Creating community, championing justice and growing with God.

June 3, 2021

Prayer List

Our prayer list is here to help. Please pray for: Joan Strout, Debbie Hayden, Ginnie Toner, Edna Cushing, Bob Stewart, Fran Paris, Debbie Heater, Randy Libby, Phil Haskell, Bob McEvoy, Debbie Nelson, and Patsy and Raleigh Wooten.
This Sunday: Come Join Us for 10 am Worship
in the Sanctuary

On Sunday, our Woodfords community will gather for 10 am worship in the sanctuary. Please join us for a time of music, prayer, fellowship, and reflection. Feel free to invite other friends, family members, and anyone else you think could use some spiritual community. We ask you to continue to RSVP for worship and to sign in upon arrival. We also are asking folks to follow the church’s new safety guidelines, which will last through at least the end of June. (See below.)

While many members of Woodfords have been fully vaccinated, we are not able to guarantee the absolute safety of anyone attending in-person worship. We encourage you to base decisions about whether to attend indoor events upon medical providers’ advice and your own personal situation. The Holy One calls us to care not only for ourselves, but for others. Please safeguard your own health and the health of other People of God.

At-Home Communion

If you would like to receive in-person Communion and reside in a location where you can receive visitors, please send Alyssa an email (, and we will work to schedule a time for you to receive the sacrament in upcoming weeks.
Woodfords Church Safety Guidelines
through June 30, 2021
If you HAVE NOT been fully vaccinated for COVID-19:

Per CDC guidelines, you must continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance (6') from others at all times while on Woodfords property.

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home.

You are expected to maintain physical distance from others to respect their personal space.
We request that you continue to wear a mask indoors during Sunday morning worship services.
If all attendees at a meeting (other than Sunday worship) are vaccinated, masks are optional.
Rev. Alyssa Will Be on Vacation June 3-7

Rev. Alyssa will be away visiting family from June 3-7. If you have need of pastoral care during her absence, please contact:

  • The Rev. Scott DeBlock (State Street Church, UCC)
  • Mobile number: (518) 423-7901
We thank Scott for his kind assistance and willingness to minister to the Woodfords community in this way.
The Budget and Stewardship

Last week was a great service on Zoom followed by a meeting to vote on the 2021-22 budget. We are happy to report that the budget was unanimously approved. As you probably know, a significant portion of our income in the budget comes from your pledges. The stewardship campaign will wrap up this month (usually by the start of the new fiscal year in July). If you haven't pledged yet, you can use this link to PLEDGE ONLINE.

Or, if you prefer paper, here's a link to the PAPER COPY OF THE PLEDGE FORM that you can print out and mail in.

Thank you!

Woodfords Senior Program Social
Tomorrow (June 4), 12 pm

Welcome bright Springtime what joy now is ours,
Flowers awake and burst into bloom!
Springtime is Come! And sweet summer is near,
Ah, how our heartbeats with smiles set anew!
(modified from Rubinstein, Anton, “Voices of the Woods”- Melody in F)
It has been a loooong Pandemic journey, and what seems to be a loooonger time since Woodfords Senior Program has gathered. Come Celebrate and Join in our “Regathering Social” event to be held on Friday, June 4th, 12:00 pm in Memorial Garden and the Cloister. Visit with old and new friends while enjoying light refreshments --- drinks provided.
Come join us in sharing warm smiles, reconnecting, and enjoying a bite to eat!
Our new Director, Rev. Charlotte Bell has created a survey for all who are interested or have participated in past and present programs. The survey can be completed and placed in the box in the narthex outside the sanctuary. If you prefer, click on the link below to fill out the survey digitally. A separate Senior Program-only email will be sent out early next for those who have missed this announcement. CLICK HERE FOR ACCESS TO THE SURVEY
See you on the 4th of June!
Jessica's Thursday Night Meetings

This summer, Tri-church pastoral intern Jessica Edelblut (see prior story), is leading a weekly Thursday night conversation group for members of Woodfords, State Street Church, and Williston-Immanuel United Church. The group, called "Sojourners,” will start out discussing the Maine Conference, UCC's Anti-Racism Pentecost Challenge resources and then move onto a new discussion topic in mid-June. In order to learn more about the Anti-Racism Pentecost Challenge and sign up to receive the daily resources, CLICK HERE.

We cordially invite you to participate in some of Jessica’s sessions. There is no obligation to attend in all the gatherings. You may pop in an out as it suits your summer schedule allows. This is a great opportunity to meet other folks from State Street and Williston-Immanuel and a nice way for Jessica to share her leadership gifts with all of us!

The Tri-Church Sojourners group will meet on Thursdays at 7 pm throughout June and July.

Spammers are at it Again!

Have you received an email from Rev. Charlotte Bell soliciting a favor? If so, please be warned that this is the work of scammers. As always, please follow these guidelines for determining if something is not legitimate... AND PLEASE DON'T CLICK ON ANY LINKS!

1) Look at the email. Does it have an "" address? If not, it's definitely not from one of us.

2) What is the topic of the email? Woodfords clergy and staff will never email to ask a favor or to request money or anything similar.

3) Does something seem odd about the email? Trust your gut. If you feel like something is wrong, it probably is. You can always pick up the phone and call the church (numbers below) to ask if it is a legitimate email.
A Note from Our New
Family Promise Coordinator, Joanne Bartlett

As the new Woodfords Family Promise Coordinator, I want to remind everyone of our church's involvement with this important organization and mission.
Before Covid, we hosted families at Woodfords one week every three months. Many Woodfords members were trained and spent time with the families for meals and overnights. Since June 2020, we have been supporting one family, who is in an apartment, with donations of groceries, diapers, and bus passes along with other supplies. The husband and wife have both gotten jobs and are doing well so they need less help now. Hopefully we will soon be connected with a new family to support.

We have a sign up sheet for those who would like to assist in supporting a family. You do not need to have gone through the Family Promise training to provide any of the items listed on the sign up sheet.
Woodfords also supports the Greater Portland Family Promise with an annual contribution from our Mission Fund. 

Thanks to a grant from Good Shepherd, Family Promise is now able to pack and deliver culturally appropriate foods to families in need. Volunteers are needed to help pack and deliver the food boxes once a month. May 27 is the next time if you would like to volunteer.
Generous donations to Family Promise Giving Day raised $15,818 to help support housing stabilization efforts with families in greater Portland.
If you haven't been involved in our Family Promise program and would like to, please send me an email ( so we can get you on the list to be notified when there are opportunities to help or donate. Or contact me if you would like more information about volunteering.

Thank you,
Joanne Bartlett
Senior Program Ongoing Offerings

Woodfords Chair Yoga
Tuesdays at 10 am with Burdie Fertig via Zoom

Elizabeth “Burdie” Fertig-Burd is the founder of Celebration Tree Wellness Center for yoga, Reiki, balance and strength training, and personalized retreats. Burdie is a Kripalu Yoga certified teacher with 12 years of experience teaching chair yoga. She has a special passion for working with clients dealing with Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders. She is a Reiki practitioner and Master Teacher. Burdie’s work centers around helping clients heal, restore balance and grow in their own wellness practice.

To be placed on the weekly email reminder or with inquiries, please contact Em Amatangelo at: 207.239.2051 or

To Join the yoga class please follow this link:

Spiritual Direction
3-4x/month, led by Rev. Mary Zachary-Lang
Wednesday mornings. This closed group meets three to four times a month. Please contact Robin Carter ( if you are interested in joining.
Anti-Racism Pentecost Challenge
Sponsored by the Maine Conference, UCC
Participate with Spiritual Companions Across Maine

How do we live out our calling to “Love our neighbors” and “Do justice?” 

The Anti-Racism Resource Team of the Maine Conference, UCC invites all of us – and our communities – to take part in a 28-Day Anti-Racism Challenge that began on Pentecost, May 23 and ends on Juneteenth, June 19. (The season of Pentecost is when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit filling people of every nation with new hope and understanding.
Juneteenth is a celebration of the emancipation from slavery in the United States.) This is a wonderful opportunity to intentionally take time to dig deep and grow as disciples as we seek to dismantle racism and embody the “Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.” 

Those who sign up for the Challenge will receive a daily anti-racism resource (article, video, etc.) to explore. Most will take 10-20 minutes to review. A few will take longer. The Conference will provide a reflection guide, as well as activities for kids and families.

In order to learn more and sign up to receive the daily resources, click the button below.

Racial Justice Conversation Group
Discussion: Pentecost Anti-Racism Challenge
7 pm, June 14

Woodfords’ Racial Justice Group is always interested in hearing new perspectives. If you would like to take part in these conversations, please join us. Prior participation is not necessary, and you do not need to make any sort of long-term commitment. 

On Monday, June 14, we will gather at 7 pm to share our experiences of the Maine Conference UCC’s Pentecost Anti-Racism Challenge. (See above story for more details.) If you would like to participate in the conversation, please sign up for the Maine Conference, UCC’s 28-day Anti-Racism Pentecost Challenge by CLICKING HERE.

Each day between Pentecost (this Sunday, May 23) and Juneteenth (June 19), you will receive an anti-racism resource (article, video, etc.) via email. On Monday, June 14, we will gather in community to discuss our Anti-Racism Pentecost Challenge experiences and learnings. 

We are still discerning whether this meeting will take place in person or online, so please keep your eye out for an announcement. If we do meet on Zoom, here is the login information to use:

Join Zoom Meeting
Dial by your location
  • 1 929 205 6099 US
  • Meeting ID: 940 8897 4554
  • Passcode: 999413
Have Something on Your Mind? Want to Talk About a Joy or Concern? Have a Prayer Request?

If you would like to schedule time for a pastoral care conversation with Rev. Alyssa, do not hesitate to be in touch ( She would be happy to talk via Zoom or the phone, or to have a physically distanced in-person visit.

Also, Alyssa is always open to receiving prayer requests. Drop her a line with a description of what you’d like her to pray for – and don’t forget to indicate if you would also like your prayer request to be added to the Woodfords prayer list. (Alyssa’s default is to consider all prayer requests she receives confidential, unless the requestor explicitly says otherwise.)
Interested in Joining Woodfords?

If you would like to learn more about joining Woodfords and becoming an official member of our church community, Rev. Alyssa would love to hear from you ( Through low-key, no-pressure conversation, she can tell you more about what “membership” means and answer any questions you might have. New to religion? Just getting to know Christianity? Never been a member of a church before? Have no worries! You may be a cradle-born member of the UCC, or you may be discerning how you feel about organized religion. Either way, we value you and understand that our community would be at a loss without you. No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, Woodfords welcomes you!
Partner Events

Woodfords Church is connected to a network of amazing organizations that offer incredible learning and spiritual development opportunities. Week after week, month after month, these institutions offer a plethora of workshops, webinars, and classes. There are so many that if we included them all here, the newsletter would be ten times as long!
We encourage you to check out the programming calendars of the following organizations on a regular basis and see what they are offering. We bet you will find something of interest!
·        The BTS Center - mission successor to Bangor Theological Seminary

·        The Maine School of Ministry - run by the Maine Conference, UCC

·        Convergence

·        UCC Event Calendar

·        UCC Webinar Series
  • “Tuesdays for Nurture” webinars focus on education for the People of God. Includes topics such as faith-filled politics, “how-to”s in congregational life, and the impacts of current realities on the life of the church.
  • “Wednesdays with the World” webinars highlight stories and concerns from around the globe.
  • “Thursdays for the Soul” webinars seek to care for the whole church by exploring topics related to spirituality and care of people.
  • “Creation Justice” webinars bring leaders in the field of environmental justice into monthly conversation with people and communities desiring to put values into action as caretakers and protectors of God’s creation.
Staff Phone Extensions & Email Addresses

Staff phone extensions and email addresses…

t: 207-774-8243