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.


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.