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May 22, 2022 Messenger

Before our God we come and pour our ardent prayers; Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, our comforts and our cares.

We share each other’s woes, each other’s burdens bear, And often for each other flows the sympathizing tear.

Upcoming Special Services

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.

Lesley writes, “I need everything from pj’s to blankets to toiletries to books to socks & stuffed animals. I also need volunteers to ribbon pjs and blankets, bag toiletries, and pack the Comfort Cases. Drivers are always needed to take the Cases to the agencies who distribute them. I also need quart and gallon-sized ziplock bags.


Church Council meets Friday, May 20th at noon in the Fellowship Hall and on Zoom.

The Thorsen Awards Panel will meet Tues. May 24 at 4 pm in the church Fellowship Hall.

The Christian Education Committee will be hosting "Breakfast on the Green" at the

Memorial Day Celebration in the Hancock village square on Monday, May 30th, and we need your help! We will be offering a variety of breakfast sandwiches and muffins, coffee and juice boxes, and would be grateful for our congregations' support. A sign-up sheet will be available on Sunday, May 22 and you can bring items to church on Sunday, May 29.

A list of the items we'll need is below. If you would rather provide a cash donation, we'll be

happy to do the shopping for you! Please contact Tamara at 207-460-4148 with any questions.

10 packages of English muffins (6 each bag)

5 packages of American or cheddar cheese (20 slice count package)

3 packages of bacon

3 packages of deli ham or Canadian bacon

2 pints creamer

1/2 gallon milk

Assorted juice boxes and small bottled water

2 rolls of tinfoil

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.

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

Save the date – Sunday, June 12th – Ellsworth Pride Fest

(see attached flyer)

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.

Also, see the related State of Maine press release re: “Scammers Pretending to Represent Revenue Services Stealing Identifying Information from Unsuspecting Mainers”

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:

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 (5/15/2022). 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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