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Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Team
Please pray for our Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Team as they depart to help rebuild housing damaged by Hurricane Maria from February, 2nd until February 9th. Thank you for your love and support!  -  Dale, David, Mary, Jan, Doug, David, Ann, Kris, Harland, Mike, Char, Pam, John, and Bruce.
Celebrating the Generosity of the Maine Conference
Thank you! to the generous churches of the Maine Conference .
 
OCWM/Basic Support -
funds the work the UCC does in its Associations, Conferences, and in the national and global church. OCWM funds are invested in programs, resources, and tools needed to keep local UCC churches strong, effective, and growing. The Maine Conference churches sent $81,905.97 to the national setting in 2018. Learn more about OCWM

OGHS/One Great Hour of Sharing-
UCC support for Puerto Rico has reached $500,000 and another $250,000 in hurricane damaged Florida and the US Virgin Islands. The Maine Conference churches sent $47,526.94 to OGHS in 2018. read more OGHS stories

NIN/Neighbors in Need -
Supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the US. One third supports the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM) and two thirds is used by the UCC's Justice & Witness Ministries to support a variety of Justice initiatives, advocacy efforts and direct service project grants. Your generosity provided $29,571.44 to Neighbors in Need in 2018.

STC/Strengthen the Church -
Supports the expansion of ministry and growth of UCC local congregations. Your support helps the UCC fulfill its Commitment to create a just world for all by investing in new ministries and practices that meet the emerging needs of local communities. Half of these funds stay here in Maine to support local ministries. During 2018 $7990.11 was sent to national. Learn more

CF/Christmas Fund -
Congregations have been supporting this fund for over 100 years. Funds provide direct financial support to those who serve the church and are facing financial difficulties. Active and retired clergy, lay employees, and their surviving spouses may be eligible for assistance. The generous gifts from Maine equal $30,766.80 for 2018. Learn more
Join Darren Morgan on his sabbatical Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
The Holy Land, The Holy People - June 20-29, 2019. Add the four day elective The Wonders of Petra & Jordan returning July 3, 2019.
Attention ALL Churches!
The data hub opens at noon on January 2nd and closes at Midnight on March 6th. 
 
TIME TO UPDATE YOUR CHURCHES MEMBERSHIP RECORDS!
 
UCC Yearbook reporting opens in early January and it is important that your church report current and accurate membership information. For churches that are affiliated with more than one denomination, the membership number should only include members who identify themselves as UCC.   
 
The membership number is used to determine the amount of dues that your church gives to your association or conference.  
 
The numbers you report also help to determine how many delegates the Conference can designate for General Synod, which is one of the essential ways your voice is heard on important issues.
These numbers are reported online - do not send information to the conference office. 
 


The Center for Analytics, Research, and Data is offering a telephone help line to churches for any assistance needed with completing Yearbook annual data submissions.
 
Please call us with questions related to using the Data Hub or any other Yearbook-related questions you have.
Phone: 1-216-736-3837
Hours: Monday - Friday from 10am - 4pm (Eastern Time)
Dates: January 8th - March 6th (excluding holidays & Jan. 30-31)
If your call is unanswered please leave a message and we will do our best to return your call within two business hours.  
2019 Boundary Awareness Training Opportunities sponsored by the Maine Conference UCC
   
"Clergy Boundary Awareness Training for Laity"  with Rev. Darren Morgan
Authorized Ministers in the United Church of Christ are required to attend triennial Boundary Awareness Training to maintain ministerial standing, but this training is not specifically delivered to laity. This session is expressly geared for church leaders of congregations who are in pastoral transition. Integrating current clergy boundary awareness information, particularly with boundaries during pastoral transitions, the goal of this training is to help laity better understand clergy boundaries. Leadership development and knowledge of the ethics of conversation with laity so that healthy/healthier relationships will occur, not only with the departing pastor, but also with the new pastoral leadership. 
10:00a.m. to Noon, Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Congregational Church in Wells UCC, 1695 Post Road, Wells. No Fee (clergy do not receive BAT credit).  
 
 
Other 2019 offerings
 
 
 
Convocation 2019
Save the date -  
April 5-6, 2019
 
 
                         Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash
 
A collaboration between
the Maine Conference UCC  
and The BTS Center
 
At Convocation 2018 (Growing by Half: Part-time Pastor, Full-time Church), we explored how churches with part-time clergy are thriving when pastors & laity rethink roles and reimagine possibilities. But those shifts have ripple effects for the rest of the church ecosystem when they're put into practice. So how are these vital congregations rethinking or repurposing other assets - from buildings to budgets, training resources and community partnerships - in ways that provide for sustainable, impactful ministry on every level? 
 
If your community wants to reach the next level of navigating the comprehensive organizational challenges and opportunities of part-time pastoral leadership, we believe Convocation 2019 can be a transformative experience for you and your community. Much more to come ...
Location, title, and presenters will be announced at a later date. Stay tuned.  
 
The BTS Center Announces the Retirement of the Rev. Dr. Bob Grove-Markwood in June of 2019.
Upcoming Events
Music with a Mission at the North Windham Union Church the Collins Band will perform  
Saturday, March 2 at 7pm. Learn More
Help Wanted/Classifieds
The Congregational Church of Wells is looking for a part-time Director of Christian Education. Click Here to view the complete job description. Questions and applications can be directed to David Hughes, 207-646-4309, david@
wellscongregational.org

Open Positions at the National Offices
LAST PRINTING OF CHALICE HYMNAL & CHALICE PRAISE!
Congregations can only pre-order  Chalice Hymnal  Chalice Praise , and related large-print and spiral-bound books through February 28, 2019!
Read the  Press Release
Click Here to pre-order!
In This Issue
Quick Links
United Church of Christ
Beyond Our Borders
Gateways to God; Training in Missional Spiritual Direction
Beginning in February 2019, Rolling Ridge will offer this course of two years. 
Learn more>>
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Free Webinars
The Insurance Board has free webinars available. Click the image above to learn more or to register.
Charles Buck Named President and CEO of United Church Funds
Read more
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Copyright: Protection, Compliance and Best Practices for Local Churches  
Heather E. Kimmel, General Counsel, United Church of Christ has created a copyright presentation for local churches.  View the presentation on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoP-m2c3HnE&feature=youtu.be

Save the Date
NEAUCE 2019
April 30th - May 2nd 2019
Pilgrim Pines, Swanzey,NH
Welcoming Keynote:
Rev.Traci Smith, author of Seamless Faith and Faithful Families. Check out Traci's website www.traci-smith.com
Click logo above to learn about upcoming webinars. 
More Info
Free Stuff
Congregational Church in Cumberland UCC
has a large number of red Pilgrim Hymnals as well as youth Hymnals that need to go to new homes. They are free to anyone who would like one (or more). Please contact Michelle if you are interested or know anyone who might be.
Office: 1.207.622.3100  | Fax: 1.207.622.3102 | ace@maineucc.org    http://www.maineucc.org
Maine Conference United Church of Christ
337 State Street, Suite 3
Augusta, ME 04330