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9/4/2022 Weekly Messenger

Hancock UCC Weekly Messenger for September 4, 2022

Upcoming services and meetings

This Sunday, September 4th, we will celebrate Holy Communion.

We will also be collecting non-perishable food items and toiletries for

the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.

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.

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

Council will meet Tuesday, September 20th at 2:00 p.m.

Words of Blessing from our new Conference Minister

Greetings, beloved people of God! Blessings, beloved people of our Maine Conference! I am so very honored and thrilled to have been called by you to be your settled Conference Minister! My official start date is October 26 and I can’t wait to begin the journey that God has for us as we partner together and share in holy ministry. We don’t always know what the future holds, but we know with deep assurance that God holds a future that is hope filled and life giving.

Within the next month or so Carol and I will be selling our home in Pennsylvania, and we are under contract for a home in Hallowell–pending home inspection and appraisal. Please keep us in your prayers as this process unfolds. We are so looking forward to living and working and playing in Northern New England once more!

With deep blessing and heartfelt gratitude,

Marisa The Rev. Dr. Marisa Laviola, Ph.D. Conference Minister-elect

September Birthdays and Anniversaries

02: *Sandra* Libby

02: *Chris* Nowell

07: *Rohanna* Madigan

08: *Tamara* Crowley

11: *Kenny* Stratton

14: Roger & Denise Chandler

15: *Nancy* Cooledge

15: *Priscilla* Hirschenhofer

16: *David* Wood

16: Jaimie & Gina Tansey

19: *Tony* Burkart

19: *Joey* & Morgan Espling

20: *Cliff* Manchester

20: *Jim* Singletary

The Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry is hosting “Fill The Grand” drive September 23rd.

The pantry is asking the community to fill every seat in the historic Grand theater with bags of food and funds to support their mission: ending food insecurity for Hancock County families. Monetary donations are welcome as donor dollars go further since L&F can purchase food through partners at a competitive price. Individuals can sponsor a bag at $25. which will fill one seat in the theater. The most needed non-perishable items include soups (chicken noodle and condensed tomato), canned chicken and tuna, stuffing mix, jelly, paper towels (single pack), dog food (canned food and 5-pound dry food), cat food (canned food and 5-pound dry food), baby shampoo and ointment and adult diapers (male and female larger sizes). Loaves and Fishes hopes the event will raise $10,000. For more information about the even and how to participate, contact Leila Murphy at or 207-701-1666.

---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.

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

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.

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

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

Jen can be reached by email at

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 To register please visit the Maine Conference website.

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