Love is the Spirit of this Church, and service its law; this is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another

December WORSHIP SERVICES – awe, 10:30 A.M.

Sunday, December 1st, Remember You Are of this Universe

Rev. Sara Hayman, Worship Leader

Karen Volckhausen, Worship Associate

 1st Sunday of the Month Potluck!

Plate split with MUUSAN

This month’s worship theme is AWE. G.K. Chesterton asks this question: How can we contrive to be at once astonished at the world and yet at home in it?  In this service, as the dark and mystery of the season arrives, we’ll explore the “awe” in our lives.

Tuesday, December 3rd at 5:30 pm 

 Advent Vespers:  We are Waiting

Rev. Sara Hayman, Worship Leader

On this first of three Tuesday evenings in Advent, come and experience the quiet, readings, music and candle light as we make time to acknowledge the power of waiting in the darkness and unknowing of this holy season.  A simple warming meal of soup, bread and cake will be shared after this contemplative service.


Sunday, December 8th, – Wonder As I Wander

Ariel Aaronson-Eves, Intern Minister & Worship Leader

UUCE Choir practice at 9 am!

Decorating our Holy Tree following worship!

Ministerial Intern Ariel Aaronson-Eves’ travels between our collaborating congregations, she is following in the tradition of itinerant Universalist preachers who served congregations throughout Maine, preaching an emphatic and embodied message of God’s love.  In this sermon, Ariel will explore that history in relation to her own experience going between congregations, with special attention to the opportunities for wonder that wandering invites.

Tuesday, December 10th, at 5:30 pm.  Advent Vespers:  Where the Light Begins

Rev. Sara Hayman & Charles Betancourt

In this dark time of year, we long to feel and experience the return of the light.  Come experience the grounding and nourishment of walking a labyrinth as we make time and space to turn within and feel the presence of love and hope.   A simple warming meal of soup, bread and cake will be shared after this contemplative service.

Saturday, December 14th, at 1:00 pm – A Blue Holiday Service:  I cannot tell you how the light comes

Rev. Sara Hayman, Worship Leader

This season is hard for those of us who are grieving, sad, lonely, or struggling with depression.  In this simple worship service, we will make room to acknowledge what is tender and hard for us as we also reach for the light of hope and love.  All are welcome.

Sunday, December 15th- Music to Celebrate this Holy Season

Rev. Sara Hayman & Haydee Foreman, UUCE Choir Director, Worship Leaders

UUCE Choir Sings!    UUQ Sings!   Special Music!

Come and share in the joy of this season with its many Holy Days through music and singing.  In addition to special music and singing offerings, UUCE members Evelyn Foster and Jenn Ryan will share brief reflections about the power of music in this season.


Tuesday, December 17th, at 5:30 pm.  Advent Vespers:  JOY

Ariel Aaronson-Eves

As we approach the dark night of the year, we take time to reflect on the things that continue to bring joy into our lives – even amidst the dark.  This playful vespers service will offer opportunities for reflection and creative expression.    A simple warming meal of soup, bread and cake will be shared after this contemplative service.

Saturday, December 21st, at 3:30 pm – A Winter Solstice Service & Celebration: Circle of Light

Led by Anne Ossanna, Charles & Tobias Betancourt, & Friends


Sunday, December 22nd- No Rehearsal Christmas Pageant

Anne Ossanna, R.E. Coordinator & Ariel Aaronson-Eves & 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 Service, Tuesday, December 24th: at 7:00 pm – Then Christmas Comes

Rev. Sara Hayman, Worship Leader

Bob Dickens, Worship Associate

UUCE Choir sings!  Special Music!

In his meditation about the meaning of Christmas, Rev. Max Coots writes: “Another Christmas comes to us, and as always, it comes when we need it most…”  In the midst of darkness, there came a great light!  Tonight, we’ll sing carols, read lessons, light candles, and celebrate the birth of sacred hope amont us.



Sara Hayman

Reverend Sara Hayman has been affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth since 2007. Our UUCE congregation ordained her in January of 2008 as a community minister serving as hospice chaplain with Hancock County. In August of 2011, Hayman transitioned into parish ministry and began serving UUCE as its part-time and later full-time contract minister. In January of 2015, UUCE voted unanimously to invite her to serve as our congregation’s called minister.

Past Sermons

Daylight Savings Time ends Saturday Night, Nov. 2!!!

Remember to set your clocks BACK one hour this Saturday!!

Mid-Maine Youuth trip to Guatemala

MidMaine YoUUth program to Safe Passage in July 2017

MidMaine YoUUth program to Safe Passage in July 2017

YoUUth from Ellsworth, Rockland, Bangor and Blefast!

Nolan Dickens, Rev Sara Hayman, Iris Aripotch, Eryn Colson and Kate Brenner-Simpson 

Youth from four area UU churches (Ellsworth, Rockland, Bangor and Blefast) will be traveling to volunteer with Safe Passage/Camino Seguro in Guatemala City in July 2020.

This non-profit program helps children in the Guatemala City garbage dump community break the cycle of poverty through education. It is a transformational experience for our UU youth and we are grateful for your support!

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