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The Maine UCC Board of Directors is accepting nominations for members of the Pilgrim Lodge Leadership Team (PLLT.) The PLLT will be the leadership team that will develop the mission and create policy for Pilgrim Lodge with oversight by the Conference Board of Directors. PLLT will work in conjunction with the Board of Directors and the Conference Minister who supervises the PL Director.  
 
Deadline for nominations is November 12th! 
 
In addition to the policy-making duties of the PLLT, there will be several sub-committees that will address Pilgrim Lodge's need for expertise in specific areas. Sub-committees will focus on Fundraising, Facilities, "Open and Affirming," Finances, and Program (which is now named the Outdoor Ministry Team and will continue in its work). The sub-committees are not nominated positions and offer people committed to Pilgrim Lodge the opportunity to serve in capacities where their greatest gifts lie.
 
People interested in offering a nomination for the PLLT (and you may nominate yourself) should email Steve Hastings at  shastings@fairpoint.net , Sue Burgess at  pastorsue@myfairpoint.net , Melinda Trotti, Interim Director at Pilgrim Lodge at  director@pilgrimlodge.org , Kathy Woodside at woodsidekat@gmail.com , or Susan Reisert at  smreiser@colby.edu .
 
Other ways to help PL -  
"ADOPT-A-CABIN" - Learn More>>  
 
Coming in 2019 - Spend time at camp 
Fix'n to Fish - May 6-10,2019 Learn more>>
Local Church & Association News
Ecclesiastical Council for Theresa "TJ" Mack on November 11th at 3pm at First Congregational Church in Ellsworth. A copy of TJ's Authorization Paper can be found at:
www.tcpoc.org/special

York Association will hold its Semi-Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 11th at Christ Church in Kennebunk at 3pm. 
Puerto Rico Rebuilding Trip
February 2-9, 2019.
100's of homes need roofs put on, windows and doors repaired, and other important work. Maine UCC folks will work with our sisters and brothers to help get their lives back in order, through our UCC Disaster Relief and the Iglesia Evangelica de Puerto Rico.
The application deadline is 7 days out from this edition of ACE, so do your deciding and get your application in to Char or Bruce if you want to go!

The Katahdin Association has a Facebook page for the disaster relief trip that is in Texas at this time. You can see pictures and read reports at "Katahdin - Maine UCC - Association".
Mission Trip to Safe Passage, Guatemala
February 17 - 24, 2019
Our High School Youth Group, STARBURST, has been planning a Mission Trip through Safe Passage in Guatemala for over a year. Safe Passage is a school for children who work in the city dump, started by Hanley Denning, from Maine. Three of our Youth just dropped out, and we already had one spot open --- So we have four spots open for four teenagers age 15+. Best case scenario is a group of twelve (that is how many Safe Passage vans hold).   
 
  For more information please call Pastor Joyce at 627-4282.   Learn More>> 
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. 
Remember Bobby Jo Valentine
He was the evening entertainer at last year's Annual Meeting. He has open date in March of 2019.
Dates that are open -    March 20th - 23rd. I've just started reaching out, and hope to be filled up in the next month or so. If this is something you feel your community would enjoy, would you email me here or give me a call at  (707) 364-9631  and we could talk further details? Thanks so much!
Events
Windham Hill UCC will host its Holiday Fair on
Saturday, November 10th from 9am to 3pm at 140 Windham Center Road.
State Street Church
will host a Holiday Fair & Lunch from 9am to 2pm on Saturday, November 10th as part of
State Street's Holiday Stroll.  
 
Pride's Corner Congregational Church
will host its Holiday Fair on Friday Nov. 16 from 6-8pm & Saturday Nov. 17 from 9am to 2pm at 235 Pride Street in Westbrook. Highlights include a Silent Auction featuring an autographed baseball World Series Champion Xander Bogaerts!   
 
Readfield United Methodist Church will be hosting a domestic violence awareness event on Saturday, November 17th from 8:40am to 3pm. Learn More   
 
High Street Congregational UCC will host a  
Christmas Craft & Vendor Fair Saturday, Nov. 17th from 9am to 1pm. Features Maine Artisans and craftspeople offering Handmade goods. 
FMI: Rose@ 207-784-1306.    
 
Hampden Congregational UCC will host its Holiday Fair on November 17th from 8am to 1pm. With a Chicken Pie Supper from 5-6:30pm at 101 Main Road North, Hampden.  
Learn more>>
   
First Congregational Church in Gray will hold its Annual Holly Fair on Saturday, November 17th from 9am to 2pm in the parish house. (Directly behind McDonald's in the center of town). Crafts, raffles, food and fun for all.   
 
First Congregational Church of North Berwick will host its Annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 17th from 8am to 2pm. It will include a Cookie Walk, Bake Sale, Craft Items, Christmas Ornaments & Greens Used Books, Records, Puzzles, Jewelry, and much, much more Snack Bar/Cafe at 15 High Street, North Berwick.  
FMI: June Guptil (207) 676-9936.  
 
Cumberland Congregational Church will host its Village Christmas
Fair on Saturday, November 17th from 8:30am to 2:30pm at 282 Main Street. Learn More>>  
 
First Congregational Church of South Portland will host its Holly Daze Bazaar at 301 Cottage Road on Saturday, November 17th from 9am to 2pm. Will feature wreaths, gifts, baked goods, Grampys's Treasure, Grandma's Attic and much more.   
The Treasures of Moving
This gavel has been around the office for a while
but during Annual Meeting while chatting with Rev. John Dorhauer we turned over the index card and discovered this set "was made from the newel posts of the old Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland, ME".
March 1959
Help Wanted/Classifieds
Winthrop Congregational UCC is seeking a Music Director to work with the pastor and many dedicated choir members. Learn more>>

Edgecomb Community UCC
is seeking the services of a part-time church organist/pianist to play the organ or piano at our Sunday morning service at 9:30am, as well as special services throughout the year. Learn more>>

Westbrook-Warren Church is seeking a new director for their Children's Choir. Applicants should be ready to work with beginning singers of various ages and have basic keyboard skills.
Learn more>>

South Portland UCC
is seeking a personable, flexible part-time ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT needed for a busy Open & Affirming church, Tuesday through Friday, approx. 9am-3pm. Microsoft Office proficiency and good communication skills are required, website skills helpful. Apply to join our friendly, welcoming office by sending a cover letter and resume by 9/25 to jobs@fccucc.org. EOE. No calls please. Full job description found at www.fccucc.org.
 
Open Positions at the National Offices
In This Issue
Quick Links
Beyond Our Borders
Growing Deeper Roots:
Learning & Preserving the Story of American Congregationalism on November 15th from 10am to 3pm in Wellesley, MA.
Learn More>>
Gateways to God; Training in Missional Spiritual Direction
Beginning in February 2019, Rolling Ridge will offer this course of two years. 
Learn more>>
(click the picture above to go to website)
Free Webinars
The Insurance Board has free webinars available. Click the image above to learn more or to register.
Learn more 
 
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. 
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