Oct
15
to Nov 19

Yoga with Patti Kristianson

Patti Kristianson is going to do a  yoga class on Monday mornings at Broad Bay!

Patti owns Thomaston Yoga Studio and is a well known yoga teacher/therapist. The focus of the class will be to create an appropriate practice for each individual according to their unique needs.

The class will begin at 9:00AM on October 15 and will continue for six weeks. The cost for the six week program is $60 and the class lasts for an hour. Optimally, the class should be between 10-12 participants. If you are interested in joining this new offering, please contact Linda Brandt through the church.

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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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Apr
8
9:00 AM09:00

All Church Retreat

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 to waldoucc@midcoast.com so we know how much food to bring.

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Dec
24
to Jan 1

Christmas Services

Saturday, Dec. 24 at 4:30 pm:
Christmas Eve Service

Lots of carols.  Traditional readings. Multimedia presentation by the children and youth: javascript:void('TOC%20heading%201') “What if Jesus was born in Waldoboro today?” Candle lighting,  Music with April Reed-Cox, cello, Cathy Anderson, flute and Carroll Smith, organ.
Candles, Carols, and Scripture
 


Sunday, Dec. 25 10 am:
O Come, All Ye Faithful

A quiet service of carols, communion, and conversation. Bring a favorite Christmas Decoration that has special meaning to you. Rev. Nancy Duncan, leading worship.

 

Sunday, Jan 1  10 am

Ring in the New Year with Josie and Sophie Davis, violins. Rev. Evelyn Clowes will lead worship and she promises to leave lots of space for carols and Josie and Sophie’music.  Holy Communion.
Too much food in your house? Bring leftover treats to go with coffee and conversation after worship.

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Dec
3
8:30 AM08:30

Annual Holiday Fair

Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ is holding its Annual Holiday Fair on Saturday 3 December.  The emphasis this year is on crafts.  Area crafters will be providing a new look and an excellent variety of craft items such as pottery, sea glass art, photography, knitted hats, jewelry and more. In addition to that, the Broad Bay Church crafters will be providing their wares.   There will also be tables for wreaths, children, wrapping, the Heifer Foundation, auction, and donation items and the annual favorite, the Cookie Walk.

Breakfast and lunch will be available for sit-in or take-out: a variety of soups and chowders, and breakfast sandwiches, donuts, bagels, muffins coffee and juices.   

The Fair opens at 8:30 and will close at 2:30.  

The annual Holiday Fair is a fund raiser for the church and an excellent time for the community to visit, do some Christmas shopping, have breakfast or lunch and help celebrate the season.

Volunteers are still needed, contact Linda Brandt or the church to help.

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Oct
22
8:30 AM08:30

Craft Supplies Fair

On Oct. 22, the fellowship hall (and possibly the Sunday School room) will be transformed, with tables filled with bargains on items you have just been waiting to get rid of! The idea is that we donate all those supplies for sewing projects, knitting projects, art projects, woodworking projects, etc., that we haven’t gotten around to, offer them to shoppers at great prices, and all the money raised goes to the church.  

Interested?  The Outreach Committee is spearheading the sale, and Pat March will have a sign-up sheet at church if you want to reserve a table or part of a table.  Every individual will be responsible for her/his own pricing (mantra: make it low, so it will go) and selling, unless you make arrangements with another congregant to be responsible for selling your items.

The sale will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  on Sat., Oct. 22. Sellers will be responsible for packing up their leftover goods and either taking them home OR putting them in boxes which Outreach will then take to Goodwill.

More info to come about food availability during the sale.  And, if you have ideas about the sale, please see Pat or other members of Outreach.

 

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Songs for the Silenced: Using Voice to End Violence, to benefit New Hope for Women
Oct
14
7:00 PM19:00

Songs for the Silenced: Using Voice to End Violence, to benefit New Hope for Women

Songs for the Silenced: Using Voice to End Violence, to benefit New Hope for Women as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

On October 14 Broad Bay will bring a second annual musical concert in support of New Hope for Women, an area organization founded to end domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  Time to be announced.

The concert will feature Maine-ly Harmony, an organization of women of all ages who enjoy blending their voices in a cappella barbershop harmony style of singing. Maine-ly Harmony performs in communities throughout the state. They recently opened the Legislative session at the State House in Augusta with the National Anthem and have helped numerous organizations to fundraise for various causes, including the Maine Autism Society, Lisbon Area Christian Outreach's food pantry and Gardiner's Relay for Life Cancer Walk, and have contributed to special events such as the Senior Spectrum's Lifestyle Expo at the Augusta Civic Center, and the Togus Veterans Administration's 9/11 commemorative services. They have performed at venues such as the Waterville Opera House, the Sawyer Foundation in Greene and Jewett Hall on the UMA campus.

 

Their program will include songs that span the decades of the last century, in a cappella barbershop style. The program will include a diverse selection of songs of hope and inspiration, such as Rise Again; American standards, such as After You've Gone; and sixties classics, such as the 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy).

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, and provides educational resources to assist those communities in creating a safer and healthier future.

Each day, New Hope for Women works to staff a 24-hour hotline, maintain the safe home network, offer transitional housing services, conduct support groups, and provide legal services and advocacy to those being abused. In addition, they bring awareness and change to our schools and communities through educational presentations and prevention programs. New Hope for Women operates in Maine communities with a combined population of over 150 thousand, more than 10% of the entire state.

New Hope empowers individuals by providing them with information, resources, and a safe place to access their own wisdom-a place where a victim can feel it is possible to one day obtain freedom from abuse. When the day comes that the cycle of abuse is finally broken for a victim, a miracle happens.

“We hope that many in our community will gather to hear the many voices of Maine-ly Harmony and continue the work that all may live in homes that are free from violence,” said Rev. Nancy Duncan.

The Broad Bay Church is honored to continue our long support of New Hope for Women with thisconcert.BroadBayChurchconcertsarefreesothatallmayattend. Alldonationsreceived at the concert will be given to New for Women to continue their work.

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Annual Organ Concert
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Annual Organ Concert

Broad Bay’s 11th Annual Organ Concert to feature Sean Fleming on Waldoboro’s 1875 Organ

Sean Fleming returns to Waldoboro for Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ’s 11th annual organ concert at 7 pm, Friday, September 9. The concert features Opus #793, Waldoboro’s 1875 Historic Hook and Hastings Organ.  

Sean Fleming is renowned for his work as organist, pianist, accompanist and music director throughout the United States.  He serves as music director for the Young at Heart group, and accompanies Bowdoin Chorus, Lincoln Festival Chorus, Midcoast Community Chorus, St. Cecilia Chamber Choir, Sheepscot Chorus.  He regularly works with Downeast Singers and Tapestry Singers. He has worked with the Ann Arbor Camerata, Bowdoin College Chamber Choir, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival Chorus, Oratorio Chorale, University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and the University of Southern Maine Chorale and Chamber Singers.  Sean has performed as accompanist in recitals at Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Round Top Center for the Arts, University of Southern Maine, University of Michigan School of Music and many other venues.  He serves as organist at St. Andrew’s, Newcastle.  

So begins the second decade of Broad Bay Church annual organ concerts.  This is Sean’s second performance at the annual concert and he is among the ranks of other skilled organists who have celebrated Opus #793.  Kevin Birch from Bangor has performed five times, including the first three concerts starting in 2006, followed by mid coast organists Leticia vanVuuren, Jay Zoller, and Carroll Smith.

Nancy Duncan, Broad Bay Church Pastor, said this at the 2006 concert, “This organ is a remarkable part of our community’s history. It was hand built in Boston 131 years ago and transported to Waldoboro, probably by ship. Over the decades this organ has comforted the tearful, brought hope to the hopeless, and expressed the joys of three distinct communities of faith: the Congregational Church which disbanded in the early 20th century, the First Baptist Church, and now Broad Bay.  In the future, I hope organ concerts at Broad Bay will be frequent and varied, and will provide a place where people of all faiths and no faith may come together to be moved and inspired by the power of music.”  That has been and continues to be the Broad Bay Church commitment.  Over the last ten years the Broad Bay congregation and the Waldoboro community have provided substantial encouragement and financial support to restore and maintain Opus #793 to its original beauty.  The restoration was done under the direction of David E. Wallace & Co. 

We are proud to begin our second decade of annual concerts that bring us together “to be moved and inspired by the power of music.” 

In order to make this concert available to all in our community regardless of economic means, there is no charge. Donations are gratefully accepted. 

Program Notes

Prelude and Fugue in Eb Major (St. Anne), BWV 552 - Johann Sebastian Bach

Bach’s Clavier Übung (literally, “keyboard practice”), in which his E-flat Prelude and Fugue form bookends, is a set of works that transcends that humble title. 

The Prelude has three thematic and stylistic sections, and some liken the sections to aspects of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The “Father” theme employs the dotted-eighth note to sixteenth-note rhythm of the French Overture of Bach’s day, while the “Son” theme is more playful and simple. The “Holy Ghost” theme consists of a sinuous 16th-note melody that divides into two different alternating lines. These sections then intermingle, but maintain their distinct characters.

The Fugue is a magnificent work, whose appellation “St. Anne” comes from the fugue’s resemblance to an English hymn tune by William Croft - a tune Bach may have heard used in one of Handel’s Chandos anthems: O praise the Lord with one consent. It shows us Bach playing with the number three: there are three flats in the key signature, there are three sections, and the piece is a triple fugue (a fugue based on three subjects). Bach was both mathematically inclined and a devout believer; it may be that the number three was his way of evoking the Trinity.

Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 65 - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Felix Mendelssohn was commissioned in 1844 to write a ‘set of voluntaries’ by the English publishers Coventry and Hollier. Mendelssohn wrote six sonatas for that commission, of which the Sonata No. 3 was the third in the series. In the beginning of the third sonata, Mendelssohn uses music that he originally wrote for his sister Fanny’s wedding. The movement's second section is in A minor; listen to the pedals to hear the chorale tune Aus tiefer Not. “Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir” translates as ­”From the deep I cry out to thee.” The third section continues in minor with the Aus tiefer Not chorale continuing in the pedals, with the chorale tune transforming into a triumphant pedal line. This exuberant pedal line takes us back to A major, with music that is similar to the music from the beginning of the piece

Paraphrase sur un Choeur de Judas Maccabée de Haendel - Alexandre Guilmant

For his Paraphrase, Guilmant used the theme from a chorus in the third part of Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabaeus - “See, the Conqu’ring Hero Comes!” 

Guilmant begins with a complete statement of Handel’s theme, which is followed by a fugal treatment of part of the theme. After a modulatory transitional section, the full theme returns triumphantly.

Prelude on St. Columba - Charles Villiers Stanford

The Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford wrote a substantial number of orchestral works and was very active as an opera composer. His list of pupils ranks high on the list of illustrious British composers of the 20th century, including Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Ireland, Frank Bridge, Arthur Bliss, and Herbert Howells.

Among Stanford’s wide variety of compositions, the ones most frequently performed are the ones composed for liturgical use. Today I will play one of those, a prelude on the well-known Irish hymn tune St. Columba, given its familiar “The King of love” setting by Ralph Vaughan Williams in the 1906 English Hymnal.

Concert Variations on The Star Spangle Banner - John Knowles Paine

John Knowles Paine was born in Falmouth, Maine and was a Harvard faculty member. The Concert Variations on the Austrian Hymn, includes a statement of the theme, and then four variations. The first variation includes the theme played by the right hand, with a eighth- and sixteenth-note motive played by the left hand and feet. The second variations has the melody played by the left hand, with fast sixteenth notes played by the right hand and pedals. A much softer third variation has both hands on one manual. Paine loved to show off the feet in his variations, and the fourth variation carries on that tradition with groups of six sixteenth notes played on the pedals, with emphatic chords played by the hands. The fourth variation leads directly to a fugue, with the theme played on full organ at the end.

 

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Mike Whitehead Jazz Group: A Celebration of Local Composers
Aug
21
4:00 PM16:00

Mike Whitehead Jazz Group: A Celebration of Local Composers

Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ will welcome the Mike Whitehead Jazz Group to its Sanctuary on August 21 at 4 PM for a concert featuring music by Mid Coast Maine composers.  The Mike Whitehead group includes Mike on trumpet, Tom Luther on piano, Jason Dean on drums and Spike Hyssong on bass.  The featured Mid Coast composers include the late Charlie Bechler, Spike Hyssong, Tom Luther and Mike Whitehead. 

 Photo by Steve Cartwright

Photo by Steve Cartwright

Members of the group have performed together for years and have developed an intuitive and empathetic bond that is evident in every performance. The tunes performed will cover a wide range of styles from swing to Latin to funky.  The Whitehead group has a strong following in the Mid Coast and performs in many local venues.

The Mike Whitehead group has also performed as a trio (less the bass) several times for Sunday services at Broad Bay Church.  They have brought wonderful improvisational music supporting the particular Sunday liturgy, as well as spirited hymn accompaniments. 

Broad Bay Church is actively involved in bringing concert events to the Waldoboro area.  Broad Bay concerts are varied in purpose and type.  The recent Four Seasons String Concert was a multi-media event in conjunction with the Medomak Valley Land Trust.  The annual Organ Concert supports the Broad Bay music ministry and ensures that the historic Hook and Hastings organ remains in top condition.  On October 14 Broad Bay will bring a second annual musical concert in support of New Hope for Women, an area organization founded to end domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. In the case of the Mike Whitehead Group, we are pleased to have them at our venue to enable their music to be heard by a larger audience.

Broad Bay concerts are free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

For more information, please contact Broad Bay Church by email, website or phone: waldoucc@midcoast.com, www.broadbaychurch.org, 207 832 6898.

 

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Four Seasons Multimedia Performance
Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

Four Seasons Multimedia Performance

On June 25th at 7 PM, six skilled musicians will present a unique multimedia performance of Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons at the Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ in Waldoboro. The performance will feature Sophie and Josie Davis of Waldoboro and Maya French on violins, Nate Martin on bass, Colin Wheatley on viola, and Jaime Feldman on cello.

The evening will pair music with projected images of the beautiful Medomak River watershed through the seasons. The Medomak Valley Land Trust, a co-sponsor, will provide the photography and you can submit your work to Josie Davis.

Pictures need not be completely nature-based: photos of people working and playing in the Medomak Valley watershed are more than welcome. Dig through your collections, get outside this spring, and find some photos to share! Submissions are due June 1st.

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Bells by the Bay Concert
May
15
4:00 PM16:00

Bells by the Bay Concert

Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ will host the Penobscot Bay Ringers, a community handbell choir based in Camden, Maine, as they present "Bells by the Bay" on May 15 at 4 pm. 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.

Nancy Duncan, Broad Bay Church Pastor, says, “We are honored to bring such a skilled handbell choir to Waldoboro.  Given the acoustics of the church, the quality and number of bells, and the skill of the ringers, I anticipate a stunning performance.  We offer the concert to the community as an opportunity to pause, gather together, and listen as the bells resonate throughout the historic sanctuary.

As is our tradition, there is no set admission charge; the church relies on donations at the door to fund the concert.”

Founded in 2008, Penobscot Bay Ringers share their love of handbells/handchimes and musical performance throughout Midcoast Maine and beyond. For more information regarding the Penobscot Bay Ringers, visit www.penobscotbayringers.me.

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Easter Services This Season
Mar
20
to Apr 3

Easter Services This Season

Palm Sunday: Risk.

Sunday, March 20, 10 am Worship

Risk sharing, risk loving, risk.

Rev. Nancy Duncan, preaching, Caroll Smith, Organist and Choir Director, Quinn Gormley, marimba.

Church School for the children.

 

Maundy Thursday: Betrayal is Not the End of the Story

Thursday, March 24, 7 pm,  Music, Bread, Cup, and Scripture

Joint service with Waldoboro United Methodist Church, Broad Cove Church, Cushing, and Broad Bay, at Broad Bay.

Josie Davis and Sophie Davis, violins, Caroll Smith, organ and piano, Pastor Karen Lilli Pax, soprano and musical director, Rev. Nancy Duncan, preaching.

 

Good Friday: Entering the Darkness

Friday, March 25, 12 pm to 3 pm

Gather in the Sunday School room to read Mark's version of Jesus' arrest, trial, and crucifixion.  Art supplies will be available as tools for reflection and the sanctuary will be open for prayer.

2:45: Carroll Smith will play the organ.

3:00 The bell will toll.

 

Easter Sunday: Risen Indeed! Go and Tell

Sunday, March 27, 10 am Worship

Celebrate the empty tomb, the risen Christ, and the mystery of joy of resurrection.  Bring flowers or signs of new life to be shared at the front of the church.  Rev. Nancy Duncan, preaching, Caroll Smith, Organist and Choir Director, Josie Davis, violin

Church School for the children.

 

Second Sunday of Easter: What Next?

Sunday, April 3, 10 am:  Service of Improvisation and Jazz

One week after Easter and we join the disciples in wondering "what next?"  Rev. Nancy Duncan, preaching.  Featuring Mike Whitehead, trumpet, Jason Dean, percussion, Tom Luther, piano.

 

 

 

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Christmas Services this season
Dec
20
to Jan 3

Christmas Services this season

"Comfort, Comfort My People" says your God

Fourth Sunday in Advent: Love

Sunday, December 20, 10 am

“By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Maryann Guernsey will light the candle of love. Carroll Smith will bring the organ to life.
Rev. Nancy Duncan will preach, “Light makes shadows.”
Church School available for children.

 

Christmas Eve “What Child is This?

Thursday, December 24, 4:30 pm

A service of lessons, carols, and candle lighting. Lots of music. 

Danji Buck-Moore, organist and composer returns from Montreal & will be joined by Jason Dean, percussion. Carroll Smith is directing the choir. Kathy Osborne, soloist. April Reed-Cox, cello, and Cathy Anderson, flute and Carroll Smith, piano will end the evening with an instrumental arrangement of Greensleeves.  

The children’s visual interpretation of Christ’s birth will be unveiled.

 

“Joy to the World”

Sunday, December 27, 10 am

Music with Josie Davis, violin, and Danji Buck-Moore, organ and piano. 

Rev. Ralph Moore will lead worship. 

 

Jesus Heals

Sunday, January 3, 10 am

Jesus ministry starts with healing. Gather in the shelter of the healing love of Jesus. 

Guest musician is Quinn Gormley, marimba.  Special music with singer, songwriter, actor and director, Valerie Landsburg.

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