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The Congregational Christian Council of Maine

Spring Meeting ~ April 24th & 25th

Skowhegan Federated Church, Skowhegan Maine

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!” (Psalm 100:1)

 

 

April 24th ~ Friday

No adult program. The youth gathered for a time of fellowship and pizza.

 

April 25th ~ Saturday

8:00 AM Breakfast and fellowship was enjoyed by all

 

9:00 AM Business Meeting

Mark Tanner, Moderator opened the meeting up with words of welcoming and prayer. He shared with those present that the goal for today’s meeting is to share with one another on what we are doing as churches.

 

Robin Norcross, Scribe determined a quorum by the Roll Call of Churches. 17 churches were present with pastors, delegates and youth in representing the CCC-ME.

 

Approval of the Fall 2014 Minutes: Reviewed and accepted.

 

Several pastors and delegates shared with the body about the good things happening in their churches. The Holy Spirit is alive and well in our sister churches!

 

Treasurer’s Report – by Rhonda Glidden. April 24, 2015 balance sheet/profit & loss was handed out to those present. There was some discussion on the understanding of the breakdown of the profits/loss sheet/understanding of items listed/mentioned to have all information regarding the monies to be published for all to review. An idea was raised in regards of investing the funds for higher return which, of course, may bring some risks. It was unclear with reason for set-up for gain and/or limited gain. Clarification of net ordinary income was raised.  The executive committee will look at the investment portion of the budget and will determine if there is a way to invest the funds. The executive committee will report back to the body at the 2015 Fall Meeting. Proposed budget for 2015: Get paperwork/figures from Rhonda to add here. Proposed budget accepted.

 

A discussion was raised to keep the figures separate for the Council and Youth. Pastor Mark Rustin would like to see two separate budgets. A history of the initial set-up of the budget was shared to the body and the importance of keeping the two budgets separate. There was a motion to separate the two budgets, seconded and all in favor.

 

 

 

A Celebration/recognition was raised for Rhonda Glidden who will be graduating and earned her Master’s in Accounting.

 

Elections:

Carl, Natalie, François Akoa were re-elected as Ambassador’s.

 

Ambassador for Skowhegan region – Carl is willing to make calls for the Skowhegan region, Moderator/Scribe/Treasurer – motion for officers for the coming year – motion made, seconded and all in favor.

 

Ambassador’s Report – Carl talked about the Spirit. Veazie doing very well. There was a question on how to bring in youth which is a constant process of debate and discussion. The Millinocket church finds that there is more need for community/mission outside of the church rather than inside the church.

 

Assoc. Pastor Norman Rust from West Gorham Union Church talked about the installation and transfer of ordination of their new pastor Rev. Nate Colson. Pastor Norman Rust was also voted in as West Gorham’s Associate Pastor. Pastor Rust shared with the body that June 20th is his 50th anniversary of his ordination.

 

Pilgrim Community Church – just reaffirmed ordination of Rhonda Reed. April 26th orange hat/orange shackles for persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

 

Cat shared how her church in Biddeford hosts concert series to raise funds for building repair.

 

Skowhegan – Rev. Mark Tanner shared “Fair Food Saturday” – Fried Dough, Fried Oreos, Musketeer Bars, and they will have a spot at the Skowhegan State Fair with many different activities planned.

 

The South Paris Church hosted an ecumenical group during the season of Lent. They hosted a Lenten Luncheon Series with Soup/Sandwiches and the pastor’s took turns preaching. The funds went into a benevolent shared account. A Good Friday Walk also took place with several churches involved, including, the UU, South Paris Congregational Church, and the Lutheran Church with singing and reciting verses along the way. This has turned out to be a great fellowship of pastors.

 

NACCC Update: Looking for a new Executive/Editor for the newsletter.

 

 

 

 

 

Camp Winni Update: Mark Tanner shared tentative dates for camp – July 18th through the July 25th. Greg and Mark will co-direct the camp.  Mark mentioned that there are some folks ready to “retire” from leading camp in the future.

 

New Business

Mark Rustin shared the history of the various funds – Bradshaw Fund, Cram Fund – camp tuition assistance, student assistance, Varney Fund – pastoral assistance.

 

Fall Meeting will take place in South Paris. The last Saturday in October 24th

East Orrington to host the spring 2016 meeting.

 

Mission Moment:

François shared his story on his recent mission trip. Please see the Spirit to read about his adventures and the body may also email him for mission information.

 

Elijah Kellogg Harpswell a Seafarer’s Friend – handed out a booklet. A history was shared on this important ministry which has a goal to share the love of God. Not to make Christians necessarily but to simply share the love of God to those who are away from their families. All were encouraged to support this very important and vital ministry.

 

Other Business:

Church Renewal: Mark shared his words for mission on the doors outside of your church. The body was reminded that ministry takes place beyond the doors of the church. A question was asked: “How do pastors feel that they are reaching out into the community?” “Do we expect people to just come to us or are we going out and meeting people where they need to be met? Are the people going tout and ministering to others and to one another? If so, this makes the church a warm and welcoming place.

 

A reference was made to the “frozen chosen,” “clicky,” “spiritual faithful,” but not necessarily church oriented. What is the accountability to our churches and what are we doing?

 

A few suggestions were raised on how churches can reach out to the community: networking with our neighbors, creating relationships with other businesses, for example, bakeries.

 

Norm Rust shared that West Gorham, an independent church works with an ecumenical group of about 6-8 churches and they put on once a month a supper. Volunteers also help with the food pantry, help with community dinner and typically feed about 80 or more people. This important outreach encourages fellowship.  Norm feels that this has a positive effect on the people and on the church as you “forget” the m-o-n-e-y aspect of church (which actually kills the churches) and focuses on relationship building and ministry.

 

Searsport Congregational Church shared the importance of Prison Ministry. 

 

Mark Rustin – raised a bigger problem. Shared with the body that we sometimes do not know the difference between church - building and people. The reality is that we all have the responsibility to share the Gospel message.

 

Robin Honaker from Warren Pilgrim Church – meets at a youth center in Camden, have two prison ministries going on, approx. 12 prisoners want to hear the theology, works with the homeless, AA, NA, prisoners getting out of prison, counseling and group homes.  The Voice of the Martyr raised funds for 25 Bibles and in two weeks they had over $700.00 with a matching gift for new Bibles. And this is ministry of about 25 people.

 

Mark Tanner shared on how he likes the work of the smaller churches. He shared with the body that money is a big issue and keeping the doors open is a main concern for most churches.

 

Mark Rustin shared how Carmel has insulated their building and how insulting the building made a difference in their expenses. By spending a little, the church saved money.

 

Pastor Cat shared her church in Biddeford. Bon Appetite uses space at the church to serve people. AA uses the building as well as Al Anon. Narcotics Anonymous uses the church building approximately x3 weekly. The alternative high school uses the building for cooking classes. The church hosts a clothes closet. An annual program called “Kids Shopping” is also held at the Biddeford church. The church is now looking at how to restructure the building/space so that there will be more outreach to the community. Bible studies are growing with both members and non-members. The groups mentioned above do pay a low rent for their use of the building.

 

Pastor John from the Kellogg Church shared that non-profits are asked to give a donation while providing the use of the building as a ministry, our first responsibility is to the community,

 

A member from the body raised a concern: If we didn’t have a building a lot of our mission would be gone: Boyscouts, Girlscouts, AA, and the Rotary for breakfast. “What can we do?”

 

Pastor Vance Jordan from the South Bridgton Congregational Church shared with the body that sometimes it is difficult to be charitable with those who have no connection to the church. It is sometimes difficult to open the church up to non-members.

 

Francois shared about importance of church and mission. And asks the question: What haven’t we done?

 

Pastor Cat would like to see the music director’s names added to the CCC-ME.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Pastor Robin Norcross

 

 

 

The Congregational Christian Council of Maine

Spring Meeting ~ April 24th & 25th

Skowhegan Federated Church, Skowhegan Maine

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!” (Psalm 100:1)

 

 

April 24th ~ Friday

No adult program. The youth gathered for a time of fellowship and pizza.

 

April 25th ~ Saturday

8:00 AM Breakfast and fellowship was enjoyed by all

 

9:00 AM Business Meeting

Mark Tanner, Moderator opened the meeting up with words of welcoming and prayer. He shared with those present that the goal for today’s meeting is to share with one another on what we are doing as churches.

 

Robin Norcross, Scribe determined a quorum by the Roll Call of Churches. 17 churches were present with pastors, delegates and youth in representing the CCC-ME.

 

Approval of the Fall 2014 Minutes: Reviewed and accepted.

 

Several pastors and delegates shared with the body about the good things happening in their churches. The Holy Spirit is alive and well in our sister churches!

 

Treasurer’s Report – by Rhonda Glidden. April 24, 2015 balance sheet/profit & loss was handed out to those present. There was some discussion on the understanding of the breakdown of the profits/loss sheet/understanding of items listed/mentioned to have all information regarding the monies to be published for all to review. An idea was raised in regards of investing the funds for higher return which, of course, may bring some risks. It was unclear with reason for set-up for gain and/or limited gain. Clarification of net ordinary income was raised.  The executive committee will look at the investment portion of the budget and will determine if there is a way to invest the funds. The executive committee will report back to the body at the 2015 Fall Meeting. Proposed budget for 2015: Get paperwork/figures from Rhonda to add here. Proposed budget accepted.

 

A discussion was raised to keep the figures separate for the Council and Youth. Pastor Mark Rustin would like to see two separate budgets. A history of the initial set-up of the budget was shared to the body and the importance of keeping the two budgets separate. There was a motion to separate the two budgets, seconded and all in favor.

 

 

 

A Celebration/recognition was raised for Rhonda Glidden who will be graduating and earned her Master’s in Accounting.

 

Elections:

Carl, Natalie, François Akoa were re-elected as Ambassador’s.

 

Ambassador for Skowhegan region – Carl is willing to make calls for the Skowhegan region, Moderator/Scribe/Treasurer – motion for officers for the coming year – motion made, seconded and all in favor.

 

Ambassador’s Report – Carl talked about the Spirit. Veazie doing very well. There was a question on how to bring in youth which is a constant process of debate and discussion. The Millinocket church finds that there is more need for community/mission outside of the church rather than inside the church.

 

Assoc. Pastor Norman Rust from West Gorham Union Church talked about the installation and transfer of ordination of their new pastor Rev. Nate Colson. Pastor Norman Rust was also voted in as West Gorham’s Associate Pastor. Pastor Rust shared with the body that June 20th is his 50th anniversary of his ordination.

 

Pilgrim Community Church – just reaffirmed ordination of Rhonda Reed. April 26th orange hat/orange shackles for persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

 

Cat shared how her church in Biddeford hosts concert series to raise funds for building repair.

 

Skowhegan – Rev. Mark Tanner shared “Fair Food Saturday” – Fried Dough, Fried Oreos, Musketeer Bars, and they will have a spot at the Skowhegan State Fair with many different activities planned.

 

The South Paris Church hosted an ecumenical group during the season of Lent. They hosted a Lenten Luncheon Series with Soup/Sandwiches and the pastor’s took turns preaching. The funds went into a benevolent shared account. A Good Friday Walk also took place with several churches involved, including, the UU, South Paris Congregational Church, and the Lutheran Church with singing and reciting verses along the way. This has turned out to be a great fellowship of pastors.

 

NACCC Update: Looking for a new Executive/Editor for the newsletter.

 

 

 

 

 

Camp Winni Update: Mark Tanner shared tentative dates for camp – July 18th through the July 25th. Greg and Mark will co-direct the camp.  Mark mentioned that there are some folks ready to “retire” from leading camp in the future.

 

New Business

Mark Rustin shared the history of the various funds – Bradshaw Fund, Cram Fund – camp tuition assistance, student assistance, Varney Fund – pastoral assistance.

 

Fall Meeting will take place in South Paris. The last Saturday in October 24th

East Orrington to host the spring 2016 meeting.

 

Mission Moment:

François shared his story on his recent mission trip. Please see the Spirit to read about his adventures and the body may also email him for mission information.

 

Elijah Kellogg Harpswell a Seafarer’s Friend – handed out a booklet. A history was shared on this important ministry which has a goal to share the love of God. Not to make Christians necessarily but to simply share the love of God to those who are away from their families. All were encouraged to support this very important and vital ministry.

 

Other Business:

Church Renewal: Mark shared his words for mission on the doors outside of your church. The body was reminded that ministry takes place beyond the doors of the church. A question was asked: “How do pastors feel that they are reaching out into the community?” “Do we expect people to just come to us or are we going out and meeting people where they need to be met? Are the people going tout and ministering to others and to one another? If so, this makes the church a warm and welcoming place.

 

A reference was made to the “frozen chosen,” “clicky,” “spiritual faithful,” but not necessarily church oriented. What is the accountability to our churches and what are we doing?

 

A few suggestions were raised on how churches can reach out to the community: networking with our neighbors, creating relationships with other businesses, for example, bakeries.

 

Norm Rust shared that West Gorham, an independent church works with an ecumenical group of about 6-8 churches and they put on once a month a supper. Volunteers also help with the food pantry, help with community dinner and typically feed about 80 or more people. This important outreach encourages fellowship.  Norm feels that this has a positive effect on the people and on the church as you “forget” the m-o-n-e-y aspect of church (which actually kills the churches) and focuses on relationship building and ministry.

 

Searsport Congregational Church shared the importance of Prison Ministry. 

 

Mark Rustin – raised a bigger problem. Shared with the body that we sometimes do not know the difference between church - building and people. The reality is that we all have the responsibility to share the Gospel message.

 

Robin Honaker from Warren Pilgrim Church – meets at a youth center in Camden, have two prison ministries going on, approx. 12 prisoners want to hear the theology, works with the homeless, AA, NA, prisoners getting out of prison, counseling and group homes.  The Voice of the Martyr raised funds for 25 Bibles and in two weeks they had over $700.00 with a matching gift for new Bibles. And this is ministry of about 25 people.

 

Mark Tanner shared on how he likes the work of the smaller churches. He shared with the body that money is a big issue and keeping the doors open is a main concern for most churches.

 

Mark Rustin shared how Carmel has insulated their building and how insulting the building made a difference in their expenses. By spending a little, the church saved money.

 

Pastor Cat shared her church in Biddeford. Bon Appetite uses space at the church to serve people. AA uses the building as well as Al Anon. Narcotics Anonymous uses the church building approximately x3 weekly. The alternative high school uses the building for cooking classes. The church hosts a clothes closet. An annual program called “Kids Shopping” is also held at the Biddeford church. The church is now looking at how to restructure the building/space so that there will be more outreach to the community. Bible studies are growing with both members and non-members. The groups mentioned above do pay a low rent for their use of the building.

 

Pastor John from the Kellogg Church shared that non-profits are asked to give a donation while providing the use of the building as a ministry, our first responsibility is to the community,

 

A member from the body raised a concern: If we didn’t have a building a lot of our mission would be gone: Boyscouts, Girlscouts, AA, and the Rotary for breakfast. “What can we do?”

 

Pastor Vance Jordan from the South Bridgton Congregational Church shared with the body that sometimes it is difficult to be charitable with those who have no connection to the church. It is sometimes difficult to open the church up to non-members.

 

Francois shared about importance of church and mission. And asks the question: What haven’t we done?

 

Pastor Cat would like to see the music director’s names added to the CCC-ME.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Pastor Robin Norcross

 

 

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