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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 ...

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March 2017 Newsleter

Notes From West Mountain                                           The Reverend Mark E. Diters “z =1-x^2-y^2” (Parabolic Formula) “He put before them another parable…”              On Ash Wednesday, the first day of March, Lent will begin. It is on Ash Wednesday that we are reminded to “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”  It is a time when we are called to be mindful of our own finitude. It is a time in which we are urged to find perspective, embracing who we are ...

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February 2017 Newsletter

Notes from West Mountain As Lent approaches, all of us are living in a new era, politically and socially, and it is perhaps unrivaled in our memories. Challenging questions seem to arise daily and it is essential for us as faithful followers of Christ to re-examine old assumptions and well worn adages. What is God saying to us here and now, today, as we engage in our common lives together? How do we welcome our neighbor? G. K. Chesterton wrote: “We ...

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January 2017 Newsletter

TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE FLAGG ROAD UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST By vote of the Church Council, the 59th Annual Meeting of The Flagg Road United Church of Christ Is hereby called for Sunday, January 29, 2017 11:15 am, in the Meetinghouse To receive and discuss reports from the officers,  boards, and committees of the church To elect officers and board members for 2017 To consider and act on the proposed budget , and To present any other business suitable ...

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November 2016 Newsletter

Notes from West Mountain “Gifts of the Spirit…” Romans 12 Greetings! Gratitude Sunday is November 20, just before Thanksgiving! The world keeps spinning, November arrives with the subtle reminders of the winter to come; grass, discolored and slow to grow, stubborn leaves still cling to their branches awaiting another cold snap to do its work, and enduring summer drought conditions linger, causing one to wonder over water supplies and just how much snow might fall in the next months. (It is New England after ...

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October 2016 Newsletter

Notes from West Mountain White Privilege “We are perpetually being told that what is wanted is a strong man (sic) who will do things. What is really wanted is a strong man (sic) who will undo things; and that will be the real test of strength.” -G. K. Chesterton   Where does one begin? No matter what feelings you experience when you hear the phrase “Black lives matter,” it cannot be argued that the phrase has not focused the public attention. And the phrase ...

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September 2016 Newsletter

Notes from West Mountain  Shrimp Boil!!! September 18, 2016 Following the 10:00 a.m. Worship Service. Sprinkle a little Old Bay and then friends, you’re on your way, steaming plates of shrimp and corn brightens up any Sunday morn… we didn’t have to do the fishin’ but Back Bay is our favorite mission so sign up for this year’s boil, and eat them up so they won’t spoil. Our worship service on September 18th will focus upon mission and our efforts to serve in ...