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2018 Boundary Awareness Training
Opportunities Sponsored by the
Maine Conference UCC
"Everyday Boundaries" with Rev. Dr. Susan StonestreetUnlike many boundary training's, this workshop does not focus on the kinds of misconduct that wind up in the newspaper, but on the ordinary and vexing boundary conflicts that clergy manage every day. For example, clergy are often torn between the needs of their families and the demands of their congregations. To complicate matters, clergy are often rewarded at church for being over-responsible, and criticized at home. Stir in a congregation's anxiety about decline, the lack of interest from the millennial generation, and worry about the future, and setting boundaries can become an experience of setting sail in a perfect storm. A focus on "Saying No to Say Yes" will help us live more abundantly in our personal lives and ministries.  10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 18, 2018 @ Union Congregational UCC of Ellsworth Falls, 2 Falls Court, Ellsworth $25.
Budget Hearings
There will be four Budget Hearings across the state in order to preview & Discuss the proposed 2019 Budget prior to the 2018 Annual Meeting.
(The recommended budget information will be available after September 17th.)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Hammond Street Congregational Church
28 High Street, Bangor

Thursday, September 27, 2018
South Parish Church
9 Church Street, Augusta

Monday, October 1, 2018
High Street Congregational UCC
106 Pleasant Street, Auburn

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
First Parish Church
12 Beach Street, Saco

"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!
Have you heard our Good News gossip about this workshop?

 A New Community of Worship Outdoors  
- Earth Care & Spirituality Resource Team 

Based on recent workshops by the Earth Care & Spirituality Resource Team, we have concluded that there is interest in developing a new kind of worship community that would take its praise and prayer outdoors, in and with nature.
In this workshop we will suggest some starting points and practices for such a community. Then we will talk and see if a more nature-centered spirit will bring us together and call us out into "the really grand cathedral." There, hopefully, we would both encounter the Creator God and find inspiration to actively commit ourselves to the integrity of God's creation.
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.
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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

Local Church & Association News
Living Water Association
Outdoor Worship Sunday, September 23rd at 1:30pm at Kineowatha Park in Wilton.

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

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
is sponsoring a trip to the Port Arthur region of Texas from Saturday, November 3 - Saturday, November 10. If you are interested in making this trip and helping people whose homes have been damaged by Hurricane Harvey, please contact Bruce Burnham at  or call his cellphone,
207-490-0037 and leave a message in the next few days.
Free Items
Brownville Community Church  
has four padded pews and a Wurlitzer organ that are available for free. The pews are quite comfortable and the organ works! If interested please contact the church at 965-7872.
First Church in Belfast UCC
is celebrating the 200th Anniversary of building their sanctuary.
Organ Recital Oct 7
Women's Autumn Weekend at Pilgrim Lodge 
September 14-16, 2018 for campers 20 years or older.
North Windham Union is hosting Music with a Mission on Saturday, September 22nd at 7pm.  Learn more 
The Maine Conference Earth Care and Spirituality Resource Team will host an
Earth Care and Spirituality Workshop
at High Street UCC, 106 Pleasant Street in Auburn on September 23rd from 3-8pm.
Raymond Village Church is co-sponsoring a Make Shift Coffee House the topic "Exploring the Political Divide", September 27th at the WIndham Veterans Center, from 6-8pm.
First Congregational Church in Waterville
is hosting "The Honduras Project" on Friday, September 28th at 7pm.
Christ Church in Kennebunk
is hosting "Broadway Comes to Kennebunk" on Saturday,  October 6th at 3pm.
Help Wanted/Classifieds
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.
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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>>

Trinitarian Congregational Parish of Castine
is seeking a part-time church musician.
Learn more>>

Grace Street Ministry
is seeking a Part-time Co-Pastor for Street Ministry in Portland.
Learn more>>

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

WISE Congregations for Mental Health Conference
Saturday September 29th
South Congregational UCC
Andover, MA
To order downloadable only 2018 Stewardship Materials CLICK HERE.
To purchase print materials
Global Ministries is Coming to Maine in September 2018.
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