The Hingham Singers
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

The Hingham Singers

The Hingham Singers, a Boston-area-based ensemble of eleven members will be guest musicians at Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ, 941 Main Street Waldoboro on July 21. The morning service, which begins at 10 am, will feature several sacred a cappella and accompanied choral pieces performed by the group. The Hingham Singers will also present evening concerts of “The Music of Peter, Paul, and Mary”, in Wiscasset (July 19, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church) and Camden (July 20, 7:30 pm at the First Congregational Church).

The trio of Peter, Paul and Mary gained prominence in a time of conflict and crisis. Singing songs of hope as conflicts over civil rights and the war in Vietnam raged, they inspired audiences to come together and sing and work for justice and peace. Rev. Nancy Duncan will continue her sermon reflections on the theme of Renouncing Violence with thoughts on how in troubled and fearful times we can glimpse answers “blowing the in the wind.”


Soloist Jan Heuman has performed with the acclaimed Dale Warland Singers. Music Director Paul Cappers’ music ensembles have performed in Europe on many tours. His Youth Chorale at the University of Hartford appeared with the Hartford Symphony under the baton of Skitch Henderson. He currently conducts the Massasoit Senior Orchestra as well as The Hingham Singers. One of his earliest music teaching positions was as vocal music teacher in neighboring Rockland, where he had the pleasure of teaching two members of the Penobscot Bell Ringers: Susan (Marckoon) Jones and Ann (Jillson) Walker.

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Summer Concert
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Concert

Join us for our annual summer concert in Waldoboro - a celebration of the Medomak River and the working waterfront with music and imagery. The evening will feature music by Dvorak, Holst, Danish folk tunes and more, paired with photographs and artwork by Midcoast artists. Through imagery, music and story, Music on the Medomak captures the many ways the river supports local fisheries from clamming and lobstering to ice fishing and the alewife run. Visit halcyonstringquartet.com to learn more.

Admission by donation.

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Join us for a Block Party and 35th Anniversary Celebration!
Jun
22
12:00 PM12:00

Join us for a Block Party and 35th Anniversary Celebration!

Saturday June 22, Noon-3pm

The celebration will be held rain or shine.


This free event will feature:

music by The Rusty Hinges 

a children’s bounce house 

loads of games for both young and “older” 

hotdogs, salads, ice cream, and cake

delicious tasting of fish and lobster chowders 


The Rusty Hinges is a midcoast-based band that plays an ecelectic mix of acoustic music from folk and oldies to pop and rock, bluegrass and country to songs of the sea. The band includes guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle and cello as well as vocal harmony and the occasional harmonica.

   

Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ started as a house church in the kitchen of Carol and Don Hakkila. The church soon moved to the Waldoboro Grange Hall, where it was located for more than a decade. In 2002, members of the church voted to buy what had most recently been the First Baptist Church. Since that purchase, the congregation has restored the 1875 Hook & Hastings organ, replaced the roof, refurbished the sanctuary and is nearing groundbreaking for a $750,000-plus project that will help restore and renew parts of the building, including the foundation, with an emphasis on safety, accessibility and flexibility. The congregation, led for the past 15 years by Rev. Nancy Duncan, is active in supporting, working with, and opening the church doors to many other local groups.

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Book and Bake Sale
Jun
7
9:00 AM09:00

Book and Bake Sale

“A house without books is like a room without windows”  

                                                           Horace Mann


Gigantic book sale at Broad Bay on June 7th and 8th from 9:00AM-1:00PM!

We have a huge selection of fiction and Civil War books as well as children’s and young readers, gardening, crafts, sports, Maine topics and authors, religion and spirituality, and history, just to name a few. You name it, we’ve got it!

There will also be a bake sale with coffee and tea available and a place to sit and enjoy your purchases (or think about what you might have missed!).

Bring a friend and find your summer reading, your inspiration, or an antique treasure!

9 am - 1 pm Friday and Saturday

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Feb
3
11:00 AM11:00

Annual Meeting

The Call: Annual Meeting February 3, 2019

From Alethe Donaldson, Church Clerk and Co-Moderators Raymond Anderson and Blake Donaldson.

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 20, 2019, we give the first of two notices, that our 35th Annual Meeting as a recognized church in the Midcoast Association will be held following the worship service in the sanctuary on February 3, 2019 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 10, 2019 following the worship service.

The Annual Meeting is to review and act on the Annual Report, elect officers, board members, and delegates; vote on the budget for 2019;  to accept the recommendation of the Broad Bay Building Committee and the Council to secure a construction loan of not more than $500,000 to accomplish Phase 1plan of the church renovations;  and to act on any other business that comes before said meeting.

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Christmas Eve Service
Dec
24
4:30 PM16:30

Christmas Eve Service

Readings, Carols, and Candlelight with a surprise (unique way of telling the Christmas Story) from our church school. Danji Buck-Moore is coming from Montreal to play the organ and April Reed-Cox is joining us on cello. Nancy Duncan leading worship.

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The Little Fir Tree: A Musical Celebration of Winter
Dec
8
4:30 PM16:30

The Little Fir Tree: A Musical Celebration of Winter

Concert to benefit the Waldo Theater

Admission by donation, children free

Don't miss our family-friendly winter benefit concert at Broad Bay Church in Waldoboro! A reading of Margaret Wise Brown's beloved The Little Fir Tree, and projections of Barbara Cooney's award-winning illustrations, will be accompanied by music played by Josie and Sophie Davis, Ju-Young Lee, and Colin Wheatley. Local actress, Devin Fletcher, will narrate.

A reception with hot chocolate and cookies generously donated by Laura Cabot Cateringwill follow.

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Holiday Fair
Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

Holiday Fair

The Broad Bay Holiday Fair will be on Dec 1st from 9:AM to 2:00PM.

As in the past couple of years, we will have some community crafters, a Broad Bay craft table, raffles, breakfast sandwiches, soup, and, of course, cookies!

Contact Linda Brandt for any questions. Thank you!

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Soup supper to benefit Broad Bay
Nov
10
5:00 PM17:00

Soup supper to benefit Broad Bay

Soups are the stars in the next event of Broad Bay Congregational UCC’s multi-month capital campaign. On Sat., Nov. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Community Friends of Broad Bay will serve up Beef Soup, Squash Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup and Corn Chowder, along with rolls and cornbread, beverages and a wide variety of “church-lady” pies. The pies are being baked by members of Broad Bay and the United Methodist Church. A silent auction, to include antique furniture, a cabin-vacation on Damariscotta Lake and many other items, will run concurrently.

The supper will be in the VFW Hall on Mill Street and suggested donation is $12 for ages 6 and up; $5 for children ages 4-5, and free for ages 3 and younger. All proceeds go to the A Place for All Capital Campaign.

Betsy Wooster, who lives on Main Street near the church, said longtime friends and neighbors were talking about changes happening in Waldoboro and decided they’d like to do something to help Broad Bay in its fundraising effort.

“Only one of us is a member but the rest of us value the church for its history, its beauty and the vital role it plays in town life,” Wooster said. “We’re hoping lots of people join us at the dinner so we can assist the work of this church that helps us all.”

The church is edging closer and seeking community donations to reach its goal of raising at least $500,000 by Nov. 30. If the A Place for All Capital Campaign reaches that benchmark, the church will be the recipient of matching funds of $250,000 from the National Fund for Sacred Places. Funds will be used to make the historic Broad Bay building safer, more accessible, and more flexible for use by the church and community. 

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Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Benefit concert Featuring the Alehouse String Band

This concert is a fundraiser for New Hope for Women, which offers support to women, men, and children in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties affected by domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. New Hope for Women provides a hotline, emergency shelter, transition housing, support groups, education, and other resources to assist our communities in creating a safer and healthier future.

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Sep
30
3:00 PM15:00

Organ Concert

Keith Scott Reas will be the featured performer at Broad Bay Congregational UCC’s organ concert on Sept. 30. The concert, with works from Bach to the contemporary Ethan McGrath, begins at 3 p.m. in the church at 941 Main St. Admission is free, with donations greatly appreciated to the church’s A Place For All Capital Campaign.

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The community concert, an annual event, also stars the church’s 1875 Hook & Hastings organ. The congregation funded restoration of the organ by David E. Wallace & Co. of Gorham over a period of years, finishing in 2010.

Reas holds degrees in organ performance from Oberlin College, the University of Oregon and the Eastman School of Music. In June, Reas retired as director of music at St. Paul’s Episcoal Church, Chattanooga, Tenn., where he had served since 2009. He also had tenures in Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Ariz., Rochester, N.Y. and Richland, Wash. Choral conducting positions include the Alexandria Choral Society (Va.), the Women’s Chorus at the Catholic University of America, and Choral Arts of Chattanooga, where recent concerts included the Brahms “Requiem” and Paul Winter’s “Missa Gaia.” Hailed as “an organists’ organist” (Tucson Daily Star), he took first prize in the 1985 International Organ Playing Competition in Ann Arbor, Mich., and has performed across the United States and in England, Germany and Italy.

Recently moved to Rochester, N.Y., Reas continues to be active as an organist, accompanist and conductor. A former member of the church choir he directed in Washington, D.C. lives in Waldoboro, and that connection led him to play at a morning service last summer and to get to know the Hook & Hastings organ.

“I try really hard to develop a program that is particularly suited to the specific instrument that I'm playing, and that I hope will be engaging for the local audience,” Reas said. “For this concert, I'm playing a wide variety of pieces, from the late Renaissance, Sweelinck, to a brand new composition, McGrath, that I think will showcase the beautiful individual and ensemble sounds of this lovely instrument.

“I'm opening the program with a short piece by Jacques Lemmens, which was published in 1862 and very well could have been played on this organ when it was new. I'm closing the program with two compositions by the Romantic French composer Louis Vierne. Written in 1913-14, these pieces are also particularly well suited to the style and period of the Hook and Hastings. The centerpiece of the concert is one of my favorite Bach works, the ‘Prelude and Fugue in C Major,’ BWV 547, often referred to as ‘the 9/8’ because of its meter.”

Recent solo concerts include the XXXI International Organ Festival at the Church of Santa Rita, Turin, Italy; the Eastman at St. Michael’s Series, with clarinetist Margaret Quackenbush; the premiere of a new work for organ and brass ensemble by composer/conductor Douglas Hedwig with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet; the Artist Series at Somers (Conn.) Congregational UCC and at First Parish Church UCC, Brunswick.

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Sep
9
11:45 AM11:45

Finding sacred times in Alzheimer's

All are welcome to a short presentation, followed by a question and answer period, about Alzheimer’s Disease on Sept. 9 at Broad Bay Congregational UCC.  A free, optional  light lunch will be offered at 11:45 a.m., and the approximately hour-long program will start at 12:15 p.m.

Rev. Phillip McKean of Cushing and Claremont, Calif., will speak on “Remembering and Forgetting: Changing Times and Sacred Times in Experiencing Alzheimer’s.” McKean says he will talk about how “our memories are quite a gift, and also perhaps an overrated gift.”

McKean’s wife, Deborah, a deacon in the Episcopal Church, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2015.  With her memory increasingly failing, the McKeans checked into many medical possibilities and, says McKean, he may have been in a state of denial, as he continued to hope for a different medical reason. Since being accepting of the diagnosis, McKean said, he and his wife have found wonderful support in both Maine and California.  He will share about his experiences in creating a life as “a care companion” with his mission of helping his wife “live as full a life as she can in the present.” Deborah McKean is participating in clinical trials, and her husband also will speak briefly about those. 

The presentation will be followed by a time to ask questions and share information. Printed material from the Alzheimer’s Association and the Maine chapter will be available.  Broad Bay Congregational UCC is located at 941 Main St.

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Broad Bay welcomes all to Campaign kick-off afternoon of fun
Sep
1
3:00 PM15:00

Broad Bay welcomes all to Campaign kick-off afternoon of fun

Broad Bay Congregational Church invites the community to an afternoon of fun, celebrating the public phase of its Capital Campaign Kick-Off on Sat., Sept. 1. The event runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m., rain or shine, and neighbors from near and far are welcome to drop in at any time. 

Staying true to its campaign theme of “A Place for All,” there will be food for vegetarians as well as carnivores, young and not-so-young, including veggie platters, crockpots full of various goodies, fruits, beverages and ice cream. Children can take a turn or two in a bounce house, as well as get their faces painted, get temporary tatoos, play games, and adults can socialize or sit back and listen to live music. 

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Children

can take a turn or two in a bounce house, as well as get their faces painted, get temporary tatoos, play games, and adults can socialize or sit back and listen to live music.

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The Windfern Ensemble

will play both classical and popular selections for the afternoon get-together.

At 4:15 p.m.,campaign co-chairs Dorothy Petersen and Kathy Osborne will unveil the campaign funding sign, showing what church congregants have raised and the amount that still needs to be raised.  Shortly after that, Brian Scheuzger, an architect and member of the church’s building committee, will give a tour of the 1838 church, pointing out historical features and explaining plans to make the building more accessible, safe and flexibie.  Among the slated projects are work on the structural integrity of the building, including foundation and steeple projects; making the entrance safer and more user-friendly; putting in a lift for easier access to the church sanctuary, and adding a restroom on the sanctuary level. 

“We’re hoping folks in the neighborhood, as well as those from farther away, will come for some simple family fun,” said Osborne. “The town is letting us close the small portion of Pleasant Street along the side lawn for the hours of the party which will enhance the family-friendly feel we're striving to create.”

With community support, church members hope to raise $500,000 by Nov. 15, which would then make Broad Bay eligible to receive $250,000 in matching funds from the National Fund for Sacred Places. That fund, a collaboration of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the  Partners for Sacred Places, chose the church, along with only 13 others nationwide, for its inaugural grant process. Broad Bay was chosen for its historical significance, commitment to the community, need for financial help in urgently needed projects, fundraising capabilities and vitality of its congregation.

“We are committed to the project for so many reasons,” said co-chair Petersen. “The church building is open to all for concerts, meetings and worship. The steeple is a beautiful symbol of the town of Waldoboro and reminds us of our heritage and of something greater than ourselves.
“And, we believe in the power of community. We’re already seeing that the project is succeeding with the help not only of church members and friends, but because the wider Lincoln County community cares about preservation and has a commitment to future generations.” 

Many community groups currently use space at Broad Bay, including Alcoholics Anonymous, nutrition and restorative justice programs, the historical society and the garden society. The church hosts musical events, including organ concerts, some of which have been benefits for community organizations, including New Hope for Women, CHIP, and the Waldoboro Food Pantry. The hope and plan is that the building will be used more extensively by more groups in the community. 

The church building has been home to both Congregationalists and Baptists.  Broad Bay started as a house church in 1983 and moved to the Grange Hall that same year. In 2002, the congregation voted to purchase the 941 Main St. site, formerly the First Baptist Church. Since then, the congregation has restored the 1875 Hook & Hastings organ, put on a new roof, replastered the walls of the sanctuary and refurbished its lighting, among other projects.

Other Broad Bay September events are a fundraiser dinner on Sept. 15 at the VFW, hosted by the Community Friends of Broad Bay, and an organ concert featuring Keith Reas on Sept. 30. 

For more information visit our capital campaign page.

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The Wideness of Mercy Concert
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

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. 

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Feb
4
11:00 AM11:00

Annual Meeting

The Call: Annual Meeting February 4, 2018 (after the worship service)

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 download a copy of the Annual Report

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Dec
14
7:00 AM07:00

Christmas Services

Please join us in worship and fellowship at one of the following events this Christmas:

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.  See below for more details.

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

 

Ecumenical Christmas Eve Service

December 24, 4:30 pm,  Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ

Exuberant Children, Illuminated Stars, Christmas Carols, Organ, Flute, and Choir. Squirmy Children & Weary Adults encouraged to attend

The Broad Cove Community Church (Cushing), Waldoboro United Methodist Church, and the Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ invite the community to celebrate the birth of Jesus with us.  Rev. Nancy Duncan, (Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ), and Pastor Karen Lilli Pax (Broad Cove Community Church, Cushing and the Waldoboro United Methodist Church) will lead the service.

Aaron Robinson, whose musical career started at the Broad Cove Church will play the organ and accompany a community choir lead by Pastor Karen Lilli Pax.  Aaron Robinson studied composition and piano performance at the Boston Conservatory of Music and has composed and performed extensively. Pastor Karen Lilli Pax has been soloist, choir director, and music director in churches in Maine and New York. Catherine Anderson will play the flute. 

The Broad Bay Church youth and children will share their interpretation of the meaning of Christmas. The service will include Scripture, carols, poetry, music, and communion.  Geared toward squirmy children and weary adults, the congregations hope that many will want to take the time to pause in the midst of this busy time to remember the birth of a baby whose light is born in the lives of his followers. 

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Dec
9
9:00 AM09:00

Holiday Fair 2017

The Holiday Fair this year will be on December 9th from 9AM to 3PM. 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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Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

Lifetouch Photography

Help us make a photo directory for Broad Bay!

On Friday, Nov 10, Broad Bay will be offering professional portraits to support the Help Yourself Shelf. A variety of shots of your choosing will be taken that you will be able to view immediately. The sitting can include any combination you choose - you and your spouse, just the kids, you and your pet, etc. One shot, again of your choosing, will be used for a pictorial directory that we are compiling. There is no cost for the sitting or the directory photo or the directory itself. Additional prints and a variety of other products, such as Christmas cards, will be available for your purchase with no obligation.

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

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

 

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Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

Building Committee Report

Barba and Wheelock will share the results of the thinking and work that they have completed with the input of the building committee.  Please come!  We'll have renderings and cost estimates.  Dessert will be provided.

In the process of working with Barba and Wheelock, the building committee has grappled with many questions regarding the form and shape of our ministry.  We want a building that is safe, accessible, and flexible—one that embodies the radical welcome we try to extend to all. Come and see what Barba and Wheelock think the building could become.

As always, the building committee welcomes and encourages your input.  This is just the beginning!  Nothing will go forward without your ideas and support.  And, if nothing else, this process has allowed us to look inside ourselves and how we can serve better together and within the community.  Please see Nancy Duncan’s latest blog, Cutting Paper Dolls, for an insightful view on that topic: http://revnancyduncan.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/cutting-paper-dolls-building-for-ministry/.  And please feel free to speak to any of us—Brian, Kathy, Linda, Maryann, Nancy, Joe, and Jon—or email us anytime at buildingcommittee@broadbaychurch.org.

 

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Enriched by Music, Strengthened by Hope, to benefit New Hope for Women
Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

Enriched by Music, Strengthened by Hope, to benefit New Hope for Women

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Broad Bay Church is privileged to host a concert titled, Enriched by Music, Strengthened by Hope, to benefit New Hope for Women on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. The musical performance will feature the Musicians of Palaver Strings, with Peipei Song, pianist. Concert-goers will be treated to works by Schubert and Mendelssohn performed by a dedicated and diverse group of young musicians from the Boston area (with a Maine connection!). The Palaver Strings, who took part in the recent Bay Chamber Screen Door Summer Music Festival in Camden, are dedicated to performing concert hall music in community settings; the group uses music to aid in discussion of social issues, promote education and healing, and inspire peers and community to support the arts.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and, as part of the Oct. 7 program, the memorial project called An Empty Place at the Table will be on exhibit during the concert reception. Each empty place setting represents a victim of domestic violence in our area.

This concert is a fundraiser for New Hope for Women, which offers support to women, men, and children in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties affected by domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. New Hope for Women provides a hotline, emergency shelter, transition housing, support groups, education, and other resources to assist our communities in creating a safer and healthier future. 

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Organ Concert
Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00

Organ Concert

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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Singing, Praying and Living the Psalms
Jul
16
10:00 AM10:00

Singing, Praying and Living the Psalms

The Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ invites the community to a special service: Singing, Praying and Living the Psalms on Sunday, July 16 at 10 am.  For 3000 years, people have poured their hearts into praying and singing the psalms.  Human emotions of joy, anguish, anger, and trust are verbalized in these ancient words. 

Guest organist, Keith Reas, will play Waldoboro's E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings Organ (1875) for this service which will include lots of music including hymns and a community choir.  Music will include 19th century compositions for organ as well as organ settings for African American Spirituals. 

Keith Reis holds degrees in organ performance from The Oberlin College Conservatory, the University of Oregon, and the Eastman School of Music. He enjoys an active career as organist, accompanist and conductor. Hailed as “an organists’ organist” (Tucson Daily Star), he took first prize in the 1985 International Organ Playing Competition in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has since performed across the United States and in England, Germany and Italy.

Dr. Reis recently appeared at the XXXI International Organ Festival at the Church of Santa Rita, Turin, Italy; on the Eastman at St. Michael’s Series (Rochester, NY) with clarinetist Margaret Quackenbush;  and with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, premiering a new work for organ and brass ensemble by composer/conductor Douglas Hedwig. 

In 2009 he was appointed Director of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, following appointments in Washington, D.C. ,  Phoenix, AZ, Rochester, NY and Richland, WA. Choral conducting positions include the Alexandria Choral Society (VA), the Women’s Chorus at the Catholic University of America, and Choral Arts of Chattanoogwhere recent concerts included the Brahms Requiem and Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia.  

The Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ is an Open and Affirming Congregation and is located at 941 Main Street, Waldoboro. FMI: waldoucc@midcoast.com or 832-6898. 

 

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Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Concert: A Little Night Music

A Celebration of Music, Art, and the Evening Sky

On Friday, June 23rd at 7 PM, the Solstice String Quartet will present a multimedia performance pairing two classical masterworks with artwork created by Miller School 3rd graders and professional artists from the Midcoast. The performance will take place at the Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ in Waldoboro and will feature violinists Josie and Sophie Davis of Waldoboro, violist Colin Wheatley, and cellist Jaime Feldman. The musicians graduated from Oberlin Conservatory and have since pursued further study in the New England area. Collectively the group has studied, performed, and taught around the world from China and India to Jordan and Amsterdam.

Through a partnership with Miller Elementary School and local artists, the concert will provide an opportunity for community members to reflect on the beauty of the Midcoast through music and artwork themed around skyscapes--the sunrises, sunsets, night skies, storms, and winter evenings that are such a defining part of the rural landscape. The performance will feature Mozart's beloved Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music) and Schubert's Rosamunde String Quartet.

Admission is by suggested donation. 

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