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"Nurturing Our Creativity for Life and Ministry"
Clergy Convocation 2022
St. Marie Joseph Spiritual Center
Biddeford, Maine
September 19-21
Retreat Leader - Rev. Dr. Meg Hess

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert defines creativity as “choosing the path of curiosity over the path of fear.” If we are created in the image of a creator God, then creativity is the essence of our identity. Yet in a ministry filled with endless demands, how do you support your creative curiosity for life and ministry? 

This September, the Convocation by the sea invites us to explore the depths of the creative life. In our time together we will broaden our understanding of creativity, identify our creative heritage, and cultivate practices that will nourish our creativity. Come prepared to rest, play, and to explore ways to replenish and dip into your creative well. Return to your ministry refreshed for preaching, pastoral care, and leadership.

Dr. Hess is a NH Licensed Pastoral Psychotherapist with a practice in Nashua, NH, a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, and a Certified Narrative Coach. Meg serves on the faculties of the Leadership in Ministry Workshops and The Mindfulness Coaching School. 
Ordained clergy and those serving in authorized ministries in NHCUCC may register at:
Star Island 2022
Star Island is located off Rye, NH and hosts conferences all summer long. Transportation leaves from Portsmouth, transporting you to a beautiful spiritual home where you can relax in the salt air, attend classes and chapel, and meet lifelong friends.

Star Gathering 1 Family Conference:
“Making, Baking, and Sharing: Nourishing Creativity and Community”
July 31-Aug. 7

Star Gathering UCC Youth Conference:
“Feeding Body, Mind and Spirit”
July 31-Aug. 7

Star Gathering 2 Family Conference:
“Nourishing a Community—Exploring Pathways to Racial Equity”
Aug. 7-14

Star Gathering Weekend UCC Family Conference:
“Feed Your Body, Nourish Your Soul”
Sept. 2 or 3-5

For more information and to register now visit:
FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Fund Still Available
FEMA continues to provide financial support through its COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Fund. This relief is retroactive and relatives can apply for funds to cover the cost of up to $9,000 in funeral expenses for a loved one whose death was attributed to COVID-19 on or after January 20th, 2020.
Please Remember in Your Prayers...
In this time of extreme gun violence in our beloved United States, let us pray for a healthy, creative, and effective response from religious, political, and judicial leaders, enabling us to begin building a path towards a safer and saner future.

Let us remember in our prayers the Search Committee appointed to select a candidate for the position of Associate Conference Minister.

Let us finally offer prayers for the well-being of our authorized ministers serving in parish and non-parish settings as they attend to the needs of our people in a time of adversity, and endeavor to bring renewed vitality to our congregations in these waning days of the pandemic.
O God, in your tender mercy,
Hear our prayers!
Across Our Conference
The Rev. Mark Brockmeier has accepted the unanimous call of the Community Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, of Greenland to become their Pastor and Teacher. Rev. Brockmeier had previously served as the congregation’s Designated Term Minister.

Mr. Christopher Karluk has unanimously been called to serve as Pastor and Teacher of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, of Swanzey. Mr. Karluk begins his ministry at Swanzey on August 1, 2022. 

The Rev. Jennifer Mazur has accepted the unanimous call of North Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, of Portsmouth to become their Pastor and Teacher. Rev. Mazur will begin her ministry at Portsmouth on August 28, 2022.
The Rev. Peter Ilgenfritz has accepted the invitation of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, of Littleton to become their Interim Minister. Rev. Ilgenfritz’s ministry at Littleton begins September 6, 2022.
Conference Minister
Associate Conference Minister

Sunday Schedule: July 24, 2022

The Rev. Richard Slater will preach at the Congregational Church of West Lebanon, United Church of Christ.
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