Love is the spirit of this church
and service is its law.
This is our great covenant:
to dwell together in peace,
to seek the truth in love,
and to help one another.

 

– James Vila Blake (1842–1925),
American Unitarian minister

 

 

MAY WORSHIP SERVICES: This month’s worship theme is Embodiment.

Sunday, May 7 “Oh, We Give Thanks…” Rev. Sara Hayman, Worship Leader Stewardship Sunday UUQ Sings! Special Music! Stewardship Luncheon to follow worship! This Sunday, we celebrate your loving care and stewardship of our congregation. With special music, singing, and stories, we’ll name our thanks and call each other back to the soul-growing disciplines of being as generous as we can be. NOTE: No Potluck—Stewardship Committee will provide subs, cake & ice cream!

Sunday, May 14 “Loving, Still” Intern Minister Lane Fisher, Worship Leader In Lane’s last service at UUCE as our collaborative ministry intern, she will explore some complexities of releasing those whom we’ve loved. Whether it’s a child headed to college, a valued colleague leaving one’s workplace, or a loved one leaving this life, letting go can challenge us profoundly. 2017-18 Budget Hearing & UUCE Mission Conversation! UUCE History Class with Wayne Smith from 1:30-3:30 pm!

Sunday, May 21 Blessing Our Bodies Rev. Sara Hayman, Worship Leader New Member Welcome! UUCE Annual Parish Meeting following worship! On this Sunday, we will welcome new members among us and explore how it is that we can honor and bless our sacred bodies.

Sunday, May 28 “Grieving Toward Peace” Lay-led worship service with Amy Fiorilli

We all approach Memorial Day a little differently. It can be complicated and painful. This service through music, silence and word, seeks to share a belief that when we allow ourselves to feel the true grief of loss and sacrifice, when we let that pain move through us, we have the means to create healing and hope. This service is about honoring and remembering and it is also about moving forward in new ways, each day taking one more step closer to peace. Amy invites you to bring a picture of a loved one who served and/or was lost in one of the U.S.’s military campaigns. There will be a place in the service to just contemplatively and silently share that person in written name or photo. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to emailamyfiorilli@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by the Collaborative Ministry Team 

Your CMT (Mary Haynes, Robin Lovrien, Rev. Sara) invites you to enjoy these events designed to stimulate your brain and feed your soul!
 
MAY 25: Showing of the movie The 13th—about incarceration in the US, directed by Ava DuVernay (who directed Selma), at The Alamo in Bucksport; social time 5-6 pm; movie at 6; discussion following.
 
JUNE 1: Collaborative Read Discussion of Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance: “From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.” 
 
Join others from UUCE at 5:30 to discuss the book, then on a ZOOM meeting with folks from Castine and Belfast from 6:30-7 pm.  
 
JUNE 11: 2nd Annual THREE-CHURCH Worship Service at BELFAST UUC’S newly renovated church! Service is at 10 am. Picnic following, rain or shine. Pick-up choir meets at 9 am! No worship service at UUCE!

Read the May newsletter here. Read about auction items here (remind yourself what you won!)