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Holiday Closings

The Maine Conference Center will be closed
November 10th for the Veteran's Day Holiday.
November 22-24 for Thanksgiving.  
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

***Monday, November 13, 2017, 
from 3:00 - 4:30 p. m., Rev. Chris Davies, Coordinator, Congregational  Assessment,
 Support, and Advancement (CASA) of the UCC National Setting, will host a program
 on themes of vitality in these congregations.
To register/rsvp send a email to:; Subject line: Small Church rsvp.
The reply will be a link to the webinar.

***Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 1:00- 1:30 p.m.,  Rev. Jim Keat of the Center for Progressive Renewal (CPR)
will interview Doug and Susan with a focus on how the congregations in the study have "renewed".
This webinar is part of a regular Wednesday series that offers a fast-paced look at trends in church life and in community ministries.
To view: Go to the website:
Click on "Learning".
Scroll to "Webinars"
Click on the Small Church Story Project webinar

Subirana Trip
but we have room for a couple more medical staff and a couple more folks who can do light construction. The trip date dates? January 30 - February 8, 2018.
Here is a link to 2 pages of information:
 and a link to our webpage:
 And you can visit our Partnership Facebook Page at "Maine Honduras Partnership." 
Where to find Anne Hodgman
Monday and Wednesdays from 9am to 2pm in the Accounting Office
Monday and Wednesday afternoons from  
2 - 5pm, Tuesdays 9am - 5pm, and Fridays from 11am - 5pm in the Executive Assistant Office.
You will find Anne in the Resource Center on Thursdays from 9am - 5pm
Fridays from 9 -11am    
Resource Center Email is only monitored on those days.    

The Resource Center Library cart is now working, or you can send requests to
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.

500th Anniversary of the Reformation Skit
Created and used by Joel Krueger at First Church in Belfast UCC on Sunday,  
October 29, 2017
Available here for your use. 
Side Door Coffee House
Falmouth Congregational UCC will host a Side Door Coffee House on Friday Nov. 10th from 6:30 - 9PM Printable Poster 
Concert at Christ Church in Kennebunk
Christ Church will host a concert by the Portland Trumpet Ensemble on Saturday, November 11 at 3pm. The church is located at 6 Dane Street  
in Kennebunk.  View Press Release 
Celebration Concert
The repairs are finished! Please join us at a Celebration Concert for our Austin Organ. Performance by Organist George Bozeman.  
Sunday, November 19th at 3pm. Blue Point Congregational Church UCC, 236 Pine Point Road, Scarborough. A reception will follow.
FMI 883-6540.  
Services of Installation
Benton Falls Congregational Church will celebrate the Installation of Kim Shrader on Sunday, November 19th from 2 - 4pm at 106 Falls Road in Benton.
Second Congregational Church in Newcastle will celebrate with a Service of Installation for Char Corbett on Sunday, November 26th from  
3 - 4pm at 51 Main Street in Newcastle. 
Holiday Fairs
State Street Church
Holiday Fair & Lunch
Saturday, November 11, 2017
9:00am - 2:00pm
Yard Sale, Attic Treasures, jewelry, crafts, books, baked goods, lunch and more...
159 State Street, Portland

Windham Hill United Church of Christ
Holiday Fair
Saturday, November 11th
9:00am - 3:00pm
140 Windham Center Road
Handmade wooden items, wreaths and ornaments, jams, jellies, candy, soups, Silent auction, fish chowder lunch, and SERRV items.

First Congregational Church, North Berwick
 Christmas Fair
Saturday, November 18th
9am - 2pm
15 High Street, North Berwick
Greens, cookie walk, jewelry, used books, craft items, and ornaments.

Somesville Union Meeting House UCC
Hollydays Fair
Saturday, November 18th
9:00am - 2:00pm
1134 Main Street, Mount Desert

Raymond Village Church
Holiday Fair
Saturday, November 18th
8:00am - 1:00pm
27 Main Street, Raymond

Falmouth Congregational Church
Holly Days Fair
Saturday , November 18th
9:00am - 2:00pm
267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth

Hampden Congregational Church
Holiday Fair
Saturday, November 18th
9:00am - 1:00pm
101 Main Road, North, Hampden

First Congregational UCC in South Portland
Holly Daze Bazaar
Saturday, November 18th
9:00am - 2:00pm
301 Cottage Road, South Portland

Congregational Church in Cumberland
Village Christmas Fair
Saturday, November 18th
8:30am - 2:30pm
282 Main Street, Cumberland
2018 Boundary Awareness Training
Opportunities Sponsored by the
Maine Conference UCC
"Ready, Set, NO: Setting Limits and Doing Better at Self-Care" with Rev. Darren Morgan  
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 9, 2018 @ Congregational Church of Wells, 1695 Post Road, Wells. $25. includes a box lunch.
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
Help Wanted/Classifieds
First Parish UCC in Brunswick
Is seeking a full-time Office Administrator to join us in ministry. We are a Congregation who seeks to "do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God." This position would be one of four full-time staff people. There are eight part-time staff and a congregation of 700 members. We are looking for a person who is experienced with electronic communications and has good written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
A full job description and instructions for applying may be found here:
Open Positions at the National Offices
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Beyond Our Borders
The Christmas Fund
Promotion begins November 28th
Offering generally collected the 4th Sunday in Advent. Which is December 24th this year. 
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
Click to logo above for upcoming webinars.
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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