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Finance Committee 2018 Budget Process
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

Pilgrim Lodge
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 There are many ways to help get you to camp!     
If you are planning to attend 
Camp Pride,
there are special funds available and an 
online Camp Pride registration form.
There are also discounts: for your children if you are a counselor; if you're bringing a friend who has never been to PL; if you are a youth coming to more than one week long session this summer.  Read all about them on our
scholarship an financial aid page.
Summer is coming! 

See in Help Wanted Below 
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
To read more or register for a training,
The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault
If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. Cynthia Bourgeault is a masterful guide to Jesus' vision and to the traditional contemplative practices you can use to experience the heart of his teaching for your self.

We have one copy of this resource available to borrow.
The Conference website and the Library cart are 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.

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.  
Unused Bulletin Covers - Yours for the taking!

The Raymond Village Community UCC has many (think hundreds) of unused bulletin covers for all seasons. They are 8 1/2 x11 flat (5.5 x 8.5 folded). We don't use that size anymore and would love to find someone who could use them. You are welcome to look through them and take what you want - or take them all. You will need to arrange for pick up. Mailing them is not an option. If interested, contact The Raymond Church Office at 655-7749 - and feel free to leave a message.

Five Reversible Stoles
First Congregational UCC in Wilton has 5 stoles that reverse from green to purple to give away. If you are interested please call Louise at 645-2535 or email her at
Service of Ordination
There will be a Service of Ordination for Patricia Higgins on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 4pm at Second Christian Congregational UCC in Kittery.
Local Church Events
The Dr. Mary Cushman Circle Village Fair
The Trinitarian Congregational Parish of Castine (68 Main St.) will host the Village Fair on Saturday June 24th, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Join them for Crafts, Baked Goods, furniture, rummage, fellowship, and a delicious luncheon. Proceeds benefit local, national, and international charities.

Mathew Fox in Portland
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on Congress Street in Portland is hosting and event with Mathew Fox on June 30, 2017 from 7 - 9pm
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Will You Harbor Me?*
"Would you harbor an exile, or a refugee?"
An Exploration of Faith and Immigration to be held July 9, 2017 from 1 - 5pm. at Waterville UCC.
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Ham and Bean Supper
Alfred Parish UCC will be hosting a Ham and Bean Supper on July 15th from 5 to 6:30pm.
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Music with a Mission
This concert will be held on July 15th at North Windham UCC beginning at 7pm and will feature the Ashley Liberty and Daniel Strange.
to purchase tickets or learn more click here.

An Invitation for Maine Conference Clergy
The Brothers and Sisters of the Way invite you to join them on one of three Spring 2017 retreats.
Click here to learn more

Choral Festival
First Church in Belfast Choral Festival: Songs of Peace for Our Times
will be held September 29 through October 1, 2017. Read more about this event
Star Island UCC Conferences
Four UCC conferences are offered this summer on Star Island. Located in the Isles of Shoals off Portsmouth, NH, a  ferry from Portsmouth transports you to a special place. For more details, go to
View a list of the Four UCC Gatherings here.
Trip to Honduras - Dates Changing
The trip originally scheduled for this July will hopefully go in October. This trip is designed to help make a Medical Clinic at Subirana owned by Iglesia Evangelica y Reformada de Honduras more secure. It will be a building project, and if there are medical personnel who would like to attend, this might be able to happen as well. Keep and eye on this Conference weekly newsletter, and/or on our facebook page at "Maine Honduras Partnership" for more as details are developed. Blessings on your summer!  (Bruce Burnham)
Help Wanted/Classifieds
Pilgrim Lodge Camp Nurse Needed
Are You a nurse, doctor, or physicians assistant that would like to come to camp this summer for a week program session? Or do you have a friend or family member that is? Pilgrim Lodge needs your help!
   Stay in your own cabin by the lake and assist PL with it's mission of bringing youth to camp this summer. We have full and half week sessions available and need to get those filled as soon as possible.
We Offer room and board plus a stipend.
For more information, contact Karen at or by calling 207-724-3200

Seaside United Church of Christ
 Is an Open & Affirming and Just Peace Congregation-seeks a part time Sunday & After School Teacher, 4-6 hours weekly. Demonstrated commitment to progressive Christianity and creative child/youth faith formation. Background check required. Social Media fluency necessary. Please send resume and letters of inquiry to Seaside United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 555, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662, or email us at
First Congregational UCC in Wiscasset
seeks a creative and dynamic Part Time Church School Coordinator and Teacher who exemplifies the faith of the United Church of Christ and our identity as an Open & Affirming congregation. This is a salaried 10 month position set to begin in Mid-August.  Click here to learn more.
Youth Group Coordinator
The Dover-Foxcroft UCC is seeking a Youth Group Coordinator who will be working with the pastor and the Christian Education Board to plan and organize events throughout the program year geared to providing opportunities for fellowship, mission, worship, and theological discussion for youth aged 6th grade through 12th grade. This position runs from August - June and will take an estimated 5 -10 hours per week. For more information email the church at
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Pray for Sri Lanka on Sunday, June 25th
Every afternoon 150 children come through the gates of the Church of the American Ceylon Mission (CACM) church-run after-school program. The children are first given tea and snacks. "Nandri" they say thanks in Tamil. They have already spent the full day at their regular school ...
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The denomination's UCC logo is getting an update that reflects both tradition and innovation. Read more>> 
Manual on Ministry, 2017 Draft Edition and Supporting Resources
The New Draft of the United Church of Christ's Manual on Ministry can be found online, there will also be regional events, a series of 24 webinars, and a revised set of Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers.
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.
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National ONA Gathering
June 27-29 Baltimore, MD Learn More
Going to General Synod in Baltimore June 30th to July 4th? Let us know. 
Pre-order your 2017/2018 UCC Desk Calendar
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Registration is Open!
Registration for the United Church of Christ Musicians Association Event in Boston, MA,
July 9-12, 2017 is now open.
Click here to learn more or register.

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