Davis


02: *Sandra* Libby

02: *Chris* Nowell

07: *Rohanna* Madigan

08: *Tamara* Crowley

11: *Kenny* Stratton

14: Roger & Denise Chandler

15: *Nancy* Cooledge

*Priscilla* Hirschenhofer

16: *David* Wood

16: Jaimie & Gina Tansey

19: *Tony* Burkart

19: *Joey* & Morgan Espling

20: *Cliff* Manchester

*Jim* Singletary

The month of September we will be taking a collection for One Great Hour of Sharing. OGHS

is one of the five for five special offerings of the United Church of Christ. This offering supports the disaster, refugee, and development ministries of the United Church of Christ within Wider Church Ministries.

When we all do a little, it adds up to a lot.

---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.

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.

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

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