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Come and Worship!

2017 December 13
by Linda

Sunday, December 17, 9:30 am   (Advent III)  Worship, with scenes from the nativity as interpreted by the Sunday School children

Mary, the Star Angel, Grumpy Innkeepers, and, of course, HEROD THE KING!

 

Christmas Eve Morning (which is actually the 4th Sunday of Advent!)

Brief Service around the Advent Wreath at 9:30, followed by Bagels and a work party to prepare for the evening service and fellowship hour (bulletins, buckets, blankets, candles…)

 

Christmas 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.

If you’ve been collecting for the food pantry as a Reverse Advent Calendar, please bring your blue bag with you to the service and leave it nestled by the communion table as a gift for neighbors in need.

 

New Year’s Eve Day, Sunday, December 31, 9:30 am

We’ll have worship around tables in the vestry–a Moravian Love Feast to close 2017 and open 2018.  Cocoa, Coffee, and Love Feast Buns served at the tables, and a period of conversation during the service.  FMI about Moravian Lovefeasts, click here.

 

Whaaaat? We have a Church Orchestra?

2017 December 11
by Linda

Oh, yes we do!

On Sunday, December 10, Nancy Wines-DeWan  directed the second annual appearance of our church orchestra!  Tuba, bass trombone, trombone, horn, trumpet, bassoon, alto sax, 4 flutes, 2 violins, viola, 2 cellos, and organ.  We played the prelude, three carols with the congregational singing, and the postlude.  

Born This Night

2017 December 5
by Linda

Christmas Eve Poster 2015

Advent Devotions at Home

2017 November 22
by Linda

Advent Day-by-Day Devotional Aids
We have a  number of Advent devotionals available to anyone who might want to use them.  We were able to get only 10 of the UCC Stillspeaking Writers Group Advent books this year, as they sold out very early.  But we have 10.  First come, first served. 

There is also a simple, one-page December calendar available HERE with a thought/question/brief activity for each day, most of them suitable for families.  We’ll have a stack of these at church.

This was such fun last year…let’s do it again!

2017 November 22
by Linda

REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR FOOD DRIVE
     Many of you took part in our Reverse Advent Calendar food drive last year, where each day you add one non-perishable food item or household product to a grocery bag and bring it to church on or near Christmas Eve.  We hope you will welcome this outreach opportunity again this year.  During the holidays, food pantries are full, but after, in the coldest months…not so much. 
     Our friends at Casco Bay CAN have given us 50 grocery bags to give to you for your food collection.  These will be available on Sunday, November 26, at the morning service and evening potluck, and also on Sunday, December 3.  In the bags, there is information about the work of Casco Bay CAN.  Once the bags have been returned, they will be given to food pantry clients. 
    Each bag will also contain a list of most-needed pantry items.  You’ll also find this list on this website page, below.

January’s Coffee House – Bluegrass !

2017 November 20
by Linda

The Grassholes. 

Saturday, December 6

Show starts at 7:30.  $10 admission.  Coffee and tea are hot and free.  Munchies for a little donation.

2017-2018 Lineup:   January –  The Grassholes     February – Maine Highland Fiddlers    March –  Sassafras Stomp    April – Gawler Family    May – Emilia Dahlin   June – Ameranouche 

New Gloucester’s Community Food Pantry

2017 November 2
by Linda

food box 2Especially Needed for the December and January 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 and Laundry Detergent! 

A note about holiday meals.  We appreciate the organizations in the Gray and New Gloucester area who supply holiday meals, we know that our clients’ food needs go on every day.  It is our mission to be a reliable source of supplemental food throughout the year. Twice a month, we offer non-perishable foods and some cleaning supplies purchased at Good Shepherd Food Bank and given by generous individual donors, and surplus produce, bread and other bakery items collected from the Gray Hannaford store.

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 gifts are also welcome(click on the MAKE A DONATION tab above)

Distribution of food happens at the back of 19 Gloucester Hill Road, off Church Road, 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.

Welcome! Maine Modern Quilters

2017 October 16
by Linda

The Vestry was filled with quilters

from all over the state on Saturday, October 14.  They are the Maine Modern Quilters–among them Sharon Vandermay and Ellie Fellers–and they are scheduled to meet here several times over the  few months. How thankful we are for Paul Russo’s thorough re-design of the Vestry wiring back in 2008–plenty of power for all 26 sewing machines and several irons!  Maine Modern Quilters will be back here on Saturday, December 2.

Have you subscribed to the E-newsletter?

2017 June 5
by Linda

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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.