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Please have items for the September 13th ACE in by 9AM Friday September 8th 
Hurricane Harvey
The United Church of Christ has launched an emergency appeal to help with long term recovery following Hurricane Harvey-a monster storm that has already displaced thousands of Texans and left five people dead. Learn more>>

Donations can also be made by check to Maine Conference UCC with Hurricane Harvey in the memo line.
Maine School of Ministry
is pleased to announce the two courses that it will offer for the Fall of 2017.
Registration is open!
 
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Save the Date!
The Maine Conference Annual Meeting will be held at Husson University on Saturday October 21st, with the Pre-Annual Meeting Retreat on Friday October 20th at All Souls UCC in Bangor. More details and registration coming soon.
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Registration for Annual Meeting will be opening soon. Click on the link below to see the Hotel information for Annual Meeting. Book early because there are other conferences in the Bangor area the same weekend we are there.
Hotel Options for Annual Meeting
If you are anticipating needing childcare
during Annual Meeting please contact
Anne Hodgman as soon as possible at conference@maineucc.org. Tell her if you need this service for Friday and/or Saturday, how many children and their ages so we can make sure we have the proper coverage.
Budget and Bylaws Hearings
Registration is Open!
Budget and Bylaws Hearing dates are set.
Sept. 23 - Hammond Street, Bangor 10am
Sept. 25 - High Street, Auburn 7pm
Sept. 27 - Maine Conf. Center, Augusta 3pm
Sept. 28 - 1st Parish, Saco 7pm
Click here to register.

The Mission Council has approved the Finance Committee's schedule for development of the 2018 Budget at their May 11, 2017 Regular Meeting.
The schedule outlines process...
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Pilgrim Lodge

There are only a few Camps  
left this camping season

Women's Autumn Weekend-September 22-24
SYC Autumn Weekend - October 13-15 
and then it's time to put PL to bed for the winter
  Fall Work Day - October 28

Pilgrim Lodge
  Register Here

 
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Come with the Maine Conference to 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 learn more
Printable Registration
Trip Timeline and Optional Tours
   
Boundary Training


2017 Boundary Awareness Training
Events sponsored by the Maine Conference UCC

4. The Oxymoron of Boundaries in Rural Communities
10AM - 3PM, Saturday, October 14, 2017 at First Congregational UCC, Brewer. $25.

The training above meets Maine Conference UCC Association requirements for clergy to maintain their ministerial standing (others should check with your Association Committee on Ministry). Lunch is included with daylong programs. For more information, contact the Maine Conference office at 207-622-3100 or conference@maineucc.org
To read more or register for a training,
Honduras Partnership
Your Maine Honduras Partnership Resource Team is in the midst of setting up a combo work and medical mission trip that will probably run from Tuesday, January 30th to Thursday, Feb. 8th, 2018. It will go to the Evangelical and Reform Church of Honduras Clinic in Subirana, Yoro. This trip/visit with our Honduran sisters and brothers in Christ has NOT YET been approved by the Governing Board(Junta) of the Iglesia Evangelica y Reformed, so don't ask for vacation time yet. AS SOON AS WE KNOW, in the Maine Conference Weekly Newsletter and on our Facebook page! We will want to know to who is going by the end of October so we can do some group community building and resource sharing! Details as we develop them after the approval!
Item to give away!
24 kids' chairs all in very good condition. Some or all are yours for the taking. You would need to pick them up. Contact Raymond Village Church office at 655-7749. Leave a message.

Indoor outdoor crèche figures looking for a good home or stable. Plastic, approx. 4 feet high, bulbs inside light up. No baby Jesus but everyone else is there. Would need to pick up at Raymond Village Church. Contact church office at 655-7749 and leave a message.
   Things are changing in the Resource Center
The VHS tapes are now gone from the shelves of the Resource Center.
A special Thank you to Herb Oliver who made the videos vanish.



The Conference website and the Library cart are 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.

 
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.  
Events
Service of Installation
On September 10th, the Rev. Josh Fitterling will be installed as the pastor of 1st Congregational UCC in Wiscasset. The service will begin at 4pm.

Service of Ordination
On September 30th, Pam Kittredge will be ordained by the Midcoast Association at the Vinalhaven Church at 1:30pm.
300th Anniversary Celebration
This August First Parish Church, UCC in Brunswick celebrated the 300 th anniversary of the first worship service (8/25/1717).  In Dr. Ashby's history of First Parish Church the Reverend Joseph Baxter, of Medfield, Massachusetts, had been designated by the Governor as a missionary to the Native Americans.  Read More  
Interfaith Program
First Parish Church in York will host an Interfaith Program co-sponsored with The York Diversity Forum. The series will include three events taking place on September 7, 14 and 28, 2017 at 7PM.
Learn more>>

Casco Bay Crop Walk
Recruitment Meeting on Monday, September 11 at 7pm at First Lutheran Church, 132 Auburn Street, Portland, Maine.
Walk date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Goal: $15,000 with as many walkers and congregations as possible.
Walk Info: This is a find raising walk with 20 -25% of the pledges going to local agencies and 75-80% going to Church World Service (CWS) to end global hunger. The local agencies are Project Feed, South Portland Food Cupboard and Wayside Food Programs.

The Gift of Centering Prayer Led by Armond Proulx
The event is hosted by the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor on Saturday September 16th from 9am to 2:30pm. The church is located at 125 Townsend Ave.
Click here to learn more.

Music with a Mission
On Saturday, Sept. 16th at  the North Windham Union Church will present Al Hawkes and the Nitehawks for an evening of bluegrass and country music. This concert benefits Highland Lake UCC. Learn more or by tickets.

 
9th Annual Harvest Day & Barn Sale
The Congregational Church of East Sumner located at 50 Main Street, East Sumner will host this event on Saturday, September 23rd from 9am to 2pm. Learn more>>

Racial Equality Institute Phase I Training
Foundational Training in Historical and Institutional Racism. September 28-29, 2017, 8:30am to 5pm both days. Location TBD in Lewiston, Portland or Southern Maine.
 
2017 Belfast Choral Festival
The festival will be held at First Church in Belfast UCC . The title of the event is Songs of Purpose and Peace for Our Times and will be held September 29 through October 1, 2017.
Press Release2017
Registration Form
Festival Poster

200th Anniversary of Hampden UCC
The Hampden Congregational Church will have a 200th Anniversary Celebration September 30 - October 1, 2017. 
Click here to read about the festivities
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 >>
Help Wanted/Classifieds
Church Accompanist/Choir Director
Dover Foxcroft Congregational Church has an   employment opportunity. They are looking for a 
Church Accompanist/Choir Director to work  
approximately 4 hours/week on Sundays (plus other special services).  You will work with the Pastor and Diaconate to plan and implement the music ministry of the church.  Church Accompanist will accompany the congregation and choir during worship.  Choir Director will provide leadership for the church choir.  If you are interested in one or both of these positions, please contact the church office at 207-564-2872 for more information or visit our website at http://www.dfcongo.org/music.pdf

Nursery Coordinator Position Open The Bar Harbor Congregational UCC is looking for a part-time Nursery Coordinator, open immediately and averaging 2 hours a week on Sundays.
In This Issue
Quick Links
Beyond Our Borders
UCC History & Polity
 The Center for Progressive Renewal is offering a fall semester online UCC History, Polity and Theology class beginning on September 6th
and ending December 6th. 
  Learn more>>
A Just World for All
3 Great Loves
  
Click here for a brief recap of some of the actions taken by the General Synod that relate to our work as justice advocates.
 
One Great Hour of Sharing's 2017 Educational Travel: Border Immersion

  Trip Dates October 12 - 16, 2017!   Come and join this opportunity to be part of an immersion experience along the Arizona border with Mexico. Participation includes physical presence, personal friendship building, and strengthened systemic commitment for on-going involvement. Learn what is already happening in migration, immigration and refugee support, and the UCC's commitment to sustainable development and ministries related to forcible displacement.
National Day of Prayer
for faith, hope, & life
September 10th
  Learn More>>
National site with resources
Authorizing Ministry in the 21st Century (AM21)
Regional Events will be held:
September 21-22 - Denver
Registration Deadline Aug. 30
Events are open to any member of the United Church of Christ. If possible consider registering for the Boston event.
To learn more or register click here.
Click here for draft of Manual on Ministry, Discussion Guide and Feedback forms

UCC Members in Discernment Gathering
There will be a gathering for Members in Discernment in Cleveland October 5-6, 2017
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
Free Webinars for Your Church
  Learn more
Save the Date!
WISE Congregations for Mental Health Conference
will be held at Venice United Church of Christ in Venice Florida on October 20, 2017.
Read more>>
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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