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2017 March 8
by Linda


2017 March 4
by Linda

We’re sorry to report that THE GAWLERS will NOT be appearing on April 1.  There will be no Coffee House until MAY, when we’ll welcome the great EMILIA DAHLIN.

Saturday, May 6, 7:30 pm     $10.00

As always, coffee and tea will be hot and free.  Munchies for a little donation.

LATER IN 2017:   5/6 Emilia Dahlin      6/3 Lynn Deeves

Presidents Day Game Night Was FUN!

2017 February 15
by Linda

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2017 February 5
by Linda

We loved the old Parish Visitor, but it had its drawbacks–delivery by pack mule, old news, high cost of production, cumbersome mailing list maintenance.  In this day and age, there are alternatives, and we have chosen one…an e-mail based newsletter.

Now, TWICE a month you can receive news of the church and community, plus the pastor’s Pastoral*e.   Each person in your household can subscribe to have this newsletter sent to their very own inbox.

NOTE: When we launched the e-newsletter, some of you found that your issues went somewhere other than your email inbox.  Among the ways to fix this is to put the church’s email address ( in your Contacts so that your email server will “recognize” us and deliver your mail.

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New Gloucester’s Community Food Pantry

2017 February 2
by Linda

food box 2Especially Needed for the February Food Pantry Distributions:

Cold Cereal, Jam/Jelly, Canned Fruit or Vegetables, Crackers, Instant Potatoes(or scalloped or gratin mixes), Canned Tuna or Chicken, Peanut Butter, Fruit Juice in plastic containers, Canned Pasta, Dry Pasta,  Jello/Pudding mixes, Coffee, Mayo, Tea—-(within expiration dates, please!)  And, our clients are always happy to get TP!

Located at the back of 19 Gloucester Hill Road, off Church Road.  Open from 8-9:30 AM on the Second and Fourth Saturdays of Every Month.

Open to New Gloucester residents.  Quick once/year registration; quick check-in.

Donations of non-perishable food , laundry and hand soap, toilet paper are welcome during the week, when the church office is open.  Volunteers, especially folks available on weekdays, are always needed.  Cash donations are also welcome(click on the MAKE A DONATION tab above).

FYI:  NONE of our current clients have the equipment to use K-cup-packaged coffee.

Singers and Ringers

2016 September 7
by Linda

music isSanctuary Choir rehearses at 7 pm on Wednesdays.  Singers of all voice groups are welcome to join in the fun and fellowship.  At each rehearsal we do several voice (and brain) warm-ups before we launch into the anthems.  There is laughter, sympathy, prayer, and sometimes sweet treats at the end.  We also keep a calendar on the wall so singers planning to be away can pencil in their dates.  C’mon.  You know you want to!

Handchime choir rehearses at 6 pm on Wednesdays.  We could easily use a few more people.  Ideally, each ringer has only two or three bells, and some of our regulars have been juggling 5 or 6…so, yes, there’s room for you.


2016 May 1
by Linda

tardigradeBack in 1873, yes 1873, our minister, the Rev. Wellington R. Cross, sent some samples of lichen or moss from New Gloucester to his Bowdoin College friend Asa Packard, a noted biologist.  Mr. Packard published his findings–the first tardigrade (water bear)  identified in the United States.

What, you ask, is a tardigrade?  They’re almost transparent invertebrates, about .5 mm in size, that look sort of like little bears(thick trunk, head, stubby legs with what look like claws on the end).  They have another nickname, and that is “moss piglet” because they live in moss and have a snout sort of like a pig(except it’s their mouth, not their nose).  The name tardigrade means “slow mover.”

But these aren’t even the most odd features of tardigrades.  They are tough little cookies.  If where they’re living dries up, they dry up, too, shrinking down and folding up until it rains again—which can be as long as 100 years.  They have been into space and back–alive, without space suits!  Google them.  They’re fascinating.

Here’s the thing.  Prof. Emma Creaser of Unity College contacted us a few years ago, hoping to interest a few of us in gathering some samples of tardigrade habitat from New Gloucester–140 years since they were first ID’d here. One hot Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago, Leslie Weeks and Rev. Gard gathered 20 samples from areas of Gloucester Hill that have not changed much since Rev. Cross’s day.

Prof. Creaser picked them up on a Wednesday morning, regaling the Blockhouse Stitchers with tall tales of tardigrades….and a few months later we received an email from her, announcing that in the first sample, yellow lichen from the top of a gravestone in the old part of the cemetery, she found 50 tardigrades of at least 3 species–and some eggs!    Since then, “our” New Gloucester tardigrades have made national and international news!  OK, we’re counting slow news days and science journals, mostly, but…better than a litter of puppies…and a whole lot of fun for us!)