Though Pastor Mark is away on vacation, there are a couple things that needed to be shared with you, so this special edition of “News & Notes” is being sent out.
This first piece comes from the District Office:
New appointments on the Tri-State District as of July 1 are as follows:
- Rich Cullen to Main Street UMC, Nashua, NH
- Taeseob Cho to Rainbow UMC, Portland, ME
- Cindy Nickerson to Exeter UMC, Exeter, NH
- Mimi Mills adding Cornerstone UMC, Saco, ME (already serving Crossroads UMC, Sanford, ME)
- Laurie Kilgore to First UMC, South Hamilton, MA
- Bradley Keefer to Gloucester UMC, Gloucester, MA and Rockport UMC, Rockport, MA
- Susan Walker to St. Luke’s UMC, Derry, NH
- Angela Tarbox to Brackett Memorial UMC, Peaks Island, ME
- Jeff Hunt to First UMC, Rochester, NH
- Patty Marsden to Eliot UMC, Eliot, ME
- Farrah Willis-Goode to extension ministry at Community UMC, Byfield, MA
- Ginifir Giddinge to Good Shepherd UMC, Gray, ME
- Skip Smith to Berwick UMC, Berwick, ME
- Katherine Russo to Chebeague Island UMC, Chebeague, ME
- Deb Shipp to First UMC, North Andover, MA and Tewksbury UMC, Tewksbury, MA
- Linda Brewster to a new church start in the Falmouth, ME area
- Dan Randall to General Board of Global Ministries
Our prayers are with Desi Larson, David Svenson, SangChurl Bae, Mike Pike, Courtney Randall, Andrew Kjorlaug, Lehlohonolo Henrietta Montjane, Cathy Sprigg, Jim Cann, Deb Shipp, Susan Walker, Linda Brewster, Tsitsi Moyo and Tom Merrill as they transition out of their current appointments. Thank you for your faithful service! Please keep all pastors and churches that are in transition in your prayers.
Every year our Staff/Parish Relations Committee is responsible for conducting an evaluation/review of our pastor, and of our congregation as well. This year, SPRC would like to have your input, so they’ve created a “Survey Monkey,” for you to share your thoughts. You can access it by going to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6TLZFHP. They would ask that you do that soon, so they can compile your input and include it in the evaluation they hope to complete in July. Won’t you take a few moments and complete the questionnaire? It’s quite easy.
These next two things come from last week’s “News & Notes”:
BBQ Chicken is on the menu for our June 23rd Public Supper!! Sounds great. The sign-up sheets are in Hartford Hall. May everyone commit to make this month’s fund raiser allot of fun – and successful, too!!
Next Sunday (i.e. June 24th), we will have guests in our worship service. Jack and Hannah Shively will offer the message that day. They share a traveling ministry called “The Illustrated Word Christian Art Ministry.” What they will share with our congregation is a combination of video and chancel drama. I mentioned them in last week’s News & Notes, and you had information in your June “Bell-Wether.” Something I haven’t emphasized, though, is that they come to us, and share this ministry with us for no “set” fee – but are willing to have a “love offering” received. This is their only means of support, so I encourage us to come to worship prepared to give generously. There will be special offering envelopes in the bulletin for your gift to this unique ministry.
There will also be a number of guests joining us for worship this Sunday morning – members of the Strafford and Moses Paul Masonic Lodges in Dover will be celebrating “St. John’s Sunday” (no connection to the name of our congregation). Please do everything you can to make them feel welcome among us.
Finally, we share with you that our Brother in Christ, Joe Casey, went to be with the Lord early this morning. The date of his Memorial Service hasn’t been set yet, but we’ll keep you informed as soon as we know. Please keep his wife, Phyllis, and their family in your prayers.
A kindergarten teacher gave her class a “show and tell” assignment. Each student was instructed to bring in an object that represented their religion to share with the class.
- The first student got up in front of the class and said, “My name is Benjamin and I am Jewish and this is a Star of David.”
- The second student got up in front of the class and said, “My name is Mary. I’m a Catholic and this is a Rosary.”
- The third student got in up front of the class and said, “My name is Tommy. I am Methodist, and this is a casserole.”
That’s all for this special edition. As Pastor Mark says, “See you in church.”
The Church Office