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Bryan's Farewell Celebration
Saturday,
January 13th at 2PM at the Waterville UCC, 7 Eustis Parkway. ( snowdate January 14th, 2PM)
Let's Celebrate Bryan Breault's 20 years of ministry at Pilgrim Lodge serving as Director of Outdoor Ministries for the Maine Conference. Follow the link below  to RSVP, this link will also make it easier for us to let people know should we have to cancel and help us estimate numbers of attendees.

Share Your 3GL Story!
Three Great Loves, a storytelling initiative of the UCC, wants to hear how your ministries living into God's love are making an impact in your community.  Watch the video, share your stories>>

Liturgy of Hospitality
A church in small town Maine opens its doors to all every Tuesday for a community meal.
Come with the Maine Conference to Italy! Join Sally Colegrove and Susie Craig for a Spring Adventure in Italy! 

Tens Days and Eight Nights 
April 24 - May 3, 2018 
$3350 per person 
Art, History, Food, Fellowship, Faith 
The glory of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, a mass audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, the Colosseum and Forum
 
Conference Dues for 2018 are $15.43 per member.
Key 2017 and 2018 Dates Related to Future Giving
 
As the end of 2017 looms in the not to distant future the Maine Conference, UCC wants to remind you of certain deadlines just around the corner. In order for gifts donated to your church to be included in the count for 2017 they must be received by the Conference Center or postmarked on or before January 16, 2018 to be considered a 2017 gift.
Any gifts from a church received here at the Conference Center or postmarked after January 16, 2018 will be considered a 2018 gift.
 
Please remember a written pledge of an unconditional promise to give if received on or before December 31, 2017, AND paid on or before January 16, 2018 (or postmarked), is a 2017 gift.

If it is your church's desire to received credit for Year 2017 gifts, please make sure the gifts arrive at the Conference Center or are postmarked on or before January 16, 2018.
Maine School of Ministry is pleased to  announce the two courses that it will offer for the Winter/Spring semester 2018. Each will meet at the Maine Conference UCC's Conference Center, One Weston Court, Suite 104, in Augusta.
The two classes are:
Prophets, Psalms, Wisdom Lit, Other and Church Practice - Worship.   Registration is now open!



 Annual Reporting is Open!!!
Reasons to update your church information include:  
1. Attendance numbers you report now are used to calculate next years dues.
2. When you are in the search process it helps show a clear financial picture of your church
3. It helps the conference in determining how best to help local churches.  
 
 Access the Data Hub Started
January 2, 2018 

 
 
 All data collection will be done online. There will be NO paper forms this year.
 
Accessing the Data Hub Instructions
 
To log in the UCC Data Hub please go to  
Alternately, you will find a link to the Data Hub at 
 
Please be sure to read
 
 watch the tutorials at the site below before beginning. If AFTER reading the instructions and watching the tutorials you still have questions please feel free to contact Anne Hodgman, Executive Assistant at the Conference Office at 207-622-3100 or 1-800-244-0937 or at
Your username is your conference church ID#.
Please do not use leading zeros for the conference portion of the number. (For example, The Maine Conference ID# is 28 and if your church number is #40, then your ID# would be 280040.) A link to a list of ID numbers is below.
 
Your default password is password.
Several tutorials are available on the Alternate link above.
 
MAJOR CHANGE within the instructions...in the past, if you made a mistake in entering data, you had to contact the Conference office to correct mistakes.  NOW...YOU, the church, may correct these mistakes. You do NOT need to ask the Conference office for help in making these changes. 
 
The Data Hub will be available January 2, 2018 at noon through March 7, 2018 at midnight. 

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You will find Anne in the Resource Center on Thursdays from 9am - 5pm
Fridays from 9 -11am  
resourcecenter@maineucc.org    
Resource Center Email is only monitored on those days.    

The Resource Center Library cart is now working, or you can send requests to resourcecenter@maineucc.org
or call 1-800-244-0937 or 207-622-3100. Please be aware that once you enter a search item you will be taken to a page that says "Grace Presbytery" in the upper left hand corner. You are in the right place. This is our catalog web host. The Resource Center is the lending library for the Maine Conference.

 
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New Polity Resource! Exploring UCC History, Polity and Theology
 
On Thursday, January 11th at 2pm EST
Ministry Partners are invited to an orientation session to explore this new resource and think creatively on how it might be used.  
 
Or Phone: +1 408 638 0968 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833  
Meeting ID: 972 213 354
 
 
WHO WE ARE
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST POLITY
(THE STORY THAT'S STILL UNFOLDING) 
 
Events
Honduras Trip
It is with sadness that Your Honduras Partnership Resource Team reports that the January 30th to February 8 trip to Subirana, Honduras has been cancelled/postponed. The contested presidential election there has caused a great deal of unrest and there has been violence between groups of demonstrators and demonstrators and police. Curfews in town and cities, plus the shutdown of major roadways by police have made travel situation precarious. Such measures made safety a larger concern, so the decision to postpone was made reluctantly. We will keep the Conference informed of changes and rescheduling. Please keep our sisters and brothers of the Evangelical and Reform Church and all the people of Honduras in your prayers.

Bruce Burnham
The First Church in Belfast is hosting two events this coming weekend. On Saturday, January 13th at 5pm they will host a Boar's Head Feast. Boars Head Feast Poster
Then on Monday, January 15th at 4:30pm they will host the 29th Annual Martin Luther King Candlelight Walk. Learn More>> 

5th Annual MLK Jr. Celebration Concert
The First Congregational Church in Fryeburg, in collaboration with the Church of the New Jerusalam, will host the concert Sunday, January 14th at 2pm. The church is located at 655 Main Street in Fryeburg.

Ecclesiastical Council
The Churches and Ministers of the Living Water Association are called to an Ecclesiastical Council to Examine Kurt D. Nelson for Ordination to Authorized Ministry in the United Church of Christ at the Waterville Congregational UCC Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 2:00 PM.

An Afternoon of Music and Photography The Congregational Church in Cumberland will host this event Saturday, January 27th beginning at 2PM.  The music of Edvard Grieg and Chris Norton performed by James Nga with photography by Lorraine Martin. The Church is located at 282 Main Street. Read More>>     
 
Friends,
If you are coming to Augusta for this event, YOU ARE INVITED to gather at the Conference Office, One Weston Court, Suite 104, Augusta! We'll open at 9:30am and have coffee/tea/cocoa - and if you would like to bring potluck for lunch, we can share a bite before we head back home. We'll have some sign making materials as well.
Let's march together for a better world!!
Free Items
Free Red Pew Cushions
The First Congregational UCC of Wiscasset, having recently bought new blue cushions, is hoping to find a new home for the old ones!
Some are worn a little heavier than others but all are in fair or better condition. 38 cushions measure 94 1/4" long by 15" deep and two measure 45 1/2" long by 15" deep. Please contact the church office at 207-882-7544 or fccw@myfairpoint.net to inquire.

Free Robe and Stoles
A retiring pastor has a WomanSpirit, silk, off white, size petite large robe and full set of 7 stoles made for a woman to put into the hands of someone who can use them. Send inquiries to wandsreed@icloud.com
2018 Boundary Awareness Training
Opportunities Sponsored by the
Maine Conference UCC
 
"Clergy Boundary Awareness Training for Laity" with Rev. Darren Morgan. This session is expressly geared for church leaders of congregations who are in pastoral transition.   
10:00 a.m. to Noon, Saturday, February 10, 2018 @ Foreside Community Church UCC, 340 Foreside Road, Falmouth. Free.(clergy do not receive BAT credit). 
Tending the Fire 2017/2018
Second Christian Congregational UCC in Kittery, ME will be hosting a Tending the Fire retreat over three dates in 2017/2018. Retreat dates are:
Opening Intensive - October 17-17, 2017
Deepening Retreat - November 28-30, 2017
Sending Retreat - January 30 - February 1, 2018
Read more >>
 
Save the Date: April 20-22, 2018
 
Convocation 2018
"Part-time Pastors, Full-time Churches"
 
Co-sponsored by 
the Maine Conference, United Church of Christ
& The BTS Center
(Portland, Maine event location to be determined)
 
The future is arguably brightest for those that can re-imagine part-time pastorates 
as signs of emergent opportunities, not emblems of failure and imminent death.
-- G. Jeffery MacDonald
 
Convocation 2018  will provide an opportunity for you to name what's been lost - reflecting on the shrinking professional class of full-time, ordained clergy. You'll have more time to consider what's been found - learning about mainline congregations experiencing heightened vitality through part-time pastoral leadership. Regional denominational leaders will join us to reflect on what they are observing in their settings, and how they are seeing creative energies being unleashed. Workshops will offer spaces for deeper engagement with other participants. Registration will open later this Fall.
 
Help Wanted/Classifieds
Williston-Immanuel United Church, Portland
is seeking an individual to serve as part-time Community Liaison. This position involves outreach to the community and oversight of the church's Community Outreach Program.
Learn More>>
 
Falmouth Congregational UCC
is seeking a three-quarter time Office Manager to work Monday through Thursday. This individual manages an Office Assistant, Sexton, and Christian Education Administrator and provides all administrative support to the pastor.
 
Open Positions at the National Offices
 
In This Issue
Quick Links
Beyond Our Borders
A new toolkit from Shoulder to Shoulder on Faith mobilization to support American Muslims in this era, complete with resources for both short-term and long-term work to address anti-Muslim bigotry in our nation and in our communities.
  View the toolkit here
Boston University School of Theology is pleased to announce that it has formed two new denominational learning communities. Click the logo to read more. 
Events
2018 MID Event
  View Poster 

Regional Theological Education Consortium Event April 30 - May 2, 2018
in Oberlin, Ohio. For more information contact Kathy Clark clark@ucc.org

Please hold the dates of December 12-15th, 2018 for the national Authorizing Ministry in the 21st Century (AM21) Event.
We will meet in San Diego, California.

IRCA Quadrennial Conference 2018
The International Rural Churches Association will gather April 15-21, 2018 in Lincoln, New Zealand.
Learn More
S ave the date!
The New England Association of United Church Educators have announced the dates for NEAUCE 2018. The event will be held May 1-3 at Pilgrim Pines in Swanzey, NH 
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