Maine State Conference update
December 2012

Our Churches Wider Mission—
It is “Who We Are” and what we do together in all of our setting of our United Church of Christ to keep the Conference strong.  As we approach the giving season, I am reminding the churches that it is only with your support that we can extend the ministry of all local churches and be a resource in developing Maine UCC ministries.  Maine Conference partners with the various local, national and international mission projects.  As part of the wider body of the UCC, Global Ministries provides our critical presence in 70 countries of the world changing lives, serving those in need,  working with refugees, empowering others here and around the world. OCWM strengthens global partners, pastoral leadership and local churches.   Please remember the commitment your church made at their annual meeting and send your partnership gift to the Maine Conference by the end of the year.

Conference Office
As of November 13 the conference office at Yarmouth (the Pennell Center) is under contract with the expected closing date of January 14. Your real estate committee is looking at possible rental properties in the Augusta area. In this busy time we will need volunteers to help pack up the office at 28 Yarmouth Crossing and then unpack the new office.  This is the move we have been waiting for since the 2007 town meetings.

Friends of the Maine Conference
In the letter sent to the Friends of the Maine Conference, Darren Morgan, Associate Conference Minister for Small Church Development, stated this year has been busy. Our conference minister left to accept a similar position in New York Conference UCC, we held a successful small church convocation, fall learning event, middle school youth event at H.O.M.E., hiring of an interim conference minister, partnership with New Hampshire Outdoor Ministry, very successful year at Pilgrim Lodge, and the Yarmouth Conference Office is under contract. We hope that you will be able to help our conference continue to do outstanding programs for ministers and lay people joining the Friends of the Maine Conference by sending your gift of $25 or more will help these types of programs continue and you will receive a lapel pin for your donation.

The Maine Conference of the United Church of Christ needs every one of us. Your contribution to the Friends of the Maine Conference is important to our continuing work. We need every congregation’s participation in Our Churches Wider Mission. Please check with your treasurer to be certain that donation has been sent.  We are excited to welcome the Rev. Richard Cowles as our interim conference minister even as we look forward to moving the conference office to Augusta.  All of us are the Maine Conference so let’s pull together as we move forward into 2013.