News This Week

The Wideness of Mercy, a concert with Karen Lilli Pax and friends!

Operatic Arias

Flute & Piano

Piano Four-Hands

Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein,

Puccini, Spirituals & more!

The day is upon us--a spring board concert for the capital campaign.
Read about it in the Village Soup
 


Sunday Worship

May 27 at 10am
Rev. Nancy Duncan is starting a sermon series on the 10 Commandments.  Kat Logan will provide the music.  The youth are preparing the refreshments.  A special offering will be taken to support children and youth to attend Pilgrim Lodge the Maine Conference United Church of Christ summer camp in West Gardiner. 

 


Book Group

Mondays at 1 pm
Aging is hard work.  Given the perils, it is good to gather and explore the gifts gained toward the end of life.   Join a book discussion group on Richard Rohr's book Immortal Diamond on Mondays at 1 pm.  Contact Linda Brandt for details.  

The Wideness of Mercy Concert

Karen Lilli Pax, soprano, and three friends will celebrate the power of music to open hearts and souls at a concert in Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ on May 25 at 7 p.m.

“The Wideness of Mercy” concert will include diverse selections, ranging from “Johnny One Note” to Bach to Brahms —  music that comforts and inspires.  The program features operatic arias, spirituals, selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Kurt Weill and more. Flutist Jackie Adams and pianists Matt Kuhrt and Wendy Love will join in the concert.

Pax is known locally as the pastor of the United Methodist Church and Broad Cove Community Church. She has given several concerts at Broad Bay Church and much admires the acoustics of the 1838 sanctuary. She and the other musicians are giving their time and energy to raise awareness about the church's renovation needs and community-wide capital campaign.

A graduate of Temple University's College of Music, Pax thinks of music as “painting with sound.”  She attended the Georgia State University Summer Opera Workshop (Atlanta, Ga.); has twice been a participant in the Bel Canto Institute (New Palz, N.Y.),  and was selected for the Opera Studio at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.  She was guest artist at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she performed a concert of American songs and taught a master class for voice students.  Pax has also performed in concert in Maine, New York and Europe.  

The Broad Bay Church building needs structural work to continue to stand, as well as renovations to meet the needs of the congregation and the wider community. Broad Bay is about to embark on a capital campaign to raise $750,000 to stabilize the structure and steeple, install a lift, add a second floor restroom, make a secondary exit from the upper part of the building, create a more welcoming main entrance, and make other repairs. 

The church recently received national recognition when chosen as one of 14 congregations from across the country to be eligible for a grant by the National Fund for Sacred Places (fundforsacredplaces.org), a program managed by Partners for Sacred Places in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Broad Bay was selected because of the historical value of the church building and its demonstrated commitment to strengthening community partnerships. In addition to receiving a planning grant, capital campaign training, and specialized consulting services, Broad Bay will receive a matching grant on pledges received by Dec. 1, 2018,  up to a maximum grant of $250,000.

“The church is welcoming space for our worshiping congregation as well as for members of the community who come for meetings, lectures, concerts, funerals and weddings, or potluck suppers,”  said Rev. Nancy Duncan, pastor of Broad Bay. “In the sanctuary, people of all faiths and no faith come together in a quiet and sacred place. The fellowship hall welcomes a variety of community groups including AA, Garden Club, Restorative Justice, Waldoborough Historical Society, Women, Infants and Children, and other organizations. 

“We’re grateful that a talented member of our community is leading this concert to celebrate music and to share the church’s excitement about the power of our building project to strengthen our community.”

There is no charge for the concert but donations to the Broad Bay Church Capital Campaign (which will be matched 2:1 by the National Fund) will be gratefully accepted. A short tour, that will highlight changes planned for the building, will be offered after the concert. 

Broad Bay News: February 4 Annual Meeting is Souper Bowl Sunday

Sunday Worship

January 28, 10 am  
"Born Again"   Are these words an invitation and a gift or do they have a more negative connotation?  What does it mean?  Rev. Nancy Duncan will grapple with this text.  Barbara Bibro, pianist. 
There will be church school for the children and youth.
 

Valentine Gifts

Check out the gift table in Fellowship Hall!!  There are Valentine items for your sweetheart, containers to stuff with Valentine candy, and small gifts to share with a shut-in.  Most items can be taken after making a donation; a few items are part of a Silent Auction.  The highest bidder will be notified on Sunday, February 11.  All donations will go to the Broad Bay general fund.
 

February 4 Annual Meeting is Souper Bowl Sunday

Please HELP the Help Yourself Shelf by bringing a dry or package soup to share with our Waldoboro neighbors!  Any donated cans of soup will be saved for distribution in warmer weather.  Packages of dry cereal, mac and cheese, and pasta are hard to keep stocked, as well as Kleenex, toilet paper, and paper towels.    
Thank-you!    The Outreach Steering Committee

The Call: Annual Meeting February 4, 2018

To the Congregation of the Broad Bay Congregational, United Church of Christ, of Waldoboro, Maine

Pursuant to the By-Laws of the Broad Bay Congregational, United Church of Christ, today January 28, 2018, we give the second of two notices, that our 34th Annual Meeting as a recognized church in the Midcoast Association will be held following the worship service in the sanctuary on February 4, 2018 followed by a soup and bread lunch downstairs.  If the weather be such that we cannot realize a quorum, the meeting will be held on February 11, 2018 following the worship service.

The Annual Meeting is to review and act on the Annual Report, elect officers, board members, and delegates; vote on a budget for 2018; receive a report from the building committee and act on any other business that comes before said meeting.

Alethe Donaldson, Church Clerk and Co-Moderators Linda Brandt and Jonathan Clowes

Click here to see the Annual Report

 

Hannaford Cards

The Hannaford card program credits Broad Bay 5% for every order or reload we make that meets or exceeds $1000. In December, we were credited $140 and the previous month, November, we earned $170. This is a great passive way to support Broad Bay. Thank you to all those who have purchased cards and reload them regularly. If you haven't bought a card yet and would like to join, please contact Linda or Maryann. We're back on the second and fourth Sunday reload schedule. The reload dates going forward are:

  • Jan. 28
  • Feb. 11
  • Feb. 25

Flu Season  

As we wash our hands, let's think of God's living water cleansing us and keeping us from passing germs to another person. In light of the flu epidemic, people are invited to be slow to touch one another--to pass God's peace with eye contact and a smile.

Christmas Events at Broad Bay

Sunday, December 17: 10 am Worship.  Church School for children and youth. Barbara Bibro, pianist. Rev. Nancy Duncan, Pastor

Thursday, December 21: 12 noon.  Free Community Meal/ham dinner.  Enter on Pleasant St.

Sunday, December 24: 10 am: A service of prayer, scripture and silence led by Rev. Konni Wells and Rev. Nancy Duncan.

Sunday, December 24: 4:30 pm: Ecumenical Community Service led by Rev. Nancy Duncan and Pastor Karen Lilli Pax. Carols, poetry, children, choir.  Aaron Robinson, Organist.  Cathy Anderson, flute.  

December 31 at 10 am:  A service of lessons, stories and Christmas Carols.  Sarah Johnson, organist. Rev. Catherine Anderson, worship leader.

See out Events page for more details.

News This Week

The Broad Bay Church presented New Hope for Women with a check for $3150, the proceeds from the October Concert. 

  Pictured:  Peggy Andrews, Co-chair, Outreach Steering Committee, Susanna Norword-Burns, New Hope for Women Advocate serving Waldoboro, Alethe Donaldson, co-chair, Outreach Steering Committee, and Rev. Nancy Duncan.

Pictured:  Peggy Andrews, Co-chair, Outreach Steering Committee, Susanna Norword-Burns, New Hope for Women Advocate serving Waldoboro, Alethe Donaldson, co-chair, Outreach Steering Committee, and Rev. Nancy Duncan.

Sunday worship

November 26,  10 am
Exiled: Now What?  The people were in exile and the prophet Jeremiah offered tools for living during hard times in a hostile environment.  Rev. Nancy Duncan, preaching.  Josie Davis and Colin Wheatley, Oberlin Conservatory Graduates, violins. Church School for the children and youth during the second half of the service.

 

Art and Scripture 

Mondays at 10:30 am
Reflect on the scripture reading using art supplies.  Art skills optional.

 

Holiday Fair

The Holiday Fair this year will be on December 9th from 9AM to 2PM. We will again this year be renting tables to crafters and providing an amazing assortment of food. Please remember the Fair as you bake, make jelly or can. We need your support! If you'd like to help in the kitchen or help set up/clean up, please contact Linda Brandt.

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Sunday Worship

November 19,  10 am
Thanksgiving Sunday. Jazz trio with Mike Whitehead, trumpet; Tom Luther, piano; and Jason Dean, percussion.  Theme: "dancing between light and dark, life and death." Rev. Nancy Duncan, preaching.

Thanksgiving Food Collection

Sunday November 19

The Outreach Steering Committee is requesting donations of food items for Thanksgiving baskets to be provided for families in Waldoboro.  Any non-perishable items suitable for a Thanksgiving dinner you bring in would be most appreciated! Thank you!

Silent Auction

Seeking a few high end ($100 or more) silent auction items for the Christmas Fair.   If you have something to share,  please talk to one of the Trustees or email the church.   Trustees (Joe Russano, Heidi Sawyer, Jonathan Clowes). 

 

Last Chance to Order Christmas Wreaths

Order forms for Christmas wreaths are now in the Fellowship Hall. Traditional wreaths feature a red bow and pine cones; “natural” includes a variety of natural decorations, including cones.  The wreaths will be available at church for pick-up on Sunday, Dec. 3, and also can be picked up after that date. If you’d like wreaths earlier, please let us know and we’ll try to get them to you!  Wreaths again are priced at $20, and  please pay when you pick them up. After materials cost, all funds go to Broad Bay. 

To order by e-mail or phone, contact Maryann at find332@aol.com or 273-3169. Ordering deadline is Sunday, Nov. 19.  The wreath bases we use are put together right in Damariscotta by seasonal workers, so you are supporting the local economy! Also, remember that wreaths make a great gift for a relative, friend, or special neighbor ‘cause they “keep on giving” all through the winter months … so order two, or more!

 

Hannaford Cards

Due to the fact that there were 5 Sundays in October, it means we go three weeks without being able to reload the cards. And the 4th Sunday in December is Christmas Eve, which kind of misses the mark for holiday groceries! So, from now until the end of the year we will go biweekly in hopes that this will be more convenient. The dates are:

  • Nov 5
  • Nov 19
  • Dec 3
  • Dec 17

 

Reminders

  • Musicians, especially organist, sought.  Seeking musicians, especially an organist who wants to bring musical gifts to our worship.  Requirements:  ability to use music to open hearts and soothe souls.  
  • If you would like to provide flowers for Sunday Worship, contact Linda Brandt to sign up.
  • Clink recycling bags are available at the back of the sanctuary, proceeds go to the Heifer Project.
  • Art and Scripture meets Mondays 10:30 am. All are welcome, art skills optional.

Holiday Fair

Saturday, December 9th

As we all get ready for the upcoming holiday season, don't forget the Fair! Here's a list of some of what we will be offering and will have a need for:

Cookie walk - cookies (obviously!)

Bake sale - pies, jams, jellies, breads, etc

Broad Bay Craft Table - if you do a craft and feel you can donate a few items, we can put together a great table of our own!

Childrens Table - games, puzzles, toys, books, art materials that are either new or gently used that will be exclusively for kids and specially priced for them

Raffle - we need 10 items that people can buy tickets for. Services, themed baskets (like a knitters delight basket, or a kitchen basket, etc), finished craft items like a quilted table runner, etc. were all a big hit last year.

Silent Auction - got a kayak or canoe or piece of art work that you just don't use anymore? Consider donating it for the Trustees amazing silent auction!

Broad Bay Bistro - we will be doing breakfast sandwiches and take out items, so we will need:

  •    four dozen eggs
  •    four packages English muffins
  •    four pounds sausage patties
  •    crock pots of soup or chowder or stew for take out

We will also be having fresh wreaths for sale, a 50/50 raffle, and outside vendors. 

Let's make this the best fair yet!

Help us make a photo directory for Broad Bay!

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There is no cost to you or to the church!  And you get a free 8x10 as well as a copy of the directory!  LifeTouch will be in the Fellowship Hall on Friday, November 10th from 1:00PM until 8:00PM.  

You can schedule an appointment yourself on the following link, or sign up after church during coffee hour with Linda Brandt.

https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/y783dphk/

News this Week

Family Friendly Cookout at Broad Bay

August 12, 4-7 pm

Have some fun and get to know our neighbors! We will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs accompanied by baked beans, salads, and ice cream. Bring a friend and join us on the side lawn of the church! Donations will be appreciated.

 

Sunday Worship

August 13, 10 am

Be the Church: Embrace Diversity:  Quinn Gormley, preaching.  Quinn returns to Broad Bay.  Quinn is now the Director of the Maine Transgender Network. Her sermon is titled "High Heels on the Boardwalk."  Quinn promises to pepper her sermon with stories from Pilgrim Lodge's Pride Camp, a week devoted to building community among LGBTQ youth.

 

Annual Organ Concert with Jay Zoller, Organist

Friday, August 18 at 7 pm

Jay Harold Zoller will be the featured performer at the organ concert on Aug. 18. The free concert, an annual community event, begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a refreshment hour.

Zoller, director of music and organist at South Parish Church in Augusta, is retired from the Andover Organ Co. where he built and designed pipe organs. He writes articles and reviews of organ music for the Diapason magazine and, since retirement, has increased his concert activities.  Zoller has played concerts in Germany, including recitals in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne. In the last year he has played programs in New England, as well as Wyoming and Nebraska. He lives in Newcastle with his wife, Rachel, is a docent at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, and also paints.

The Aug. 18 program is weighted toward more contemporary composers, but will include a rarelyheard work by Johann Sebastian Bach, Prelude and Fugue in d minor.  Zoller also will play works by Derek Bourgeois (Serenade, Opus 22),  Joe Utterback (Go Down Moses, Standin’ in the Need of Prayer, Every Time I Feel the Spirit), Carson Cooman (Ceremonial Suite, Opus 1215 and Concertino III), and Thomas Aberg (Fantasy in A minor, I Folkton, Festival Voluntary).  The selection from Bourgeois, a semi-retiredcomposer living in England, is perky and off-beat and one of his most-often played pieces. Utterback, an American composer, specializes in composing and performing in a jazz style. Cooman, who is composer in residence at Harvard University Chapel, Boston, dedicated his Concertina III to Maine organist Kevin Birch, who has given several of Broad Bay’s summer organ concerts.  Works by Aberg, a well-known Swedish organist and composer, are known for their rhythmic joy, simplicity, and humor.

A free-will offering will go to the Broad Bay Congregational UCC building fund.

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Sunday Worship

August 6, 10 am - Be the Church: Protect the Environment: Scientist Kathy Osborne will speak about the environment. Mike Whitehead, trumpet; Tom Luther, piano; Jason Dean, drums.  A service of communion from the Iona Community in Scotland will be based on the gift of creation.  Rev. Nancy Duncan leading worship. 

 

Organ Concert

Friday August 18 at 7 pm - Organ Concert with Jay Zoller featuring the works of Johann Sebastian Bach,  Derek Bourgeois, Joe Utterback, and Carson Cooman. Admission by donation. Donations to support the Broad Bay Building Fund to restore and renovate the 1838 church building. 

 

Rev. Nancy Duncan's Blog

Stay in touch and follow Rev. Nancy Duncan's blog at https://revnancyduncan.wordpress.com.  You can have her articles emailed directly to you by clicking on the "follow" button on the bottom of the screen.   Her most recent article is about the power of our death rituals.  

 

Also Happening at Broad Bay

If you would like to provide flowers for Sunday Worship, contact Linda Brandt to sign up.

Linda and Maryann will answer your questions about the Hannaford gift card program this Sunday after Church.

Clink recycling bags are available at the back of the sanctuary, proceeds go to the Heifer Project.

Art and Scripture meets Mondays 10:30 am. All are welcome, art skills optional.

An opportunity for which the church was born...

The leadership of the United Church of Christ has released a statement from condemning President Donald Trump's decision to abandon the Paris Climate Accords.  (read the full statement here)  Included is a call to congregations and clergy to embrace this moment of opportunity in the following ways:

Accept the mantle of moral leadership
Now the time for clergy to speak from their pulpits about the moral obligation of our generation to protect God’s creation. Let the world know that whatever the current American administration may say or do, the Jesus movement will not back away from God’s call to protect our common home.
Incarnate change
Now is the time for congregations and for every person of faith to set a moral example through our own words and actions. As individuals and as communities, we can commit to making decisions of integrity in our energy choices, and to holding our leaders accountable to do the same.
Proclaim truth in the public square
Now is the time for communities of faith to be bold and courageous in proclaiming truth in the public square. It is now abundantly clear that the Federal Government will not address the greatest moral challenge that the world has ever faced.  It is up to us.

News This Week

Between now and Pentecost on June 4, Rev. Nancy Duncan will be preaching and blogging on the early followers of Jesus as they struggled to understand what it all meant and what to do. Their questions and challenges seem eerily relevant to the life of the Broad Bay Church.  What is God doing now?  Where do we meet the Risen Christ?  Follow Nancy's thoughts and add your own athttps://revnancyduncan.wordpress.com/

Consider the questions facing Broad Bay including:

“How can the Broad Bay Church effectively share God's love and justice, deepen connections to others, and better serve as a sanctuary to the people of the congregation and the Waldoboro community?” 

 

Building Committee

Follow the work of the Building Committee and share your ideas, questions, fears, hopes, concerns, and your sense of where the spirit is calling this church at:

--Broadbaychurch.org and click on Building Committee

--the kiosk in the fellowship Hall

--the back of the sanctuary

--in person with a member of the Building Committee. 

We want to hear from you! 

 

Art and Scripture

Mondays 10:30 am
Gather around the table with art supplies and scripture.  Read the readings for the following week and let your imagination soar.  All are welcome. Art skills optional.

 

Pastoral Relations Meeting 

Tuesday, May 1: 5:30 pm

 

Birthday Celebration

Sunday, May 21: 2-4 pm
Open House at Broad Bay to honor Marguerite Hills 100th birthday.

 

Learn more about Broad Bay & the United Church of Christ

May 30: 6:30 pm
How did we start? How to get involved or join? Who makes decisions? What does Nancy do? What do we believe? Come and join the Deacons for dessert and conversation. Everyone who is curious about the church is welcome. 

 

Summer Concert

Friday, June 23 7 pm
Multi-media Concert with Josie and Sophie Davis, Colin Wheatley, violins, and Jaime Feldman, cello

 

All Church Meeting

Tuesday, June 27 5:30 pm
All Church Meeting with folks from the National Fund and Partners for Sacred Places.  Come learn about how other churches have utilized their buildings to build partnerships with other community organizations. 

A Rewarding Opportunity -

If You Like to Drive!

Lincoln County FISH (Friends in Service Helping) is a volunteer driving service for residents of Lincoln County. All rides are free, with drivers donating their time, vehicle and gas. The destinations (both distance and purpose) are only limited by drivers’ willingness. Once a request is received (LC FISH phone is 350-9808), all the drivers are notified by a group email. Drivers do not have a quota in any given time period and each driver determines his or her availability. Given the demographics and geography of our area, there is a huge need and our requests are growing monthly. (We did 98 rides in September and 138 in October.)

So, we are always looking for more drivers. If this ministry speaks to you, please call or email Edie Vaughan – 677-6085, evaughan@tidewater.net for more information.

And of course, we hope you’ll spread the word to anyone who might need a ride.

 

Other News this Week

Lenten Vesper Services

Starting Thursday, March 9 at 5:30 pm in the sanctuary  

There will be a quiet service on Thursdays at 5:30 during Lent.  Quiet, prayer, organ (thanks Carroll), scripture, and hymn.  Come and pause during this reflective time of year. 

 

All Church Retreat

Saturday, April 8 from 9 am--3 pm 

We will be having a retreat at the Downeast School of Massage, Waldoboro (Rt 220) led by Rev. Deborah Blood, Maine United Church of Christ, Conference Minister. The members of this church work hard: cleaning, visiting, meeting, planning, and doing.  This retreat is for us to listen: to the voice inside, to each other, and to God.  Hope you can come.  Please rsvp towaldoucc@midcoast.com so we know how much food to bring. 

 

Worship Service

Sunday, 10 am

Loving God, Self and Neighbor.  Cathy Anderson, flute and Carroll Smith, organ. Jesus said, "How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing."   Nancy Duncan will reflect on imagining God as a hen gathering her brood under her wings.   Church School for the children.  

Twenty-first Century Ministry: Nineteenth Century Building

Amazing News! The Broad Bay Church has gained national recognition and was awarded a place in the 2016-17 cohort of the National Fund for Sacred Places. This is the official press release from Sacred Places.

 

Historic Maine Church Selected for National Grant-Making Program

Waldoboro, Maine (November 4, 2016) — The historic Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Waldoboro has been selected to participate in a national grant-making program. The church will receive a planning grant and in-kind professional services leading to the opportunity to access up to $250,000 in capital grants for its church building, which dates back to 1838.

The award comes as part of an unprecedented $14 million National Fund for Sacred Places announced by Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to assist aging churches in need of repair and restoration. The Fund will provide up to $250,000 in capital grants, in addition to planning grants and an array of services, for at least 50 individual congregations from a diversity of faiths over four years.

“We have some real issues that we need to address involving the structural integrity of the building, including part of the foundation and the steeple,” says Reverend Nancy Duncan, who explains that the church’s steeple is an important part of the area’s skyline. “And our building is also used for a local restorative justice program as well as the historical society and other members of our community. We need to address access issues such as ADA. Old churches like this were built for people who could climb stairs.”

Broad Bay was selected by the Fund due to its clear dedication to being a community resource for the people of Waldoboro. Restoring the historic building is seen as an opportunity to deepen the positive impact of the congregation on local residents.

“We are really excited to work with Broad Bay. They have sincerely sought community buy-in and see their building truly as a resource for the town. This is exactly the kind of congregation we seek to highlight with resources from the Fund,” says Chad Martin, Director of the National Fund.

The National Fund for Sacred Places is a collaboration that builds on Partners for Sacred Places’ decades of work helping churches use best stewardship practices with their historic facilities in order to strengthen, serve and celebrate their communities for the common good. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is the nation’s leading preservation organization with 60 years of advocacy and grant-making to preserve America’s diverse history.

The Fund was launched with two grants totaling nearly $14 million from the Indiana-based Lilly Endowment Inc. Through this initiative, $10 million will be disbursed for capital improvements, with the remainder used for planning, technical assistance, coaching and program oversight.

More information, including contact information and high-resolution images, is available from Chad Martin, Director of the National Fund. Details about the application process, eligibility requirements and selection criteria are available by visiting www.fundforsacredplaces.org. Applications are now being accepted for the next round of grants, which will be awarded in the fall of 2017.

About Partners for Sacred Places

Partners for Sacred Places is the only national, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to the sound stewardship and active community use of America’s older religious properties. www.sacredplaces.org

About The National Trust for Historic Preservation 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately-funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. www.savingplaces.org

New Hope for Women Volunteers Needed

New Hope for Women, offering support to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo Counties, will be holding a 40-hour training session for volunteers interested in helping on their 24-hour crisis hotline. Classes will start in mid-September.

Be the compassionate and non-judgmental voice on the other end of the phone, right from your home, with staff support always provided. Donate your time and talents to help members of your community change their lives, one phone call at a time.  For more information go to www.newhopeforwomen.org to download a volunteer application.

 

Reaching New People Workshop

October 7 and 8

Broad Bay is registered to attend a 2 Day workshop to help churches reconnect with their communities and invite new people into the congregation.

We are looking for a few volunteers to join Nancy in attending this “Reaching New People” workshop led by Rev. Paul Nickerson. The workshop will be held in Boothbay.  For more information visit http://www.nickersoncoaching.com/workshopsandtraining.html

Contact one of the co-moderators, or email the church if you are interested in attending.

Help Us Collect Backpacks and Supplies for Local Students and Youth in Need

Outreach is collecting backpacks for Miller School students again this year.  You may donate a backpack filled with supplies or bring in some school supplies and we'll divide them among the various packs.   Packs are for children kindergarten - 6th grade.   Suggested school supplies:   paper, pencils, pens, crayons, colored pencils, glue sticks, folders, binders, etc.  Now is a good time to shop; the deadline is Sunday, August 21st.

Outreach also wishes to receive donations for one Safety Pack for the Midcoast Queer Collective.  Quinn Gormley has provided a "Safety Pack Item List" which you can check out at the back of the church sanctuary.   Please select specific item(s) to bring and sign your name.

Other News This Week

Worship Service

Sunday, July 31 at 10 am  Broad Bay welcomes Rev. Ralph Moore, who will lead worship. Music will be provided by Carroll Smith and the Mike Whitehead Jazz Trio, featuring Mike Whitehead, Tom Luther, and Jason Dean.

 

Language of America Film Showing

Wednesday, August 17 at 7 pm  Language of America - a film and discussion presented by Ben Levine that explores native American language, philosophy and community and how Indian words reveal an inherent connectedness between people, nature and spirit.

Summer Concerts

We have two more concerts planned this summer.

August 21 at 4 pm - A Jazz Celebration of Local Composers with the Mike Whitehead Group

September 9 at 7 pm - Our Annual Organ Concert with organist Sean Fleming

Mark your calendars and look for more information in upcoming Broad Bay Newsletters.  

 

Reaching New People Workshop

October 7 and 8

Broad Bay is looking for a few volunteers to join Nancy in attending a “Reaching New People” workshop led by Rev. Paul Nickerson at the Boothbay Harbor Congregational Church. For more information visit http://www.nickersoncoaching.com/workshopsandtraining.html

Contact one of the co-moderators, Blake and Joe, or email the church if you are interested in attending.

 

Craft Supplies Fair

It is time to clean your craft studio and purge that clutter! Haul out those unused and leftover art and craft supplies and get them ready to be sold at our Craft Supplies Fair on October 22. Contact the Outreach committee for more information.

 

Art and Scripture Group 

Mondays at 10:30 am
Join us as we use art, prayer and conversation to reflect on a scripture reading. Come to pray, laugh, question, draw, collage. All skill levels welcome.

 

Memorial Day Service of Reflections

Memorial Day Worship

Sunday, May 29 at 10 am
Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ will honor Memorial Day with a Service of Reflections.  Claire Riser and Dorothy Petersen will share reflections on relatives, including a Medal of Honor recipient,  who served in world wars. Rev. Konni Wells and Ted Smith will assist in the service.  Quinn Gormley will provide the music.

 

Our Church our Dream Workshop

Sunday, June 5, 11-12
Join us after worship in the fellowship hall for a slide presentation and discussion led by the Our Dream Committee, who will update us on our progress toward a church master plan. Participation and questions are encouraged as we continue to think about our platform for ministry. Refreshments will be provided.

 

Outdoor Worship & Picnic at the Farnsworth Farm

Sunday, June 12 at 10 am
Celebrate God's creation with an outdoor service of worship followed by the church school picnic. The Sunday School will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, plates, and utensils.  Feel free to bring a side dish or dessert to share. (Farnsworth Farm is picturesque, 10 acre private property owned by the Meyer family who have generously allowed us the use of it for June 12 only.)
Directions to the Farnsworth Farm: Take 220 (Friendship Rd.) south (past the Methodist Church going toward Friendship) to Mayo Rd, which is on the right about 3 miles south of Waldoboro Village.  

 

Telling our Story

Monday June 13  6-8 pm, dessert will be served
What makes Broad Bay a strong and vital church?
Rev. Susie Craig is coming to interview us as part of her research on vital churches.  Come and reflect on the strengths of our ministry today!  Everyone is invited.  Dessert will be served at 6 and conversation will start around 6:15.  People of all ages are invited. 

Crop Walk in Bristol

Who wants to explore Bristol on foot and raise dollars for Church World Service and local food pantries?  Sunday, June 5 at 1 PM the Congregational Church of Bristol.  A six mile walk with options to get picked up in a Model T if you don't want to do the whole route.  Anyone want to be part of a Broad Bay contingent? Email us at waldoucc@midcoast.com.

 

Other news this week

Bell Concert: Penobscot Bay Bell Ringers

Sunday, May 15 at 4 pm.  Broad Bay is expanding our concert offerings.  I love the extravagant welcome we extend for concerts.  It is a chance to bring the community together to pause, to listen, and to reflect. The hour-long concert will feature a variety of familiar hymns and several original handbell pieces. Debra Hall will play a solo. The group performs on five octaves of Malmark handbells and Choirchimes®, delighting audiences with a full orchestral sound.

Take a break from the busyness of your life to spend an hour, sitting and listening.  Invite others to join you.  See our events page for more information.

 

 

Children: Seen and Heard

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We love this graphic though it is not a news flash or a profound statement but is simply how we live at Broad Bay.  

Did you know that the church school picnic is on Sunday, June 12?  

We are following the children and moving worship to the shores of the Medomak River.  Details to follow.  Save the date and plan to worship at 10 am outside at the Farnsworth Farm.  Worship will be followed by a picnic sponsored by the Sunday School students and teachers.  Hamburgers, hotdogs, and drinks will be provided.  Feel free to bring a side dish or dessert if you would like to contribute.