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
It’s Annual Meeting Time!(4/27/2015) Calling all members: please set aside Sunday, May 17 for UUCB's Annual Meeting. We will discuss and approve a budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year and elect Church Council officers and members-at-large, plus members of the Endowment Committee. We will begin at 11:30 a.m. and probably meet for no more than an hour. Childcare will be provided. Your ideas and votes matter – please come! We need to establish a quorum of our membership.
Italian Cooking and Eating in May(4/27/2015) A Taste of Italy! This May 16 fundraiser will feature phenomenal Italian food cooked by master chef Sue Cobb. The evening’s entertainment will be a host of Broadway hits, courtesy of UUCB choir members. Want to help out? Sign up to cook with Sue on Thursday, May 14 or Friday, May 15. It will be a fun experience that you’ll never forget!
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.
Book Sale May 8 and 9(4/22/2015) The Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast will hold its Utterly Unbelievable Book Sale Friday,May 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 9 from 9 am to 1 pm. From noon to 1 pm, books will be sold by the bag rather than individually. (more)
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)
Meeting on May 21 to Learn about LGBT Youth Program(4/13/2015) The LGBT Welcoming Congregation Committee, with the help of Rev. Deane Perkins, is spearheading the formation of a drop-in for LGBT youth similar to the highly successful “Out! As I Want to Be,” which operates in Knox County. (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)
Now is time to Request Window Dressers’ Window Inserts(4/3/2015) Window Dressers Belfast is gearing up for a fourth successful build - this time at the Belfast Boathouse November 5-19, 2015. That may seem far away, but our continuing wintery weather should remind you of the benefits of window inserts and we are actively recruiting customers NOW! (more)
Stewardship Annual Budget Drive
March 15 - April 19
Sunday Services 10:00 am
May 3 , 2015
A New Member Sunday
May 10 , 2015
Our Service Trip to New Orleans
May 17 , 2015
May 24 , 2015
Thy Will Be (Almost) Done!
April 27, 2015
April 28, 2015
April 29, 2015
April 30, 2015
May 1, 2015
May 2, 2015
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