Deane’s Twentieth Anniversary Message
Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, proudly celebrating our 20th year. What an extraordinary accomplishment! Then again, our committed, energetic congregation often achieves the extraordinary!
Who would have thought, in 1994, when a few families said “Let’s start a church,” that we’d be celebrating such a robust church community today? We’ve taken more seemingly impossible leaps forward since then: purchasing our “home,” the former Methodist Church, hiring key staff and hiring me as UUCB’s first full time called minister.
Our members and friends have made significant local and global contributions through the years. Other initially “impossible” goals include: founding the Restorative Justice Program of the Mid-coast; bringing the burgeoning Window Dressers Energy Conservation Program to Belfast; sponsoring youth service projects in Maine, New Orleans, and Guatemala; and launching the first annual Belfast Peace Festival.
Looking to 2015 and beyond, we are excited by the possibilities and challenged by the need. Our faith community remains energetic and committed, and is blazing new trails to the future. Providing an ample ‘base camp’ by expanding our now well-used and overflowing building will be one of the crucial first steps.
Please visit soon. It will be a pleasure to meet you. Join us on this exciting adventure.
NEWS AND EVENTS
2015 Stewardship Drive Gathering Steam!(3/29/2015) This year’s Stewardship Annual Budget Drive is well underway to ensure that the church’s financial needs are met. With Stewardship, the old adage really nails it: If not us, who? and if not now, when? The Stewardship Drive theme is: “The time is now: We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” (more)
Seed Starting Party on Saturday, April 11(3/28/2015) Let's relieve some of that cabin fever and get a start on that garden you'll be planting before long. Congregational Life will host a seed starting party on April 11 in the hospitality room at UUCB from 9 a.m. to noon Learn how to get veggies and annuals started. CongoLife will provide soil, containers, and some seeds, but please bring your own, if you like. For more information, contact Cheryl Richardson at 342-4649 or 213-7334.
Discussion series on Ethical Decision-Making begins April 21(3/28/2015) Adult Life Span program: A dynamic 4-week discussion group on how to resolve ethical dilemmas, in which core values appear to be in conflict, will be held Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:00, from April 21 through May 12 at our church. Using Rushworth Kidder’s book How Good People Make Tough Decisions for background, starting with chapters 1-6, we'll also explore how to find the courage to act on our convictions. Contact facilitator Debbie Bailly to sign up.
Nominations Sought in April for Shared Plate Offerings(3/28/2015) The Church Council voted on March 18th to extend the Shared Plate Program for another year. During the first year of this program $6,316 was collected for a variety of worthy non-profits that are feeding the poor, protecting the environment and standing up for people’s rights. What program could better address the outreach mission of UUCB? (more)
Mid-Maine UU Youth to do Service Project in New Orleans in April(3/28/2015) The Mid-Maine YoUUth, consisting of youth from UUCB and UU churches in Bangor Ellsworth, and Rockland, will continue their efforts to “nurture the spirit, and help heal the world” by conducting a service project in New Orleans during their April school vacation. (more)
UUCB continues efforts toward designation as Peace Advocacy Congregation(3/28/2015) At a special meeting in early 2013, the Peace Advocacy Group, our Church Council, and Rev. Perkins sought church approval for UUCB to commit to becoming a Peace Advocacy Congregation. In January 2013 our church voted on and passed a Peace Statement of Conscience, the first step in the three-year Peace Advocacy Congregation application process. During these three years our church has been performing peace activities in each of several areas: International Peace; Personal, Domestic and Congregational Peace; Peace Lobbying and Activism; and Military Personnel Support. (more)
Multi-Choir Festival a Huge Success(3/28/2015) The 5th Annual Multi-Choir Festival, hosted by UUCB on March 22, broke all records. Five choirs participated this year, each singing three songs on their own, and the combined choirs totaled over 80 participants. Although the concert was free, donations were accepted to help the youth of the participating churches with their service trip to New Orleans in two weeks, and the donation amount was over $650. (more)
Spring “New to UU Belfast” Class To Begin March 29(3/12/2015) Are you looking to engage with Unitarian Universalism on a deeper level, or have attended a few services and want to discover more? This class is designed to answer your questions and put you on a possible path to membership. (more)
Online Auction Coming In May(3/8/2015) We're looking for members of our talented congregation who will donate services that others would like to bid on. Can you give a Ukulele lesson, cook a Gluten-Free meal for six, provide a weekend of pet sitting, three hours of yard work, bake batches of cookies, or donate a boat ride? You are who we are searching for, please contact Kathy Muzzy at email@example.com . Your help with fundraising is greatly appreciated!
Stewardship Annual Budget Drive
March 15 - April 19
Sunday Services 10:00 am
April 5 , 2015
April 12 , 2015
April 19 , 2015
“Feeling at Home with Nature and Nature’s God”
April 26 , 2015
Report from Selma
May 3 , 2015
A New Member Sunday
March 29, 2015
March 30, 2015
March 31, 2015
April 2, 2015
April 4, 2015
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