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Dr. Veon's Monthly Message - “A Journey with John” ...
Read this blog and make yourself notes. Let’s plan to talk about it.
Week One – John 1: 1 - 18
Everything has its beginning! Today our curiosity has pushed us to the point that our scientists are seeking for the “God particle” somewhere out there in deepest space to see if it might hold the secret to unlocking how our world and life began. We already have two interpretations of how life and our world as we know it began.
The Book of Genesis, which means “beginning” in the Old Testament starts out by declaring in no uncertain terms that “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. . . .” The author of the Gospel of John begins his Gospel Account by purposely connecting those words with Jesus whom he wishes to identify as a sovereign, creative “God in the flesh” who ultimately will demonstrate how much he loves us by entering the human pilgrimage and predicament to help us resolve the struggles of being human beings.
John sees this God as the God of the Creation who becomes the God of Re-creation so that we may become like God has always intended us to be. Just as the Genesis God left his finger prints on all that he made so through his creation you could trace his imprints all the way back to the One who was the source of all creation and called it “good”. The more He thought about his creation he the stepped back one day, and pronounced it “very, very good.”
But humankind had other ideas. Things could be better! Do you supposed God is holding out on us by telling us we should not eat the fruit of the one particular tree, thought Man and Woman This serpent said, “We could become like God. So humankind disobeyed the creator and lost human’s special connection with his Creator. Losing the relationship meant the man and woman where banished from Paradise in the Garden and they became disconnected from God. This disconnect affected their relationship of trust not only with God, but with one another. They became estranged from all that given them fulfillment and meaning. Life now seemed meaningless and empty because they were empty. A cosmic insecurity and distrust shattered the fulfillment they had originally known and experienced. They lost not only the original meaning of it all but they lost their personal being. Being became non-being!
However, God loved his creation too much to permit his project to be sabotaged by self seeking individuals who had lost their way. There would be a new creation! God had sent the Law through Moses. Humankind could not handle it. He would now send them grace and love all wrapped up in a person. That person was his only Son who had been with him from the beginning. In fact, this Son was “meaning” and “being” and was as the Word, the “logos”, the very agent of creation. John, the author puts it that “grace and truth, came to earth through Jesus Christ our Lord, and we have beheld his glory, glory as the only begotten of the father.” And again, he said the “Word, became flesh and dwelt among us.” “Dwelt” in the original language meets “to pitch a tent”. God came to live with us, to reside with us and help us work through the human predicament and our earthly problems to new being and fulfillment – so we could literally become new creations!
The Gospel of John is a young author’s loving attempt to introduce us to a Father God, who became like us in every respect, to walk our walk and talk our talk that we might have newness of life.
Yes, John tells us that Jesus was and is in “the beginning”. He knows what he is about - what he was here to do. “For this reason, came I into the world. . . .” This very same author in the last book of the Bible also reminds us that Jesus is the “End” as well. How does he put it but “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. . . “
He takes away any vestige of fear, uncertainty or insecurity because “he has us covered” with his heavenly Father’s love from the beginning to the end!
Can’t you just here him say it, “Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered from beginning to end!
Blessings on you all!
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|Imagine traveling to church by boat ... during the summer season, each of the UCC local ministries affords just such an experience.|
The Union Evangelical Church (UCC Greenville) is located at the southern tip of Moosehead Lake across the street from the municipal parking lot where the Steamship Katahdin is docked. Public boat landings are available from May - October.
The Rockwood Community Chapel is located 20 miles north on the west side of Moosehead Lake. A public boat landing is just yards away and from here one can also see the famous Kineo Island ... our very own "natural wonder".
The Chesuncook Village Church is located at the northwest tip of Chesuncook Lake and offers a unique ministry opportunity for both traveling pastors and lay people. If you dock at Chesuncook landing, the church is just 1/4 mile up the hill. Boyscout troups are frequent visitors to this little church in the woods!
The Union Evangelical Church
"A Spiritual Center in the Moosehead Region"
Each year we celebrate our church heritage. This year we honored 14 members who have lovingly served our church and community for over 45 years. Thanks to you all for all that you do and for the example you set for the rest of us!
If you would like to read about the history of the Greenville church, please click on the following link to download a printable .pdf version: Greenville History.
The Rockwood Community Chapel
"The Heart ... in the Heart of the
Rockwood Community Church
When the summer season ends, the little chapel in Rockwood closes its doors. Each fall and winter, however, special services are held. Please watch the UCC calendar to see when our next service will be held.
If you would like to read about the history of the Rockwood chapel, please click on the following link to download a printable .pdf version: Rockwood History.
The Chesuncook Village Church
"A Special Summer Ministry"
Inquiries my be mailed to:
Chesuncook is a remote chapel north of Greenville on the northwest tip of Chesuncook Lake. Even though it boasts a year-round resident count of 5 ... travel into and out of the village is challenging at best!
Each year we have guest ministers from near and far who spend a week in these great north woods. At the end of the week, they share their message with all who are "traveling in the area."
Make your reservations now ... available opportunities are dwindling!
Getting Ready for Summer 2011
Every year when we journey in to open the parsonage and prepare for the upcoming summer service season, we are always blessed to have a group of travelers stop by for a visit. This year it was a group of middle and high schoolers from Connecticut who were participating in a leadership training retreat. Part of our goal during this visit was also to bring in the new hymnals that were donated by folks from a church in Roxbury, Connecticut. Keyth convinced our visitors to come in to the church and sing while she played the pump organ. How fitting to have our young Connecticut visitors be the first ones to sing from our new “Connecticut” hymnals! To see more photos from their visit, click here.
Service Calendar 2012
|Wednesdays||3:45 pm||Youth Choir Rehearsal - Ongoing||UCC Greenville|
|Wednesdays||5:00 pm||Chancel Choir Rehearsal - Ongoing||UCC Greenville|
|Thursdays||4:00 pm||Adult Bible Study - Ongoing||UCC Greenville|
Special Church Events
|Apr. 14||10:00 am||Sunday Service||UCC Greenville|
Inquiries / Events may be sent to:
Although we are a small church in the great north woods of Maine, we are very involved in our community. Click on any of the tabbed bars below to learn more about some of our outreach programs.
"The Ready Workers" ... a history.
On July 18th, 1884, Albert Heald invited all the women of the parish to meet at the Lake House. At that time they voted to organize a women's society and named it "The Ready Workers." The aim of the organization was to repair and keep in repair the church building, lending aid when and where it was needed, and to carry on extensive charitable work.
In the first two years, they raised over $2000.00 all of which was used for necessary repairs in the church. For many years they met in various homes or in a meeting room at Shaw Block; however, after the new church was built in 1903, the group had its own meeting room, parlor, dining room, and kitchen.
In the fall of 1907, the Ready Workers became incorporated, which was critical if they were to own property. The newly created corporation held its first meeting on November 12, 1907, in the rooms at the Union Church. Octavia Sanders was elected President. On November 19th, it was voted to purchase the property and home which, to this day, serve at the church's parsonage.
Early in 1931, the group purchased the Community House. Since the Ready Workers have owned the Community House, it has been the scene of a large variety of affairs -- numerous civic and business organizations have held luncheons, dinners, and meetings; countless brides have fond memories of their wedding receptions; and many Golden Age citizens have celebrated both their 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries there. It has also been the site of many plays, concerts, dances, Boy Scout ventures, sewing classes, and many other forms of recreation. At one time, school sessions were held in the building after a fire occurred in the local school.
In 2004 the Community House was sold to the Moosehead Historical Society. Today it houses lovely historic exhibits and is now known as the Center for Moosehead History.
To be continued ...
Inquires may be mailed to:
P.O. Box 368
Greenville, ME 04441
The Laura T. Davison Missionary Society of the Union Evangelical Church, Greenville, held its first meeting on October 10, 1874.
In 1982, a "Thrift Shop" was started. Although the Missionary Society itself went into recess in 1998, the "Thrift Shop", run by volunteers, continues its outreach. We gladly receive good used clothing and small household items. These items may be dropped off at any time.
The proceeds earned are donated to many charities state wide and to local people who need a helping hand. Any overflow items are sent to larger thrift shops in the Waterville - Bangor area.
Shop Hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
A more detailed history of the Missionary Society is available - pdf file download.
Inquiries may be sent to:
The Thrift Shop
P.O. Box 368
Greenville, ME 04441
The Greenville Food Cupboard, operated by the community-based, all volunteer, ecumenical organization known as "The Moosehead Associates" is housed in the Greenville UCC church. Normal hours of operation are 9:00 to 11:00 AM every Wednesday.
Our mission shall be to bind together followers of Jesus Christ, for the purpose of sharing in the worship of God and making His will dominate in the lives of people, individually and collectively, especially as that will is set forth in the life, teachings and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In obedience to this call we
- worship God through praise, preachings, and music
- teach so that all ages may grow in faith and understanding
- witness to our faith through evangelism and outreach
- care for one another as God cared for each of us
- honor the glory of God's creation by living responsibly on this earth
- work in the world for reconciliation, peace, and justice
We value in our church life
- challenging preaching of the Word
- exceptional music
- stimulating Christian education, Biblical exploration, and theological reflection
- our role as regional church, auspiciously located in the Moosehead Lake area
- our leadership role in the community and Conference
- the heritage and traditions of our congregation
- our ministry to the needs of the Moosehead Lake Region and state of Maine
- effective and efficient administration, planning, and implementation of programming
- the diversity of God's presence
We commit ourselves to
- grow as a community of faith, both spiritually and numerically
- enhance the commitment of our time, talent, thought, and treasure through creative year-round effort
- take risks, after prayerful deliberation, study and sharing. To speak God's truth in love and act on difficult issues that affect the congregation and the world.
- discover and demonstrate in our life together the diverse and inclusive body of Christ
- enrich our community by empowering each member to use God's gifts for ministry
- provide for the creative expression of faith through all of the fine arts
- strengthen and enhance relationships within the church to the end that members, long-time and new, young and old
- know and enjoy one another in a community of faith characterized by love and acceptance
- maintain a process of planning and evaluation of program, staff, and ministry
- maximize the use and care of our facilities
- encourage, respect, and support one another in the spiritual journey
- grow our ministry as a regional church, currently in three locations
- creatively minister with, and to, the unique seasonal tourism potential of our Moosehead Lake Region
In gratitude for God's love and with humble reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit, we go forth under the authority of Scripture and the policy and discipline of the United Church of Christ.
Getting in Touch with Us
Need to find out more about our church or any of the special services we offer? Please don't hesitate to contact us. We'd love to hear from you.
Dr. Robert L. Veon - Pastor
P.O. Box 368
2 Moosehead Lake Rd.
Greenville, ME 04441
The National UCC
We wish to thank the National Organization of the United Church of Christ for granting us permission to use the "Local Ministries" symbol on our web page. We chose this symbol to represent our local ministry too because our ministry is made up of three different branches.
We would like to invite you to visit the web site of the National United Church of Christ to learn more about the tenets of our faith.