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Ash Wednesday "Indoor Pilgrimage"

Raymond Village Community Church

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 7:00pm

 

Raymond Village Community Church invites everyone in the area to participate in an “Indoor Pilgrimage” during the Church’s annual Ash Wednesday service, held at 7:00pm on Wednesday, February 14 at the Church, 27 Main St., Raymond.  The service will last from 45 minutes to an hour.

 

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent.  Lent itself is the journey of preparation for Easter.  So during this service participants will move as a group from place to place within the Church, gathering the tools they will need for their Lenten journey.  “A physical pilgrimage - even around the Church - enables a richer understanding of the meaning and significance of Ash Wednesday, a step toward making Lent and the entire Easter season a richer and more powerful experience.” says RVCC Pastor Nancy Foran.

 

The “tools” participants will experience include Prayer – for a stronger connection to God, Light - to see them through times of darkness, Scripture – providing the guidepost, Reflection and Forgiveness – to lighten the load, Ashes – to be reminded of one’s own mortality, and Communion – for nourishment on the journey.

 

Says Pastor Foran, “This service immerses people in sights, sounds, tastes, touches, and smells as they help spread candlelight throughout the church, drop stones in a clanging bowl symbolically releasing their burdens, sing while moving from place to place, and experience Communion, all enhanced by the scent of burning incense.  There will also be readings and time for quiet meditation at each location.”

 

Those who are not able to process with the group will have the contents of each location brought to them.

For further information, email Rev. Foran at nancy1@maine.rr.com, or call the Church at 655-7749.

 

RVCC: Small Church, BIG Heart!

Raymond Village Community Church is a United Church of Christ congregation.  It is a diverse faith community embracing tolerance, committed to missions and outreach, singing joyfully, and welcoming all people no matter where they are on their faith journey.  For more information about RVCC, contact Rev. Nancy Foran, Pastor, at 655-7749 or revnancy@rvccme.org.

 

 

Hello Coalition members!

 

Bring your celebratory dancing shoes back out – you, the BTI Coalition, was just awarded a Drug Free Communities Support grant! This means you’ll be receiving $125,000 per year for the next 5 years to help prevent youth substance use in the communities of Windham and Raymond. I’m delighted you all have been awarded this opportunity and can continue full steam ahead with your efforts. As we saw at our last Coalition meeting, with our rapid fire “what are we proud of/grateful for” session, you all are committed to the work, by showing up, following through, creating amazing ideas for programming, and involving all stakeholders. Time and time again I am amazed by your thoughtfulness and dedication and honored to be a part of the BTI Coalition.

 

Take some time to pat yourselves on the back, do a little dance, and get ready for a great 5 years at working toward preventing and reducing youth substance use in your communities.

 

https://m.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/web_version_-_fy_2015_dfc_new_grant_awards_188_community_coalitions_-_final.pdf

 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/drug-free-communities-support-program

 

 

Job well done,

Heather Drake, MPH Substance Abuse Prevention Program Coordinator

Public Health Program

50 Lydia Lane, South Portland, Maine 04106

 

For further information:  Rev. Nancy Foran, Pastor  207-232-3080  nancy1@maine.rr.co 

 

Raymond Village Community Church Awarded 2015 Vital Worship Grant: Only Church in Maine, One of Just 29 Nation-wide 

Raymond Village Community Church - UCC (“RVCC”) is one of only 29 churches nation-wide and the only church in Maine receiving a special grant to explore new and novel ways of enhancing worship. The grant of $12,000 from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, is intended to help the Church generate renewed interest and energy in public worship at the local level and to make worship more relevant and attractive to people of all ages.

 

“Our one-year grant of $12,000, from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, allows us to continue and enhance what has become a major theme for us; making worship a more meaningful and immersive experience.” Said RVCC Pastor, Nancy Foran. “We will use the money to explore and create new ways of worship that truly and deeply touch all people, regardless of age or faith perspective.” 

 

The Church’s grant team chose the theme of “Light and Dark”; using the symbolism of light and dark in Scripture, art, music, and literature as a lens to focus its vital worship efforts. Over the next year, Church members will be creating special art installations, collaboratively developing a set of special services, hosting a community photo exhibition, and working with John Bell, one of the world’s major advocates for revitalizing worship. Light blocking curtains will be installed in the church sanctuary in order to allow the use of environmental projection – “painting” the sanctuary walls with images during worship.

 

The Vital Worship Grants Program is made possible through the generous support of the Lilly Endowment, a major national foundation and the only major foundation that actively supports the North American faith community, in addition to its work in education and community development. “We are deeply grateful to the Calvin Institute and to the Lilly Endowment for making this program possible and for selecting us to participate.” Foran said.

 

Churches that receive grants actively collaborate with both the Calvin Institute and other current and immediate past grant recipients at both pre-grant and post-grant conferences. Calvin then makes best practices and lessons-learned available to all denominations. “We learn a tremendous amount from these programs,” said Calvin Institute Director John Witvliet, “from the wisdom demonstrated in designing them and the insights gleaned from implementing and adapting them as they unfold. We look forward to sharing insights from these projects with a larger audience in our future programming over the next several years."

 

The CICW’s Worship Grants program (formerly known as the Worship Renewal Grants Program) is now in its 16th year and has seen more than 700 projects funded since its inception

 

For more information on the grants program, including a complete list of this year’s grants recipients, please see: www.calvin.edu/worship.  For more information about RVCC, the Church’s website can be found at www.rvccme.org.

RVCC: Small Church, BIG Heart!

Raymond Village Community Church is a United Church of Christ congregation.  It is a diverse faith community embracing tolerance, committed to missions and outreach, singing joyfully, and welcoming all people no matter where they are on their faith journey.  For more information about RVCC, contact Rev. Nancy Foran, Pastor, at 655-7749 or revnancy@rvccme.org.

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Please send application, resume and letter of interest to:

 

Rita Theriault, Human Resouce Officer

Town of Raymond

401 Webbs Mills Road

Raymond, Maine 04071

 

Position open until filled. 

 

The Town of Raymond is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Raymond Community Dock at Panther Run is Now Installed!

This dock is sponsored by business owners of the 

Raymond Vitalization Committee. 

The dock is for public use for boaters to access the rest area and businesses

from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

 

The rules are as follows:

  • Trash is Carry-In, Carry-Out
  • No Overnight Docking
  • Maximum Docking Time is 90 Minutes
  • Two (2) Boat Maximum at Any Given Time
  • Town Assumes No Liability for Damage to Persons or Property
  • The Dock is Used at Your Own Personal Risk

 

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