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DECEMBER WORSHIP SERVICES

This month’s worship theme is HOPE. In this holy season of expectant waiting in darkness, how will you choose to participate in creating more love and hope in the world?.

Sunday, December 3, 2017: Potluck Sunday

“Throwing Pebbles into Still Streams”
Rev. Sara Hayman, Worship Leader 

Drawing from information shared at Meck Grout’s Ferry Beach workshop on spiritual leadership, we’ll reflect on the power of sharing our gifts and creating intimacy and connection in community.

Sunday, December 10, 2017: Decorating Our Holy Days Tree Following Worship!

“Hope in the Dark Hours”
Rev. Sara Hayman, Worship Leader
Molly Mercer, Worship Associate 

Raymond Williams writes,“to be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing.” This service will share poetry and thoughts intended to inspire hope, curiosity, and soul-sight in our darkest times.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

“Now is the moment of magic…”
Rev. Sara Hayman, Worship Leader
UUCE Choir Sings!

We know to light the candles of the Menorah. We know to build fires to keep warm on the longest night. We know to sing songs to celebrate the promise of love’s birth and the light’s return. In this service, we’ll reflect on the many blessings of this season.

Sunday, December 24, 2017: Morning Service

No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant: Multigenerational Service
Anne Ossanna, RE Coordinator & Rev. Sara Hayman, Worship Leaders 

This year we will celebrate the Christmas story with beautiful music, singing, and a no-rehearsal pageant! Plan to join in the fun. All are welcome.

Christmas Eve, 7 p.m.

Each night a child is born is a holy night
Rev. Sara Hayman, Worship Leader
Eileen Brennan, Worship Associate 
UUCE Choir Sings! Special Music!

In his meditation about the meaning of Christmas, Rev. David Cole writes: “The nativity story may be poetry and not fact, but then again, it may be something else. Perhaps it is not so much that the story is untrue, but that our own lives are untrue and the nativity reminds us of who we really are.” Tonight, we’ll sing carols, read lessons, light candles, and celebrate the birth of sacred hope among us.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

 To Be Determined 


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS

Sunday, December 10, 2017: Decorate the Holy Days tree after worship
 
Children’s Chapel led by our Coming of Age class
Collection will be taken to add to the plate 
Reverse Advent food donations will be collected in the Carl Stehman Wing

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UUCE CHOIR

The next UUCE choir rehearsal is December 10 at 9 am in the Sanctuary.

FMI, contact Haydée Foreman, choir director, at haydeeforeman@gmail.com or 207-266-3872.

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CHURCH NEWS

Advent Vespers
Tuesday evenings, 12/5, 12/12, and 12/19
5:30-6 pm
in the Sanctuary

Rev. Sara and Guest Musicians at UUCE

All are invited to attend a contemplative evening vesper service that invites reflection and sharing in this holy season.
A simple meal of vegetarian soup and bread will be shared following this half-hour service. 

Holiday Cookie Walk Fundraiser
Saturday, Dec. 16
9 am-1 pm

This is a fun event that comes together so beautifully when many, many people bake cookies. We’ve done it for the past two years, and last year we made over $1,000 to support our church. This year, we set our sights on $1,500!

Are you willing to bake several dozen cookies (3-5 dozen) and deliver them to church on Friday, December 15 between 10 am-5 pm or Saturday, 12/16 by 8:30 am? Please email Sara the types of cookies you’ll bake. We will need a list of the ingredients in your cookies to have on display in the Cookie Walk itself.

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WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION – UU CHURCH OF BELFAST

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Sacred Journey Journaling Gathering 

at UUCE to Prepare for the New Year
New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1 from 10 am-3 pm

Do you enjoy journaling and planning and thinking about the year ahead?
Rev. Sara and Evelyn Foster are hosting a Sacred Journey Journaling Gathering on New Year’s Day, 1/1 from 10 am-3 pm.

People interested in attending need to purchase a Sacred Journey Journal (found online at https://sacredjourney.com) and plan to bring it with them.

There will be an Opening Circle and time for people to work in their journal in silence.
A simple lunch will be served and we’ll end promptly at 3 pm.

Please let us know if you will attend by Friday, December 22 by emailing or calling Eileen, our Church Administrator, at 667-4393 or office@uuellsworth.org.

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Our Place in the Web of Life: An Introduction to Environmental Justice

Sara Hayman, our minister, and Martha Dickinson, of the Peace and Social Action Committee, are offering a five-session course on Our Place in the Web of Life this coming January and February.  We hope The Web of Life will educate and inspire some of you who want to become more involved as a congregation in working on problems around our climate and economic justice.
 
The excellent materials for this course are provided by the UU Ministry for Earth and have been used with great success by other congregations in recent years. Participants are invited to look deeply at the consequences of their actions on people and the environment – close at home and then further away in communities across the nation and world.  Through film, music, participatory research, visual mapping, ethical reflection, meditation and ritual, participants wrestle with what it means to be faithfully and justly part of an inter-connected community of life.

The curriculum provides an excellent platform and preparation for Green Sanctuary action planning. 

We propose that this class meet Tuesdays, January 9, 16, 30, February 20, and 27, from 1 to 3 pm at UUCE.  (The gaps in the schedule are partly to allow time for research and partly to fit Sara’s schedule.)
 
Please let us know as soon as you can if you are interested, by phoning or emailing Martha (marthad@gwi.net or 667-5863).  We’d like a minimum of eight people to commit to the class by Wednesday, December 27, in order for the class to work.
 
For more information, see https://uuministryforearth.org/EJ-Curriculum

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Re-inhabiting Body and Soul: Finding the Center in a World of Distraction

Wednesday evening community gathering and class with Paul Weiss at the UU Church in Ellsworth, 6:00-8:30 pm. In a world that often seems designed to distract us from the nature of our deeper human potential and our capacity for spiritual transformation–and makes it easy for us to dis-inhabit both our bodies and our souls–these Wednesday classes resume our open community “sangha” of people gathering together weekly to communicate and to explore the nature of what we truly are.

Every evening is open to all, but we hope you’ll become part of a committed core that will bring nourishment to yourself and support to others. No charge, but a suggested weekly donation, according to ability, is $5-$25.

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Solar Energy

The solar panels on the roof at UUCE are up and running, feeding into the electrical grid. Sundog Solar got them up and running sooner than expected. We can all watch the performance of the solar panels at:
https://monitoringpublic.solaredge.com/solaredge-web/p/kiosk?guid=fdf7b02c-db85-4e08-9a16-eb7526bc16dc

That page shows the energy generated each day and the power being generated at the moment, as well as a few other goodies.

Thank you to everyone for making this wish a reality!
Martha Dickinson