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                                  First Church Notes
        March 2010                    A Journey
                                      By Rev. Nancy Salisbury                 So every Sunday we sit everyone
First Congregational Church,                                                down and retell the stories of our
United Church of Christ
P.O. Box 155                            Someone wrote a play based on       faith. This helps us remember who
Gray, ME 04039                        the Biblical story of the Exodus.     we are and why we are on this
                                      In the Biblical version, God’s        journey in the first place.
Inside this Issue                     people were freed from slavery,
                                      then began a forty year journey as    Before we’re done, we sing a song
        From Rev. Nancy                                                     for courage and then get on with
                                      a newly freed people. They ran
1                                     into many challenges and tended
                                      to complain about the poor
                                                                            the journey.

2       Lenten Soup & Study
        Just for YOUth
                                      conditions. Eventually, after a
                                      whole generation, they arrived at
                                                                              Sunday mornings are central to
                                                                            the life of the church. It’s where
        Events                        the land that God had promised.       we remember who we are, connect
3       Women’s Fellowship
        Fresh Brewed Blog
        Pilgrim Lodge Time              In the play about the Exodus, a
                                                                            with each other and strengthen
                                                                            ourselves for the journey. I enjoy
                                      group of people were on a long        helping to make Sunday morning
4       Financial Update
                                      journey. Every so often they
                                      would get lost and forget why
                                                                            an occasion where everyone knows
                                                                            they are welcome, where everyone
        Dorothy Butler-Kimball        they were on the journey in the       feels accepted and worthy of God’s
5       Gifts of the Heart
        Easter Flowers
                                      first place. So at those times the
                                      leader would sit them all down.
                                                                            love,       where         everyone’s
                                                                            contribution is valued. From that
                                      First, he would tell them the story   center we go out to live our lives,
Back    2010 Church Contacts
                                      of how they had been slaves, but      trying to pay attention to what God
                                      God heard their cries and set         is doing next.
                                      them free. Now they were on a
                                      journey to a new place that God         This Lenten season I hope God is
                                      had picked out for them. After        strongly with you, strengthening
                                      the telling of the story they would   you on your own journey of faith.
Church office: 657-4279               sing a song, for courage, and set     And please know that everyone is
Church/Supper room: 657-3279          out again.                            welcome on a Sunday morning, no
Email:                                             matter where you are on the
Website:               Isn’t that what the life of the    journey.
                                      church is like? We are on a
Office Hours:                         journey to a place we haven’t
                                      seen yet. We are part of a very       April Newsletter
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday            old story, but sometimes we
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.                   forget that we are part of            Please have your newsletter
                                      something much greater than our       submissions to me by The Ides of
                                      little congregation.                  March to be included in the April

                                      .                                     Rosie
 March 2010

       Lectionary Readings for January 2010
       March 7, 2010—Third Sunday in Lent
           Isaiah 55:1-9
           Psalms 63:1-8
           1 Corinthians 10:1-13
               st                                                       Here are a few upcoming events
           Luke 13:1-9                                                 for Youth Fellowship:
       March 14, 2010—Fourth Sunday in Lent
           Joshua 5:9-12                                               Sunday, March 14 3-5: Meeting
           Psalm 32                                                    and work on Youth Sunday prep.
           2 Corinthians 5:16-21

           Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
                                                                        Saturday, March 20th 7:00: High
       March 21, 2010—Fifth Sunday in Lent
           Isaiah 43:16-21                                             School only meets at Jeff’s home
           Psalm 126                                                   to view “Passion of The Christ”.
           Philippians 3:4b-14
           John 12:1-8                                                 Sunday March 28th 3-5: Meeting
       March 28, 2010—Sixth Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday)                and work on Youth Sunday prep.
           Luke 19:28-40
           Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
                                                                        April 3rd, 4:30-5:30 set up for
           Isaiah 50:4-9a
                                                                        Easter Breakfast.
           Psalm 31:9-16
           Philippians 2:5-11
                                                                        April 4th 7:30. Youth serve Easter
           Luke 22:14-23:56

                                                                        FMI contact Michael or Jan Mills
                                                                        or Jeff Ferguson.
                                          Olympic Gold!!
                                          (Crown, that is) shown
                                          on Casey Myhaver’s
                                          head at the annual
                                          Shrove Tuesday Pancake
                                          Flipping contest. It was
                                          during the final heat that   Lenten Soup & Study
                                          Casey (blindfolded)
                                          showed his skill and         Throughout the season of Lent,
                                          technique as he flipped      Membership, Outreach and Fellowship
                                          his way to earn the gold     will be hosting Soup & Study from 5:30
                                          crown!!! Honorable           to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Our
                                          mention awards will go       study will focus on the books of
                                          to Riley Myhaver, Brock      Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—Four
                                          Flagg, Allie Flagg, Jake     Gospels, One Man. A simply delicious
                                          LaCerda, Gretchen            supper of soup and bread will be
                                          Hutchings, and Camryn        served. Join us for this very meaningful
                                          Dehetre.                     way to observe Lent.

In a later event – Drew LaCerda bashed the stuffing out of the
Unicorn Piñata and for a few seconds the world rained dinosaurs
and stickers.
                                                                                                          March 2010

Women's Fellowship News                                                        .
Just a reminder that Women’s Fellowship’s next monthly meeting is Sunday,
January 3rd after church service (11:30) in the Supper Room. During January,   This Month’s Events
February and March our meetings will be the first Sunday of the month at
                                                                               March 5, 2010
11:30 (or thereabouts).                                                            Gray Food Pantry 2-4:30
                                                                               March 7, 2010
Also we will be hosting January’s Public Supper on Saturday, 1/23.                 Worship and Communion
                                                                                   Women’s Fellowship, 11:30
Sue Pollard                                                                             a.m. in the supper room.
                                                                               March 7, 2010 5:00
                                                                                   Cabin Fever Night
Fresh Brewed Blog…                                                                Spaghetti supper and music by
                                                                                  The Clam Pickers
By Steve Arsenault
                                                                               March 9, 2010
One of my green coffee bean suppliers is a company on the West Coast               Lions Club 7:00 Parish House
                                                                               March 11, 2010
called Sweet Maria’s. They are a fairly large company that caters to the           W.I.C. (Women, Infants &
home roasting business and takes fir trade to a different level. Their                  Children) PROP 9-3.
direct trade coffee buying program is called “Farm Gate”. The pricing          March 14, 2010
they negotiated is directly with the famer and without the confusing               Daylight Savings
export and import fees. The prices they pay are above fair trade                        “Spring Ahead”
                                                                                   Youth 3-5:00 p.m.
minimums and they can easily verify that the good price they pay makes
                                                                               March 16, 2010
it to the people who do the work and are responsible for the great quality         Wayside Soup Kitchen 5:30 p
of the coffee.                                                                 March 17, 2010
                                                                                   Trustees, 7:00 p.m.
Farm gate is a simple principle that allows the farmer to make good            March 19, 2010
money and to reinvest to improve quality even more in the future. Fair             Gray Food Pantry 2-4:30
trade is a certification process for co-ops and is a good way to ensure a      March 20, 2010
                                                                                   First Day of Spring!!
quality product for a fair price. Sweet Maria’s takes it a step further and        Youth meeting HS only.
goes right to the famer: With the proper compensation, the farmer can          March 21, 2010
buy the equipment and supplies needed, feed his family, send the kids to           B.C.E. meeting, 11:30 a.m.
school and maintain their lives in general. You can’t ask for a better         March 23, 2010
outreach than that! I know as a church we support this process and I hope          Lions Club 7:00 p.m.
the quality comes through in the Sunday morning coffee.                        March 27, 2010
                                                                                   Public supper sponsored by
                                                                                        Prayer Wheel
                                                                               March 28, 2010
Pilgrim Lodge Brochures are IN.
                                                                                   Palm Sunday
                                                                                   Youth Group 3-5 p.m.
Please see Rose Stansfield for any and all information on Pilgrim
                                                                               March 30, 2010
Lodge, Our Church’s Camp. Financial aid is available from several                  Church Council 7:00
sources. Don’t let your child miss the excellent camp that our church          April 1, 2010
offers. Rose can help you set up an on-line account where you can                  Maundy Thursday 7:00
register, pay, provide spending money for and communicate with your            April 2, 2010
camper while at P.L.                                                               Good Friday 12:00
                                                                               April 3, 2010
Pilgrim Lodge has a program for every camper from kindergarten                     4:30-5:30 Youth set up for
through Golden Years. Rose can set up a time to visit and tour the                      Easter Breakfast, Supper Room
camp and meet the directors. See the enclosed camp schedule.                   April 4, 2010
Register early as some of these camps fill up fast.                                Sunrise Service 7:00 a.m.
                                                                                        Colley Hill
Live Pilgrim-logically                                                             Easter Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
                                                                                   Easter Worship Service 10:00
Rose Stansfield                                                                                                    3
March 2010

 From the Missions Committee…                                 Monthly Financial Report
                                                               By Fran Hutchins

  Thanks to Ruth Foster who was our Mission Moment’s          December Income and Expenses, 2009
 speaker, and to the generosity of the congregation, we
 were able to send $314 into the 2009 Christmas Fund.         Income
                                                                 Pledges                    $6,683.00
 And, in January, Pastor Nancy told us that she was able to
                                                                 Loose Offering                496.99
 distribute nearly $10,000 to local families in need during      Rentals                       130.00
 2009 through her emergency fund—Wow! Sometimes the              Parsonage Rental             1,300.00
 Mission Committee is asked if we can contribute to a            Orphan Bills                   513.25
 particular cause, but all of our money is promised to our       UCC Dues                        30.00
 ten causes, one of which is the Pastor’s emergency fund.        Initial Env.                     4.00
                                                                 Donations                   1,525.00
                                                                 Coin Jar and Bell                51.40
 Joan spoke to us last Sunday about the upcoming
                                                                 Christmas Eve                  730.00
 workshop, scheduled for February 21st, when Rev. Nash           Misc. (08 Yard Sale)            42.00
 Garabedian will help us identify how God is at work in
 our lives and in our church. WE hope that it will be a          Totals                    $11,505.64
 well-attended event, with a light luncheon before his
 presentation. The Mission Committee set aside $200 from      Expenses for the month of December
 the special offering for Strengthen the Church last summer   totaled $1,4927.80 which includes
 in order to bring someone in for this workshop. Rev.         $1,599.00 for a new snow blower which
                                                              was paid for from the Building Fund and
 Garabedian wants to donate this money to Seafarer’s
                                                              $1,189.00 for Organ Repairs which was
 Friend, an organization which aids sailors who come into     paid for from the Choir Fund. To meet the
 ports aboard large ships.                                    budget for the year 2009, our income
                                                              should be $9,413.00 per month.
 Gifts of the Heart is going to be our Mission Moment for
 March this year and Ruth Foster, our Key woman, will be      January Income and Expenses 2010
 our speaker. The special offering for One Great Hour of
 Sharing is also taken in March. And, in April, Bread For
                                                                   Pledges                   $7,176.00
 the World may be wanting their spring offering of letters.        Loose Offering               318.40
                                                                   Initial Offering             141.00
 Cathy Grannell stopped by our last meeting and was                UCC Dues                     497.00
 wondering if there would be an interest in ordering new T-        Rentals                     100.00
 shirts with the church design. And, Suzanne Anderson              Parsonage Rental            1,300.00
 has knitted and donated many hats to the people who               Bean Supper                   554.00
 come into the Wayside Soup Kitchen. She is grateful for           Orphan Bills                  638.27
                                                                   Donation                     500.00
 your yarn.                                                        Coin Jar                      73.95

 New Copies of “Our Daily Bread” should be arriving              Totals                      $11,298.62
 before long. You might like to get into the habit of
 reading this daily devotional, along with the “Upper            Expenses for the month of January
 Room”.                                                       totaled $8,585.02. To meet the budget for
                                                              2010, our income should be $9,954.00 per
 “Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for
 just such a time as this.” Esther 4:14                         Respectfully submitted,
                                                                Fran Hutchings
 “A day’s most important meetings may not be the ones
 we’ve put on our calendar.” Richard L. Mabry,
 The Upper Room.

                                                                                                                March 2010

Gifts of the Heart Kits                                                                    Choices
By Joan Preston                                                                     By Dorothy Butler-Kimball

Once again, our church is assembling supplies and packaging          I had a Valentine bouquet.
them to the Church World Service to be distributed to people in
need here and throughout the world. We collect items for a
                                                                     Its center held a rose,
hygiene kit, baby kit and school kit.                                A bud of lovely colors which
                                                                     Leaned toward the light, it chose
You may donate whole kits, individual items for kits or              To unfold petals daily and
monetary donations. Checks should be made payable to the
                                                                     Disclose a deeper part,
Gray Congregational Church. There will be drop off boxes both
at the church and the Parish Hall. The Women’s Fellowship will       As if to show the Lord the way
be assisting us in purchasing diapers for the baby kits and the      To reach into its heart.
postage for mailing the kits.
                                                                            Our lives would surely be more blessed
School Kits:                                                                By meeting God in prayer,
        One pair blunt metal scissors (rounded tip)
                                                                            And learning whom He really is
        Three 70-count spiral notebooks totaling 200-210
         pages. (No loose-leaf or filler paper.)                            In Scripture. He is there
        One 30-centimeter ruler (12")                                      Revealing love for all who will
        One hand-held pencil sharpener                                     Accept His son as Lord.
        One large eraser                                                   In open hearts God can abide.
        Six new pencils with erasers                                       That truth is in His Word.
        One box of 24 crayons (only 24)
        One 12" x 14" to 14" x 17" finished size cotton or
         lightweight canvas bag with cloth handles. (Please, no      Oh, may our Lenten choices be
         reusable shopping bags or backpacks.)                       The ones which bring us to
                                                                     A closer bond with God who loves
Hygiene Kits                                                         In spite of what we do.
         One hand towel measuring approximately 16" x 28" (no       His peace and joy can change our hearts,
          fingertip or bath towels)
                                                                     Enabling us to care
      One washcloth
      One wide-tooth comb                                           And love as we are asked to do.
      One nail clipper                                              Please, God, help us to dare!
      One bar of soap (bath size in wrapper)
      One toothbrush (in original packaging)
      Six standard size Band-Aids®
Place all items in a one-gallon plastic bag with a zipper closure;
remove excess air from bag, and seal. Please do not add
toothpaste to the Hygiene Kit. Cartons of toothpaste that have an
extended expiration date will be added to Hygiene Kit shipments      Easter Flowers
just prior to shipment.
                                                                     Please sign up in the vestry if you would like to
Baby Care Kit
        Six cloth diapers
                                                                     contribute a lily for the altar on Easter morning.
        Two T-shirts or undershirts (no Onesies)
        Two washcloths
                                                                     The floral committee requests that you please plan
        Two gowns or sleepers                                       to bring your lily on Saturday, April 3rd between 10
        Two diaper pins                                             a.m. and 2:00 p.m. if you would like it placed on
        One sweater or sweatshirt (Can be hand-knitted or           the altar.
      Two receiving blankets (one can be a hand-knitted or
         crocheted baby blanket)
                                                                     Due to the large number of people in the church
Items must be new and under 12 months in size. Wrap items            and the additional space required on the chancel,
inside one of the receiving blankets and secure with both diaper     flowers delivered on Sunday morning will be placed
                                                                     elsewhere throughout the church.
                                                                                           If You Have Questions About…
                                                                                                                                                                 March 2010

                                                                                           Sunday School                                   Jerry & Nancy Cobb

                                                     P.O. Box 155

                                                     Gray, ME 04039
                                                                                           Youth Fellowship                                   Michael Mills

                                                                                           Prayer wheel                                       Fran Hutchings

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                                                     First Congregational Church of Gray
                                                                                           Church building use or Newsletter                  Rose Stansfield
                                                                                                            657-4279 (x1)

                                                                                           Choir                                              Carol West

                                                                                           Flowers                                            Agnes Stansfield

                                                                                           Missions                                           Joan Preston

                                                                                           Membership, Outreach & Fellowship                  Liz Ray

                                                                                           Women’s Fellowship                                 Sue Pollard

                                                                                           Trustees/Building maintenance/finances             Fran Hutchings

                                                                                           Auxiliary Food Pantry                              Donna Rand
                                                                                                                 657-4279 (x3)
                        Gray, ME

                                                                                           Church, life’s challenges, adult study groups      Rev. Nancy
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