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May 8, 2022 Messenger

God is good and Jesus loves me

I know these words are true

‘Cause he said “Just as a mother comforts,

So I will comfort you”

From the National Setting of the United Church of Christ—

Dear Siblings,

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

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

All those in Ukraine, Russia, Africa, Asia, Mexico, 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 …

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.)

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

Spring Choir rehearsals are at 9:15 each Sunday. All are welcome.

The Wednesday Study Group is reading, “A New New Testament.”

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

Week Two – May 11th – Please read these sections of the book prior to our meeting –

The Introduction to the Gospel of Thomas (pgs. 11-14) and the Gospel of Thomas (pgs. 15-23).

Consider discussion questions found on the bottom of page 571 to the top of page 573.

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


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:

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

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

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Passcode: 727784

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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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