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Captured

He had Joseph thrown into prison—the prison where Pharaoh’s prisoners are kept. While Joseph was there in the prison, YHWH was with Joseph and showed him kindness, so that he soon won the favor of the warden. ~ Genesis 39:20-21

I have participated in capturing hundreds of live birds. Some of them were caught in mist nets as they migrated. Some were caught in hand-held nets after they had struck a window. None of them were particularly excited about the experience.

Most of the birds extracted from mist nets are small and thus not hard to contain. Those Saw-whet Owls were often feisty, nipping at us with their bills, which is not so bad, what you really want to avoid is those tiny talons. They don’t do much damage, but since they don’t use soap, those pinpricks they inflict tend to get infected.

Some of the birds that had struck windows in downtown Cleveland were so stunned that they didn’t seem to even notice what was now happening to them. Of course, that was not a good sign. The survivors tended to be those birds that tried to elude capture. We worked in teams for a reason, the extra hands were a big help. One particularly tricky catch was a Virginia Rail. Had it not been between a large concrete planter and the building, we would not have been able to chase it into the net.

The migrants were captured for the sake of research and the others so that they could benefit from rehab. None of that mattered to the individual birds in captivity since we had no way of telling them about the future. The data collected at the banding station would become part of collected knowledge that would benefit more members of their species. The injured birds had no idea that our intentions were to care for them so they could return to the wild. If only we had been able to communicate those things across species.

Perhaps that is the sort of thing that also goes through the mind of God. When Joseph was sold into slavery by his own brothers and then jailed based on lies, he must have wondered how any of this could serve a better future. But God found a way to let him know through dreams that there was a way when there appeared to be no way.

Prayer: Holy Dream-weaver, we would welcome a clue about your plans, meanwhile we will try to trust while we wait in this net. Amen.

JOY
 
 
 
 
CONCERNS
  • Gina: prayers for Angel whose blood work was off
  • Prayers for Rev. Mo who is coming down with a lousy cold
  • Nancy Sanford: Prayers for the hungry and the homeless.
  • Pat Lyford: prayers for her daughter, Nancy Hale, that she will recover from C. Diff
  • Bill Lee: prayers for his son-in-law, Scott, who received 3 successful heart surgeries this week and is recovering.
  • Bill Lee: prayers for the family of Pete Compton, who suffered a fatal heart attack this week.
     
Sunday's installation service was a splendid display of hospitality celebrating the vitality of our congregation. It could not have happened without the efforts of so many of you. Thank you for joyful contributions!

If you were not able to attend, if you want to watch the service again, or if you want to share it with others, here is the link.
Sincere appreciation to all those who assisted in any way in providing the reception following Ian’s installation on Sunday. Even a last minute decision to moving inside due to the weather forecast did not fluster the experienced crew although it was a challenge to find all the equipment needed. Special thanks to the Downings for providing the flowers and the fruit platter and to the many church ladies who baked delicious  refreshments and did the set-up and clean-up. Thanks to the group who did the room arrangement and then put it back the way it was for city meetings. I can’t forget the efforts of Betty Jane and Mary Lou who swept the outside area after church. It was an example of many hands working together to accomplish a goal.
Sincere thanks, Regina
Exciting Volunteer Opportunity!
Volunteers are needed to help in many positions at the Stone Soup Cafe in Winslow Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 10 am - 2pm
We need people to prep meals, serve, do dishes, clean up. 
You can sign up for 1 day or many days. Many hands make light work!
Please contact Gina Lynch through phone, text or email to sign up. 
ginaianlynch@gmail.com
508-932-1312
Sept. 27th 6-7:30pm
Religious Freedom: A Bedrock of Democracy
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Oct. 1st 10am - 12noon
Boundary Training for Congregational Leaders & Laity
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Oct. 15th 10am - 12noon
Maine Conference Annual Business Meeting - Where the river flows, life abounds

Oct. 29th 9:30am - 2:30pm
ReLaunching Your Church Workbook with Paul Nickerson
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Oct. 30th 2-4pm
A New Mysticism with Peter Panagore

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Please join The BTS Center and the Maine Council of Churches as they present The Seven Deadly Sins of White Christian Nationalism: A book event with author and theologian Carter Heyward on Wednesday, September 21 from 4.00 – 5.30pm (Online).

This free event is open to all — for more information and to register, visit thebtscenter.org.

The BTS Center warmly invites you to Convocation 2022: Imagination and Collective Liberation for a Climate-Changed World. Held annually, continuously since 1905, Convocation is a legacy program of Bangor Theological Seminary, predecessor to The BTS Center. We are delighted to carry on this tradition, 117 years in the making, drawing upon the enduring wisdom of the generations of leaders who have come before us while exploring today’s most urgent and compelling issues. This year’s presenters include Ched Myers, Cole Arthur Riley, Keisha E. McKenzie, Rob Hopkins, Veronice Miles, and Reggie Harris.

Learn More
Neighbors In Need Special Offering

The Neighbors in Need offering, which we will receive on October 2, supports the UCC's ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States.  Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries to fund a wide array of local and nation justice initiatives, advocacy efforts and direct service projects. NIN also supports our American Indian neighbors in the UCC.  One-third of the offering supports the UCC's Council for American Indian Ministries. Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With your assistance, we together can help our Neighbors in Need.

Pakistan Disaster Appeal

Following massive flooding across nearly three-quarters of the country, the United Church of Christ is issuing an appeal in support of the people of Pakistan. Pakistan has been enduring severe monsoon weather since June, with rainfall equivalent to 2.9 times the national 30-year average. To date, more than half of the country’s 160 districts have been declared ‘calamity hit’ by the government, a number that is expected to increase as rain and flooding continues.

With more than 33 million people affected by the flooding so far and an estimated 6.4 million in need of humanitarian assistance, this response is greatly needed. Through our membership in the ACT Alliance and contributions to its Rapid Response Fund, the United Church of Christ is already supporting early relief efforts. Emergency food and water, medical supplies, temporary shelter kits, and protective services are being offered by ACT members Community World Service Asia and Norwegian Church Aid.

Your gift to the United Church of Christ’s Pakistan Response Fund will help maintain this relief work and support the long-term recovery for vulnerable persons and affected communities. Farmers and livestock owners will receive the seeds, feed, and vaccines they need to restore their livelihoods. Pregnant women – of whom an estimated 650,000 are affected – will receive maternal health services. Protection services will ensure the creation of safe spaces for children and other vulnerable populations. Psychosocial support and trauma resources will be provided. Through our work with global partners and the ACT Alliance, your gift will be joined with others to bring hope, healing, and a helping hand to our neighbors in Pakistan.

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The 2022 midterm electiThe logo for Maine Public and America Amplified from WFYI Public Media.ons are on the horizon — are you planning to vote? Do you know how and where to vote, and what you might need to have when you show up to the polls? What if your voter registration is out of date, or has a mistake, and you are challenged at the polls — what can you do?

Maine Public is part of a new community-powered journalism project to answer those questions and any others you have about how to exercise your right to vote in the upcoming midterms. Our mission is to provide you with the information you need to vote — we’re not concerned about how you vote, or who you vote for, we just want to make sure you are armed with the information you need to vote and understand how elections are run and kept secure.

This project is part of the work of America Amplified, an initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to support community engagement journalism in public media. We’re also working with 28 other public media stations across the country to ensure that all eligible American citizens can vote.

Many states, including Maine, have changed voting regulations since the 2020 general election, when concerns about the pandemic led to an expansion of absentee and mail-in voting. This time around, the rules are different, and there’s a ton of misinformation and disinformation circulating about elections and election security — we’re here to clear things up.

Are these elections important? Arguably, every election is important. But this one could likely change the balance of power in our state and our country. You can’t sit this one out if you care about what’s going on.

“We do not have a government by the majority. We have a government by the majority who participate.” That truism is often — wrongly — attributed to Thomas Jefferson. But regardless of attribution, it remains true that you can’t change anything unless you choose to participate in the process. We’re asking you to participate here: submit any and all questions about taking part in the upcoming midterms by clicking on the button on the prompt.

You can also text your questions to us! Just text MAINE to 855-670-1777 and follow the prompts to submit a question about participating in the midterm elections.

With help from our partners at America Amplified, we’ll answer the questions online, on the air and on social media. We’ll send the answers directly to you as well. If you share your contact information, we may even reach out personally.

We can’t do this without you.

Whether joining the daily prayer check-in or attending Sunday worship via Zoom, the safest and most reliable way is to open the Zoom app on your device and enter the meeting ID and passcode listed below. Or you can click on either of the boxes below to open the meeting you want to attend.
It is also possible to join with audio only by calling 1 929 205 6099
Daily Prayer Check-In - meeting ID: 914 158 897 passcode: 693668
Sunday Worship - meeting ID: 360 970 974 passcode: 835873
Wednesday, September 21
  9:00 AM Essentials Closet 
10:00 AM Daily Zoom prayer/check-in 

Thursday  22
  9:00 AM Essentials Closet 
10:00 AM Daily Zoom prayer/check-in 
11:30 AM Stone Soup Cafe in Winslow
  7:00 PM Study Group on Zoom
 
Friday  23
  9:00 AM Essentials Closet 
10:00 AM Daily Zoom prayer/check-in 
11:30 AM Stone Soup Cafe in Winslow


Saturday  24
10:00 AM Daily Zoom prayer/check-in 
Sunday    25
9:30 AM Worship Service on-site &
on-line


Monday    26
10:00 AM Daily Zoom prayer/check-in 
11:30 a.m. Stone Soup Cafe in Winslow
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Tuesday    27
10:00 AM Daily Zoom prayer/check-in 
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Wednesday  28
    9:00 AM Essentials Closet 
  10:00 AM Daily Zoom prayer/check-in 
  
 
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