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NEED A LITTLE HOPE?

This Sunday, October 8th, our 11:00 service will focus around the theme, HOPE.

We will begin by singing "Lord of All Hopefulness", based on a beautiful poem written by Jan Struthers. Rev. Chellie has also entitled her sermon, Lord of all Hopefulness....
Our choir has prepared a rousing African American Spiritual anthem: “Give Me Jesus." and we will conclude the service with the hymn "Let There be Peace on Earth"

Please join us for this uplifting service!

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John St. UMC is proud to be a Reconciling Congregation.

John St. UMC in Camden Maine, we affirm God’s redeeming love for all, and believe each person possesses sacred worth and dignity.

We are one in Christ, celebrating our diversity, acknowledging our differing opinions, beliefs and Biblical interpretations.

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As a reconciling congregation, we welcome ALL persons, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, age, ethnicity, physical or mental capacity, education, economic status, or marital status, to full participation in the life and ministries of this church.

This means we are intentional about welcoming all Gods Children, including members of the transgender, bisexual, gay and lesbian communities.

The rainbow is a sign of God’s covenant with humanity, and includes everyone!

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Thoughtful prayer for a difficult time.

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Bishop Devadhar & Lay Leader Rene Wilbur, on behalf of NEAC leadership, offer prayers for #LasVegasShooting Here: https://buff.ly/2g4tDPp

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The United Methodist Church

"Take communion as often as you can. It is food for the journey." We celebrate World Communion Sunday tomorrow. Find a church - all are welcome to Christ's table: UMC.org/Find-A-Church

**BEEF STEW Take-Out OPPORTUNITY!!**
Delicious, Home Cooked Comfort food at a VERY low price!

On October 19, we all can look forward to a great meal without the shopping, cooking and cleaning usually involved.
Meals include beef stew, yeast rolls and cookies for dessert!

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Quart of Stew: $10.00
Pint of Stew: $6.00
ORDER YOURS TODAY!

*Contact the church for details.

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Happy October!
We celebrated world Communion Sunday to day with a beautiful array of breads from around the world, as Reverend Chellie shared how life was like a box of Chocolates.

We then shared a lovely "stone soup". We each contributed a small amount, making a big enough pot of soup to feed everyone, and many more!!

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RE-CYCLING PAPER, CANS AND BOTTLES

As United Methodists pledged to be good stewards of our earth, we have marked containers in our building for you to fill with paper for re-cycling. In addition, our recycling of cans and bottles continues. Large cartons are ready and waiting in the vestibule of our fellowship hall for you to donate your household cans and bottles. Coastal Opportunities will pick up the collected items and send a check to our church. The check will be deposited into our mission fund to benefit our Conference’s Nicaragua Covenant. Several years back we had a very active youth fellowship that raised funds for a couple years so they could visit the Nicaraguan families whose lives were improved through the Covenant.

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LAY SERVANT BASIC COURSE OFFERED LOCALLY!!

THIS IS AN AWESOME OPPORTUNITY FOR PERSONAL AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Lay Servant Minister Basic Course, September 9 & 16, 2017...
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Rockland, Saturday, September 9 and Saturday,
September 16, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break – please bring a bag lunch)

Course Description: “God calls you to a life of servanthood as a disciple of Jesus Christ. ... Lay Servant Ministries is the first step for many laypersons toward their faith journey as they strive for a closer relationship with the Lord,” the authors write in the introduction. This course is the foundation for all the other Learning & Leading courses. In this course you are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended. Participants are invited to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders… This course offers guidelines for best practices as a church leader and in mission and ministry in the community and in daily life. The Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course is a foundational course designed to equip new church leaders and renew current leaders in The United Methodist Church. The Basic Course can be used for both adults and youth. Consisting of two five-hour sessions, it may serve as a short-term study for small groups, Sunday school classes, and new member classes. Instructors: Rev. Linda Campbell-Marshall and Pastor Jen Curran

Required Text: Lay Servant Ministries, Basic Course, Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson - ISBN: 9780881776263. This text is available from several sources including The Upper Room Bookstore and cokesbury.com. It is required and you must obtain a copy and bring it with you to our first class. Please read chapters 1 and 2 prior to the first session.

Course fee: $10 To register and for more information, contact Jen Curran, pastorjcurran@gmail.com or 207-458-4404. Register by September 4. Note that our preference is that you register online. There will be an option to pay online or you may bring a check to the first session. If you are unable to do the online registration, you may fill out the form below and mail it to Aldersgate UMC, 15 Wesley Lane, Rockland, Maine 04841.

If paying by check, please make it out to New England Conference UMC and on the memo line write: Basic LSM Course – Rockland. If cost is prohibitive, check with your church – some churches and Districts have scholarships availa

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IT’S ALL ABOUT FAITH!!
Worship and Communion September 3, 2017

Our Pastor Chellie will be introducing a “Faith-Hope-Love-Gratitude” series of sermons. Her message will be based on the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 15, verses 21-23, about the Canaanite woman seeking help for her daughter who had “. . .a demon and is in a terrible condition.” Jesus listened to her plea and said to her: “You are a woman of great faith!” and he healed her daughter. The sermon for Sunday is entitl...ed: “God Provides Beyond What We Can See.”

We will hear the Word of God also from Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians Chapter1, Verses 1-10: The Life and Faith of the Thessalonians. And, from Hebrews 11:1-13, a review of many examples of the faith shown by Abel, Enoch, Noah and Abraham plus Noah, Joseph and Moses.

We will prepare to start our Worship time as we quietly observe the ushers light the candles and open the Bible and Silvia tolls the bells. Then we will all join together to assert that we are all “Part of the Family” by singing Verse 3 of the now-familiar song of that name. This week is communion, and Verse 3 is about “life to be shared in the bread and the wine.”

“Praise to the Lord the Almighty” will be our first hymn, which has had several revisions in wording since the music was first composed in 1665. It is found in the “providence” section of our hymnal. I wasn’t too sure just what providence meant, so I looked it up and include the definition below:

Providence is the most comprehensive term in the language of theology. It is the background of all the several departments of religious truth, a background mysterious in its commingled brightness and darkness. It penetrates and fills the whole compass of the relations of man with his Maker. It connects the unseen God with the visible creation, and the visible creation with the work of redemption, and redemption with personal salvation, and personal salvation with the end of all things.

Choral music during the offering will be, “The Bread of Life” with “Great is thy Faithfulness” as our hymn of sending.

The Bread and the Cup will be served at the front of the sanctuary or to worshipers in their seats.

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PUBLIC SUPPER

Saturday at 5:30 pm we will host our monthly public supper. Please spread the word that folks should come early to be guaranteed a seat. Consider coming yourselves and bringing friends or neighbors.

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TEXAS HURRICANE HARVEY DISASTER

As members of the United Methodist Church, we can donate to the huge need to aid the victims of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey through our United Methodist Committee on Relief UMCOR. John Street United Methodist Church will accept all donations and submit them to UMCOR directly. If you choose to write a check, please make it out to JSUMC and write UMCOR: U.S. Advance #901670

Please be aware that 100% of our donations to UMCOR go to the relief effort! That’s because a portion of the money all UMCs pay for Conference missions pays for the overhead of running the program. Other relief organizations spend a portion of all donations for their own overhead. Choosing to support UMCOR personally is a missionally and financially wise choice.

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What a lovely service we had yesterday. We took advantage of the weather and had church outside by the bell tower!

We sang and celebrated our commitment to community; not just our perceived community of like minded people, but loving on those who are different from us first with a hug, and then with a listening ear.

As Rev. Chellie reminded us, it is hard to exclude and hate others when we still feel their embrace, and their aroma lingers on our clothes. ❤️...
#WeAreAllGodsChildren
#LoveWins

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This 4th of July weekend, many of us will be preparing to celebrate the 241st birthday of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

We will also be preparing to celebrate the appointment of Reverend Chellie Wiley as our new minister!!

****PLEASE NOTE!!, from July 2 forward, our regular time for Sunday Worship will be 11 AM.***

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Thank you Connie Bailey and Nancy Shibles for posting the NEW TIME on our sign at the road. *This is a temporary sign. Plans are in the works for a better, more readable one.

Our Lay Leader, Lisa Decker Griffith will represent the church as she welcomes Chellie , sharing that Chellie is well qualified and has been “prayerfully and wisely appointed.” Chellie will reaffirm her commitment to us, and we will reaffirm our commitment to her.
A Celebration of Communion will follow.

Please join us for this very special occasion!

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~~FUN CONTEST!!~~
For all you ladies and girls attending church next Sunday, please do not come "bare-headed!" That's because we will be following the tradition introduced by Peg a few years ago: A hat contest! Over the years we have seen "antique" hats with interesting histories, elegant hats, unique hats, silly hats and Nellie's memorable Red Sox hat complete with a baseball bat. This year there is great incentive to be creative with your hat and with the story to tell t...he male judges about your hat to convince them that it is worthy of a prize for originality and creativity.

Prize? you may ask. This year's prizes are ultra special. The winner of first place will be treated to a front-seat ride provided by Bill Cross in his classic convertible. Second and third place winners won't do badly either, they get to ride in the back seat. All winners will, of course be holding onto their hats as they cruise around!

Judging will be at 10:00 am in the Narthex before the service.

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He is Risen!
Come join us in the celebration of rebirth with an Easter breakfast with activities for the kids at 9:15 and Easter Service at 10:30.

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Good Friday on April 21 is a solemn time, starting in the middle of the night for folks who have signed up to participate in our vigil in the wee hours of the day. Each hour throughout the day different people will spend an hour in contemplation right up until our service of darkness starting at 6 pm.

This day is very important for All Christians. We encourage you to attend.