Rev. Martha Newman, Minister Emerita
Karen Klahr, Moderator, 532-4051
Susan & Bruce Glick, Co-Treasurers, 538-9264
Leigh Griffith, Clerk, 532-2455
Karen Klahr, Newsletter, 532-4051
Church Phone, 532-9269
Ministerial Relations Committee,
Walter Goodrich, Debra Frazier, John Pasquarelli
Newsletter - May 2004
61 Military St.
Houlton, ME 04730
There are things you can't reach. But
you can reach out to them, and all day long.
The wind, the bird flying away. The idea of God.
I look; morning to night I am never done with looking.
- from "Why I Wake Early" by Mary Oliver
Earlier this week I was drinking a cup of tea and happened to be reading the label on the side of the tea can. (Isn't it funny how your eyes automatically wander to anything with words on it?! I have memorized more cereal boxes in my lifetime than I care to admit!!) In case you haven't noticed, tea boxes and cans have become quite philosophical lately. This particular can said, "Life is impossible and so what? It is in its very impossibility that we find our joy. The life of tea is the life of the moment. We only have Now, and we each sip it in our own cups."
Life is so full and alive this time of year that it's impossible to take it all in. The flowers are blooming, insects are active and the grass is growing faster than we can mow it!! To lead a spiritual life is to be continually open to everything going on; in nature, in politics and in our selves. That's why it may seem like an impossible task. Yet, no effort is ever wasted in this kind of reflection. Mary Oliver says that, in spite of the odds against us, we need to keep reaching and keep looking. The immensity of the divine is all around us. It is moving beneath our feet, flying in the sky and waiting to be read about as we sit quietly enjoying a cup of tea…
Enjoy your summer!!
I will not be keeping my regular office hours during the summer, but I am always available via church phone, voice mail (446-6858) or email@example.com (for emergencies or coffee and conversation).
- In Ministry, DAVE
During the past year Tanya Pasquarelli, Richard Silliboy and Al Negri have signed our membership book and at our Sunday service on May 16th we officially welcomed them into our church family.
A group of us (singing board members) recently did a sound test of the new amplification system in the sanctuary and we were impressed! We are looking forward to the service on Sunday, to dedicate and put it to use.
We are in the process of filling the Fall schedule for Sunday services. As usual David will be conducting 2 services each month and the remainder are done by lay leaders. The sign-up sheet will be available for prospective service leaders to claim their Sunday. Our In-gathering Service will be conducted by David on September 12.
In the meantime, despite our busy schedules we do want to stay connected with one another so take a look at the calendar and see if you would like to join us on one of our outings. If you don't want to go along perhaps you would like to join us for breakfast.
|Sunday service - Rev. David Hutchinson, Flower Communion service.|
| Rummage Sale on the Church Lawn and in the Basement
WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS - ESPECIALLY FOR FRIDAY - CONTACT KAREN IF YOU CAN HELP
|Board Meeting at 4pm|
|Coffeehouse in the Basement - featured will be the Hooda-Hecka Polka Band, aka the Happy Wanderers.|
|Sunday Sharing Service in the parlor at 10:00am - a chance to get together and share. Bring snacks!|
|Canoeing and Kayaking on Hodgdon Mill pond - We'll meet at the landing (near the Dairy Bar) at 10:00am. Bring your lunch!|
|Hike to Jackson Falls (on the way to Woodstock)- Meet at the Elm Tree Diner at 9:00am - Contact LT for more info|
|South Branch Pond outing (in the north end of Baxter Park) - an opportunity to hike, paddle or just picnic at lakeside. Meet at the Brookside Inn at 7:30 for breakfast.|
|Church retreat at the Monticello Fish and Game Club starting at 9:00am. All are welcome for fun and food, as we plan for our upcoming church year. More details and directions coming later.|
|In-gathering Service - Rev. David Hutchinson|