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"The Holy Spirit is moving in Maine and we have Stories of Love to share!"

Make plans now to join us October 26-27!
Annual Meeting 2018
Spirit ~ Stories ~ Love!
Register before October 11th for discounted rates! 
Story Four!
The fourth story telling event at the Maine Conference Annual Meeting
Remember that time that you and your buddy got caught trespassing? Remember the time you fell in love on the Ferris Wheel? Or that time when you were in the church choir with your brother, and you got laughing during silent prayer and couldn't stop? Then come and tell us a story.
Yes, we are going to have the Fourth Not-annual
Storytelling Event at this year's conference meeting. We are looking for storyteller who can share with us TRUE, INTERESTING and relatively SHORT stories. Now that's a pretty wide open subject. Almost everything that has happened to you has involved someone else. If your story involves church life, even better, but it need not.
If you'd like to share a story, send me a brief synopsis. Email me at
We can use about 10-12 story tellers. And YES! there is a prize for the best story!

 Stephen Carnahan
Pastor, High Street Congregational Church, Auburn, Maine
The Honduras Partnership is taking orders for Organic Fair Trade Coffee to help support CEVER School .
Order today to pick up at Annual Meeting.
Order Form

Fall Summit 2018
The Maine Conference, UCC and the Maine School of Ministry will be hosting a Fall Summit to explore how Formation and Preparation for Authorized Ministry may be configured moving forward by the Associations and the Churches of the Maine Conference, UCC.
October 13, 2018
Maine Conference Center
9:30am - 4:30pm

Pilgrim Lodge Logo
Looking for some Family Fall Fun?
Want to visit Pilgrim Lodge one last time this season?
We have 2 great events in 1 fun weekend to put on your calendar!
1. Friday, October 19, 6-8:30 pm join us for the Fall Ball: dinner & contra dancing & fun for all ages. Costumes are not required, but highly encouraged! 
$20 for adults, $15 for under age 18, $40 max for families
2. Saturday, October 20, 8 am-4 pm help us put PL to bed for the winter at our Fall Work Day. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. 
6th grade and up only, please.
Come for one, come for both, come for FUN!
Those interested in both events, are welcome and invited to stay on site Friday night - bring lots of warm layers!
Visit for more information and to register.
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. 
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 , Sue Burgess at , Melinda Trotti, Interim Director at Pilgrim Lodge at , Kathy Woodside at , or Susan Reisert at .
Local Church & Association News
Retirement of Rev. Dr. Alan Baughcum
The Board of Deacons of Day's Ferry Congregational Church in Woolwich are inviting you to attend the final service of their settled pastor on October 14th at 2PM. The service will include a Liturgy of Leave Taking. A reception will follow in the parish hall.
  Learn More>>

Ecclesiastical Council for Rev. Ezra M. Chapola Ph.D.
For Privilege of Call in the United Church of Christ. The event will be at Stevens Avenue UCC, 790 Stevens Ave. on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 2:30PM.
 Katahdin Association Fall Meeting will be held Saturday, October 13th beginning with registration at 10AM at First Congregational UCC in East Millinocket.
Katahdin Fall Meeting

Cumberland Association
Fall Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday October 14th from 2:30-4:30pm at First Congregational UCC of South Portland. 
Cumberland Association Annual Meeting Call

Living Water Association
All are invited to the installation of Rev. Kim Shrader as pastor and teacher at the Winslow Congregational Church.  The installation will take place at the Winslow church on Sunday, October 14 starting at 2:00 p.m., with a reception to follow  The street address is 12 Lithgow Street, Winslow; both ends of the street are off the Augusta Road, Rte 201/100.  Clergy are invited to robe and process with a red or other celebration stole. 

Oxford Union Association Meeting
will be Sunday, November 4th at the Lovell Church. Sign-in at 1:30pm, Worship Service at 2pm led by Lois Amidon, followed by the business meeting. Presentation by Silver Moore-Leamon titled "We ARE Each Others' Keepers!"
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. 
Items available or needed
Westbrook-Warren Congregational Church  
is looking to find a new home for 20+ light blue adult choir robes. The robes are in good wearable condition and come with gold and white stoles. Please contact Fay at 207-854-9157 or   in the church
office for inquiries.  
First Church in Belfast UCC
is celebrating the 200th Anniversary of building their sanctuary.
North Windham Union is hosting Music with a Mission on Saturday, October 13th at 7pm.  Learn more 
Rangeley Congregational Church will host its Annual Turkey Dinner on Saturday, October 13th at 5pm at the Church Barn at 2 High Street.  
The Maine Conference Earth Care and Spirituality Resource Team would like to share a report from this Fall. 
Stevens Avenue Congregational Church will host its Bountiful Fair at 790 Stevens Avenue, Portland on Saturday, Nov. 3rd from 8:30am to 2pm. Gift basket raffle, crafts, homemade fudge, baked goods, hot lunch counter, and more. Free Parking!  
First Congregational UCC in South Portland will host a "Women in Harmony" Concert on Saturday, November 3rd beginning at 7:30pm. FMI: 207-650-8579 or email:
Help Wanted/Classifieds
State Street Church, UCC is seeking a loving, fun, and progressive person to lead our multi-cultural, economically and racially diverse Sunday School program. 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 EOE. No calls please. Full job description found at

Falmouth UCC is seeking a part-time Office Assistant. The qualified candidate will work 18 hours per week.
Learn More>>

Williston-Immanuel United Church
is seeking a caring, creative, and responsible individual to teach 5-6 children under the age
of 4 for 2-3 hours per Sunday, starting at 10 am.
Learn More>>

Open Positions at the National Offices
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Beyond Our Borders
Discontinue use of Sexuality and Our Faith DVD for Grades 10-12 .
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The Insurance Board has free webinars available. Click the image above to learn more or to register.
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Keep Families Together -

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:

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