Here’s What’s Going On – the latest from our weekly updates

PRAYERS: We resolve to pray daily for each other, our community, and our world at 10:10 AM or PM, 10:10 being the time we worship on the Lord’s Day.Join in whenever you can remember to do so.

prayers for our country as it is experiencing heat waves, power outages, fires, crop damage, drought, Covid hot spots, and cultural, economic, and political struggles;

prayers for firefighters & civilians on the West Coast, including family and friends of our congregation;

prayers for students, teachers, and families as we go “back to school” this fall;

prayers for those so discouraged and affected by the COVID-19 pandemic;

prayers for insight and commitment to dismantle structural racism;

prayers for those in our congregation, both those shared and those unspoken.

Mighty God, receive these prayers as sweet incense rising. (Psalm 141)

PUMPKIN PATCH 2020 ~
VOLUNTEERING TO STAFF THE PATCH: The time has come to start scheduling volunteers to sell pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch. There will be two 3-hour shifts each day (Noon to 3 and 3 to 6 PM), two people needed for each shift. Contact Shirley Reese to sign up

GREAT UNLOADING! WE NEED VOLUNTEERS with wagons and wheelbarrows to move pumpkins from the end of the truck to the pallets, and folks to then move pumpkins onto the pallets. Please let Shirley know if you can help set up The Patch on Sunday, October 4th (12:3 0 PM). Masks and physical distancing will be required! We are doing all we can to safely continue this ministry both to our community and to the indigenous growers and harvesters on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico.

PALLET PLACERS NEEDED for SATURDAY, OCT 3, 9:30 AM, to haul and place wood pallets on the front lawn and set up the canopy for the Pumpkin Patch. Please contact Darryl if you can help. [9.24.2020]

TEDFORD MEAL The Tedford Shelter in Brunswick continues to serve neighbors during the pandemic. On the 4th Monday of the month, MCPC provides that meal. Please consider being a part of our September meal, to be served on Monday the 28th. Please contact Dick or Shirley to let them know what you are able to contribute to this meal.
Needed for September 28th: 2% milk (2 gallons), large jar unsweetened applesauce (2 jars), fresh fruit (apples, oranges, watermelon, grapes etc), salad greens with extras (cukes, tomatoes, etc.), large bottle salad dressing (Green Goddess, 1000 Island, Ranch preferred), cookies (3 dozen). [9.18.2020]

As a Matthew 25 Church,
this is one small, yet powerful, way
we can live into the commandment to love and care for our neighbors.
Thank you for helping.

MCPC provides the evening meal for the Tedford Shelter the 4th Monday of each month.

2020 SEASON OF PEACE – Peace & Global Witness Special Offering (P&GW): This PC(USA) Special Offering will be received World Communion Sunday, October 4. Of offerings received, 25% are to be used locally. This year MCPC will use our local portion to support the Restorative Justice Institute of Maine, “Fostering restorative justice practices and philosophy across the State of Maine.” You may visit https://www.rjimaine.org/ for more on the organization. [9.18.2020]

DISASTER RELIEF APPEAL: A few Sundays ago, we lifted our brothers and sisters of JZS Ncevu Memorial Church (South Africa) in prayer, not only for their struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic, but also for the effects of a devastating windstorm on their church. The MCPC folks in the MCPC-JSZ Ncevu Pen Pal group learned of this disaster at the end of August.

Upon learning of the damage to the JZS Ncevu building, the MCPC Pen Pals felt called to send monetary support for the repair and rebuilding that is needed, so they joined together for a financial contribution to JZS Ncevu. The MCPC Pen Pals would like to extend an invitation to the full congregation to contribute to this one-time disaster relief collection. The hope is to receive all contributions by Monday, September 28, so the donation can immediately be wired for arrival by World Communion Sunday, October 4. Checks can be mailed to the church made out to MCPC with a memo note “Ncevu Relief” or you may go to the MCPC webpage and use the PayPal donation feature. Please continue to hold JZS Ncevu in your prayers.

To learn more about MCPC and our connection with JZS Ncevu Memorial Church click here https://mcpconline.org/transform-our-world/the-j-z-s-ncevu-connection/. [9.10.2020]

SEASON OF PEACE, September 6 – October 4, 2020, begins Sunday. This four-week pilgrimage is designed to deepen the pursuit of peace for congregations, small groups, families, and individuals. The Season of Peace will culminate in the Peace & Global Witness Offering on World Communion Sunday, October 4th. This year’s theme is the concluding hope of the second letter to the Thessalonians: “MAY THE GOD OF PEACE GRANT YOU PEACE AT ALL TIMES IN ALL WAYS.” Through daily Path of Peace reflections, participants are invited to define and deepen their calling as peacemakers.

From the personal level to global issues, these reflections and prayers will help grow the faith and witness of the whole church. Throughout this year’s Season of Peace, we are invited to reflect upon ways to practice Peace Within (Sept 6-12), Peace in Relationships (Sept 13-19), Peace in Community (Sept 20-26), and Wholistic Peace (Sept 27-Oct 4). The Path of Peace Daily Reflections are available to download (Download the complete 2020 Path of Peace Reflections) or you can sign up to have the daily devotion emailed to you (www.pcusa.org/subscribe, scroll down to Advocacy and Social Justice and look for A Season of Peace.) [9.4.2020]

YOUTUBE! MCPC is now on YouTube. At this point, we are using it to post Sunday Worship Services and Pastor Diane’s sermons (excerpted separately for your viewing.) To find MCPC on YouTube, go to http://www.YouTube.com and enter “Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church” in the search box. More info is available on our website, www.mcpconline.org. [7.22.2020]

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