Spring 2012 Habitat Update

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Spring 2012 Habitat Update

The Alley home, our Habitat project in conjunction with Hancock County Habitat for Humanity, is progressing along quite well with a lively cadre of twelve Bates College students (members of the Bates College Habitat Club) completing the nice-looking grey siding during the week of April 16.  The sheetrock is mudded and ready for priming and the Alley family has chosen the interior colors.  We still anticipate that the Alleys will be able to move in to their beautiful and energy-efficient home sometime in June.

On April 18, we had a potluck “appreciation” supper for the Bates students with a fun getting-acquainted game and a plethora of delicious food.  Most of the students were wearing Kenny Stratton’s sweatshirts, loaned to them due to the cold nights at their campsite on Kenny and Marcia’s land by the water!  The students were able to use the showers in the parsonage, due to Clayton Nowell’s efforts (Thanks very much!).

Many, many thanks to Johanna Bazzolo for her own hand-made pottery sale benefiting the Alley/Habitat home to the tune of $203.50!  We both have the pleasure of owning her lovely vases and pots (especially the muted blue-green colored ones to my mind) and the satisfaction of knowing that half of the proceeds have gone to the Alley home!

By the time you read this, the Spring Mudwalk for Habitat on April 28, also benefiting the Alley home, will likely be completed.  Many individuals and groups, such as teams from Hancock Grammar School, St. Andrews Lutheran Church, the MDI Lionesses, and folks from our church, to name a few, will be participating.  If you have not contributed to this effort but wish to, please contact Linda King at lking9@roadrunner.com for more information.

Coming Habitat/Alley home fund-raising events include the University of Maine at Machias Ukulele Club Concert/Dance on 5/26/12 at a location to be determined as well as the Frenchman Bay Conservancy Monday Music Series appearance by the Flash in the Pans on 7/30/12, 7:30 – 9 pm.  Hope to see you at both of these excellent events!
—Linda King, for Habitat for Humanity/Alley Home
Council-Spring 2012

Council continues to meet on a monthly basis and discuss all of the committees’ and boards’ activities, the church’s financial status and other subjects that arise.  Council did charge the Finance Committee to look into and propose long-term financial planning for our church.  To that end, Debbie Ehrlenbach, Chairperson of the Finance Committee, convened the Budget Committee on April 14th.   That group will meet again on April 29th and report back to Council in the near future.

Council will also discuss how best to consider and determine our church’s preference and financial capacity regarding the residence, parsonage or “not-parsonage”, of an incoming settled minister.  It is highly likely there will be a congregational meeting on this issue, the results of which will be included by the Pastoral Search Committee in their materials for applicants for the ministerial position.

With the sun out, spring flowers blooming and time passing quickly, it is time to start thinking about our Church Fair and Yard Sale!  Watch for more information.
—Linda King, Chairperson

From the Minister

This past month afforded us two opportunities to personally “connect” with the ongoing habitat project.  The Potluck Supper on April 18th brought the Bates College students to our church.  After breaking bread with them, I came away with the feeling that the future is in good hands with students like these in charge.  I marvel at their dedication, hard work, and sacrifice.  The vestry was alive with mirth and the energy of these young people. Evidently, the relationship was reciprocal.  One young lady that I sat near shared her joy at being able to work with her hands WITHOUT a computer or other tech gadget around.  Indeed!  I was surprised.  Then, on April 28th, a small but hardy group sallied forth on Highway 1 braving the cold wind (not to mention the traffic) to walk their chosen distance in the Spring Mud Walk.  Over $2,600. and some change was raised for Habitat Alley Family project.  Thank you to all who donated your time and money.

The habitat project is on schedule and the end is in sight.  However, there is still time to volunteer your time or to donate.  Come out any Saturday in May and make a difference!
Peace and Blessings,  Keith

Trustees-Spring 2012

Mainly, this Spring, the Trustees continue to monitor the renovations at the parsonage.   A needed-due-to-safety-concerns update of its wiring, while unanticipated, has brought the parsonage into necessary compliance with all electrical codes.  Many thanks to Kenny Stratton and Peter Bryant for safely taking down the very large tree on the north side of the parsonage!   As a result, there is more light and air and less interference with electrical and phone lines.  Edie Lounder and Steve Cooper will be shopping on a budget for “energy star” appliances for the parsonage kitchen in the near future.  Once all of the work is done, the Trustees will schedule several “open houses” so that everyone can see the stellar results, in anticipation of our settled minister.

Finally, two of our Trustees, Clayton Nowell and Dennis King, supervised the local Boy Scout Troop’s annual cleanup of our church yard and parking lot on March 31st. We have sent a thank-you note to the hearty Scouts!  They did a fantastic job!  Thanks also to the Hancock Volunteer Fire Association for coming by and rinsing off the paved parking lot that same day!
—Linda King, Chairperson

A reminder from the Board of Outreach

June is coming quickly and it is time to start thinking about the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.  As many of you know, our church is responsible for staffing the pantry during the month of June on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30 AM.  We try to have 4-5 people available each of those days with someone else doing the early morning run to Hannaford to pick up their donation.  This is usually about 7:30 AM.  During May, there will be a sign-up sheet for the various times posted on the bulletin board in the vestry. More information will be coming.
—Johanna Bazzolo for the Board of Outreach

Flowers for Sunday Services

A big thank you to all who donated toward the Easter Flowers this year.  Feel free to sign up for any Sunday; just check with Johanna Bazzolo as to whether you would like to provide the flowers directly or make a donation to the flower fund.  Also, as we finally see our gardens perk up now that it is spring, feel free to offer flowers from your garden.  
—Johanna Bazzolo

Our annual church fair and yard sale will be held on Saturday, August 4th.  Please save the date.  We need your help.  It is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we need to raise $7,000 that day to help pay our bills and raise the funds we donate to many local charitable organizations. 

We will have a brief planning meeting after church on June 3rd to get our preparations underway.  No prior experience is necessary, and there is a job for everyone, so please attend and find out what you can do to help.   
In addition to your time, we need things to sell.  Charlie and Betty Lewis have again graciously volunteered the use of their garage to store yard sale items.  Donations can be dropped off beginning in July.  We also need contributions for the silent auction which will feature unique one-of-a-kind items such as antiques, paintings, gift certificates, and donated services.  Crafts and crafters are needed for the craft table, and we're always looking for baubles and beads for the jewelry table.  The book department also needs organizing and selling help.  Please consider these needs as you clean your house, garage, or barn and go about your summer activities. 

Summer will soon be rushing by and the fair and yard sale will be upon us quicker than we can imagine.  It is a busy and important day in the life our church.  The money raised is an essential part of our church budget.  Your help and support is critical to making the day a success.  I hope to see you at the planning meeting after church on June 3rd.
Call David Wildes (422-3739) with suggestions and questions.  

Christian Education

The Christian Ed committee continues to offer nursery care for children up to the age of 5 yrs. old; staffed by Jessica Alley.   Mr. Frank (Dorsey) and Mr. Chris (Potter) have offered highly creative and educational Sunday School lessons; building models of what the kids think the homes looked like in Jesus’ time, molding cooking pots, and following maps that show where Jesus traveled.  Most recently, the kids painted plant pots and planted some seeds to celebrate the arrival of spring.  Although the number of kids varies greatly, the class is always prepared to welcome anyone.  Rev. Bowie asked the Sunday School kids to help him pass out the palms to the congregation after worship service on Palm Sunday.  They were so cute!  And very important!!  It's a wonderful way to teach them ways to participate in their own church life.  Please take an opportunity to thank Frank and Chris for the rich program they have put in place.  We are always looking for extra help; even to backup for absences in the nursery if you feel you don't want to lead a class activity.  Please consider experiencing a Sunday School class with our children; you will have so much fun!!

The Wednesday morning study group will begin its study of Charles Hartshorne's A Natural Theology for Our Time at 9 am on May 16 under the leadership of Phil Devenish.  Hartshorne argues that belief in God is the fully rational view.  The book is definitely a stretch intellectually, but Phil has taught it and Hartshorne's thought many times to college and graduate students, so fear not!  Come along and find your faith and reason both strengthened. Pastoral Search Committee Update

The Committee is continuing the process of completing a draft of our Church profile.  Church members and friends have submitted questionnaires with their thoughts about the Church and a new pastor. The Committee has begun analyzing the responses to incorporate them into the profile. Our next task is to write a brief prospectus that will be the first document interested pastoral candidates will receive. Those who wish to learn more about the Church will be sent the full profile. The Committee will continue to meet in May to complete these important first tasks.

Members of the Search Committee are listed on our website's Committees page.
—Ron Schwizer, Chair

UCC News from the UCC website www.ucc.orgThough this issue may seem far from our door and our community, the immigrant population in Hancock County is growing.  How do we as individuals and a church community welcome them into the community?  

Food for thought: Supreme Court deliberates SB 1070 as prayerful witness for Arizona marches on. Quoting the gospel of John at the conclusion of a 48-hour vigil held outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., the Rev. Felix Carrión emphatically reminded those in prayerful witness –– and in opposition to Arizona Senate Bill 1070 –– that there is always enough room for our neighbor.

"In my father's house, there are many rooms for you," said Carrión, Stillspeaking Coordinator of the UCC Publishing, Identity and Communication ministry team, quoting the familiar Bible passage. 

"The voice of the church reminds our nation that we have the capacity to create room for all people in our nation, especially the outsider, the stranger, the immigrant who comes in search of a home –– those who come in search of a dream of making a new life for themselves and their families," said Carrión, lifting up the UCC's "God's Love Knows No Borders" print ad campaign of 2010. 

After the vigil, more than 100 people embarked on a "Jericho march" around the Supreme Court building as the high court continued to hear arguments in the federal government's lawsuit against SB 1070. The court's ruling, expected in June, will affect not only Arizona's illegal-immigration-enforcement laws, but similar laws in other states. The high court agreed to hear arguments after federal courts halted key parts of the law from going into effect.

Although many of its most controversial elements are not yet law, SB 1070 is inflicting major hardship in Arizona, says the Rev. Randy Mayer, pastor of The Good Shepherd UCC in Sahuarita, Ariz.

"It's raised a lot of race issues, immigration issues, and there is tension in the congregation that wasn't there before," said Mayer. "Forty percent of the people here are Hispanic, and one-third of our community is border patrol."

Mayer says residents are scrutinized for giving assistance to those even suspected of being undocumented.

"Neighbors are supposed to report those suspected of helping the undocumented," he said. "It begins to turn neighbor on neighbor, friend on friend. Everybody's a suspect. To not report a suspect could lead to your arrest."

About 60 members of The Good Shepherd congregation participate in an ecumenical "Samaritan Patrol" in Arizona's Sonora desert that regularly replenishes water supplies along border areas and tries to maintain a sense of vigilance for their brothers and sisters native to Mexico.

For the first time, said Mayer, the Mexican immigrant population into Arizona is decreasing –– and fear among Hispanic residents is soaring.

"A lot of the Hispanic community has just completely gone underground," Mayer said. "They're not coming out of their houses; they're just being very quiet. And there really is no work. What used to be a very vibrant, important part of the community has just been completely taken out."

Volunteers have been working to help Hispanic families develop safety plans.

"What happens when your mother doesn't come home from work?" said Mayer. "What happens when a child isn't picked up after school? Do we have power of attorney figured out so that somebody could sell the family vehicle to post bond?"

Meanwhile, already-substandard schools are getting worse, and businesses outside the state have no desire to move in, said Mayer.

"The economy is not going to get better," Mayer said. "It can't get better when you've thrown out all your labor –– made it so uncomfortable to be here that they've taken off."

Such conditions in the church community compelled several Arizona pastors and lay leaders –– including the Rev. Phil Reller, chair of the UCC Southwest Conference's justice and witness team, and David Mellott, a member of Church of the Beatitudes UCC in Phoenix – to make the trip to the nation's capital to voice concern that quick-fix approaches proposed by many elected officials will not work.

"Our leaders are trying to use simple, not-clearly-thought-through legislation, and the result is a community that has become strained and divided," said Mayer. "We're sitting in the middle of a wound and there's no healing."
May Birthdays & Anniversaries

1, 2004:  Erick & *Ginny* Coleman
4, 1946:  George & *Doris* Moon
7:  *Liz* Singletary    
7, 2008:  *Brandon* & *Jaimie* Perry Hudson
20:  *Dennis* King
22:  *Brendan* Bonner
25, 1984:  Bob & Terry Rohe
26:  *Vicky* Espling
31, 2003:  *Clint* & Eleanor Ritchie
MOMBy William A Predeau

You were there when I got hurtTo kiss the pain awayAnd always made things betterSo I could go and play

When I started school that first yearYou walked with me every dayAnd helped me shed the fears I hadThat my world had gone away

Every year as I grew olderAnd ventured out away from homeI knew you’d always be thereNo matter how far I’d roam

The years have gone by so quicklyAnd things have changed for us allBut the love I still have for you MomIs the same love as when I was small

Happy Mother’s Day

June Birthdays and Anniversaries

1, 1960:  *Jim* &  *Liz* Singletary  
1, 1964:  Gary & *Andrea* Dougan
1, 1964:  *Orton* & *Jane* Preble
8:  *Doug* Kimmel
10:  *Catherine* Genn
10, 1984:  *Kenny* & *Marcia* Stratton
12, 1999:  *Gary* & Bobbi Hunt
15:  *Roslynne* Lowry
17:  *Ginny* Coleman    
19:  *Ron* Schwizer
21, 1986:  *Richard* & *Diana* Lewis
23, 1984:    Steve & *Mary Beth* DiMarco
29, 1985:  *Ted* & *Ann* Atkinson

Only a Dadby Edgar Guest

Only a dad with a tired face, Coming home from the daily race, Bringing little of gold or fame, To show how well he has played the game, But glad in his heart that his own rejoice To see him come and to hear his voice. 

Only a dad with a brood of four, One of ten million men or more. Plodding along in the daily strife, Bearing the whips and the scorns of life, With never a whimper of pain or hate, For the sake of those who at home await. 

Only a dad, neither rich nor proud, Merely one of the surging crowdToiling, striving from day to day, Facing whatever may come his way, Silent, whenever the harsh condemn, And bearing it all for the love of them. 

Only a dad but he gives his allTo smooth the way for his children small, Doing, with courage stern and grim, The deeds that his father did for him. This is the line that for him I pen: Only a dad, but the best of men.

Happy Father’s Day

Graduating from Sumner High School:

James A Singletary, James plans on attending Thomas College in Waterville, Maine in the fall.

Graduating from Ellsworth High School:

Paige Lewis, Paige plans on attending Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts in the fall.

Melissa Wells, Melissa plans on attending Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts in the fall.

Keith Chandler, Keith will be joining the United States Army, and will be going into the medic program.
A special congregational meeting will be held Wednesday, June 13th preceded by a 6:00 p.m. Pot Luck Supper to discuss and get congregational feedback on the following:    1) Budget considerations for a full-time or part-time minister    2) Role of parsonage in the search for the new minister    3) Guidance regarding residential location of the minister

Spring Rummage Sale

The Pilgrim Guild held its’ annual Spring Rummage Sale in the vestry on Saturday, April 21st.  Your generous response resulted in $182, being realized.  Equally as important as the money we make is the friendly community connection our sales provide.  We greatly value this important connection with the community.     —Gertrude Wildes

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