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May 1, 2022 Messenger

We cannot own the sunlit sky, the moon, the wild-flowers growing, for we are part of all that is within life’s river flowing. With open hands receive and share the gifts of God’s creation, that all may have abundant life in every earthly nation.

Please hold these beloved people and situations in your daily prayers –

All those in Ukraine, Russia, Europe, Africa, Asia, the world – living in war and violence…

We continue our prayers for all those grieving deaths of loved ones…

We continue prayers of compassion, healing, and hope for those in need… Fran… Fran’s grandson Jake… Nick’s sister Susan… Vicky’s brother Royce… Steve & Myrna… Austin’s cousin Danny… Tamara & Andrew… Renata and the women she cares for… Betty J… Betty’s step-daughter Mollie… Kenny and Marcia… Annie & Reed… Carolyn & Michael… Eleanor’s step-daughter Holly … Tom & Judy’s son Andrew and his family… Danny and Clementine… Cynthia & Nancy… all caregivers… all struggling with mental health issues… all individuals and families experiencing addictions… those having or recovering from surgery … those experiencing sudden illness… those suffering chronic pain … those awaiting tests and diagnoses … those affected by memory loss … those living with depression …

Sunday, May 1st, we will share Holy Communion. For those who will receive the sacraments at home, please prepare a piece of bread, a cracker or rice cake and a cup of juice and join us at the table. Also, we will be receiving non-perishable food items, toiletries, and pet food for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry as we do on the first Sunday of every month.

Upcoming Services

Saturday, May 14 – 11:00 a.m. Celebration of Life for Clayton Nowell in our sanctuary

Sunday, May 15 – Deacon led service – Mental Health Sunday

Sunday, May 15 – 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service for Orton Preble – Simpson Cemetery, Sullivan

Reception to follow at the David A. Hooper Lodge, 132 Bert Gray Road (Rt 200), Sullivan

Sunday, May 22 – Guest Speaker Lesley Robinson – Comfort Cases

(Comfort Cases are backpacks filled with comfort and personal care items

for youth entering the foster care system.)

Would you like to be more active in the life of your Church?

Spring Choir rehearsals are at 9:15 each Sunday.

Sign up to be the Liturgist to lead: the Call to Worship, the Invocation, and read the Scripture. All materials will be provided for you. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall, or let Vicky know.

The Liturgist can be in-person or on Zoom.

We have a clothing sale scheduled for June and need your donations of Spring and Summer gently used clothing. Contact Pat Summerer for more information.

On May 4 the Wednesday Study Group will pick up the book, “A New New Testament.”

We will have afternoon (2:00) and evening (7:00) groups in the Fellowship Hall and on Zoom.

Week One: Please read these sections of the book prior to our first meeting. Foreward—Preface—Preface to the Translations—Introducing A New New Testament—How to Read A New New Testament (21 pages total) Additionally, please read and be ready to discuss (write down questions and comments as you read) An Introduction to the Prayer of Thanksgiving and The Prayer of Thanksgiving (3 pages total) and The Introduction to the Gospel of Mark and The Gospel of Mark (25 pages total)

Zoom Invitation to Wednesday study groups

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An Opportunity to Give to our Community

Please consider making a donation to offset the $1160. for one of two DOT flashing speed limit signs that will be strategically placed on each end of town as traffic calming measures.


If you Chair a Church Board (Outreach, Christian Ed, Deacons, etc.) please be in touch with Jen regarding what information your committee would like to share on our new website.

The Outreach Committee is in the early stages of inviting a parent/child play group to use our Fellowship Hall on Wednesdays from 10:00-11:30.

Let Jeanne or Savanna know if you can be one of our volunteer facilitators.

This Covenant of Care statement of the Maine Conference of the United Church of Christ was recently unanimously accepted and approved by our Board of Deacons and our Church Council. You will begin to see it on our website, Facebook page, and Church Flyers.

We covenant to care for one another and offer compassion in thought, word, and deed.

We will listen to learn, inquire to understand, and speak for hope and not harm.

In both similarities and differences, we will ask for God’s grace and offer it freely to one another. Above all else, we will love and respect one another.

May Birthdays and Anniversaries approaching:

1st – Erick & Ginny Shaw Coleman

1st – Kelly Hudson

7th – Liz Singletary

7th – Marge Severance

7th – Nancy Baril

7th – Priscilla Jones

9th – Jeanne Edwards

14th – John Wells

16th – Mary Alice Alley Freeman

18th – Fran Courschene

18th – Dick Butters

20th – Dennis King

22nd – Brendan Bonner

23rd – Debbie Ehrlenbach

24th – Erva Pinkham

26th – Vicky Espling

31st – John Holt

31st – Marty Johnson

31st – Clint & Eleanor Ritchie

There are many ways to experience our Sunday Worship Services. This Sunday we will gather in the sanctuary at 10:00 a.m., livestream the service via Zoom and stay to visit during Zoom Coffee Hour at the conclusion of the service. Also, you can watch the service on Facebook or YouTube at any time after it is recorded. Join us in whatever ways are best for you.

10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Service followed by Zoom Coffee Hour

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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

Jen can be reached by email at

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