In 2019 the six churches comprising the Kennebec River United Methodist Churches entered into an informal agreement to support one another through mutual ministry opportunities. Since that time the six congregations have participated in classes, Advent retreats, and outdoor worship experiences. Due to the pandemic most joint activities have been put on hold, but we are once again beginning to join together in fellowship, learning, and ministry.
Effective July 1, 2022 the six churches of the Kennebec River Churches will officially become a Cooperative Parish. This announcement was made in each church on Sunday, May 22nd:
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, episcopal leader of the New England Annual Conference, intends to make the following appointments as of July 1, 2022, provided that all preliminary matters are accomplished:
Rev. Karen L. Munson Coordinating Pastor for Dresden Richmond UMC
Half time appointment for Green Street UMC
Lead Pastor for the 2022-23 Cooperative Parish
Rev. Rich Cullen Coordinating Pastor for East Pittston UMC
Half time appointment for Cox Memorial UMC
Rev. Ruth Merriam Coordinating Pastor for Randolph UMC
Half Time appointment for Highland Avenue UMC
In each pairing, the appointed pastor will have primary pastoral care responsibility and a regular preaching schedule. In addition, each pastor will bring focused leadership to all six churches based on needs of the churches and gifts of the pastors.
A coordinating team of two people from each church will work with the pastors to plan preaching and event schedules as well as identify and respond to shared interest planning.
All six Staff Parish Relations Committees consulted individually with the District Superintendent, committing to this shared leadership over the next appointment year. All SPRCs met together on Saturday, May 21, to launch and bless this year long partnership in ministry. Coordinating Team members have been identified and will begin their work shortly.
Please join us in praying to be avenues of Gods’ grace for our churches and wider communities as we open ourselves to God’s possibilities this year.
UP-COMING RIVER CHURCH PARISH EVENTS
River Churches Care Network Team Invitation:
"Do you feel a nudge to reach out to others with God’s love? Are you a good listener, or perhaps you’ve wondered about sharing communion with the homebound. Our friends at Cox Memorial UMC are taking the lead in creating a lay pastoral care team for the River Church Network. Training will be provided. We want to make sure that any church members who’d like a visit don’t get missed and that people have ongoing support when going through difficult times. This will support not replace the pastoral care provided by our three pastors. Please contact Laurie Decoursey Ldecoursey52@gmail.com"
Fall In Person Study Group
All are welcome to join in a weekly in person study group led by Rev. Ruth Merriam at the Highland Avenue UMC in Gardiner: 9:30-10 social time and class begins at 10:00am. This class will star on Tuesday, September 20th. This is in person and will use the John Ortberg Book: “Who Is This Man? The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus”. Contact Rev. Merriam for more details at email@example.com
Christmas Caroling Invitation
Green Street would like to invite everyone who would like to come visit us Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:00PM for Caroling in the Sanctuary. Our carols will lead from the angels announcing the birth of Jesus to Christmas night’s miracle and the Joy to be shared. Scripture and Song together. What a wonderful start to the month to help us feel the awe, the joy, the fellowship of the season.
Parish Wide Toiletries Drive for Advent
I (Bob Moody) went to a United Way presentation today and one of the speakers was Vicky Abbott from Bread of Life ministries. They are in pressing need this year and below is a list of things they could use help with. I was going to share this with East Pittston to see if anyone wanted to bring in any of the items for Christmas and I will deliver them when I get back. Then I thought it would be cool if all 6 churches collected and we delivered them as a gift from the river churches. If you like the idea, please share and ask people to bring in to drop off at any of the churches by Christmas Day service. I will try to get a Facebook live message out on our church page this week if that is ok. I will arrange a time to pick up and will bring them to Bread of Life offices. Great way to share his gifts to us and his love for all his children.
For hygiene products, the following items are in immediate need:
Men’s Breakfast Invitation
This past Saturday approximately 15 men gathered for breakfast at the Highland Avenue UMC. Both Harvey Versteeg and I were able to join them and had an enjoyable time and great food. The invitation to join the HAUMC Men’s Group for their monthly breakfast is an open invitation to any man in the six Kennebec River Churches. There will not be a breakfast in December and the January breakfast is planned for Saturday, January 28th at 8:00am. Please respond to Phil Garwood if you plan to attend.
(you can respond directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call/text him at 207-514-4377)