Info Coffee Sunday, May 19, 9 am. Receiving new members Sunday, June 9 during worship

~ WILL YOU JOIN OUR CONGREGATION? ~ If you are new to our church or if you have been worshiping with us for some time now, your presence in worship and your participation in any and all of our services, programs, and events are greatly valued by the congregation and the minister. We hope you will continue to be with us on a regular basis for a long time to come and that your relationship with the Church of Universal Fellowship will continue to grow. Twice during the year, the church extends an invitation to formal membership. As we vote on not just electing our leaders, calling a new minister, and passing our annual budget, but also on affirming social justice issues as a body, such as the nonproliferation stance taken by the Maine Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Your vote is important! If you desire at this time to become a formal member of our church, and we sincerely hope you do, here are two dates to remember. “Info-Coffee” Sunday, May 19th 9:00 am The MacKenzie Room (upstairs at the end of the hall) Trustees, Deacons, and the Minister will be available to talk with you and to answer any questions you may have. Although it is not necessary to attend an “Info-Coffee” in order to join the church, we do hope you will take advantage of this time to get better acquainted with us! Children welcome!
The Receiving of New Members Sunday, June 9th During the Sunday Morning Worship Service at 10:00 am If you have any questions about the process of membership or if you would like to meet with the minister individually, please call the church office and leave us a message. If it is your desire to join the church at this time, please call us at 866-3655 and let us know. Know that we always welcome your presence among us and would look forward to welcoming you formally on June 9th.

Church office hours while Steffi is away

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CUF Office Hours while Steffi Egenhofer is on vacation, May 14-June 30: Monday May 20, 9 to 2 pm Monday, June 10, 9 to 2 pm Monday, June 23 9 to 2 pm. Emails and phone messages will be checked daily throughout the summer! Phone and email messages to the Office will be answered promptly. Thank you!

Minister job description

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The Church of Universal Fellowship (CUF) in Orono, Maine seeks a full time, permanent minister to start in the second half of 2019. CUF is a non-denominational “mainline Protestant”, theologically liberal, open-and-affirming congregation. We have vibrant youth, music and social justice programs and effective lay leadership with healthy finances and buildings and about 200 members. Orono is a lovely college town with lots of access to the outdoors and cultural events. We seek a minister who can lead Sunday worship including stimulating sermons that are relevant to today’s world and provide pastoral care for our members. In addition to the minister there are 10 paid, part-time staff. To apply please send a cover letter, a resume and any ministerial application materials from your denomination to Brian McGill (President of the Trustees, mail@brianmcgill.org). A congregational prospectus is available for download.

We will begin examining applications by July 1st, but we will continue the search until we find a great fit and encourage later applications. Please contact Brian with additional questions.

#11:45, Sunday, May 5

#11:45 Death and Dignity: Part 3 ~11:45 am The Library

Jim Fernald from Brookings-Smith talks about the details of funeral planning from the Funeral Home’s point of view. He brings handouts and will be available for questions. Please join us!

Save the Dates!

Flower Communion, Sunday, June 2nd A celebration of all the teachers and volunteers who have worked with our children and youth this year. Please bring a flower to this service!
Celebration Sunday and Annual Church Picnic, June 9th A time to rededicate our church and receive new members! After worship, everyone is invited to the Annual Church Picnic on the front lawn. Again this year, our delicious picnic will be catered by Dewey and Emily Hasbrouck from Moe’s Original BBQ! Tickets for the picnic will be for sale soon. All proceeds from the ticket sales benefit CUF’s Orono to Africa benevolence projects in Malawi and Mozambique. Tickets: $9 for individuals and $28 for a family.
Artsapalooza, Saturday June 15th, 6 to 10 pm CUF is one of the many different venues for this annual celebration of the arts in downtown Orono. Stay tuned!

April 28 service

The second half of the service was devoted to a discussion facilitated by the Search Committee. People broke into small groups to answer three questions:
What do you love about CUF today?
What would you like to seen change over the next 3-5 years?
What are the most important things you want to see in the minister we hire?