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Historical Society STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL This Week!

2017 June 13
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by Linda


6-8 pm Thursday, JUNE 29

Here in the Vestry Community Room.  

(First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road)

Scrumptious Pineland Farms Strawberries, Hodgman’s Frozen Custard, Fresh-baked Biscuits, REAL Whipped Cream


Summer Sunday Pickup Choir

2017 June 12
by Linda

gospel colorOnce the Sanctuary Choir has sung its swan song on June 18th, many of its members want to keep singing through the summer!  That’ll only work if you’ll join them!  SO, the Summer Sunday Pickup Choir is born!  And all singers are  invited to join in…teenagers, college students and those with “more extensive life experience.”

There will be no Wednesday rehearsals.  Just be in the sanctuary at 8:45 am sharp on Sunday mornings, ready to sing.  Director of Music John Terison plans to have ready an array of simple anthems from which he can choose, depending on the voice parts available–plus some hymns that we can turn into anthems if we have just a few singers.

The Summer Sunday Pickup Choir will begin on Sunday, June 25.  Come whenever you’re in town!



NEW United Church of Christ Official Logo

2017 June 8
by Linda

As of this month’s General Synod, we’re giving up the orb and cross logo we’ve used since 1957 —  triumphal, colonial, paternalistic…–in favor of a redesign of the now-familiar UCC Comma — “never put a period where God has placed a comma,” emphasizing God’s ongoing presence and revelation.  I’ve got to say I never even heard we were doing this until today…but I’m more than willing to live with it awhile. I was thinking we could make the swoosh more of a wave for a new Maine Conference logo.  Comments welcome.  lkg


Have you subscribed to the E-newsletter?

2017 June 5
by Linda

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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Graduation Photos

2017 May 30
by Linda

We’d like to post more photos of our 2017 high school and college and grad school graduates here.  Email your photo to

Lydia Larson, Augusta Hahnel, Jacob Spellman, Roz Moisan, Jared Tynes

New Gloucester’s Community Food Pantry

2017 February 2
by Linda

food box 2Especially Needed for the June and July Food Pantry Distributions:

Cold Cereal, Jam/Jelly, Crackers, Instant Potatoes(or scalloped or gratin mixes), Fruit Juice in plastic containers, Canned Tuna or Chicken, Peanut Butter,  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.