UCC General Minister/President in MAINE!

Dorhauer1The Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the UCC, is coming to Maine!
All Clergy and Lay Leaders are Invited to attend any and all of the following occasions!

Thursday October 26  7:00-9:00 pm    Meet and Greet for Pastors – Conversation on Church Vitality and the Future of the Church – FCC South Portland, 301 Cottage Rd

Friday October 27  9 – 11:30 am Church Vitality Workshop – For Clergy and Lay Leaders at The Neighborhood UCC, 798 Washington St, Bath, ME – What makes a Vital Church in these challenging times??

1:30 – 3:00 pm The Carpenter’s Boatshop, 440 Old County Rd, Pemaquid, ME – Learn about this
remarkable ministry, and explore the spirituality of living in community and making useful and beautiful boats!

7:00 – 9:00 pm Alcyon Center, Kittredge Lane, Tremont, ME – What is the center that will hold?
What are the spiritual practices that sustain us in these times? Where are new leaders emerging?

Saturday October 28  2:00 – 5:00 pm Katahdin Association Fall Meeting at Hammond Street UCC, Bangor – ALL ARE INVITED – Exploring new forms of Church, what does vitality look like in small churches? How do we support one another? What is an Association for?

Sunday October 29 – Reformation Sunday!!!
10:00 am Preaching at First Parish Brunswick, followed by conversation with Confirmation Class, parents and church members.

3:00 – 5:00 pm High St UCC, 106 Pleasant St, Auburn – Whence Ministry?? Where are we finding
vitality now, and where do we see the church headed? What does ministry look for now and the future? What will we keep, and what will we let go?

Monday October 30  
9:00 – 11:00 am Meet at Tir na nOg Farm, 44 Leighton Rd,
Pownal, ME (Holly Morrison/Sue Mack’s Farm) to explore ministry on a Farm and our commitment to Earthcare and Spirituality. Come visit the farm!

Please RSVP to Anne Hodgman at conference@maineucc.org or 622-3100. It will help planning if we have a general idea of numbers of people attending.

Sara Bartlett Ordained

Sara Bartlett Ord closeupIn a service at her home church in North Yarmouth on Sunday, May 7, Sara Bartlett was ordained to ministry in the United Church of Christ.  Among the host of clergy and laity participating in the service were Rev. Cindy Maddox, Sara’s head of staff at South Portland and Revs. Janet Dorman and Diane Bennekamper, who were Sara’s field education supervisors. Sara has been called to serve the Alfred Parish Church, UCC.

Installation of The Rev. Dr. Richard Hyde at Gray

Gather with the members of First Congregational Church of Gray, UCC

11 Yarmouth Rd, Gray, ME 04039

Sunday, March 26th , 2017  ***NOTE NEW DATE***   at 2:30 p.m.

 for the INSTALLATION of THE REVEREND DOCTOR RICHARD ALLEN HYDE as PASTOR AND TEACHER.

The Rev. Dr. Richard Allen Hyde graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York. While there he worked with runaway teenagers at Covenant House and abandoned children at the Divine Providence Emergency Shelter. He began his ordained ministry as Associate Chaplain of Dartmouth College. In addition to pastoring small churches in New England and California, he earned an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Ph.D. in Religion and Public Life from the Graduate Theological Union and University of California, Berkeley. He was a teaching assistant for Huston Smith’s courses in world religion and mysticism. He has lectured at Dartmouth College, the School of Advanced International Studies and the State Department. In addition to serving as Pastor in Gray, his current passion is movement education, whether that movement be of the mind, the body, the spirit, or the body politic.

An offering will be received for the Cumberland Association Seminarian Scholarship Fund. Refreshments will be served at a reception following the service. Clergy are invited to robe with red stoles and process.

Congregations, Please File Your UCC Statistics Now

The UCC Data Hub closes on March 8!

Before beginning your UCC Data Hub session online, you may find it helpful to have in advance the list of questions and data you will need, as well as definitions for the categories.  Download a .pdf of the instructions which includes a “form” you can fill in on paper, to be ready for the data entry.  (What the instructions DO NOT show you are the definitions of what should be included in your answer.  For those, download a .pdf of the UCC DATA HUB TIP SHEET HERE. ) Now you can prepare your answers before you open your session, and the process won’t be so painful.

2017 Fellowship Dues Rates and IRS Mileage Rates

from your Association Treasurer

2017 Fellowship Dues for the Maine Conference will increase by $.30/member over the 2016 and 2015 rate:    $15.38/member (this is a best estimate as of 11/2016, and will be updated as known).  Conference Dues fluctuate by the federally-established COLA rate, unless changed by special vote of the Conference at Annual Meeting.    

2017 Fellowship Dues for the Cumberland Association:  $1.65/member, same as the previous two years. 

2017 Fellowship Dues for each church are calculated on the number of members reported as of December 31, 2016.  If you do not file your statistics with the UCC data hub, your church’s dues will be calculated on the most recent statistics filed.  Data hub reporting opens January 3, 2017. 

2017 dues statements will be mailed to Cumberland Association congregations in March, 2017. Both Conference and Association Dues are paid to the Cumberland Association via the Treasurer:  Rev. Linda Gard, 30 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260.  (Do not send Conference Dues directly to the Conference!  Why?  Oh, the history lesson you’ll get if you ask that question!)

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016.     The tax-deductible mileage rate for volunteers (not employees) driving in service of charitable organizations:  $.14/mile (set by federal statute, not the IRS, and does not change annually).  For an official IRS chart of mileage rates for the past several years, click HERE.