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Maine School of Ministry Courses — Winter/Spring 2018

The Maine School of Ministry is pleased pre-announce the two courses that it will offer for the Winter/Spring semester 2018. Each will meet at the Maine Conference UCC’s Conference Center, One Weston Court, Suite 104, Augusta, ME, 207-622-3100.

PrTh-Pb 4: Church Practice—Worship. Instructor: Rev. Dr. Leslie Foley. Four Saturday meetings: 10am-3:00pm27Jan24Feb24March28April 2018. This practice-based course will introduce students to the history of Christian worship; to the theological and biblical foundations of worship and the sacraments; to the crosscurrents of convention and experimentation in the conduct of worship; and to the preparation and conduct of services of worship.

Prophets, Psalms, Wisdom Lit, Other (catalogue title). Instructor: Dr. David Jorgensen. Four Saturday meetings: 10-3:00pm Saturdays 10Feb10March, 14April12May 2018. This foundational course is the second of two semesters to be given, over the School year 2017-18, to the collection(s) of literature known to Christians as the Old Testament and to Jews as the Tanakh or Bible. This course will focus on reading and interpreting the various genres found within this collection–narrative, historiography, law, prophecy, poetry, wisdom, and apocalypse.  Those who were unable to take the Fall semester 2017 course “BibSt-Fdn 3: Torah, Histories” but who wish to register for “BibSt-Fdn 4: Prophets, Psalms, Wisdom Lit” will need the Instructor’s permission to do so and should contact him asap to discuss what preparatory readings may be required (Dr. David Jorgensen, david.jorgensen@colby.edu).

 Course Syllabi will be published and registration will be opened December 20, 2017 by means of the  Maine School of Ministry webpage.

2018 Fellowship Dues Rates and IRS Mileage Rates

from your Association Treasurer

2018 Fellowship Dues for the Maine Conference will be $15.43/member Conference Dues fluctuate by the federally-established COLA rate, unless changed by special vote of the Conference at Annual Meeting.  The delegates at the 10/21/2017 Annual Meeting  voted no change other than the estimated 2% COLA increase.   

2018 Fellowship Dues for the Cumberland Association are  $1.65/member, same as the previous three years. 

2018 Fellowship Dues for each church are calculated on the number of members reported as of December 31, 2017.  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 is done in January or February each year.

2018 dues statements will be mailed to Cumberland Association congregations in March, 2018. 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!   Note, however, that church treasurers should send Our Church’s Wider Mission–OCWM contributions directly to the Maine Conference.)

(this paragraph will be updated as soon as 2018 information is available)  Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: ____ 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.