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Scholarship Deadline Coming Soon
Pilgrim Lodge
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 There are many ways to help get you to camp!  First, check out your local church's scholarship options.  Many funds are left unused in local churches. Next, apply for a Maine Conference scholarship, applications are due by
 May 15.    
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!

Maine School of Ministry
will offer its first "June Intensive," "Practicing the Way-Branches if Christianity," over four Saturdays in June 2017.
Classes will take place from 9am to 3pm at the Maine UCC Conference Center in Augusta, ME.
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.

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

Training 4 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,
God's Blue Earth by Suzanne Blokland and Randy Hammer
Children love to play in the water, whether splashing around in a pool, blowing bubbles or the joy of bath time . "God's Blue Earth" includes six interactive, Christian-based lessons ideal for elementary school-aged children. Each lesson includes scientific facts with Biblical reinforcement, hands-on activities to engage children and teaches the importance of water conservation.
This resource will encourage children to discover experience, appreciate, respect, and celebrate God's sacred gift of water.
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.  
Local Church Events
Annual Plant and Bake Sale
First Congregational Church of Buxton is having its Annual Plant and Bake Sale May 13th from 9am to 1pm Rain or Shine  Click here to view printable poster
Yard Sale
High Street Congregational UCC located at 106 Pleasant Street in Auburn are hosting an in-door yard sale on May 20th from 9am to 1pm.
Click here to learn more
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 20 through October 1, 2017. Read more about this event
Service of Installation
You are invited to attend the Service of Installation for
Alice Lester on Sunday May 21, 2017 at First Congreagtional UCC in Pittsfield beginning at 3:30 pm.     
Service of Ordination and Installation for Elizabeth Coffey  
You are invited to join members of the Katahdin Association Churches for a Service of Ordination and Installation for Elizabeth McKee Coffey on Sunday May 21, 2017 at All Souls Congregational UCC in Bangor at 3:00pm.  
Click to view the official invitation.  
Spring Association Meetings
Midcoast Association Saturday May 20, 2017
10:30 am - 2:00 pm at First Congregational UCC in Camden.
Katahdin Association Sunday May 21, 2017
1:30 - 5:00 pm at All Souls Congregational UCC in Bangor.
Living Water Association Sunday May 21, 2017
1:30 - 3:30 pm at First Congregational UCC Pittsfield.

Attention past, present, or future Vintage Ventures campers!!! 
If you are 55+ years of age and looking for a great vacation and a time of spiritual renewal, from Monday June 12th to Thursday, June 15th, Vintage Ventures at Pilgrim Lodge is designed for YOU!!!  We are looking for NEW people to join us for lots of fun. 
GREAT NEWS---a golf cart has just been purchased to transport people, who find walking a bit difficult, from one building to another (especially to Quitobaquito---the new dining hall and gathering place).

      You will have a relaxing and renewing time with the opportunity to re-connect with or to make NEW friends.  
      Registrations need to be in by the end of May and scholarship applications by May 15th. 
     For more information, please call Karen at Pilgrim Lodge, 207-724-3200 or Margaret Proctor at 

     Please make this announcement at your churches and in your newsletters.
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.
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
May 21, 2017
Art Exhibit Opening:
Raphael Gribetz's
"The Search for Truth"
All are cordially invited to the opening of The BTS Center's new art exhibit, which will feature work by Raphael Gribetz (
Learn More
Help Wanted/Classifieds
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 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.
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
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.
Strengthen the Church Offering
As God calls our congregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults. Most congregations will receive the STC offering on Pentecost Sunday June 4, 2017.
Learn more here
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.
Click here to learn more or register.

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