November 2017

The Monthly Anchor: “Tied Together by Tradition"

November is a special time in the life of our country, as well as the life our community. Our church turns 303 years old this month; on November 5 we will celebrate our shared Heritage as recipients of God's Good News in Kittery Point. As Protestants, our faith tradition was birthed out of the Reformation movement in Europe. which began exactly 500 years ago! On November 12, we will be learning more about this shared History, and what it might mean for our future. On November 19 we will take a look at the particular tradition of Thanksgiving. It's so much more than a holiday or a type of feast, for Americans it is a key part of our identity, and we will use it to search for a deeper understanding of ourselves. On the final Sunday of the month, November 26, we will journey through the entire Liturgical Year in one worship service! This is an excellent time for celebrating with favorite music, favorite stories, and a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn more about this tradition of ours. We are knitted together as A People, and these are just some of the stitches in our fabric. We look into the past to lear more about our present. We have a better chance of envisioning where we are going when we can honestly name where we have been. And while we are doing this deep work of learning new things and old secrets about ourselves and our community...we're doing New Things as well. Beginning on November 5, we are beginning a new Sunday School program for PreK-5th Grade! All youth areinvited to join us at the 10:00a.m. service each week for a hands-on learning experience in which they discover what it means to be God's Beloved Child. We also are excited to share with you our new website! It's located at the same address; but in the coming days and weeks you will see how we are making use of our website to unite our history, our present, and our future. It's all part of becoming the full, connected Community of Faith God is calling us to be in this time and place. We hope you will join us as we learn more about how our Shared Traditions tie us Together as God's People. 

Peace and Blessings to all this month,
Pastor Brian

Church Yard Service Day, Saturday November 18!

Our Trustees are calling upon ALL members of our community to join us for a Church Service Day on Saturday November 18 to clean up our yard after the autumn leaves have fallen! They are requesting everyone's help, for as long or as little as you can give it that morning. There are big projects to tackle, and while the church could spend a few thousand dollars to get it all done, we would much rather save the money and get to spend time connecting with old friends and new faces. Come serve the church that serves you!

Family Wreath Decorating, Sunday November 26!

After 10:00 service on November 26 please join us for coffee hour enhanced with some brunch items for extra energy. Then everyone is encouraged to help us decorate the wreaths for our Christmas Fair. Bring glue guns and pruning shears if you have them or use ours. Optional: make your own personal wreath to take home for $15! ($25 at the fair) This event is a fun and productive time of fellowship. Mark your calendar! If you have any questions, contact Lynn Hatch!

Wreath Decorating Items Needed If you have any of the following available, we would love to have some for our Christmas Fair: holly, winterberry, cedar, yew, other greens to enhance the balsam wreaths, dried weeds, pine cones, local shells, small driftwood, small bright objects, what-have-you. Leave things on the stage in the parish hall or stack greens to the right of the entrance, any time Thanksgiving weekend, including Sunday before Church. Thank you!

A Thank You From our Youth and Family Dinner Crew:

Our first Kids and Family Community Dinner for the benefit of Fair Tide on Saturday, October 14 was a delicious success thanks to the efforts of many people. Planning began in August with an enthusiastic committee of young people, parents, Pastor Brian, Sara Rhoades, and Gail Leonard. Planning continued with a practice session at Family Night in September where kids served and cleared. Chef Steve Hoffman planned the menu, solicited donations and did the shopping. Then, “the real deal” occurred in October. Would we have enough food? (Yes) Would we have enough help? (Yes!) Would we know how to make guests feel welcome? (Yes!) Would the logistics work smoothly? (Mostly! We are still working the kinks out!) Would people come?? (Yes!) Would folks be satisfied? (The responses were overwhelmingly positive!). The end result was financially rewarding as well. After expenses were reimbursed, over $800 was raised for Fair Tide, our local organization dedicated to preventing homelessness (begun through the vision and effort of folks from our congregation, Debby Ronnquist in particular). We are very appreciative of the support of all of you, and hope you will be able to attend our next dinner on November 11. We thank these businesses for their support: Beach Pea Bakery, Golden Harvest, Carl’s Meat Market, Marshalls Rentals, Lil’s Café, and Take Away Café Catering. Finally, we thank the kids and parents who helped make this dinner a reality. We are looking forward to doing it again!

Christmas Fair 2017:  "Peace on Earth"                       Friday December 1, 3:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

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 Q: What is almost as old as Graham Alvord? A: The Christmas Fair at First Congregational Church at Kittery Point! Graham turned 101 in September; the Christmas Fair turns 101 in December!

The Fair is certainly a fantastic opportunity to raise money, most of which is given to programs outside the walls of our historic buildings. But the Fair itself is also a kind of Christmas present to the community. The Parish House is transformed to a magical, welcoming place filled with the smells of fresh wreaths and greens and delicious food from the kitchen, the colors of beautiful displays of gifts and decorations, and the sounds of many people enjoying themselves. Our historic sanctuary is open for tours and caroling. Kids have a special room where they can shop. It is fellowship. While we have a loyal following of folks who attend the Fair, more are always welcome. Please extend an invitation to friends, neighbors, coworkers and strangers! Spread the word through Facebook and social media. Isn’t it nice to have a tradition started early in the 20th century still relevant today?!

Ways You Can Help with the Christmas Fair!

“Oh, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Christmas Fair Time! The theme is Peace on Earth We are looking for items for the following areas: • Silent Auction—one of a kind of art or antique pieces • Hostess Heaven—linens, dishes, hostess stuff • Children’s Shop and Wrap—items children can buy for under $2 • Knit Goods—hats, mittens, scarves and sweaters • Children’s Gifts—toys, dolls and doll clothes • Gifts—Christmas linens, gifts from the beach • Cook’s Table—jams and jelly and sauces We also have job openings—Contact Donna Stobbs and Mary Carter for more information!


As we approach the beginning of a new stewardship year, we hope that you are managing to keep current with your 2017 pledge. As you recall, our pledges fund our minister, music direc- tor, administrator, sexton, programs, and upkeep on our lovely but old buildings. Everyone's support is critical whether you made an actual pledge or not. Thank you for "loosening your purse strings" to keep this very special community thriving and bound together by love. You will be hearing more about "strings and ties" as Stewardship 2018 ramps up.


It's All About Food

Soup’s On! November 15, 2017 11:30-1 p.m.

Only $6 and open to the public!

Old Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup Autumn Vegetable Bisque Cornbread AM's Thanksgiving Pies

FAMILY NIGHT OUT! NOVEMBER COMMUNITY DINNER Saturday, November 11, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

After “getting our feet wet” with the success of our October Kids & Family Community Dinner, we are doing it again in November! Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 11, 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Parish House for a delicious lasagna dinner (lasagna, including gluten free lasagna, bread, salad, and dessert). Take out meals will be available. The suggested donation is $6 per person. Give yourself a wonderful meal out and help a good cause, which this month will be veterans’ programs to assist veterans in need and in honor of all veterans on Veterans’ Day. Invite family, friends, and neighbors, too; the more the merrier! Chef Steve Hoffman will again be in the kitchen. He will be assisted by an able and enthusiastic crew of kids and parents who will handle everything from greeting and serving to clean up and tear down. The sign up for volunteers is online through Sign Up Genius. Hopefully most families with school age kids have been notified about signing up through an email. However, if anyone else would like to help with this event or has any questions, please contact Gail Leonard.

Pastor Brian's (attempt at having a) Regular Schedule

A Pastor's job is diverse and, to paraphrase your Pastor's new father-in-law, "astonishingly busy." As I have tried to get a handle of the various weekly responsi- bilities of this job, I have made various attempts to publicize how I spend my time. Below is my most recent attempt.

Sunday-Thursday - I am on call and available to serve you and your family, prefera- bly (but not exclusively) between the hours of 9:00a.m. and 5:00p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays (as much as possible) will be my Sabbath Days, time to rest, recharge, and focus on my personal life.

A more detailed weekly schedule will begin appearing on our church website in Oc- tober. As always, I can be reached around the clock by email
at Looking forward to the month ahead!

Time and talent auction – November 4 POSTPONED

Friends, we are sorry to inform you that our Time and Talent Auction previously scheduled for Saturday, November 4, 2017 will be postponed until May 2018. We are excited about the opportunity to celebrate the unique gifts of the individuals in our community, and we want to make sure we schedule the event for a time when many are able to participate. More information coming in the spring! Thanks to all who have already begun helping with this project!



November Birthdays

Ted Brewer - 11/04
Ben Welch - 11/11
Garth Turner-Harrington - 11/16
Matthew Holland - 11/20

Judy Totman 11/25

Jon Pridham - 11/05
Ashley Perkins - 11/13
Marjorie Perkins - 11/17
Ben Hatch - 11/22

Betsy McFadden 11/26

Chris Kelly - 11/07
Mary Maurer- 11/15
Caroline Couperthwait- 11/20
Gudrun Carver - 11/23

Elizabeth Des Jardins 11/27

Valerie Ruocco - 11/11
Mary Craig- 11/15
Ann Peters - 11/20

Jack Lynes - 11/24

Debbie Higgins 11/30

Marigold: Warm, Fierce. They exemplify elegance and devotion.

November Scriptures

Nov. 5 Joshua 3:7-17 * Psalms 107:1-7, 33-37 OR Micah 3:5-12 * Psalms 43 * 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 * Matthew 23:1-12 Partners in Service

Nov. 12 Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 * Psalms 78:1-7 OR Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16 or Amos 5:18-24 * Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-20 or Psalms 70 * 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 * Matthew 25:1-13 Tending God’s Light

Nov. 19 Judges 4:1-7 * Psalms 123 OR Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 * Psalms 90:1-8 (9-11), 12 * 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 * Matthew 25: 14-30 Extravagant Opportunity

Nov. 26 Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 * Psalms 100 OR Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 * Psalms 95:1-7a * Ephesians 1:15-23 * Matthew 25:31-46 Reigning Compassion

The Mooring

First Congregational Church
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Kittery Point, ME 03905

The Mooring is the Newsletter of the First Congregational Church of Kittery at Kittery Point, United Church of Christ

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