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CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTIAN COUNCIL OF MAINE

EAST REGION REPORT  -  ANNUAL MEETING, APRIL 27, 2019

 

It continues to be my privilege to serve as the East Region Ambassador for the CCCME as well as Moderator of the Washington County Association of Congregational Christian Churches, which this year celebrates its 190th year --- the oldest body of Congregational churches with an unbroken existence in the world.   The Association meets twice a year, in the spring and the fall.   Our last meeting, held two weeks ago, featured a PowerPoint slide presentation by the Rev. Phyllis Merritt of the Jonesport church on her recent trip with CFTS students to Pilgrim sites in England and the Netherlands. 

 

The churches of the Washington County Association have met for quarterly hymn sings on a rotation business, weather permitting; one of these is an annual hymn sing and cookout, held at the Jacksonville Methodist Campground in East Machias in late August.  We anticipate doing this once again this coming August.

 

The Association last November sponsored a day-long financial workshop for its member churches, held at Jonesboro Union Church and led by Kenneth Bustard, CPA of Bucksport, who talked about federal and state tax laws regarding churches, disposition of real and financial properties, endowments, etc.  The Fall Meeting, held in September, featured a preliminary introduction to the workshop.  Both events were very well attended, eye-opening and helpful.   Mr. Bustard is an excellent speaker --- knowledgeable and engaging.

 

The Board of the Association has put final touches on a planned bus trip to Plymouth and Boston this October for clergy and laypeople of the Washington County churches.  This will be a four-day event (round trip included) that will feature tours of Plimoth Plantation and downtown Plymouth, the Old Ship Meeting House in Hingham (the oldest church building in the country), the Congregational Library, and other sites as our limited time will permit.  There is much enthusiasm about this venture, and reservations are already being made.

 

The East Machias church is currently without a minister and is being supplied by Pastor Gary Look of Lubec, pastor of an independent church in Lubec and a longtime friend to our churches in the Machias area.  Don Green, a retired lay preacher who has recently moved to Washington County, is serving the Lubec church part-time.  The church has requested that an ecclesiastical council be organized to examine him for ordination.  The date and time are currently being arranged.

 

 

                                                       Rev. Douglas Drown, East Region Ambassador

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CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTIAN COUNCIL OF MAINE

EAST REGION REPORT  -  ANNUAL MEETING, APRIL 27, 2019

 

It continues to be my privilege to serve as the East Region Ambassador for the CCCME as well as Moderator of the Washington County Association of Congregational Christian Churches, which this year celebrates its 190th year --- the oldest body of Congregational churches with an unbroken existence in the world.   The Association meets twice a year, in the spring and the fall.   Our last meeting, held two weeks ago, featured a PowerPoint slide presentation by the Rev. Phyllis Merritt of the Jonesport church on her recent trip with CFTS students to Pilgrim sites in England and the Netherlands. 

 

The churches of the Washington County Association have met for quarterly hymn sings on a rotation business, weather permitting; one of these is an annual hymn sing and cookout, held at the Jacksonville Methodist Campground in East Machias in late August.  We anticipate doing this once again this coming August.

 

The Association last November sponsored a day-long financial workshop for its member churches, held at Jonesboro Union Church and led by Kenneth Bustard, CPA of Bucksport, who talked about federal and state tax laws regarding churches, disposition of real and financial properties, endowments, etc.  The Fall Meeting, held in September, featured a preliminary introduction to the workshop.  Both events were very well attended, eye-opening and helpful.   Mr. Bustard is an excellent speaker --- knowledgeable and engaging.

 

The Board of the Association has put final touches on a planned bus trip to Plymouth and Boston this October for clergy and laypeople of the Washington County churches.  This will be a four-day event (round trip included) that will feature tours of Plimoth Plantation and downtown Plymouth, the Old Ship Meeting House in Hingham (the oldest church building in the country), the Congregational Library, and other sites as our limited time will permit.  There is much enthusiasm about this venture, and reservations are already being made.

 

The East Machias church is currently without a minister and is being supplied by Pastor Gary Look of Lubec, pastor of an independent church in Lubec and a longtime friend to our churches in the Machias area.  Don Green, a retired lay preacher who has recently moved to Washington County, is serving the Lubec church part-time.  The church has requested that an ecclesiastical council be organized to examine him for ordination.  The date and time are currently being arranged.

 

 

                                                       Rev. Douglas Drown, East Region Ambassador

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