Prepare the Way — Advent at MCPC

During the Season of Adventangel ornament   The congregation is invited to bring a favorite ornament to decorate the “family” trees in the sanctuary. You are also invited to bring a nativity set that you’d like to put on display during the season. There will be tables set up by the windows to show our international collection of nativity sets.

Guest Preacher!   Worship begins 10:10 am, followed by book signing.  Third Sunday obarrie-shepherdf Advent (Dec. 14)           the Rev. Barrie Shepherd preaches: Author of Faces at the Manger and many other devotionals and preaching guides. A native of Great Britain, a Royal Air Force veteran, and a former senior minister of historic (founded 1716) First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York — in Greenwich Village.   – don’t miss it!

SpecialChristmas musical note tree Musical Offerings from Vox Nova Chamber Choir!  December 14: “Carol of the Bells” and “Still, Still, Still”; also Paul Aliapoulios on Saxophone!  MCPC Advent Singers will also sing “Carol of the Newborn King”.  December 21: Vox Nova Singer will sing “Personent Hodie” and join the MCPC Advent Singers for “Fum, Fum, Fum” and a non-traditional “Away in the Manger”.

Courage for Christmas, Dec 21, 5:00 pm: Winter Solstice is the darkest day of the year and while we are expected to be joyful and merry this season,  sometimes it can advent 1be difficult to do so – whether it is anxiety, loss of a job, grief over a loved one, or any other challenge that shadows your celebrations – you are invited to take part in a simple service of prayers and passages of comfort.

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 5:00 pm: Come join our church family for our traditional Lessons and Carols service, including a story for the children and a gift for them to open on Christmas day. Bring your bells to ring during the singing and plan to rejoice with us as we anticipate the arrival of the baby Jesus!  We always have extra bells to share!Christmas bells

Old News November

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This Saturday, November 9,

9am to 2pm  

Our Famous Granny’s Relish — Freshly made jams and spreads — Handcrafted Items and Baked Goods (including gluten-free items) — Gingerbread House Raffle — the Jewel Box — Christmas Fair 2010 1
Quilt Raffle — also, purchase items to benefit non-profits like Habitat for Humanity — “Christmas Once Again” (gently used Christmas decor) — the “Cookie Walk” (fill a container of assorted cookies includes gluten-free and/or nut free) and the NEW Children’s Room (collectibles, almost new toys for gifts, some for as little as a nickel!) — Lunch of soups, chowder, assorted sandwiches and beverages will be available for purchase — and so much more!

hope to see you there!!

Happy 1 Year Anniversary to Robyn and John!

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One year ago this week,               Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church was the site for a very special and blessed  wedding on October 23, 2014.               Congratulations Robyn and John!       It was an amazing day and we loved having them in our Pumpkin Patch.  Blessings abound!

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Photos courtesy of Melissa Mullen Photography Portland, Maine

 

Come one, Come all!!

pumpkin patchThe Pumpkin Patch is open 10 am to 6 pm, every day (opening at 11:30’ish on Sundays).  We’ll be here until Halloween or when we sell out — whichever comes first.  Make a visit to the MCPC Pumpkin Patch one of your family traditions!

Welcome to Fall at MCPC

Blood Drive coming up

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November 1  hours: 9-2pm

Fall Cleanup Nov. 1

Help with raking and cleanup; then c’mon in to give blood.

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Christmas Fair - Coming Soon!

saturday, november 8, 9 am to 2 pm

Don’t miss our famous Granny’s Relish and more!

 

And, a warm welcome to our newest building friends

Vox Nova (http://voxnovachamberchoir.com/)
Midcoast Youth Theater  (http://www.youth-theater.org/)
Sibshops — support for siblings of special needs children (sponsored by MSAD 75)  (for more information see http://www.siblingsupport.org/)
 

 

PCUSA Six Great Ends of the Church

windowsDo you know all 6? Not to worry, we still need a cheat sheet.  This is what we did during our Lenten Series on the 6 Great Ends of the Church:

#1 The Proclamation of the Gospel for the Salvation of Humankind —
Sermon: Our Sundays are Better than DQ’s
Consider how you would answer these questions:  
What does it mean to be “Christian”?
Why are you a “Christian”?
Are there other groups doing what Christians used to do and are Christians even relevant to today’s world? (so what makes us different?)
What is YOUR “Good News” message (in 7 words or less)?
See this link to Christian Century: http://www.christiancentury.org/category/keywords/whats-gospel-seven-words?page=1
#2  The Shelter, Nurture, and Spiritual Fellowship of the Children of God — Where Everybody Knows Your Name
We’ve built the building — now what are we building as a community of faith?
How might we take our “community of faith” out into the greater community and provide the same kind of shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship to all children of God?
 #3 The Maintenance of Divine Worship — Sermon: Here When You Need Us
Worship is communal as it connects us to the wider community of faith — historically, spiritually, physically (as a member of particular body of Christ), and globally (wherever you are, there you are — with the familiar symbols and scriptures).  We also explored the idea of Sunday worship being a time of reorienting . . . clearing the fog of the week in order to go out into the world and “see” God . . . and to be reminded of God’s love and how we are to share that with others . . . and to never forget the central hope of the resurrection — God overcomes all, even death itself!
 #4 The Preservation of the Truth — Sermon: Do You Believe God . . . 
ON this Sunday, congregation members were invited to share their “truth” — as in what is truth?  What truth would you ultimately defend to the end?  What truth must we pass on?  For me (the pastor), the truth is God is a God of Love, Peace, and Forgiveness; that God loves us, all of us; that we are put here for each other;  that no one, not any one, is better or more valuable that some one else; and that Jesus Christ came to show us God in living person and is always with us.  What is the truth you would defend to the end?
#5 The Promotion of Social Righteousness — Sermon: The Humble Truth
(we honored both Palm & Passion Sunday)
Exploring the responses to “Truth” questions of last week and the concept of Social Holiness as essential to Social Righteousness — as one internet blogger put it, “if I claim to be Christian, I perhaps ought actually act like that around other people.  If I am loving and kind and good only in private “all by myself,” then that’s not really saying much.  But, when at last we manage to act that way around rel-life, stubborn, ornery peope, then we’ve begun to accomplish something.  That’s a notion worth preserving.  That’s a “social holiness” I want to hear more about. . .”  The Humble Truth is we all fall so short of really “being Christian” — but we sure are trying!  It really is all about relationships as it always was for Jesus.  I used “dancing” as the metaphor for this – is there such a thing as “Christian waltzing”?  We bump into each other, but we do learn how to move more gracefully with each other — as our social holiness increases!  (One gets wordy when listening to big music on Pandora!)
 #6 The Exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world —
Sermon: God Rocks!
Especially in Matthew’s Gospel, God Rocks — and we all experience the life-quakes when God rocks our own world.  Whether it is death, tragedy, cancer (or other scary diagnoses), or even birth — we are never the same afterwards.  Recognizing Jesus Christ still wore the wounds of his crucifixion, we too proclaim our faith when we exhibit the wounds we have survived, with God’s help.  Survivors of last year’s bombing at the Boston Marathon have given many examples of this, as does the project “Before I Die” walls.  It all began with one wall on a decrepit building and has grown to over 2oo walls on 6 continents in over 40 countries.  Visit beforeidie.cc for more.  Talk about resurrection!!  God rocks!  Wouldn’t you agree?
Image for 6 Great ends comes from Stained Glass Windows from Green Hill Presbyterian Church in Enterprise, Alabama -- http://greenhillpc.wordpress.com/about-green-hill/stained-glass-windows/