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May 15, 2022 Messenger

Come, O Spirit, dwell among us; come with Pentecostal power;

Give the church a stronger vision; help us face each crucial hour.

Built upon a firm foundation, Jesus Christ, the Cornerstone,

still the church is called to mission that God’s love shall be made known.

From the National Setting of the United Church of Christ—

In this moment when abortion rights are under assault, please know this: the United Church of Christ faithfully supported access to safe abortion before Roe v. Wade and we will faithfully support it now. This is not a draft for us. This is discipleship.

The Rev. Traci D. Blackmon

Associate General Minister

Justice and Local Church Ministries

If you are interested in furthering the conversation surrounding reproductive justice

please see the attached document titled, “A Brief Theology of Abortion.”

Pastor TJ is available for one-on-one or group discussion for those interested.

Upcoming Special 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

Please consider contributing a plate of finger food for the reception.

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. Please see attached flyer for items needed.

Cash or purchased donations can be brought to the church on or before May 22nd.


The Outreach Committee meets this Thursday, May 12 at 4:00.

The Finance Committee meets this Friday (Zoom only) at 10:30.

The Board of Deacons meets this Friday, May 13 at 2:00.

The Christian Education Committee meets this Sunday, May 15th after the Worship Service.

We have a clothing sale scheduled for Friday, June 3rd & Saturday, June 4th and need your donations of Spring and Summer gently used clothing. Contact Pat Summerer for more info.

As voted on at an Annual Meeting, we will return to our

Summer Worship Hour of 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 5th, at 9:00 a.m.

Please save the date—Saturday, August 6th—for our Annual Church Fair and Yard Sale.

We will need everyone's donations and help to make this fundraiser a success.

We will have an organizational meeting in early June. Stay tuned for further details.

See or call David Wildes with questions or suggestions.

Please help spread the word!

The State of Maine is giving $850 to every Maine resident, beginning in June.

In order to receive this check, you must fill out your 2021 ME tax form 1040.

If you or someone you know have not filed because your income falls below the need to file, call the Maine Tax Helpline at (207) 624-9784 (Mon-Fri 9am-noon) or download a form at this link: file:///Users/marydimarco/Downloads/1040.pdf .

You can also call (207) 624-9784 for help filling out the form.

Even though the tax deadline has passed, it is not too late to file for this $850.

People who do not file will not receive this benefit.

Contact Pastor TJ or Vicky if you would like assistance with this.

Please consider making a donation to offset the $1160. that the Church Council voted to give the Town of Hancock 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.

May Birthdays and Anniversaries approaching:

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

29th – Sally Knapp

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

Note: This is a new link. The previous link will no longer work.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 882 8024 5071

Passcode: 402851

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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