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The Hope of Easter is at Hand
Remembering the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  King said "I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. And I see God working in this period of time in a way that people, in some strange way, are responding."

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Boundary Training

2017 Boundary Awareness Training
Events sponsored by the Maine Conference UCC

2. Boundary Basics
10AM - 3PM, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Maine Conference Center, Augusta. $25.

3. From Pulpit to Pew...
10AM - 3PM, Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Day's Ferry Congregational UCC, Woolwich. $25.

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

5. Clergy Boundary Awareness Training for Laity
10AM - Noon, Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Maine Conference Center, Augusta. Free.

Trainings 2-4 above meet 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,
Teaching Our Story
edited by Larry A. Golemon
Living Our Story explores how good narrative work-the retrieval, construction, and performance of valued stories-takes place in ministry. Authors Larry Golemon, Lee Ramsey, Graham Standish, Tim Shapiro, Carol Johnson, Mike Mather, Niles Elliot Goldstein, and Diana Butler Bass examine this question from a variety of perspectives, including the role of the pastor or rabbi as narrative leader, the sacred and mundane stories that shape congregational life and identity, storytelling as a means of community building, and story sharing as a practice of hospitality. Through the stories they themselves tell, these authors show how stories witness to God's presence in the unfolding of human life, and how the best leaders craft stories that reveal how God is at work among the people and inspire them to become a part of this larger story.
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.

The Resource Center has begun the process of removing the video cassettes (VC) from it's library. If there are titles you would be interested in acquiring please contact Anne Hodgman at the number or email listed above.

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.  
Service of Ordination for Sara Bartlett
 You are invited to join members of the Cumberland Association Churches for a Service of Ordination for Sara Elizabeth Bartlett on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at North Yarmouth Congregational Church at 2:30pm. 
Click to view the official invitation.  
Interim Ministry in a Changing Time
Join Massachusetts Associate Conference Minister the Rev. Dom Remick on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 10am to 3pm at the Maine UCC Conference Center for this event 
Learn more
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Is a Maine non-profit group working to help residents in the area save on winter heating expenses. Volunteers will be building custom-fitted, low-cost insulating window inserts. Need inserts? sign up before April 30th. Want to help build inserts? Click here to help build inserts or sign up to receive inserts, or call Kit Lane at 460-9113.
Maine Conference Learning Event -
May 6, 2017

An All Conference Workshop event has been planned for May 6, 2017. We are partnering with First Parish Church, UCC in Brunswick to offer this event which will consist of workshops during the afternoon followed by an evening presentation by Diana Butler Bass. Read more about Diana  here.

Where: First Parish Church, UCC, Brunswick, ME
When: Saturday, May 6, 2017 - an afternoon and evening event. Registration opens at 12:30pm
Who: You! and Diana Butler Bass

Learn more and register here.

Questions: Please contact
Rev. Bill Walsh,
Conference Moderator,

Honduran Missionaries Coming to Maine  in May 2017
Missionaries = OCWM dollars at work!
May 12-26,have them speak at a small home gathering, an all-church invitational potluck, or on a Sunday morning. 
To reserve a date contact Anne Hodgman
or call 622-3100
Learn more
Good Friday Walk for Habitat for Humanity
April 14, 2017   Read more>>
Click here to register

The Quaker Indian Boarding Schools: Facing
Our History and Ourselves
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Jewett Hall, University of Maine Augusta
The Downeast Spiritual Life Conference
"Your Spirit. Your World. Connecting Heart, Earth & Soul"
Friday July 21 to Sunday, July 23, 2017

For more information or to register 
go to or call 207-374-5200.
Pilgrim Hymnals to Donate
First Church Farmington, CT has over 200 copies of the Pilgrim Hymnal to donate. If you are interested or need more information please contact Susan Murtha
Help Wanted/Classifieds
Camp Staff Applications for PL17
Camp Staff applications are now being considered. It's hard work and it's fun and fulfilling. Are you called?
Submit your application online here
Director of Education and Faith Development Programs
Woodfords Congregational Church (Portland) seeks a Christian educator with a passion for supporting Christian fellowship and education by working with our children, families, and elders as Director of Education and Faith Development Programs . The position is 30 hours per week and is eligible for benefits.
Learn more
Seaside United Church of Christ
Is looking for a Church Administrator. The Church Administrator is a Part-time position based at the Parish Offices in Northeast Harbor. The position reports to the Pastor and works alongside the Congregation's Treasurer in relation to all bookkeeping Functions.  
To learn more>>
State Youth Council Advisors Needed 
T he SYC is looking for new advisors. To learn more about the position and the State Youth Council click below.
    Read more>>    Advisor Application

Wilson Center Seeks New Director
The Wilson Center for Spiritual Exploration and Multifaith Dialogue in Orono, Maine is seeking a Director for the Center. This position is halftime and will begin July 1, 2017. To learn more about this position and the Wilson Center click here 

In This Issue
Quick Links
Beyond Our Borders
Warning About Copyright from the General Council 
The poem that keeps on causing problems for churches and conferences.  Learn more
Manual on Ministry, 2017 Draft Edition and Supporting Resources
The New 2017 Draft of the United Church of Christ's Manual on Ministry can now be found online, there will also be regional discernment events, a series of 24 webinars, and a revised set of  Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers. To read more about all of these

Climate March in Washington, DC
on April 29th is being organized. The UCC Council for Climate Change along with the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries are official co-sponsors for the upcoming march.    RSVP
Sister March webpage:
The 46th Annual
  May 2 - 4, 2017
Pilgrim Pines
Conference Center
220 West Shore Road
Swanzey, NH 03446

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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. We would love to have you join us at our next delegate planning meeting May 20th from 10am to 1:30pm at the Maine UCC Conference Center in Augusta. 
Pre-order your 2017/2018 UCC Desk Calendar
Pre-order here 
Registration is Open!
Registration for the United Church of Christ Musicians Association Event in Boston, MA,
July 9-12, 2017 is now open.
Early Bird Rates end April 15th.
Click here to learn more or register.

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Free Webinar
Asked Questions 
Do you know the legal implications if your church wants to be a sanctuary church for at-risk immigrants?
Tues. April 18th at
2pm EST.
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be the church
August 16-19, 2017
at Concordia University

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Augusta, ME 04330