February 4, 2016

News from First Congregational Church
an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ 


33 South High Street, Bridgton, Maine

Reading for the week: Luke 9:28-36

Today I am thinking about dust. In a few days, we will hear the familiar words that accompany our years: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”  Is there anything more ordinary than the dust that swirls in front of streaming light and nestles in among the tokens of treasured memories? Those who have taken a rag to the corners of the house cannot help but see a new-fallen coat and the bunnies that scamper underneath.

We are truly fortunate when our eyes are able to see the ordinary transformed into the extraordinary. This Sunday, we will hear the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus and wonder how we may see faces set aglow. We may not be ready for the full revelation of divine light, but we can practice the art of perceiving what is already present to us. The poem Dusting by Marilyn Nelson is a good place to start. Don’t let another wonder pass you by.

Cabin feversized

Ash Wednesday Service

7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 10th

We won! We are the recipients of $2,000 from this district of the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation! Thank you to those who have calluses from clicking the link every day! This generous gift will be used to organize Jeanette’s Closet, fill Thanksgiving baskets, and adopt more children at Christmas. 

Spiritual Growth

The Tuesday afternoon
Study and Prayer Group

Devotional or inspirational reading and prayer for our church family.

We are studying The Book of Awakening, Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the
Life You Have
 by Mark Nepo.

Thursdays 8:15-9:30
Bible Journeys
Lively, curious reading and conversation about what’s in the Bible, what’s not, and what it all means for the world today.
We have started reading Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy Jill Levine. â€œThis is probably the best book on parables available today: brief, informative, witty, and very interesting.” says Mark Allan Powell, editor of the HarperCollins Bible Dictionary.All Are Welcome!

We Hold One Another
in Love  and in Prayer
Prayers of Comfort for. . .
Dale and Dennis Brown who are grieving the passing of Dale’s father, Robie G. Wagner, on December 23rd…The family of Wes Cannell who died on January 10th.Prayers of Healing and Support for…

Deantha Warner who came home this week to continue her recuperation from a bone marrow transplant…Ken Rollins…Donna Coombs…Judy Ottley’s daughter Sherry Saucerman…Marion Farabee…Dick and Barbara Mayo…Jo Faust…Jayne Hamaty’s sister-in-law, Becky Bean, who is fighting cancer.

Prayers of Courage and Support
for our friends on active duty in the Armed Forces, and their families…
Jordan Vigna…Russell Sanborn…Jimmy DeAngelo…Richard L. Gyure II…Steven Milton

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