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
The UUCB Hit Parade of Hymns(5/23/2015) Hi folks! The date is July 12, 2015. I’m starting earlier this year to see if we can collect even more favorites than last year! So pick one or two of your favorites that you’d like everyone to sing at church in July! Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org and put UUCB Hits in the subject line. I look forward to hearing from you! Frets, Always strumming!
Summer Worship series: My Spiritual Journey(5/23/2015) Each Sunday in July, ponder and celebrate our 'spiritual journeys' with a speaker from the congregation. Following the July 19th service: Congregational Conversation to engage our elders in an inquiry about their lives, spiritual journeys and how they want to be remembered. P&P (Pizza & Pie) Potluck Lunch and games for the children at the church.
Mythology Summer Camp at the UUCB(5/20/2015) This summer our church will host and sponsor our very first week-long summer day camp! Open to the community, it will be geared toward two age groups, 6-7 and 8-10, and children of diverse abilities will be welcomed. The theme is mythology. Camp counselors, including YRUU members along with Jessica Falconer and Jane Morgan, will guide campers in activities that center around mythology, ranging from Greek and Roman gods and goddesses to the modern mythology of Harry Potter. (more)
Members of UUCB kick off EarthWeek with potluck dinner(5/7/2015) More EarthWeek photos in full article. (more)
May Shared Plate: New Hope for Women(5/7/2015) One-half of the cash collected in the offertory plate each Sunday in May will be donated to New Hope for Women. New Hope for Women offers support to people in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo Counties affected by domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, and provides educational resources to assist our communities in creating a safer and healthier future. (more)
UUCB Online Auction Goes Live May 1(4/27/2015) Our UUCB Online Auction will take place during the month of May. This year’s auction is not just about “things” but includes dozens of services donated by members and friends. Watch for the opening announcement on the UUBB e-mail, click on the link, and scroll through an amazing array of goods and services.
Building Expansion Update(4/14/2015) The Church Council and Space Needs Team thank everyone who attended Sunday's Congregational Meeting to discuss and vote on the question “Should we reengage our architect team, Barba & Wheelock, to revisit and restart the building expansion design process based on the findings of the Feasibility Study?” (more)
Seed Starting Program Appreciated(4/13/2015) The Congregational Life Committee held a Seed Starting Workshop on Saturday, April 11. Thanks to master gardener Cheryl Richardson, donations from EBS, Aubuchon, and Trustworthy’s, as well as donations from gardens past brought in by other community members, a few of us planted a whole lot of seeds in tiny pots and egg cartons in preparation for the growing season ahead. (more)
Easter Bonnets(4/7/2015) Attendees of UUCB's service on Easter Sunday, many of them wearing Easter "bonnets," pose on the church steps. (more)
Nominations Sought in April for Shared Plate Offerings(4/5/2015) 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)
Sunday Services 10:00 am
May 31 , 2015
Speaking our Silent Slants
June 7 , 2015
All Choir Sunday
June 14 , 2015
June 21 , 2015
A testimonial reflection on the transformative experiences possible in “a thin place,”
June 28 , 2015
How Do You Measure Your Life?
July 5 , 2015
My Spiritual Journey Through Restorative Justice
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