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2016 December 3
by Linda


Saturday, December 3, 7:30 pm     $10.00

“BluTonic is a Portland-based a cappella quintet that performs a diverse repertoire of jazz and pop songs from the 1920’s to contemporary selections. Members of the group — Jenn Chaloult, Kate Driver, Kim Fox, Nath Anderson, and Nate Hagelin — come from diverse musical backgrounds ranging from classical to bluegrass which contributes to their distinctive sound, sophisticated tight harmonies and mellow tones. They’ll be ringing in the holiday season with jazz standards and  seasonal favorites!

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


9/10 Anni Clark        10/1  Putnam Smith and Ashley Storrow    11/5 Red-Eyed Fox           12/3 BluTonic        1/7 JimmyJo and the Jumbol’Ayuhs  (from the bayou of Coastal Maine)     2/4  Tricky Britches        3/4 Northwood          4/1 The Gawlers        5/6 Emilia Dahlin
6/3 Lynn Deeves

The Third Sunday of Advent–December 11

2016 December 3
by Linda

FullSizeRender (1)Pageant in Worship, Sunday, Dec. 11, 9:30. This year the Sunday School will offer brief scenes from our traditional Christmas pageant as the culmination of the worship service that day.  Followed by…

Advent Art and Conversation Gathering II:  Sunday, December 11, after church.  Elizabeth Randall is leading a new series of 4 meetings for art and discussion around important themes of the season.  The theme of this meeting is: Following the Star.  (What is the star you’re following in your life right now—and where is it leading you?)  Two more gatherings are planned for January.

Music to Warm the Night — A New Gloucester Christmas — Friday, December 16

2016 December 3
by Linda

A New Gloucester Christmas—a concert by Jim Gallant, the Bald Hill Band and friends, to benefit the Fuel Assistance Fund, Friday, December 16, 7 pm, sanctuary. 

The Fuel Assistance Fund helps our New Gloucester neighbors in need.

Bring your friends and neighbors.  Donations will be gratefully received.

Whaaaat? We have a Church Orchestra?

2016 December 3
by Linda

stock-photo-8876209-christmas-french-hornChurch Orchestra Debut, Sunday, December 18, 9:30.

Nancy Wines-DeWan  will direct a church orchestra—first we know of since the NG Musical Society of 1821!  We’ve already had a great response to our sign-up.  If you can read the music of five familiar carols, we’ll be happy to have you join in!   All ages, any string, brass, or wind instrument welcome.   One rehearsal, Saturday, December 17, 9-1 am.  The music is available now (926-3260).  We’ll be playing the prelude, postlude, and three carols with the congregational singing. 

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

2016 December 3
by Linda

DSCN1369Christmas Eve Candlelight Service,  December 24, 7 pm

Traditional service of lessons and carols, anthems and candlelight, celebrating Jesus’ nativity.  A fellowship hour in the vestry community room will follow the service–a great place to catch up with old friends and neighbors.

Christmas Day Potluck Breakfast, 9:30 am

Because we want those who can to spend Christmas with their families and friends, we have decided NOT to have the regular Sunday Service, but INSTEAD to offer a pot luck breakfast at 9:30 am for those who do not have other plans.  A few of us thought we’d love to share Christmas morning with folks at the church, so we invite you to join us.  We’ll have eggs, bread, and coffee on hand–otherwise a true potluck to which anyone is welcome. After breakfast, we’ll take a few moments to share the scripture lessons for Christmas Day.  

In Memoriam — Rev. Ray Williams

2016 November 22
by Linda

The Rev. Ray Williams, Pastor of this congregation from 1959-1963, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, at his home in White River Junction, Vermont.  You can read the obituary HERE.  

If you have memories of Rev. Williams’ time in New Gloucester, please use the comments button to share them with other members and neighbors. 



Wonderful Advent Devotional

2016 November 15
by Linda

advent-devotional-2016Wrap your head around Christmas, the REAL Christmas, with this Advent devotional book from the United Church of Christ’s Stillspeaking Writers Group.  There are 20 copies available at church; please take one for you/your family.

If you do your reading on a Kindle player, Wolves and Lambs is available in that format through Amazon for $5.99.  Click on the title above.


A Reverse Advent Calendar

2016 October 27
by Linda
  • Place a decorated basket, bag or box in your family room or under the tree.    (We have reusable shopping bags from Casco Bay CAN for you to use to gather items and/or to bring them in.  Returned bags will be given to pantry clients.) 

  • Each day, put onereverse-advent-calendar non-perishable food item from your pantry into the bag/basket/box.  

  • Bring the bag/basket/box to church at Christmas–as a gift to the Food Pantry.

The months AFTER the holidays are the lowest months for food donations.  REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR gifts can make a difference in how our neighbors make it through the winter!  

–sponsored by your Board of Missions

Have you subscribed to the E-newsletter?

2016 October 19
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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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.