A Message From Rev. Deane Perkins
Once again the world faces the horror and tragedy resulting from hatred. Once again France has to grieve the loss of so many lives from the attack in Paris. Sometimes the situation in the world seems so overwhelming. But “ours is no caravan of despair.” So, along with UUA President Morales (whose message is linked to below), let us say a prayer–in sadness and in pain and in solidarity–for all those whose lives were taken, for those injured, for their families, for the French people.
Is there something more concrete that we can do? Usually the UUA forms relationships with local groups in the area which help during times of crisis. There is also a UU Fellowship in Paris. My hope is that we will soon hear more from the UUA in terms of concrete activities UU churches can engage in to show our support and compassion.
This is not a time for cynicism or despair. In whatever ways we can, ours is to help heal the world.
NEWS AND EVENTS
Annual Winter Solstice Celebration Sat., Dec. 12 at 4 pm(11/29/2015) This annual UUCB event at the Blue Goose Center marks the shortest day of the year and the gradual return of more daylight with a program of music, dance, and stories for all ages. Festivities will include songs by the UUCB Choir, the Gawler Sisters, Shira, HeartSong, and Patty Heath; music by Velocipede and the Belfast Bay Fiddlers; seasonal dances by the Sword Sisters, Highland Mary Morris dancers, and Helene Melone; dancing and storytelling for children led by Chrissy Fowler; poetry read by Elizabeth Garber; caroling; a lively Mummers Play by Sumner Roberts, performed by him and his Merry Band of Players; and other entertainment. The audience will feast on goodies and cider at the conclusion of the program. (more)
Congregational Life plans Holiday Funtivities(11/25/2015) The Congregational Life Committee will hold a Wreath Making and Pomanders workshop December 5 at 9 a.m. at the church. Oranges and cloves for the pomanders will be provided as will wreath bases ready to be decorated. Bring your own favorite decorations for a wreath or use some of those provided. For more information contact Cheryl Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 342-4649. (more)
Dec. 6, Congregational Conversation on Multi-Site Programming(11/25/2015) There will be a Congregational Conversation after the Sunday service on December 6 to talk about Multi-Site Programming. Our youth service projects and the annual choir festival are examples of multi-site programs, since they involve other UU congregations. Our Council just voted to participate in another event that includes Ellsworth and Castine-- a weekend Retreat next October at Ferry Beach. Multi-site is a way for churches to work together, have fun together, and do ministry together.
Coming of Age Youth Hold Retreat(11/25/2015) On Nov. 6 and 7 our Coming of Age group participated in the first of four overnight retreats at the church. Friday night is reserved for a movie, Sundays for ice cream and general goofiness while Saturday is spent in workshops intended to help the youth look deeper at themselves and their faith. In the coming months, they will be paired with mentors from within the congregation to help them navigate their spiritual journey. (more)
Thank you from Window Dressers Belfast(11/22/2015) [letter published in Pen Bay Pilot] Have you noticed anything going on at the Belfast Boathouse recently? From Nov. 5 to Nov. 16, 513 internal storm windows were built and wrapped by over 100 different customers and volunteers from around Waldo County. The sturdy, pine, polyolefin-wrapped inserts will save our customers – whether they are in trailer homes or old Victorians - money on winter fuel. (more)
Building Project Passes Important Milestone(11/18/2015) On Sunday November 15, 63 members gathered to vote on the next essential question on our journey: should we conduct a capital campaign to fund the building project? The congregation voted overwhelmingly in favor of committing to a campaign that will kick off in January and run through March. We approved a target of $700,000 (recognizing the more we raise above that the more of the desirable cosmetic work we will be able to complete), selected Chris LeGore and Roger Lee as campaign co-chairs, and approved hiring Full Harvest Fundraising to work with us through the campaign. (more)
Renewable Energy Information Night Wednesday, December 9(11/17/2015) In a continuing quest to present carbon reducing opportunities, the Green Sanctuaries Committee will host an informational night highlighting solar energy options on Wednesday, December 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00p.m. The talk, presented by Chuck Piper, co-owner of Sundog Solar, will present an overview of solar energy and discuss and solar in Maine, community solar farms; pricing options and return on investment, mini-split heat pumps, and solar hot water. Refreshments will be served.
Book Sale Income Breaks Records(11/17/2015) With the generous help of so UUCB members and friends, the annual book sale was a huge success, garnering $1660 for our church mission. We are truly grateful for all the help that made this possible; you donated books, set up the sale, bought books, and then cleaned up the place. Whew! It's a joy to be a part of a congregation that comes together for such a worthy project, which enables far more worthy projects. If you couldn't help this year, there's always next. . . - Debbie Bailly and Francine Brown
Sarah Nicholson named to UUA New England Regional Advisory Council(11/17/2015) UUCB's Sarah Nicholson has become one of the two representatives of the Northern New England Region on the UUA's New England Regional Advisory Council. Northern New England is also represented by Gary Lerude of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, NH. The Council has two representatives from each of four regions. Its purpose is to help gather feedback to inform and shape regional programming and support strategies.
Adult Lifespan Offering for Seasoned Souls – A weekly conversation about what it means to get older(10/25/2015) Tuesday mornings from 10-11:30, beginning Nov. 3, for those 65 or older, offered by Rev. Deane Perkins. It has been said that "aging is a work of art." As we age, it is nice to think of ourselves as still creating ourselves, as persons who are still becoming. The name, Seasoned Souls, comes from Eliza Blanchard's book, The Seasoned Soul). This is meant to be a weekly conversation about what it means to grow older, and what aging means to us spiritually. If you think you will attend, please let Deane (email@example.com) know--there will be some short readings that he will send to you as well.
Sunday Services 10:00 am
December 6 , 2015
Following the service there will be a Congregational Conversation on Multi-Site Programming with Ellsworth and Castine.
December 13 , 2015
“Cultivating Loving-Kindness for Ourselves and for Others” Maine native, Lynn Deeves’ entry into the healing arts came as a calling to cultivate peace and to be of greater benefit to (more)
December 20 , 2015
“Would You Like to Hold the Baby?” This is a beautiful UU version of the nativity story, replete with beautiful music sung by the choir.
December 24 , 2015
7pm Christmas Eve Service
December 27 , 2015
What is it about poetry that speaks to our hearts? What is it about this art of words that inspires us? In this service, members of our congregation will share (more)
January 3 , 2016
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