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February 2018 Newsletter

Notes from West Mountain                                            The Reverend Mark Diters Midrash Wisdom (Midrash: “an ancient commentary on part of the Hebrew scriptures”)   “Abraham and Sarah” Genesis 18 is but one of fifty chapters within one book of sixty-six books of our Bible. Further, within this chapter there are three distinct scenes that roll from one to another regarding Abraham and Sarah. The first is the appearance of three strangers at the door of Abraham’s tent. Of these three, the writer of Hebrews urges us ...

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January 2018 Newsletter

TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE FLAGG ROAD UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST By vote of the Church Council, the 60th Annual Meeting of the Flagg Road United Church of Christ Is hereby called for Sunday, January 28, 2018 immediately following the 10:00 AM service. • The receive and discuss reports from officers, boards and committees of the church. • To elect officers and board members for 2018. • To consider and act on the proposed budget. • To present any other business suitable to come before such a ...

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“Mary, Did You Know?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aECRdsy4A90&feature=youtu.be A Christmas song by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene. Arranged by Pentatonix, Paul Langford. Performed by aKaPeLLe, including Manjula Dias-Hargarter, daughter of Srianee Dias.

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December 2017 Newsletter

Notes From West Mountain                                  The Reverend Mark E. Diters “So this is Christmas, and what have you done, another year over, and a new one just begun. And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun, the near and the dear one, the old and the young A very merry Christmas…  And a happy New Year …Let’s hope it’s a good one without any fear”    ...

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November 2017 Newsletter

Notes From West Mountain                                                                                        The Reverend Mark E. Diters   “A Time for Stewardship” A reading from a piece of ‘alternative” scripture from the Gospel of Affluenza chapter 3 verses 4-5:  “When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain… and then ...

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October 2017 Newsletter

Notes From West Mountain                                                      The Reverend Mark E. Diters  Blessings one and all! At the narrative’s climax in the Book of Esther the Jewish people are at a critical crossroad. Their survival is seriously threatened. Mordecai, Esther’s cousin and trusted advisor speaks to her saying this, “For if you keep silence at such a time as this…you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.”  “Just such a ...

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September 2017 Newsletter

Notes From West Mountain                                                The Reverend Mark E. Diters Our first few days at Sebago Lake summer time ruled, but by the last day, the air was crisp and we watched more than one leaf fall from tree to wave. Sure enough, fall’s falling…seasons move on, transitions from one time to the next…the song Closing Time… “Every new beginning is an old beginning’s end…” Each year about this time I used to sing my children a song by Loudon Wainwright Jr. ...

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June 2017 Newsletter

Notes From West Mountain                                                                                                                             The Reverend Mark E. Diters   The Christian Activities Council: A brief narrative history… As the story ...

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May 2017 Newsletter

Notes From West Mountain                                                The Reverend Mark E. Diters ECUMENICAL ADVOCACY DAYS 2017 Advocacy in faith…a prayer…dire days, hopeful days… “We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others ...

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April 2017 Newsletter

Notes From West Mountain                                                                                                                                         The Reverend Mark E. Diters     “In metaphor the open ...